Take the First Step ScholarshipAlison O’Hara unexpectedly died on July 20, 2013 from complications from cancer. Alison was the first female Chairman of the Board at Follett Corporation in its 140 year history. Alison was also a Follett family member.
She began her professional career at Follett in the late 1990’s as Senior Counsel in Follett’s legal department and was elected to the Follett Board of Directors in 1999. In her dual roles as a Follett employee and a loving wife, mother, and stepmother, Alison understood the importance of education. It was a passion of hers to help connect students of all ages and incomes with as many educational opportunities as possible. She also felt it was critical to offer tools to enhance the quality of their education and their ability to access information. She devoted much of her time and energy in these pursuits.
Alison helped guide Follett Corporation to pursue emerging areas of education especially focusing on digital technology and content as primary areas. Alison touched many lives on both a personal and professional level. She will be missed.
About Jean SrneczJean Srnecz was among the passengers of Continental flight 3407, which crashed February 12, 2009 outside Buffalo, NY. Jean, who was traveling to see family, was the SVP of Merchandising at Baker & Taylor, and a longstanding Director of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG).
Jean spent more than 30 years at B&T, serving in a number of key roles. For many in the publishing industry, she was the public face of Baker & Taylor. To many inside Baker & Taylor, she was a respected colleague and dear friend. She believed passionately in contributing to the development of our industry and it was this belief that led her to be active in BISG, the Educational Paperback Association and other industry groups.
Jean loved books and learning. This continues to be a wonderful and meaningful way to honor her memory.