Meet the Candidates: 2019 SNCA Executive Board Nominees

SNCA 2019 Executive Board Elections

The 2019 SNCA Executive Board Elections are almost here! Voting will open in February and an electronic ballot will be sent to the membership at that time. You can learn more about the positions in the Constitution and Bylaws.

Meet the Candidates:


Dawne Howard Lucas

I have been a special collections librarian at UNC-Chapel Hill since 2013. Previously, I was the Head of Technical Services at the Duke University Medical Center Archives. I earned an MA in Public History from North Carolina State University in 2005 and an MSLS from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2006. I have been a SNCA member since 2003, have served on numerous committees and task forces throughout the years, and have served on the Executive Board (Secretary, 2006-2009; Nominating Committee Chair, 2009-2010; Education Committee Chair, 2012-2014). I am also an active member of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences (ALHHS).

Vice President/Programming Chair

Chrystal Carpenter

I am currently the Coordinator of University Archives & Special Collections at Elon University, a role I have held since 2015. I obtained my Master’s in information resources and library science from the University of Arizona. Additionally, I am a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists and the 2013 Archives Leadership Institute cohort.  Over the years I have held leadership positions in Arizona, Maryland, and California. My responsibilities and interests include archival management and leadership, donor relations, and access to archival materials. I have been an active member of SNCA since coming to North Carolina, serving on the to the 2017 programming committee and as a member-at-large.  I am honored to be nominated for the Vice President/Programming Chair position and would enjoy moving into a leadership role within SNCA.

Education Committee Chairperson

Joshua Hager

I am a reference archivist at the State Archives of North Carolina, where I handle queries from researchers from across the country as well as our program to provide transcripts from closed colleges. I also have an extensive background in archival outreach; I received an award in 2014 from the Society of American Archivists for my research into how to maximize the utility of social media to reach new audiences.

The position of Education Resources Chair is an exciting opportunity to provide access to training workshops and other resources that will strengthen all aspects of our profession in North Carolina. I previously served on the board as a member-at-large; I welcome the opportunity to once again take a leadership role in SNCA. My primary goal is to increase access to training for archivists whose institutions cannot pay for workshops, be that through more low-cost options or awarding scholarships. I believe that, with the assistance of a great committee, I can help SNCA continue to meet the professional development needs of archivists from Cherokee to Nags Head and all points in-between.

Electronic Resources Chairperson

Patrick Dollar

Patrick Dollar received a BA in English and an MSLS from UNC-Chapel Hill, as well as an MA in English from UNC Greensboro. Since 2017, Patrick has worked as the Processing Archivist for the Manuscripts collections at UNC Greensboro's Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives. Patrick works to preserve the history of the Greensboro and Triad, working with both analog collections, as well as born digital and hybrid collections. Patrick has been involved with SNCA since he was a student, and is currently serving on the Archives Month committee.

Anna Peitzman

Hey y'all! I am excited to run for the position of Electronic Resources Chair. I am the metadata archivist at the State Archives of North Carolina, where I work with the Digital Services section to provide greater digital access to and visibility of archival materials for the general public and government officials. Prior to my work at the State Archives, I managed the web presences for various UNC academic departments, and served on the Communications Committee of the UNC Staff Assembly. These positions allowed me to gain experience with various web platforms and technologies. As the Electronic Resources Chairperson, I would have the opportunity to work in conjunction with the board to not only maintain the website and ensure that SNCA communications and news reach all members, but also to brainstorm the development of additional resources that may be helpful. Thanks for your consideration!

Development Committee Chairperson

Hugh O'Connor

I am the Archives and Special Collections Librarian for Everett Library at Queens University of Charlotte. Currently in my second year at Queens, I was brought on as the first “official” archivist to oversee the university’s collections. A native of Louisiana and recent transplant to North Carolina, I worked for over a decade in special collections and art curation at Louisiana State University as well as in the archives at the State Library of Louisiana. I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from LSU as well as my master’s in Library and Information Science.

In my brief time thus far at Queens, I have been able to work with faculty and staff to bolster the archival presence on campus and promote the archives to the surrounding Myers Park community. Professor Sarah Creech and I applied for and received a grant to create the Queens StoryCorps Project in which we interviewed faculty and staff with 20+ years of service. The idea behind this was to preserve and promote the institutional memory of Queens and was a huge success, resulting in over 18 hours of interviews. My current grant project is partnering with Latin Americans Working for Achievement to bring their organization’s archives to Queens.

I am honored by this chance to serve SNCA and be a part of the wonderful community of archivists and librarians who greeted this Louisiana fella with open arms and bright ideas.

Membership Committee Chairperson

Thomas Flynn

Education: MSIS Archives and Records Management, University at Albany (2008); B.A. History, Dickinson College (2007)

Professional Experience: Assistant Director of Archive and Special Collections, Winston-Salem State University (2013-Present); Archivist, Winston-Salem State University (2010-2013); Archivist, Maryknoll Mission Archives (2009-2010); Reference Library Assistant, Albany Public Library (2007-2009)

As an active member of SNCA, I have witnessed and been a part of the benefits of the organization. Through learning, networking and professional development, SNCA offers its members opportunities to help the individual and profession grow. It is with these benefits in more in mind that I look to give back to the organization by serving as Membership Chair.


Erin Allsop

Hello! My name is Erin Elizabeth Allsop and I am running for my second term as secretary for the Society of North Carolina Archivists organization. Throughout my first term, I have worked to reorganize the files of the SNCA board and helped to raise awareness of smaller archival programs, such as community colleges, and worked to develop educational opportunities for librarians with archival responsibilities. During the second tenure, I hope to create even more collaborative opportunities for librarians and archivists to work together with support of SNCA.

I am the archivist for Central Piedmont Community College where I oversee the preservation of and access to the historical records of the College; oversee processing and digitization projects; and develop educational opportunities with faculty. I graduated from C.U.N.Y. Queens College in New York with a Master’s degree in library science and archival studies. Prior to and throughout library school, I was the archivist for various institutions, including the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Brooklyn College, The Green-Wood Cemetery, and the American Irish Historical Society.

During my last year of library school, I was awarded a fellowship with the Queens Public Library and the Citi Center for Culture (Citibank Archives) where I was able to learn more about community and corporate archives through the Queens Memory Project. I have worked in archives since 2010. My archival interests include digital preservation, community archives, and archival outreach/advocacy.

The role of secretary is significant in any organization. As the candidate for SNCA’s secretary, I offer my valuable note-taking skills and my passion for the archival profession. If elected, I will present the SNCA archives to our members and public in creative and captivating ways and will work to reshape the roles of secretary so as to increase collaborations between the board and our members.

Thank you very much for this opportunity!

Libby Coyner

I am an archivist at Elon University, where I've worked since 2017. Prior to coming to North Carolina, I worked at the State Archives of Arizona for seven years. I'm a graduate of the University of British Columbia's joint Master of Archival Studies/MLIS program, and dropped out of a Ph.D. program where I was writing about Tattoos as Personal Archives. Current favorite highlights of my work include embedding institutional archives throughout Critical Whiteness curriculum, and building a zine collection and engaging it in the classroom. I served for six years on the professional organization for Arizona, where projects included planning and writing grants for an annual symposium series, developing internship and traveling archivist programs (funded), and becoming the fiscal agent for our statewide site for archival description. I'd love to contribute some of my experience to supporting collaboration among archives colleagues in the North Carolina archives community!

Bari Helms

I have been the Director of Archives and Library at Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem since 2014. Before returning to North Carolina, I worked as a local records archivist at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, where I also served on Virginia’s Archives Month Committee. I received an MLS from the University of North Carolina and hold a BA in history from Duke University. My responsibilities and interests included exhibitions, technology in museums, outreach, and museum visitor experience. I am currently a member of the Education Committee, and I have previously served on the SNCA board in the capacity of Member-At-Large. I am excited to play a more active role in SNCA and appreciate the opportunity to run as Secretary.

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