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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.

Tauri Penguin

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