Board of Directors
Deidre Dinnigan is a member of the Archivist Round Table (ART), the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC), and the Society of American Archivists (SAA). She holds a Masters of Arts from New York University and a Masters in Libraries and Information Science (with a specialization in Archives and Special Collections) from The Pratt Institute. Deidre is the Owner/CEO of ForKeeps Inc. which provides a range of heritage services to institutions and private clients. As an Archivist, she has worked primarily with non-traditional entities such as hotels, hospitals, theaters, churches, restaurants, etc. to help them harness, safeguard, and share their histories. Since founding her company in 2016, Deidre has worked with notable institutions such as The Waldorf Astoria Hotel, The Plaza Hotel, and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.
Amye McCarther is an arts archivist and media conservator currently based at the New Museum in New York. Her previous work has included the Merce Cunningham Trust, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Judd Foundation, the Whitney Museum, the Harry Ransom Center, the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s CALL Project, and others. She is the outgoing Director of the Programming Committee for the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, the Co-coordinator of the Solo Art Information Professionals special interest group for the Art Libraries Society of North America, a member of the Digital Libraries Federation’s Museums Cohort and Labor Working Group, and a member of the American Institute for the Conservation of Artistic Works’ Electronic Media Group. Her research interests include analog media and hardware preservation, performance documentation, scaling conservation in response to climate change, critical approaches to library and archival practice, and designing digital collections for engagement and access.
Cristina Vignone is the Assistant Archivist at the Tiffany & Co. Archives, where her responsibilities include maintaining and managing the company’s historical design, manufacturing and business records. She holds a Master of Archives and Public History degree, with a concentration in Archives, from New York University and a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Long Island University’s Palmer School of Library and Information Science. Cristina has considerable experience in maintaining corporate archives, having been a historian at the Family History Center (FHC) of Wells Fargo & Company. Before that she worked primarily in historical societies and special collections repositories, including the Fales Library & Special Collections and the Staten Island Museum History Library & Archives. In addition to A.R.T., Cristina is also a member of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC), the International Council on Archives (ICA), and the Society of American Archivists (SAA), where she is active in the Business Archives Section (BAS).
Jennifer Neal is currently the Archivist for the Archives of American Art New York Research Center, Smithsonian Institution. Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Jennifer holds a BA in American History from Brevard College, an MA in American History from the College of Charleston, and an MSLIS from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at LIU. Previous positions include Assistant Archivist for Archival Collections Management at NYU where she served as a member of the Collections Control Project team, working collaboratively across departments to facilitate discovery of and access to archival and special collections at Bobst Library; and Senior Archivist at Brooklyn Museum, where she implemented current standards and best practices in the Museum’s Archives. Before moving to New York, Jennifer was the Assistant Archivist at the Catholic Diocese of Charleston.
Ashton Wingate is currently a Digital Archivist with the NAACP Legal and Educational Defense Fund, Inc. Along with his colleagues, Ashton works to support the fight for racial justice by preserving information related to the organization’s many years of litigation, advocacy, and public education.
Ashton is a graduate of The Catholic University of America with a Masters in
Library and Information Science. While earning his degree, Ashton spent three
years with the DC Public Library in a community outreach role promoting the
library’s early literacy programming. Early literacy and equal access to
information for all continue to be foundational principles for him. Ashton takes
pride in his board service to the National Home Library Foundation which
provides small grants to day cares, schools, non-profits and other organizations
whom could not afford to provide books for the children in their care if not for
the foundation’s contributions.
Megan Williams is the Outreach and Reference Librarian in the Photographs and Prints Division at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Her interests include preserving and providing access to the photographic record of black culture, teaching radical histories through images, contemporary art, and motorcycles.
Patricia Glowinski is currently an archivist at the New York City Municipal Archives. She holds an MLIS from Pratt Institute (2008) and a Digital Archives Specialist Certificate from the Society of American Archivists (2014). Since graduating in 2008, she has worked primarily as an archivist but has also had gigs as a librarian and has worked at a variety of institutions and repositories such as the Center for Jewish History; Weill Cornell Medical Center Archives; University of California, Irvine Special Collections and Archives; Brooklyn Historical Society; the Harvard Library in New York; and Pei Cobb Freed and Partners, Architects. She is a member of the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York; Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference; Society of American Archivists; National Council on Public History; and the American Printing History Association.
Philip Papas is a native New Yorker and has been an archivist since switching careers in 1997; prior to that he worked in special education as a speech & language therapist, classroom teacher assistant and residential counselor. His interest in archives was sparked by a lifelong love for deep research and a growing appreciation for the work done by professionals at the repositories he'd visited. In the last two decades he has worked in a number of settings, from private home collections to corporations to governmental agencies. He has also managed collections in a variety of mediums, including papers, photographs, video, artifacts and ephemera. His experience has been very evenly split between physical holdings and electronic files, both scanned and born digital. Currently, Philip is the archivist at Touro College and serves as Chairman of his local NYC community board.
Maya Naunton is a graduate of the Palmer School Library and Information Science at Long Island University. Maya’s experience includes working in university and museum libraries. She is interested in improving digital tools and copyright issues as they apply to libraries and archives. From her previous career as an Art Conservator, Maya brings expertise and interest in preservation issues.
J.E. Molly Seegers
J.E. Molly Seegers is the Musem Archivist at the Brooklyn Museum. She has worked in archives for ten years and been an active member of the professional community. She graduated from Pratt Institute with degrees in Library and Information Science and the History of Art and Design. She previously worked at the MoMA Library, the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Special Collections, the Frick Art Reference Library, and the Rockefeller Archive Center. When she’s not visiting museums you can find her biking down the oldest designated bike lane in America, Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn.
Sarah Bellet is the Digital Asset Manager for Elland Road Partners, a content consulting company in Manhattan. She has worked with various non-profits, museums, and universities throughout her early education in graduate school. She found her niche in private archives and independently consults on projects for corporate clients. She holds a Master’s Degree in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She was previously the Outreach Chair for NYU’s Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) Student Chapter, where she learned how to assist in planning community archiving events. Additionally, she has years of experience in digital outreach and social media management.
Ostap Kin is currently the Archivist/Librarian/Research Center Coordinator of Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art for the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. He previously held the position of Archivist at the Shevchenko Scientific Society, an American-Ukrainian research institution out of New York City. He holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Science with a concentration in rare books. Additionally, Kin earned an Advance Certificate in Archives and Records Management from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University. He has also interned at the Bakhmeteff Archive, part of the Rare Books and Manuscript Library at Columbia University. Recently, Kin edited a poetry anthology entitled New York Elegies: Ukrainian Poetry on the City (forthcoming; Academic Studies Press), and has co-translated two collections of poems from Ukrainian into English.