CAA is governed by a volunteer steering committee. Our activities are planned by three volunteer subcommittees and funded by annual membership dues and occasional event fees.

Steering Committee

Dan Harper (Chair and president; 2019-2021)
Assistant special collections archivist
University of Illinois – Chicago

Rene Aranzamendez (Liaison to interest groups and to Special Events Liaison, 2019-2021)
Editor/Archivist – Archives
Getty Images

Ashley Howdeshell (Programming Liaison, 2020-22)
Assistant University Archivist
Loyola University Chicago

Erin Matson (Outreach Liaison, 2020-22)
Librarian and Archivist
Museum of Contemporary Art

Michelle McCoy (Secretary, 2019-21)
Senior Archival Specialist
Chicago Public Library

Rebekah McFarland (Communications Officer, 2019-2021)
Sisters of the Living Word

Andy Meyer (Treasurer, 2020-22)
Director of Archives and Special Collections
North Park University

Andrew Thompson (Vice Chair, 2020-22)
Accessions Supervisor
University of Chicago, Special Collections


Stephanie Giordano (Webmaster)
Manager, Heritage Communications
Rotary International

Janet Olson (Web Support - Jobs)
Assistant University Archivist
Northwestern University


Programming Subcommittee

The Programming Subcommittee develops and facilitates access to events and low-cost educational opportunities intended to foster dialogue about archival best practices and to promote the development of personal and professional relationships among CAA members. The subcommittee is responsible for programming geared toward our member base, including social events, archives salons, panels, lectures, tours, and Day of Service. Programming opportunities may be developed in collaboration with members.

Doris Cardenas (Co-Chair)
Associate Archivist
Claretian Missionaries Archives

Allison Schein Holmes (Co-Chair) Archivist
WFMT & The Studs Terkel Radio Archive 

Outreach and Member Engagement Subcommittee

The Outreach and Member Engagement Subcommittee develops services and materials to improve involvement in the profession, recognize professional accomplishments and contributions of its members, increase awareness of CAA within Chicago and regionally, and promote the archives profession. The subcommittee is responsible for social media coordination, membership recruitment and analytics, new member referral incentive planning, and advocacy.

Brittan Nannenga (Co-Chair) 
University Archivist
DePaul University

Jill Waycie (Co-Chair)
Archival Processing Specialist
Northwestern University

Special Events Subcommittee

The Special Events Subcommittee grew out of a need to have a focused group managing our larger initiatives. The subcommittee will be responsible for the planning and execution of Chicago Open Archives and other potential future projects.

Danielle Nowak

Digital Assets Librarian

The Morton Arboretum

Social Media

Derek Potts

Patty Chavez

Follow CAA on Twitter or Facebook

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