Alumni Profiles

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Lachelle Smith, MSLIS 2019

Allied Health Sciences Librarian, Instructor
Augusta University

Grace Bellino, MSLIS 2019

Librarian at the Library of Congress


Megan Bell, MSLIS 2019

Assistant Head of Circulation
Gum Spring, Loudoun County Public Library


Lisa Moore, MSLIS 2019Lisa C. Moore

Reference Archivist
Amistad Research Center
New Orleans, Louisiana


Mary Cate Matta, MSLIS 2018

Student of the Year 2018-2019

Research Librarian
Duane Morris, LLP

George Koors, MSLIS 2018
Reference Coordinator and Adjunct English Faculty Member
American University

“What a privilege it was to be a part of the CUA MLIS program! As a part of that community, I grew into the librarian I am today. With careful attention to theory and current practice, the faculty shared with us so much about our field, industry ideals, future careers, and potential academic experiences. I really am grateful to have learned so much. CUA’s MLIS program is so open and welcoming as well. Our cohort was diverse in interest and background, and as such we were able to have complex and engaging discussions. I felt at home in a wide variety of courses. As a library professional, I am proud to have worked with such grounded and intelligent faculty and staff members.”



Kamaria Hatcher, MSLIS 2017

Assistant Museum Librarian
Reader Services
Nolen Library
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Lauren Hester, MSLIS 2017Lauren Hester

Student of the Year 2017-2018

Assistant Systems Manager
Fairfax County Public Library System

Vishma Bhattarai, MSLIS 2017

Librarian,  Enoch Pratt Free Library

 Emily L. Wagner, MSLIS 2017

Student of the Year 2016-2017

Information Manager
American Library Association, Washington Office

“CUA’s library department faculty are some of the most welcoming, service-oriented people I have ever had the privilege to work with and learn from. They come from impressive backgrounds, encourage “thinking big” about the future of the field, and are remarkably interested in getting to know students and to foster our growth. I feel lucky and grateful to have found a community with so many willing mentors who encouraged me to study and practice simultaneously and to forge strong connections with the professional field.”

Nicholas A. Brown, MSLIS 2017

Student of the Year 2016-2017


Director of Special Productions & Initiatives
Washington Performing Arts

“The CUA LIS program empowers students to develop unique perspectives on how to bring about positive change in the information professions. The wide range of course offerings and access to the faculty provide for an enriching graduate education. The sense of community created by the professors, staff, alumni, and student organizations is unmatched and I feel fortunate to be a part of the CUA LIS network.”

Katie Santa Ana Katie Santa Ana, MSLIS 2017

Sisters of Loretto
Nerinx, Kentucky



Michael Cummings, MSLIS 2016Michael Cummings

Assistant Museum Librarian
Systems and Information Technology
Thomas J. Watson Library
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Andrea Yu, MSLIS 2016 Andrea Yu

Upper School Librarian,
Episcopal Academy, Newtown Square, PA



Maddie Davis, MSLIS 2016 Maddie Davis

River Bend Middle School
Loudoun County Public Schools

“The CUA Library and Information Science community represents the best in the Library and Information Science profession. They welcomed me into the LIS community and this positive and hands-on environment allowed me to grow and become the professional I am today. As a LIS alum, I continue to promote this positivity in my school library and community.”

Edgardo Guerrero, MSLIS 2016

Library Media Specialist
Brookland MS, D.C. Public Schools

“Information Literacy has become one of the most valuable skills to have in the 21st Century.  CUA’s faculty and community encourage students to become torchbearers in the library and information science profession by nurturing the passion for lifelong learning.  I can easily say that the LIS program, staff, extracurricular activities and job prospects make the CUA LIS program an excellent educational investment.” 

Savanna Nolan, MSLIS 2016

Reference Librarian,
Georgetown University Law Center

Shane Walker, MSLIS 2016

Library Media Specialist
Rogers Heights Elementary School
Prince George’s County Public Schools, MD




Christopher Burroughs, MSLIS 2015

Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Branch
National Archives, College Park, MD

Martha Chapin, MSLIS 2015

Cataloging/reference librarian
Rochester Public Library

Jack Dale, MSLIS 2015 Jack Dale

Senior Research Librarian
BAE Systems
Springfield, Virginia

“I was impressed by the University’s and the LIS Department’s tradition of service. This imperative to serve came through in all my classes and in my interactions with the faculty and my fellow students. It’s a belief and an attitude I hope to take with me wherever I may go in my professional life.”

Jennifer Fagan-Fry, MSLIS  2015

Senior Metadata & Cataloging Librarian
LAC Group on assignment at the NOAA Central & Regional Libraries


Deena Gorland, MSLIS 2015

Librarian and Archivist
Melvin Sabshin, M.D., Library & Archives
American Psychiatric Association Foundation

Rachel James, MSLIS 2015Rachel James

Digital Access Librarian
Office of Minority Health Resource Center

Rebecca Katz, MSLIS 2015

Public Records Administrator
District of Columbia Office of Public Record

Alyse Minter, MSLIS 2015

Research Librarian
Domestic Social Policy
Congressional Research Service



Alisha Strother, MSLIS 2015

Metadata Librarian
Howard University Library

Patrick Milhoan, MSLIS 2015

Lead Processing Archivist
Hesburgh Libraries
University of Notre Dame

“Catholic University’s MSLIS program provides students with an appropriate mix of theoretical and practical knowledge, which results in a well-rounded and marketable information professional.”



Angela June (Aranas) Kent, MSLIS 2014
Student of the Year, 2014

Head of Reference, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Beta Phi Mu, SLA Rising Star, ALA Emerging Leader

Sara Boteler, MSLIS 2014

National Archives at Riverside

Anne Mira Guha, MSLIS  2014

Reference Librarian & Adjunct Professor of Law
Georgetown University

Claire Hendry, MSLIS  2014

Reference Librarian
North Brunswick Public Library,
North Brunswick, NJ

Linda Gwinn-Casey, MSLIS  2014

School Library Media Specialist
Belmont Ridge Middle School,
Loudoun County Public Schools, VA

“I am grateful for the education I received at The Catholic University of America.  Enrolling in the Online Weekend Learning (OWL) Program enables returning students like me to dedicate and balance independent study time, monthly class meetings, and full time employment.  The School Library Media Specialist track offers challenging coursework and a practicum experience that prepared me for my current job as a School Librarian in Loudoun County Public Schools.”

Veralrose Hylton, MSLS 2004, MSIT-HIT 2014

AARP Library

Joseph Koivisto, MSLIS 2014

Student of the Year 2015Joseph Koivisto

Systems Librarian, Consortial Library Applications Support, University of Maryland



Mindy Lawrence, MSLIS 2014

Instructional Librarian,
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School

“Catholic University’s robust School Library program fully prepared me to lead in my library, classroom, and school. Courses in Children’s Literature, Educational Technology, and School Library Management helped me craft and implement a forward-thinking vision of a 21st century school library that I now get to realize in my current position. ​”



Christian Minter, MSLIS 2013 

Education Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Mid Continental Region
Education & Research Services Librarian, University of Nebraska Medical Center


Marcus Ladd, MSLIS 2013 Marcus Ladd

Special Collections Digital Librarian, Miami University




Ana Elisa de Campos Salles, MSLIS 2012
Student of the Year 2013

Senior Librarian,
Palo Alto City Library, California

Trevor Riley, MSLIS 2012

Head, Public Services
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration




Gena Chattin, MSLIS 2011

Digital Archivist,
Tulane University

“CUA’s program gave me the opportunity to gain experience in multiple areas of the profession. It provided a solid foundation in time-tested LIS skills and then showed how we can apply them in many different professional roles. CUA’s location in the nation’s capital also provided endless internship and networking opportunities. Even when I left Washington after graduation, I was pleasantly surprised to find that CUA LIS grads are everywhere. To be a CUA LIS alum is truly to be part of a community.”

Kathy Brennan, MSLIS 2011

User Experience Researcher





Bianca Crowley, MSLS 2009

Digital Collections Manager
Biodiversity Heritage Library
Smithsonian Libraries


Erin Engle, MSLS 2009 Erin Engle

Digital Archivist,
Library of Congress

“CUA’s program grounded me in the core principles of information management and the unique issues facing libraries, particularly managing both emerging and traditional information sources and content.  I really learned how important these skills are for helping to grow and foster library and information communities in today’s ever-changing technology-based environment.”

John Danneker, MSLS 2009 

Director of the Odegaard Undergraduate Library,
University of Washington in Seattle

John Danneker is the director of the Odegaard Undergraduate Library of the University of Washington in Seattle. He leads a professional and student staff of 50 in fulfilling the UW Libraries’ teaching and learning missions and supporting more than 30,000 undergraduate students. The second-busiest of the Libraries on campus, Odegaard Library was recently recognized as a Library Journal Landmark Library and contains the Writing and Research Center, Learning Technologies, and active learning classrooms within its space.


Rona Razon, MSLS 2009
Rona Razon

Ernst Mayr Library
Museum of Comparative Zoology
Harvard University

Linda Todd, MSLS 2009 

Reference and Instructional Librarian
Assistant Professor
Library & Learning Services,
Marymount University




Alyssa M. Valenti, MSLIS 2007

Electronic Resources & Web Services Librarian
Evelyn S. Field Library
Raritan Valley Community College

“Having the opportunity to study library and information science in our nation’s capital is an experience that has followed me throughout my career path in libraries. I am fortunate to have had the privilege to learn from the knowledgeable faculty and staff at both SLIS and the CUA Libraries as I was a GLP during my time at CUA.”

Lynn  Weinstein, MSLS 2007                                                                            

Librarian, Business Reference Services,
Science, Technology & Business Division
Library of Congress



Grace Wu, MSLS 2007

Technical Services Librarian
Office of Analysis & Research Services
United States International Trade Commission


Nora Daly McGregor, MSLS 2007

Student of the Year 2008

Digital Curator,
Digital Research Team, British Library

“I am a qualified Librarian with a particular interest in how digital technologies are transforming research processes and environments in the 21st century and how that in turn shapes future library service provision. CUA-SLIS was pivotal in the development of my career, very supportive and an excellent program all around.  I am always indebted.”



Jennifer Krafchik, MSLS 2006 Jennifer Krafchik

Deputy Director and Director of Strategic Initiatives, National Woman’s Party at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument




Cristina D. Ramirez, MPA, MSLS, MA

Doctoral Student, Educational Leadership
ALA Councilor-at-Large, 2007-2016/ALA-APA Councilor, 2007-2016
Board of Directors, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities
Leadership Metro Richmond, Class 2008
Community Trustbuilding Fellowship, Class of 2015
Style Weekly, Top 40 Under 40, 2013
Assistant Area Library Manager, Varina Area Library, Henrico County Public Library
Former Library Manager Sandston Branch, Henrico County Public LIbrary
Former Library Manager Broad Rock Branch, Richmond Public Library
Former Assistant Professor/Social & Behavioral Sciences Collections Librarian, Virginia Commonwealth University


James Patrick Timony, MSLS 2004 

Librarian, Adaptive Technology
Center for Accessibility
DC Public Library



Robert A. Cagna, MSLS 2004 

has started a new position as Associate Professor and Dean of the Hackney Library at Barton College in North Carolina. He and his wife, Mary Beth Cagna, live in Wilson, NC.





James King, MLS 2002

Branch Chief & Information Architect
National Institutes of Health Library

 James has spent his career blending his IT background with librarianship to enhance services and meet the changing needs of researchers, currently at the largest medical research agency in the world (NIH) and previously at the Naval Research Laboratory.


Melissa “Millie” Plotkin, MSLS 2000 

Eating Recovery Center


Jerry Simmons, MSLS 1997 

NARA Liaison to SNAC (Social Networks and Archival Context)
Office of Innovation
National Archives and Records Administration




Stephen Connaghan, MSLS 1994 

University Librarian,
The Catholic University of America

Steve Connaghan’s Interview with the Alumni Office 





Mark Sweeney, MSLS 1991

Principal Deputy Librarian of Congress,
Washington, DC


Laurie Hall, MSLS 1983

Superintendent of Documents,
Managing Director of Library

Services & Content Management,

Government Publishing Office, Washington, DC





Fred Shapiro, MSLS 1983 Fred Shapiro

Associate Director for Collections and Access Services
Lecturer in Legal Research
Lillian Goldman Law Library
Yale Law School

Sohair Wastawy, MSLS 1983 Sohair Wastawy

Executive Director,
Qatar National Library

Dr. Wastawy graduated from the School of Library and Information Science in 1983, and went on to earn a Doctor of Arts in Library and Information Management from Simmons College. She has served as a librarian in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the U.S.



Ned Quist, MSLS 1979Ned Quist

Associate University Librarian
for Research and Outreach Services
Brown University





Mary Augusta Thomas, MSLS 1978 Ms. Thomas

Deputy Director,
the Smithsonian Libraries

Mary Augusta Thomas is Deputy Director of the Smithsonian Libraries guiding the operation of twenty-one libraries located in the museums and research centers of the Smithsonian, and Administration, Exhibitions, and Preservation Services. Ms. Thomas is the author of An Odyssey in Print: Adventures in Smithsonian Libraries, 2002, and editor of Information Imagineering: Meeting at the Interface, with Milton Wolfe and Pat Ensor, 1998. Mary Augusta serves on editorial advisory boards for professional journals (portal: Libraries and the Academy), on the Publishing Committee of the American Library Association, and is the Secretary of the Knowledge Management Section of the International Federation of Library Associations. In 2017 she received the Raymond Von Dran Memorial Award. In her free time, she actually reads books.


Alcione Amos, MSLS 1974 Ms. Amos

Museum Curator,
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

Ms. Amos’s career included 27 years as a researcher and then librarian at the World Bank, and before that, from 1974-1977 worked at the George Washington University Library before it was Gelman.
(Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution)

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