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The FireOak team is a small but nimble group of knowledge management, library/information management, and information security experts. We're a geeky bunch who thrive on solving information-related problems; curating content; connecting people to the information and knowledge they need; and applying our expertise to make data, information, and knowledge easily findable, discoverable, reusable, and secure.

The FireOak Leadership Team

Eric Smith, Chief Technologist and Information Security Officer

Eric is the FireOak team's technical lead. He provides technical oversight for all client projects and our internal platforms. Eric has been working in information technology, network engineering, and information security more than 20 years.

Before joining the FireOak team, Eric was the Chief Information Security Officer for a consortium of colleges and universities. 

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Eric Smith FireOak Team

Knowledge management & information security consultants

Eric Hinsdale, Knowledge Management Consultant

Eric Hinsdale became a consultant with the FireOak team after more than 25 years working in higher education at the intersection of libraries, information management, and information technology. Previously, Eric served as the Library Director at the Culinary Institute of America, the Director of Information Resources at TCS Education System in Chicago, the Library Technology Manager at Michigan Technological University, the Library Technology Coordinator at Carleton College.

Eric has a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and a PhD (ABD) in the History of Science and Technology from the University of Minnesota. Eric has presented about information services at many national and regional conferences including EDUCAUSE, the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Meeting, and EDUCAUSE Midwest. Since 2017, Eric has written several articles and a regular column in the library/information science journal, Online Searcher.

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Eric Hinsdale FireOak Team

Chris Kemp FireOak Team

 

Chris Kemp, Information Technology and Knowledge Management Consultant

Chris Kemp brings more than 16 years of experience in technology and higher education to the FireOak team in his role as Knowledge Management and Information Technology Consultant. Most recently, Chris served as the Head of Discovery, Technology, and Publishing at the University of Richmond. While at the University of Richmond, Chris managed several large-scale repository and database development projects. Earlier, Chris served in the U.S. Marine Corps. 

Chris holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina and a BA in English from Southern Illinois University. Chris is also a Certified Salesforce Administrator.

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Kelly LeBlanc, Knowledge Management Specialist

Kelly LeBlanc is a Knowledge Management Specialist at FireOak Strategies, where she specializes in open access, open data, data management, GIS, and data/information governance issues. Prior to joining the FireOak team, Kelly was with the Digital Initiatives Unit at the University of Alberta where she worked with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), metadata, spatial, and research data. She served in various municipal planning and development capacities working with GIS, municipal law, planning/zoning regulations, and resource management.

Kelly holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alberta and a Master of Letters in Art History: Decorative Art and Design from the University of Glasgow. Presently, Kelly serves as a contributing author for Information Today, Inc.

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Kelly LeBlanc FireOak Team

Internal Operations Team

Mimi Krystel, Senior Project Manager

Mimi Krystel joined the FireOak team after a distinguished career in K-12 school administration. Having served as Director of Library Services and Director of Development, Mimi has extensive experience in fundraising, project management, and leading special events.

Mimi has a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor's degree from Goucher College.

Mimi Krystel

On occasion, we'll hire contractors to assist with projects. Open positions are posted on the jobs page.