Library Staff


Zachary Bodnar

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Zachary Bodnar graduated with a B.A. in History and B.A. in Psychology from Vassar College and graduated with a MLIS from Simmons College with a concentration in archives. Zachary first joined the Library as a part-time worker in the spring of 2017 to assist in preparing materials for digitization before taking on the position of processing archivist and then later his current position of Archivist. He is most interested in digital archives and metadata collection and standards. He is excited to help shape the future of the Library’s archival program and be a part of the New England’s Hidden Histories Team.

Suchesta Flynn

Office Administrator
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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
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William graduated with a B.A. in History from Bridgewater State College and completed his MLIS at Simmons College with a concentration in Archival Management. William first started working here as a Simmons College intern, then was hired on as a part-time processing archivist. He works full time as the processing and reference archivist, while also being in charge of archival records management. His primary focus is on making our collections available and accessible to as many people as possible to promote the pursuit of knowledge.

Jules Thomson

Associate Archivist and Social Media Manager
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Jules holds advanced degrees in Mediaeval History and Archeology from the Universities of St Andrews and Oxford, UK, and a MLIS from Simmons University in Boston. In 2013 she completed a traineeship in digitization and digital archives with the National Archives UK, and went on to work for 4 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 came on board with CLA in 2017 as Publication Assistant for New England's Hidden Histories, a role which has expanded to include other archival duties.

Sara Trotta

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Sara Trotta graduated with a B. A. in English and Cultural Anthropology from Boston University and a MLIS 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, she 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 Rare Books and Manuscripts Section and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, among others.

Martha M. Walz

Interim Executive Director
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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.