Elections

 

2019-2020 Business Archives Section Election Candidates

A hearty thank you to all of the excellent candidates who have stepped forward this year to run for office! Please take some time to review their candidate statements and get to know them so you can make an informed choice.

The open positions are:

  • Vice Chair (3 year term - 1 year Vice Chair, 1 year Chair, 1 year Immediate Past Chair)
  • Education Chair (1 year term)
  • Vice Editor (2 year term - 1 year Vice Editor, 1 year Editor)
  • Secretary (1 year term)
  • Member at Large (1 year term)

AND don't forget the new "Early Career Management" program, which has replaced the section internship. Individuals starting out in the field will have an opportunity to be mentored by section leaders and expand their leadership opportunities and resources. Please contact Chair Greg McCoy by June 21, 2019 if interested.

The ballots will be managed by SAA staff through Survey Monkey, so keep an eye on your inbox for when the ballot opens!

Ballot:

Vice Chair
 Jennifer Johnson – Director, Corporate Archives – Cargill, Inc.
 Libby Spatz – Senior Archivist and Librarian – Disney Consumer Products 

Education Chair
Cristina Vignone – Assistant Archivist – Tiffany & Co. Archives

Vice Editor
Emily McNish – Corporate Archivist, Gallagher
Natalie Morath – Lead Archivist & Curator – General Motors Design Archive & Special Collections
Andrea Richardson – Archives Manager  The Portman Archives

Secretary
Lauren Dreger  Archivist with the Winthrop Group at Ford Motor Company
Laura Kopp Starr – Business Development Manager – History Associates
Jennifer Steinhardt – Archivist, The Christ Hospital Health Network

Member at Large
Lynne Drake – Associate Director, Archives – 20th Century Fox Collection, a division of the Walt Disney Company
Sarah Latva – Archivist – Amway Historical Archives
Eunice Liu – Archivist – Wells Fargo Corporate Archives

Candidate Statements:

Vice Chair

Jennifer Johnson – Director, Corporate Archives – Cargill, Inc.

Hello fellow section members. I would be honored to serve as the Vice Chair/Chair Elect for the Business Archives Section. I look forward to acting as section liaison to the rest of SAA on issues important to corporate archivists, that affect us directly and indirectly, such as the recent discussion on including salaries in job postings on SAA’s Career Center. It is my hope to continue our tradition of planning engaging annual colloquiums. I would like them to continue to provide an opportunity for deep discussion, while also allowing us to share our lessons learned and best practices. We all grow when we can learn from each other. For this reason, I plan to continue the quarterly calls for all interested members on specific topics throughout the year. This past year, section leadership undertook a reorganization of the Business Archives Workshop. Once this is presented in 2020, we will have a better idea of where our section needs continuing education opportunities. I would love to assist our members in increasing the articles, case studies, workshops, and annual program sessions, that address topics of interest to us. Our newsletter is a great starting point for anyone wishing to dip their toe into publishing. Our expertise is vast, we should share our knowledge year-round. I hope to be able to connect us in an ongoing fashion. Thank you for this chance to serve.

Past leadership experience - SAA: Business Archives Section Education Chair, 2017-2019; Program Committee, 2019; Career Development Subcommittee, 2014-2017; Nominating Committee, 2013-2014; Business Archives Section Member At Large, 2011-2012; Education Committee, Member and Chair, 2007-2011. MAC: President, 2015-2017; Council Member, 2012-2015. Twin Cities Archives Round Table: President, 2010-2014.

Libby Spatz – Senior Archivist and Librarian - Disney Consumer Products

In the 30+ years I’ve spent working as an archivist, I have had many fortunate opportunities to partner with exemplary professionals across a wide spectrum of projects and institutions.  My first 20 years were spent at The Getty Museum, initially as a photo archivist and then provenance archivist, aggregating, processing, and providing access to primary resource materials for use by an international community of art historians.  My professional journey then led me to my current position as Senior Archivist and Librarian for the Disney Consumer Products division, where I was tasked with creating an archives and reference library to engage and inspire the broad community of Disney artists, executives and various business stakeholders.  Through my involvement with the BAS, I have been able to leverage the collective expertise and experience of fellow professionals, who not only provided informed perspectives but encouragement and inspiration which continue to serve me each and every day. 

It is the aspect of partnership and strength of the BAS network that I would be honored to represent and promote as Vice Chair for the BAS, with a focus on extending awareness of the empowering role of the business archivist and the prospects to impact the larger archival community.  Through leveraging tools such as the BASQ newsletter and our social channels, as well as BAS programming fueled with our agency as authentic storytellers and historians, business archivists have unique opportunities to increase support for and awareness of the value of archives.  As BAS Vice Chair, I would champion these endeavors, and encourage more inclusive outreach into furthering educational efforts both within and external to our BAS community.

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Education Chair

Cristina Vignone – Assistant Archivist – Tiffany & Co. Archives

At my first SAA conference as a young professional, I felt an immediate sense of community in the BAS, where likeminded archivists shared with and learned from one another. Since then, my involvement with the BAS has grown and this past year I served as Secretary of the steering committee. To further grow my involvement in the BAS and to interact more closely with the section’s members, I submit myself as a candidate for the Education Chair position. I have personally benefited from my relationship with my BAS mentor and look forward to the opportunity to continue the program run by the Education Chair if elected.

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Vice Editor

Emily McNish – Corporate Archivist, Gallagher

I am passionate about celebrating wins and sharing experiences as corporate archivists. As a diverse group, it is clear that we are stronger with steady avenues for communication and collaboration. Using my social media and web skills, I hope to continue to grow the presence of the BAS through our various communication channels and expand upon the good work that has already been done. The BAS has been very important to my career in corporate archives by providing me with meaningful networking and educational opportunities over the years. I would be honored to have the chance to give back as your Vice Editor.

Natalie Morath – Lead Archivist & Curator – General Motors Design Archive & Special Collections

I have been an active member of both SAA and MAC since 2010, and during that time have contributed to a number of panels, journals and newsletters promoting the interests of the Business Archives community. As Vice Editor, I will seek to continue my commitment to the Business Archives Section and support the long-term growth of its communications under the direction of the Steering Committee. When I’m not processing collections or curating exhibitions about automotive design, I hang out with my two dogs, work in my Michigan garden and read excessively. 

Andrea Richardson – Archives Manager - The Portman Archives

After 3 years of chairing program and location committees for my regional archival organization, I would like to contribute editorially to the national archives profession and felt that I would be able to do so as the BAS Vice Editor. I have graphic design skills in creating newsletters and websites and feel that these skills would be helpful in this area. I have enjoyed receiving the newsletters from the BAS section and would like to assist in making them continually available in the future.

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Secretary

Lauren Dreger – Archivist with the Winthrop Group at Ford Motor Company

I have been an archivist at Ford Motor Company for the past four years. I consider myself a very detail oriented and organized person. As secretary of the BAS Steering Committee, I would work to ensure that all tasks of my position are met including the preparation of the section annual report and meeting minutes, as well as providing any other support that is needed. I understand the importance of timely and accurate records and the need to document the committee proceedings. By being elected to the BAS Steering Committee, I would look forward to the opportunity to support and provide advocacy for business archives.

Laura Kopp Starr – Business Development Manager – History Associates

I am running for BAS Secretary as a way to give back to the business archives community that has welcomed me as a partner and colleague for the past 9 years. As both a certified archivist and business development manager, I know what information is relevant to the documentary record as well as themes, vocabulary, and trends that are essential to our group’s mission. I hope to become a part of the BAS leadership to understand and collaborate with you in advancing the recognition and relevancy of archives within our corporations and businesses. Plus, I use an environmentally friendly RocketBook (https://getrocketbook.com) to take notes!

Jennifer Steinhardt – Archivist, The Christ Hospital Health Network

I want to be your BAS secretary, because I love corporate archives and have worked in a few different ones over the years, including Procter & Gamble, American Girl, and currently The Christ Hospital Health Network. I believe I have the time management and planning skills to be successful as secretary.  I mastered the art of balancing responsibilities over the course of my education where I earned three bachelor's degrees (Penn State, 2009), two master's degrees (Simmons University, 2011), and one archival certification (ACA, 2017). It would be an honor to serve as your BAS secretary and to give back to a field that has captured my passion for so long.  

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Member at Large

Lynne Drake – Associate Director, Archives – 20th Century Fox Collection, a division of the Walt Disney Company

As Member-at-Large candidate, my focus will be to continue to build and foster our rich and diverse corporate archivists’ community. Being a long-standing member, I’ve learned first-hand how much value there is in our shared experiences, events, and programs. This position would be a fantastic opportunity to not only give back, but to also continue to support business archivists on a local and national level.

Sarah Latva – Archivist – Amway Historical Archives

I have been involved in the Business Archives Section of SAA since entering the field during my corporate archives internship at Amway in 2011. This section has been such a valuable resource and community as I’ve grown in my career as a corporate Archivist. The relationships, mentorships, and sharing of resources are so important, especially in our profession when many of us are lone arrangers, starting new programs, advocating, or growing and improving established programs in our corporations. During my involvement in the section, I was Vice Editor / Content Editor on the Steering Committee between 2014-2016. In that position, I was able to be more connected with the section and its leadership, as well as staying up to date on what other corporate archives were doing and built many more relationships with section members. I am passionate about corporate archives, the Business Archives Section, and continuing to help build our community and what we offer our membership. It would be an honor to be elected to the Steering Committee as the Member-At-Large and represent our membership and be an actively involved member on the committee.

Eunice Liu – Archivist – Wells Fargo Corporate Archives

I am eager to join the BAS Steering Committee as Member-at-Large because I would like to support and strengthen the Business Archives Section's visibility and impact across the wider organization, as well as in the advancement of the profession. As an archivist whose career path led me to working in corporate archives from one coast to another, my membership in BAS has been both personally and professionally rewarding, and I want to give back to the organization in a volunteering capacity. I am dedicated to ensuring that all voices be heard, and I believe in promoting inclusion by leading by example. I would be honored to help facilitate conversations and participate in collaborative efforts for the Section to continue to thrive in 2019-2020 and beyond.

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