Dr. Christie Koontz is the director of Florida Book Awards since June 2016. Her Ph.D. was earned in 1990 from Florida State University. Dr. Koontz served on the faculty, of the College of Communication and Information, teaching nonprofit marketing, management and storytelling. Her research is in the area of identifying underserved public library markets using GIS (geographic information systems) to facilitate successful service development and delivery. She also works with FSU University Libraries to facilitate special programs.