September Member Spotlight – Brandy Ellison



Get to know Brandy Ellison, the newest addition to the Chapter Board as our Treasurer.  We asked Brandy a series of questions to get to know her better…



  1. Tell us about yourself?

I am a native Nevadan and currently reside with my son who is a high school senior, 2 rescue dogs Clyde and Nela and a snake named Junior all of whom keep me extremely busy. I enjoy going on trips, independent films and live music. Nevada history is a major passion of mine so I’m always learning something new.

  1. Where do you work? What is your role with the organization?

I have worked at the Washoe County Recorder’s office for about 4 years and am a Senior Deputy Recorder.

  1. What drew you to records management/information governance originally?

In my area specifically knowing how much our past records impact our future records and the importance of maintaining those records for decades and hopefully centuries to come.

  1. What do you like most about records management/information governance?

Because the Recorder’s office has possession of records that pre-date statehood it can be quite the challenge helping customers find something in particular they may be looking for.  The hunt for information is often like a treasure hunt with so many twists and turns.

  1. What is on your bucket list?

On my bucket list would have to be to visit Egypt and the pyramids.

  1. Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?

In my household it would definitely have to be robot housekeepers!

ARMA InfoCon 2019

Welcome to ARMA InfoCon 2019

The Prime Event for Information Professionals to Connect, Learn, and Shape the Profession

Click here for the detailed schedule.

Nashville, Tennessee | October 21 – 23, 2019

The benefits and risks of an organization’s critical information assets are widely acknowledged, but how to harness those benefits and appropriately mitigate those risks continues to be real challenges for most organizations. There is an urgent need to ensure programs and solutions are designed to address the full life cycle of information in a comprehensive way. Where can an information professional turn for the most credible and authoritative education, solutions, and technologies? To ARMA International and ARMA InfoCon.

The networking opportunities and education sessions here will educate, empower, and embolden you so you can make a greater, more positive difference in your organization and community.

Here are the Nominees

Here are the nominees

Here are our Chapter Board Nominees

for the 2019-2020 year

Vice President ~ Shawnyne Garren

My name is Shawnyne Garren and I respectfully accept the nomination for the 2019‐2020 Vice President. I have been a member of the Sierra Nevada Chapter of ARMA since 2017. I was appointed Chapter Secretary in Spring 2018 and have enjoyed serving in that capacity since then. I attended ARMA’s 2018 Regional Leadership Training and have made a great number of professional network connections during my time with ARMA. Additionally, I look forward to the opportunity to represent Douglas County, Nevada and our Sierra Nevada Chapter at the ARMA InfoCon event in Nashville, TN this
Fall. I have worked for Douglas County Recorder’s Office for 12 years and currently serve the public as the Administrative Services Manager overseeing the daily operations of the Recorder’s Office and Records Management. A major component of my overall responsibilities is to identify, streamline, and implement best industry practices through governance, policy and procedure as they pertain to the storage, proper retention, and secure destruction of County records. The knowledge and resources gained through ARMA have greatly influenced my ability to manage and preserve our County’s current
and historic records in the best possible manner. I have greatly enjoyed serving our members as an Officer of our Chapter Board and would be honored to serve as the next Vice President!

Thank you,

Shawnyne Garren

Treasurer ~ Brandy Ellison

My name is Brandy Ellison and I would like to serve as Treasurer for the Sierra Nevada Chapter of ARMA. I am a native Nevadan and longtime resident of Reno and have been employed by Washoe County in the Recorder’s office for almost 4 years. I am actively involved with the Recorder’s office collaboration with the University of Nevada Reno to digitize and preserve historical records. I have also been involved as a project coordinator/documentation writer with the Blockchain inception here in Washoe County.

I have enjoyed serving as Treasurer for the Washoe Leadership Program – Training Learning Leadership Committee, which role is soon coming to a close. The experience has brought me a wealth of knowledge and understanding that comes with acting in the capacity of Treasurer.

I believe I have the necessary skills needed to serve this organization as Treasurer. I am extremely organized, dependable, detail oriented and a great self-starter. I have experience in maintaining a budget, providing an updated accounting of expenditures and maintaining all receipts as well as other responsibilities required in this role.

I look forward to bringing my experience and enthusiasm to this office if elected.

Thank you,

Brandy Ellison