Archivists preserve the stories of women religious.

Communicators tell the stories of women religious.

How can archivists and communicators work together to share the stories of women religious and support one another in the vital roles they each play to advance the mission of their congregations?

In our June 28 webinar, Breaking Down Silos: Archivists and Communicators Sharing the Story of Women Religious, insights were provided by Kathy Hertel-Baker (archivist) and Kacie Emmerson (communicator), who work together for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, and Sister Sharon Casey, who brings a unique perspective as archivist, communicator, and former prioress for the Dominican Sisters of Tacoma.

This webinar was jointly presented by Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious and Communicators for Women Religious.


Kathy Hertel-Baker
Director, Archival Center
Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

Kathy Hertel-Baker has been working as a professional archivist for the past 25 years. She is originally from Erie, PA, where she benefited from a Catholic education provided by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Northwest Pennsylvania. She earned a BA in History from Hiram College, and an MA in History with a concentration in Archival and Museum Studies from Duquesne University. Kathy has worked for a variety of organizations including Carnegie Mellon University, the Heinz History Center, the University of Alaska Anchorage, and the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. She is currently the Director of the Archival Center with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. Outside of work, Kathy enjoys doing theatre, curling, and traveling.

Kacie Goode Emmerson

Media Specialist
Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

Kacie Goode Emmerson, a Bardstown, Ky. native, has been working with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth since April 2022. Holding the position of Media Specialist within the Office of Mission Advancement, Kacie shares Congregation news with both the Sisters and the general public through various channels, including nightly web updates, social media platforms, and news publications. Prior to joining the staff at Nazareth, Kacie worked in public relations for a faith-based addiction recovery center and eight years in journalism with Bardstown’s local newspaper, The Kentucky Standard. Kacie is a 2013 graduate of Lindsey Wilson College, earn a BA in Media Studies and Communications.

Sharon Casey, OP
Archivist, Communicator, and Former Prioress
Dominican Sisters of Tacoma

Sister Sharon Casey brings a unique perspective as archivist, communicator, and former prioress for the Dominican Sisters of Tacoma. Between 2010 and 2019, Sister Sharon served as both president and Archivist for the Dominican Sisters of Tacoma. Since July 2019, she has served as Archivist for the community. She joined ACWR in 2010 and has learned much from the wisdom of her colleagues.


Amanda Hackett
Communications Manager
Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict