New England Independent Booksellers Association

Board of Directors

President                 Suzanna Hermans

Oblong Books & Music
Rhinebeck , NY


Suzanna Hermans is a second generation bookseller and co-owner of Oblong Books & Music in Millerton & Rhinebeck, NY, which was founded by her father, former NEIBA President, Dick Hermans, in 1975. Though  Suzanna is a true general bookseller, her heart belongs to children's and YA books, and she recently served  as co-chair of the New England Children's Booksellers Advisory Council. As a passionate advocate for the freedom to read, she currently sits on the Board of Directors of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free  Expression. Suzanna has a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa.

Vice President        Gillian Kohli

Wellesley Books
Wellesley, MA


Gillian Kohli is the co-owner of Wellesley Books, in Wellesley, MA. She and her husband  Bill were inspired by their shared love of books, bookstores and all things literary to venture into the independent book business when their local bookstore was put up for sale in 2010. Since then, their four young adult children have all joined them and their longtime staff working in the store. Gillian currently sits on the NEIBA Advisory Council and is a board member for various community and literacy organizations. She has a BS (Mech. Eng.) and a JD from the University of California.

Treasurer                Josh Christie

Sherman's Books and Stationery
Portland, ME


Josh Christie has been a bookseller at Sherman's Books and Stationery for nearly a decade. Josh started at Sherman's Books' Camden, ME location in 2004, and has been at Sherman's in Freeport, ME since 2008. Though he spends most of his time on the floor as a frontline bookseller, Josh also assists in book buying, event planning, and other work for all four Sherman's locations. Returns, inventory, promotions, remotes, training, accounting - if it's a task at the bookstore, Josh has done it. He served on the NEIBA advisory council, and has served two terms (one appointed, one elected) on the NEIBA board. Josh was the 2010 recipient of NEIBA's Rusty Drugan Scholarship for Emerging Leaders. An avid outdoorsman, he writes skiing and hiking columns for the Maine Sunday Telegram, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Eastern Ski Writers Association. His first book, Maine Beer: Brewing in Vacationland, was published in 2013.

Director                  Anne DeCourcey

Arlington, MA


Anne DeCourcey is a New England Sales Representative for HarperCollins Publishers. The seeds of her book passion were sown by her mother who owned Pinocchio Bookstore for Children. Anne preceded Nan at NEIBA, producing the holiday catalog and membership communications, was the field rep for Penguin in the Southwest, a phone rep for W.W. Norton, and the trade sales director at Gibbs Smith prior to moving back east to be close to family and rep for Harper. She is happiest when surrounded by books and booklovers. Anne reads middle grade novels, cookbooks, and fiction--mostly literary, but also smart commercial novels. When Anne travels, her husband Ted, a former fly-fishing guide, tends their two adolescent children whose loves include books, dogs, and Minecraft.

Director                  Courtney Flynn

Trident Booksellers and Cafe
Boston, MA

Courtney is the bookstore manager at Trident Booksellers & Cafe in Boston. The store was founded in 1983 by her parents Gail and Bernie Flynn, so she grew up steeped in books, fostering a lifelong love of reading. She is involved in many aspects of the store, including buying, event planning, podcasting, and marketing. Prior to the Trident she worked in marketing at Shambhala Publications. She grew up in Newton, MA, and earned a BA in psychology from Skidmore College. She believes books are the best tool for understanding the human mind, and consumes fiction voraciously.

Director                  Nancy Scheemaker

Northshire Bookstore
Saratoga Springs, NY


A bookseller with the Northshire since 1999, Nancy Scheemaker has served in many key roles at the bookstore - Children’s Bookseller, Bookseller and Co-Manager of the Adult Sales Floor, with additional work as Used Book buyer and seller.  She served as Director of Community Programs at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vt, in which capacity she founded the store’s in house Reading Group programs. Most recently, she accepted the General Manager position for the newly established Saratoga Springs, NY location, hiring an entire staff, and helping to spearhead the opening of the new store. Her previous professional experiences include work in community service, counselling, and litigation research in Washington, DC. She is a long time resident of Washington County, along with her husband and has three grown children. As a reader, Nancy indulges in literary fiction, history, nature literature, anything about the arts, cookbooks, crafts and gardening. Her most recent vow is to read at least one Children’s picture book a day as an ongoing source for imagination.

Director                  Vicky Titcomb

Titcomb's Bookshop
E. Sandwich, MA


Vicky Titcomb manages Titcomb's Bookshop, a family owned bookshop on Cape Cod selling antiquarian and new books since 1969.  She started working at the bookshop in high school happily earning $1.00 per hour.  She has an MA in American History and Museum Studies from the University of Delaware and worked in several museums in Delaware and Portland, Maine.  She returned to the bookshop in 1991 and in recent years, she served as co-chair of the New England Children's Bookseller's Advisory Council and the Sandwich Reads Together Committee.  She has also served on the board of the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce and is Chair of Shop Sandwich First, which she helped found.  Vicky is, of course, a passionate reader who gets great satisfaction from sharing the joys of reading with others.  

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