Board Bios

A list of Alumni Association Board Members

Ashley Kagan, 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.

Jeremy Whitt, Past President – Jeremy Whitt is the Scholarly Resources Librarian at Pepperdine University, where he manages electronic resources and serves as the library liaison to the Religion and Philosophy division. While completing his MLIS at UCLA in 2013 he served as the Bruin Archives Project Coordinator. Jeremy is a member of the American Libraries Association and the California Academic & Research Libraries Association, and he also holds a BA in History from UCLA.

Michele J. Beacham – Michele James Beacham received her MLIS from UCLA in 2013 and now works as a Metadata Specialist at HBO. She is a member of both the American Library Association and the Special Libraries Association. As an ALA member, Michele currently serves on the Student and Student Chapter Outreach Committee of the New Members Round Table.

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.

Christina Hennessey is Cataloging Librarian at Loyola Marymount University, where she has worked since 2002 in a few different positions in the library. She has a BS in Computer Science from Virginia Tech and received her MLIS from UCLA in 2002. She teaches the ALCTS online course Fundamentals of Acquisitions and is a former chair of the ALCTS/LITA Authority Control Interest Group (ACIG) and former president of the Southern California Technical Processing Group (SCTPG). She has presented at several national and regional conferences, and has published in various library journals.

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.

Ian Leong – Ian Leong is the Chief Operating Officer of Nexleaf Analytics, a nonprofit technology company that builds wirelessly connected devices and sensor technologies for critical public health and environmental interventions. He is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of Nexleaf’s business services and projects.  Prior to joining Nexleaf, Ian practiced law at international law firms in Los Angeles and Houston.  Ian received his law degree from the University of Virginia, and he also holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Michigan, and a Masters of Library and Information Science from UCLA.

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.

Elizabeth Spatz – After getting my undergraduate degree from UCLA in art history (1980), I worked as a photo archivist and then provenance archivist at the Getty Museum in California for 20 years.  I returned to UCLA in 2003 to get my MLIS and worked as an archivist and special collections librarian at several libraries while finishing my degree, including the Anaheim Public Library, Orange Public Library, Millard Sheets Library at Otis College of Art and Design, the Walt Disney Imagineering Resource Center, the American Library in Paris, and UCLA’s YRL in Special Collections.

Shortly after graduating in 2005, I began my current position as Archivist and Chief Librarian for Disney Consumer Products, where I manage the Creative Resource Center for product development and the Consumer Products Archives facility.

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.