Graduate Alumni Profiles

Name: Kevin Lanning
Title: Chief Information Security Officer
Employer: UNC-Chapel Hill
Degree: MSIS
Graduation year: 2007
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? After graduation from UNC-CH with a B.A. in the 1980s, I moved to California where I was a risk manager for an insurance company for many years. I served 2 years in the US Peace...
Name: Jeanne Harris
Title: James Simons Elementary School Library Media Specialist
Employer: Charleston County School District
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2016
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? Before coming to SILS my only background was in English Literature, my bachelor's degree. I had never had a job of any kind, but I was anxious to start working. I knew I wanted to...
Name: Yukiko Sakai
Title: Associate Professor
Employer: Keio University
Degree: MSIS
Graduation year: 2001
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? Since graduating from Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, with a B.A. in library science, I had been working for the university mainly as a medical librarian already for over 15 years....
Name: Gerald Holmes
Title: Reference Librarian and Diversity Coordinator for University Libraries
Employer: UNC-Greensboro
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 1985
Gerald Holmes is currently the Reference Librarian and Diversity Coordinator at the University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG).  As a member of the Libraries’ administrative faculty, Holmes led the creation of the Libraries...
Name: Elizabeth Porter
Title: School Librarian
Employer: Carrboro Elementary School
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2015
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? After receiving my BA in French from Oberlin College in 2011, I moved to North Carolina and began working as a Teacher Assistant in a first grade class at Glenwood Elementary School...
Name: Jason Griffey
Title: Librarian, Technologist, Founder
Employer: Evenly Distributed
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2004
Jason Griffey (MSLS'04) is a librarian, technologist, and founder/principal at Evenly Distributed LLC, which provides consultation to libraries in need of expertise in strategic technology planning and building projects. He is also a Fellow at the Berkman...
Name: Karin Michel
Title: Youth & Family Experiences Manager
Employer: Chapel Hill Public Library
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 1998
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? I came straight from an undergraduate program at Virginia Tech, where I double majored in Spanish and International Studies. How has your career progressed since you graduated SILS?...
Name: David Gallin-Parisi
Title: School Librarian
Employer: St. Anthony Catholic High School
Degree: MSIS
Graduation year: 2011
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? I have a BFA in Studio Art, focusing on Sculpture and BA in English, focusing on Creative Writing. I worked as the Education Coordinator at a small contemporary art museum in...
Name: Sofía Becerra-Licha
Title: Associate Director, Archives
Employer: Berklee College of Music
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2012
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? I completed a double major in music and Spanish as well as a master’s in music (ethnomusicology concentration) before electing to pursue my MSLS at UNC-CH. This was a career change...
Name: Casey Rawson
Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Project READY
Employer: UNC Chapel Hill SILS
Degree: MSLS, PhD
Graduation year: 2011
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? Before coming to SILS for my MSLS, I was a middle school science teacher. I have an MAT in Middle Grades Education from the University of Louisville and a BS in Biology from Duke...
Name: Jennifer Hill
Title: Distance Education Librarian/Electronic Resources Manager
Employer: Johns Hopkins University
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2008
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? I went directly to SILS after graduating with my Bachelors in English and a concentration in Secondary Education. I had planned to become a middle school librarian, but I found a...
Name: Oak Ritchie
Title: Communications Specialist
Employer: UNC - School of Medicine
Degree: MSIS
Graduation year: 2015
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? I had gotten my BA in Media Arts from USC - Columbia. I was a documentary filmmaker and blogger, working on projects for local to international clients. How has your career...
Name: Page Laubheimer
Title: User Experience Specialist
Employer: Nielsen Norman Group
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2012
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? I had earned a BA a few years prior, and was relatively under-employed, working in paraprofessional jobs that were fairly rote and were not especially intellectually challenging....
Name: Matt Poland
Title: Instructor/PhD Student
Employer: University of Washington
Degree: MSIS
Graduation year: 2016
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? My background is in English literature, especially British literature and print culture. In your current employment, what are your job duties and responsibilities? I am a doctoral...
Name: Siobhan Loendorf
Title: Assistant Director
Employer: Catawba County Library
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2009
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? Prior to going to SILS, I had completed a BA in French Education K-12 with a minor in Russian. However, instead of teaching I found a job working in customer service for...
Name: Kate Meyer
Title: UX Specialist
Employer: Nielsen Norman Group
Degree: BSIS, MSIS
Graduation year: 2015
How has your career progressed since you graduated SILS? I was fortunate to begin my career while working on my bachelor's and master's degrees - through internships while earning my BSIS, and by studying part-time while earning my MSIS. Balancing work and...
Name: Marian Fragola
Title: Director, Program Planning & Outreach
Employer: NCSU Libraries
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2008
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? BA in English; marketing and development; fundraising consulting. How has your career progressed since you graduated SILS? Attained professional jobs with high-level responsibilities...
Name: Alex Kyrios
Title: Editor, Dewey Decimal Classification
Employer: OCLC (at Library of Congress)
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2011
Alex Kyrios is an Editor of the Dewey Decimal Classification, employed by OCLC and working out of the Library of Congress. He’s responsible for updating and maintaining the world’s most widely used library classification system, and for exploring new uses of...

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