Zachary Bodnar graduated with a B.A. in History and Psychology from Vassar College in 2015 and with a Masters of Library and Information Science from Simmons University, with a concentration in archives, in 2018. Prior to his work at the CLA, Zachary worked in the Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden archive, the Vassar College Special Collections, the Harvard Law School Library, and the Harvard Botany Libraries.
Zachary joined the CLA as a part-time Archives Assistant in 2017, helping to prepare materials for digitization through the New England’s Hidden Histories program, before later becoming a full-time Processing Archivist. In 2018, he took on the title of Archivist. His professional interests include metadata collection and management, digital archiving, audio/visual preservation, and archives management. Zachary is most proud of managing the tools that make the CLA’s archival materials, physical and digital, available and accessible to the CLA’s wide community and hopes CLA’s work can help the organization reach ever more people.
Suchesta Flynn has been serving CLA for many years, currently as the Office Administrator. Before the American Congregational Association sold 14 Beacon Street in 2017, Suchesta was the Building Manager at Congregational House, renting office space and addressing tenants’ needs.
William McCarthy IV
Processing and Reference Archivist
William McCarthy graduated with a B.A. in History from Bridgewater State College and completed his Masters of Library and Information Science at Simmons University with a concentration in Archival Management. William started working at CLA through a graduate internship where he processed a collection about the Congregational Training School for Women. He stayed on a part-time basis processing collections and staffing the reference desk until he was hired full-time in 2018.
His work includes processing some of the oldest and more complex collections housed in the archives, including the Park Street Church records and the Old South Church records. William also works alongside CLA’s patrons to help with their reference requests and staffs the reference desk during in-person visits. In 2019, William also started working as the collection manager for the archives, working with CLA’s offsite vendor to protect and maintain the organization’s archival records. Some of his professional interests include increasing access, collection management, processing of complex materials, and facilitating research.
Associate Archivist and Social Media Manager
Jules Thomson holds a First Class MA Honours in Mediaeval History and Archaeology from the University of St Andrews, UK, a MSt (with distinction) in Archaeology from the University of Oxford, UK, and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Simmons University. In 2012, Jules was selected for the UK National Archives' "Opening Up Archives" apprenticeship program, specializing in digitization and digital archives. She went on to work for four years as Digital Access Officer with The Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland, working mainly with image collections and digital image libraries in a bustling public archive.
She started with CLA in 2017 as Publication Assistant for New England's Hidden Histories and continues to work as Associate Archivist on NEHH and with the CLA's archival collections. Additionally, Jules manages the CLA's social media accounts.
Sara Trotta graduated with a B. A. in English and Cultural Anthropology from Boston University and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Simmons University. She was first introduced to the CLA through a graduate internship in reference and cataloging and joined the staff permanently in 2015. While on staff, Sara was awarded a Director’s Scholarship to Rare Book School at the University of Virginia and published in Fine Books & Collections magazine. She has presented on her work at the library for the ALA’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Section and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, among others.
Martha M. Walz
Interim Executive Director
Marty Walz began as CLA’s Interim Executive Director in June 2021. She is a seasoned nonprofit leader, having served in multiple interim leadership roles as well as on numerous boards of directors. Marty holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she was a Kennedy Fellow and a Lucius N. Littaur Fellow. Marty also has a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from Colgate University, from which she graduated magna cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.