Lee Bagby CeperichDirector, Library and Special Collections, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library
Term FY 2019-2024
Lee Bagby Ceperich has served as Director of the Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts since 2010 and has held positions at VMFA since 2005. Prior to her arrival at VMFA she held positions at The Library of Virginia and the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. She has served as a consultant for institutional special collections, as a reviewer for NEH grant programs and as an adjunct faculty member for Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Ceperich received an MLIS degree from Catholic University, an MA in Museum Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BA in Art History from James Madison University. Professional affiliations include ARLIS/NA, ALA (CALM, ACRL, RBMS) AAM, VAM, and WALRC.
Dr. Anne Huang Executive Director, World Arts West
Term FY 2022-2024
Dr. Anne Huang is the Executive Director of World Arts West, a regional presenting and arts services organization that supports Northern California artists and dance companies that sustain the world’s diverse dance and music traditions. World Arts West supports over 450 dance companies that engage more than 20,000 artists, sustaining over 100 dance forms from around the world. Anne is the former Executive Director of the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC), one of the largest pan-Asian cultural centers in the United States.
Anne is a highly regarded culturally specific capacity building consultant and resource equity advocate. She has worked extensively with cultural artists and arts organizations such as Charya Burt, Naomi Diouf, Alleluia Panis, Parangal, Los Danzantes de Aztlan, Diamano Coura, Chinese Culture Center, Dimension Dance Theater, CubaCaribe, LIKHA, Bisemi, Halau ‘o Keikiali’i, Cunamacue, and many others. Anne also advocates for resource equity by working with funders to create equitable funding guidelines and connecting funders with culturally specific communities.
As a thought leader with deep knowledge of challenges and solutions for cultural artists in the 21st century, Anne is a sought-after speaker and consultant for conference panels, cultural convenings, and resource equity in philanthropy. Anne has served in leadership roles for National Dance Project’s Regional Dance Development Initiative, New York Foundation for the Arts’ Immigrant Artist Program, and the City of Oakland’s Mayoral Arts Task Force. She is the Board Chair of Dance/USA Board of Trustees.
Coordinator of the Brazilian Open Science Program, Brazilian Institute of Information Science and Technology (IBICT)
Term FY 2024-2027
Bianca Amaro serves as the Coordinator of the Brazilian Open Science Program at the Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology (IBICT). She coordinates the Brazilian Portal for Scientific Publications and Data in Open Access (Oasisbr), the Brazilian Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (BDTD), the Open Access Digital Repositories and Open Access Research Data Repositories for Brazilian universities and research institutes, and both the Brazilian Open Access Scientific Journals project and the project for the creation of the Brazilian Ecosystem of Scientific Investigation (BrCRIS).
Bianca is a member of the Executive Board of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) and represents Brazil on the Governing Board of the Network of Repositories of Open Access to Science - LA Referencia. She serves as co-chair for Brazil’s representation on the Research Data Alliance (RDA).
Amaro earned a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics, as well as a degree in Law, Librarianship and Linguistics. She is the 2015 winner of The Electronic Publishing Trust for Development (EPT) award.
Courtney L. YoungUniversity Librarian, Colgate Universtiy
Term FY 2024-2027
Courtney L. Young is currently University Librarian at Colgate University as well as co-coordinator for one of the academic commons. She graduated with a BA from The College of Wooster and earned an MS in Library Science from Simmons College (now University). Before coming to Colgate, she held library positions at Penn State University, Michigan State University, and The Ohio State University.
Courtney has served in a variety of leadership roles in the American Library Association (ALA), including being elected the 2014-2015 ALA President. She is a recipient of the Simmons Alumni Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievement and Excellence in Library and Information Professional Endeavors. Courtney frequently presents and publishes on issues related to advocacy, academic librarianship, diversity, leadership, and professional development.
Felton Thomas, Jr.Executive Director, Cleveland Public Library (CPL)
Term FY 2024-2027
Felton Thomas, Jr. has served as Executive Director of Cleveland Public Library (CPL) since January, 2009.
As Director of Cleveland Public Library, Thomas has launched initiatives aimed at addressing community needs in the areas of access to technology, education, and economic development.
Director Thomas’ awards and accomplishments include being named a “Mover and Shaker” by the Library Journal and being named a White House Champion of Change for Making in 2016. Nationally, in 2015, Felton was elected as President-Elect of the Public Library Association (PLA), served as President in 2016. Felton is currently the Vice Chair of the Digital Public Library of America. He also serves as a trustee on the boards of FRONT International, University Circle Inc., Cleveland Museum of Art and United Way of Greater Cleveland.
Felton lives in Shaker Heights with his wife and has two college-aged daughters. He is an accomplished musician and has become a devoted Cleveland sports fan since his arrival on the shores of Lake Erie.
Zheng (John) Wang
Dean of Meriam Library, California State University, Chico
Term FY 2024-2027
“Zheng (John) Wang is the Dean of Meriam Library at California State University, Chico, where he provides strategic guidance to ensure the library becomes an inclusive, accessible, and intellectually enriching resource for students, faculty, and the wider community.
With experiences at various institutions across the United States, John had the opportunity to serve as an Associate University Librarian at the University of Notre Dame, where he played a vital role in establishing the Digital Library Program and an Endowed Center for Digital Scholarship. These platforms facilitated advancements in scholarly research and technological innovation on campus.
John is actively engaged in research, having functioned as a principal investigator on grant projects focusing on data and software preservation and machine learning. He has published on integrating emerging technologies with library services and project management within libraries.
His educational background includes a bachelor's degree in economics from Beijing Union University and two master’s degrees in library and information Science from Queens College, CUNY, and in Information Systems from Pace University. He has also obtained certifications in Search Engine Optimization from the University of British Columbia and Machine Learning from Stanford University.”