Advisory Board

The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center’s advisory board is composed of leaders from professional organizations and institutions representative of the broad variety of cultural heritage organizations eligible to work with the Digital Heritage Center. The board meets annually and advises the Digital Heritage Center staff on policies and services. The board plays an important role in helping to determine priorities for major projects.

Board members representing specific institutions or organizations have standing appointments to the advisory board.

Professional organizations will be represented by the president or other office-holder designated by the organization and will rotate off when their term of office is completed or after two years.

Rotating board members will be selected by the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center in consultation with the State Library of North Carolina. These members will serve two-year terms.


Timothy Owens
State Librarian, State Library of North Carolina

Standing Appointments

Sarah Koonts
State Archivist, North Carolina Office of Archives and History

Elaine Westbrooks
Vice Provost of University Libraries & University Librarian, UNC-Chapel Hill

Catherine Prince
Federal Programs Consultant, State Library of North Carolina

Cotina Jones
Director, Library Development, State Library of North Carolina

Maria Estorino
Director of Wilson Library and Associate University Librarian for Special Collections, UNC-Chapel Hill

Rotating Appointments

Cynthia Sartain
K-12 Education and Digital Media / North Central Regional Consultant, NC Department of Public Instruction (2020-2021)

Maryellen O’Brien
North Carolina Community Colleges / Director of Learning Resource Services, Robeson Community College (2020-2021)

Earl B. Givens, Jr.
North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities / Director, Library Services, Catawba College (2020-2021)

Carol Hart
North Carolina Museums / Director, Greensboro History Museum (2020-2021)

Trina Rushing
North Carolina Public Libraries / Director, Henderson County Public Library (2021-2022)

Nathan Saunders
Society of North Carolina Archivists / Associate Director Library Specialized Collections, UNC-Wilmington (2021-2022)

Wanda Brown
University of North Carolina System / Director of Library Services, Winston-Salem State University (2021-2022)