SOA Committees & Task Forces


Most committees also have their own pages with additional content, linked to in the below descriptions.

Standing Committees

Advocacy and Outreach

The Advocacy and Outreach Committee is comprised of two subcommittees: Advocacy and Outreach.
– The Advocacy subcommittee is responsible for promoting advocacy in response to legislative issues that may impact archives, diversity, and the role of archives and archivists within society. The Advocacy subcommittee will facilitate access to resources that will aid archivists in advocating for the profession and collections to administrators and institutional stakeholders. It also communicates news from the National Coalition for History.
– The Outreach subcommittee is responsible for advocating the importance of archives throughout the state of Ohio through programmatic planning such as Statehood Day, Archives Month, and the I Found it in the Archives platform for sharing archival discoveries.

See all blog posts tagged Advocacy and Outreach and Archives Month.

Contact the Committee Cochairs Collette McDonough and position open.

George Bain, Ohio University Libraries, retired
Connie Conner, Ohio History Connection
Amy Czubak, Ohio History Connection (2022-2024)
Natalie Fritz, Clark County Historical Society
Jennifer Gerth, Franciscan Sisters of the Poor (2022-2024)
Ken Grossi, Oberlin College
Jacky Johnson, Miami University
Collette McDonough, Kettering Foundation (cochair 2022-2024)
Laura E. Smith, Ohio University
Erin Wilson, Ohio University (2022-2024)

Educational Programming Committee

The Educational Programming Committee plans the Annual Meeting (spring), joint fall meeting with Ohio Local History Alliance, and professional development workshops. Activities include choosing a conference theme, solicitation and selection of session presenters, selection of plenary speaker, publication and distribution of conference announcements, and soliciting sponsors.

See all blog posts tagged SOA Spring Conference, Conferences/Meetings, Workshops.

Contact the Committee Cochairs Matt Francis and Adam Wanter.

Rachael Bussert, Dayton Metro Library
Melissa Dalton, Independent Archivist/Public Historian (SOA Vice President/President-Elect)
Matt Francis, Ohio Northern University (cochair 2022-2024)
Betsy Hedler, Ohio History Connection (SOA/OHC Liaison)
Katie Jarrell, Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Riza Miklowski, Akron-Summit County Public Library (2022-2024)
William Modrow, Miami University
Sara Mouch, University of Toledo (2021-2023)
Nathaniel Ricks, student (2022-2024)
Adam Wanter, MidPointe Library System (cochair 2022-2023)

Marketing and Communications Committee

The Marketing and Communications Committee (formerly Public Information or PIC) is responsible for public relations and outreach for SOA through the process of generating content and maintaining the tools to communicate SOA information. Duties and responsibilities include managing the SOA website and social media accounts (Facebook, Flickr, ISSUU, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube), assisting in moderation of SOA Listserv, responding to SOA email inquiries, and documenting SOA events through photographs.

Contact the Committee Cochairs Janet Carleton and Emily Gainer.

Amber Bales, Miami University (2022-2024)
Janet Carleton, Ohio University (1999-, cochair 2021-2023 (2nd term))
Emily Gainer, Cummings Center for the History of Psychology (2020-, cochair 2022-2024)
Jane Wildermuth, Wright State University (2021-2023 (2nd term))

Membership & Awards Committee

The Membership & Awards Committee has two primary functions:
1.) Recruiting and supporting new and renewing members;
2.) Supporting SOA awards.

In support of Membership, committee members identify events and/or organizations throughout the state in order to distribute membership literature. The committee is responsible for writing and updating membership literature, including the annual membership drive letter and membership brochure. It also maintains Internship and Volunteer Opportunities. See membership information for how to join SOA.

Do you know of a conference, event, or workshop to spread the word about SOA? The committee has everything needed to create an SOA promotional table. Items include tablecloth, signage, brochures, and pencils. Please contact the committee chairs to discuss tabling.

In support of Awards, committee members publicize the availability and standards of the awards, then select awardees according to the criteria set by SOA. SOA Awards are: the Merit Award, New Professional Scholarship Award, and Student Scholarship Award. The committee is also responsible for Ohio History Day involvement which includes judging for special SOA History Day Award.

See all blog posts tagged Membership, Awards & Scholarships.

Contact the committee cochairs Jennifer Long Morehart and Stephanie Shreffler.

Devhra BennettJones
Mark Bloom, University of Akron
Helen Conger, Case Western Reserve University
Matt Francis, Ohio Northern University
Glenn Longacre, NARA
Marsha Miles, Cleveland State University
Jennifer Long Morehart, Bowling Green State University (cochair 2022-2024)
Cate Putirskis, Ohio State University
Stephanie Shreffler, University of Dayton (cochair 2021-2023 (2nd term))
Julia Teran, Case Western Reserve University (2022-2024)

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee annually prepares and submits a slate of candidates for vacant officer positions and Council seats. The committee is made up of the immediate past-president (who shall serve as chair) and two additional members of the Society who are not on Council. Committee members must serve at least one year.

See all blog posts tagged Elections.

Contact the acting committee chair Marsha Miles.

Marsha Miles, Cleveland State University (2021-2023)
Open – past president
Open (2022-2024)

Strategic Planning Committee

The Strategic Planning Committee works with Council and is responsible for monitoring SOA’s mission, long-term vision, and development. The committee will track SOA’s progress towards reaching the goals and objectives laid out in SOA’s most recent Strategic Plan and aid in the development of future goals.

Membership will consist of the President, Past-President, and two Council-approved At-Large members. At-Large members will serve a 2-year term. An At-Large member term can be renewed once, upon approval by Council. At-Large Member terms will end in alternating years.

Melissa Dalton, Independent Archivist/Public Historian (Vice President/President-Elect 2022-2023 / President 2023-2024 / Past President 2024-2025)
Collette McDonough, Kettering Foundation (At-Large) (2021-2023)
Nick Pavlik, Bowling Green State University Libraries (At-Large) (2022-2024)
Amy Rohmiller, Kettering Health Dayton (President 2022-2023 / Past President 2023-2024)


Task Forces

Social Justice and Black Lives Matter Task Force

The Task Force on Social Justice and Black Lives Matter is responsible for identifying, promoting, developing, and educating on antiracist and social justice resources, efforts, and actions for SOA Council, Committees, and Membership.

See charge and other details on the SJBLM page. | See all blog posts tagged BLM or Social Justice.

SOA Council Statement on Racial Inequality and Black Lives Matter. June 3, 2020
The Society of Ohio Archivists condemns violence against Asian American and Pacific Island people. April 8, 2021.

Contact the Task Force Chair Devhra BennettJones.

Devhra BennettJones (2020-, chair 2021-2023 )
Christine Schmid Engels, Cincinnati Museum Center (2021-)
Madeleine Fix, Nationwide Insurance (2020- )
Sule Holder, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum – Library & Archives (2022-)
Penelope Shumaker, State Library of Ohio (2020- )
Nicole Sutton, Columbus Metropolitan Library (2020- )
Marissa Tiroly, Kent State University (2022-)

Representatives to Other Groups

Ohio Commission for the U.S. Semiquincentennial (America 250-Ohio)

Natalie Fritz, Clark County Historical Society (March 2022-December 2022) | Group website.

Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB)

William Modrow, Miami University (2nd term August 2022-August 2025) | Group website.

Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC)

Collette McDonough, Kettering Foundation (August 2021-August 2023) | Group website.


Last Updated on February 6, 2023 by janet_carleton