Graduate Alumni Profiles

Name: Hannah Rains
Title: Site IT Lead / Client Technologies
Employer: BD Technologies
Degree: MSIS
Graduation year: 2001
Hannah was hired by BD Technologies in July 2001 as an Emerging Technologies Engineer. Since then she has held multiple positions within the Service Delivery organization, and she is now the Site Lead for BDT as well as a core team member of the Client...
Name: Michael S. Gelinne
Title: Regulatory Documentation Manager
Employer: Bayer AG
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 1983
In my current position with Bayer CropScience I manage electronic intellectual property for the U.S. Regulatory Affairs Department.  This work involves creating XML-based electronic dossiers used in submissions to the Environmental Protection Agency and the...
Name: Michael Habib
Title: Product Manager
Employer: Elsevier
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2006
Michael was recruited by Elsevier in 2008 to develop the business case for a new knowledge sharing, expert profiling and networking product.  He was recruited as a direct result of his SILS Master’s Paper, which was on a similar topic.  In this role, he...
Name: Paul V. Gerwe
Title: Solutions Manager
Employer: Procter & Gamble
Degree: MSIS
Graduation year: 1999
Paul Gerwe is developing new processes and approaches for search optimization within P&G's intranet.  The challenges are both significant and different than Internet Search Engine Optimization. "There are many common misconceptions people hold about...
Name: Jane Baugh
Title: Library Services Director
Employer: Woods Rogers, PLC Law Firm
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 1979
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? I had completed a B.A. in English from Mary Washington College (now University of Mary Washington). How has your career progressed since you graduated SILS? My first job was in the...
Name: Samantha Guss
Title: Data Services & Public Policy Librarian
Employer: New York University
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2009
Samantha started at NYU in July 2009 as Data Services Librarian, a newly formed position in the Data Service Studio, which is a joint ITS and Libraries facility designed to support research involving quantitative, qualitative, and geographic software. She is...
Name: Eric Obershaw
Title: VP, Head of Business Information Services Asia
Employer: Morgan Stanley Japan Group
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2001
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? B.A. in Japanese and two years teaching English How has your career progressed since you graduated SILS? I joined Morgan Stanley soon after SILS graduation as a junior researcher in...
Name: Jennifer Lohmann
Title: Sales and Marketing Specialist
Employer: NoveList
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2006
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? I graduated with a bachelor's in economics and quickly realized that I wasn't interested in any "traditional" jobs for economists. Turns out, investment banking just wasn't for me....
Name: David Woodbury
Title: Learning Commons Librarian
Employer: North Carolina State University Libraries
Degree: MSIS
Graduation year: 2009
Currently the Learning Commons Librarian for NCSU Libraries, Woodbury assists with the planning, management, and delivery of services in NCSU's library learning spaces. He also manages student engagement initiatives and programming schema for the Learning...
Name: Mary Samouelian
Title: Doris Duke Collection Archivist
Employer: Duke University
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2008
Mary Samouelian currently works for Duke University Archives where she is responsible for processing the materials of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Historical Archives, an 800 plus linear foot collection donated to Duke University in 2009. This is a...
Name: Erin White
Title: Head, Digital Engagement
Employer: Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries
Degree: MSIS
Graduation year: 2009
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? I came to SILS straight out of my undergraduate studies at UGA. I was a sociology and journalism major, but had been working part-time as a web designer for the university for a few...
Name: Kim Duckett
Title: Principal Librarian for Digital Technologies and Learning
Employer: North Carolina State University Libraries
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2001
Duckett works in the Research and Information Department at the NCSU Libraries, where she leads a team focused on instruction, e-learning, and outreach to undergraduates. Her expertise is focused on support of online learning, instructional technologies, and...
Name: Kevin Cherry
Title: Deputy Secretary
Employer: North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
Degree: MSLS, PhD
Graduation year: 2010
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? I was a graduate student in History (specializing in History of Science) at UNC-Chapel Hill and working as a graduate assistant in Wilson Library's North Carolina Collection when I...
Name: Larry Alford
Title: Chief Librarian
Employer: University of Toronto
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 1977
Larry Alford, the current vice provost for Libraries, university librarian and dean of University Libraries at Temple University, has been named the chief librarian at the University of Toronto. He is set to begin his new seven-year appointment Aug. 1, 2011....
Name: Ketan Palshikar
Title: Premier Field Engineer
Employer: Microsoft Corporation
Degree: MSIS
Graduation year: 2011
Ketan Palshikar was hired by Microsoft Corporation in December 2010 and in February 2011, he physically joined Microsoft as a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) based in Charlotte, NC where Microsoft has a office with around 1000 employees. Ketan is part of the...
Name: Heather McCullough
Title: Associate Director for Instructional Programs
Employer: Center of Teaching and Learning, UNC Charlotte
Degree: MSIS
Graduation year: 2007
Heather McCullough is the Associate Director for Instructional Programs at the Center of Teaching and Learning at UNC Charlotte. She leads the instructional programs staff and implements the major instructional programs, large-scale instructional projects,...
Name: Jason Griffey
Title: Head of Library Information Technology
Employer: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Degree: MSLS
Graduation year: 2004
At the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Jason is working hard on a number of projects, but the most exciting is the design and construction of the new academic library for the campus, a $48 million dollar structure that is in the 3rd year of planning....
Name: Sarah Snow
Title: Information Management Consultant
Employer: Self-Employed
Degree: MSIS
Graduation year: 2004
Prior to attaining her M.S.I.S. degree at SILS, Sarah had a 20 year career as a network consultant and later business executive for BellSouth, AT&T and MCI. She then became a self-employed Information Management consultant, doing project work for various...