MAA Board – Call for Nominations

March 31, 2017

Elections for new Board members will be held at the Michigan Archival Association Business Meeting during this year’s MAA conference in Traverse City, held between June 15 and 16, 2017. We will vote on the following Board positions:

Secretary (2 year term)
Treasurer (2 year term)
Conference Coordinator (2 year term)
Member-at- Large #1 (3 year term)
Member-at-Large #2 (3 year term)

If you are interested in running for any of the above positions and would like your name to appear on the ballot, please email MAA Nominating Committee Chair Christiane Evaskis-Garrett ( by April 21, 2017. Please identify which position you are interested in and include a short biography.

The membership can also nominate individuals for board positions at the annual meeting. The bylaws state that nominations must end two hours before the Business Meeting. Also per MAA by-laws, a petition must be presented in support of such nominations and must include signatures from at least 10 current MAA members in good standing.

For more information on the Michigan Archival Association Board, please visit the Board section of the MAA website,

Submitted by the 2017 MAA Nominating Committee:
Christiane Evaskis-Garrett, Richard Adler, Robin Derminer, and Amber Clement

Meet the Candidates

June 8, 2016

With only a week away until the annual meeting, we would like to introduce you to the members who have agreed to run for elective office. Elections will be held at the Business Meeting at the annual meeting.

Vice President/ President- Elect

Nicole Garrett Smeltekop

Nicole Garrett Smeltekop has been a member of the Michigan Archival Association since 2008. She was appointed to the MAA Board in 2010, and was elected as a Member-At-Large in 2013. Ms. Smeltekop has been an active participant in the MAA Annual Meetings, as both a speaker and as a member of the MAA Program Committee. She chaired the 2015 Program Committee, and is co-chairing it this year. She is also a member of the Marilyn McNitt Scholarship Committee. In addition to MAA, she serves on the Michigan State Historical Records Advisory Board, and as a planning committee member for the Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners. At the national level, she is a member of the ALA Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Membership Committee and ALA ALCTS Cataloging and Metadata Management Recruitment and Mentoring Committee. She is currently a Special Materials Catalog Librarian at the Michigan State University Libraries, a role she has had for two years. Prior to her hire at MSU, she was the College Archivist at Albion College for four years, and a Project Archivist at the Archives of Michigan for four years. She graduated from Wayne State University in 2006 with her MLIS and a concentration in Archival Administration, and from Michigan State University with a degree in History in 2005. She has thoroughly enjoyed being involved in MAA for the last eight years, and looks forward to the opportunity to continue to serve archivists in Michigan.

At-Large Board positions (2 available)

Annie Benefiel

Annie Benefiel is Assistant Archivist at Grand Valley State University. Before joining GVSU in 2014, she worked as a processing archivist in the Special and Area Studies Collections at the University of Florida and as an archives assistant at Yale University’s Beinecke Library. She attained her MSLIS with a concentration in Archives Management from the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science in 2011. She served on New England Archivists’s Local Arrangements Committee (2012) and Communications Committee (2012-2013). She is also currently serving on the ArchivesSpace Nominations Committee. A native of Central Indiana, she got started in archives at the age of 14, when she participated in a job shadowing program with archivists at the Indiana State Museum and Indianapolis Children’s Museum.

Heidi Butler

Heidi Butler has been the Local History Librarian at the Capital Area District Libraries since February 2014. Her previous positions include the archives of Zayed University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; the Kalamazoo College archives; the Rush University Medical Center archives in Chicago; and the Local History and Genealogy department of the Wichita Public Library in Kansas. She completed her Library Science Master’s degree at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists. Kalamazoo is her hometown.

Lindsay Hiltunen

Lindsay Hiltunen, MLIS and MA, is the Senior Archivist at the Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections in Houghton, Michigan. She began her professional career as a Librarian with the District of Columbia Public Library in 2008, but is very happy to be home in her native Copper Country in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She has planned and implemented several new programs, such as the current migration of the Keweenaw Digital Archives to a new digital asset management platform. Lindsay looks forward to growing in the profession and working with Archivists and Special Collections Librarians throughout Michigan in the years ahead.

Sarah Roberts

Sarah Roberts is the Acquisitions Archivist at the MSU Archives and Historical Collections, where she has worked since 2002. She earned her MLS from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a specialization in archives. In addition to serving as a MAA Board Member at Large, she is chair of the Marilyn McNitt Scholarship Committee.

Meet the Candidates! MAA Board and Officer Election 2015

May 12, 2015
Voting machine. Image from page 233 of "Review of reviews and world's work" (1890)
Voting machine, circa 1890.

The positions being voted on in this year’s election are as follows: Conference Coordinator, Secretary, Treasurer, and two Members-at-Large (#5 and #6, each three-year terms). To nominate additional candidates, a petition signed by at least 10 MAA members must be presented to the Secretary, Stefanie Caloia, no later than 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 12, 2015.

Conference Coordinator (2015-2017)
Linda Skolarus
Linda Skolarus is a Reference Archivist/Librarian at the Benson Ford Research Center of The Henry Ford. Linda has worked at The Henry Ford since 1990 in several capacities and has managed the public reading room since 1994. She earned her master’s degree in Information and Library Science from the University of Michigan in 1990. She has served as President and also as Hospitality Chair for the Southeast Michigan Chapter of the Special Libraries Association at different times between 2002 and 2005.

Secretary (2015-2017)
Stefanie Caloia
Stefanie is the AFT Project Archivist at the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs at Wayne State University. She has an MLIS and a graduate certificate in Archival Administration from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree in photography from Grand Valley State University. Stefanie previously worked for a private archives and for History Associates, Inc., on their National Park archives project. She is a certified archivist with the ACA, a member of the Redford Township Historical Commission, and administrator of the Facebook page for the Visual Materials Section of SAA. Stefanie currently serves as Secretary of MAA.

Treasurer (2015-2017)
Susan Panak
Susan Panak has a BA in Organizational Management from Spring Arbor. Since 2001 she has been the Archivist and Acquisitions Manager for Spring Arbor University, located in Spring Arbor, Michigan, and Archivist for the Southern Michigan Conference of the Free Methodist Church of N.A. since 2005. Susan’s other professional activities include being both a MAC and MAA member since 2001. Additionally, she has been active on the MAA Board since 2007, serving as Treasurer from 2011 to 2013, Secretary from 2008-2010, Local Arrangements Chair in 2009, member of the 2008 Program Committee, Fundraising Chair in 2008, and Member-at-Large in 2007.

Members-at-Large (two positions, 2015-2018)
Lauren Arnsman
Lauren Arnsman has a BA in English and German from Western Michigan University and graduated in 2010 with her MLIS and Archival Administration certificate from Wayne State
University. She completed her practicum at the Burton Historical Society in the Detroit
Public Library. Since 2010, she has worked as the archivist at Kellogg Community College and worked as a librarian with the Michigan Department of Corrections. Lauren also volunteered at the Traverse Area District Library in their local history section. In her spare time, Lauren likes to read and watch movies.

Christiane Evaskis-Garrett
Christiane Evaskis-Garrett considers herself an archival nomad; over the past five years, she’s worked as a project archivist for the State of Michigan, an archival consultant for the First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, Tennessee, and is currently a Content Analyst at ProQuest, where one of her passions is trying to convince her boss of the need for a zombie apocalypse plan. She also volunteers on a monthly basis at the Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson, Michigan, as a cataloger. Christiane has served on the MAA Board since 2014 and also serves as Assistant Editor for Open Entry. She received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Sociology in 2008 from the University of Tennessee–Martin and graduated in 2010 from the University of Michigan with a Master of Science in Information, where she specialized in Archives and Records Management and Preservation of Information.

Carol Vandenberg
Carol Vandenberg is a reference librarian and the archivist for Madonna University. Previously she was a data manager with the Department of Biostatistics and Research Epidemiology at the Henry Ford Health System. She earned an MLIS in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University, where she also earned a bachelor’s degree in Radio, TV and Film. In her position with Madonna University, she also serves as the co-chair of the Institutional Review Board. May–July 2006, Carol was an exchange librarian and archivist with the Notre Dame University–Louaize in Lebanon. She is also a board member with the Canton Historical Society. Carol currently serves as an MAA Board Member-at-Large, where as coordinator of the Ad Hoc Survey Committee one of her projects has been the establishment of an electronic version of MAA’s annual meeting survey.

Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson is the Digital Access and Preservation Archivist at The Henry Ford’s Benson Ford Research Center and has been with The Henry Ford since September 2010. He is responsible for processing and preservation of born-digital and hybrid collections, digitization of material from the Research Center’s holdings, and facilitating electronic access to archival materials and description. Brian received his Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan School of Information in May 2010, where he specialized in Archives and Records Management. Brian has been a member of MAA since 2010, having most recently presented during the 2014 Annual Meeting. He is also active in a number of other archives and museum-related groups and societies including SAA and the Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners.


We look forward to seeing you in Holland!

MAA 2015 Nominating Committee

Call for Nominations!

April 13, 2009

Elections for the Michigan Archival Association (MAA) executive board members will be held at the annual meeting, June 24-26, 2009. We will vote on the following positions:

Regular Election

Treasurer – Term 2009-2011
Conference Coordinator – Term 2009-2011
Member-at-Large – Term 2009-2012 (2 Positions)

Special Elections

Member-at-Large – Term 2009-2011. This is for the remaining two years of three-year terms (2 Positions)
Member-at-Large – Term 2009-2010. This is for the remaining one year of a three-year term (1 Position)

If you are interested in running and would like your name to appear on the ballot, or have any questions regarding the elections, please e-mail Vice-President/President-Elect Whitney Miller ( or 517-355-2330) by May 15, 2009. Indicate which position interests you and include a short biography.

Members can also nominate individuals for offices via petition. Each petition in support of an individual nomination must be signed by at least ten MAA members. Petitions should be presented to Susan Panak, MAA Secretary, on Thursday, June 25, 2009 before 10:30 a.m.
(The bylaws state that nominations must end two hours before the business meeting, which will commence at 12:30 p.m. that day.)