MARA Blog: MARA Profiles


MARA Blog: MARA Profiles


MARA Student D’Anderia Dunham Reflects on 20+ Years in RIM

Published: June 7, 2017 by Anna Maloney

D’Anderia Dunham was a 17-year old high school student when she started her career in records administration. Although she was eager to work at the time, her mother was reluctant.

“She didn’t want me to do fast food and she wanted a job that was going to be safe. She wanted me to be able to learn office etiquette—to her that was the most important thing,” said Dunham.


Profile on MARA Student Edward Sumcad

Published: March 29, 2017 by Anna Maloney

For the past two years, I have worked as Dr. Franks’ student research assistant. For the first few months of the fall semester, I spend much of my time working on the jobs analysis, a task which exposes me to the language and trends of archives and records management job postings and from which I have learned one thing: motivated self-starters with a passion and dedication for records management are in high demand.


Profile on MARA Alumna Kristen Cook

Published: December 22, 2016 by Anna Maloney

Several graduate students officially completed the requirements of the Master of Archives and Records Administration program and earned their degrees in December 2016. One of these graduates is Kristen Cook.

Cook works at ESPN, managing projects for the internal creative agency that produces web banners, videos, advertisements, and brand standards. She started the MARA program in August 2012 in order to develop a foundation in best practices for managing the information generated in her department and to cultivate a better relationship with the technology owners she works with. Her goal is to “get away from making the donuts,” and transition her role into one that manages processes, workflows and operations.


A Profile on MARA Student Morgan King

Published: October 20, 2016 by Anna Maloney

The Master of Archives and Records Administration program at San José State University educates students from a variety of professional backgrounds and experiences. For example, students in the program range from fresh out of their undergraduate studies to having worked in the records and information management field for most of their careers. Morgan King, who is in her last semester of the MARA program, is currently working in the RIM field and earning a MARA degree to advance her career.


Profile of MARA Alumna Amanda Stowell

Published: September 14, 2016 by Anna Maloney

While finishing up a museum archives internship in the Portland area, Amanda Stowell, ‘16 MARA, was hired on as the first-ever records administrator of ESCO Corporation, a multinational manufacturer of mining equipment with a corporate history dating to 1903.

With her newly minted master’s degree in hand, Stowell found herself the custodian of over 100 years of records. She describes the state of the records at ESCO as a “worst case scenario.” But the daunting nature of this assignment has not quelled her unabashed enthusiasm for records management.


MARA Student Profile: Catherine Folnovic

Published: January 13, 2016 by Anna Maloney

The MARA program’s unique blend of archival studies and RIM, plus the online format, allows student Catherine Folnovic to keep working while receiving the professional credentials she needs to advance her career. 


Profile of MARA Student Erin Ferrarelli

Erin Ferrarelli, MARA Student, SJSU iSchoolPublished: April 20, 2015 by Darren Ilett

Erin Ferrarelli is in her second semester of the MARA program. Her goal is to work as an archivist in a museum so that she can pursue her interests in U.S. history, particularly the Civil War era.


Profile of MARA Alumna Amy Abadilla

Published: March 11, 2015 by Darren Ilett

A member of the second MARA cohort, 2012 alumna Amy Abadilla now works as a Records Coordinator for Sound Transit’s Procurement & Contracts division, based in Seattle, Washington.