Learn more about your candidates for the board
Jennifer Spanier (Candidate for President Elect)
Jennifer has been indexing professionally since 2009 in a wide variety of subject areas. Her educational background is in biology and library and information sciences. Her subject specialties and special interests include life sciences, gardening, nature, environmental science, fitness, and health and wellness. In addition to back-of-the-book indexing, she does some database indexing. She is currently serving ASI as Director at Large, Co-Webmaster, Webinar Committee Chair, and New England Chapter Co-Leader. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys life on the farm in rural Vermont and is looking forward to getting back in her kayak this summer.
Amron Gravett (Candidate for Director)
I began working with books 18 years ago: first as a collection and preservation specialist, then as a librarian, and since 2011, I have been a professional book indexer for my business Wild Clover Book Services. I do back-of-the-book, ebook, embedded, and serials indexing for scholarly and trade clients.
I have a Masters in Library Science and a Bachelors in Cultural Anthropology (with minors in Hawaiian Studies, Women’s Studies). Recently, I have taken continuing ed courses at UC Berkeley, Simmons College, as well as webinars and workshops offered through ASI. I co-wrote an article in Key Words on collaboration and pro-bono indexing projects. Although I am relatively new to volunteering for ASI service, recently I helped update the Key Words index and am currently on the ASI Membership Committee.
Bonnie Taylor (Candidate for Director)
I first became aware of indexing when the contract for a book I wrote required that I either provide the index or pay the indexer out of my royalties. Fortunately for my book, I chose the latter route, and my interest was piqued. I took a two-day training seminar in the spring of 1997, and that launched my freelance indexing career.
Indexing fit in well as a part-time business for me while my husband’s U.S. Army career took us through six moves over the following thirteen years, from Hawaii to Germany and places in between. When Fred retired from the Army in 2013, we relocated to the northern Virginia area, and the following year I took a full-time position in Bloomberg BNA’s Taxonomy and Indexing Department as a tax law indexer, where I’ve been happily employed ever since.
Fred and I are now empty nesters with a son in the Air Force in Texas and a daughter in Boston. We share our home with two cats and a dog. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, traveling, and knitting.
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