November’s Chapter Meeting

Ephemeral Messaging_ Can It Be Governed_ (1)The Sierra Nevada Chapter of ARMA is trying something new, a virtual chapter meeting.  The virtual meeting will be held using GoToMeeting.

Topic Summary:

Ephemeral messaging is the latest trend in business communications, with employees using third-party apps, with or without their organizations’ knowledge and some organizations deploying “official” ephemeral messaging systems. But if the messages and data associated with them are truly ephemeral – disappearing after they are read – how can they be integrated into a comprehensive Information Governance program, and what are the dangers if they are not?

In this one-hour virtual presentation, live from Phoenix AZ, Ken Withers of The Sedona Conference will:

  • Define terms and provide examples of ephemeral messaging systems currently on the market
  • Present the legitimate business case for the use of ephemeral messaging (and conversely, the illegitimate uses)
  • Report on how courts and regulators have viewed ephemeral messaging
  • Discuss some proposed Information Governance “best practices” for addressing ephemeral messaging
  • Open the floor up for a benchmarking session: What are some of you doing now, and what might work for your organization?

Speaker Bio:

Ken Withers

Ken Withers is the Deputy Executive Director of The Sedona Conference, a non-profit, non-partisan law and policy think tank based in Phoenix, AZ. Since 1989, he has published several widely-distributed papers on electronic discovery and given presentations before more than 500 judicial, legal, records management, and technology industry audiences, including “Ephemeral Data and the Duty to Preserve Discoverable Electronically Stored Information” in the UNIVERSITY OF BALTIMORE LAW REVIEW (2008); “Living Daily with Weekley Homes” in the TEXAS STATE BAR ADVOCATE (Summer 2010); and “Risk Aversion, Risk Management, and the Overpreservation Problem in Electronic Discovery” in the SOUTH CAROLINA LAW REVIEW (2013). Ken is co-author, with Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin (ret.) and Prof. Daniel J. Capra, of the most widely-used law school textbook on electronic discovery and evidence. From 1999 through 2005, he was a Senior Education Attorney at the Federal Judicial Center in Washington D.C., and contributed to several well-known FJC publications, including the Manual for Complex Litigation, Fourth Edition (2004), Effective Use of Courtroom Technology (2001), and the Civil Litigation Management Manual (2001). Ken received his J.D. from Northwestern University, Chicago, and his Masters in Library Science from Simmons College, Boston.

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Philip Favro – Driven, Inc.

Philip is a Chambers-ranked lawyer, Band-2 USA-Nationwide Litigation Support/eDiscovery, who serves as a trusted advisor to organizations and law firms on issues relating to electronic discovery and information governance. Phil is a nationally recognized thought-leader and legal scholar on the legal discovery process. His articles have been published in leading industry publications and academic journals. Phil actively contributes to The Sedona Conference, where he serves as a member of the Steering Committee for Working Group 1 (Electronic Document Retention and Production). Phil has led various Sedona drafting teams including The Sedona Conference Primer on Social Media, Second Edition (2019), for which he served as editor-in-chief. He is currently leading the development of a commentary for Sedona Working Group 6 (International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure) addressing international data protection and cross-border discovery issues relating to ephemeral messaging.

October Member Spotlight – Miguel Vega




Get to know Miguel Vega, a long time chapter member and Operations Manager for Iron Mountain.  We asked Miguel a series of questions to get to know him better…



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

I am the site Operations Manager for Iron Mountain Reno & Boise.

What drew you to records management/information governance originally?

I re-located to Northern Nevada and found Iron Mountain during my job search. With that, it was the move that connected me with the opportunity.

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

The process of organizing as you set up and maintain information management systems. I am an ‘organizer” by nature and enjoy that process.

What advice do you have for newcomers to our industry?

Continue to learn, stay curious and build relationships

If you could pick one theme for your organization and to turn into a book about the organization, what would it be?

Innovation – How technology transformed the information management landscape

How do you define success?

Achieving the goals one sets for themselves.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I served in the United States Marine Corps

What is on your bucket list?

Take a trip to Australia

Do you have favorite quote?

Don’t sweat the small stuff…and it’s all small stuff.

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

Moon Cities; that would mean we could travel to and stay on the moon!

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.