2017 SNCA Executive Board Elections

The 2017 SNCA Executive Board elections are almost here! Elections will take place from February 27th-March 13th by electronic ballot, and instructions will be sent out to all registered SNCA members shortly before voting opens.

Meet the Candidates


Hannah D. Cox
I have been the Archivist for the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library since 2014, where my responsibilities include processing and managing archival collections, providing access, and reference. Previously, I was the Archives Specialist at Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI), working with the Philanthropic Studies Collection. I earned my Master of Library Science and Master of Arts in Public History degrees from IUPUI in 2010, and Bachelor of Science degrees in Anthropology and History from Ball State University in 2004. I currently serve on the SNCA board as Vice-President/Program Chair and manage our Facebook account, with previous involvement as Member-at-Large. I am honored to be a candidate for President, and am very excited by the opportunity to continue my service on the SNCA board.

VP/Program Chair:

Katie Causier Howell
I am the University Archivist for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where I am responsible for managing the university archives, providing guidance on issues of records management, and coordinating records center activities. I attended the University of Texas at Austin where I received my MSIS with a specialization in Archives and Records Management. I previously worked as the college archivist for Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, where I established the college’s first archives, and as the reference archivist at the Austin History Center. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as the secretary of SNCA, a position which I have held since 2013, and look forward to continuing to serve this wonderful organization should I be elected Programming Chair/Vice President.

Kelly Wooten
Research Services and Collection Development Librarian for the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and Librarian for Sexuality Studies, Duke University Libraries. Co-editor of the anthology Make Your Own History: Documenting Feminist and Queer History in the 21st Century (Litwin Books, 2012). Archives Leadership Institute, 2016 cohort. I am active in the Zine Librarians network, hosting the 2014 Zine Librarians (un)Conference at Duke University, and have experience planning other multi-day events for the Sallie Bingham Center over the past 10 years. During 2016, I served as a member-at-large on the SNCA board, and would enjoy moving into a leadership role with this organization.

Development Chair:

Karen Feeney
Karen Feeney is a special collections librarian and archivist for the North Carolina Room of the Forsyth County Public Library in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is a 2014 NCLA Leadership Institute alum and became a certified archivist last year. When not working on archive projects she stays busy responding to local history and genealogy reference requests. One of the most rewarding aspects of her work is facilitating branch genealogy programs for patrons and staff. As Development Chair, she will continue to work with the committee to develop fundraising ideas and to connect with sponsors for our annual conference.

Education Chair:

Stephanie Bennett
I am currently the Collections Archivist for Wake Forest University, which is my alma mater. I also hold an MSLIS with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons College. In addition to being a member of SNCA since my move to NC, I am an active member of the Midwest Archives Conference, the Society of American Archivists, and the Academy of Certified Archivists. Previous to being at WFU, I worked at Iowa State University, Boston College, and long ago as a corporate research analyst. As Education Committee chair, I would continue the great work that Amy McDonald and the Education Committee have accomplished by managing SNCA's scholarship programs and providing great workshops to NC's archivists.

Virginia Ferris
Virginia Ferris is Outreach and Engagement Program Librarian for North Carolina State University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center, where she coordinates a wide range of outreach and educational activities for Special Collections. She holds the MSLS with a focus on Archival Management from UNC-Chapel Hill. Ferris was previously an NCSU Libraries Fellow (2014-2016), and holds experience in oral history, community engagement, exhibit curation, and archival processing at New York University's Glucksman Ireland House, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and the Louis Round Wilson Library for Special Collections at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Electronic Resources Chair:

Jennifer Coggins
I have been Records Services Archivist at the University Archives at UNC Chapel Hill since 2014. In that role, my work focuses on collection management and digital projects related to university history, including the UNC T-Shirt Archive. I have an MSLS from UNC Chapel Hill with a concentration in Archives and Records Management and a BA in history from Wofford College. I will complete a graduate certificate in Digital Public Humanities from George Mason University in spring 2017. I have been a member of SNCA since 2013 and have served on the J-SNCA editorial board since 2015. In my work at UNC and elsewhere I have frequently been responsible for creating and maintaining web content, and would be excited to serve SNCA as Electronic Resources Chair.

Camille Tyndall Watson
Camille Tyndall Watson is the Digital Archivist at the State Archives of North Carolina. Previously, she has worked as the assistant archivist at the North Carolina Railroad Company, and an audio technician for the Southern Folklife Collection. She received her MLS with a concentration in Archives and Records Management from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2012, her MA in English Literature from Boston College in 2009, and her undergraduate degrees in English and Theatre Arts from ECU in 2006. She currently serves on the SNCA Education committee, and volunteers as the archivist for the Women's Theatre Festival of NC.

Membership Chair:

Rita Johnson
I'm the Digital Production Librarian at UNC Charlotte, where I was first hired in 2013 to manage a grant-funded digitization project. I coordinate the digitization of special collections and university archives materials at my institution, and the publication of digital collections content. Some of my other professional interests include assessment of digital collections and collaborative workflows for oral history description. I'm currently participating on the Programs Committee this year for the 2017 conference, and I'm looking for new ways to contribute to SNCA and become more active in my profession. I find the Membership Chairperson position appealing because I would like to get to know more archivists across the state and help SNCA to grow.

Winnie Titchener
Winnie Titchener works as Associate Archivist at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, where she heads the Estate's growing oral history program. In addition to sourcing and conducting interviews, she works with estate curators to craft narratives around local history and contributes to programming, social media outreach, and exhibitions. Previously, she worked with the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2009 - 2011 while earning her MSLS. Winnie has serving as SNCA's Membership Chair since 2015 and looks forward to the opportunity to continue in this role.


Erin Allsop
Hello! My name is Erin Elizabeth Allsop and I am running as a candidate for secretary of the Society of North Carolina Archivists.I currently serve as the archivist for Central Piedmont Community College where I oversee the preservation of and access to the historical records of the College. Originally from Long Island, New York, I graduated from C.U.N.Y. - Queens College in 2015 with a Master’s degree in library and information science (with a specialized focus on archival studies). 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. Prior to moving to Charlotte, I served as archivist for the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Brooklyn College, The Green-Wood Cemetery, and the American Irish Historical Society. My archival interests include digital preservation, community archives, and archival outreach/advocacy.The role of secretary is significant in any organization; for without their effective dictation and organizational skills, the records of the organization (essentially its history) are in jeopardy. 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!

Member at Large:

Chrystal Carpenter
Chrystal Carpenter joined Elon University in 2015 where she leads the University Archives & Special Collections department in all aspects of archival management. Prior to joining Elon she was the Head Archivist for the J. Craig Venter Institute, the Manuscript and Congressional Archivist for the University of Arizona, and the archival consultation for the January 8 Memorial Foundation created in the wake of the January 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona. Carpenter earned a Master’s in information resources and library science from the University of Arizona. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists and the 2013 Archives Leadership Institute cohort. As a current member of the SNCA program committee Chrystal is eager to play a more active role in contributing to SNCA through the member at large position.

Bari Helms
I am the Director of Archives and Library at Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, where I have worked since May 2014. Previously, I worked as a local records archivist at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, where I also served on Virginia’s Archives Week Committee. I received an MLS from the University of North Carolina and hold a BA in History from Duke University. My responsibilities and interests include collections management, outreach, and museum visitor experience. I have been a member of SNCA since returning to North Carolina and am honored to be a candidate for Member at Large.

Sara Maeve Whisnant
Sara Maeve Whisnant is a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the Library and Information Studies Program. She has been a member of SNCA since last year and was a recipient of the C. David Jackson Memorial Scholarship for 2016. Sara Maeve is interested in outreach and instruction and is currently on the Education and Archives Month committees. She also serves as President for the UNCG chapter of the Library and Information Studies Student Association (an ALA student group) as well as the University Libraries Diversity Committee. Sara Maeve works in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives where she creates exhibits, social media content, and other work in preparation for the 125th Anniversary Celebrations. She previously worked with the Women Veterans Historical Project (WVHP), as an undergraduate and graduate student. She also works as a Reference Desk Intern for UNCG’s University Libraries.