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February Member Spotlight

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Get to know Veronica Bell, Recording Supervisor for the Washoe County Recorder’s Office.  We asked Veronica a series of questions to get to know her better…

 

 

Tell us about yourself:

When I accepted an entry level position within the Washoe County Recorder’s office years ago, I had no idea that I would enjoy the field of records management so much. During my career I’ve had an opportunity for continued growth and personal development in a field that not only continues to interest me but also continually expands my knowledge base. There seems to be a continual supply of new or different things to learn or expand on, particularly during the Legislative Session years. I’m always interested in how other governmental and private entities handle records preservation and retention. The part of my work that I love the most is being able to be part of the organization that provides such valuable service to the public.

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

I work in the Washoe County Recorder’s Office as a Recording Supervisor

What drew you to records management/information governance originally?

As a title company employee, I would make daily trips to the Recorder’s office. I would do research in the library and bring documents for recording. It felt like the Recorder’s office was the final step to making things “official”. I remember having such a sense of accomplishment when I was able to get everything “on record”.  I then became very interested in what processes were taking place after my part, as the customer, was done.

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

I like that we preserve history for the future

What do you find the most challenging about records management/information governance?

As technology advances it can be challenging to find the most practical application and cost-effective solutions for statutory changes.

What advice do you have for newcomers to our industry?

Find a way to balance the old and the new. Continually look for ways to improve upon what your organization does without losing the integrity of past processes.

What are your hopes for our industry?

Continued technological growth and advancement. From the perspective of being a public office, if we can not only keep up but also stay ahead of the growing and changing needs of the community, then the better we are.

How do you define success?

I think when you really look at what, how, and why you do what you do and f you genuinely feel good about those different aspects, in that area you are successful.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

People would be surprised to know that I have worked in the Recorder’s office for over 22 years and if I could go back and change that, I wouldn’t.

What is your hidden talent?

I’m good at maintaining what I call “The 3 C’s” in challenging situation.

Calm – Cool – Collected

Do you have a favorite quote?

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” -Maya Angelou

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

Robot housekeepers!!!!

A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

The penguin says:

”Why so serious?”

He is here to remind us that life is supposed to be fun.

February Chapter Meeting

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Please join us for our February Virtual Member Meeting.  Please register for the meeting by sending an email to sierranevadaarma@gmail.com by February 6, 2020.

About the Speaker:

Andrew Spett_PhotoAndrew is a licensed attorney in the State of California, having previously practiced with the Insurance Defense and Construction Defect groups at a mid-sized law firm in San Francisco.  Andrew has been employed in the Information Governance, Computer Forensic and eDiscovery field since 2006.  He presently works as a Senior eDiscovery Consultant with Ricoh USA.  With over 20 years total in the legal vertical, Andrew has been involved professionally with countless cross-border, multi-district, and complex litigation matters spanning multiple industries, and is versed in utilizing advanced search techniques and technologies.  He is dedicated to the task of building consultative business relationships with his clients through education, analysis, collaboration, and execution.

January Member Spotlight

 

Tauri Parker Member Spotlight!

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Get to know Tauri Parker, Delegation Oversight Coordinator for Hometown Health and the current Past President of the Chapter Board.  We asked Tauri a series of questions to get to know her better…

 

 

Tell us about yourself?

I have been in health insurance compliance department for the past 4 years. The last 2 years I have been developing and building out the Delegation Oversight Coordinator roll, which I currently hold.  This is a new position for the organization where I have regulatory oversight of certain vendors. I have had the opportunity to work with vendor owners to build out metrics to measure risk and have helped develop practical solutions.  Prior to working in compliance, I was a Information Governance Project Manager where I worked closely with in-house teams to develop policies and procedures for their records and information, to include cross-border data transfers in compliance with domestic and international data-protection laws.

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

I work at Hometown Health as a Delegation Oversight Coordinator

What drew you to records management/information governance originally?

I have worked in a law firm as an eDiscovery paralegal and Information Governance Project Manager (for defense, plaintiffs and in-house) and have seen how not having a records retentions schedule has cost companies millions of dollars in document production fees. Helping organizations create a definable records retention schedule along with policies and procedures – and training, is rewarding because I have helped organizations save money.

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

Taking a leadership role and build the process

What do you find the most challenging records management/information governance?

Changing the culture so that everyone is accountable for records and information management

What advice do you have for newcomers to our industry?

Do not be afraid to learn new things and help modernize your organization

What are your hopes for our industry?

That senior leaders see the benefit of managing records and information in a defensible manner, which will bring a ROI (return on investment)

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

Organizations can always improve on its current process

How do you define success?

Taking a quote from Maya Angelou, “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I was in the Air Force as an aeromedical evacuation technician

What is your hidden talent?

I’m very good at boring tasks, like reading and understanding regulation

What is on your bucket list?

Visit the Galapagos Islands and Trek to Machu Picchu and Walk the Great Wall of China

Do you have favorite quote?

See answer to #9

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

All… at the same time.

A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

Penguin says, “When was the last time you looked at your records retention policy?” The super cute penguin is a reminder for everyone to think outside of the box.

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January Chapter Meeting

Hi Everyone and Happy Holidays,

Please join us for our January Virtual Member Meeting.  RSVP by January 3, 2020 by sending an email to sierranevadaarma@gmail.com

January Meeting Annoucement - Blockchain

The initial hype around blockchain technology has evolved, as more enterprises explore ways to employ the technology to create more efficiency and eliminate the need for central administration. Blockchain technology, which provides immutable records of transactions stored in publicly accessible distributed ledgers, presents a significant change to the way records are created and managed.  Records Management and Information Governance Professionals attending this webinar will become familiar with the application of the technology in recordkeeping contexts within various industry settings and understand how implementation of this technology will impact their programs and practices.

About the Speaker: 

Pat_Franks-031-C1-2048-webPatricia C. Franks is professor and program coordinator for the Master of Archives and Records Administration degree in the School of Information at San José State University. She is a Certified Archivist, Certified Records Manager, and Information Governance Professional as well as a member of ARMA International’s Company of Fellows. Franks is co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Archival Science, the Encyclopedia of Archival Writers, 1515-2015, and the International Directory of National Archives. She is author of Records and Information Management now in its second edition.

As a member of the InterPARES Trust research program (2013-2019) she led projects in Social Media and Trust in Government and Retention and Disposition in the Cloud. Franks received a PhD in Organization and Management from Capella University, an MA in Social Science from Binghamton University, and a BS in Business Education from Bloomsburg University.

When you RSVP you will receive a follow up email with the meeting information.

Thanks so much and we look forward to seeing you in January.

The Sierra Nevada Chapter Board

December Member Spotlight

Winter Chapter Member Spotlight!

Get to know Gail Spearman, Administrative Assistant for the Washoe County Recorder’s Office.  We asked Gail a series of questions to get to know her better…

Tell us about yourself?

My name is Gail Spearman.  I was born and raised in Eastern Oregon.  I have lived in Reno, NV for the past 29 years.  I have 2 teenage boys.

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

I work for the Washoe County Recorder as the Administrative Assistant.

What drew you to records management/information governance originally?

My interest began with my first job in Reno with Founder’s Title Company, my job was to bring the closing documents to the Recorder’s office 2 – 3 times a day for recording and research in the Recorder’s office library.

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

My favorite part of records management is the records themselves.  I love the history of how records were maintained throughout the years and love to read the records and learn about the history of Washoe County.

What do you find the most challenging records management/information governance?

One of the challenges in records management is keeping track of retention periods for various types of records.

What advice do you have for newcomers to our industry?

My advice would be to learn the current system and know what your records are and where they are at before making major changes.

What are your hopes for our industry?

I would like to see this industry continue to advance with modern technology for maintaining our future records and technology to continue to preserve and maintain our oldest records.

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

“A journey through time – from the past to the future”

How do you define success?

Success is knowing that you were able to make something better or make a difference in the world.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I’m really not that surprising.

What is your hidden talent?

I wouldn’t describe it as a talent, but I love to paint.

What is on your bucket list?

Taking my sister to Graceland.

Do you have favorite quote?

“Hello, I’m Johnny Cash”

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

Robot housekeeper sounds nice.  Flying cars during the winter.

A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

He says “Holy Jose Cuervo!! Where am I?!!

November Member Spotlight

Chapter Member Spotlight - Heather Hahn

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Get to know Heather Hahn, the Information Media Specialist for the Chapter and a member of the ARMA Pacific Region’s Development Committee.  We asked Heather a series of questions to get to know her better…

 

 

Tell us about yourself?

I grew up in the Bay Area and came to Nevada in 2003 to attend UNR and stuck around.  I live in south Reno with my husband, and when I am not at work, I like to hike, swim, watch movies and organize.  I love organizing!  I even dabbled with starting my own organizing company way back when.  What can I say, I am a nerd and I am proud of it.

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

I work for the State Library, Archives and Public Records.  I supervise Imaging and Preservation Services.  My office provides digitizing and microfilming services to state and local government agencies.  (https://nsla.nv.gov/imaging-preservation/)

What drew you to records management/information governance originally?

When I decided to leave the forensic field in 2015, I wanted to do something that would contribute to “the greater good”. I had spent almost 10 years witnessing the violent/destructive side of our society.  I took a Meyers Briggs test and it suggested archivist, and I got excited.  That led me down the research rabbit hole to the MARA program at San Jose State University, and the rest as they say is history.

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

The organizing of course.  I see records management as one big organizing project, categorizing, finding the right container and if necessary, purging what you don’t need, all in the hopes of making it easier to find what you need when you need it.

What do you find the most challenging records management/information governance?

What I find the most challenging is getting people to understand records management’s importance.  Information is very personal to a lot of people and the idea that they will have to destroy it sends them into panic mode.

What advice do you have for newcomers to our industry?

Don’t be apathetic or complacent and always strive to keep the fire of professional growth burning.  Learn as much as you can from any source available to you and always keep an eye to the future in order to know what is coming.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I was a white-water rafting and kayaking guide during college, and I have contributed to two published books.

Do you have favorite quote?

Hard to pick…

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” – George Bernard Shaw

“I would rather be ashes than dust. I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.  The purpose of man is to live, not exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.  I shall use my time.” – Jack London

… and almost any  movie quote you can think of.

What is on your bucket list?

I want to visit Trebon in the Czech Republic, formerly the Kingdom of Bohemia.  I recently did a genealogical search up the maternal branch of my family tree and discovered that my family resided in this area dating back to the 1600’s until my great-great-great grandfather emigrated to the United States in the 1890’s.

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

I would have to go with a robot housekeeper all the way.  Who wouldn’t want Rosie from the Jetsons to help them out? And if I never had to do dishes or laundry again, my day would be made!