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Preservation Services

The Preservation Services staff members coordinate CCAHA's educational and consulting outreach. They organize educational workshops, programs, and conferences. They also conduct collections assessments and develop emergency preparedness plans for institutions. 

  • Stephenie Bailey

Stephenie Schwartz Bailey

Education Program Manager & Preservation Consultant

Stephenie Schwartz Bailey is responsible for developing and coordinating CCAHA’s educational programs and conferences, bringing preservation training to cultural heritage professionals in the Mid-Atlantic region and nationwide. Additionally, she assists institutions in the development and presentation of on-site preventative conservation training and teaches workshops on the care and handling of artifacts on paper.

Stephenie first joined the staff of CCAHA as a conservation technician in housing and framing services. Previously, she worked as an archival assistant at the Revs Institute for Automotive Research and at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection; as an assistant to the curator at the National Gallery of Art; and as a conservation intern at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Rockford Art Museum. She served as adjunct professor of Renaissance to Modern Art History at Edison College. Stephenie received a BA in Art History from Beloit College in Wisconsin and a MA in Art History from George Washington University.

  • Dyani

Dyani Feige

Director of Preservation Services

Dyani Feige works with libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural organizations to conduct needs assessments and risk assessments, assist them in disaster planning, and help them develop policy and planning documents and long-term preservation plans for their collections. She is also responsible for developing and presenting educational programs and workshops to promote awareness of preservation and conservation concerns and practices.

Before joining the CCAHA staff in 2010 as Preservation Specialist, Dyani worked in The Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives in Brooklyn, NY. She has also worked in the New York Public Library’s Preservation Division; for the Conference Board, a non-profit research organization and reference library; and in the Special Collections & Archives at Kent State University. Dyani received her MS in Library and Information Science with a Certificate in Archives at Pratt Institute, in New York, NY.

Read our 2013 interview with Dyani here.

  • Samantha Forsko

Samantha Forsko

Preservation Specialist

As Preservation Specialist, Samantha Forsko works with institutions and their collections. She conducts on-site preservation needs and risk assessments and assists with preservation planning. She also develops and presents educational programs and provides technical information to libraries, archives, museums, historic sites, and other cultural institutions.    

Before joining CCAHA, Samantha worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as a collections manager. She has also worked as a conservation technician for the Regional Arts and Culture Council and Cascadia Art Conservation Center, both in Portland, Oregon. Samantha received her MA in Arts Management with a focus on Archival and Museum Studies from Claremont Graduate University, in Claremont, California.

  • Emily Polhamus

Emily Polhamus

Preservation Services Assistant

As Preservation Services Assistant, Emily Polhamus handles the registration, promotion, and materials for CCAHA’s workshops and education programs; edits and prepares collections assessments and plans; and maintains the CCAHA library. She also holds various administrative duties at CCAHA, like answering the phone, ordering office supplies, and processing internal reimbursements.

Emily studied Art History at William Paterson University in New Jersey. She previously worked at several museums and non-profits in the Philadelphia region, including the Please Touch Museum, the Barnes Foundation, and Appel Farm Arts & Music Center in southern New Jersey.

  • Tamara Talansky

Tamara Talansky

Preservation and Imaging Project Coordinator

 

Tamara Talansky received her BS from the University of Florida in Communications in 1991, after which she joined the graduate program at Columbia College, Chicago, where she continued her education in Museum Studies and Photography.

Tamara joined the staff of CCAHA in 2007, starting as a conservation technician, and cross-trained throughout different departments in the areas of conservation treatment, digital imaging services, project management, and preservation consulting and planning. She conducts on-site digital preservation planning assessments for museums, archives, and other cultural institutions, provides digital consulting, and serves as project manager for multifaceted CCAHA treatment and digitization projects. Tamara previously worked as the Associate Director for Gallery 339 in Philadelphia, as Photo Conservation Technician for a private conservator in Milford, NJ, and at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.