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Emerging Conservation Professionals Network


Committee Description

The charge of the network is to work in conjunction with the AIC Board Director for Professional Education and an assigned staff liaison to: 

• Maintain a forum and network for AIC members who are entering the field of conservation. This includes: undergraduate students, pre-program individuals, graduate students, recent graduates, and early-career professionals.
• Advocate on behalf of and support the inclusion of emerging professionals within AIC. Assist AIC in enhancing ways to serve members who are just entering the field of conservation and help members as they transition from student to conservation professional. Recommend and/or provide educational and professional development opportunities for emerging conservation professionals.
• Promote collaboration and enhance dialogue with other AIC Networks, Specialty Groups, Committees, Working Groups, and Task Forces, and with professionals in allied fields. 
• Encourage attainment of AIC professional membership designation to promote the importance of professional standing within the field.
• Engage in initiatives and activities to promote inclusivity, equity, and diversity within the field of conservation.
• Promote importance of service and contribution to the profession; encourage members to engage in outreach and advocacy for the field.
• Foster communication between emerging and experienced conservation professionals.
• Enhance dialogue between AIC and graduate-level conservation training programs.


Committee Leadership

Ms Jessica Betz Abel
Ms Jessica Betz Abel
(Chair)
Project Conservator
Penn Museum
Philadelphia, PA
United States

Ms Michaela Paulson
Ms Michaela Paulson
(Vice Chair)
Assistant Conservator
American Museum of Natural History
New York, NY
United States

Mr. Héctor J Berdecía-Hernández
Mr. Héctor J Berdecía-Hernández, Assoc. AIA
(Communications Officer)
Director-General
Escuela Taller de Conservación y Restauración del Patrimonio Histórico de Puerto Rico, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña
Bayamon, PR
United States

Ms. Stephanie Guidera
Ms. Stephanie Guidera
(Communications Officer)
Graduate Fellow
Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Art Conservation Department State University of New York College at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo State)
Buffalo, NY
United States

Ms Kaela Nurmi
Ms Kaela Nurmi
(Outreach Officer)
Graduate Fellow
Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Art Conservation Department State University of New York College at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo State)
Buffalo, NY
United States

Ms Ashley Louise Stanford
Ms Ashley Louise Stanford
(Outreach Officer)
Pre-program Intern, Menil Drawing Institute
The Menil Collection
Houston, TX
United States

Ms. Laura James Bergemann
Ms. Laura James Bergemann
(Professional Education and Training Officer)
NYU Institute of Fine Arts
New York, NY
United States

Miss Kaeley Ferguson
Miss Kaeley Ferguson
(Professional Education and Training Officer)
Graduate Fellow (Class of 2023)
Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation
Wilmington, DE
United States

Ms Marie Diane Desrochers
Ms Marie Diane Desrochers
(Digital Platforms Officer)
Graduate Fellow (Class of 2021)
Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation
Williamsburg, VA
United States

Meris Westberg
Meris Westberg
(Digital Platforms Officer)
Graduate Student
Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design
Philadelphia, PA
United States

Ms. Molly C. Gleeson
Ms. Molly C. Gleeson
(Board Liaison)
Schwartz Project Conservator
Penn Museum
Philadelphia, PA
United States

Ms Katelin Lee
Ms Katelin Lee
(Staff Liaison)
Outreach Coordinator
American Institute for Conservation/Foundation for Advancement in Conservation
Washington, DC
United States