Mary Alice Ball is a senior program officer at the Institute of Museum and Library Services, responsible for the administration of the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program. She also serves as the agency’s subject matter expert on broadband and digital inclusion issues, drawing upon her research and her professional service. Prior to IMLS, she was an assistant professor at the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science Indianapolis. She has worked with information technology at Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern University (NOTIS Systems), the University of Michigan, and the Research Libraries Group, as well as in the dotcom and publishing worlds. Mary Alice obtained her Ph.D. in Higher Education with a minor in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona, and her A.M.L.S. from the University of Chicago.

Connie Bodner is a supervisory grants management specialist at the Institute of Museum and Library Services. With a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Missouri, and a M.S. and A.B. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she worked in archaeological research and publishing, collections, exhibitions, museum programs, and museum administration. Her fieldwork has ranged from the American Midwest and Northeast to Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Western Pacific. At IMLS, she heads a team of museum professionals who coordinate grant making in collections stewardship, community anchors, and African American history and culture. In her current role, she revels in the opportunity to work with museums of every size and focus across the country, connecting them to federal resources that help them do even greater things with and for their communities.

Ingrid E. Bogel is Executive Director of the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Under her leadership, CCAHA has grown to become the largest nonprofit conservation center in the United States providing conservation services to cultural, research, and educational institutions. Ms. Bogel currently leads a state-wide preservation planning project in Pennsylvania (Save Pennsylvania’s Past) funded through Connecting to Collections, an initiative of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Prior to joining CCAHA, Ms. Bogel worked in the Conservation Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She holds an MFA degree from the School for American Crafts, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York and is a graduate of the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders in the Arts through Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Ms. Bogel is active on many national and local non-profit boards.

Lori Foley is Vice President, Emergency Programs at Heritage Preservation. Her responsibilities include coordinating national programs on cultural heritage and disaster management, including the Alliance for Response initiative and Heritage Emergency Partnership initiatives. She is also Director of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, a partnership of 42 national service organizations and federal agencies that is co-sponsored by Heritage Preservation and FEMA. Prior to joining Heritage Preservation in 2011, Ms. Foley was the Director of Preservation Services at the Northeast Document Conservation Center. Ms. Foley is a member of the state-level Massachusetts Emergency Management Team; a member of the Massachusetts cooperative disaster network, COSTEP MA; the former co-chair of the Emergency Committee of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC); and a member of the AIC Collections Emergency Response Team. She was the project director for two IMLS-funded preparedness projects – dPlan™, a free online template that creates customized institutional disaster plans, and Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness (COSTEP), a framework for model state partnerships.

Kristen Overbeck Laise is the Vice President for Collections Care Programs at Heritage Preservation, a national non-profit organization that advocates for collections. She directed the Heritage Health Index, the first comprehensive survey of the condition and preservation needs of U.S. collections. The survey, which released its results in December 2005, was coordinated by Heritage Preservation in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) with funding from the Getty Foundation and other private foundations. Ms. Laise current directs Rescue Public Murals, manages a contract to preserve historic monuments in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs cemeteries, and is involved in many aspects of the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Connecting to Collections initiative. Previously, she coordinated the Conservation Assessment Program, a technical assistance program for small museums administered by Heritage Preservation in cooperation with IMLS. She holds a BA in History from Earlham College and an MA in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she worked with the History of Cartography Project.

Christina E. Newton has over 17 years of experience in the nonprofit cultural sector and currently serves as Project Manager of the Virginia Collections Initiative at the Virginia Association of Museums. In her role at VAM, she launched the Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts, which was honored last year with an Award of Merit for Community Relations by the Virginia Public Relations Awards. Newton is also a consultant and curator, and founder of Richmond’s notable First Fridays Art Walk, which has received extensive recognition for revitalizing Downtown into an official arts and cultural district.

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