NFAIS Board: 2017 - 2018


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

Brian Hitson
U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

Brian Hitson is Director of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), a DOE corporate function that is managed by the Office of Science.  OSTI fulfills agency-wide responsibilities to collect, preserve, and disseminate scientific and technical information emanating from DOE research and development (R&D) activities.

Prior to being appointed OSTI Director in September 2014, Hitson led a range of programmatic and administrative activities at OSTI, including strategic planning, budget formulation and execution, information product development, and cost-reimbursable project management.  As OSTI’s Associate Director for Administration and Information Services, he developed and implemented a number of strategic initiatives and managed line responsibilities in international information exchange programs, administrative and financial management, classified and sensitive information programs, and the digitization and preservation of a 1.2 million scientific document repository. 

As the senior official at OSTI's facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, he is the site manager for a 134,000 square foot building, which contains DOE's historic collection of unclassified, sensitive, and classified R&D results and a modern IT infrastructure serving over 400 million web transactions per year.

Hitson co-authored the 2014 DOE Public Access Plan, developing a strategy for providing public access to the scholarly publications resulting from DOE’s R&D efforts, and, along with DOE, Office of Science, and OSTI colleagues, he led the August 2014 launch of the DOE Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science, or DOE PAGES.  He has spearheaded innovations in multimedia and multilingual information access, including the 2011 launch of ScienceCinema, a unique speech-indexed search engine for DOE and CERN scientific video collections, and the global, multilingual federated search engine  He is the U.S. representative to the IAEA's International Nuclear Information System (INIS); and chairs the technical activities committee of the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI).

A member of the federal Senior Executive Service, Hitson has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Master's in Business Administration, both from the University of Tennessee, and is a 2011 graduate of the Federal Executive Institute's Leadership for a Democratic Society program.

Deanna Marcum
Senior Advisor
Ithaka S+R

Deanna Marcum now serves as senior advisor to the Ithaka S+R after serving for four years as managing director. Ithaka S+R is a non-profit research and consulting service that assists universities and colleges, libraries, publishers, and cultural institutions as they make the transition to the digital environment. Deanna continues to lead projects in all of these sectors.

From 2003 to 2011, Deanna served as associate librarian for Library Services, Library of Congress. She managed 53 divisions and offices whose 1,600 employees are responsible for acquisitions, cataloging, public service, and preservation activities; services to the blind and physically handicapped; and network and bibliographic standards for America's national library. She is also responsible for integrating the emerging digital resources into the traditional artifactual library, the first step toward building a national digital library for the 21st century.

In 1995, Deanna was appointed president of the Council on Library Resources and president of the Commission on Preservation and Access. She oversaw the merger of these two organizations into the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) in 1997 and served as president until August 2003.

Deanna served as director of public service and collection management at the Library of Congress from 1993 to 1995. Before that she was the dean of the School of Library and Information Science at The Catholic University of America. From 1980 to 1989, she was first a program officer and then vice president of the Council on Library Resources.

Deanna holds a doctor of philosophy in American studies, a master's degree in library science, and a bachelor's degree in English. She was awarded a doctorate in humane letters by North Carolina State University in 2010, and received the Melvil Dewey Medal, the highest award conferred by the American Library Association, in June 2011. Deanna was appointed by President Obama to the Japan-US Friendship Commission, which seeks "to strengthen the US-Japan relationship through educational, cultural, and intellectual exchange," in 2013. In 2016, Deanna was named the Miles Conrad Lecturer by NFAIS.

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.

Ann Michael
Delta Think, Inc.

Ann Michael is the President and founder of Delta Think. Through her leadership Delta Think has grown from a single consultant to a hybrid team of staff and trusted associates. Her strength is in defining and executing customer-centered business, product, and implementation strategies. Although she has extensive background implementing large business and technical programs, her unique value is her successful experience managing organizational change and transitions.

Michael has worked in eight different industries including information management, strategy and management consulting, software development, and publishing. Before founding Delta Think in 2005, she progressed through the ranks of various technology and content companies, from Project Manager/Business Analyst to Executive Management. Michael is active in the publishing industry and is Past President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP). She is also a frequent organizer and speaker at publishing conferences and is a contributor to the SSP’s blog, The Scholarly Kitchen.

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.

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. Wilensky also spent seven years as Vice President of Product Management. Other previous roles include Director of Global Customer Support and Global Pricing. Wilensky 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. Wilensky has a BA in Economics from Amherst College and an MBA with Distinction from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.