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

Kayla Gustafson (Chair, 2023-24)

Emily Eckstrand (Vice Chair, 2023-25)

Brie Callahan (Treasurer, 2022-2024)

Kristen Melkonyan (Liaison to Programming Subcommittee, 2023-25)

Ayah Elkossei (Communications Manager, 2022-24)

Gretchen Neidhardt (Liaison to Outreach and Member Engagement Subcommittee & Interest Groups, 2023-25)

Laura Berfield (Liaison to Special Events Subcommittee, 2023-25)


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)

Allison Schein Holmes (Co-Chair)

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.

Bianca Bárcenas (Co-Chair)

Hannah Zuber (Co-Chair)

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.

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