2016-2017 Programming

June 20, 2017 – Monthly Chapter Meeting

Speaker: Marry-Ellyn Strauser, CRM, Chair, Atlanta ARMA

Abstract: June is the Annual Chapter Business Meeting. The outgoing Board Chair will give a “state of the chapter” report, present Chapter awards for service to the Chapter and the profession, and administer the oath of office to install the incoming Board members.

Biography: Marry-Ellyn is the current ARMA Atlanta Board Chair. She’s a 20+ year ARMA member and a CRM since 1999. Marry-Ellyn has served a variety of ARMA leadership roles at the local, regional, and international levels. She’s worked in RIM for a variety of public, private, and government organizations. Marry-Ellyn has an MBA from Regis University in Denver and an undergraduate degree from Valparaiso University. She and her brother Jim have shared their home with five beautiful, happy Golden Retrievers – three of which were rescues. The most recent, Bella, found them from Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta.

Past Meetings:

September 13, 2016 – Monthly Chapter Meeting

Speaker: Joshua Kitchens, Director of Archival Studies Program, Clayton State University

Topic: Review of the current state of records management education and assessment of the future.

Presentation Slides Available

October 18, 2016 – Monthly Chapter Meeting

Speaker: Fred Diers, Vice President and General Manager, GRM Information Management

Topic: “Come Together to Effect Positive Program.” Overcoming resistance to change when implementing an enterprise-wide records or information governance program.

Abstract: To achieve a successful enterprise governance program implementation, executive management must come together with IT, Records and Information Governance professionals and function stakeholders that address staff issues relating to new policy and ECM application introductions. The staff must actively participate in the establishment of flexible and realistic practices to minimize change. This session will explore steps in forging effective program implementation while overcoming document processing change resistance.

Biography: Fred V. Diers, CRM FAI has over 40 years of Records and Information Management experience for multi-national organizations as a practitioner and consultant.   He has successfully implemented realistic and sustainable records I governance programs for companies operating in over 80 countries addressing all information assets. Fred is a leader in the profession as a Past President and Fellow of ARMA International Past President of the International Records Management Counsel, and winner of the prestigious Emmett Leahy Award.

Presentation Slides Available.

November 15, 2016 – Monthly Chapter Meeting

Speaker: Mary W. Haider, MBA, CRM,Records & Information Manager and Consultant, Imerge Consulting

Topic:  “Community of Information Management” Interactive workshop on developing strategic working relationships with business units.

Abstract: This interactive presentation introduces a Records and Information Management initiative to develop an organizational “Community of Information Management” based on a comprehensive strategic plan that includes a network of collaborative working relationships across the enterprise. Be prepared to join the conversation and take away a draft Strategic Plan outline to be used at your organization.

Biography: Mary W. Haider, CRM MBA and Principal with Imerge Consulting has over 35 years of Records and Information Management experience both as a practitioner, vendor and consultant. She has worked in both government and corporate environments where she has designed and implemented new Records and Information Management programs for both active and inactive business records and information. Mary’s key strengths are built on “laying the foundation for a comprehensive RIM Program for all media and formats.”

Presentation Slides Available.

December 20, 2016 – Monthly Chapter Meeting

Speaker: Seth Shaw, Assistant Professor of Archival Studies, Clayton State University

Topic:  “Records Managers and Archivists: Shared Responsibility with Different Perspectives”

Abstract: Records Managers and Archivists share a common respect for the value of records although the reasons behind our valuations may differ. While our roles have traditionally collaborated in the past the rise of electronic records and the post-custodial view of archives requires this collaboration to be even stronger. This presentation will review appraisal theory and post-custodial archives and emphasize our need to collaborate.

Biography: Seth Shaw is an Assistant Professor of Archival Studies at Clayton State University. His courses span all of the archival endeavor with an emphasis on electronic records and information technology. Previously he was the Electronic Records Archivist for the Duke University Archives. He received his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology at Brigham Young University – Idaho and his Masters of Information, Archives and Records Management at the University of Michigan, School of Information.

Presentation Slides Available.

January 17, 2017 – Monthly Chapter Meeting

Speakers: Scott Wandstrat, Partner, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP; Dylan Williams. Principal Consultant, Enterprise Consulting Services, Ricoh USA, Inc.; Corinne Cartwright, CEDS, Strategic eDiscovery Specialist, Ricoh USA, Inc.

Topic: Panel Discussion: “The Debate: eDiscovery vs. Information Governance.”

Abstract: This Panel discussion between thought leaders in the respective industries will focus on the current landscape of Information Governance and how it relates to eDiscovery. The topics will include issues of information overload and whether that should be handled as a proactive strategy or argued as a point in litigation; a topic that may shape the future of information management industry.  Dylan, Scott, and Corinne will provide their unique perspectives on these topics as well as tips for educating different stake holders with different objectives.  The panel hopes that the audience will take away knowledge and insight into these two related topics as well as go forward strategies for understanding the perspective of legal stakeholders.


Scott Wandstrat is a partner at Arnall Golden Gregory LLP in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to being one of AGG’s tallest and beardiest attorneys, Scott is a member of the AGG’s Litigation, Healthcare, and Governmental Investigations and Special Matters Practices. He is also the chair of the Electronic Discovery Practice. An unapologetic nerd, Scott enjoys a well-earned, national reputation as a “go-to” lawyer for electronic discovery issues. His clients and colleagues praise his practical, cost-effective guidance on even the most frustrating aspects of e-discovery. When asked, Scott has attributed his success, in part, to his fluency in Techspeak, Legalese, and (thankfully) plain English. In addition to his work on e-discovery matters, Scott maintains an active government investigation and business litigation practice. He has particular experience in handling commercial disputes, insurance coverage matters, and defending healthcare companies involved in False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute investigations.

Dylan Williams serves as Principal Consultant within the Governance, Risk & Compliance practice of Ricoh Enterprise Consulting Services. Williams specializes in the design and implementation of efficient operational workflow processes that mitigate business information risk with transparency, integrity, and accountability. As a Certified Records Manager and Information Governance Professional, he brings both broad strategic vision and deep tactical experience – providing analysis and program guidance for corporate, healthcare, legal, and government clients. Williams is also CDIA+ and Project+ certificated, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The Ohio State University. He is a member of EDRM, CGOC, ARMA, CompTIA, and the Institute of Certified Records Managers, and volunteers for several exam development and mentorship task forces.

Corinne Cartwright has over 10 years of eDiscovery experience working with a vast network of law firms and corporations providing advice on workflow and risk associated with eDiscovery. Her consulting experience spans hundreds of matters across multiple hosted platforms and several different processing engines.  She has trained attorneys, paralegals, staff and many more on the issues relating to eDiscovery, current trends, the value of Technology Assisted Review and Information Governance.  She has planned and executed multiple large eDiscovery and hosting projects for a variety of clients and understands the pros and cons of each facet of the process.  Corinne is an active member of the Atlanta eDiscovery community and is the current Chapter Director of the Atlanta Chapter of Women in eDiscovery.  Corinne has multiple Certifications including, Certified eDiscovery Specialist (ACEDS), Catalyst Insight Certified Demonstrator, iConnect XERA Demonstrator and is a Relativity Certified Sales Professional (RCSP).

Presentation Slides Available.

February 21, 2017 – Monthly Chapter Meeting

Speaker: Doug Rollo, Assistant Director for Records Management, Georgia Archives

Topic: Partnering with an Off-Site Storage Vendor.

Session Abstract: This presentation will provide records managers with information and tools to assess potential off-site records providers, and to help determine which provider would be the best for their organization. The questions may entail information that the Records Manager may not think of asking potential off-site records providers.

Biography: Doug joined the Georgia Archives in 2012 as the Asst. Director, Records Management after spending over 30 years as a records management practitioner and Consultant. His broad range of expertise and skills were gained managing records in law firms as well as governments and corporate environments. He has written and implemented records retention policies, disaster recovery plans for both law firms and government. Doug and his wife Christina live in Kennesaw, GA with their dachshunds, Simba and Flash 5. In his spare time, Doug is restoring his 1967 Mustang or shooting trap. He is also an accomplished pilot for single engine fixed wing aircraft and hot air balloons.

Presentation Slides Available.

Presentation Handout Available.

March 21, 2017 – Monthly Chapter Meeting

Speaker: Brendan Sullivan, CEO, SullivanStrickler LLC

Topic: Defensible Deletion

Session Abstract:  In the current environment of increased regulation, audit requirement, security analysis, risk mitigation and discovery, it has arguably become as important to be able to demonstrate what piece of data was deleted and why it was okay to delete it as it is to find some piece of data. This presentation discusses some best practices from different data creation sources in a typical company environment.

Biography: Brendan Sullivan has an extensive history in storage media spanning almost 30 years. An Electronics & Telecommunications engineer that turned his attention to tape technology and electronic discovery. He managed massive tape data recovery projects in Europe, the USA, and the Middle East creating techniques for recovering data from backup tapes affected by smoke, water and exposure to extreme environments. More recently he has focused on helping clients reduce risk and exposure resulting from their backup environments, and provides insight into what might be deemed reasonably accessible data. 

 April 13, 2017 – RIM 101

Topic: RIM 101 is a FREE Records and Information Management seminar presented by Atlanta ARMA. It is designed for those looking for the basics on how to manage records in today’s business environment.

Presentation Slides Available:

Ron Shaddix

Lisa McClurg

Josh Kitchens

Deborah Hock 

April 18, 2017 – Monthly Chapter Meeting

Speaker: Susan Cisco, Director, Enterprise Content and Records Management, Gimmal

Topic: Disposition of electronic business information.

Presentation Slides Available.

May 11, 2017 – IG For the Real World: Collaborating to Achieve Information Governance

Topic: The corporate Information Governance framework is supported by people, processes and technology. We will discuss how and why corporations are working to adopt, implement, and sustain an Information Governance program in their organizations and who should have a seat at the Information Governance table. Join your fellow corporate Information Governance professionals to learn and discuss how Records Information Management, Legal, Compliance, Information Technology, eDiscovery, Cybersecurity and Privacy work together to facilitate the adoption and implementation of corporate information governance program. 

May 16, 2017 – Monthly Chapter Meeting

Speaker: Heritage Emergency Response Alliance

Abstract: Overview of statewide disaster preparedness efforts with a focus on the Heritage Emergency Response Alliance (a local area disaster network), touching on the roles of HERA, Savannah Heritage Emergency Response (SHER), Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency (GEMHSA), and the GA Archives in disaster response throughout Georgia. Will discuss specific topics of recovery: Mold, Flood, Data Loss, Continuity of Operations Plans, etc.  

Presentation Slides Available.

Please note that per Board Standing Rules, “Any person who makes a meeting reservation and does not cancel by 12:00pm the Friday before the meeting and does not show up to the meeting, will be billed a no show fee in the amount of the original billing.  The no show fee is billed by the Treasurer.  When a person has a reservation and cannot attend, they may send a person to attend in their place.”  Any person who does not pay this no show fee will be considered not in good standing.  Also, the meeting fee is billed whether or not the person is eating lunch.