Kate Wittenberg

Managing Director

Kate brings to Portico a deep understanding of issues at the intersection of digital technologies, academic libraries, and scholarly publishing.

Previously, Kate served as project director of client and partnership development for Ithaka S+R, where her innovative work with libraries and publishers helped to develop resources, products, and services that enabled these communities to grow as vibrant digital organizations while remaining true to their core missions.

Kate spent most of her career at Columbia, where she was the editor-in-chief of Columbia University Press until 1999, and went on to found and direct EPIC (the Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia) for the university. EPIC was a pioneering initiative in digital publishing, and a model publishing partnership for libraries, presses, and academic IT departments.

Jabin White

Vice President, Content Management

Jabin oversees all content management at ITHAKA, including the loading and maintenance of all content in the Portico archive.

With a heavy background in XML theory and practice, Jabin has spent most of his career evangelizing the benefits of markup languages and related technologies, including content management, workflow enhancements, and authoring tools.

Prior to joining ITHAKA, Jabin served as director of strategic content at Wolters Kluwer Health’s Professional & Education (P&E) Division, vice president of STM Sales for Scope eKnowledge Center, and VP of Product Development at Silverchair. He also spent five years as executive director of electronic production at Elsevier, serving the Health Sciences Division. Jabin is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a B.A. in history and has a Master in Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University.

Bruce Heterick

Vice President, Outreach & Participation Services

Bruce Heterick is responsible for outreach and access services on a global basis for Portico.

Bruce has spent over twenty years in the higher education and library communities. He was an application developer at Virginia Tech before joining VTLS in 1988. Bruce held senior management positions at The Faxon Company and Blackwells, and prior to joining JSTOR in 1999, was executive director of SunGard SCT’s higher education consulting practice.

Bruce has written and presented extensively on information management issues, and is active in the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), EDUCAUSE, and the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), where he is currently serving on the Board of Directors. He holds a B.S. in Management from Virginia Tech, and a M.B.A. from the Pamplin School at Virginia Tech.

Kenneth DiFiore

Director of Library Relations

Since 2005, Ken has led the global outreach program for the Portico digital preservation service. In this role, he conducts outreach and educational programs to the library community.

Ken has been a library professional for more than twenty years. A former chemistry librarian, he also spent ten years in the software industry promoting digital archiving products to academic and special libraries. He holds a Master of Library & Information Studies degree from Rutgers University and Master of Science degree in Chemistry from Binghamton University.

Sheila Morrissey

Senior Researcher

Sheila came to Portico with many years’ experience in the design and development of complex software systems and in the management of large-scale software engineering projects, including projects for higher education and for print and electronic publishing. She has served as a representative to XML vocabulary and other technical standards groups.

Sheila holds a bachelor of arts in English literature from Yale University, a Master of Arts in English literature from Cornell University, and a Master of Science in computer science from Rutgers University.

Amy J. Kirchhoff

Archive Service Product Manager

Amy J. Kirchhoff is responsible for creation and execution of archival policy and oversees operation and development of the Portico website.

Prior to her work at Portico, Amy was director of technology for JSTOR and also served as a member of the shared software development group at ITHAKA. She has published articles on Portico’s preservation methodology and policies in several publications, including most recently Learned Publishing and The Serials Librarian.  She holds a Master of Arts in Library Science from the University of Arizona.

Stephanie Orphan

Director of Publisher Relations

Stephanie is responsible for maintaining and expanding publisher participation in the Portico preservation service to ensure ongoing growth and sustainability of the Portico archive. She’s also currently serving on the board of directors of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA).

Stephanie joined Portico as publisher content coordinator in 2007 and brings a strong understanding of publishing platforms, metadata, and packaging formats to her role, as well as significant relationship-management experience. Stephanie came to Portico from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), where she was editor in chief of College and Research Libraries News and web services manager, responsible for the ACRL website and e-learning program.

She holds a Master of Science in Library And Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.