New England Independent Booksellers Association

Board of Directors

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.

Vice President        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.

Treasurer                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..

Director                  Laura Cummings

White Birch Books
N. Conway Village, NH


Laura Cummings has worked at White Birch Books in North Conway, N.H., for more than 15 years, buying the store in 2005, which in retrospect, may not have been the best time. But the store has persevered through hideous construction projects, bad snow years, ice years and the general economic downturn to become a nice little literary outpost in the North Country. Laura participates in all aspects of running the store from the big stuff like buying, receiving and accounting, to working the floor, running the book groups and changing the light bulbs. She has served on the NEIBA Advisory Council and is also involved in her community, recently starting her third term on the school board. She lives across state lines in Maine with her favorite (and only) son and her two cats.

Director                  Mike Katz

PGW / Perseus Books Group
Barrington, RI


Mike Katz has been the New England field sales rep for, first Publishers Group West, and then both PGW and The Perseus Books Group, since 2004.  Prior to that Mike was a bookseller at College Hill Book Store, starting in 1977, and was manager and trade buyer for over 20 years. Mike has been on the NEIBA Advisory Council several times, both as a bookseller and a sales rep.  Mike grew up mainly in New York City, obtained his Master’s degree in History from the University of Buffalo.  He now lives near the beach in Rhode Island, married to Percy Sutton, an avid reader and bookseller at The Brown Bookstore. Mike has two adult daughters and two grandsons. Formerly a competitive runner, swimmer, and triathlete, Mike now coaches high school distance runners and is very involved with the Rhode Island Track Coaches Association. Oh, and by the way, he is a true lover of books and reading, both fiction and non-fiction.    

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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