Board of Directors
Nicholas Martin (he/him/his) is the Curator for Arts and Humanities at NYU Special Collections, where his responsibilities include collection development, outreach, instruction, and exhibitions. He holds an MA in Humanities and Social Thought from NYU’s John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Masters’ Program, and an MSLIS from Pratt Institute. Prior to joining NYU in 2017, Nicholas was the Librarian for Archives and Special Collections at NYU Abu Dhabi. Nicholas is an active member both of the Society of American Archivists and the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries, where he currently serves on the security committee and is a co-chair of the task force to revise the section’s guidelines on exhibition and interlibrary loan of archives and special collections. His current research interests include quantifying the operational impacts of archival collection development, the implications of the use of archival materials in museum and gallery exhibitions, the intersections of the art market and the archives world, and the commoditization of archival materials as art objects and cultural artifacts.
Amye McCarther (she/her/hers) is an arts archivist and media conservator currently based at the New Museum in New York. Her previous work has included the Merce Cunningham Trust, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Judd Foundation, the Whitney Museum, the Harry Ransom Center, the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s CALL Project, and others. She is the outgoing Director of the Programming Committee for the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, the Co-coordinator of the Solo Art Information Professionals special interest group for the Art Libraries Society of North America, a member of the Digital Libraries Federation’s Museums Cohort and Labor Working Group, and a member of the American Institute for the Conservation of Artistic Works’ Electronic Media Group. Her research interests include analog media and hardware preservation, performance documentation, scaling conservation in response to climate change, critical approaches to library and archival practice, and designing digital collections for engagement and access.
Stephanie Neel (she/her/hers) is the Archive Project Manager at Mark Morris Dance Group in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. She has previously worked with photography and performing arts collections at the Richard Avedon Foundation, the Byrd Hoffman Foundation, and Art + Commerce. Stephanie is a part of Dance/USA's Archives and Preservation affinity group and serves on the steering committee for the Performing Arts section of Society of American Archivists. She received her Bachelors of Arts at Barnard College in 2010 and a Masters of Science in Library and Information Science at Pratt Institute in 2015.
Ashton Wingate is currently a Digital Archivist with the NAACP Legal and Educational Defense Fund, Inc. Along with his colleagues, Ashton works to support the fight for racial justice by preserving information related to the organization’s many years of litigation, advocacy, and public education.
Ashton is a graduate of The Catholic University of America with a Masters in
Library and Information Science. While earning his degree, Ashton spent three
years with the DC Public Library in a community outreach role promoting the
library’s early literacy programming. Early literacy and equal access to
information for all continue to be foundational principles for him. Ashton takes
pride in his board service to the National Home Library Foundation which
provides small grants to day cares, schools, non-profits and other organizations
whom could not afford to provide books for the children in their care if not for
the foundation’s contributions.
Deidre Dinnigan is a member of the Archivist Round Table (ART), the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC), and the Society of American Archivists (SAA). She holds a Masters of Arts from New York University and a Masters in Libraries and Information Science (with a specialization in Archives and Special Collections) from The Pratt Institute. Deidre is the Owner/CEO of ForKeeps Inc. which provides a range of heritage services to institutions and private clients. As an Archivist, she has worked primarily with non-traditional entities such as hotels, hospitals, theaters, churches, restaurants, etc. to help them harness, safeguard, and share their histories. Since founding her company in 2016, Deidre has worked with notable institutions such as The Waldorf Astoria Hotel, The Plaza Hotel, and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.
April Griess (they/them) is an artist/archivist with 15 years of experience collaborating, coordinating, and researching community-based performance art practices. Griess received a BFA from UNL in 2007 and a MA in Moving Image Archiving & Preservation from NYU in 2021. They are the co-founder of HUMAN TRASH DUMP, a free web-based digital repository that publishes and maintains art and activist works on the Internet Archive. Griess spoke about fragmentation in archives during ART’s 2021 New York Archives Week Symposium. Currently, they are the Coordinator - Technology & Archives at Sesame Workshop.
Danielle Nista has been a Reference Associate at New York University Special Collections for three years. There, her primary duties are managing the reading room workflows and reproductions queue, providing consultations to researchers, and teaching instruction sessions. She received her Master of Arts in Archives from New York University in 2018 and her Masters in Library and Information Science from Long Island University in 2020. Danielle has been a member of Archivists Round Table of New York City since she first started graduate school in 2016. She is also an active member in the Teaching with Primary Sources collaborative and serves on their facilitation team.
Colleen Daw is an Archivist with the Winthrop Group, a history and archives consulting firm in New York. She received an M.S. in Library Science with a specialization in Archives and Records Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016. Over the years, her work has included preserving physical materials, supporting research on music and civil rights history, organizing new systems of information for archives and archival projects, as well as helping establish digital archives and electronic records systems.
Cristina Fontánez Rodríguez
Cristina Fontánez Rodríguez is the Virginia Thoren and Institute Archivist at the Pratt Institute. At the helm of the Pratt Institute Archives, she works with faculty, students, and the external community on primary source instruction, research, and outreach. Prior to joining Pratt, Cristina was a National Digital Stewardship Resident for Art Information at the Maryland College Institute of Art. Cristina’s work is focused on the application of social justice principles to archival practice through participatory and non-hierarchical ways of knowledge-seeking and making. She is a founding member of Archivistas en Espanglish, a collective dedicated to amplifying spaces of memory-building between Latin America and Latinx communities in the US, and is an editor for Archivoz International Archives Magazine. At ART, Cristina served on the Outreach committee from 2017 to 2018 and currently co-runs Barchives, an outreach initiative that brings archivists to bars to talk about New York City’s archival collections and local history. She holds a BA in Geography from Universidad de Puerto Rico Recinto de Río Piedras and an MLS with a certificate in Archives and Preservation of Cultural Materials from CUNY Queens College.
Emily Andresini is a library & archival professional with over a decade of experience working in archives. She earned her MLIS from Rutgers University in 2007. Her archival career began with an internship at Drew University processing the Bela Kornitzer collection, and includes work with the photograph collections held at the NYU Medical Archives, and with the archival collections of the North Jersey History Center. For the bulk of her career, Emily managed various archival digitization projects for the Leo Baeck Institute, a research library and archive dedicated to German-Jewish history. Emily now works as the Knowledge & Digital Services Librarian for Kramer Levin, a premier law firm here in New York City. She has been a member of the ART Publications Committee, and a reviewer for the Metropolitan Archivist, and is also a co-organizer of events for the NYC chapter of Code4Lib.