About Us
The American Institute for Conservation and the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation work together to promote the preservation and protection of cultural heritage. Partner with us to further that mission.


At this time, we ask that you reach out to staff via email only, as we modify our office schedules for health and safety concerns.

Linda Budhinata

Finance Director 

Linda BudhinataLinda joined AIC/FAIC in May 2015. Over the past 16 years, Linda served as Financial and Administrative Officer for Heritage Preservation, where her responsibilities included administering grants, preparing financial reports, working with senior management to develop annual budgets, preparing for the annual audit, and providing human resources support. Linda has a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in Finance and Marketing from the University of Oregon, and an MBA with an emphasis in Finance from the University of California.

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Tiffani Emig

Programs & Operations Director

Tiffani EmigTiffani joined the team in 2016 to coordinate administration of the Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program. She also oversees FAIC's other program initiatives. Previously, she served as Director of Market Operations for the Boston Public Market and Curator of Collections at Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area in Pittsburgh, PA. Tiffani received a BA in History from Denison University and an MA in Archival, Museum, and Historical Editing Studies from Duquesne University. In her free time, she enjoys all things related to food. 
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  • FAIC Programs
  • Connecting to Collections Care

Erika Goergen

Membership Operations Assistant

Goergen, Erika

Erika joined team as our Membership Operations Assistant in March 2018. Prior to joining, Erika held various roles in the arts and humanities including working at the Heurich House Museum as Collections Manager and at the Phillips Collection as a Museum Assistant. Erika holds a BA in Art History and Business Administration from Trinity Washington University and an MA in Cultural Sustainability from Goucher College. In her free time, Erika enjoys cooking, volunteering at the Hillwood house museum in D.C., and hiking. 

Contact me about:
  • Joining
  • Renewing
  • Find a Conservator
  • Profile Inquiries
  • Online Community
  • Exhibit Hall

Elaina Gregg

Emergency Programs Coordinator

Elaina Gregg_headshotElaina Gregg is the Emergency Programs Coordinator for FAIC. Prior to joining FAIC, Elaina worked as the Collections Care Specialist for Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, Florida. At Vizcaya, Elaina implemented preventive measures to minimize damage to collection pieces ranging from outdoor sculpture to decorative objects. Elaina was also responsible for maintaining disaster preparedness activities, and served as the institutional liaison for Miami-Dade County’s Office of Emergency Management. During her tenure at Vizcaya, Elaina completed a Master of Arts degree in Disaster Management from Florida International University. She enjoys cooking, exploring the great outdoors, and playing chess in her free time. 

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  • Cultural Heritage Emergencies
  • National Heritage Responders
  • Alliance for Response

Elizabeth Handwerk Kurt

CAP Program Coordinator

Liz Joined the team in May 2017 to assist with the coordination of FAIC’s Collections Assessment for Preservation Program (CAP). She received her MS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Anthropology and Museums Studies and her BA from the University of Iowa. Liz has a passion for cultural heritage preservation and the roles education, research and outreach can play in connecting communities to their heritage. She has worked previously in collections and curation for the Wisconsin Historical Society, Wyoming State Museum and the Town of Windsor Museum in Colorado as well as Heritage Management firms in Southern California. In her free time, she enjoying camping and the outdoors with her family and reading, knitting, and visiting museums and historic sites.

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  • The CAP Program

Carmina Lamare-Bertrand

Communications Associate

Carmina LBCarmina joined AIC in July 2016. She works with Bonnie Naugle to coordinate the production of AIC News and JAIC, and serves as point person for advertising and member email communications. Prior to joining our team, she worked at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco where she was involved in the preparation of all communications material and coordination of media and public relations for the opening of main temporary art exhibits. She brings over 10 years of experience, part of which was with the United Nations. She has an MA in Organizational Communications from the Institut d’Administration des Entreprises (France) and a BA in Broadcasting Journalism from American University (US). 

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  • Journal (JAIC)
  • Newsletter (AIC News)
  • Membership Communication

Katelin Lee

Outreach Coordinator

Katelin LeeKatelin joined the AIC team in May 2015 and after roles in meetings, membership, and marketing, now serves as FAIC's Outreach Coordinator. She promotes awareness of the conservation field within the public and provides membership with opportunities to reach new audiences. She also manages AIC's social media presence and assists with content creation, development, and community management. Katelin also serves as the project assistant on Held in Trust, which seeks to evaluate the state of preservation and conservation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage in the United States. She has experience in a variety of fields, including technology research, textile and garment design, and elementary education. She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary with a BA in History and Theatre and holds a master’s degree from New York University in Visual Culture and Costume Studies.

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  • Public outreach
  • Conservation stories
  • Social media
  • Held in Trust

Haley Michael

Education Assistant

Haley Michael photoHaley joined FAIC in January 2022 as the Education Assistant. She works with the Education Manager to support the Foundation’s professional development programs. Haley is also a current MA student in Museum Studies with a museum management concentration at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. She previously worked with the California Statewide Museum Collections Center and started her career in Wisconsin with the Door County Historical Society, the Grohmann Museum, and the Logan Museum of Anthropology. She has extensive experience in collections care, including major cataloging projects and NAGPRA compliance work. She received her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Creative Writing from Beloit College in 2019.

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  • Professional development programs
  • Grants & scholarships

Bonnie Naugle

Communications & Membership Director

Bonnie NaugleBonnie Naugle joined AIC in 2012. As Communications & Membership Director, she manages AIC’s print and online publications, including AIC News, the Journal of the American Institute of Conservation, and annual meeting print materials; and oversees the membership team. She also manages AIC’s websites and FAIC's web resources, including the online community, blog, CoOL, resource hub, and wiki. Bonnie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a Master of Public Administration degree. She worked in both Atlanta and New York City before moving to the DC area in 2012. She enjoys reading science fiction and learning about new music.

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  • AIC News Articles
  • JAIC Submissions
  • Publications
  • Blog, Wiki, Website
  • CoOL (Conservation OnLine)
  • Online stores
  • Note: Please contact Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe with press inquiries

Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe

Executive Director

lryLissa joined F/AIC in June 2022 with 30 years of nonprofit leadership experience, primarily in service to the arts and culture. Throughout her career, she has focused on coalition building, membership service, and advocacy. She is committed to supporting our staff, board and volunteers while promoting a deeper understanding of cultural heritage, advocating for public policies that advance cultural heritage preservation, providing excellent and responsible member services, advancing life-long learning for AIC members and the public, and striving to create inclusive and equitable environments in all that we do.

Past leadership roles include Executive Director of DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative and Future of Music Coalition. Past Development Director roles include Pittsburgh Glass Center and MoMA PS1. Lissa was Programs Director of American Council for the Arts (now Americans for the Arts), where she led national Arts Advocacy Day in during the 90s. In addition to her work advancing the arts and cultural heritage, Lissa has a long history of leadership in social justice organizations, including National Program Director of PAX: Real Solutions to Gun Violence, where she led programs to support reducing gun violence against children. She served as the National Corporate Sponsorship Officer and National Senior Team Director of MZA Events, where she honed her team-based strategies producing AIDS Walks and Dance-a-thons benefitting AIDS service organizations nationwide.

Storytelling and communications have played a major role in Lissa’s work. She owned a public relations firm where she led marketing, program development, and fundraising to support the arts, food, cultural and community events in Pittsburgh and New York City. Her educational background includes degrees and advanced study in Art History, Fine Arts, and Museum Studies. Current board service includes the National Cherry Blossom Festival and SoCo Arts Lab. Lissa spends most evenings listening to vinyl while working on sculptures in her studio on the Western Chesapeake. Personal interests include anything square, transparent, plastic, and pickled. She likes to wear black.

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  • Press Inquiries
  • Board Relations
  • Board Elections

Sarah Saetren

Education Manager

Sarah SaetrenSarah joined FAIC in September 2015 to support the array of professional development and scholarship programming offered by the Foundation. Sarah graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2014 with a MA in Museum Studies. She has worked with a variety of arts organizations including Levine Music, Hillwood Museum, Estate and Gardens, Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center, and Bay Area Discovery Museum. She holds a BFA in Art Education from the University of Arizona, with a studio emphasis in photography. Sarah currently lives in Oslo, Norway, and enjoys the outdoors - especially with her beagle, Dexter.

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  • Professional development programs
  • Workshop logistics 
  • Workshop applications & registration
  • Grants & scholarships

Ruth Seyler

Meetings & Advocacy Director

Ruth Seyler is the Meetings Director. After working from several other DC based association she started at AIC in 2005. She manages all annual meeting components for AIC. In addition she is a point-person for AIC advocacy efforts. As part of her position, she is able to work with conservators on issues facing the field and to assist them in networking with related professionals.  She enjoys the opportunities to interact with our members and to learn about their current projects.  She holds an undergraduate degree from Smith College and a Master’s Degree from American University.

As the daughter of a native Washingtonian, she enjoys living and working in DC and is involved in efforts to preserve Washington’s historic buildings. 

Contact me about:

  • Annual Meeting
    • Program
    • Logistics
    • Registrations
    • Questions
  • Internal Advisory Group
  • Advocacy
  • Community Partnership Project (formerly Angels Project)

Ryan Winfield

Membership Manager

Ryan WinfieldRyan joined the team in the summer of 2007 as our Membership Assistant. He is currently Membership Manager. After graduating from Mary Washington College in 2004 with a BA in art history and historic preservation, Ryan moved to DC, where he got his first job working for a small association management firm. After that he worked at a national arts advocacy organization.

Ryan likes living in DC where he enjoys learning about its history, its local politics, and its public transportation system. In his spare time, he likes to cook, travel, and finish the many DIY projects he has going on in his apartment.

Contact me about:

  • Specialized Membership Queries
  • Awards
  • Professional Membership
  • Officer Elections
  • Specialty Groups