Board of Directors

Patrice (Patty) Davis
US Department of Justice
950 Pennslyvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20530
President: Patty Davis is the Assistant Director for the Senior Leadership Office Records Program at the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). Patty received a Bachelor of Science in History from Northern Michigan University and a Masters of Arts in History with a certificate in Archives and Records from Western Washington University. Previous positions include Records Management Specialist for Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) – Energy, Government Records Archivist for the State Archives of Ohio, and Information Specialist for Russell Investments. Outside of work, Patty is a board member and volunteer at the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center (CRHC) and is Secretary, and former President, of the Fredericksburg PC User’s Group (FPCUG).

Rebekah Davis
Limestone County Archives
102 W. Washington St. 
Athens, AL 35611
President-Elect: Rebekah Davis is the Archivist of the Limestone County Archives in Athens, Ala., where she is responsible for all aspects of preservation of and access to Limestone County, Ala.'s historic government and private collection records, as well as community outreach efforts of the Limestone County Archives. At the Archives, she has implemented records processing, digitization, and online sharing programs; overseen preservation efforts to include a full facility renovation; formed partnerships with related history and community organizations to improve preservation of and access to historic records; and incorporated these records into regular local history publications, history and genealogy presentations, special exhibits and events, and establishment of local history monuments.  Davis has served as Vice-President and President of the Society of Alabama Archivists and board member of the Athens-Limestone Community Association. She previously was a reporter and editor for The News-Courier and The Cullman Times. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of North Alabama.

Jelain Chubb
Director, Archives and Information Services
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Vice President: Jelain Chubb is the state archivist and director of the Archives and Information Services Division at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the College of Charleston, and dual master’s degrees in library and information science and applied history with a specialization in archival administration from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. 

Jelain began her professional experience as a search room assistant at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History conducting reference interviews and assisting researchers using state and local government records. She later became the assistant curator of archival collections for the University of South Carolina’s University Archives and moved on to increasingly responsible professional positions as local records archivist for the Kansas State Historical Society, administrative archivist for the Local Records Program at the Missouri State Archives, and as state archivist for Ohio and Texas. 

An active member NAGARA since 1998, Jelain has held several leadership positions including as a member of the board of directors from 2005-2009. She also served as a member of multiple annual meeting program committees and chaired the 2007 and 2015 local arrangement committees. Jelain is a member of the Council of State Archivists, Academy of Certified Archivists and the Institute of Certified Records Managers, as well as regional and local archival and historical organizations. In 2015 she was named a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists (SAA).

Cathi Carmack
Director, Archival Technical Services at
Tennessee State Library and Archives
403 7th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37243
Immediate Past President: Cathi Carmack is the Director of the Archival Technical Services Section at the Tennessee State Library and Archives, with responsibilities for managing the acquisition and processing of state agency records and manuscript collections as well as TSLA's Legislative Recording Program. Cathi has been employed at TSLA since 1986, working in reference, processing, and cataloging areas. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in History and a B.S. degree in Communications-Recording Industry Management. In addition to serving as current President of NAGARA, Cathi has served on SAA's Reappraisal and Deaccessioning Development and Review Team, co-teaching the first workshop based on the resulting guidelines, and served as a member of the Best Practices and Tools Subcommittee of CoSA's State Electronic Records Initiative.

Bethany Cron
Senior Records Management Policy Analyst
National Archives and Records Administration (Ann Arbor, MI)
Treasurer: Bethany Cron is a Senior Records Management Policy Analyst at the National Archives and Records Administration. She is a member of the Records Management Policy and Outreach Section within the Office of the Chief Records Officer. Her team has produced guidance on electronic messages, social media records, cloud computing, and email archiving applications. She is a graduate of the School of Information at the University of Michigan (MSI, Archives and Records Management) and DePaul University (BA, History). She currently serves as chair of the Records Management Section for the Society of American Archivists.

Cherry Lawson
City Clerk/Elections Administrator
City of Bloomington
Secretary: Cherry Lawson has been a City Clerk/Elections Administrator and Records Manager for 17 years.  In her current position as City Clerk for the City of Bloomington, she handles the day-to-day responsibilities of the Office, as well as oversees the handling of the organizations records.  Prior to her current position, she served as City Clerk and Records Manager for the City of Mesquite, Nevada; as City Clerk and Records Manager for the City of Sedona, Arizona; and City Clerk/Elections Administrator and Records Manager for the City of Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Cherry holds a Master Degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Science from Wayne State University, and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Human Service and Disabilities from Highland Park Community College.  She is a member of ARMA, International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC), Central Illinois Municipal Clerks Organization, Municipal Clerks of Illinois, and Township Official of Illinois Clerks Division, and have served as a board member for local human service organizations.

Galen Wilson
Archives Specialist
National Archives and Records Administration
Federal Government Rep: Galen Wilson has been in the archives and records management profession for 37 years but tragically is still nearly six years from retirement. He is a member of the National Archives and Records Administration's General Records Schedule Team, which is nearing the end of a 5-year project totally rewriting the GRS from the ground up.  While the GRS arguably concerns the least interesting records created and maintained by the Federal government, without it agencies would not be able to destroy requisitions for pencils and toilet paper from 1958, so let's just all be grateful for the GRS.  Mr. Wilson holds a bachelor's degree from Muskingum College, and a master's from the University of Michigan.  He makes his home in Dayton, Ohio's historic district with his wife Betsy and a variable number of house and porch cats.

Casey Coleman
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Silver Spring, MD
Federal Rep.: Casey A. Coleman is the Electronic Records Manager for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Prior to joining the SEC, he served on records management oversight and policy teams in the Office of the Chief Records Officer at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). He is an alumnus of the University of Florida (BA, History), the University of Vermont (MA, History), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (MA, Communication Arts-Film Studies and MA-LIS, Library and Information Studies). He is currently the chair of the Government Records Section of the Society of American Archivists (SAA).

Chad Owen
Records Management Coordinator
Library of Virginia
State Government Rep: Chad Owen joined the Library of Virginia as Records Management Coordinator in 2016.  He heads the Records Management Section, which creates and maintains all records schedules and develops and delivers training on records management for both state agencies and all local and regional government entities in the Commonwealth.  He has previously worked at the State Historical Society of Iowa and comes to Virginia after 14 years as Records Manager for the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections, the last two years also serving as Curator of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Collections.  He is a native of Southside Virginia, has degrees in history from the University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University, and spends his spare time playing softball for the Library of Virginia Hardbacks and trying to convince himself that he’s finally retired from playing rugby.”

Joyce Wittenberg
Records and Information Manager at State of Montana
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
State Government Rep: Joyce Wittenberg has been with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality since 2000. She is a member of the department’s Centralized Services Management Team and currently serves as the department’s Records Manager. Joyce has been successfully leading the department’s records management improvement process, including compliance with Montana’s Open Records Laws, since 2004. Her responsibilities have included development of the department’s comprehensive records management program, creation of policies and procedures, and providing training and guidance to all levels of staff. 

Joyce has been a member of ARMA International since 2001 and has previously served as Newsletter Editor, Treasurer, and President on the Big Sky Chapter Board of Directors. She joined NAGARA and became a Board member in 2016. She attended school in Oregon, and continues to further her education in the records and information management field.

Jen Haney Conover, MA
Records Manager/Archivist
Warren County Records Center & Archives
Local Government Rep: Jen Haney Conover is the Records Manager and Archivist for the Warren County Records Center and Archives, where she directs all aspects of the county’s records management, archival and microfilm/imaging divisions since 2013.  Jen received her B.A. in history with a minor in music history from Miami University, and completed her graduate education at Wright State University with a M.A. in Public History. Jen serves as Co-Chair of the Ohio County Archivists & Records Manager Association and is active in the Society of Ohio Archivists and the Miami Valley Archivists Roundtable. Prior to coming to Warren County, Jen worked at the AFRO History Office at Wright Patterson AFB, the Greene County Room in Xenia, Ohio and in library access services at the University of Dayton. In her spare time, she is an active runner, completing 2-3 half marathons a year, loves live music and spending time with her husband Brian and labradoodle, Striker.

Jannette Goodall, CMC, TRMC, CRM
City Clerk
Office of the City Clerk, Austin, TX
Local Government Rep: Jannette Goodall, CMC, TRMC, CRM, has served as the City Clerk for the City of Austin since January 2013. Prior to her appointment as City Clerk she served the City Records Management Officer from 2001-2013 and has over twenty-eight years of records and information management experience.   In addition to the serving with the City of Austin, her career has included working with the Illinois State Archives, University of Washington in Seattle and the Utah State Archives. She is a Certified Municipal Clerk, a Texas Registered Municipal Clerk and a Certified Records Manager. She has been a member of ARMA International since 1993 for which she served for nine years on the ARMA Austin Chapter Board. She is also a member of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks Records Management Committee.

Marissa Paron
Senior Project Officer
Library and Archives Canada 
At-Large Rep: Marissa Paron is a Senior Project Officer, Recordkeeping Strategies, within the Government Records Initiatives Division of the Archives Branch at Library and Archives Canada (LAC), and has over 16 years of public service experience with the Government of Canada. Her current position involves providing strategic advice on the management of government records by federal institutions in support of LAC acquisition of government archives, and developing operational policies and tools for that purpose. She began her career in information management at LAC in 2007 as a Government Records Archivist responsible for appraising, acquiring, arranging, describing and providing access to the archival records of numerous federal government departments and agencies. In addition to holding a Bachelor of Arts in French (Applied Linguistics and Language Studies), a Certificate in French Translation Studies, and a Master of Arts in Canadian Studies (Heritage Conservation) from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Marissa has completed extensive training in archives and records management – including from the Society of American Archivists. 

Marissa is registered with the Standards Council of Canada as Secretary to Canada’s Mirror Committee to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) / Technical Committee (TC) 46 – Information and documentation / Subcommittee (SC) 11 – Archives and records management. She has served as Vice-President and President of the Board of Directors of the Archives Association of Ontario, and previously held membership to the Association of Canadian Archivists.