02. Cohort Members

Each cohort member has a dedicated profile page that features information on their research, professional background, and contact information. Each member name can be clicked to access their profile or you can select the applicable member from the Cohort Members pop-up menu.


Martha Chapin has a B.S. from the University of Maryland and is the web services & education manager for the American Cleaning Institute. Her love for museums and books prompted her to pursue her MSLIS at Catholic University to facilitate a career change.

 s-botelerSara Boteler has worked in wide range of institutions from the Creation Museum to Presidential Libraries and currently works at the National Archives in College Park. She earned her BA in History from New Mexico State University and her MA in History with a Public History specialization from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. In the past, she has served as the Graduate Assistant for the Special Collections and Archives at Wright State University.

A native of Alabama, Chris_burroughsChris Burroughs has a BA in communications from the University of Alabama and an MA in history from the University of Southern Alabama. After working at the University of South Alabama’s Archives for four years, Chris decided to pursue his MSLIS degree in order to further his archiving career.

Joseph_koivistoJoseph Koivisto is a Pennsylvania-transplant to the DC area. He has a BA in English from the University of Scranton. Joseph gained a love for cultural heritage institutions after working at the US Army Heritage Education Center in Carlisle, PA. Currently, he is serving as Dr. Choi’s research assistant and is aiding in her work on end-user tagging and also works as a library associate for the DC Public Libraries in the Digital Commons and Popular Reading Room at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. He is also working with the director of CUA’s Medieval and Byzantine Studies program to develop thesauri for Project Andvari, an NEH-funded project centering on medieval Norse material culture.


Katie Rodda works as a Music Specialist at the Library of Congress, and is part-time Library Science student at Catholic University. She holds a B.M. in Trombone Performance, and a M.M. in Music Theory. She’s a lover of all things music, (vegetarian) food, and dogs!


Samia Khan works at the Library of Congress in the Partnerships and Outreach Programs Office and the Young Readers Center where she is currently developing a collections database. In the past she has worked at several art galleries and museums. Samia hopes to work in the future as a special collections librarian with rare books, prints, or photographs.


Alyse Minter became interested in archival science through her experience in genealogical research. Currently, she is the 2013 Horowitz/Fraad Intern at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. Her career goal is to become an Academic or Special Collections Librarian for a research or memory institution. She earned her B.S. from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Justine Rothbart j-rothbarthas a BA in Historic Preservation from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. She has worked at a number of cultural heritage institutions in the Washington, DC area including the National Archives, the White House Historical Association, and the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum.


Nick Schwartz has a B.S. in Biochemistry and a B.A. in History from Oregon State University. He became interested in information science after interning at the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s archive.

s-ryanSean Ryan has a BA in History with a minor in Asian Studies from Rutgers University, where he focused on U.S. – Middle Eastern relations.  Sean’s interest in Archival Science began while conducting research for his Senior Thesis, realizing the important role of archivists: making historical records accessible for research. Sean went on to develop the Hillsdale Public Library’s local history collection to make historical records available for residents to learn about their town’s history. He is currently a part-time student at the Catholic University of America earning his MLIS with a focus in Cultural Heritage Information Management.

k-conwayKelsey Conway has a BA in Historic Preservation with a Museum Studies Minor from the University of Mary Washington. She is currently the Assistant Project Manager at Astute Technology for the OMH initiative Think Cultural Health. She has worked with numerous cultural heritage institutions developing her interest in public education through new and social media and informal learning environments.

Mary Dzwonchyk comes to the program with a BA from Johns Hopkins University (Writing Seminars, Psychological & Brain Sciences) and a strong interest in archival science and preservation. During her time as an undergraduate, she worked extensively with the Visual Collection at the JHMI Medical Archives. Currently, she is archiving the Sullivan Papers for the Washington School of Psychiatry. Post-CUA, Mary hopes to pursue a career in medical archiving.

Deena Gorland has a BFA in photography from San Francisco Art Institute. She has worked with the National Geographic Society on multiple digitization projects such as: Electronic Magazine Archives (EMA) and Image Collections, Save the Archives. In addition, her time dlgimagewith NGS, she digitized the Smithsonian Institutions (SI), National Postal Museums certified stamp plate proof collection. Currently, she works at the National Parents and Teachers Association (NPTA) in Alexandria VA, where she preserves their historical archives and assists in the creation of a special collections library and online exhibit.  Her primary focus is working in cultural institutions that preserve and digitize image archive collections.

Alisha Strother was born and raised in Forestville, Maryland in Prince Georges County. She graduated from Largo Senior High school in 2007 and received her Bachelors of Arts in English at Trinity Washington University in 2011, graduating magna cum laude. In that same year, Alisha was award the Mary Boyle McCrory Award ’22 for Excellence in Writing. She is a member Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Currently, she is pursuing a Masters in Library and Information Science at Catholic University of America with a concentration in Cultural Heritage Information Management.  After completing her graduate program, she hopes to work in an university/college or public library.

Carrie Kurtz Ferguson holds a MA in Folk Studies and a BA in Music from Western Kentucky University. She hopes to incorporate her interests in music and folklore into work in a museum or archival setting.

Lindsey Bright has a BA in History and a BA in Studio Art from Dominican University of California, where she completed two thesis projects that explored the historical contexts and education applications of comic books and graphic novels. Through internships at Dominican University’s Archives and the Archives of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, she developed an interest in historical education and preservation. She hopes to use her Master’s degree to assist in the establishment and development of archives in order to better connect a network of invaluable primary resources, documents, and images.

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