Senior Managers and Managers Biographies

 

Ellen S. Dunlap
Ellen has served as president of the Society since 1992. She previously held positions as director of the Rosenbach Museum and Library (Philadelphia) and research librarian at what is now the Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin, where she earned both her B.A. and M.L.S. She has served as chair of MassHumanities; the Independent Research Libraries Association; the Archives, Manuscripts, and Special Collections program of the Research Libraries Group; and the Worcester Cultural Coalition; and as a member of the board of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation; ESTC/North America; Rare Books School, University of Virginia; the Massachusetts Center for the Book; the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries; and the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (Philadelphia).

 

Susan Forgit
Susan is the finance director at AAS. In addition to the finance department, she is responsible for Buildings and Grounds, Information Technology, and Human Resources. Prior to coming to AAS, Susan had held both public and hospital accounting positions. She has a B.A. from Nichols College and an M.B.A. from Clark University.


 

Thomas Knoles
Tom is the Marcus A. McCorison librarian and curator of manuscripts. Before coming to AAS as curator of manuscripts in 1990, he held positions at Rutgers University’s Special Collections Department and the Worcester Public Library. Tom became the Society’s head librarian in 2006 and in that role he oversees the operation of the library and its staff and heads the Collection Development Committee. As curator he is also responsible for acquisitions and reference assistance for the manuscripts collection. He has published and delivered papers on a range of subjects related to the history of AAS and to the history of manuscripts in America. Tom has a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.L.S. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

 

Matthew Shakespeare
Matthew is the executive vice president for external affairs. He works closely with Ellen Dunlap and other AAS staff, as well as the Executive Committee and Council, and he is responsible for fundraising and external relations. Matthew has previously held leadership positions at the University of Southern California, Harvard University, and the University of Texas, amongst other institutions. He has a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an M.T.S. from Harvard.

 

 

Megan Bocian-Pellicane
As the digital expediting coordinator, Meg works closely with both senior management and staff within the library, as well as the many publishing companies working with AAS. Meg has a B.A. in History from Worcester State University and is actively continuing her education towards an M.L.I.S. While she has previously held other positions within the Society since her arrival in 2000, Meg is currently responsible for the management of the collections as it pertains to digital projects.

 

Andrew P. Cariglia
Andy is the head of buildings and grounds and has held this position since 2002. He is directly responsible for the five buildings within our campus, manages two assistant maintenance personnel, and is a member of the Buildings and Grounds Committee. Andy has over twenty five years’ experience within the HVAC/R, plumbing, and sprinkler fields. His past education includes but is not limited to Worcester Technical Institute and The Peterson School of Engineering and holds certificates in related courses of study.

 

Anthony D. Conti (Nick)
Nick is the director of information technology. He is responsible for the Society's computer systems, telecommunications, and user support. Nick has been at AAS since 1997, having also worked in the reference and cataloging departments. He has a B.S. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an M.A. from Clark University.

 

Alan N. Degutis
Alan is head of cataloging services. He oversees AAS catalogers in their efforts to bring the Society's holdings under bibliographic control and make them accessible to readers. He works closely with librarian Thomas Knoles, and the staff of the Acquisitions and Conservation Departments. Alan began working at AAS in 1974. He has a B.A. in German Language and Literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an M.S.L.S from Columbia University.

 

Paul J. Erickson
Paul is the director of academic programs at AAS. He works with colleagues across the institution to coordinate all of the Society’s programs designed for academic audiences, including conferences, summer seminars, the online quarterly magazine Common-place, the undergraduate American Studies Seminar, and the AAS fellowship programs. He has previously worked in publishing, in the field of international relations, and in management consulting. He holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

Babette Gehnrich
Babette Gehnrich is the chief conservator. She is responsible for the preservation of the Society’s collections and works closely with library staff. She received her training in book/paper conservation and hand bookbinding in Berlin, Germany, and the Centro del bel Libro in Switzerland. Prior to joining the AAS staff in 1989, she held the position of assistant book conservator at Yale University.

 

Vincent Golden
Vince Golden is the curator of newspapers and periodicals. He provides reference service to the collection as well as builds and improves access to it. Vince also works with the other curators towards collection development and coordination of multi-collection projects. He was formerly the special collections/reference librarian at the Paul V. Galvin Library at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and worked in the office of Special Collections Administration for several years at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He received his G.S.L.I.S. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

 

Kathleen M. Haley
Kathleen is the information systems librarian. She is responsible for managing the automated system for cataloging and acquisitions and for maintaining the Society's online catalog. She also works on developing other internal databases at AAS, such as the Clarence database of newspaper holdings. Outside of AAS, she is serving as a data management consultant for the forthcoming EMINA database of Egyptian mummies in North America. Kathleen began her career in the library at Old Sturbridge Village followed by work at the Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library before coming to AAS in 1995. She holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Rhode Island.

 

Molly O’Hagan Hardy
Molly is the digital humanities curator. She oversees a number of digital research and pedagogical projects using AAS materials, both in-house and in the larger scholarly community, addressing questions about both how to build tools and how digital humanities projects can be preserved in meaningful and useful ways. While receiving her Ph.D. in eighteenth-century transatlantic literature at the University of Texas at Austin, Molly worked as a graduate research intern at the Harry Ransom Center.

 

Lauren B. Hewes
Lauren is the Andrew W. Mellon curator of graphic arts. She builds and cares for the Society's collections of prints, broadsides, ephemera, and photographs and works with the curatorial team, the Center for Historic American Visual Culture (CHAViC), our fellows, and outside scholars to make connections between American history and the visual resources of the Society. Lauren has previously held positions at the Print Council of America, the National Park Service, and the Shelburne Museum, and she has published widely on American printmaking and portraiture. She has a B.S. from Ithaca College and an M.A. in Art History from Williams College.

 

Marie E. Lamoureux
Marie is the collections manager and is responsible for the maintenance of the various collections and several projects pertaining to them. She is also the resident genealogy specialist and is involved with the Society’s seminar and class workshops. Marie has held numerous positions in her career at AAS, which began in 1976. She has a B.A. in American History and Library Science from Worcester State University.

 

Margaret P. Lesinski (Peg)
Peg is the head of acquisitions. She works closely with all five curators and is responsible for receiving, funding, and processing all the new acquisitions, as well as maintaining the acquisitions module for the online system. Peg has previously worked at the Shrewsbury Public Library, C/WMARS, Inc., and the Donohue Group, Inc. She has a B.S.Ed from Westfield State College and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Rhode Island.

 

Carol-Ann P. Mackey
Carol-Ann is the director of human resources. She has been at the Society since 1978, serving in the Administration and Development Departments. As director of human resources she guides and manages the overall provision of HR services, policies, and programs. Carol-Ann has a B.A. in psychology from Clark University and certificates in human resources.

 

James David Moran
Jim is director of outreach and oversees the Society’s promotional activities, the Creative and Performing Artists and Writers Fellowships, and all programming aimed at the general public and K-12 educators and students. He is also a writer, director, and producer who has created a wide variety of video, audio, and theatrical presentations. He wrote and produced the new introductory videos on this website, as well as the AAS-sponsored radio program The History Show, which appeared on 151 public radio stations in 47 states, and the Society’s Isaiah Thomas-Patriot Printer play, which is currently touring to schools and civic organizations. Jim holds a B.S. from Emerson College.

 

Doris N. O’Keefe
Doris is the senior cataloger for rare books. She is responsible for the day-to-day progress of the NAIP project to create rare-book level records for American imprints, 1801-1820, held by AAS or reproduced in the microform series Early American Imprints, Second Series (1801-1810: Shaw-Shoemaker). She also works closely with the head of cataloging services and the NACO specialist on matters of catalog maintenance and authority control. Doris holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, an M.A. from Syracuse University, and an M.L.I.S. from Simmons College.

 

Kimberly Pelkey
Kim is head of readers' services. In addition to supervising the readers' services and reception staff, she works closely with readers and fellows, answering reference questions and making sure their research time in the reading room is well spent. She also organizes class visits to the Society. Kim has worked previously at the Center for Historic Architecture and Design at the University of Delaware and at the Newport Historical Society. She holds a B.A. from the University of Rhode Island and an M.A. from the University of Delaware.

 

Elizabeth Watts Pope
As curator of books, Elizabeth is responsible for promoting, making accessible, and building on the strengths of the unparalleled collection of early American books and pamphlets at AAS. Her previous position at the Society was as the head of readers' services; prior to that she worked in the Acquisitions and Readers' Services Departments at AAS and in the archives at the Dodd Center at the University of Connecticut. She has an M.A. in History from the University of Connecticut and is pursuing a Ph.D. in the same.

 

Caroline Stoffel
Caroline is the online services librarian. She is responsible for the maintenance and development of the website. She also manages the Clarence project, a catalog of item-level newspaper holdings. Caroline has previously cataloged on the American Broadsides Project and worked in the readers' services department. She has an A.B. from Mount Holyoke College and an M.L.S. from Simmons College.

 

Amy Tims
Amy is the project cataloger. She supervises Cataloging Camp, an initiative whereby the Society provides access to previously un-cataloged collections through the creation of brief catalog records, and oversees discrete projects related to AAS cataloging. She works closely with the head of cataloging to facilitate access to the Society’s collections and she serves on national committees of the Rare Book and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries. Her first cataloging position was at the Kinsey Institute, and prior to joining the AAS staff she also worked at the Lilly Library at Indiana University, Bloomington. She holds a B.A. in Classics and history from Southwestern University and a M.L.S. from Indiana University.

 

Laura E. Wasowicz
Laura is curator of children’s literature. She assists researchers in accessing relevant titles from the AAS Children’s Literature collection and acquires and catalogs additional titles for the collection. She also promotes the collection through lectures, articles, and the Nineteenth-Century American Children’s Book Trade Directory database. Before coming to AAS in 1987, Laura worked at the Ryerson Library of the Art Institute. She has a B.A. in History from Rockford College, an M.A. in Library Science from the University of Chicago, and an M.A. in History from Clark University.

 

S.J. Wolfe
Su is senior cataloger and serials specialist working closely with both the Cataloging and Newspapers and Periodicals Departments. She also works with digital projects and is one of the developers of the Clarence item-level newspaper holdings database. She received her M.L.S. from SUNY Albany in 1982, and worked at several public libraries and museums before joining the AAS staff. Her outside interests include the paper industry, industrial archaeology, the printing and publishing industries, and Egyptian mummies. In connection with the latter, she is the director of the EMINA (Egyptian Mummies in North America) database project.

 

Nan Wolverton
Nan Wolverton is director of the Center for Historic American Visual Culture (CHAViC), established at AAS in 2005. She organizes conferences, seminars, workshops, and other programs related to visual culture, and she helps to oversee a dozen fellowships devoted to the study of visual culture. Nan is also a lecturer at Smith College. She previously served as curator of decorative arts at Old Sturbridge Village and has worked as a consultant for museums throughout New England, including the Emily Dickinson Museum, Melville’s Arrowhead, and the Nichols House Museum on Beacon Hill. She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa.

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