Washington, DC Chapter

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Elected by its members, the Board of Directors determines the policies and actions of the DC Chapter of SLA. For detailed descriptions of the duties of the DC/SLA Board, please check out the Chapter Manual.  If you would like to review the minutes of past board meetings, check out the minutes of the Chapter’s Executive Board page.

The DC/SLA President and the rest of the board wants to hear from you!! Comments or questions are welcome.

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Chris Vestal, MLIS (2013-2015)
Government Consultant

Presidential Duties – The Chapter President administers the Chapter through the Executive and Advisory Board and Committee members, and exercises overall leadership in the development of policies and programs to carry out the work of the Chapter. The President organizes and presides over Chapter meetings, and is liaison to the Association. The President’s term is the middle year of a three-year commitment: the first year is as 1st Vice President/President-Elect, responsible for program planning, and the third as Immediate Past President.


Deena Adelman, MLS (2014-2016)
Senior Research Librarian
MacroSys, LLC


President-Elect is an elected officer of the Washington, DC/SLA chapter and a voting member of the Executive Board. It is a three-year commitment. The President-Elect serves one term as first Vice-President, one as President, and one as Past President. The major responsibility of the President-Elect is to arrange the programs for the year.

Immediate Past President

Marie Kaddell, M.L.S., M.S., M.B.A. (2012-2014)
Senior Information Professional Consultant
Phone: (202) 857-8223

The office of Immediate Past President is the final year of a three year commitment to the Chapter Offices of First Vice President, President, and Immediate Past President. The Immediate Past President is available for consultation concerning the management of Chapter business and carries out special projects and assignments as designated by the Chapter President or recommended by the Executive Board.

Recording Secretary

Asheleigh Perry (2014)

The Recording Secretary’s duties are to record and distribute minutes of the Chapter’s Executive Board meetings and the annual business meeting of the Chapter. The minutes are a record of the proceedings and actions taken at each meeting but not a word-by-word transcript of the meeting. The minutes are currently distributed via e-mail to all members of the board and approved or amended by the board at the following meeting. An abridged version of the minutes is submitted for publication in the Chapter’s newsletter. The Recording Secretary serves for one year.


Ramona Howerton (2013-2014)

The Chapter Treasurer is responsible for maintaining all financial records and carrying out all financial transactions for the Chapter. The Treasurer makes deposits, pays bills, balances bank statements, prepares monthly reports for Board meetings, and prepares the Chapter’s annual budget and the twice-yearly financial statements sent to SLA. He/she ensures that the Chapter financial records are audited every January by the Chapter Auditor. The Treasurer is also liaison to the Chapter group treasurers, and coordinates sending their financial statements to SLA. The Treasurer serves for three years.

Communications Secretary

Lisa Haakon Pogue (2013-2014)
Information Specialist
Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute
(703) 861-7247

The Communications Secretary’s duties include: Promoting chapter events on the email discussion list, blog and other media; oversight of Chapter Notes; maintaining a roster of the Executive Board and Committee Chairs; maintaining access to the electronic discussion lists for associations and groups with similar interests so that emails may be sent about relevant programs. The Communication Secretary serves for one year.

Sponsor Relations Director

Jessica Bland (2014-2015)
Partner Relationship Manager
Credible Behavioral Health
Phone: (240) 753-6250

The Sponsor Relations Director creates templates for correspondence: invitations to sponsor a Chapter activity or event, thank you notes and instructions to sponsors. This Director also works with Webmaster to post to Chapter Web page/Wiki and Editor Chapter Notes. Directors’ duties involve responding to immediate needs of the Board and President throughout their tenure in office. Directors serve for two years.

Membership Director

Alicia Pappas (2014)
Senior Associate, Library Services
Phone: (202) 533-4943

The Membership Director’s duties involve responding to immediate needs of the Board and President throughout their tenure in office.  Directors serve for two years.

Technology and Innovation Director

James King, MLS* (2011-2014)
Information Architect
NIH Library National Institutes of Health
10 Center Drive, Room 1L07A
Bethesda, MD 20892-1150
Phone: (301) 496-2187
*Mr. King is serving in his personal capacity.

The Director of Technology and Innovation is responsible for providing strategic vision and guidance to the DC/SLA Board on the implementation and use of existing and new technologies for the benefit of our membership and to support the functions of the Board and Committees.

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