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Burke-Amy_1-sqAmy Lestition Burke, MA, CAE
Executive Director
aburke@sla.org

Amy Lestition Burke, CAE, the executive director of the Special Libraries Association (SLA), provides overall executive leadership in collaboration with the SLA Board of Directors and staff. 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 and programmatic 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.

In a baseball game, if you were going up to hit, what would be your walk-up music?
It’s hard to pick just one! The opening of the Passion Pit song, “Moth’s Wings,” brings 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 to 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 Tenney 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:

  • Servant leaders achieve true power by empowering others to achieve excellence.
  • Presence is the greatest gift we can give someone.
  • During your interactions, be fully present, listening with the intent to understand.
  • Biggest blocks to innovation are bureaucracy and fear. Create a culture that people aren’t afraid to challenge status quo.
  • To attract top talent, look for individuals who are attentive, fully engaged, and want to be there.
  • Always give back (proceeds from the sale of the book are donated to charity).

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!

Hewlett,-Kristen-1-noflowerKristen Hewlett
Chief Financial Officer
khewlett@sla.org

Kristen serves as the chief financial officer of the Special Libraries Association. She handles the accounting and budget for SLA.

In a baseball game, if you were going up to hit, what would be your walk-up music?
“Shoop” (Salt-N-Pepa)

What is your favorite book?
My favorite book is always the one I’m currently reading. 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 willpower 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 rattlesnake 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.)

Rebecca Flick
Vice President, Brand & Content Strategy
rflick@sla.org

Rebecca oversees the marketing, communications and content strategy for SLA, helping the organization tell its story through a variety of platforms.

In a baseball game, if you were going up to hit, what would be your walk-up music?
“Thunder Road” by Bruce Springsteen

What is your favorite book?
I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb. I also just finished Wonder by R.J. Palacio and read it at the same time as my 9-year-old son and we had a book club date. It’s a moving book for any age with a really important message of kindness.

What is one fun fact about you?
During the summer of 1999 I took a leave of absence from my job and drove 11,000 miles in 60 days and visited 20 states. It was an amazing experience I can’t wait to do again someday.

aruskinAnn Marie Ruskin
Vice President, Learning & Success
aruskin@sla.org

Ann Marie is responsible for SLA’s learning and professional development programming, whether at conferences, in person, or virtual.

In a baseball game, if you were going up to hit, what would be your walk-up 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.”

Kris Phillips
Director, Learning & Success
kphillips@sla.org

Kris manages SLA’s learning and professional development programming.

In a baseball game, if you were going up to hit, what would be your walk-up music? Rocky is my all-time favorite movie, so it would have to be Eye of the Tiger

What is your favorite book?
I have many, but one I just recently finished and couldn’t put down was What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman

What is one fun fact about you?
I am 1 of 7 children and my father was an syndicated cartoonist with King Features. He illustrated a comic strip called CROCK about the French Foreign Legion and his characters are immortalized at Toon Lagoon at Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando, FL. A lot of our family antics appeared in his strip!

Michael Rosenberg
Senior Manager, Member Engagement
mrosenberg@sla.org

Mike oversees SLA’s membership services and engagement efforts.
In a baseball game, if you were going up to hit, what would be your walk-up music?
I can’t pick one, but any good country song!
What is your favorite book?
Social Excellence: We Dare You, by Jessica Grenron Williams, Josh Orendi, and Matt Mattson
What is one fun fact about you?
I have been to 38 states so far and want to get to all 50 by 35!
mkbilowusMary Katherine Bilowus, CMP, HMCC
Director, Events
mkbilowus@sla.org

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.

In a baseball game, if you were going up to hit, what would be your walk-up music?
Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop the Feeling”

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, D.C., and Virginia landmarks, my backyard!

What is one fun fact about you?
I love to travel and hike in different parts of the country. I am slowly but surely checking off our National Parks from my bucket list.

quanloganQuan O. Logan
Director, Information Technology
qlogan@sla.org

Quan supports staff and members by managing internal applications as well as all web processes.

In a baseball game, if you were going up to hit, what would be your walk-up music? “I Stand Alone” by 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-plus years.

Hales-Stuart_sqStuart Hales
Director, Content
shales@sla.org

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 two advisory councils and the staff liaison for contributed papers.

In a baseball game, if you were going up to hit, what would be your walk-up 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?
On my nightstand right now is Reading Water by Tristan Gooley. If you like to sail (as I do), you’ll find it hard to put down.

What is one fun fact about you?
I once petted Secretariat (but none of his magic ever rubbed off on me).

Andrea Bomar
Manager, Strategic Communications
abomar@sla.org

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!

In a baseball game, if you were going up to hit, what would be your walk-up music?7” by Prince

What is your favorite book?
I have so many “favorite” books, it’s impossible to choose! That 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, and still love to speak German.

Marlena Turner
Manager, Exhibit Sales
mturner@sla.org

Marlena identifies and solicits meeting and event sponsors and works with SLA committees to identify sponsorship opportunities.

In a baseball game, if you were going up to hit, what would be your walk-up music? “She’s Country” by Jason Aldean

What is your favorite book?
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

What is one fun fact about you?
If I’m not out on the dance floor I can be found out doors hiking or sitting on the beach.

Sweet,-Will-1_sqWill Sweet
Coordinator, Leadership & Learning
wsweet@sla.org

Will supports the Board of Directors as well as other components of SLA’s leadership, and also assists with coordination of SLA’s learning and professional development programming.

In a baseball game, if you were going up to hit, what would be your walk-up music? “Prayers for Rain” by The Cure

What is your favorite book?
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

What is one fun fact about you?
I am a big fan of the Washington Nationals and go to as many games as I can.

Stephanie Bossong
Coordinator, Member Engagement
sbossong@sla.org 

Stephanie assists with member services and helps members directly by phone and email with billing questions, login help, and any general membership-related requests.

In a baseball game, if you were going up to hit, what would be your walk-up music? “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC

What is your favorite book?
The Game of Thrones series

What is one fun fact about you?
I love running and I just signed up to run my first marathon!

 

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