LAAS 2021-2023 Executive Committee Nominee Statements

L.A. as Subject Executive Committee Chair nominee statement (ONE seat open)


Jessica Gambling, Archivist, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Jessica Gambling is a native to Southern California, born and brought up in Orange County, working in Los Angeles, and living in the Inland Empire, she has been the institutional archivist of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where she accessioned and processed its first collections. Having previously served on the Executive Committee from 2018 to 2020 as Publicity and Outreach Lead she would be honored to serve the L.A. as Subject community as the Executive Committee Chair. Jessica has previously held positions in the photography collections of The Huntington Library and the Los Angeles Public Library where an already well developed love of the Southland may have gotten out of hand. She is now fit for little else than serving the study of Southern California and the City of Los Angeles. She holds a BA in history from Chapman University and an MLIS from UCLA.


L.A. as Subject Executive Committee member nominee statements (TWO seats open)


Tom Savio, Founder of Los Angeles Union Station Historical Society (LAUSHS)
On the seventy-fifth anniversary of Los Angeles Union Station, Tom Savio organized the Los Angeles Union Station Historical Society (LAUSHS), a Federal and State recognized Sec. 106 historic preservation consultant for L. A. Union Station and environs. With skills gained through Smithsonian Institute Museology courses and his experience as the former Assistance Curator of Collections of the California State Railroad Museum, in Sacramento, LAUSHS has compiled a comprehensive collection of documents and objects relating to the planning, building, operation and popular history of L. A. Union Station. Furthermore, LAUSHS' public presentations, including booths at the L. A. as Subject Bazaars, have been enriched through Tom’s creative skills for which he received a California Lifetime Junior College Teaching Credential in Art.LAUSHS has led in the preservation of Union Station's historic architectural features and has successfully prevented L.A Metro's planners from altering the style and ambience of Union Station with inappropriate appendages. Thus LAUSHS has preserved the station's architectural integrity as well as saving about $2 billion in public funds.In addition to his LAUSHS membership, Tom is a Charter Member of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, a member of the Los Angeles Conservancy, and a member of the California State Railroad Museum Foundation.

If selected for the Executive Committee, Tom’s goals will include recruiting more minority community historical societies and the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures as members of L. A. as Subject.


Stella Castillo, USC Digital Library Archivist
Stella Castillo is currently the Archivist in the USC Digital Library where she creates metadata for digitized materials. In her previous role as the LA as Subject Community Archives Specialist, Stella collaborated with LA as Subject members to increase online discoverability and public engagement with Los Angeles archival collections using the updated LA as Subject Directory Portal. She also led the successful Virtual Talk-Shop series held online between March and September 2020 which bolstered LA as Subject’s community during the COVID-19 lockdown. Previously, Stella worked at Cal State Dominguez Hills on the CSU Japanese American Digitization Project digitizing Japanese American Incarceration materials and served as an LA as Subject Resident Archivist working on wide-ranging archival collections across the greater Los Angeles region. Stella earned her MLIS, specializing in Archival Studies, from UCLA.

Stella would very much enjoy continuing to work with the LA as Subject community as a member of the Executive Committee. After being a part of the growth and change of 2020, it would be exciting to continue working with the membership and leadership to see what new heights LA as Subject will reach.


Julie Yamashita, Lanterman House Archivist & 2019-2021 L.A. as Subject Executive Committee Member, Membership and Nominating Lead
Julie Yamashita is the Archivist at the Lanterman House Museum in La Cañada Flintridge. She is also Archivist for Richard Shelton Art as well as an Archives Consultant. In these capacities, her work revolves around expanding access to larger audiences through strategic implementation of digitization projects and customizing solutions to fit each unique institution or client. As a lone arranger at the Lanterman House, her duties include creating digital and on-site exhibitions, managing collection digitization, teaching an online internship, and writing for publications. Past clients and workplaces include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Broad; UCLA; LAC-Group; and the Historical Society of Long Beach.  Julie holds an MLIS in Archival Studies, an MA in Art History/Museum Studies, a Digital Archives Certification, and is a Certified Archivist. Her areas of expertise include retro-conversion projects involving legacy finding aids, controlled vocabularies, and creating pre-digitization workflows.

Julie is also the current L.A. as Subject Executive Committee Membership and Nominating Lead as well as a member of the Archives at Risk Committee. She is also a committee member of the National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives of SAA. She wants to continue to contribute her wide experience and expertise to L.A. as Subject and represent the small institution on the Executive Committee.


Liane Schirmer, Independent Historian and Archivist
Liane Schirmer is an historian/archivist, specializing in L.A. History with concentrations in Latino Theater as well as ethnic L.A in general.She has been passionate about the incredible history of this city as long as she can remember. Given her family’s involvement with both the entertainment and music publishing industries, it’s not too surprising.  A passion for languages (Spanish, Russian, Italian & French) also led to a deep love of Los Angeles’s ethnic enclaves.

A graduate of USC, she has worked in L.A. theater as an actress and writer, in both Spanish and English at the Frida Kahlo Theater, the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, and Casa 0101. In addition, she has worked extensively in Voiceover - focusing on commercials and animation.  Her entertainment background and language skills led to the creation of In Other Words, a translation company specializing in film, TV and media. Along the way, she conducted workshops in schools as a Teaching Artist (playwriting and acting), as well as taught Spanish and English for bilingual performance. Her formal involvement in the history community took shape as the preservation movement began in Los Angeles. She knew that our history was essential, and her avocation became more of a full time endeavor. Her specific knowledge of L.A. as well as her language skills led to archiving family histories, both written and oral. She was involved in the early days of the Museum of the San Fernando Valley, then soon joined L.A. as Subject. She began a blog, XCentricLA, devoted to exploring our city.  Today, she is finally compiling her own family archive as well as spearheading an initiative to set up the first Latino Theater Archive.

Liane believes that she has the enthusiasm and dedication to serve as secretary for the Executive Committee. Preserving and promoting our history is a critical task, and she would love to see our efforts spread throughout the educational sector. Our performing arts can also be a fantastic tool to highlight the treasures in our archives and museums, and she believes she can act as an effective liaison to those communities.  She believes that LAAS is a unique and wonderful resource and she would love to play a part in its exciting trajectory.