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Meet the Fellows

Karina Kletscher

Karina is an MLIS student and Research and Teaching Fellow. She has a BA in Narrative Studies from the University of Southern California. Her interests include accessibility and outreach, particularly student and public programming.

Teresa Lewandowski

Teresa is an MLIS student, graduate assistant in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and co-chair of the Graduate Research Appreciation Day Committee. She earned her BA in Government & Politics and English Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her interests include online information management and access, open government, and helping students develop research and learning strategies.

Amber Pierdinock

Amber is an MLIS student, a graduate assistant for the Center for Risk and Reliability, and a Research and Teaching Fellow. She earned her BA in Literature, with minors in Holocaust & Genocide Studies and Writing, from Stockton University. Her interests include reference, contemporary fiction, and developing public programming.

C. Kimmi Ramnine

Kimmi is an MLIS student, the graduate assistant for Instruction and Outreach in Special Collections and University Archives and a Research and Teaching Fellow. She earned her BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, she wants to contribute to the cultivation of library spaces where people feel entitled to build their libraries into what they want and need.

Caroline Sterner Drogin

Caroline is an MLIS student specializing in Diversity and Inclusion, the graduate assistant for the MLIS program, the president of iDiversity, and a Research and Teaching Fellow. She earned her BA in English from St. Mary's College of Maryland. She is passionate about community outreach in public libraries, and crocheting.

Zayden Tethong 

Zayden is an MLIS student, Graduate Assistant at the Research Commons, and Research and Teaching Fellow. She earned her BA from Mount Holyoke College in English and Film Studies.

Brittni Ballard

Brittni is an MLIS student, graduate assistant in the College of Education, and Research & Teaching Fellow. She earned a BA in Secondary English Education from Purdue University. Her personal interests include Japanese and video games with current professional interests including young adult information access and needs regarding sexual health information in particular as well as YA literature.

Jessica Hammack

Jessica is an MLIS student, Assistant Director of the Jiménez-Porter Writers' House, and a Research and Teaching Fellow. She has an MFA in poetry from the University of Florida and a BA in English from Hiram College.

Clare Kuntz

Clare is an MLIS student and a Research and Teaching Fellow. She earned her BA in History, Book Studies, and Religion from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland. Her interests include 20th Century U.S. History, helping students develop research and critical thinking skills, and improving information access for marginalized and incarcerated populations.

Kendra MacOmber

Kendra is an MLIS student, the eResources Graduate Assistant at McKeldin Library, and a Research and Teaching Fellow. She earned her MA in Art History from the University of Georgia and was a recipient of the Congress-Bundestag Fellowship. 

Maggie McCready

Maggie is an MLIS student, Student Archivist with the National Park Service, and President of Student Archivists at Maryland. She received a BA in History from Goucher College. She is interested in developing public library programming, promoting accessibility in archives, and drinking tea.

Annie Dempsey

Annie was a Research and Teaching Fellow and a graduate assistant with the Department of Residential Facilities. She completed her MLIS from the University of Maryland in May 2018 and is currently working as the Learner Experience Librarian at College of Wooster.

Kelsey Diemand

Kelsey was a graduate assistant at the Arts & Humanities Office of Student Affairs and a Research & Teaching Fellow. She graduated with her MLIS from the University of Maryland in May 2018 and she is currently a Librarian at the Library of Congress.

Tracee Haupt

Tracee is a HiLS student, a teaching assistant for the History Department, and a Research & Teaching Fellow. She holds a B.A. in History and Art History, and before beginning her graduate studies she spent several years in the book business. She is interested in helping students develop better research strategies and in making the library's collections more accessible.

Cecelia Vetter

Cecelia was a graduate assistant for Instruction & Outreach for Special Collections & University Archives and a Research & Teaching Fellow. She graduated with her MLIS from the University of Maryland in May 2018 and she is currently an Associate Fellow at the National Library of Medicine.

Suzy Wilson

Suzy was a graduate assistant in the College of Information Studies and a Research and Teaching Fellow. She graduated with her MLIS from the University of Maryland in May 2018 and is currently the Teaching and Learning Librarian at University of Maryland's McKeldin Library.

Kelly Banyas

Kelly was a Research & Teaching Fellow at McKeldin Library 2016-2017 and a graduate assistant at the Engineering & Physical Sciences Library at the University of Maryland. She now works as a Research and Instruction Librarian at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania.

Caitlin Carter

Caitlin was a Research & Teaching Fellow at McKeldin Library 2016-2017 and a graduate assistant for Collection Management/DRUM at McKeldin Library. She currently works as the Research & Scholarly Communications Librarian at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.

Nancy Lovas

Nancy Lovas was a Research & Teaching Fellow at McKeldin Library 2016-2017 and a graduate assistant in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland. She currently holds a position as a Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.

Cathy Meals

Cathy Meals is an MLS student, a Library Associate at the DC Public Library, and a Research and Teaching Fellow. Before beginning her MLS studies, she was a researcher in the labor movement for nearly 10 years, supporting strategic organizing campaigns for economic justice in the healthcare and retail industries. She is also a member of the Board of Instigators of the Diverse City Fund.

Cecilia Parks

Cecelia was a Research & Teaching Fellow at McKeldin Library from 2015-2016 and a graduate assistant academic adviser in Letters & Sciences. She graduated with her MLIS in May 2016 and is now the Research and Instruction Librarian at the University of Mississippi.

Faith Rusk

Faith was a Research & Teaching Fellow at McKeldin Library from 2015-2016 and a graduate assistant in the UMD iSchool. She graduated with her MLIS in May 2016 and is now the Information Literacy Instruction Librarian at the University of the District of Columbia.

Edith Sandler

Edie was a Research & Teaching Fellow at McKeldin Library from 2015-2016 and a graduate assistant at Hornbake Library. She graduated with her MLIS in May 2016 and is now a Reference Librarian at the Library of Congress.

Megan Kellner

Megan was an ad-hoc member of the Research and Teaching Fellowship from 2015 to 2016 and a graduate assistant at McKeldin Library. She graduated with her MLIS in May 2016 and is now an Associate Fellow at the National Library of Medicine.

Christopher Moore

Chris was an ad-hoc member of the Research and Teaching Fellowship from 2014 to 2016 and a graduate assistant with the UMD athletics. He graduated with his MLIS in May 2016 and is now the Learning Specialist for Olympic Sports at the University of Ilinois at Urbana-Champaign.