Announcing Candidates for the MARS Election

There are two MARS board positions up for election in 2020: Vice-Chair/Chair Elect and Secretary. Here you can read about the candidates before casting your vote. Thank you to our candidates and to the MARS membership for your continuing participation.

Vice Chair/Chair Elect

Andrew Hinton

Head of Collection Development, Vietnam Center and Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive, Texas Tech University

Statement & Biography

Andrew Hinton joined the Vietnam Center and Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive in 2015 as Special Projects Archivist. In this role, Andrew manages the Archive of Modern American Warfare, the Center’s newest archive which collects and preserves the records of veterans who served after 1975. Andrew works closely with post-9/11 veterans to ensure that their records – especially born-digital records – are made available for research and preserved into the future. He also serves as Head of Collection Development for the Vietnam Archive. In this position, he works to build and strengthen the Vietnam Archive's holdings and prepares archival materials for research use. Before coming to the Vietnam Center and Archive, Andrew held positions at the Royal Ontario Museum, the Ontario Heritage Trust, and the Jewish Museum and Archive of British Columbia. He belongs to the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and the Society of Southwest Archivists (SSA). Andrew is also a certified Digital Archives Specialist and a certified member of the Academy of Certified Archivists.


Amy Mondt

Associate Director of the Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech University

Statement & Biography

Amy Mondt, CA, is the Associate Director of the Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech University.  In 2008, she began her time at the VNCA as the reference archivist, helping patrons with their research, working on outreach programs, and creating exhibits.  In 2012, she became the collection development archivist and had the privilege of working with the archive’s donors, mostly Vietnam veterans. Amy is now the Associate Director of the archive, where she works with the other archivists on her team to help preserve the record of the Vietnam War.  

Amy graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology in 1997 and a Master of Arts degree in Museum Science in 2000. She became a Certified Archivist in 2007. Before joining the VNCA, Amy was the Director of Collections and Archives at the Petroleum Museum in Midland, Texas.

MARS is a great place to bring military archives and their archivists closer together. A place where members speak the same language and understand the unique needs of military collections. While MARS’s membership may be small, it is a passionate group of people who truly want to help others understand military collections. I would like to see this camaraderie continue to grow and for MARS to develop its values and resources to increase awareness within the rest of the profession, connecting archivists, veterans, military historians, and families together to help preserve the stories of our veterans and the history of our nation’s military service.