Meet our incoming ASI board members

Learn more about your incoming board members

Our incoming board members will be installed at the ASI annual meeting on May 15, 2020.

Michele Combs, President Elect


Michele has been indexing professionally for sixteen years, since she took a class on indexing and abstracting for her Master’s in Library and Information Science and found out that back-of-the-book indexes do not manifest out of thin air, but are in fact created by human beings. Although she is not a full-time indexer, everything she does revolves around the structured organization of information in some form or another. As Lead Archivist at Syracuse University’s Special Collections Research Center she oversees the arrangement and description of the papers and records of individuals and organizations. With nearly thirty years of experience in XML encoding, she has taught workshops for both ASI and the Society of American Archivists, done consulting work for several major institutions including the Newberry Library in Chicago and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and served on the International Digital Publishing Foundation (IDPF) committee that developed the EPUB Indexes 1.0 standard (2015). She is also active as a freelance editor. In addition to being a past board member of ASI, she is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and the Society of American Archivists where she currently serves on the Steering Committee for the Encoded Archival Standards Section.

Shelley Quattrocchi, Secretary


Shelley Quattrocchi started Q Indexing in 2011 following 21 years as a librarian. Her formal training in indexing was completed through the Graduate School USA (formerly USDA Graduate School) distance education course. She is a generalist with specialties in gardening / horticulture and library science. She has a Master of Library and Information Science degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Oklahoma State University. She has experience in both public library and art museum library settings.

Shelley and Mike live in Indiana after more than 30 years in the Milwaukee area. They have two grown children and four grandchildren. Special interests in Shelley’s free time include attempting yoga and maintaining active status as a Master Gardener.

Theresa Duran, Director


I have been an ASI member since 2004, when I started dabbling in indexing while working as a staff editor at a small publishing house north of San Francisco. That same year, I took the UC Berkeley indexing course, which at the time was still being taught on the Berkeley campus. In 2005, I left my staff position and became a full-time freelancer, offering indexing, copyediting, and proofreading services. In the past few years, I have come to specialize in the indexing of art books.

Although this will be my first term on the ASI board, I have served the organization on both the national and local levels. I have held various officer positions in the Golden Gate Chapter continuously since 2006. I have served on the Wilson Award (now Excellence in Indexing Award) committee, nominating committee, and conference program committee. Currently I am on the publisher outreach committee. I have attended numerous ASI conferences and gave my first conference presentation last year.

I live in Marin County, California, with my husband and two cats. When I’m not indexing, I enjoy hiking and Pilates.

Travis Hale, Director


Travis has worked in the book industry for 20 years and began indexing in 2017 after completing the UC Berkeley course Indexing: Theory and Application. He works as an independent freelancer, is an associate of Colleen Dunham Indexing, and has been a member of ASI’s Chicago/Great Lakes Chapter for 3 years. He was the recipient of the first DReam to Index Scholarship and attended the 2018 ASI Annual Conference in Cleveland. He indexes scholarly texts, junior high and high school textbooks, and general trade books. He enjoys working on books that cover a wide range of subjects, especially titles dealing with social and cultural history, art and artists, science, biographies, and LGBTQ studies.

In addition to indexing, he works as the sales coordinator for a book distributor that works with smaller independent publishers. In his spare time he enjoys reading, weaving and other textile arts, and his cat.

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