National President’s Project:

For the 2022-2023 ALA year, Koutz’s focus is to honor our veterans every day. Additionally, the national president’s project will be on National Veterans Creative Arts Festival companions.

“Sometimes, companions can’t afford to pay for a meal plan,” she said. “This broke my heart. The one person who is a constant in their life couldn’t stay with them during meals.”

Her project on companions is triple tiered — money for a meal plan, travel, and/or a separate hotel room if needed for non-family member companions.