photo Robert Miller, Chief Executive Officer
Robert Miller has led the transformation of LYRASIS as it has become recognized as both a leader in technology, community supported programs, open software, SaaS services, and eLicensing, and also in thought leadership as it pertains to innovation and productionizing solutions at scale. He is passionate about the community, insatiably curious, and is honored to lead a world-class LYRASIS team. Previously, he headed the Global Books Division at the non-profit, Internet Archive, a top 200 internet company. There he concepted the vision, and then hired, built and led the global team that made over 2.5M free eBooks available to over 330M readers around the world. He brings to LYRASIS the experiences and successes from 5 start-up companies (3 in consumer products, 2 in technology) he founded or co-founded, including an Israeli technology company that was commercializing specialized search technology used in the health field. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University. Known for taking non-traditional approaches to find solutions, he guest lectures on strategy and innovation to various MBA classes and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. He has lived in Afghanistan and Germany where he alleges he could have learned some of the language. Furthermore, he has spent collectively more than a year in China, again alleging he has some language skills. When not at LYRASIS, he may be found open ocean swimming, running his way up a mountain trail, or speeding down on a mountain bike. Robert lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Skype: robert-miller


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 Meg Blum, Director of Marketing and Communications
Meg McCroskey Blum, Director of Marketing & Communications, leads our Marketing and Communications teams. Before coming to LYRASIS in 2010, Meg worked at BCR, helping to integrate BCR members into LYRASIS and building our western presence. Meg manages all marketing and communications efforts, including content marketing, community engagement, conference presence, website, elections communications and other special member programs. She has a long tenure with non-profit organizations and as a for-profit business owner, and was previously a researcher and instructor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Bachelor’s Degree from member institution Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.

Skype: meg.lyrasis


photo Celeste Feather, Senior Director of Content and Scholarly Communication Initiatives
Celeste Feather, Senior Director of Content and Scholarly Communication Initiatives, joined LYRASIS in July, 2010 after developing expertise in consortial eresource licensing at a statewide level. She also has many years of experience in public services, technical services, and administrative positions in academic libraries in the District of Columbia, Connecticut, and Ohio. When she acquired an M.L.S in 1989 her vision of librarianship did not include the kind of work she is doing today, but being a member of such an adaptable profession has been rewarding. She enjoys working on behalf of LYRASIS members and helping to create more opportunities for collaboration.

photo Angella Graham, Director of Human Resources
Angella Graham, Director of Human Resources, brings more than 16 years of HR experience to LYRASIS. She holds a BA in Organizational Development from State University of NY at New Paltz and a Master's in Human Resources Management from Long Island University. She is a strong organizational development manager specializing in creating human resources departments. Here at LYRASIS, Angella is focused on creating and maintaining a strong, professional and productive work environment and helping us to recruit the best possible new team members to serve our members. Angella holds several certifications and memberships including GPHR, SHRM-SCP, SHRM and SHRM-Atlanta.

Skype: angella.graham9


photo John Herbert, Senior Director of Technology and Innovation
John Herbert, Senior Director of Technology and Innovation, leads our Digital Technology Services. He served as the Head of Digital Ventures and Program Director for the Utah Digital Newspapers at the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah. As the Head of Digital Ventures, John was responsible for overall program results, including fund raising and developing statewide collaboration for digital newspapers. Prior to working at the University of Utah, John served in several technology and operations leadership positions, including the Director of Logistics Design, during his 17 years with the American Express-Travelers Cheque Group. Through his various leadership positions, John gained excellent knowledge of leading business operations, incorporating technologies to support them, and provided superior service while balancing an external collegial presence and spearheading collaboration in our communities. John holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Kansas.

photo Lisa Larson, Senior Director of Outreach & Engagement
Lisa Larson is the Senior Director of Outreach & Engagement and has worked within the library community for over 20 years. Lisa has a passion for understanding the issues facing libraries, archives and museums today and an enthusiasm for open source technologies. As Director of Member Engagement, Lisa leads a team of Member Services Representatives and regionally based LYRASIS Outreach Representatives who provide solutions to reduce electronic product & resources expenditures and create efficiencies for member organizations. Our unique model of outreach extends to local visits and a deep understanding of local and regional issues that matter most. Lisa travels extensively throughout the United States to ensure that LYRASIS is in a state of constant evolution and at the forefront of industry needs and expectations. Creating value for member organizations and LYRASIS partners is her primary objective and if you've met Lisa, you immediately sense her commitment to this guiding role. 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.

Skype: vernritter


photo Erin Tripp, Director of Research and Innovation
Erin provides leadership for the new LYRASIS Research and Innovation Division. The Division serves as a home for the Leaders Circle, Leaders Forums, and the Catalyst Fund, as well as, consulting services, our very successful grant writing team, and our industry research team. Previously, Erin served as the Director of the DuraSpace Community Support Programs Division at LYRASIS and as the Executive Director of DuraSpace. She has a background working with academic, scientific, cultural, technology, and research communities, stewarding community-supported technology, implementation of digital repositories and archives, and business development. She’s a member of the Research Data Canada (RDC) Infrastructure Committee and the OpenAIRE Advisory Board. 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.