Conservation and Site Preservation Committee

Nancy Wilkie, Chair 
J. Marshall Brown
Claudia Chemello 
James Delgado
Julie Herzig Desnick
Pamela Jerome
Alice Paterakis 
Thomas Roby 

Elizabeth S. Greene, Overseeing Officer
Samantha Craig, Staff Liaison

Nancy Wilkie

Nancy WilkieNancy Wilkie has a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota where she studied classics and prehistoric Greek archaeology. She was a professor at Carleton College for 39 years, where she divided her time between the departments of Sociology/Anthropology and Classical Languages. She is an Honorary President of the AIA, having served as President from 1998-2002. Since 2003 she has been a member of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of State. Currently she serves as President of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield, an organization that protects cultural property during armed conflict. She also is a member of the Board of Blue Shield International. Over the years, many Carleton students have worked with her on archaeological field projects in Greece, Egypt, and Nepal. She also has directed Carleton off-campus programs in Nepal and Sri Lanka.

J. Marshall Brown

J. Marshall BrownMarshall Brown is an urban planner and historic preservationist with a focus on historical urban development, preservation policy, and architectural conservation methods. He holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from Clemson University and a Master of Preservation Studies from Tulane University. Marshall has also studied at the International Institute for Restoration and Preservation Studies, focusing on the evolution of urban development patterns, survey and documentation methods, and architectural conservation. Past projects have included physical conservation work on the façade of the 13th-century Oratorio of San Carlo in San Gemini, Italy; survey and documentation of over 120 historic easement properties in New Orleans; and a sponsored exhibition examining similarities between the historic urban cores of Havana, Cuba, and New Orleans, Louisiana, based on field work in both cities. He has been published in Planning Magazine, the professional magazine of the American Planning Association, and contributed to the What’s Out There New Orleans Guide, a project of The Cultural Landscapes Foundation, Inc. Marshall has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) since 2014.  He now lives and works in the Washington, D.C. area.

Claudia Chemello

Claudia Chemello is Co-founder and Senior Conservator of Terra Mare Conservation, LLC a private conservation practice specializing in the conservation of archaeological, architectural fine art and industrial cultural heritage. Prior to starting a private practice, Claudia was senior conservator at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan and a conservator for the Agora Excavations, Greece. She has a graduate degree in conservation from the University of Western Sydney, Australia, and is a Fellow of the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC). Her primary interests are the conservation of archaeological materials, particularly metals, field conservation methods and the integration of conservation and archaeology. She has provided conservation for numerous excavations in the Middle East, the Mediterranean, Central America, and Asia. She is Coordinator of the ICOM-CC Metals Working Group and a former co-chair of the Archaeological Discussion Group of the AIC.

James Delgado

James Delgado, Ph.D. is among the world’s leading experts in maritime archaeology and cultural heritage. Dr. Delgado joined SEARCH in 2017 and serves as Senior Vice President. He is responsible for ensuring operational and research excellence, implementing strategic initiatives, and expanding the firm’s international footprint. Dr. Delgado also serves as a public speaker, international delegate, documentary host, and major project spokesperson. Prior to joining SEARCH, Dr. Delgado served as the Director of Maritime Heritage in the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries for NOAA for seven years, where he implemented heritage programs and active research in the nation’s waters, as well as promoted outreach and education on America’s underwater and marine heritage. Previously, he served a four-year term as President and CEO of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, the world’s leading scientific and educational organization dedicated to the understanding of humanity’s seafaring history through the excavation and scientific study of shipwrecks. Dr. Delgado was the Executive Director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum in British Columbia, Canada for 15 years, and he served as Maritime Historian and Head of the US government’s Maritime Heritage Program for the US National Park Service for four years in Washington, DC. Dr. Delgado also served as the first historian for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in the San Francisco Bay Area where he participated in the restoration and interpretation of Alcatraz. Dr. Delgado is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 30 books, including The Lost Submarines of Pearl Harbor (Texas A&M University Press), The Maritime Landscape of the Isthmus of Panama (University Press of Florida), and the Encyclopedia of Underwater and Maritime Archaeology (Yale University Press). He has served as keynote speaker and presented to more than a hundred conferences and his work has reached hundreds of millions of viewers as host on six seasons of a National Geographic series, The Sea Hunters, as well as scientific programs on Discovery, The History Channel, A&E, and Nat Geo. On social media, his live expedition broadcasts at Pearl Harbor and at the wreck of the USS Independence were each telecast to over one million viewers. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and The Explorers’ Club, and most recently was made an Officer of the Order of Civil Merit by His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain.

Julie Herzig Desnick

Julie Herzig DesnickJulie Herzig Desnick, AIA, LEEDTM AP, is a registered architect who first became involved in preservation issues as a member of the Preservation Committee of Carnegie Hill Neighbors, a New York City based community organization. She became interested in archaeological site preservation issues after attending the summer session of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.  As a result, she obtained a MA in the History of Art and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University (IFA) in 2015.  She has been affiliated with the IFA Selinunte Excavation in Sicily since 2012.  Her responsibilities include architectural field survey work and the transformation of survey data into CAD documents. She is currently working on a survey of the monumental Altar C at Selinunte.

Pamela Jerome

Thomas RobyPamela Jerome, FAIA, LEEDTM AP, FAPT, F.US/ICOMOS is a preservation architect with over 35 years of experience. She is President of Architectural Preservation Studio, DPC, a New York City-based architecture and preservation firm. She was an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation from 1995-2017, where she introduced the first graduate course in a U.S. university on the conservation of archaeological sites. Since 2004, she teaches professional seminars at NYU’s School of Professional Studies. Ms. Jerome served as a Trustee of the Board of US/ICOMOS (2003-09), where she was Chair of the Program Committee. She is immediate past vice president and current Secretary-General of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Earthen Architectural Heritage (ISCEAH), expert member of the International Scientific Committee on 20th Century Heritage (ISC20C) and the International Committee on Vernacular Heritage (CIAV). She was an elected officer of the ICOMOS Scientific Council from 2006-15 responsible for the interdisciplinary research of 28 scientific committees, and now serves on the international Board. She is US/ICOMOS’s liaison to the APT (Association for Preservation Technology International) Board and a Fellow of APT. She is also a member of Global Heritage Fund’s Senior Advisory Board. Her expertise is in masonry conservation, waterproofing, and site management. She has consulted on cultural-property conservation in the US, Mediterranean, Black Sea, North Africa, Middle East and Far East.

Alice Paterakis

Alice Boccia Paterakis has served as Director of Conservation for the Kaman-Kalehöyük, Yassihöyük, and Büklükale excavations in Central Anatolia, Turkey, for the Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology since 2008. Prior to this, she served as Head of Conservation for the Ancient Agora Excavation and Museum in Athens, Greece, for the American School of Classical Studies from 1986 until 2004. In 2007 she contributed to the University of Pennsylvania's Gordion Furniture Project in Ankara, Turkey. She has served on the Directory Board of the International Council of Museums – Committee for Conservation (ICOM-CC) and on the AIA's Conservation & Heritage Management Committee. She is a Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation (IIC) in London and the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) in Washington, D.C. Dr. Paterakis holds a Ph.D. in Archaeological Conservation from the Institute of Archaeology at University College London.

Thomas Roby

Thomas RobyThomas Roby is an Architectural Conservator with extensive experience in the conservation of archaeological sites and mosaics in the Mediterranean region. He worked in private practice based in Rome for many years before joining the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) in 2001, where he has directed training projects in Tunisia and Morocco to develop teams of maintenance technicians for in situ mosaics, recently as part of MOSAIKON, a collaborative initiative of the GCI, ICCROM, ICCM and the Getty Foundation. He has been an AIA member since he was an undergraduate major in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College. He received his conservation training at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, and subsequently at the University of York, UK, as a Kress Foundation scholarship recipient. He finished his studies by attending the UNESCO/ICCROM Stone Conservation course in Venice. He was a 1995 Fellow in Conservation at the American Academy in Rome, and is a Professional Associate of the American Institute of Conservation (AIC).

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