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Nancy Ash

Senior Conservator of Works of Art on Paper, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Nancy Ash has worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art since 1991, having worked previously at CCAHA and the National Gallery of Art. She served on the AIC Committee that produced the 1994 Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice, was a founding member of the Paper Conservation Catalog in 1984, and founding co-chair of the AIC-Book and Paper Discussion Group. She is interested in and has published on artists’ materials and techniques and on digital documentation of conservation records.

Stewart R. Cades

President, Overseas Strategic Consulting, Ltd.

Stewart R. Cades, an attorney, is President of Overseas Strategic Consulting (OSC), Ltd., based in Philadelphia. OSC  is an international consulting firm providing strategic and behavior change communications solutions in the areas of health, environment, civil society, democracy and governance in the world’s most challenging environments. Cades is also chairman of the board of Porcupine Press, Inc., a scholarly publishing company. He is a member of the boards of the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and  Audubon of Pennsylvania. He is a past member of the boards of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Print Center, Foundation for Architecture, and South Eastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. 

Beth Cole

Partner, Williams Cedar, LLC 

For 35 years, Beth Cole has represented individuals in civil litigation seeking to enforce their rights in a broad range of matters including personal injury, civil rights, environmental, and consumer protection litigation.  She was honored by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s Prisoner Civil Rights Panel for her service representing hundreds of prisoners injured in the Philadelphia Prison System. She has also represented veterans in obtaining governmental benefits for injuries suffered as a result of exposure to Agent Orange. She has served as an adjunct professor teaching business law at Rutgers University and Rowan University, formerly Glassboro State College.

Walter L. Crimm

Principal, Walt Crimm Associates

Walt Crimm is an architect focused on working with museums and cultural institutions for over 30 years. Now, he is an independent consultant working with institutions to help them strategize and plan their capital projects and liaise with architecture firms providing typology expertise. He has published on museum planning and frequently presents his work nationwide. 

Ellen Cunningham-Kruppa

Associate Director of Preservation and Conservation, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin

Ellen Cunningham-Kruppa has been an active practitioner, educator, and consultant in the field of cultural heritage preservation for over 30 years. She has served as project archivist at the Johns Hopkins University Peabody Institute, as the first preservation officer for the University of Texas at Austin General Libraries, and as the first Digital Programs Librarian for the Libraries. Ellen was the founding Director of the William and Margaret Kilgarlin Center for Preservation of the Cultural Record, a position she held at the University of Texas at Austin School of Information. She has served as President of the Association of North American Graduate Programs in Conservation and is an affiliated assistant professor at the University of Delaware/Winterthur Program in Art Conservation.

Alison Gilchrest

Program Officer, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Alison Gilchrest oversees the Mellon Foundation’s extensive grant portfolio for Art History, Conservation, and Museums in the Arts and Cultural Heritage funding program. Prior to joining Mellon, she held conservation and art historical research positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Gregory M. Harvey

Senior Counsel, Montgomery McCracken

Gregory Harvey's legal practice focuses on First Amendment law and public election law. He has been awarded the James Madison Award from the Society of Professional Journalists (Philadelphia Chapter) and the Judge Learned Hand Human Relations Award of the American Jewish Committee and has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers for his distinguished career in trial practice. He is a Trustee of the Association for Public Art and of the Philadelphia Award.

Derek Jones

Executive Director, Atelier Art Services and Storage

Derek Jones is the Executive Director of Atelier, an art handling and storage company based in Philadelphia. Under his leadership, Atelier has experienced significant growth, adding more staff members and opening a new storage facility in Delaware.

Bruce Katsiff

Photographer; Retired, Director & CEO, James A. Michener Art Museum

Bruce Katsiff served as Director & CEO of the James A. Michener Art Museum in Bucks County from 1989 to 2012, and he has 25 years of experience in college arts administration and teaching. Currently, he is active as an accreditation evaluator for the American Alliance of Museums, serves on the board of the Center for Wood Arts, and teaches in Drexel University's Museum Leadership graduate program. A fine arts photographer, his work has been exhibited in museums and galleries, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the George Eastman House, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Debbie Hess Norris

Chair, Art Conservation Department and Professor of Photograph Conservation, Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation

Debbie Hess Norris began her career as an Assistant Conservator at CCAHA, where she worked from 1980-1984. She is now the Chair of the Art Conservation Department and Professor of Photograph Conservation at the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. She chaired the AIC Ethics and Standards Committee that revised the Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice and she served as the president of AIC from 1993-1997. With numerous publications to her name, she has lectured and taught around the world.

Stephen Perloff

Editor, The Photo Review and The Photograph Collector

Stephen Perloff is the founder and editor of The Photo Review and editor of The Photograph Collector. He has taught photography and the history of photography at colleges and universities throughout the Philadelphia area and received numerous awards, including the Sold Mednick Award for Photographic Education, the Vanguard Award from the Philadelphia Center for the Photographic Image, and the Colin Ford Award for Curatorship from the Royal Photographic Society. The PA Council on the Arts has awarded him two grants for arts criticism. His photographs have been exhibited across the country and he has curated many critically acclaimed exhibitions. 

Sandra M. Phoenix

Executive Director, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Library Alliance

With more than 30 years’ experience at nonprofit organizations and extensive project management experience, Sandra Phoenix is responsible for the overall operations of the HBCU Library Alliance. She provides leadership in developing strategic and financial planning; manages an organizational budget with the Board of Directors; manages and publicizes grant-related activities; and promotes active participation in projects by member institutions. Prior to assuming this role, Sandra served as Executive Services Librarian at LYRASIS, where she served as Project Manager for a two-year Gates Foundation Opportunity Online Grant project resulting in $1.7M grant funding. Sandra serves on the Boards of the HBCU Faculty Development Network and the Kilombo Freedom School.

Michele Stricker

Deputy State Librarian for Lifelong Learning, New Jersey State Library

Michele Stricker has worked at the New Jersey State Library for over ten years. As Deputy State Librarian for Lifelong Learning, she directs a team of library consultants. Prior to working at the New Jersey State Library, she was the Director of the Library Company of Burlington for 13 years. Michele was commended for her work with the State Library in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, stewarding the Ports in a Storm Summit. She serves as the chair of the New Jersey Cultural Alliance for Response. 

Page Talbott

Principal, Talbott Exhibits and Planning, and Senior Fellow, Center for Cultural Partnerships, Drexel University 

Page Talbott is Principal of Talbott Exhibits and Planning, a consulting firm specializing in exhibition planning for institutions and oversees interpretive planning projects for the Center for Cultural Partnerships at Drexel University. Page was previously the President of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and Associate Director and Chief Curator of the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary. A public historian and authority on early American decorative arts and interiors, she has curated, published, and lectured on a variety of subjects.