Meet the Staff
Ellen Klein, Owner
Before opening Hooray for Books!, Ellen was a freelance writer, international trade lawyer, backpacker, NASA intern, archaeologist, and theater usher. Her favorite books are the dictionary and encyclopedia. As a bookstore owner, she doesn’t have time for hobbies – other than reading!
Sally Chadbourn, Adult Book Club
Sally endorses the motto, “I’d rather be reading,” and is an ace procrastinator indulging in favorite genres: mysteries, history, biographies, cookbooks, travel guides, and book and restaurant reviews. She previously served for 42 years as a local public school reading teacher and professional staff development trainer in literacy initiatives for teachers and parents. Now after decades leading school and library book clubs, she coordinates our Wednesday Night Book Group for adults and promotes reading among all ages and with all family members!
emma davis, bookseller
Emma is in 9th grade at TC’s Minnie Howard campus. She loves books, especially fantasy and graphic novels. Some of her absolute favorite books are Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, The Tapestry, The Inheritance Cycle, WondLa, Caraval, The Golden Compass, Nimona, and Compass South. In addition to books, she loves drawing, cartoons and cartooning, rollercoasters, running, ice skating, and pole vaulting.
LIZ ELKIND, BOOKSELLER
Liz was born in New York but grew up in Arlington. As a kid, she badly wanted to be Alanna from the Song of the Lioness series. Aside from Tamora Pierce, some of Liz’s favorites are Courtney Milan, Alisha Rai, Maya Angelou, Emily Croy Barker, and Alyssa Cole—but she appreciates any books that promote social equity. Outside the bookstore, she has worked as a barista, photographer, magazine editor, and copy editor. She loves dogs, pretty much anything art-related, eating, travel, and the Washington Capitals.
Katrina Foelsche, BOOKSELLER
Katrina is fortunate to belong to not only one but two mommy-daughter book clubs, so she is often buried in both the latest and classic children’s books. While she will try any genre, she often gravitates to fiction, YA fantasy, and comedic memoirs. Her favorites over the years have evolved from One Morning in Maine to the Babysitter Club series (before it was a graphic novel) to The Great Gatsby to Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson.
Katrina lives in Alexandria with her husband and two daughters. Besides books, her other loves are movies, museums, and dance performances. She also enjoys curating her neighborhood’s Little Free Library, mentoring her Space of Her Own (SOHO) mentee, and organizing events to engage her family in volunteering and service through the UVA alumni club and other organizations.
Patrick Hunter, bookseller
Patrick has worked at Hooray for Books! since we first opened our doors. He is our Saturday story time guy. In addition to picture books, Patrick enjoys reading historical fiction and non-fiction, stories with strong girl characters, and adventure novels. In his spare time, Patrick enjoys listening to country music, watching rodeos and Nationals baseball games.
SARAH MAHONEY, marketing/bookseller
Sarah is known to stay up all night to finish a book, swears she will never do it again, and finds herself staying up doing it again the next night. She enjoys reading all genres, but is usually found with historical fiction or fantasy in her hands. Favorite authors include Jane Austen, Sarah J. Maas, Barabara Kingsolver, Richelle Mead, Diana Gabaldon, Marissa Meyer, and Christopher Moore. Her favorite book of 2018 is Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. Sarah grew up in Montana, but has called Alexandria home since 2000. She enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter, and finding the next big thing in YA literature.
Ileana Reyes, Bookseller
Ileana graduated from T.C. Williams High School in 2016 and is a current student at George Mason University. Her favorite genres of books are realistic fiction and mystery. Some of her favorite books are The English Roses, If I Stay, Burn for Burn, Corduroy, The Fault in Our Stars, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and any Dr. Seuss books. In her free time, Ileana likes going to Zumba class, hanging out with family and friends, and volunteering.
Caroline Schneider, bookseller
Caroline is a part-time employee at the bookstore when she’s home from college. She enjoys young adult science fiction, dystopian novels, and romantic novels, with some classics thrown in. Her favorite genres are realistic and fantasy young adult books. Outside of the store, Caroline loves her various TV shows, reading, working with Hebrew students, musical theater, music in general, and playing with her cats.