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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors are elected by members. The Nominating Committee selects nominees from the body of professional members. Each board member has a different area of oversight for the organization. 

Ms. Margaret Holben Ellis
(President)
Chair; Eugene Thaw Professor of Paper Conservation 
NYU Institute of Fine Arts, Conservation Center
New York, NY
mhe1@nyu.edu

Ms. Suzanne Davis
Ms. Suzanne Davis
(Vice President)
Curator and Head of Conservation
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
Ann Arbor, MI
davissL@umich.edu

Ms. Sue Murphy
Ms. Sue Murphy
(Secretary)
Preservation Consultant
Austin, TX
suemurphy2@mac.com

Ms. Sarah Barack
(Treasurer)

Head of Conservation and Senior Objects Conservator
Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
New York, NY 
smbarack74@gmail.com


Ms. Brenda Bernier
Ms. Brenda Bernier
(Director, Communications)
Malloy-Rabinowitz Preservation Librarian
Director of Preservation Services
Harvard Library
Cambridge, MA
brenda_bernier@harvard.edu

Mr. Thomas J. Braun
Mr. Thomas J. Braun
(Directors, Committees, Networks, and Task Forces)
Head of Conservation and Senior Objects Conservator
Minnesota Historical Society
Saint Paul, MN
tom.braun@mnhs.org

Ms. Molly C. Gleeson
Ms. Molly C. Gleeson
(Director, Professional Education)
Schwartz Project Conservator
Penn Museum
Philadelphia, PA
mgleeson@upenn.edu

Ms. Sarah E. Melching
Ms. Sarah E. Melching
(Director, Specialty Groups)
Silber Director of Conservation
Denver Art Museum
Denver, CO
semelchingcons@gmail.com

Ms. Eryl P. Wentworth
(Ex Officio Member)
Executive Director
American Institute for Conservation
Washington, DC
ewentworth@culturalheritage.org