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Friday, February 21, 2014

The ALI14 Cohort

The Archives Leadership Institute is proud to announce its ALI14 cohort!

We received applications from 74 applicants, all of which were very strong candidates.  Each applicant was evaluated by three different Steering Committee members and scored based on their responses to a series of essay questions.  Each of our ALI14 cohort members have shown exceptional leadership skills and potential, the ability to influence change within the archival field, a strong commitment to the archival profession, demonstrated professional organizational involvement and service, a collaborative and innovative spirit, and representation and/or support of diversity within the profession.

The Program Staff, Steering Committee, and Faculty are all very much looking forward to the 2014 Archives Leadership Institute.

Brad Houston
University Records Archivist
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Brad Houston is University Records Archivist at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He is active in both SAA and the Midwest Archives Conference, and currently serves as co-chair of the Southeast Wisconsin Archivists’ Group. Brad received his MA in European History and MLS from the University of Maryland-College Park in 2007, and became a Certified Archivist in 2013.

Chris Burns
Curator of Manuscripts and University Archivist
University of Vermont
Chris is the Curator of Manuscripts in Special Collections at the University of Vermont Libraries. He is a former President of the New England Archivists, and has served as chair of the Manuscript Repositories Section and the Awards Committee of the Society of American Archivists. He holds an MLIS from Simmons College, and an MA in History from the University of Vermont.

Christian Kelleher
Archivist/Assistant Head Librarian
Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin
Christian Kelleher is the Archivist at the University of Texas’s Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection where he manages the Rare Books & Manuscripts division. He holds an MLIS from UT Austin and is a Certified Archivist. Previously he was an archivist with History Associates Incorporated, and a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Cliff Hight
University Archivist
Kansas State University
Cliff Hight has been the University Archivist at Kansas State University since 2011, and has been in the profession since 2005. His professional activities include being on the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board, the State of Kansas Electronic Records Committee, and on the Best Practices and Toolbox Committee of the SAA Web Archiving Roundtable.

Conor Casey
Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington
Conor Casey is the founding labor archivist of the Labor Archives of Washington at the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections. Previously, he worked at the Labor Archives & Research Center at San Francisco State University (SFSU). Conor holds an MA in US history with a concentration in labor and public history from SFSU, a MLIS from San Jose State University with a concentration in archives and academic reference, and is a Certified Archivist.  He is co-chair of the SAA Labor Archives Roundtable, a board member of the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association and the Northwest Archivists, and the president of the Pacific Northwest Historians Guild. 

Cynthia Harbeson
Processing Archivist/Assistant Professor
Appalachian State University
Cynthia Harbeson is the Processing Archivist and an Assistant Professor at the Carol Grotnes Belk Library and Information Commons at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She holds a Master of Science in Library Science and a Master of Arts in History from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. 

Dara Baker
Senior Archivist, Historian, and Legislative Researcher
Export-Import Bank of the U.S., Contractor
Dara Baker is the Senior Archivist, Historian, and Legislative Researcher at the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. She holds an MLS from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Master’s in History from Harvard University. Dara served as Chair of the SAA Communications Task Force and is currently Co-Chair of the MARAC Lone Arrangers Working Group. She has been a Certified Archivist since 2012.

Francine Snyder
Director of Library and Archives
Guggenheim Museum
Francine Snyder is the Director of the Library and Archives at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Previously, Francine worked as Project Archivist at Gap, Inc and as the Slide Librarian at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Francine is a member of Metropolitan New York Library Council’s Digital Services Advisory Council, the Society of American Archivists' Task Force on Member Affinity Groups, SAA 2011 program committee, and is a past co-chair for the Museum Archives Section.

Gerald Chaudron
Preservation Librarian
University of Memphis
Gerald is the Preservation Librarian at the University of Memphis, responsible for the maintenance the library and archival collections, as well as the digitization program. Previously, Gerald was a processing archivist at Mississippi State University. He has a PhD in History from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, a MLIS from Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, and is a Certified Archivist.

Gina Nichols
U.S. Navy Seabee Museum
Gina Nichols is the Senior Archivist at the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum. Nichols is an adjunct professor at California State University Northridge teaching archival management courses for the Department of History and has authored four books. She is a member of the Society of American Archivists and a Certified Archivist.

Jamie Nelson
Head of Special Collections and Archives
DePaul University
Jamie Nelson is Head of Special Collections and Archives at DePaul University, and was previously Special Collections Librarian at Augustana College (Rock Island, Illinois) for thirteen years. Her continuing interests in the field include instruction, assessment, and dialogue about the digital representation of archival materials.

Jennifer Kinniff
Public Services and Outreach Librarian
George Washington University
Jennifer Kinniff is the Public Services and Outreach Librarian for Special Collections at George Washington University. She has served on SAA and Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference committees. Jennifer holds an MA in History and an MLS from the University of Maryland, and became a Certified Archivist in 2013.

Jillian Cuellar
Head, Center for Primary Research and Training & Digital Initiatives
UCLA Library Special Collections
Jillian Cuellar is Head of the Center for Primary Research & Training and Digital Initiatives at UCLA Library Special Collections. She has worked as an archivist at NYU and Columbia University, and is active in national and regional professional associations. She holds a MSLIS from Pratt Institute and a BA in English from the University of Texas, Austin.

Lynette Stoudt
Director, Research Center
Georgia Historical Society
Lynette Stoudt is Director of the Georgia Historical Society Research Center. She held previous positions at U.C. Berkeley, Irvine, and San Diego and with History Associates Inc. She currently serves on the boards of the Society of Georgia Archivists, Savannah Heritage Emergency Response, and the Steering Committee of the Regional Archival Associations Consortium.

Mary Jo Fairchild
Senior Archivist
South Carolina Historical Society
Mary Jo Fairchild is the Director of Archives and Research at the South Carolina Historical Society and holds a MA in History from the College of Charleston, a MLIS from the University of South Carolina, and is a Certified Archivist. Currently, Mary Jo is the President of the South Carolina Archival Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Charleston County Public Library.

Matt Francis
Archivist for Collection Management
Pennsylvania State University
Matt Francis is the Archivist for Collection Management at Pennsylvania State University. Previously, Matt has worked at SUNY Potsdam and at the University of Wyoming's American Heritage Center. He earned a M.A. in public history with an archives concentration from Wright State University. He has served on the steering committee of SAA's Issues and Advocacy Roundtable, the Upstate New York Key Contact for the Membership Committee, and is an SAA mentor.

Melissa Gonzales
University Archivist
University of Texas at Arlington
Melissa Gonzales is the University Archivist at the University of Texas at Arlington. Currently, she is Chair of SAA’s Students and New Archives Professionals Roundtable, and is also on the Mentoring Subcommittee. She has sat on the Society of Southwest Archivists’ Executive Board and serves on the Membership and Publications Committees, respectively.

Michael Shallcross
Assistant Archivist
University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library
Mike Shallcross is an Assistant Archivist in the Digital Curation Division of the University of Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library. He has developed policies, procedures, and tools for processing born-digital archives and has also contributed to the library’s web archives and implementation of its digital infrastructure. Mike also serves on the SAA Publications Board and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Michigan’s School of Information.

Morna Gerrard
Women and Gender Collections Archivist
Georgia State University
Morna Gerrard is the Women and Gender Collections Archivist at Georgia State University. A past president of the Society of Georgia Archivists, she is on the board of the Georgia Archives Institute, and vice president of the Georgia LGBTQ Archives Project. She lives in Decatur, GA.

Natalie Baur
Archivist, Cuban Heritage Collection
University of Miami
Natalie Baur joined the University of Miami Libraries as the Archivist for the Cuban Heritage Collection in 2012. Natalie holds an MA in History, a certificate in Museum Studies, and an MLS with a concentration in Archives, Records, and Information Management. Her interests include description and preservation of cultural heritage materials and collaboration with librarians and archivists in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Paul Eisloeffel
Curator of Audiovisual Collections
Nebraska State Historical Society
Paul Eisloeffel is the Curator of Audiovisual Collections for the Nebraska State Historical Society, a position he has held since 2001. He has been active in professional associations, is a frequent presenter and writer on heritage audiovisual topics and runs a small business helping colleagues with their moving image holdings.

Sarah Dorpinghaus
Digital Projects Library Manager
University of Kentucky
Sarah Dorpinghaus is the Digital Projects Manager at the University of Kentucky Libraries where she oversees workflows for digital content creation, management, and preservation. Sarah holds an MLIS from the University of Iowa (2009) and her research interests include large-scale digitization projects. She previously held project archivist positions at the College of Charleston and the Chicago History Museum

Shannon O'Neill
Associate Director of Archives and Special Collections
Barnard College
Shannon is the Associate Director of Archives and Special Collections at Barnard College.  Prior to joining Barnard, she worked at the Atlantic City Free Public Library and the Los Angeles Public Library. Shannon’s professional interests include community-based archiving, radical histories, and the use of primary resource materials in education. She received her MLIS at UCLA in 2008.  

Tamara Kennelly
University Archivist
Virginia Tech
Tamara Kennelly is the University Archivist at Virginia Tech. She is active in the International Oral History Association in which she serves on the English program committee for the upcoming XVIII IOHA Conference in Barcelona, Spain and in the Oral History Association in which she serves on the Diversity Committee.

Tywanna Whorley
Manuscript Librarian
Howard University
Tywanna Whorley is the Manuscript Librarian for the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University. She received her Ph.D. from the School of Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Tywanna was a project archivist for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers at Boston University. She is a former Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of library and Information Science at Simmons College. Tywanna is currently serving as the Chair of the Diversity Committee.