Board of Directors
Sam Beland currently works for the State of Michigan as a Records Management/Information Governance and business analyst professional. She is responsible for developing Retention and Disposal Schedules for public records, training government employees about best practices for records management, State of Michigan Records Center operations, providing recordkeeping system consulting, business process improvement, and developing policies and procedures regarding Records Management. Ms. Beland received her bachelor's degree in Public History from Western Michigan University. In addition to her position as a Government Records Analyst for the State, she has served on the board of the Mid-Michigan ARMA chapter since 2016 and is currently serving as President, as well as serving on the Professional Development Committee for the National Association of Government Archivists and Records Administrators (NAGARA).
Jessie Weston, CRA
Jessie Weston has been a records analyst specializing in electronic document management and imaging for the State of Michigan Records Management Services since 2012. She earned her Certified Records Analyst credential from the Institute of Certified Records Managers (ICRM) in 2018. She has worked for the State of Michigan since 2003, both in the Michigan Senate and the Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs. A Michigan native, Jessie is a graduate of Western Michigan University. She has served on the Mid-Michigan ARMA Board since 2014, serving as both Vice President and Treasurer before being elected President in 2021.
Director of Membership
Jennie Russell is the current Acting Records Manager at Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections. Out of the past seven years at MSU, five of those years have been working with the Records Management Program. She has done everything from inventorying boxes, creating retention schedules, and helping offices develop file plans for their Shared Drives. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in History and Minor in Museum Studies from Central Michigan University and a Master of Library Science degree from Wayne State University. She is a current candidate for the ICRM Certified Records Analyst (CRA) certification.
Director of Programs
Jennifer Silveus has more than a decade of experience in the records management profession. A graduate of Michigan State University, she began her career in the records management field while attending college as a student assistant in the records division of the Michigan Gaming Control Board. After graduation, she began working with the Records Management Services Division of the State of Michigan, first as a Departmental Technician, and then as an Analyst. In these roles, she worked with state and local government agencies to design and implement both electronic and physical recordkeeping systems. Jennifer is currently the Records Center Operations Manager within the same division, overseeing the daily activities of the State Records Center and developing new improvements and service offerings for State of Michigan customer agencies.
Jennifer Green is a departmental analyst at the State of Michigan Records Management Services where she specializes in professional consulting, designing organized filing systems, records reproduction and business process analysis. She has been employed in the field of Records Management since 2017. During her time at Records Management Services, she has led the security research for Records Management Services including federal and state security requirements for information systems and electronic signatures. Jennifer designed and implemented standard operating procedures for applying retention in the State of Michigan electronic document management system content manager. She is a member of ARMA Mid-Michigan chapter and has participated in workshops and educational training sessions for records management. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a bachelors in pre-law from Michigan State University.
Linnea Knapp, CRM
Linnea Knapp, CRM, is currently the Records Information Specialist at Lansing Community College (LCC) where she is responsible for developing and maintaining college-wide records and information management operations as well as creating and developing a College Archives to preserve LCC’s historical records. In her 10+ years of records management and archival administration experience, she was previously one of the initial members of the Records and Information Management Services department at the University of Illinois at Chicago and was the first Archives Librarian at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Management from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science with an Archival Administration Certificate from Wayne State University.
Jennifer Moore is currently an Information Specialist at the Dow Chemical Company, responsible for supporting global site records centers and the Dow Records Center Operations team. Prior to her current role, Jennifer worked for Dow Corning Corp. for 18 years. She served as assistant to the Records Manager for many years, responsible for employee training, retention schedule maintenance, and implementation of a global Records Inventory Management System for inactive records. She then transitioned to a Records Center Coordinator role, managing storage and disposal of inactive records at the company’s Corporate Site. While in that role, Jennifer established a global company network of site Records Center Coordinators, to whom she provided training and support to ensure consistent physical records management and compliance across the company. She graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Journalism from CMU, and has served on the Mid-Michigan ARMA Board as Secretary for the past 2 years.
Kiersten McAvoy, CRM
Kiersten McAvoy is a Principal Consultant within the Governance, Risk and Compliance practice of Ricoh Enterprise Consulting Services. Kiersten has over 19 years of experience working in a variety of non-regulated and regulated industries to develop robust information governance (IG) programs that identify, protect and leverage the information assets of organizations.
Kiersten is a Certified Records Manager (CRM) from the Institute of Certified Records Managers volunteers to promote the value of the certification on the exam development, marketing and professional development committees. Kiersten is a member of ARMA International, former ARMA Great Lakes Region Coordinator and has served locally on the Mid-Michigan ARMA chapter board of directors. She regularly presents IG education sessions at local, regional and international conferences and seminars.
Laura Johnson has served as the Executive Administrative Assistant to the President and Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees at Bay de Noc Community College since 2007. She introduced and implemented records management practices at the College and continues to assume these responsibilities. Prior to that role, she worked in the Library from 2000-2007 where she re-organized the College Archives; and the Financial Aid Office from 1993-2000. She earned an Associate of Arts degree from Bay de Noc Community College in 1989 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Lake Superior State University in 1991.