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|Amy Lestition Burke, MA, CAE
Amy Lestition Burke, CAE currently serves as the executive director of the Special Libraries Association (SLA), providing overall executive leadership in collaboration with the SLA Board of Directors and staff team. Amy is responsible for implementation of policies set by the Board of Directors, the SLA Strategic Plan and Annual Business Plan, as well as the financial, program, and management of the association. Amy creates and implements new educational and community initiatives as well as enhances the value for SLA members and the information community.
Like in a baseball game, if you were going up to hit, what would be your walk-on music? It’s hard to pick just one! The opening of the Passion Pit song, Moth’s Wings, bring a smile to my face and gets me going. I would also select Justin Timberlake’s, Can’t Stop the Feeling, because it just makes me want show you my dance moves.
What is your favorite book? A book that I’ve read recently and recommend to you is Serve to Be Great: Leadership Lessons from a Prison, a Monastery, and a Boardroom by Matt Tenney. I had the opportunity to hear Matt Kenney speak at a conference in 2016 and he has inspired me to enhance my leadership skills each and every day. Here’s a few of my key takeaways:
What is one fun fact about you? I love music – going to concerts, playing the piano, and dancing. I’ve had a lot of fun creating carpool karaoke videos with my colleagues and friends. It’s a great bonding moment with so many laughs that last a lifetime!
Chief Financial Officer
Kristen serves as the Chief Financial Officer of the Special Libraries Association. She handles the accounting and budget for SLA.
Like in a baseball game, if you were going up to hit, what would be your walk-on music? Shoop (Salt-N-Pepa)
What is your favorite book? My favorite book is the one I’m currently reading…always. It’s the craziest thing. I get totally obsessed with the book and its characters. I love books – hard cover, soft cover, audio, whatever. It takes every ounce of my will power to put the book down and not read it cover to cover in one sitting.
What is one fun fact about you? I’m from Wyoming. When I was little, I sometimes worked the ranch with my Uncle. On a cold fall day, a huge rattle snake came out his hibernation hole and was ready to attack me. We were in the middle of nowhere and the snake was inches from my arm. My uncle, 20 feet away, told me to stay perfectly still. In one fluid motion, he grabbed his rifle off his horse and shot the head right off the snake. It was an amazing thing to see. Right then and there, my Uncle showed me how to skin and clean the snake. We (myself and the ranch hands) ate snake for lunch that day (to go along with the ‘covered wagon’ chili.)
|Kate O’Donnell, CAE
Vice President, Brand & Content Strategy
Kate oversees the marketing, communications and content strategy for SLA, helping the organization tell its story through a variety of platforms.
Like in a baseball game, if you were going up to hit, what would be your walk-on music? Good Vibrations by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
What is your favorite book? I don’t have just one—there are too many good ones out there to choose just one!
What is one fun fact about you? I previously worked on the daytime drama “General Hospital”, and as a going-away present, the casting director cast my daughter as one of the babies on the show for a day. My daughter now tells everyone she was a TV star.
Vice President, Fundraising & Partnerships
Kathy leads the team responsible for Sponsorship, Exhibits and Advertising opportunities with SLA. This team ensures all SLA Industry Partners have a positive experience when attending events and engaging with the SLA community.
Like in a baseball game, if you were going up to hit, what would be your walk-on music? Moves Like Jagger
What is your favorite book? Anything by Mitch Albom
What is one fun fact about you? I LOVE Baseball and the Washington Nationals! Let’s Go Nat’s! #natitude
Vice President, Governance & Special Projects
Colleen is acting as staff liaison with SLA on several governance issues – serving as a resource to the Governance and Bylaws Committee, senior staff advisor to the Nominating Committee and ensuring the candidates for office are informed and ready for their campaigns. In addition, Colleen is working with Dee Magnoni and the Executive Team on following up from Strategic Planning/Thinking that the board did at its February meeting.
Like in a baseball game, if you were going up to hit, what would be your walk-on music? “I’m Not Throwing Away My Shot” from Hamilton, the musical
What is your favorite book? Sometimes it depends on my current perspective or experience – but the one that I love to read over and over is actually a triology – The Lord of the Rings, by Tolkien. It has been my constant favorite since I was in 8th grade.
What is one fun fact about you? I have participated on an outrigger canoe competitive team that trains on the Anacostia and Potomac rivers in DC and then goes to compete on the West Coast and Hawaii.
|Ann Marie Ruskin
Senior Director, Learning & Success
Ann Marie is responsible for SLA’s learning and professional development programming — whether it be at conferences, in-person or virtual.
Like in a baseball game, if you were going up to hit, what would be your walk-on music? Bon Jovi’s It’s My Life
What is your favorite book? I grew up reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn over and over and over
What is one fun fact about you? I’m a very enthusiastic “Grammy”
|Emily Moore Brown
Senior Manager, Member Engagement
Emily works with members to create a valuable membership experience—this includes working with Community Admins to build an engaging community through SLA Connect, working with the units on their engagement strategies, overseeing member retention and recruitment strategies and tools, assisting with member inquiries and needs, and working with volunteer leaders to equip them to be successful in their roles.
Like in a baseball game, if you were going up to hit, what would be your walk-on music? Lecrae “Outsiders,” or Needtobreathe “Devil’s Been Talkin’”
What is your favorite book? I’m a sucker for mystery romances and books that examine psychology, philosophy, and theology. I rarely remember what I read, though…
What is one fun fact about you? My parents were entrepreneurs of an art gallery, restaurant, and a village of shops (which included the former); I was selling art when I was 6, waiting tables by 12, and creating Marketing brochures and commercials throughout high school. I guess you could say Customer Service and Marketing is part of my world paradigm. Also, I grew up on a 79-acre farm and worked on a farm in Maryland before starting with SLA.
|Mary Katherine Bilowus, CMP, HMCC
Mary Katherine oversees all aspects of event planning, coordination and execution of pre- and post-event logistics for the SLA Annual Conference. She works throughout the year to develop the conference with her colleagues to ensure a memorable onsite experience for attendees.
Like in a baseball game, if you were going up to hit, what would be your walk-on music?
What is your favorite book? I enjoy exciting and suspenseful books, I read all of David Baldacci’s novels. He references a lot of Washington, DC and Virginia landmarks, my backyard!
What is one fun fact about you? I love to travel and hike in different parts of the county. I am slowly but surely checking of our National Parks from my bucket list.
Senior Manager, Exhibits & Events
Sarah oversees the management, operations, and execution of the exhibit hall, exhibitor communications and vendor relations for the SLA Annual Conference.
Like in a baseball game, if you were going up to hit, what would be your walk-on music? At the moment, Organ Donor by DJ Shadow
What is your favorite book? The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
What is one fun fact about you? I’m a huge Batman fan
|Quan O. Logan
Director, Information Technology
Quan serves as the Director of IT and supports staff and members by managing internal applications, as well as all web processes.
Like in a baseball game, if you were going up to hit, what would be your walk-on music? I Stand Alone – Godsmack
What is your favorite book? Intellectuals and Society by Thomas Sowell
What is one fun fact about you? I trained in multiple martial arts for 30+ years
Stuart edits SLA’s online magazine, Information Outlook, writes blog posts and press releases, assists with board communications, and helps develop and implement communication and marketing strategies. He is also the staff member of three advisory councils and the staff liaison for contributed papers.
Like in a baseball game, if you were going up to hit, what would be your walk-on music? “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” – preferably the Frank Sinatra version, but Billie Holliday will do in a pinch.
What is your favorite book? I certainly wouldn’t call it my favorite, but I spend a disturbingly large amount of time with the Chicago Manual of Style.
What is one fun fact about you? I once petted Secretariat (but none of his magic ever rubbed off on me).
Manager, Media & Communications
As a part of SLA’s communications team, Andrea announces news and events of interest to SLA members and the rest of the world through the newsletter, e-mail, the website, and social media. She works very closely with a great team!
Like in a baseball game, if you were going up to hit, what would be your walk-on music? “7” by Prince
What is your favorite book? I have so many “favorite” books, it’s impossible to choose! That being said, authors I always find myself recommending include Sherman Alexie, Ray Bradbury, Christopher Paul Curtis, Jeffrey Eugenides, Lev Grossman, Jerome K. Jerome, Jhumpa Lahiri, C.S. Lewis, L.M. Montgomery, Frederik Pohl, and Donna Tartt.
What is one fun fact about you? I have lived and worked in Berlin, Germany. I still love to speak German.
Manager, Sales & Partnerships
Erin engages with SLA’s industry partners to develop relationships and cultivate mutually beneficial partnerships. She also facilitates advertising and sponsorship sales and fulfillment.
Like in a baseball game, if you were going up to hit, what would be your walk-on music? “Dirt off your shoulder” – JayZ
What is your favorite book? To Kill a Mockingbird
What is one fun fact about you? I like to compete in Triathlons!
Strategic Advisor, Sponsorships & Advertising
As the Strategic Advisor of Sponsorships and Advertising, Bill develops, creates, and implements integrated and holistic marketing strategic advertising and sponsorship packages for industry suppliers.
Like in a baseball game, if you were going up to hit, what would be your walk-on music? SIRIUS by Alan Parsons Project
What is your favorite book? The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story by Michael M. Lewis
What is one fun fact about you? I spent an evening talking with and attending a small reception that included Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Pretty neat!
Manager, Exhibit Sales
Marlena identifies and solicits meeting and event sponsors, and works with SLA committees to identify sponsorship opportunities.
Like in a baseball game, if you were going up to hit, what would be your walk-on music? “She’s Country”
What is your favorite book? Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
What is one fun fact about you? I love to line dance.
Coordinator, Leadership & Learning
Coordinator, Member Engagement
Brennan handles the daily membership inquiries of SLA members — anything from username and password help to renewing their membership.
Like in a baseball game, if you came to bat, what would be your walk-up music? Big Rings – Future
What is your favorite book? Game of Thrones novels
What’s one fun fact about you? I plan on visiting all 7 continents within the next 10 years.