Alumni Board

Give Back to SILS: Volunteer for the Alumni Association Board

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.

Portrait Photo of Sarah CarrierSarah Carrier, President – Sarah is the North Carolina Research and Instruction Librarian at Wilson Special Collections Library at UNC-Chapel Hill, a position she has held since 2015. She supports and facilitates scholarship about the history, people, and culture of North Carolina using special collections materials. She currently serves on the Conference Committee for LAUNC-CH, chairs the NCLA Special Collections Round Table, and is a member of the SNCA Education Committee. She has a bachelor’s in German and International Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill (2001) and an MSIS from SILS (2008).

Portrait photo of Hillary FoxHillary Fox, Vice President/President-Elect – Hillary is the Science Reference Librarian and Collection Development Coordinator at the University of West Florida. Hillary holds a BA, Geography from UNC and an MSLS ('14) from UNC SILS.

Portrait photo of Claire LeverettClaire Leverett, Immediate Past President – Claire is the Assistant Director of NC LIVE where she manages NC LIVE’s internal operations and ongoing services for member libraries.  Before coming to NC LIVE, Claire was the Acquisitions Librarian at Tulane Law Library and Reference and Instruction Librarian at Mary Baldwin College. She earned her MSLS from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2010 and a B.A. in History and Music from SUNY Geneseo.

Portrait photo of Meggie LasherMeggie Lasher, Secretary – Meggie is is the Research and Academic Engagement Librarian at Davidson College, where she leads outreach and programming.

Head and shoulders photo of Jamie Patrick BurnsJamie Patrick-Burns, Treasurer – Jamie is the Digital Archivist for the State Archives of North Carolina, where she is responsible for maintaining the repository of born-digital and digitized records of the State of North Carolina. She is a member of the Society of North Carolina Archivists Program Committee and the CoSA SERI Education Subcommittee. Previously she has worked with Durham County Library, the WiderNet Project, and Duke University Archives. She earned her MSLS from SILS in 2015.

Portrait photo of Kim HenzeKim Henze, Communications Director  – Kim is the Reference Librarian for Design, Production & Drama at the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, N.C. She previously worked as Community Engagement Librarian at NC LIVE and for the Undergraduate Library at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she also served as an Artists’ Studio Archives Fellow. She earned a BA in Art History, Ancient Studies, and Environmental Studies from St. Olaf College in 2014 and an MSLS and MA in Art History from UNC in 2017.

Anita JotwaniAnita Jotwani, Alumni Diversity Committee Representative – 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.

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.

Past President
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.

Communications Director
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.