Board of Directors

NAGARA’s Board of Directors is made up of 13 individuals, including five Officers (President, President-Elect, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary) and eight Directors (two federal government archives and/or records administrators; two state government archives and/or records administrators; two local government archives and/or records administrators; one at-large director who represents other institutions, members, and professional interests, and one Immediate Past President).
 
The Board meets virtually on the second Thursday of each month from 1PM - 2PM EST. Board meetings are open to any active NAGARA member. If you are a member who wishes to attend a NAGARA Board Meeting, please e-mail [email protected] for more information, login details, etc. Minutes from past Board Meetings are accessible to active members logged in to the website.

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Patricia C. Franks, PhD, CA, CRM, IGP, CIGO, FAI
Professor Emerita
San Jose State University

President (2021-2022): Dr. Patricia C. Franks is Professor Emerita at the School of Information at San José State University. She is a Certified Archivist, Certified Records Manager, and Information Governance Professional as well as a member of ARMA International’s Company of Fellows. Franks is co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Archival Science, the Encyclopedia of Archival Writers, 1515-2015, and the International Directory of National Archives. She is author of Records and Information Management now in its second edition. 

As a member of the InterPARES Trust research program (2013-2019) she led projects in Social Media and Trust in Government and Retention and Disposition in the Cloud. Franks received a PhD in Organization and Management from Capella University, an MA in Social Science from Binghamton University, and a BS in Business Education from Bloomsburg University. 



Jennifer Green
Archivist Records Management Specialist III
Oklahoma Department of Libraries, State Archives

President-Elect (2021-2022): Jennifer Green began her archival career at the Oklahoma Historical Society(OHS) when they moved into a new facility in 2007. She established and lead the Manuscripts Division at OHS until she served as the first municipal archivist for The City of Oklahoma City in 2021. There she oversaw renovations to create a records storage area for permanent documents in City Hall, managed an NHPRC funded grant project to inventory the holdings and conducted records management training for city departments.

Jennifer is a founding member of the Oklahoma Archivists Association (est. 2017) and a member of the Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board. In her life outside of work, Jennifer volunteers with Period OKC Foundation and the Oklahoma Mural Syndicate.




Jen Haney Conover, MA
Records Manager/Archivist
Warren County Records Center & Archives

Vice-President (2021-2022): Jen Haney Conover is the Director of Records Management/Archives for Warren County, Ohio, where she has overseen all aspects of the county’s records management, archival and microfilm/imaging operations since 2013.  Jen received her B.A. in history with a minor in music history from Miami University, and completed her graduate education at Wright State University with a M.A. in Public History. Jen is active in the Ohio County Archivists & Records Manager Association, Society of Ohio Archivists, and the Miami Valley Archives Roundtable. Prior to coming to Warren County, Jen worked at the AFRO History Office at Wright Patterson AFB, the Greene County Room in Xenia, Ohio and in library access services at the University of Dayton. In her spare time, she is an active runner, completing 2-3 half marathons a year, loves live music and spending time with her husband Brian, daughter Lottie, and labradoodle, Striker.



Pari J. Swift, MLIS, CRM
University Records Manager
The Ohio State University
Treasurer (2021-2023): Pari Swift is the University Records Manager for The Ohio State University.  Prior to joining OSU, she served for nearly 8 years as Senior Records Manager at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, building their records program from the ground up and partnering with IT and legal on multiple major initiatives.  She began her records career at the Ohio Historical Society-State Archives where she spent 9 years as Local Government Records Archivist and then as Assistant State Archivist. She has served as chair of the Ohio Electronic Records Committee and of the governor-appointed Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB), was President of the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA) and of the Greater Columbus Chapter of ARMA. She also chairs NAGARA’s Professional Development Committee. She received her BA from Wittenberg University and her Masters of Library and Information Sciences degree from the University of Pittsburgh.  In 2014, she attained her Certified Records Manager designation. In her “free” time, she leads both of her daughter's Girl Scout troop and is a member of her local Girl Scout service unit team.



Marissa Paron
Senior Project Officer
Library and Archives Canada

Secretary (2020-2022): Marissa Paron is a Senior Project Officer, Recordkeeping Strategies, within the Government Records Initiatives Division of the Archives Branch at Library and Archives Canada (LAC), and has over 16 years of public service experience with the Government of Canada. Her current position involves providing strategic advice on the management of government records by federal institutions in support of LAC acquisition of government archives, and developing operational policies and tools for that purpose. She began her career in information management at LAC in 2007 as a Government Records Archivist responsible for appraising, acquiring, arranging, describing and providing access to the archival records of numerous federal government departments and agencies. In addition to holding a Bachelor of Arts in French, a Certificate in French Translation Studies, and a Master of Arts in Canadian Studies from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, Marissa holds a Digital Archives Specialist certificate from the Society of American Archivists.

Marissa is registered with the Standards Council of Canada as Secretary to Canada’s Mirror Committee to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) / Technical Committee (TC) 46 – Information and documentation / Subcommittee (SC) 11 – Archives and records management. She has served as Vice-President and President of the Board of Directors of the Archives Association of Ontario, and previously held membership to the Association of Canadian Archivists.



Kathleen Williams
Chief of Gallery Archives
National Gallery of Art 
Federal Government Representative (2020-2022): Kathleen M. Williams is Chief of Archives at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC where she directs the institutional archives program. Prior to joining the National Gallery in 2017, she was the Executive Director of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the grant-making arm of the National Archives. Williams served at the NHPRC beginning in 2004, first joining the staff as its Deputy Director before being named its Director in 2008.

Before joining the National Archives, she spent over twenty years as an archivist in private and public museums. She served for ten years at the Smithsonian Institution as a member of the senior staff of the Smithsonian Institution Archives, including service as its Archives Division Director.  Her career has included ten years as archivist at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where she began the archives program. Her career in archives began in 1982, serving for two years as assistant archivist at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.  

Williams has a BA in history from the College of the Holy Cross.   She studied archives and history as a graduate student at the University of Maryland, and received an MA in arts and cultural administration from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. She was named an SAA Fellow in 2015.




Tara Bell
Technical Information Specialist
U.S. Geological Survey Great Lakes Science Center
Federal Government Representative (2021-2023): Tara Bell is a Technical Information Specialist for the Great Lakes Science Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is responsible for developing and implementing the records, data, and library management program at the Center. Tara is a member of multiple Bureau-wide working groups that focus on data management and is a co-lead for the Data at Risk Working Group, which aims to identify and preserve legacy data. Tara has a BA in Public History from Western Michigan University and a MS in Information with an emphasis in Archives and Records Management from the University of Michigan. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, salsa dancing, crafting, and going to estate sales - usually with a cup of tea in hand.   



Kristopher Stenson
State Records Manager
Oregon State Archives
State Government Representative (2021-2023): Kristopher Stenson is State Records Manager for the Oregon State Archives, where he works with state and local government agencies to proactively manage their electronic records securely and efficiently in a centralized ERMS environment. He is a frequent presenter at government agencies and their association meetings, focusing primarily on topics surrounding technology and electronic records. Kristopher is a strong advocate for a proactive approach to records management and archives, and is passionate about helping others get past their own technological and administrative hurdles. 

Kristopher previously worked as the Electronic Records Archivist for the Illinois State Archives, and has been an active member of the Council of State Archivists’ State Electronic Records Initiative since its inception. In 2018 he served on NAGARA’s Digital Rights Management working group and contributed to its report. Kristopher holds a Master’s degree in Library Science from Indiana University and an MA in History from Washington State University.




Shanté Ellis
Executive Administrative Manager
Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission
State Government Representative (2021-2023): Shanté Ellis has worked in various capacities within the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission since 2001. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Strayer University in 2012. Her current position as Executive Administrative Manager, allows her to represent the agency in many ways. Her most recent primary focus has turned to maintaining the agency’s National Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) Accreditation; all while supporting the agency’s Records Management needs. She leads a team of Record Ambassadors throughout the agency to ensure compliance. She recently led the agency through the five-year re-accreditation process. Out of thousands of agencies in the country at the time, only 169 parks and recreation agencies had earned accreditation. The CAPRA Visitors Report noted that CCPRC is among less than 1% of all National Parks and Recreation agencies to demonstrated compliance with all 151 standards and the visitors did not request any follow-up information within the 30-day post-visit period. This is more than impressive, it's extraordinary! Shante continues to promote innovative ways for quality improvement using the latest technology within the agency to assist with serving its varied customer base and continuous internal change processes.



Anne Frantilla
Director, City Archives & Records Management Program
Seattle Municipal Archives & Records Management
Local Government Representative (2021-2023): Anne Frantilla is Director of Archives, Records Management and Public Disclosure in the Office of the City Clerk at the City of Seattle. A native Seattle-ite, she has been at the City of Seattle since 1999. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Washington, and received her MLS and an MA in History from the University of Michigan.  Previously, she has worked at the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan, and began her career as archivist for Burroughs Corporation.



Lindsey Rambow
Data & Records Administrator
Town of Hilton Head Island, SC
Local Government Representative (2021-2023): Lindsey Rambow is the Data & Records Administrator for the Town of Hilton Head Island. Her decade of local government experience includes traditional records management activities along with electronic content management system design, budget development, election administration, managing responses to FOIA requests, working with digitization vendors, and providing training and consultation. As an IT and records professional at a small local government, Lindsey wears many hats! She understands that local government administrators often face a daunting information environment with limited resources and staffing. Lindsey earned her BA from Wofford College, where she learned to be an effective communicator, and her MLIS from University of South Carolina, where she learned that information science is the future of work.



JA Pryse
Curator and Senior Archivist III
Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center
University of Oklahoma
At-Large Representative (2021-2023): JA Pryse is the Senior Archivist III at the Carl Albert Center’s Congressional Archives. JA’s research is focused on methodology to procure efficient content management strategies and long-term digital preservation productivity cycles to ensure accessibility through the digital content life-cycle. JA’s specialties include archival preservation, conservation, and process policy management, audio/video engineering, and knowledge management. 

JA has been a member of national, regional, and local professional archive and museum organizations; has served on multiple committees, and participated as host or instructor for multiple seminars and workshops. JA is also an active Executive Board Member for the Oklahoma Museum Associations and focuses on community outreach, open-source connectivity, and improving accessibility of information to the public sector.

JA is passionate about extending professional and community engagement to support continuity and reliability of our work, throughout the ages and to prepare future archivists for successful careers as custodians of history.  Through active engagement within the field of archive science, longevity of the profession is certain. As a successful leader in multiple organizations, JA has spent his career working to sustain and improve professional standards, educational opportunities, and advancement in the field of archival work.



Caryn A. Wojcik, MILS, CA
Senior Records Analyst
Michigan Records Management Services
Immediate Past President (2021-2022): Ms. Wojcik has worked for the State of Michigan since 1996.  She is responsible for developing Retention and Disposal Schedules for public records, information governance initiatives, and training government employees about best practices for records management.  Ms. Wojcik received both her bachelor’s degree in history (1993) and her master’s degree in information and library science (1995) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  She is a Certified Archivist (received 2001).

Ms. Wojcik participated in many grant projects funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), including the SDSC Archivists’ Workbench project, the Michigan RMA Pilot Project, the PERM Project, the PAT Project and the DCAPE Project.  She wrote and taught the SAA DAS course, “Appraisal of Electronic Records.”  

Ms. Wojcik was secretary to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA) between 2003-2012.