I am currently the Head of Objects Conservation at Winterthur Museum, Garden, & Library, where I am responsible for the care and maintenance of collection objects, garden sculpture, historic building elements, and our museum’s two operational 1927 automobiles. I also help oversee x-radiography imaging for the conservation department and am involved in museum efforts toward improving community engagement.
I am Affiliated Assistant Faculty for the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC) where I supervise second- and third-year objects majors and teach the first-year Inorganic Block, which covers the conservation of glass, ceramics, stone, and metals. I chair the Curriculum Committee and serve on the Executive and Admissions Committees for the program.
I am the Coordinator of the ICOM-CC Glass and Ceramics Working Group, a post which affords me the opportunity to connect internationally with colleagues in ceramics and glass conservation.
And, I serve on the board of the Society of Winterthur Fellows, the alumni organization for the two Winterthur/University of Delaware graduate programs.
My research interests have included 18th-19th-century Staffordshire enamel technology, stain reduction techniques for the conservation treatment of ceramics, and ‘ajami decoration of Damascene interiors. Most recently, I have been developing sustainable maintenance practices for Winterthur's garden object collection, and investigating and evaluating the treatment of silver and copper alloys to establish ideal coating systems, strategies, and preventive conservation methods.
In my spare time, I am an advisor to the Friends of Barnard Station, an initiative in my community dedicated to creating a heritage center and telling the story of the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad in our township.