MEET OUR TEAM


JULIE A REILLY

Executive Director

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Julie is coauthor of the book “Preventive Conservation for Historic House Museums” and an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology with additional concentrations in art and mathematics from Towson State University and a master’s degree in anthropology with concentrations in applied sciences and conservation from The George Washington University. She graduated from the Getty Museum Leadership Institute and received a certificate in fundraising management from the University of Nebraska.

TERRY HASKINS

Director of Finance

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Terry has been with the Center since 1993. She earned an Associates Degree in Business Administration from Berkshire Community College and a certificate in Accounting from the former North Adams State College. As a lifelong resident of the area with strong family ties to the Berkshires, Ms. Haskins is a volunteer with various other non-profit organizations in the community.

ROB CONZETT

Director of Operations

KAREN PARRINO

Office Assistant

PAUL NICHOLS

Conservation Technician

MATT HAMILTON

Imaging

HELENE GILETTE-WOODARD

Head of Objects Department

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Helene is a Senior Conservator of Objects with over 25 years of experience. Since graduating with her Masters of Art degree in Art Conservation from the State University College, Buffalo/Cooperstown, N.Y., she has worked at a variety of museums, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Museum of American History and the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA). While at the IMA, she has participated in two museum expansions, designing an object conservation laboratory, and the conservation and installation of a number of large exhibitions and gallery renovations. She was the owner of Heartland Art Conservation LLC, a private practice in central Indiana, working with small museums and private collectors.  She has done extensive conservation work on a wide range of cultural and chronological works of art; American and European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, African, South Pacific and Native American artifacts, Asian art, Archaeological artifacts, Contemporary art and sculpture, and outdoor sculpture.

MARIE STEWART

Assoc. Objects Conservator

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Marie completed her conservation training at the Winterthur/ University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation in 2010. Prior to her graduate training, she received a BA in Art History and Chemistry from Wheaton College in Massachusetts. She has held internships at the Isabella Stewart Gardner
Museum, the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at the Harvard University Art Museums, the Asian Art Museum, and the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane, Australia). Marie worked as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, D.C., where she gained experience researching and treating polychromed and gilded sculptures, small bronze statuettes, and modern and contemporary outdoor sculpture. Prior to joining WACC, Marie worked for several years at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, concentrating on the treatment of Ancient Greek, Roman, and Byzantine art, in preparation for a major renovation of the MFA’s Ancient galleries. Marie joined the Williamstown Art Conservation Center in 2022 as an Associate Conservator of Objects.

CHRISTINE PUZA

Head of Scientific Analysis

Head of Wooden Objects + Furniture

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Ms. Puza graduated from the Buffalo State University Program in Art Conservation in 2012 with a concentration in Objects after completing her third-year internship at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada. In addition, she has interned at the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Diyarbakir Museum, and in the private practices of Marianne Webb and Simon Moore. She holds a B.Sci. in biological science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and spent five years working in basic science research at the Physiology Department at the Medical College of Wisconsin before coming to conservation. Christine maintains a strong interest in Asian and European lacquers and has participated in the Recent Advances in the Identification of Asian Lacquers workshop held at the Getty, as well as the 2012 Workshop for the Conservation and Restoration of urushi lacquer-ware sponsored by the Japanese National Research Institute for Cultural Properties.

SCOTT COBER

Assoc. Objects Conservator

Head of Wooden Objects + Furniture

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KATE BREITENSTEIN

Pre-Program Intern

Head of Wooden Objects + Furniture

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MAGGIE BARKOVIC

Head of Paintings Department 

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Maggie has a BA in Chemistry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (2008) and an MA in Art History (2012) from George Mason University. She completed her training and graduate degree in the Conservation of Easel Paintings at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London (2016). With an interest in modern + contemporary paintings, she has presented research on treating water-stained acrylic paintings for the American Institute for Conservation and International Academic Programs. She has held internships in both paintings conservation and conservation science at the Barnes Foundation, Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute, the Phillips Collection, Technische Universiteit Delft, and Atelier Marjan de Visser in the Netherlands. She is the Editor and Art Director for WACC’s publication, Art Conservator. She is a member of the American Institute for Conservation

MONTSERRAT LE MENSE

Senior Paintings Conservator

for Intern Training

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Montserrat received a BA in Fine Art from Saint Norbert College (1984) and an MA in Art History from the University of Wisconsin in 1988. Following receipt of her Master’s in painting conservation from the University of Delaware/ Winterthur Museum Art Conservation Program (1994), she completed internships at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Decorative Arts and Sculpture. Ms. Le Mense joined the Williamstown Center in 1995 as Mellon Advanced Intern. She is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation.

MARY HOLLAND

 Assoc. Paintings Conservator 

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Mary earned a B.A. in Art History from Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand (2012). After returning to the U.S. she began working in the Registrar’s office at The Clark Art Institute during the final years of its major expansion project. In 2015 Mary transferred up to WACC as a pre-program intern in the paintings department, transitioning to an apprenticeship in 2016. She is a member of the American Institute for Conservation.

LUCIA BAY

 Assoc. Paintings Conservator 

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Lucia studied fine art at Pratt Institute and the University of California Los Angeles, where she received a BA in art (2007). She completed her training and graduate degree in the Conservation of Easel Paintings at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London (2016). She was an assistant project conservator of paintings, and then the Joan and John Thalheimer Associate Conservator of Paintings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, specializing in the care and treatment of paintings before 1900, before starting at WACC in 2022. She had internships in painting conservation at the Art Institute of Chicago and in paper conservation at the Getty Research Institute, and was a technician in paper conservation at the Margaret Herrick Library. Her interests include trompe l’oeil paintings and oil paintings painted on paper supports that require cross-disciplinary approaches to treatment and display. She has presented and published research and treatments to her national and international peers in the field regularly. She is passionate about outreach and accessibility and is a founder and editor for the Materia Journal for Technical Art History – a peer reviewed, open access journal. She is a member of the American Institute for Conservation.

STEPHANIE GOLD

Pre-Program Intern

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Stephanie received her BA from Boston University with majors in both Chemistry and History of Art and Architecture with a minor in Visual Arts. She has previously completed a summer internship at UConn Health, working with the art curator, cataloging and inventorying the Health Center’s collection of over 1500 works of original art and assisting in the Hartford Medical Society Historical Library. Recently, she has been transcribing for the Smithsonian Transcription Center as a Smithsonian Digital Volunteer and has a studio practice painting watercolor house portraits. She has a certification by the American Chemical Society and is a member of AIC. Stephanie plans to obtain a masters in art conservation.

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REBECCA JOHNSTON

Head of Paper Department

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Rebecca received a BA in the Technology of Artistic and Historic Objects from the University of Delaware in 1987. She completed a preprogram apprenticeship in paintings conservation at Williamstown and received an MA and Certificate of Advanced Study from the State University College at Buffalo in 1991, where she majored in paper conservation. She completed internships in paper conservation at the Provincial Archives of British Columbia, Victoria B.C., The Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard University Art Museums, and at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

BROOK PRESTOWITZ

Assoc. Paper Conservator

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Brook Prestowitz joined the Williamstown Art Conservation Center in 2017 as the Assistant Conservator of Paper. Prestowitz earned a Bachelor of the Arts in Art Conservation at the University of Delaware in 2009. She received a Masters of the Arts in Conservation of Fine Arts, Works of Art on Paper from Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, in 2015. During this time she held a work placement at the British Museum’s Hirayama Studio for Conservation of Asian Pictorial Art. Prior to joining WACC, Prestowitz was the Samuel H. Kress and the National Endowment for the Arts paper conservation fellow at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia, PA, from 2015-2017. She is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation.

JAMIE CASSAVOY

Operations Manager

Atlanta

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Jamie graduated from Boston College with a BA in Communications (1991). She completed a Masters in Fine Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Craft (1996). Jamie worked as a modelmaker in the jewelry industry before opening her business, Cassavoy & Co. in 2000. She made handmade, limited production jewelry until 2017 when she closed her doors. She still loves working with metal and in general loves making things.

SNOW FAIN

Senior Paper Conservator

Atlanta

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Snow has a M. A. degree in conservation of fine art with a concentration in easel paintings from Northumbria University in 2013. She also received a M.A. degree in conservation of books and library materials in 2015 from West Dean College with the University of Sussex. During her graduate studies, Snow interned for Heugh-Edmondson Conservation Services in Kansas City and the Newberry Library in Chicago. After graduating, she worked as an assistant paintings conservator for Page Conservation for an on-site project to conserve the murals in the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul from the fall of 2015 to 2016. She was a Cathleen A. Baker Fellow in Book Conservation at the University of Michigan during the summer of 2017. Snow worked as Lead Conservator for the Local Records Preservation Program for the Missouri State Archives from the fall of 2017-2019 before joining the team at AACC.

KATYA BIRUKOVA

Assoc. Paintings Conservator

Atlanta

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Katya studied the preservation of cultural heritage at the Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy (2007-2015) and received a master’s degree in painting conservation. During her studies Katya also completed coursework in gilded objects conservation. Katya’s final graduation work was published in the anniversary edition publication, “Academy of Stieglitz, the Best Graduation Projects for 140 Years” (2015). Katya has held internships at the State Hermitage Museum and at the Arefinskaya Troitskaya Church.  Katya has museum and private sector experience in painting conservation. She has been a Project Conservator on several major projects including the treatment of mural and ceiling paintings at the Yusupov Palace and the treatment of gilded ceiling friezes at the Sheremetevsky Palace, Museum of Music, both in Saint Petersburg, Russia.  In addition, Katya served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art Conservation at The Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy.

AMANDA KASMAN

 Asst. Paintings Conservator 

Atlanta

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Amanda Kasman is an Assistant Paintings Conservator at Atlanta Art Conservation Center. She graduated with a specialization in paintings conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation in August of 2021. During her studies, she completed internships at the Yale University Art Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art, and Winterthur Museum. The breadth of Amanda’s conservation experience ranges from pre-Roman statuary in Sardinia to 20th century American dollhouse miniatures to 19th-century Thai Buddhist panel paintings.One of the focuses of Amanda’s research has been the treatment of paintings by African American artists and artworks depicting the horrors of American slavery. The African American artists she has studied extensively include Charles Dawson and William Henry Johnson. Amanda has also participated in and presented a talk on the early stages of a public outreach initiative intended to introduce students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to the field of conservation. Amanda remains dedicated to her desire to mentor and advise aspiring conservators.
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LINDSAY RYDER

 Asst. Objects Conservator 

Atlanta

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Lindsay graduated from Bates College with a BA in Classical and Medieval Studies in 2019. She completed several museum internships in Collections Management, including the Bates College Museum of Art. She graduated from Durham University (Durham, England) in 2021 with a Masters in the Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects. Part of her studies included a placement at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (Exeter, England) where she treated a variety of 16-19th century historic objects. Her broader conservation works spans from Bronze Age weapons to 20th century multi-media Folk Art.
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