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Not just technology — a team.

When you partner with Silverchair, you are buying more than our technology – you are looking to partner with great people who solve problems together, and our unique company culture serves as the foundation for the community we are building with our clients. After all, the team plays the key role of working directly with publisher staff to understand your requirements and vision and translate them into an optimal product on the Silverchair Platform. Silverchair and our publishers work in tandem in shaping implementations, engaging in creative dialogue around the strategies that will best help each publisher to achieve their unique goals.

Clients simply like the people at Silverchair; they like the communications, they like the culture. It’s clear that Silverchair is not viewed as 'a mere vendor,' but as a strategic partner.
—Independent consultant

Leadership

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    Thane Kerner

    Chief Executive Officer

    Thane Kerner

    Chief Executive Officer
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    Thane is Chief Executive Officer of Silverchair Holdings, a pioneer in distributed digital knowledge technologies for education, reference, and professional workflow. The firm’s primary operating unit, Silverchair Information Systems, is a global leader in technology products and services that drive digital growth for scholarly and professional publishers. In 2012, SHI achieved the successful exit of Silverchair Learning Systems to Relias Learning, now a subsidiary of Bertelsmann SE & Co. Mr. Kerner serves on the Executive Council of the Professional and Scholarly Publishers Division (PSP) of the Association of American Publishers; the Board of Directors of CHOR, Inc., and the Board of Visitors of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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    Tim Barton

    President

    Tim Barton

    President
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    Tim works with the CEO and other members of the management team to devise the strategy for the company, and to ensure that the strategy is being effectively implemented. Silverchair’s success with our customers depends on the effective strategic and operational integration of product, business development, technology, delivery, and people, and Tim’s role is to oversee and facilitate that integration. Tim joined Silverchair in 2018, having previously worked at Oxford University Press for 27 years in various positions across the organization, including President of OUP USA. Tim served most recently as Managing Director for the Global Academic Division, where he was responsible for OUP’s research publishing globally, including journals, scholarly books, and reference, and for higher education, and dictionary publishing.

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    Lily Garcia Walton

    Chief People Officer

    Lily Garcia Walton

    Chief People Officer
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    Lily drives the company’s people strategy, enabling the success of Silverchair’s exceptional professionals. She has more than two decades of experience leading technology, education, media, and professional services organizations through transformative change while preserving a strong culture and a sense of mission. Lily is licensed to practice law in Colorado, DC, and Virginia, and she is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources. She is a resident of Nelson County, Virginia, where she shares a cottage in the woods with her husband, two boys, three rescue cats, and a Morkie-Poo.

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    Will Schweitzer

    Chief Product & Customer Success Officer

    Will Schweitzer

    Chief Product & Customer Success Officer
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    Will is Silverchair’s Chief Product and Customer Success Officer. In these roles he looks after the core Silverchair Platform and Silverchair’s growing client community. He guides our product, marketing, client services, and customer success teams. He has a deep knowledge of scholarly publishing, having worked in the industry for over 18 years in product and publisher roles for leading commercial and society houses including, most recently, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Science Magazine), SAGE Publications, the American Psychological Association, and Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

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    Stuart Leitch

    Chief Operating Officer & Chief Technology Officer

    Stuart Leitch

    Chief Operating Officer & Chief Technology Officer
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    Stuart leads the strategic evolution and expansion of The Silverchair Platform, designing and leading technology initiatives for greater platform scalability and capability while enhancing Silverchair’s unparalleled flexibility for new product development. Stuart joined Silverchair in 2012 and has twenty years of enterprise architecture, system design, and software development experience in the education, engineering, nonprofit, and investment industries.

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    Jake Zarnegar

    Chief Business Development Officer

    Jake Zarnegar

    Chief Business Development Officer
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    As Chief Business Development Officer, Jake Zarnegar works directly with scientific and scholarly publishers to explore new partnerships and find the best alignment of Silverchair’s complementary suite of technologies and services with each publisher’s digital product strategy. A 20+ year industry veteran, Jake is a frequent speaker at SSP, ALPSP, and STM events covering emerging topics at the intersection of technology and scholarly publishing.

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    Dustin Smith

    President & Co-Founder of Hum

    Dustin Smith

    President & Co-Founder of Hum
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    Dustin leads Hum, a Silverchair sister company focused on offering personalization to scholarly societies, professional associations and member groups. Hum uses real-time data from existing association/society software (including Silverchair!) to power personalization for every member, subscriber and partner. Explore more at http://hum.works.
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    Brian Fitzgerald

    Chief Financial Officer

    Brian Fitzgerald

    Chief Financial Officer
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    Brian leads the financial, accounting, and administrative functions for the organization. He is a licensed CPA in the commonwealth of Virginia. Prior to joining Silverchair, Brian held leadership roles in public accounting, private equity, venture capital, and operations. In addition to financial reporting and forecasting, Brian is committed to process improvement, scalability, and sustainable growth.

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    Craig Griffin

    VP, Solutions Engineering

    Craig Griffin

    VP, Solutions Engineering
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    As the Vice President of Solutions Engineering at Silverchair, Craig works with clients, end users, architects and user experience designers to develop Platform solutions for our client’s success. This role includes market evaluation, feature analysis, business case development, technical review, and prioritization. Prior to Silverchair, Craig worked with government clients at SRA International.

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    Sarah Heid

    VP, Customer Success

    Sarah Heid

    VP, Customer Success
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    Sarah Heid is Vice President of Customer Success, working with all clients to provide high-level advocacy both internally and externally, driving client business values to achieve our shared goals. Sarah is focused on using her client knowledge to help Silverchair be proactive in solving customer problems and promoting a higher level of quality and accountability. Sarah’s primary purpose is to ensure that we are keeping the client’s voice at the forefront of everything we do at Silverchair. Prior to joining Silverchair, Sarah spent over 15 years in sales working directly with end users and businesses to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. Sarah and her husband Chris have two pugs, Henry and Churchill and enjoy traveling the world in search of great wine (New Zealand is a favorite).

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    Jane McQueen

    VP, Custom Development 

    Jane McQueen

    VP, Custom Development 
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    As Vice President, Custom Development, Jane McQueen focuses on optimizing the team work necessary to enable smooth, efficient partnerships with clients currently on the Silverchair Platform. Jane joined Silverchair in 1996 and facilitates organization resource planning and forecasting, Agile process improvement and continuous learning, and program and project governance. Jane and her husband, Mike, enjoy beaches, vegetable gardening, bird watching, and long hikes with their son, Lucas.

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    Jon Meadows

    VP, Software Engineering

    Jon Meadows

    VP, Software Engineering
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    Jon Meadows is the VP of Software Engineering who is responsible for managing technology leaders over the following areas: Software Development (Developers and Technical Leaders), Software Quality Assurance (SQA), Technical Operations (TechOps), Developer Operations (DevOps), and User Interface and User Experience (UI/UX). He provides prioritization, direction, and serves as a point of escalation. Jon has 13+ years of technology experience with 10+ of those years managing and leading individuals and teams. Prior employers include KPMG and S&P Global. Jon holds a BBA in Computer Information Systems (CIS) and Finance from James Madison University. He is married to his childhood friend and they are actively being trained to become better people and parents by their two daughters, who are wonderful (most of the time…).

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    Tim Preuss

    VP, Platform Execution

    Tim Preuss

    VP, Platform Execution

    Tim Preuss is the Vice President of Platform Execution working with internal and external stakeholders to continually evolve our platforms offering and services. During his career he has assisted a variety of clients with developing architectural roadmaps, data migrations, business pro-cess re-engineering and technical team leadership in both public and private sectors. Tim holds degrees in Operational Management and Computer Information Systems from James Madison University.

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    Ossie Nadeem

    VP, Finance

    Ossie Nadeem

    VP, Finance
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    Paul Sanders

    VP, Implementation Services

    Paul Sanders

    VP, Implementation Services
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    Deb Kamienski

    Senior Director, Product Delivery

    Deb Kamienski

    Senior Director, Product Delivery
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    Deb Kamienski is a Senior Director of Product Delivery who works with several clients including McGraw Hill, Wolters Kluwer and SCORE to ensure they are getting the best value from the Silverchair platform. Deb joined Silverchair from IBM where she worked as a Technical Sales Manager and earned several certifications including IT Specialist Professional and Expert Professional Seller.  Deb holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Information and Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology.  She is a Food Network enthusiast and enjoys working with her husband the sommelier on new food and wine pairings.

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    Nicole Brown

    Director, Product Delivery

    Nicole Brown

    Director, Product Delivery
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    Lindsay Jacobik

    Director, Product Delivery

    Lindsay Jacobik

    Director, Product Delivery
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    Lindsay Jacobik has been with Silverchair since 2015. She has held a variety of roles from Business Analyst to Product Owner and now Director of Product Delivery. Her experience ranges from our build teams, to our Business as Usual (BAU) teams and to our maintenance team. She is determined to help clients conceptualize, develop, and deliver high quality projects that help advance their product vision. In doing so, she is focused on developing strong partnerships through clear and transparent communication. When not at Silverchair, she enjoys baking for her neighborhood, hiking and spending time with her newborn son.

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    Derek Naughton

    Lead Architect

    Derek Naughton

    Lead Architect
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    Derek Naughton is a Solutions Architect who works with all of our clients to align our platform with their needs. Derek has worked with Silverchair since 2013 and has helped maintain our platform and work with the teams in growing its capabilities for our clients with a technical perspective and some creative solutioning. Derek came to Silverchair with 9 years of IT consulting experience and a Computer Science degree from Dublin Institute of Technology (D.I.T), Dublin, Ireland.

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    Brian McDonald

    Director, UX

    Brian McDonald

    Director, UX
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    Brian leads a team of User Experience (UX) Designers and Front End Developers who are responsible for the successful execution of user experience design, responsive web design, accessibility compliance, and front-end performance on client sites and platform tools. Before joining Silverchair, Brian worked as an Online Design Director at Penguin Random House.

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    Hannah Heckner

    Director, Product Strategy

    Hannah Heckner

    Director, Product Strategy
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    As Director of Product Strategy, Hannah Heckner works to inform, prioritize, and execute on the Silverchair Platform Development Plan. This includes overseeing the Platform Decision Log which captures internal platform development suggestions; facilitating Publisher Working Groups that discuss industry trends, publisher needs, and developing Silverchair solutions; and managing vendor relationships and internal implementation for 3rd party integrations. She has worked within academic publishing for over 10 years and has experience with both commercial and non-profit publishing, most recently at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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    Stephanie Lovegrove Hansen

    Director, Marketing

    Stephanie Lovegrove Hansen

    Director, Marketing
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    Stephanie is responsible for Silverchair’s brand and product marketing strategy, collaborating with internal teams, clients, and partners to facilitate clear communications with Silverchair’s growing community. She has worked in the publishing industry for 16 years, including at the University of Virginia Press and Clarivate Analytics.

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    Chip Felker

    Director, Software Engineering

    Chip Felker

    Director, Software Engineering
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    Chip Felker is the Director of Software Engineering and is responsible for managing a team of tech leads. Chip started at Silverchair in 2010 as a software developer. It wasn’t long before he was managing a team of developers and was still writing code himself. The number of developers he managed continued to grow as the company grew. Now he manages the team of leaders that manage the developers. Chip keeps his finger on the pulse of all of that goes on in the development community at Silverchair and continually supports the group in the many ways necessary. Chip is the father of three grown children who are all married and starting their own families. Grandchildren are a real joy!

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    Robb Burgess

    Director of Technical Operations & DevOps

    Robb Burgess

    Director of Technical Operations & DevOps
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    Robb Burgess is the Director of Technical Operations & DevOps. As an Information Technology professional with 15 years of experience in multiple disciplines, he has worked in the governmental, legal, medical, and enterprise web hosting industries with a focus on security in each role. Robb swiftly rose through the ranks in the Silverchair Technical Operations department giving him a firm grasp on all aspects of the Silverchair technology footprint. Robb is also the Silverchair Security Team Lead, driving the enhancement of security processes and procedures across the Silverchair Platform.

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    Ashley Trone

    Associate Director, Client Services

    Ashley Trone

    Associate Director, Client Services
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    Peter Torres

    Manager, Talent

    Peter Torres

    Manager, Talent
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