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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.

Contact me about:


lbudhinata@culturalheritage.org
202.661.8067



Vikram Chauhan
Administrative Assistant

Chauhan, VikramVikram joined the team in February 2018. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 2008, and has also studied technical aspects of computer maintenance, repair, and networking. After graduation, he joined his family business in civil contracts, then moved to Delhi, India, to work for Bell Canada telecommunications, as part of their outsourced business from Ontario, Canada. After working as a subject matter expert, he then moved to the banking and financial sector, interacting with customers via email and by phone regarding enquiries such as fraud transactions, credit report, and ratings. 

He has a passion for whatever path his life takes. He is choosing to pursue a career that will provide his life with both meaning and satisfaction. He plans to continue to challenge himself and keep learning new professional skills.
 
Contact me about:
  • General Inquiries
  • Registration Inquiries
  • Find a Conservator Inquiries
  • Publication Claims
  • Password Resets


Tiffani Emig

Programs Director & Administrative Manager

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. 
Contact me about:
  • CAP Program
  • 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


Elizabeth Handwerk Kurt

CAP Program Assistant

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.

Contact me about:

  • The CAP Program

ekurt@culturalheritage.org
202.750.3437



Carmina Lamare-Bertrand

Communications Associate

Carmina Lamare-BertrandCarmina 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. 

Contact me about:

  • Journal (JAIC)
  • Newsletter (AIC News)
  • Email Blasts
  • Position Announcements

carmina@culturalheritage.org
 202.661.8066



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, advertising sales, and community management. Katelin has experience in a variety of fields, including technology research, textile and garment design, and elementary education. She is also a freelance costume designer and has designed for theatrical companies in Virginia, DC, and New York. 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. She enjoys watching nature documentaries, photographing historic sites, and hockey.

Contact me about:

  • Public outreach
  • Advertising
  • Conservation stories
  • Social Media

 klee@culturalheritage.org
 202.661.8063



Bonnie Naugle

Communications & Membership Director

Bonnie NaugleBonnie Naugle joined AIC in June 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 website and FAIC's web resources, and coordinates the blog 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.

Contact me about:

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

bnaugle@culturalheritage.org
 202.661.8064



Eric Pourchot

Institutional Advancement Director

Eric PourchotEric Pourchot joined FAIC in 2001 to initiate FAIC’s professional development program, which offers workshops throughout the United States, a series of web-based courses, and tutorials on conservation science, as well as an array of scholarships and grants. His duties also include grant writing and other development work. He was Marketing Director for the Emelin Theatre in New York and for Shakespeare & Co. in Massachusetts. Later, he served as Director of Theatre at Long Island University and managed distance learning programs for Old Dominion University. He holds a Ph.D., MFA, and BA in theatre and a Master of Business Administration. He has published articles on Romanian theatre, including entries for the Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance.

Contact me about:

  • Donations to FAIC
  • Grant proposals
  • Partnerships with other organizations

epourchot@culturalheritage.org
202.661.8061



Sarah Saetren

Education Coordinator
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 is from the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys cooking (and eating), traveling, and being outdoors - especially with her beagle, Dexter.

Contact me about:

  • Education Programming
  • Workshop Logistics 
  • Workshop Applications & Registration
  • Grants & Scholarships

ssaetren@culturalheritage.org
202.661.8071



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
  • Angels Project/Outreach

rseyler@culturalheritage.org
202.661.8062



Jessica Unger

Emergency Programs Coordinator

Jessica (Jess) joined FAIC as its Emergency Programs Coordinator in May 2015. Prior to joining FAIC, Jessica was Director of External Affairs for Heritage Preservation, and their Emergency Programs Assistant before that. Jessica studied historical archaeology at the College of William and Mary, earning her BA in Anthropology. She went on to study Public Humanities at Brown University, and has worked at historic house museums, anthropology museums, and in state government. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys reading, attending concerts, and learning about DC's statuary.

Contact me about:

  • Emergency Programs
  • Alliance for Response
  • National Heritage Responders

junger@culturalheritage.org
202.661.8069



Eryl P. Wentworth

Executive Director

Eryl Wentworth has served as the Executive Director of AIC and FAIC  since 2004, following a museum career spanning over 20 years. Her most recent museum position, held for six years, was Director of The Octagon, Museum of the American Architectural Foundation, a museum of architecture and design and an 1801 National Historic Landmark. Prior to moving to Washington, DC, Eryl spent ten years as Assistant Director and Director of Exhibitions & Special Projects at The Valentine, an urban history museum in Richmond, VA. While there, Eryl supervised the restoration and management of the Wickham-Valentine House, an 1812 National Historic Landmark, and served as principle coordinator for Valentine Riverside, a project to renovate four buildings and install indoor and outdoor exhibitions on an 8-acre site at the Tredegar Iron Works, a National Historic Landmark. With an M.A. in anthropology and museum training and a background in conservation, Eryl has supported the care of collections throughout her career by working with conservators to plan and implement major re-housing, storage, treatment, and exhibition projects and by securing federal and private foundation grants for preservation and conservation projects. Eryl has served as a panelist for NEH challenge grants and preservation and access grants, along with IMLS conservation project support grants, and has served on the boards of both local and national nonprofit organizations.

Contact me about:

  • Press Inquiries
  • Board Elections
  • Board Relations
  • the Foundation

ewentworth@culturalheritage.org
202.661.8060



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:

  • Annual Meeting Schedule Tool (SCHED)
  • Awards
  • Professional Membership
  • Officer Elections
  • Specialty Groups


rwinfield@culturalheritage.org
202.661.8065