NFAIS Board: 2016 - 2017


Chris Burghardt
Vice President, Content Management
Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters IP & Science)

Christopher Burghardt is Vice President, Content Management for Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters IP & Science), based in their Philadelphia office. He is responsible for the content strategy and management of Web of Science, Derwent World Patents Index, and the Cortellis Life Sciences platform. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters in 2011, Burghardt was Publisher for Nursing Practice at Wolters Kluwer Health with P&L responsibility for the Nursing Practice Print and Electronic product portfolio including Lippincott’s Nursing Procedures & Skills, the company’s first online clinical reference and nursing competency platform. Prior to joining Wolters Kluwer Health, Burghardt held various product management and marketing positions at Franklin Electronic Publishers, GlaxoSmithKline, Mattel, and General Mills.

Before joining the corporate world, Burghardt was a naval officer and pilot at the Naval Air Warfare Center in Warminster, PA. He holds a B.A. from Villanova University in Villanova, PA and an M.B.A. from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

Mary Sauer-Games
Vice President, Product Management

Mary Sauer-Games is the Vice President of Product Management at OCLC, where she plays an instrumental role in the development of all OCLC products and services.

Sauer-Games was most recently senior director for PsycINFO at the American Psychological Association (APA), where she worked on the development of PsycINF and the PsycNET platform, focusing on the development of new products to support research and learning in psychology while creating a positive end-user experience. Prior to joining the APA, Sauer-Games was vice president, Publishing-Humanities and STM at ProQuest. She joined ProQuest in 2002 as director, Chadwyck-Healey North American Publishing, where she managed a cross-functional marketing and product management team to develop the next generation of Chadwyck-Healey brand products. She later served as vice president of publishing, for ProQuest's Chadwyck-Healey brand. She oversaw the development of new Chadwyck-Healey products, including the 19th Century Parliamentary Papers, Black Studies Center, and C19: The Nineteenth Century Index, as well as the relaunch of Literature Online, EEBO and Periodicals Archive Online.

Sauer-Games has more than 20 years of experience in publishing, strategic planning, marketing and sales. Prior to joining ProQuest, Sauer-Games held several leadership positions at The Gale Group (now part of Cengage Learning), including vice president of e-Learning. She has also held various marketing and sales positions at Mullen Advertising, R.L Polk & Co., and Data Resources, Inc. (now part of McGraw-Hill). She has a B.A. from Kalamazoo College and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Peter Simon
Vice President, Product Management
NewsBank, Inc.

Peter Simon is Vice President, Product Management at NewsBank, Inc. He directs the development of key products while working on numerous strategic initiatives important to the growth of the company.

Simon began his career as an Editor at RR Bowker; progressed to Executive Vice President of Business Development and Database Publishing at Reed Reference Publishing; served as Vice President, Business Development at the Lexis-Nexis division of Reed Elsevier; and also served as a Vice President with the Gale Group, where he directed product management, content distribution and alliances. In addition, Simon developed content licensing functions for several publishers and represented a machine-aided indexing company working with major publishers and information services.

Simon received his B.A. in English Literature from City College of New York and an M.S. in library and information services at Columbia University. He was chair of the Software and Information Industry Association Content Division's Board of Directors.

Brenda Bailey-Hainer 
Executive Director 
American Theological Library Association

Brenda Bailey-Hainer has served as the executive director of ATLA since December 2010.  Her other experience includes serving as president and CEO of the Bibliographical Center for Research (BCR); director of networking and resource sharing at the Colorado State Library; director of distributed systems and other positions at OCLC, Inc.; marketing and client liaison at the UnCover Company; client representative and other positions at CARL Corporation; and as an academic librarian at Fort Lewis College and Morningside College. Her professional leadership positions include serving as president of ALA’ s ASCLA division, chair of the NISO Z39.83 (NCIP) Implementers Group and as a member of the NISO Z39.50 US Profiles Committee, and serving on the boards of various nonprofit and collaborative library groups. In 2001, Bailey-Hainer was named Librarian of the Year by the Colorado Library Association and was recognized as a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal in 2002. She holds an M.L.S. from Kent State University, an M.M. from the University of South Dakota, and has completed doctoral coursework at the University of Colorado at Denver in public policy.

Lynn Willis
Content Development Manager
American Psychological Association (APA)

Lynn Willis is the content development manager for the APA PsycINFO. Her group is responsible for seeking out journal and book content for PsycINFO, gray literature for PsycEXTRA, and behavioral instruments for PsycTESTS. They research journals and books, survey editors, contact test authors, implement quality metrics, and help develop new produces. Willis has a science background and worked on magazines and web content at the American Chemical Society (ACS) before she became managing editor for a group of FASEB journals.



L. Suzanne BeDell
Managing Director, Science & Technology Books

Suzanne BeDell joined Elsevier as Managing Director, Science & Technology Books in September, 2010. She has been a book publishing and information industry leader for almost 30 years focusing on the intersection of print and electronic delivery for much of her career.  

Prior to joining Elsevier, BeDell worked for ProQuest for nine years, most recently as general manager of Dialog, LLC, a provider of information services for research-intensive organizations. Before ProQuest, she was senior vice president of internet products at Thomson Healthcare, director of electronic product development for Mosby, Inc. (then a Times-Mirror Company), and held a variety of positions in McGraw-Hill’s College Division. At McGraw-Hill, BeDell was a publisher and on the launch team of McGraw-Hill’s Primis, the first electronic publishing system for customized textbooks and course packs. She started her career in technical publishing as a marketing manager for Gulf Publishing Company in Houston, Texas.

BeDell is a popular media commentator and conference speaker on the subject of the future of print and electronic publishing. She received a B.A. in Journalism from Drake University.

Ryan Bernier
Vice President, Database Partnerships
EBSCO Information Services

Ryan Bernier is Vice President, Database Partnerships, at EBSCO Information Services in Ipswich, MA.  Ryan started with EBSCO in 2000 and is dedicated to the success of subject indexes, which are a core business for EBSCO.  Over his career, Ryan has held several positions and collaborated with multiple departments including Publisher Relations, Business Development, Product Management, Order Management, Sales & Marketing. While involved in EBSCO's many proprietary subject indexes, Ryan is focused primarily on helping EBSCO’s subject index partners expand their reach and strengthen their value during challenging and changing conditions in the industry.  Ryan also serves on the NFAIS Marketing Committee.

Chris Cole
Manager, Business Development
National Agricultural Library (NAL)

Christopher Cole is the manager of business development at the NAL. In that position he manages the grant seeking operations of NAL and the development of partnerships with public and private sector groups to digitize collections and develop new services.  

Prior to taking that post in 2013, he was an associate director for technical services at NAL managing the cataloging, acquisitions and serials, and the AGRICOLA indexing operations. Before joining NAL in February 2005, Cole was a digital project coordinator at the Library of Congress (LC) from 2002-2005. At LC, he was involved in several projects, including automating the International Duplicate Materials Exchange Program and coordinating the Integrated Library Systems (ILS) program office.  Before entering federal service, Cole was a cybrarian at the Intel Corporation, working on documenting the development of each new microprocessor.  He has also held a number of positions at public libraries, focusing on technical services and automation operations.   

Cole serves as co-chair of the FEDLINK Advisory Board. He also co-chaired the RDA Implementation Coordinating Committee along with counterparts from the LC and the National Library of Medicine. He represented NFAIS as a member of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control that issued their report – On the Record in January 2007.  Cole also served as a member of the OCLC Record Use Policy Council that crafted the new OCLC policy.

Chris received an M.S. from the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science and a B.A. in History from Kalamazoo College.

Don Hagen
Associate Director, Office of Product Management and Acquisition
National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

Don Hagen currently is the Associate Director for Product Management and Acquisition at NTIS in Alexandria, VA.  Current responsibilities at NTIS include collection development and dissemination for the NTIS bibliographic services and the technical reports collection found in the National Technical Reports Library.  In 2010 Hagen led the launch of the NTIS Federal Science Repository Service as an upgrade of the historical repository of federal science research.  During this age of digitizing legacy content of various data object formats, developing metadata standards for greater open access to such content and enhancing a perpetual archival environment for important science, Hagen has championed the NTIS mission for modernizing information management for economic growth.  His professional knowledge base has also improved access to such important information products as the World News Connection, the Social Security Administration Death Master File, and the Drug Enforcement Administration Drug Registration File.

Prior to joining NTIS, Hagen was a business development officer at the Government Printing Office in Washington, DC.  Most of Hagen’s career has been spent in private publishing and dissemination services at The Kraus Organization (NY), as a managing director for Bernan and Bernan Press (Lanham, MD) and several years at Questel-TeleSystemes.  

Hagen is the current chair and NTIS principal member of CENDI, the Federal Science and Technology Information Managers group. He also represents government impact and perspective assessments of trends in information management as a member of the National Federation of Advanced Information Services.  Hagen received a B.A. in biology from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY.

Chris McCue
Vice President, Marketing

Chris McCue, Vice President, Marketing, has been with CAS since 1988. McCue began her career at CAS in the editorial division and has held a variety of positions in marketing, with the majority of her experience in product marketing. Prior to CAS, McCue held supervisory positions as an analytical chemist at Battelle Memorial Institute and Roxanne Labs. She is currently responsible for global marketing of CAS products, including functions such as brand management, promotions, product management, operations, and pricing strategies. McCue holds a B.A. in Chemistry and an M.B.A., both from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

Deborah Ozga
Head, Index Section
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
(Government Liaison)

Deborah Ozga is head of the index section at NLM, where she oversees the biomedical indexing and curation operations that are the foundation of MEDLINE, the primary component of the PubMed database. Ozga has more than 20 years of experience creating, implementing, and managing information services that enhance user access, in federal and academic libraries. Prior to joining the National Institutes of Health, she was assistant director for public services at The Catholic University of America Libraries, where she held a variety of management positions. Ozga began her career at the American Psychological Association and served for several years as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies, teaching the core graduate course in information access. She holds a B.A. in psychology from George Washington University and an M.S. in library and information science from the University of Maryland.

Eric Swenson
Director, Product Management, Scopus

Eric Swenson is the Director of Product Management for Elsevier’s abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, Scopus. Previously, he managed Elsevier’s search & discovery platforms, the SciVerse Hub, Scirus and SciTopics, respectively. Prior to joining Elsevier in 2011, Swenson was the Director of Program Management for the Hearst Corporation’s Interactive Media division and an independent consultant serving the new product development and research needs of entities ranging from AT&T Labs Research to startups, interactive agencies, inventors, musicians, investigative journalists, photographers and fine artists. In addition to his work at Elsevier, Swenson collaborates frequently with colleagues in the worlds of technology, art, music and design on audiovisual projects. He recently served as a contributor to the new O’Reilly book, UX Strategy by Jaime Levy and his early pioneering digital art was featured at the international “Welcome to the Future!” show at iMal Center for Digital Cultures and Technology in Brussels, Belgium. He lives in East Northport, NY with his wife and two children.

Jeffrey Wilensky 
Vice President, Global Marketing

Jeff Wilensky is Vice President of Global Marketing at ProQuest. He is responsible for all aspects of marketing across ProQuest’s Information Solutions, Books, and Dialog Business Units. Prior to assuming this role he established the Market Development function for ProQuest Information Solutions, building a team focused on regional sales enablement and analytics. Jeff also spent seven years as Vice President of Product Management. Other previous roles include Director of Global Customer Support and Global Pricing. Jeff serves on the board of NFAIS (National Federation of Advanced Information Services), and on the advisory board of the Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science. His past board memberships include Washtenaw Literacy, a non-profit focused on eliminating illiteracy in Washtenaw County, and the Software Information Industry Association (SIIA), Content Division. Jeff has a BA in Economics from Amherst College and an MBA with Distinction from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.