First of all, your height doesn't really matter when picking out your board. You may hear differently, but it just isn't true. Choose a board according to your weight. At 144 pounds, you want a board between 147 and 153.
What's your budget on a board? Getting something with magnetraction or something similar would be useful for icy conditions and hardpack. As a beginner who rides switch ("ambidextrous"), you may want to find a softer true twin. Some boards to look into:
Never Summer Pandora-r
Boots you need to try on. Avoid ordering them online if at all possible.
Bindings: Ride Vxn, Ride Dva, Rome Madison, K2 Virtue, Burton Lexa, Union Trilogy, Union Milan