LISSA Student Officers: 2020-2021

Here is a list of current LISSA student officers, including contact information when applicable. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you might have!

Ben Cushing, President Secretary  
[email protected]

                                                                                                Ben grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received a B.A. in History and a B.S. in education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. While at Miami, Ben spent three years working at King Library before moving to Boston to get his LIS degree with a concentration in archives. He is interested in reference librarianship at an academic library or archives.  In his free time, Ben spends time playing tennis, reading, and watching Manchester United FC play in the Premier League. 

Katie Meyers, Secretary                                                                                                    [email protected]

Katie was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. She received her B.A. in English Literature at Southern Utah University, and is now pursuing her LIS degree with a concentration in archives. Her goal is to work in corporate archives, doing the things that most people would find boring. Outside of school she enjoys reading, playing bass clarinet, and investing too much time playing Animal Crossing.

Abby Clinger, Vice President for Events                                                                        [email protected]

Abby is originally from Southeast Idaho. She received her B.S. in English Education with a minor in School Library Media Administration from Utah State University, and then taught English in China and Spain before coming here to Simmons University. She is interested in reference librarianship, particularly in public libraries. When she isn’t working or doing homework, you can usually find her playing with her dog Cleo or rewatching episodes of The Great British Baking Show. 

Mikayla Wendt, Secretary                                                                                                [email protected]

Though Mikayla grew up in a ski town in Utah, she has always loved Boston and is thrilled to be at Simmons and call Boston home. She earned a bachelor’s in Marketing from the University of Utah, but her passion has always been children’s and young adult literature. Upon graduating, she hopes to be a children’s or teen librarian in a public library. Outside of school, she enjoys writing, taking barre3 classes, and hosting a book club.

Madison Schallhorn, Student-Faculty Representative


Past Officers


Alejandro Paz, President

Sierra Marklevitz, Vice President of Events

Clementine Choi, Student-Faculty Representative

Erin Clauss, Student-Faculty Representative


Lindsay Olson, President

Megan Piemonte, Vice President of Events

Rachael Allen, Vice President of Finance

Elise Riley, Secretary

Peggy Hogan-Rao, Student-Faculty Representative

Catherine Adam, Student-Faculty Representative

Katy Purington, Student-Faculty Representative/Acting Webmaster

Caroline Turner, Student-Faculty Representative
Maria Rolsal, Webmaster

Bridgett Pride, President
Saffana Anwar, VP of Finance
Des Alaniz, VP of Events
Anais Alvarez / Lena Gluck, Webmaster
Lindsay Olson, Secretary
Gigi Gilbert-Iglesrud, Student-Faculty Representative
Samantha Small / Katy Purington, Student-Faculty Representative

Nancy Loi / Christine Abram, President
Tisha Carver, VP of Finance
Gayle Schechter, VP of Events
Anna Wada / Saffana Anwar, Treasurer
Jill Silverberg / Tara Pealer, Secretary
Lee Carter, Archivist
Daniel Laikko, Faculty Committee Representative
Megan Mizuta / Katelyn Bennett, Faculty Committee Representative
Karen Bailor / Robin Weintraub / Anais Alvarez, Webmaster