Lisa Carlucci (MLIS, PMP) brings to Equinox two decades of library, technology, and management experience, including managing systems and services and leading the development of innovative information and educational technologies. Before joining Equinox, Lisa was the Executive Director at Library Connection, Inc., in Windsor, Connecticut, and was previously the Director of Dissemination and Implementation at C4 Innovations in Needham, Massachusetts.
Lisa managed access services, reference, and digital collections at Yale University, was a library systems administrator at Southern Connecticut State University, and was a training and curriculum developer at OCLC. She is the founder of Design Think Do consulting, a speaker and writer on library innovation, and a PMP-certified project manager. An MLIS graduate of Syracuse University, Lisa was recognized by Library Journal as a “Mover and Shaker” and was named an Emerging Leader by the American Library Association.
Galen Charlton is a Senior Developer and Information Technology Manager who has worked in library automation for over twenty years, helping libraries with moving to, extending, and enhancing their ILSs and digital library systems. He received a BS in mathematics from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. He has worked the full gamut of library types and sizes, including small church libraries, public and academic libraries of all sizes, library consortia, and national libraries. As Implementation and IT Manager, Galen provides oversight of Equinox implementation and hosting services. In addition, Galen is responsible for Equinox’s efforts to protect patron privacy and maintain a secure infrastructure.
Galen is an active contributor to open source library projects such as Koha and Evergreen, having done stints as developer, bug wrangler, meeting facilitator, release manager, conference organizer, and board member. He is particularly proud of the fact that the Evergreen and Koha communities have entrusted him with the role of release manager on multiple occasions. Galen was named a “Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal.
Angela Kilsdonk (MLS, MA) is Product and Education Manager at Equinox. She enjoys working with libraries of all types and sizes to help them develop workflows and processes to optimize their use of open source software. Angela got her start in libraries and archives as an Archives Assistant at the Wisconsin Historical Society while completing her BA in history from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She went on to earn an MLS from Indiana University and also has an MA in history from Indiana University, where she studied Russian and Jewish history.
Mike Rylander is Research and Development Manager, leading R&D initiatives, software development, systems architecture, and technical support projects. Mike was born in San Diego and has lived in Georgia for over thirty years. He has held a wide variety of technical positions, starting his career repairing SCO- and AIX-based servers. From there, he progressed into Linux support, systems engineering, and finally software development and database administration duties. In 2004, Mike was hired by the Georgia Public Library Service to design and develop Evergreen. Mike created the innovative OpenSRF infrastructure that lies underneath Evergreen. He is also one of the founders of Equinox Software, Inc., the company that preceded the present nonprofit organization, Equinox Open Library Initiative, Inc.
Andy Utterback (MLS) has worked in and around libraries for the past 10 years, serving in a variety of roles. His work focuses largely on spreading the word about the benefits of open technologies, data, and resources used by libraries and library patrons around the world. Prior to joining Equinox, Andy served as the Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships at Public Library of Science (PLOS), as the Content Management Librarian at SUNY Maritime College, and as an Institutional Development Manager at ITHAKA. Andy received his MLS from Indiana University and continues to stay actively involved in professional organizations supporting librarianship, most recently serving a term as a member of the ACRL STS awards committee.
In a previous life, Andy worked as a professional stilt-walker. While not at work, Andy enjoys going on adventures with his wife, playing video games with old friends, or simply lounging on the couch with his cats, Harry & Mo.
Brenna Allen is a Support Specialist that received her MLS from Emporia State University. She has worked in public libraries, archives, and for library vendors. Most recently, she worked for Jefferson County Colorado’s Library in their outreach department supporting the bookmobile, holds lockers, homebound patrons, and their first staffless library. Her involvement with the staffless library and its associated systems reinvigorated her interest in library technologies and that led to her joining Equinox.
Brenna enjoys gardening, virtual reality games, volunteering for community organizations, and catching as many concerts as possible.
Laura Barry (MLIS, Certified Archivist) holds an MLIS from Kent State University with a focus on museum studies. As Communications Coordinator, she oversees social media and external communications for Equinox. She is passionate about leveraging her librarian skill set to connect communities to information and each other. When Laura’s not working on the editorial calendar, you can find her up to her elbows in mud — making ceramics and drinking coffee (although not at the same time). She consistently comes back to Y.A. and fantasy: her first loves were from authors Patricia C. Wrede and Eoin Colfer.
Felicia Beaudry (MLIS, JD) has worked in public, academic, and special libraries since earning her MLIS from the University of South Carolina. Felicia also has a JD from Florida Coastal School of Law. She started using open source software as a student and decided she wanted to be more involved in open source and introduce others to its awesome possibilities after participating in a library systems migration. Outside of work, Felicia and her husband enjoy kayaking, fishing, hiking, birdwatching, and gardening.
Jason Boyer is Senior Systems Administrator and is responsible for maintaining Equinox’s hosting infrastructure. Jason has worked in libraries for nearly twenty years, managing systems for a single library up to a consortium of 120+ libraries across the state of Indiana. Always curious, he has worked closely with circulation and technical services staff over the years to learn more about how information technology can help all areas of the library improve the service offered to users. Jason enjoys gaming and checking out interesting new recipes and restaurants.
Steve Callender holds an associate degree in computer software from Westwood College in Anaheim, California. His career began in the printing industry, and his first technical position was designing software for dealerships in the automotive industry. At Equinox, Steve leads the support team in providing high-quality service to customers. Steve is a lifelong Seattle Seahawks fan, and in his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, watching sports, or listening to his favorite artists: The Beatles and the Steve Miller Band.
Jason Etheridge is a Senior Developer at Equinox. He received his BS in computer science from the University of South Carolina and later joined the U.S. Army. He is a software developer, though he wears many hats, and he is an open source and pro-commons advocate. He was instrumental in the development of Evergreen while working for the Georgia Public Library Service’s PINES (Public Information Network for Electronic Services) and for its release under an open source license. Jason is one of the founders of Equinox Software, Inc., the company that preceded the present nonprofit organization, Equinox Open Library Initiative, Inc.
Jason enjoys gaming of all sorts but has a special fondness for juggling sticks and pen and paper role-playing games, and lately he has been obsessing over chess. He enjoys foreign films and reading fantasy and science fiction. He likes listening to video game music, nerdcore, and Epic Rap Battles of History.
Sally Fortin (MLIS, MA) received her MLIS from Florida State University. Sally also has an MA in English from the University of Alabama.. She has worked in both public and academic libraries, including Pitts Theology Library at Emory University and the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. Sally has published in Library Journal. Sally has been contributing to Equinox’s mission since 2009, when she served as the organization’s first Director of Education. She now brings her knowledge of open source systems to her role as Special Projects Coordinator. When she’s not managing projects at Equinox, she is coordinating the lives of her busy family, which includes her husband and two active children. They can often be found at their local library, which inspired her daughter to declare that one of her professions will be that of a librarian.
Rogan Hamby (MLIS) has worked in libraries since the mid 1990s, with stints in academic, public, and government libraries. He has a BA in English literature with minors in computer science and sociology. Since completing his MLIS, he has worn many hats from branch manager to helping start a statewide Evergreen consortium. In his role as Data and Project Analyst at Equinox, he performs Fulfillment, Koha, and Evergreen data migrations and contributes to consulting, training, and implementation projects. Rogan’s articles on technology and statistics in libraries have been published in Computers in Libraries and Library and Book Trade Almanac. Rogan was named a “Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal.
Outside of work, Rogan is married and has three children, four dogs, four cats, two chickens, and two ferrets. He builds furniture, paints, learned archery from Buddhist monks, and once played D&D with Dave Arneson. He doesn’t have a favorite book but is an avid fan of books by and about J. R. R. Tolkien.
Lena Hernandez (MLIS) is a Product and Education Specialist at Equinox. She brings more than a decade of experience working in the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums) sector. Her work with libraries has primarily been in academic libraries, but public libraries hold a special place in her heart. Her MLIS is from San Jose State University, where she also earned an Advanced Certificate in Strategic Management of Digital Assets. Her BA from Eckerd College was in Religious Studies with minors in Visual Arts and Classical Humanities. Outside of work, Lena spends time exploring nature with her family, creating art, and reading. Her favorite authors are Nnedi Okorafor and J.R.R. Tolkien.
Stephanie Leary received a BA in English from Texas A&M University and an MLIS from the University of Washington, where she studied cataloging and metadata. She has been a web developer and technical writer for over twenty years, and worked in higher education before switching her focus to libraries. She was an independent WordPress consultant for ten years, and has published three books on WordPress development and content strategy. She is passionate about open source, accessibility, user experience, and plain language in technical writing.
At Equinox, Stephanie focuses on user interface development and accessibility for Evergreen. When she’s not working, she’s wrangling tags on AO3 and helping her son catch Pokémon.
Allison graduated with a BA in English from the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. There, she spent several years working in the university’s architecture and graphics design computer lab, where she spent years debugging printers and computers alike and digging into software. Later, she went on to work in public libraries for five years, planning programs and storytimes for children and working for both circulation and reference desks. It’s always been her goal to use her love for computers to help the library community, and she joined EquinoxOLI in 2022.
Allison enjoys playing video games, reading books, and writing fiction. She also has a passion for old computers and lives with her significant other and two Papillon dogs.
Andrea Buntz Neiman (MLS) received her BA in music at St. Mary’s College of Maryland before completing her MLS at the University of Maryland–College Park. She worked at the Library of Congress for three years on various special projects in the Music Division and Recorded Sound Section. She then worked for eleven years in public libraries. Andrea has worked in almost every area of the public library world and has accumulated quite the summer reading shirt collection.
At Equinox, Andrea is Project Manager for Software Development, coordinating with customers, developers, and other stakeholders and ensuring the success of development projects. When she’s not working, she enjoys gardening, cooking, singing, shopping at thrift stores, sewing, and baseball.
Dale Rigney is a Support Specialist who served eight years in the U.S. Army, during which time he was stationed in Panama and Italy. Dale became interested in technology during his time in the military and decided to become a programmer. After leaving the Army, Dale held a wide variety of roles and worked in the automotive software industry before joining Equinox. He and his wife of over 30 years have two grown children. He enjoys reading fantasy, and his favorite series is the Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist.
Erica Rohlfs (MLIS, PMP) brings over fifteen years of Evergreen and Koha implementation project management experience to her role as Senior Implementation Project Manager, and she also served on Equinox’s product and education team. Erica’s combined work experience gives her the unique perspective of understanding the implementation process, from daily circulation and cataloging workflows to administrative policy decisions to the experiences of the library staff and end user.
Prior to joining Equinox, Erica worked at a public library using Evergreen ILS. During that time, she answered reference questions, taught adult learning classes, and assisted with cataloging and circulation. Her early work in libraries was as a volunteer at her local public library and an intern at the Atlanta History Center’s Kenan Research Center.
Erica graduated summa cum laude from the University of West Georgia with a dual BA in political science and English. She earned her MLIS from Drexel University with a concentration in digital libraries. Erica is a Georgia Master Naturalist, an avid gardener, and her garden is a certified Monarchs Across Georgia — Pollinator Habitat.
Jennifer Weston (MLIS) came to Equinox with a strong background as a technical services manager with ten years of experience in libraries in North Carolina and more than twenty years of project management experience. Thriving on variety and the spirit of collaboration, she has served in an assortment of library leadership roles in public and technical services, consortium interest groups, and community outreach. Prior to her library career, Jennifer worked in the corporate and public sectors as a technical project manager.
From her first Evergreen conference, Jennifer was hooked on the possibilities of open source technology for libraries and inspired by the communities working to make things happen. Since then, she has become a regular contributor to these communities, including serving as the facilitator of the Evergreen Cataloging Working Group. Jennifer received her MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In her spare time, Jennifer and her husband spend as much time as possible in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
John Yorio (MSLS) is a Support Specialist with over a decade of experience in software support. Before that, he worked in a small academic library providing reference assistance, bibliographic instruction, and cataloging support. John graduated with an MSLS from Clarion State University of Pennsylvania and promptly went to work for a library consortium. Over time, he found he really wanted to put his technical skills to work directly for libraries. That desire is what brought him to Equinox. In his free time, John enjoys spending time with his son, reading mostly nonfiction, making music and zines, and playing pencil-and-paper role-playing games.