Our Distinguished Speakers for 2020

ASI 2020 Conference—Speaker Biographies

JoAnne Burek
JoAnne Burek divides her time between freelance indexing and copywriting and loves them both equally. She is currently ISC/SCI’s website administrator and writes promotions for the society's annual conferences.

Anne Fifer, D.O., Ph.D.
Anne Fifer, D.O., Ph.D., has been indexing since 2008. She serves on the ASI Board and as Treasurer. She has recorded an online learning presentation on medical indexing, and a webinar on SKY indexing software. She has also served on the Excellence in Indexing committee.

Fred Leise
After twenty-five years in arts management, Fred Leise started his indexing career with the University of Chicago Publishing Program’s introduction to indexing course in 1993. Since 1995, he has been indexing nearly continuously (with time out for taxonomy consulting), specializing in scholarly works in international relations, cultural and political history, and landscape studies, among many other topics. His index to Art and Affection: A Life of Virginia Woolf was shortlisted for the ASI/H.W. Wilson Company Indexing Award in 1997, the only time that the award committee has issued a shortlist.
He is a founding member of the Institute of Certified Indexers; an instructor for the University of California, Berkeley Extension Division online indexing course; and has served several terms on ASI’s board of directors, including two terms as president.
Fred regularly presents at both national and chapter events and has written a number of articles on various aspects of indexing for both Key Words and The Indexer. He is especially proud of his article on Sherlock Holmes as indexer, which appeared in the fall 2013 issue of the Baker Street Journal.

Gale Rhoades
Gale Rhoades, in addition to being the North American publisher of the Macrex Indexing Program, is a consultant who specializes in making the use of computers more like toasting bread than rocket science. She developed many of her skills and techniques over the past nearly 40 years and is well known as the teacher who manages to stay just one step ahead of the students. Since 1991 she has been a freelance IT working with individuals, small businesses, and municipalities; her client base now extends around the globe. Indexers often benefit from her freely shared knowledge of PCs. She believes: Try before you buy; Backups are essential; Solve problems quickly or seek assistance; A “dumb” question is the one not asked.

Bonnie Taylor
Bonnie Taylor began freelance indexing in 1997. As she and her family moved every couple of years in support of her husband's Army career, she indexed in Hawaii and Germany and numerous places in between. Upon putting down roots in Northern Virginia six years ago, she went in-house at Bloomburg Industry Group as a full-time member of their Taxonomy & Indexing department. She has both a law degree and a library science degree and serves on the board of ASI.

Diana Witt
Diana Witt is a long-time ASI member who loves collaborating with others as a way of building skills and enhancing her work history. She has served three terms as president of ASI. Diana has chaired or served on many ASI committees and in 2018 won the Hines Award for exceptional service to ASI.