The SILS Alumni Association (SILSAA) Board includes the following elected representatives, as well as ex officio members Gary Marchionini, SILS dean and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor; Tammy Cox, associate dean of administration and special academic programs; and Anne Web, associate dean of development.
Erin Carter, President – Erin is a Program Manager for Cisco's Operations team. She work in corporate communications, talent development, and program management. Previous roles have included business intelligence & data analytics, filmmaking & editing, and IT Help Desks. She holds a Master of Corporate Real Estate, an MSIS ('14) from UNC SILS, and a BA in Communication Studies from UNC.
| Hillary Fox, Immediate Past President – Hillary is the Collections & Research Librarian for Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at NC State University where she supports research and data initiatives for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Before joining NC State, she was the Science Librarian at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL. Hillary holds a BA in Geography from UNC ('12) and an MSLS ('14) from SILS..
|Anita Jotwani, Vice President/President Elect – Anita is a product management lead at Walmart, Inc specializing enterprise and people analytics. She previously worked in product and transformation roles at Thomson Reuters and at Goldman Sachs. She earned her BS in Information Science from SILS at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2005 and is currently obtaining her MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.|
Meggie Lasher, Secretary – Meggie is is the Research and Academic Engagement Librarian at Davidson College, where she leads outreach and programming.
Meaghan O’Riordan, Treasurer – Meaghan O’Riordan has served as the Accessioning Archivist for the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives & Rare Book Library at Emory University since 2016. Previously she was a Library Associate for the Gwinnett County Public Library system (2014-2016) and a Library Associate at the Special Collections Research Center at North Carolina State University (2012-2014). She holds a masters in library science from UNC-Chapel Hill (2014).
Jennie Goforth, Communications Director – Jennie Goforth is the managing editor of the Center for Engaged Learning at Elon University, where she helps teaching and learning scholars communicate their research. Previously, she was the Research & Design Services Librarian at UNC-Chapel Hill and the Web Librarian at Appalachian State. She got her MSLS from SILS in 2010 and also holds an M.Ed in Instructional Technology from NCSU.
|Rachel~Anne Spencer, Alumni Diversity Committee Representative – Rachel~Anne is the librarian for the Liberty Campus of Savannah Technical College, where (as a community college alumna herself) she enjoys helping students seeking certifications, diplomas, and two-year degrees. She earned her BSIS at SILS in 2017 and went on to earn her MSIS in 2019. She has been a library worker since she was 16 and is passionate about empowering people through information and digital literacy.|
Pay It Forward: Volunteer for the SILS Alumni Association Board!
Your SILS experience has benefited you in many ways. The SILS Alumni Association (SILSAA) is dedicated to helping foster the same high level of experiences for current and future SILS students and to helping alumni stay connected to and involved in the SILS community. To stay vibrant, the association needs your input and energy. An excellent way to become involved is to join the SILSAA Board. The positions are: President, Vice-President/President Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Communications Director. To submit your name for the slate of candidates, e-mail the SILSAA president. Below is more detailed information about each position.
The offices of Vice President/President Elect, President, and Past President are usually held by one person. That person serves one year in each of the offices for a total service of three consecutive years. The duties of the Vice President/President Elect, President, and Past President are as follows:
In the second year, when the officer takes the position of President, organizes and presides over regular meetings of Executive Board and sets agenda with help from Board members; represents SILSAA at campus functions as needed; serves (ex-officio) on the Board of Directors of the UNC General Alumni Association and attends quarterly meetings; speaks to graduating class at Spring and Winter commencement; presides over general business meetings; presents awards at commencement and events; assists with planning of events and graduation activities; and assists with nomination of new officers.
Vice President/President Elect
In the first year as Vice President, attends monthly Board meetings and becomes familiar with the operations of the Association by working with the Executive Board in planning various functions and by assisting the President. The Vice President plans events and graduation activities that will engage with alumni and students. The Vice President/President Elect assumes the duties of the President in the President's absence. In the second year, this individual fulfills the duties of President. The individual serving as VP may serve remotely and may coordinate with the Executive Board on managing on-campus engagement.
During the third year, when the officer takes the position of Past President, attends monthly Board meetings, offers advice and assistance to the new President and assists the Executive Board as needed. The Past President assists with planning of events.
The Treasurer serves a two year term and assists with keeping financial records of the Association. The Treasurer's mission is to assure that funds are managed to optimize the Association's efforts to achieve its goals and fulfill its mission. The Treasurer's responsibilities include, but are not limited to, maintaining a record of event fees and costs; maintaining a record of disbursements; reporting on the financial condition of the Association at all Board meetings; preparing and delivering to the President, by September 1 of each year, an annual financial report (July I through June 30); consulting with the Board and obtaining its approval for expenditures; and serving on committees and performing other duties as requested by the Executive Board and as deemed necessary for the good of the Association.
The Secretary records minutes of all board meetings. In addition to distributing minutes and other meeting materials, this SILS-AA board member maintains the organization’s files in Google Drive.
The Communications Director serves a two-year term, focusing on SILSAA’s digital communications with alumni, including email, web presence, and social media. The individual participates in SILSAA Board meetings and works closely with SILS’ Director of Communications on relevant projects. May be expected to represent SILSAA at SILS events (depending on location).
SAID Representative (new position)
This position serves a 1-year term and is the liaison between the SILSAA Board, the SILS Diversity Committee, and the SILS Alumni Inclusion and Diversity (SAID) Committee. The SAID Representative's mission is to advise the Board on engaging and increasing involvement with SILS minority alumni and current students.