photo Lisa Larson, Senior Director, 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 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.

Melissa Anez, Manager, Open Technologies Hosting Services
Melissa Anez, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, has a strong interest in open-source community building. Prior to joining Lyrasis, she spent eight years as the Project & Community Manager for the Islandora Foundation. Before starting a career in libraries, Melissa worked in international logistics in the agriculture industry. She is a proud graduate of the Dalhousie University School of Information Management (MLIS)

photo Kathryn Edwards, Member Outreach Representative, Mid-Atlantic & Great Lakes
Kathryn graduated from UNC Greensboro with a BS in Textiles and Merchandising. She worked in the retail industry for the first half of her career in sales, sales management, and buying. She moved into outside sales and has worked in various industries, including digital and print media, pharmaceuticals, and nonprofit business development. She spent the past eight years working at SAGE Publishing and worked on all four sales teams, which included Commercial Sales, Institutional Sales, Library Sales, and College Sales.

photo Vanessa Gamet, Member Outreach Representative West
Vanessa Gamet is the Outreach Representative for members in the Western United States. Vanessa has over 15 years of experience working in and with libraries. Before joining Lyrasis, she spent 5 years at King’s College London as the law librarian where she secured funding for and collaborated on legal research OERs for the law school and previously she was the collection development librarian at BPP University. She has also worked in small startups like EBL (Ebook Library), large companies such as ProQuest, as well as midsized ones like Kanopy. In these positions, she always worked consultatively with librarians to make sure they obtain the best value from these companies.Originally from Seattle, Vanessa received her BA from the Evergreen State College, studied abroad at the University of Oxford and received her MLIS from the University of London (City University). She enjoys reading, hiking the pacific crest trail, and brewing her own kombucha.

photo Teddy Gray, Regional Outreach and Engagement Manager - MLIS
Teddy Gray, who serves Lyrasis members in the South, brings over 20 years experience of working in libraries. Before joining Lyrasis, he spent 14 years at Duke University in a variety of positions, including science liaison, branch manager, collection development librarian, and head of the acquisitions department. This unique blend of experience gives him a deep understanding of the challenges libraries face on both the public and technical services side. His strong understanding of the resource lifecycle, including budgeting, selection, licensing, and access, allows him to effectively help members in their eResource acquisitions. He is especially committed to ensuring that Lyrasis members get the most value out of their membership. A native of Louisiana, Teddy received a BS in Geography from Louisiana State University and an MS in Geography and MLIS from the University of Tennessee.

photo Donna Harnish, Sr. Administrative Specialist
Donna Harnish has more than 25 years of experience between PALINET and Lyrasis. She has held numerous positions including Secretary, Events Coordinator and Member Support Specialist. Donna is currently Senior Administrative Specialist for Engagement & Programming focusing on Membership and Professional Development.

photo Michele Mennielli, International Outreach Representative
Michele is the International Outreach Representative at Lyrasis. His primary responsibility is to broaden and extend the organizational reach and strengthen global partnerships in support of the preservation and accessibility of cultural heritage and academic resources globally. He’s currently a Member of the OpenAIRE Advisory Board and served as Board Member, Executive for External Relations at euroCRIS (the International Organization for Research Information), Chair of the ORCID in Repository Task Force and Secretary and Board Member of EUNIS (European Organization of University Information Systems). He’s been a member of Program and Organizing Committees for several international events in the field of Higher Education Technology, Research and Repository such as EDUCAUSE, Open Repository Conference, euroCRIS Conferences, etc. Before joining Lyrasis (former DuraSpace), Michele had experience in private and public organizations supporting universities, research and cultural institutes in managing and realizing digital projects.

photo Kait Neese, E-Resources & Open Access Outreach Representative
Kait Neese currently serves as the E-Resource and Open Access Outreach Representative at Lyrasis. In this role, Kait supports growing work in Open Access (OA) leadership by expanding awareness and engaging with libraries and consortia around OA and new models of scholarly publishing. Before joining Lyrasis, she worked in institutional sales for Springer Nature and Taylor & Francis Publishing, Informa PLC. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration - Marketing (2011) degree from Florida Atlantic University and her Master of Business Administration (MBA; 2021) from Florida Atlantic University.

photo Laura Sinhur, Member Outreach Representative Mid-Atlantic
Laura (she/her/hers) serves as the Outreach Representative to the Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes region. Laura has extensive archival background, having worked in corporate archiving and business practices for eight years. She has participated in a multimillion-dollar digitization program, led an archival repository move, and obtained customization skills in Vancouver for proprietary software. Laura is also an active participant in the national Alliance for Response group, having been Chair of the Northwest Pennsylvania region for five years and received FEMA Incident Command Certification in 2018 on behalf of the Pennsylvania Cultural Response Team. She has extensive knowledge in disaster preparedness, training, and recovery. She has a keen interest in digital preservation of at-risk cultural heritage, particularly in areas of conflict. Laura is also pursuing her Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) from the Society of American Archivists and is finishing her master’s in Museum Studies and Digital Curation at Johns Hopkins University.

photo Lydia Tang, Outreach & Engagement Coordinator
Dr. Lydia Tang, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, has been with Lyrasis since March 2021. She provides product demonstrations, quotes, contracts, and ongoing user support for clients for hosted ArchivesSpace. Prior to Lyrasis, she held archivist positions with Michigan State University, the Library of Congress, and numerous graduate positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - where she earned her MLIS and Doctor of Musical Arts degree. She is a Certified Archivist and holds Digital Archives Specialist and Arrangement and Description certificates through the Society of American Archivists. Committed to building tools and community for archivists, she served on the ArchivesSpace Users Advisory Council (UAC) for four years, where she led the Staff Interface Enhancement Working Group, co-led the Development Prioritization subteam, founded the Usability subteam, and completed her term as chair of the UAC. Among her other professional service contributions, she founded the Society of American Archivists’ Accessibility & Disability Section, co-founded the Archival Workers Emergency Fund, and currently serves on SAA Council (2022-2025). For her contributions to the archival profession, she was recognized in 2020 with the Society of American Archivists’ Mark A. Greene Emerging Leader Award and three Council resolutions.