Christy Toms is a native Marylander making Texas her new home. She holds a Master of Science in Library and Information Science and a Certificate in Advance Study in digital Libraries from Syracuse University.
Christy is enthusiastic about the preservation, accessibility and education of information specifically within special libraries, archives and museum environments. She is excited to be able to apply her knowledge and skills with archival practices and technology to the captivating materials about physical culture and sports at the Stark Center.
Geoff Schmalz graduated from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota with a Bachelor’s of Arts in History in 1998. He then worked in a variety of capacities for Barnes and Noble Booksellers in both Minnesota and Texas from 2000 to 2007. He entered the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin in the fall of 2006, graduating with a Masters of Science in Information Studies in May of 2008. He focused his studies on Archival Enterprise.
Geoff joined the Stark Center staff in August of 2009. Geoff has now completed ten finding aids for the Stark Center. He is currently working on the Bob Goldman Papers. Bob Goldman is a pioneer in the area of sports medicine. His books, Death in the Locker Room: Steroids and Sports (1984) (with the aid of Patricia Bush and Ronald Klatz), and Death in the Locker Room II: Drugs and Sports (1992) (with the aid of Klatz), exposed the dangerous body and mind altering drugs athletes were taking (and still take) to gain a competitive edge. Geoff is excited to delve into the Bob Goldman materials, to process them and to make them available through a computer finding aid. The finding aid is an archival outline of the collection which will aid future researchers in the topics of doping and sports medicine. Geoff is delighted to aid the Stark Center in its mission of educating the public about the history of sports, weight training, bodybuilding, and fitness. Geoff loves sports, especially UT Austin sports, and claims to be thrilled to have an office in DKR Texas Memorial Stadium.
Associate Director for Library Services
Cindy Slater comes to The Stark Center from the U.S. Olympic Committee, where she was the Manager of Library & Archives for over 20 years.
As one of the few “sports librarians” in the country, Cindy has extensive experience with the sport science and medicine literature, as well as Olympic-related documentation and organizations. She will be working to catalog the 30,000+ volumes in The Center’s library collection. She is looking forward to assisting researchers and UT students with their physical culture-related research.
Ryan Blake is a native Austinite and second-generation Longhorn with an MSIS and BA in English, both from The University of Texas at Austin.
Before deciding to work in libraries, he taught in middle and elementary schools. He is thrilled to be a part of the Stark Center, which allows him to combine his professional interest in archives and history with personal interests in the sports and people documented in the center’s collections.
Kyle R. Martin was born and raised in Austin, Texas. He graduated cum laude from St. Edward’s University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing & Rhetoric: Creative Focus. He won third prize in the Austin Chronicle’s 2011 Short Fiction Contest and went on to publish more fiction and essays with Foxing Quarterly, Fields Magazine, and Ambit Magazine (UK & Europe), among others. He first arrived at The Stark Center in September 2014 when Jan and Terry Todd hired him as a library assistant. After nearly four years, he left to start his own design firm, KRM Exhibit Design, and has worked on exhibits for The LBJ Presidential Library, The Briscoe Center for American History, and The Stark Center. In January 2020, he officially returned home to The Stark Center as the curatorial associate.