Operations Committee

The EAST Operations Committee (OC) is an elected body responsible for development, implementation, and operationalization of policies and procedures for EAST. Any policy or procedural recommendations from the OC require the approval by the EAST Board of Directors prior to implementation. The OC works closely with the EAST Project Team and may recommend the appointment of ad hoc Working Groups to address specific policy or procedural issues.

The OC is a standing committee and includes 6 – 10 members with representation from both Retention Partner institutions as well as across the diversity of the EAST membership based on type of institution, size of library collection, etc. One seat is held for a member of the Resource Sharing Working Group. As EAST grows the committee composition requirements change to reflect our broader geography and diversity of institutions.

The standing Operations Committee has two year terms, which expire at the end of the calendar year.  Current members are:

NameInstitutionCurrent Term
Richard BleilerUniversity of Connecticut2024Doctoral Institutions
Liz BodianBrandeis University2024Doctoral Institutions
Terese HeidenwolfLafayette College2024Baccalaureate Institutions
Missy LaythamLoyola Notre Dame University2025Serials & Journals Retention Partners / Master’s Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs
Rachel ManningMiddlebury College2025ILL Working Group
R.C. MiesslerGettysburg College2023Baccalaureate Institutions
John MyersUnion College2025Member-At-Large
Tabby PursleyUniversity of Florida2024Doctoral Institutions
Steve SmithUMass Boston2023Doctoral Institutions

Prior to the standing Operations Committee, the Executive Committee approved appointment of an interim Operations Committee, which met between October 2016 and June 2017. Its membership was:

  • Steve Bischof, University of Massachusetts – Amherst and Five Colleges
  • Berry Chamness, Bryn Mawr College
  • Charles Getchell, Saint Anselm College
  • Debbie Gomes, Elms College
  • Steve Smith, Boston University
  • Matthew Revitt and Sara Amato, EAST, also participated ex officio

Previous OC members include:

  • Ray Schmidt, Wellesley College
  • Jennifer Fairall, Siena College
  • Gwen Verkuilen-Chevalier, St. Anselm College
  • Beth Bohstedt, Hamilton College
  • Eric Love, Florida State University


Page last updated: September 4th, 2023