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.


Email is the best way to contact our staff. While we try to respond within 1-2 days, please do follow up if you don't receive a response, as we sometimes receive a heavy volume of email.

Linda Budhinata

Finance Director 

Linda BudhinataLinda joined us 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

Deputy Director

Tiffani EmigAs Deputy Director, Tiffani provides fiscal and operational management for AIC and FAIC. She works directly with the CAP and Connecting to Collections Care programs, guides other FAIC program staff, and supports special projects. 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:
  • FAIC Programs
  • Connecting to Collections Care

Nicholas Farrell

Operations Assistant

Nick FarrellNick joined us in November 2022 as our Operations Assistant. A recent graduate from American University, Nick received his BA in International Relations and Sociology, and is very interested in how conservation can spur unlikely conversations and connections between individuals and communities. He looks forward to interacting with AIC members and becoming more familiar with the conservation community. Relatively new to the field, Nick has held various roles across sectors and institutions such as Columbia University’s Council for European Studies, FreshFarm DC, and American University’s School of International Service. He is excited to bring themes from his past roles, such as sustainability, into the field of conservation. Outside of work, Nick enjoys spending time going on hikes, learning recipes, watching informational videos about geography and history, and all things music.

Contact me about:

  • Finding a Professional
  • Membership
  • General Information

Elaina Gregg

Emergency Programs Manager

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Elaina joined us in 2020 to manage FAIC's emergency programs, including the National Heritage Responders and Alliance for Response initiative. Elaina received her BA in History of Art and Italian Language from Ohio State University, and her MA in Disaster Management from Florida International University's Academy for International Disaster Preparedness. Elaina previously worked for Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, Florida, where she focused on implementing collections care and emergency preparedness measures. 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 us 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 Manager

Carmina LBCarmina joined us 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 Manager

Katelin LeeKatelin joined us in May 2015 and after roles in meetings, membership, and marketing, now serves as FAIC's Outreach Manager. She promotes awareness of the conservation field within the public and provides membership with opportunities to reach new audiences, especially through the Friends of Conservation program. She also manages AIC & FAIC's social media presence and assists with content creation and development. Katelin also serves as the project assistant on Held in Trust, which evaluates 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. She enjoys historic cemeteries, photography, and making overly long Instagram stories featuring medieval art.

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

Anna-Claire McGrath
Development Manager

icon 2Anna-Claire McGrath joined us in March 2023 as Development Manager. She oversees our fundraising efforts, including federal, foundation, and corporate grants, as well as individual donors. She comes to FAIC after working as a Grant Writer for a network of different nonprofits. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Virginia Commonwealth University, an MSc in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Edinburgh, and a BA in English Literature from the University of Virginia. In her free time, she writes short stories and reads constantly.

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  • Donations to FAIC
  • Corporate Sponsorship

Bonnie Naugle
Communications & Membership Director

Bonnie NaugleBonnie Naugle joined us in 2012. As Communications & Membership Director, she manages our 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 our websites and 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. She enjoys reading science fiction and learning about new music.

Contact me about:

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

Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe

Executive Director


Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe is Executive Director of the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation and American Institute for Conservation. Her extensive nonprofit leadership experience is primarily in service to the arts and culture sector focused on development, coalition building, membership service, advocacy, and communications and marketing. Lissa has worked extensively in messaging and promoting equitable access to the arts and humanities through local and national events. 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 during the “culture wars” of the 1990s.

In addition to her work advancing the arts and cultural heritage, Lissa has a long history of leadership with social justice organizations, including roles of National Program Director of PAX: Real Solutions to Gun Violence (now part of Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence), where she led national programs to support ending 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 raising millions of dollars benefiting AIDS service organizations nationwide.

Storytelling and communications have played a major role in Lissa’s work. She had 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 Arts Lab of South County. 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 us 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.

Contact me about:

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

Ruth Seyler

Meetings & Advocacy Director

Ruth joined us in 2005 after working from several other DC based associations. She manages all annual meeting components. In addition she is a point-person for our 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 us 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