Library Staff

Joanna Albertson-Grove

Development Assistant
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Joanna joined the Library's development team in 2015. She brings diverse experience in fundraising and communications from domestic and international nonprofit organizations. Joanna received her BA in Political Science from Beloit College.

Margaret Bendroth

Executive Director
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Peggy has served as Executive Director for the Congregational Library since August 2004. She received her B.A. from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in history from the Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of several books, including Fundamentalism and Gender, 1875 to the Present (Yale 1993) and Fundamentalists and the City: Conflict and Division in Boston's Churches, 1885 to 1950 (Oxford 2005), and A School of the Church: Andover Newton Across Two Centuries (Eerdmans 2008) Peggy has edited several other volumes, including Women and Twentieth-Century Protestantism (Illinois 2002). Her most recent book The Spiritual Practice of Remembering (Eerdmans 2013) summons readers to remember and honor the past. She currently serves as President of the American Society of Church History.

Robin Duckworth

Digital Projects Specialist / Webmaster
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Robin has worked at the library since 2002, after graduating with a degree in Classics from Boston University. She has taken on many responsibilities over the years, including circulation, reference, the organization and cataloging of the library's many periodicals, and coordinating an overhaul of the physical collection. She is now serving as webmaster and overseeing the library's growing digital program.

Carolyn Hewitt

Director of Development
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With a background in education and non-profits Cary joined the library to create and execute a sustainable plan for advancement. Cary holds a BA from the University of Connecticut and earned an MBA from Simmons School of Management. She has served on several non-profit boards and is currently active on advisory boards. Cary enjoys working with the library staff and ACA Board to promote the story of the library and its treasures, as well as our historically significant building, Congregational House. She is also a practicing artist exhibiting work in Boston and Arizona.

Sari Mauro

Digital Archivist

Sari's responsibilities include the digitization of the image collection, processing and organizing collections, and creating metadata and finding aids. She is a graduate of Elizabethtown College and the Archives program at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Her previous experience in archives includes assisting in the organization of the archives of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (NACCC).

Claudette Newhall

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Claudette joined the staff in 2005 as Associate Librarian and became the Librarian in 2010. She is responsible for managing the library and archives staff, supervising cataloging, volunteers, and interns, and organizing, developing and preserving the library collections, both print and digital. She was instrumental in the conversion of the print catalog to online. Her previous positions were in banking and financial services. Claudette received a B.S. in Education in 1970 and a Masters of Education in 1972 from the University of Maine, Orono. She graduated from Simmons College, Boston with a Masters in Library and Information Science in 1998. She was President of the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science Alumni Association in 2006-2007 and has been active in the New England Chapter of SLA (Special Libraries Association) and the American Theological Library Association.

Steven Picazio

Associate Librarian for Cataloging and Reference
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Steven first joined the library in 2011 as a student intern and became a permanent member of the staff in 2012. In his current role as Associate Librarian for Cataloging and Reference, his primary responsibilities include cataloging, collection maintenance, and reference. Steven is a graduate of St. Michael's College of Colchester, VT and received his MSLIS from Simmons College, School of Information and Library Science.

Cristina Prochilo

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Cristina's previous experience includes positions at the Property Information Resource Center at Harvard, as well as the Boston Preservation Alliance, The Northeast Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the National Park Service. Her undergraduate degree is from Smith College and Cristina received a Master of Arts in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University, as well as a Dual Masters in U.S. History and Library and Information Science from Simmons College. She will use her skills in all phases of archival work including processing, preserving records, creating finding aids, and providing reference assistance to those using the collections.

Jessica Steytler

Archivist and Records Manager
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Jessica has served as the Archivist for the Congregational Library since April of 2000. She received her B.A. in history from Ohio University in 1997 and her MSLS with an archive concentration from Simmons in 1998. She is focused on improving access to the wide variety of manuscript material and offers seminars to churches on how to care for their records. She is always interested in providing educational opportunities within the Congregational Library community and the greater New England region. She has been deeply involved with the New England Archivists and has served on the board and a number of committees over the years.