Lee Bagby CeperichDirector, Library and Special Collections, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman LibraryTerm FY 2019-2022
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.
Executive Director, Invest in Open Infrastructure
Term FY 2022-2024
Kaitlin Thaney is the Executive Director of Invest in Open Infrastructure, a non-profit initiative designed to enable durable, scalable, and long lasting open scientific and scholarly infrastructure to emerge, thrive, and deliver its benefits on a global scale.
She previously served as the Endowment Director for the Wikimedia Foundation, where she led development of a fund to sustain the future of Wikipedia and free knowledge. Prior to joining Wikimedia, Thaney directed the program portfolio for the Mozilla Foundation, following her time building the Mozilla Science Lab, a program to serve the open research community. She was on the founding team for Digital Science, where she helped launch and advise programs to serve researchers worldwide, building on her time at Creative Commons, where she crafted legal, technical, and social infrastructure for sharing data on the web.
Kathleen Moeller-PeifferDeputy State Librarian for Library Support Services at the New Jersey State Library
Term FY 2019-2022
Kathhleen Moeller-Peiffer is the Deputy State Librarian for Library Support Services at the New Jersey State Library. Before rejoining the New Jersey State Library, Kathleen was the State Librarian of New Mexico since 2015. Ms. Moeller-Peiffer served in a variety of positions at the New Jersey State Library, including Grants Specialist, Director of Library Development, Associate State Librarian for Legislative and Special Projects, and Deputy State Librarian for Lifelong Learning. Prior to joining the New Jersey State Library, Ms. Moeller-Peiffer worked in public libraries as Head of the Information Technology Department, Durham County Library (NC), county librarian, Orange County Library (NC) and assistant county librarian, Lake City Public Library (FL). Ms. Moeller-Peiffer has also held a variety of leadership positions within ALA’s Association of Specialized, Government and Cooperative Library Agencies, including the elected position of President. She has just been elected to ALA Council. Ms. Moeller-Peiffer is a graduate of the University of South Carolina at Columbia. She also holds an MSLS from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Florida State University in Tallahassee.
Dr. Donald A. Outing, Ph.D.
Vice-President for Equity and Community, Lehigh University
Term FY 2022-2024
Dr. Donald A. Outing, Ph.D., is Lehigh University's first Vice President for Equity and Community. In this role, he leads institutional efforts to advance its work on diversity, equity and inclusion. Dr. Outing reports directly to the Lehigh President and is the senior administrator responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive plan to enhance and continue to build on the University's efforts.
Prior to his appointment at Lehigh, Dr. Outing served as the Chief Diversity Officer at the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) at West Point. In that role, he served as the academy's senior leader in coordinating efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive environment and developed and implemented USMA's first diversity and inclusion strategic plan.
Before serving as West Point's Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Outing was an Academy and Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the founding director for the Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM at West Point. In that role, he conceived and implemented an innovative STEM outreach strategy directed at middle school students that impacted more than 10,000 students nationwide.
Dr. Outing is a certified diversity and equal opportunity practitioner having completed the Department of Defense (DoD) Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) in 2015, and the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education's inaugural Standards of Professional Practice Institute in 2017. Dr. Outing has more than 34 years of distinguished federal service, having served his nation as a Navy noncommissioned officer, an Army officer, and a DoD civil servant.
Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson
Executive Director, Houston Public Library
Term FY 2022-2024
Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson’s impressive career as a library
professional spans over 30 years. A strong and passionate advocate for public
libraries, Dr. Lawson is keenly focused on ensuring that they remain highly
visible and vibrant organizations that proactively contribute to the quality of
life in their communities. She has served as the executive director of the
Houston Public Library (HPL) since 2005. The Houston Public Library is the
largest public library in the state of Texas, serving over 2.2 million people
through a network of 42 locations. It ranks seventh among the largest public
library systems in the nation according to population served.
Dr. Lawson ensures that HPL is continuously evolving and moving
forward a comprehensive, innovative platform of library services and programs
to meet the diverse needs of Houston’s residents and the virtual environment.
HPL aggressively promotes its vast resources through exemplary customer
service, strategic partnerships, and strong community engagement. Under Dr.
Lawson’s leadership, HPL has earned over 40 prestigious local, state, and
national awards for services, programs, innovation and building projects.
Active on the local, state, and national levels.
Dr. Lawson serves on a number of professional and civic committees
and boards. She holds a BA from Morgan State University in Baltimore,
Maryland, an MLS from the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, and
a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in Madison, Wisconsin.
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
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
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