2016 Leadership


Co-Chair- Brittany Austin (term started March 2016)

Brittany Austin is a former fashion librarian turned dance archivist. In March 2015, she relocated to the Berkshires from San Francisco for a position at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival as Associate Archivist & Librarian. Her path into archives has been varied – she spent five years as a reference/instructional librarian at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, managed social media for San Jose State University’s iSchool, and was an archives fellow with the Dance Heritage Coalition (DHC) before graduating from SJSU in December 2014. Brittany continues to work with DHC and is an ESL tutor with the Literacy Network in the Berkshires.

When she’s not wearing her archivist hat, she enjoys dancing, thrift shopping, cooking and persuading her friends to sing karaoke with her. Brittany is focused on building the REPS community further into Western Mass and beyond, and she looks forward to collaborating with you all!

Co-Chair- Kristen Weischedel (term started March 2016)

eKristen Weischedel is a dual degree archives and history student at Simmons College in Boston. She works as an audiovisual and photograph archival assistant at the Schlesinger Library and as a reference librarian at Emmanuel College. She is interested in archival reference, access and outreach, specifically how to encourage primary source literacy with archival collections. As REPS co-chair, she hopes to expand programming and come up with creative ways to encourage all to participate. In her free time, Kristen enjoys a good wine and cheese pairing and The Golden Girls.

Steering Committee

Secretary- Chris Tanguay (term started March 2016)

Chris Tanguay is an Archives Collections Associate at MIT’s Institute Archives and Special Collections. She earned an MSLIS from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archives Management in 2012. She also holds a BFA in Fine Arts with a concentration in photography from UMass Lowell. Currently, Chris is a member of NEA’s Fall 2016 Programming Committee and MA History Conference Archives Track Committee 2016. Her professional interests include obsessive categorization, accessibility, and digitization. She is also interested in social justice issues and pondering the ever-present problem of underemployment in the archives field.  With REPS, she hopes to help others grow professionally through programming, events, and resources. In her free time, she enjoys adventuring, talking nerdy, and taking pictures of everything.

Website and Social Media Coordinator- Blake Relle (term started March 2016)


Blake Relle received his Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from LSU. Currently, he serves as an Archives Specialist at the Louisiana State Archives where he fulfills request for materials made by the public as well as state agencies. From 2013 to 2015, he served as a digitization intern at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.  Professionally, Relle has presented on “How to get new archival professionals involved in archival organizations?” and “Should archival professionals do continuing education?” At the upcoming SAA meeting in August, Relle will be on a panel that will discuss how archives and museum can provide access to their collections to people with disabilities. He is also involved with ProjectArc, which is a group of archivist responding to climate change. He co-wrote a blog post for ProjectARCC regarding how the Toronto City Archive reduced its energy consumption by 59%.  In his spare time, Relle enjoys going to the gym, traveling, and cooking. He has researched his family history and met his relatives in Sicily and in Italy.

 Student Liaison- Kimberly Arleth (term started March 2016)


Kimberly Arleth is a recent transplant to the New England area, coming to Boston to obtain her MLIS degree from Simmons College from the Midwest. In addition to taking classes, Ms. Arleth works full time at the Beatley Library of Simmons College as  Library Assistant for the Discovery Services Department and Archives.Actively participating in the professional community is important to Ms. Arleth and prior to her appointment on the REPS Steering Committee, she  participated in the Fall 2015 NEA Day of service and in Minnesota served on the Board of Directors for 20% Theatre Company, a Twin Cities based theater company from 2013 to 2015. She has also attended national and local conferences and presented at the Midwest Archivist Conference (April 2016), Minnesota Digital Library Annual Meeting (June 2015) and the ASIS&T Annual Meeting (November 2014).

Originally from Minnesota, Ms. Arleth completed a Masters in Nonprofit Management in 2014 from Hamline University, where she served as the Slide and Digital Image Librarian/Exhibition Assistant and Permanent Collection Registrar for the Department of Studio Art and Art History from 2012-2015. Other work experiences has included time at the Massachusetts Historical Society and the University of Minnesota’s Archive and Special Collections working with the Jean Tretter Collection for GLBT Studies and the Borger Collection.

Members at Large- Robin Alario (term started March 2016)


Robin Alario is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Library and Information Studies (2011). She also holds a Masters’ Degree in History and is currently the Archivist for the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame (http://www.riheritagehalloffame.org) and as an interpreter/educator at Slater Mill Museum. She started her own archival consulting/historical research business The Time Treasurer (http://www.thetimetreasurer.com) in 2014. She has also worked on projects for the Providence Public Library, the Rhode Island Historical Society and Providence City Archives. She is happy to join REPS and meet other new professionals and share experiences with students. When not working on archival projects, she is busy learning and sharing information on American and British History, reading , visiting libraries, museums and archives for fun and sometimes blogging about those visits: archiveslibrariesmuseums.wordpress.com.

Members at Large-  Betts Coup (term started May 28, 2016)


Betts Coup is a Processing Assistant at the Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Medical Library, and will complete her MLIS from Simmons College in December 2016. She previously finished an MA at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University in 2009, focusing on modern architecture in the Americas. She has worked in galleries and museums in Kansas City, Missouri, and Austin, Texas, and has an ongoing career as an equestrian journalist alongside her archives work. Betts has a passion for the intersection of culture and history, and has been involved with ProjectARCC, a group of archivists with concerns about climate change, since its foundation.

Sarah Bush (term started May 26, 2016)

333Sarah Bush is a dual degree archives and history student at Simmons College in Boston. She is currently working as a processing assistant at the Center for the History of Medicine at Countway Medical Library, and volunteers with the Digital Archive of Japan’s 2011 Disasters. Previously, she worked at the Missouri State Archives—St. Louis and the Missouri History Museum. Sarah moved to Boston from Tokyo, Japan, where she taught English at Tokyo Friends School for four years. She tries to keep up her Japanese skills by teaching study groups for Simmons undergraduates taking Japanese language classes. In her free time, Sarah enjoys drinking tea, reading novels, and hiking.


Past Leadership

2014-2016 Leadership

  • Casey Davis
  • Dan Bullman
  • Mary Richardson
  • Rose Oliveira
  • Annalisa Moretti

Former Ex Officio Members

  • Chris Markman
  • VivianLea Solek
  • Kristen Weischedel
  • Jennifer Bolmarcich
  • Robin Alario
  • Kim Hewitt
  • Mary Margaret Fletcher
  • Allyson Glazier

2013 Leadership

  • Sofia Becerra-Licha
  • Caitlin Birch
  • Michelle Chiles
  • Abby Cramer
  • Elise Dunham
  • Liz Frances
  • Camille Torres
  • Keith Pendergrass