Board Bios

A list of Alumni Association Board Members

President 2018-2019: Emily Meehan (MLIS ‘16) is currently the Young Adult Librarian at the Palms-Rancho Park Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library system. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in History (emphasis in Eastern Europe) and focusing on archives, she decided to switch it up and turn towards public librarianship during her time at UCLA. She has a passion for discovering ways in which public libraries and their local schools can collaborate for student success. After graduating, she moved up north to Redding, CA to become the Shasta Public Libraries’ Educational Services Librarian, providing outreach to K-12 schools and heading their Student Library Card Initiative. In summer 2017, she was lured back down to Los Angeles to coordinate for the Pacific Library Partnership’s Student Success Initiative, a LSTA-funded grant project that seeks to create a community of practice amongst California public libraries who are forging partnerships with local schools to provide public library cards to every student. She joined LISAA shortly after her return and is excited to give back to the department that helped her discover her professional love of serving youth.

Ashley Kagan, Past President – Ashley Kagan is a community-focused librarian who has worked with California libraries since 2001.  Her work spans from community programming and engagement to reference and youth services, in a variety of settings, including public and corporate libraries.  She is a Eureka! Leadership Program Fellow and the 2015 Beatty Committee Chair and regularly contributes to the California Library Association through conference planning committee work, presentations, and general participation.  Completing her MLIS at UCLA in 2008, Ashley is passionate about the special role that libraries and library staff can play in building community.  She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Oleg.  Ashley joined the LISAA Board in 2015 and is excited to serve as President for the 2017-18 term.

Jené D. Brown, M.L.I.S., is the Principal Librarian of the Engagement and Outreach Department at Los Angeles Public Library.  She began her career as a children’s librarian and now has over 20 years of library experience, including supervision and project management. Jené is passionate about innovative public service that informs, enriches and empowers diverse communities.

Monica Hagan – Monica Hagan (MLS ’90) is Business Research Librarian at the Rosenfeld Management Library serving the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Prior to working at UCLA, Monica was Agribusiness and Business Librarian at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and also Instructional Service Librarian at the Pepperdine Libraries.  She is especially keen on international studies, development economics, and the role of libraries in developing countries, and holds a space in her heart for experiences in Argentina and Guatemala.  She is a member of the American Library Association, Beta Phi Mu, California Academic & Research Libraries, IFLA, and the Special Libraries Association, and earned her Master’s in Business Administration degree from Pepperdine in 2005.

Hannah Lee – Hannah Lee is a double alumni of UCLA, obtaining her BA in English (2011) and MLIS in 2013. She is currently a doctoral student at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, specializing on future developments of information systems and technology in the library and information sciences field. Her previous professional work includes working in the UCLA Libraries and at the New York Film Academy. Some of her interests include copyright, intellectual property, cybernetics, book arts, mentoring, and volunteering for non-profit organizations.

Andrew Magpantay – Andrew Magpantay (MLS ’86) is a web product management professional who has developed web sites at both Fortune 500 and start-up companies.  He was also founding director of the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy in Washington D.C. and has worked in the academic library world as a computer systems manager and technologist.  In addition to his MLS he holds an MBA from the Walter A. Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.  His website can be found at

Sophia Prisco is the Campus Librarian for West Coast University’s Center for Graduate Studies, where she manages the daily operations of a full service academic library. She specializes in health sciences librarianship and has previous work experience at a wide range of medical libraries including a VA hospital library, USC medical library, NLM regional library, and a nursing college. Her research interests surround the topics of collection management, information literacy assessment, and teaching evidence-based practice. She has been a member of Medical Library Association and American Library Association since 2012. A twice alum of UCLA, Sophia earned her MLIS in 2013 and BA in 2010.  In her free time Sophia enjoys collecting embroidered ponchos, home decorating, and walking her dog Tumbleweed.

Richard Thai (MLIS ’16) manages the institutional repository at Cal State Northridge Oviatt Library where he also leads several open access initiatives. Previously, he managed digital collections at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the LA84 foundation. He holds a BA in Anthropology from UC Irvine and worked in the museum field for several years before receiving his MLIS.

Deidre Whitmore manages the Digital Archaeology Lab in the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology (CIoA) at UCLA. She also leads the development of DIG (Digital Information Gateway), an archaeological data publishing initiative at the CIoA Press. Deidre received her Bachelors in Anthropology, focusing in Bioarchaeology, and worked on archaeological projects for several years before completing an MLIS from the Information Studies program at UCLA. Her experience managing data while working on projects, coupled with the foundation in information science and technology, support her current work investigating ways to further the preservation, dissemination, and reuse of archaeological datasets.

Claude Zachary – Claude Zachary is University Archivist and Manuscripts Librarian in the University of Southern California Libraries’ Special Collections, where he has worked since 1998. He holds a BA from UC Santa Cruz and a Master of Library and Information Science, with an archival concentration, from UCLA, where he remains active in the Alumni Association. He has also been active in the Society of California Archivists since 1997, serving as president in 2005-2006, and in the Society of American Archivists since 1996, serving as chair of the College and University Archives Section, 2002-2004. He served on the executive committee of LA as Subject Archives Forum from 2000-2007.

Zachary has co-authored several publications related to the architecture and history of USC and Los Angeles.


Last Updated: December 14, 2018