photo John Wilkin, Chief Executive Officer
John comes to Lyrasis from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he served as Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, and brings deep experience in building community-driven programs with a focus on increasing access to knowledge, a core tenet of the Lyrasis mission. Wilkin played a key role in the creation of HathiTrust, a nonprofit collaborative digital library that preserves and provides access to 17+ million digitized items, serving as its first Executive Director. He has long been an advocate for open source and open access initiatives, developing pioneering digital library systems and spearheading open access to content such as Making of America. Wilkin was the recipient of the 2011 LITA/Library Hi Tech award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology and the 2019 Hugh Atkinson Memorial Award.

photo Laurie Arp, Director, DuraSpace Community Supported Programs
Laurie's professional interests focus on the intersection of collections, technology and people. As the Director of DuraSpace Community Supported Software, Laurie supervises ArchivesSpace, CollectionSpace, DSpace, Fedora and VIVO, the community supported open source programs housed at LYRASIS. Laurie provides coordination between the organizational homes and the programs and supports governance, strategic planning and developing partnerships. Previously, she worked for OCLC in positions including Senior Implementation Program Manager and Digital Projects Specialist. For the Ohio Historical Society, she managed several award-winning digital projects and served as the State Archivist. She received her MLIS from UCLA; her MA in European History from UC Irvine; and her BA in History from UC San Diego. Laurie was appointed to serve on the State Library of Ohio Board in 2015 and currently serves as President.

photo Michael Atwood, Senior Director, Bibliolabs
Michael Atwood is the Senior Director of the BiblioLabs division. Prior to being acquired by LYRASIS in 2021, he was the Chief Technical Officer and equity partner at BiblioLabs where he played a critical role in the creation of the BiblioBoard platform, which provides tools connecting libraries with their local communities. With roles both as a leader and individual contributor, Michael has developed software solutions to solve complex problems for over 20 years. He has worked closely with authors, publishers and libraries for the last decade providing technical and strategic solutions to help them stand out in our increasingly competitive digital world. Michael holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science and B.S. in Computer Information Systems from the College of Charleston. He is also a member of the College of Charleston Computer Science Industry Advisory Board.

photo Meg Blum, Director of Marketing and Communications
Meg McCroskey Blum (she/her/hers) leads our Member Communications team. As a member, you have likely seen Meg and team as hosts of the annual Member Summit, at one of our regional Leaders Forums, which they built from the ground up, or in the booth at national conferences. Meg has been with LYRASIS for more than 10 years, and her focus has always been connecting LYRASIS programs with our vibrant member community. Meg holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a B.A. from member institution Rhodes College. Her superpower is hooking up words and phrases and clauses.

photo Celeste Feather, Senior Director for Content and Scholarly Communication Initiatives
Celeste Feather, Senior Director of Content and Scholarly Communication Initiatives, joined LYRASIS in 2010 with extensive experience in academic libraries and statewide consortial eresource licensing. She leads a team that works to innovate and transform models and approaches to scholarly publishing, based on collaboration with LYRASIS members and the wider GLAM community. The team’s strategic approaches focus on group negotiations for content licensing and acquisition, building communities of practice and support for open research services, and creating equitable and sustainable models for Open Access. Learn more at https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5907-7606.

photo Michele Kimpton, Global Sr. Director, The Palace Project
The Palace Project is led by Michele Kimpton, a globally recognized leader in building communities and products in libraries who has played a pivotal role in some of the most significant advances in Internet-related digital content development and preservation. Michele previously served as Director of Business Development and Senior Strategist at DPLA, where she was instrumental in building the DPLA ebooks program and the DPLA Exchange and was a leader in the Library Simplified community. Previously, Michele worked as chief strategist for LYRASIS and CEO of DuraSpace, where she developed several new cloud-based managed services for the digital library community and developed new sustainability and governance models for multiple open source projects. Michele is a founding member of both the National Digital Strategic Alliance and the International Internet Preservation Consortium. In 2013, she was named a digital preservation pioneer by the Library of Congress. Michele holds an M.B.A .from Santa Clara University and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University.

photo Lisa Larson, Senior Director of Outreach & Engagement
Lisa Larson is the Senior Director of Outreach & Engagement and has worked with the library community for over 25 years. Lisa is dedicated and driven by her work with libraries, archives, and museums and how LYRASIS programs and services might bring them closer, through open technologies, services, and community engagement. The Outreach and Engagement teams are not only responsible for introducing the diverse array of services and programs to cultural heritage institutions, but also for bringing back critical news and feedback into LYRASIS, so that LYRASIS is a responsive and adaptive organization, focused on the now and the future. Lisa drives the Membership program, which is that the heart of every program or service we develop, adopt or partner around. The Outreach and Engagement teams under Lisa’s guidance stretch across the globe. It is through this local and regional engagement strategy that LYRASIS is able to operate as a global organization, yet scale to engage locally and recognize regional opportunities and issues. Lisa’s particular passion is ensuring that smaller or less-resourced cultural heritage institutions have access to the same opportunities that come more readily to larger or better endowed institutions. Lisa graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Communications and has been accepted into the MLIS program at University of South Florida.

photo John McGarl, Treasurer
John McGarl has been with LYRASIS since 2009 and currently serves as Treasurer. He leads an experienced Fiscal Dept. team made up of A/P, A/R, General Ledger and Payroll Specialists. John and his team provide back office functions not only for LYRASIS but also other institutions and associations. He and his capable staff can provide fiscal services including financial reporting, grant management, billing, collections, tax preparation and event registration management.

Prior to LYRASIS John served in different Controllership and Treasurer positions in the Private Equity and Consumer Finance Industries. He holds a BA in Finance from the University of GA and is an active Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Certified Treasury Professional (CTP). In his spare time he enjoys fishing and tennis.


photo Vern Ritter, Chief Financial Officer
Vern Ritter has a broad-gauge, diligent and technically-oriented financial professional. He is responsible for the Accounting, Human Resources, and Information Technologies departments at LYRASIS. Prior to joining LYRASIS, he served as Chief Financial Officer at Capitol Development Group, LLC. His previous experience also includes CFO positions with Time Saving Services and the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, as well as the role of Controller for Cardinal Apartment Management Group. Vern is a CPA with a BSBA in Accounting from Ohio State University in Columbus, and an MBA in Finance from Saint Francis University in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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photo Erin Tripp, Senior Director of Research and Innovation
Erin (she/her/hers) is the Senior Director of Research and Innovation at LYRASIS. Previously, she served as the Director of the DuraSpace Community Supported Programs Division at LYRASIS and as the Executive Director of DuraSpace during its merger with LYRASIS in 2019. She has experience leading teams through change, supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) initiatives, stewarding community-supported open source technologies, and developing and maturing new business models. Erin is a member of the Research Data Canada (RDC) Infrastructure Committee, an advisor on the OpenAIRE Advisory Board, and serves as a mentor in the Drexel University LIS Education and Data Science Integrated Network Group (LEADING) Fellowship Program. Prior to working in the library, archives, and museum communities, Erin graduated from the University of King’s College (BJH), worked as a broadcast journalist with CTV Globemedia and graduated from the Dalhousie University School of Information Management (MLIS) where she won the Outstanding Service Award in 2011.