Ann Marie Willer, Director of Preservation Services
Ann Marie Willer has worked as a professional in the field of cultural heritage preservation since 2002. She has expertise in preservation program management, digitization workflows and best practices, the preservation of paper-based and audiovisual materials, and emergency preparedness and response. Under her oversight, the Preservation Services department provides guidance and instruction to institutions and individuals across the United States on the preservation of paper-based, photographic, digital, and audiovisual collections. She also cultivates connections to heritage institutions and related organizations and collaborates on projects of mutual benefit. At NEDCC, Ann Marie has served as Principal Investigator on grants totaling $3 million. In addition to managing the department’s budget, Ann Marie provides project management for awarded grants and for client jobs of significant scope.
In her role as Director of Preservation Services, Ann Marie has conducted general preservation assessments for heritage institutions across the country, from Maine to Washington, including a community-wide preservation assessment for a town in Massachusetts. She has provided customized consultations and trainings (online and in-person) on topics such as collection security, emergency preparedness and response, environmental management, grant writing, preparing for renovation projects, and storage of audiovisual collections. Ann Marie has presented at national and regional conferences on a wide range of topics including diversity and inclusion in libraries and archives, digital preservation assessment, audiovisual preservation, and preservation administration.
Ann Marie previously served as Preservation Librarian for the MIT Libraries and the University of North Texas Libraries and has pre-professional experience in special collections, exhibits, cataloging, and general collections conservation. She earned an MS in Library Science from the University of North Texas, a certificate from Rutgers’ Preservation Management Institute, and an MA in Musicology from the Eastman School of Music.
Stephanie Garafolo, Associate Preservation Specialist
Stephanie Garafolo provides preservation information and outreach, including assessments, consultations, training programs, and disaster assistance for cultural heritage organizations of all types. Since joining the Preservation Services department in 2019, she has completed 22 assessments and consultations and taught over 60 workshops, webinars, and web courses on audiovisual preservation, digital preservation, physical collections care, and emergency preparedness. She has developed content for new webinars in response to community and client needs, including “Celebrate with Collections! Utilizing Collections in Your Community’s Anniversary Celebration” and “COVID-19 and Collections Care.” In 2021, Stephanie served as the project manager and lead instructor for a four-month emergency preparedness course for California cultural heritage organizations. She currently represents NEDCC on the COSTEP MA Executive Committee and serves as a Museum Assessment Program (MAP) Peer Reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums.
Stephanie has ten years of museum experience, and her past roles include working with contemporary artists and site-specific installations at Le Laboratoire Cambridge, craft objects and archives at the Fuller Craft Museum, and Armenian material culture at the Armenian Museum of America in Watertown. She earned a BA in Political Science from Boston University and a Master of Liberal Arts in Museum Studies from Harvard University Extension School.
Eli Boyne, Preservation Specialist
From her office in New Orleans, Louisiana, Eli Boyne provides consultations, training programs, assessments, and disaster assistance to a variety of cultural heritage organizations nationwide with a focus on the Midwest and Southeast region of the United States. Since joining Preservation Services in 2021, she has conducted general and digital preservation assessments for six organizations, including academic libraries, community archives, a federally recognized tribal nation, and a media history foundation, and has participated in assessments for three additional organizations. She has led workshops and webinars that focus on writing collection management policies and disaster plans, planning digital preservation projects, and audiovisual preservation. She served as co-instructor for NEDCC’s Preservation 101 web course and will be presenting instructional sessions at several upcoming conferences on handling scrapbooks, hosting a community scanning day, and exhibit practices for paper-based and photographic collections.
Eli has a combined 10 years of experience working in museums, archives, and libraries. She has managed the rare book collection at Tulane University, served as a conservation technician for the Stanford University Libraries, and has consulted with institutions in the Gulf South to manage and create their preservation programs. Eli earned an MA in Library Science from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa's Center for the Book.
Alison Fulmer, Preservation Specialist
Alison Fulmer provides training programs, assessments, consultations, and disaster assistance to cultural heritage organizations nationwide. Since joining Preservation Services in 2021, she has completed nine assessments for academic libraries and archives, historical societies, public library history collections, and town clerks and taught over 60 hours of workshops, webinars, and web courses on physical collection preservation, digital preservation, audiovisual preservation, and emergency preparedness. She has developed content for the webinar “10 Practical Steps for Getting Started with Digital Preservation” and has customized emergency preparedness workshops to include activities such as disaster plan review, collection wet salvage demonstrations, and disaster scenario tabletop exercises.
Alison has eight years of archives experience, including work with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the City of Somerville (MA), the Boston Carmelite Monastery, Chatham University, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Alison earned a BA in Archaeology and a BA in Anthropology from The George Washington University and an MLIS with a concentration in Archives and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. She is certified by the Academy of Certified Archivists and holds a Digital Archives Specialist Certificate from the Society of American Archivists (SAA).
Tara Puyat, Preservation Specialist
From her office near Eugene, Oregon, Tara Puyat provides consultations, training programs, assessments, and disaster assistance to a variety of cultural heritage organizations nationwide, with a focus on the western United States. In 2022, Tara presented or co-present webinars on collections security, audiovisual collections, and renovation and moving projects as well as NEDCC’s popular Preservation 101 web course. She conducted customized training sessions for the Seattle Heritage Emergency Response Network, and she co-conducted preservation assessments for an archive and a historical society.
Prior to her tenure at NEDCC, Tara worked or interned in museums with cultural and natural history collections in Oregon and Alaska and was a student employee in the Beach Conservation Lab of the University of Oregon Knight Library. She most recently served as Collections Manager at the Lane County History Museum in Eugene, OR, where her work included environmental monitoring, integrated pest management, cataloging, and artifact housing initiatives. Tara formerly volunteered with the Oregon Heritage MentorCorps, providing preservation advice to institutions throughout Oregon. She also has extensive experience as a math, science, and music teacher. Tara holds an MA in Preventive Conservation from Northumbria University in the UK as well as a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies and an MA in Musicology from the University of Oregon. She has earned additional degrees in music performance and chemical engineering. She is also fluent in English and Filipino/Tagalog.
Kim O'Leary, Technology and Events Coordinator
Kim O’Leary has worked for NEDCC’s Preservation Services department for over 25 years. During this time, she has managed the logistics, registration, and on-site support for over 35 regional and national conferences, coordinated venues and registration for numerous workshop programs, and provided client support for webinar programs presented by NEDCC. Kim is responsible for executing an online shopping cart to facilitate registration and offer a positive user experience. She also plays an essential role in researching and implementing educational software, facilitating the maintenance of websites for NEDCC and dPlan, and providing access to free website resources, including NEDCC’s preservation leaflets.
As the first responder for NEDCC’s IT issues, Kim provides IT support to staff and clients, manages hardware and software inventories for the Center, and works with outside IT consultants to keep systems running smoothly.
Hillary Ellis, Lead Emergency Preparedness Consultant
Hillary Ellis leads the "Ready—or Not" Cultural Heritage Disaster Preparedness Project, an initiative to assess emergency preparedness at California organizations that care for cultural and historic resources (e.g., archives, libraries, museums, and tribal nations). In this role, Hillary supervises a state-wide team of consultants and conducts on-site emergency preparedness assessments. The project is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.
Hillary holds an MA of Art Conservation, Paintings, from Queen’s University. Prior to her tenure at NEDCC, she worked as a conservator in private practice. Most recently Hillary served as Director of Conservation at the Strong National Museum of Play, where she assisted with updating the disaster plan, developed a digital preservation policy, and worked to improve collections environmental monitoring and storage conditions. Hillary is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC).
Celeste Knight, Outreach and Travel Coordinator
From her office in Albuquerque, NM, Celeste Knight provides outreach and travel support for the "Ready—or Not" Cultural Heritage Disaster Preparedness Project, which provides emergency preparedness assessments to California organizations that care for cultural and historic resources (e.g., archives, libraries, museums, and tribal nations). Celeste is a museum professional who has worked in guest experience and education with the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the University of New Mexico Art Museum. She holds an BA in Communication with a concentration in Intercultural Communication from the University of New Mexico and is fluent in English and Spanish.
Jason Partida, Emergency Preparedness Consultant
As part of the "Ready—or Not" Cultural Heritage Disaster Preparedness Project, Jason Partida provides emergency preparedness assessments to California organizations that care for cultural and historic resources (e.g., archives, libraries, museums, and tribal nations). Based in Merced, CA, Jason is a museum professional who has five years of experience working in various roles with the California State Capitol Museum, including responsibilities related to environmental monitoring, exhibit installation, facilities projects, integrated pest management, and staff training. He holds an MA in Public History from California State University at Sacramento and is fluent in English and Spanish.
Victoria Wong, Emergency Preparedness Consultant
As part of the "Ready—or Not" Cultural Heritage Disaster Preparedness Project, Victoria Wong provides emergency preparedness assessments to California organizations that care for cultural and historic resources (e.g., archives, libraries, museums, and tribal nations). Based in Sacramento, Victoria most recently worked as a conservator for Princeton University Libraries and has completed internships at Yale University, University of Hong Kong Libraries Preservation Centre, and the Walters Art Museum. She gained library preservation experience over five years at the Museum of Modern Art Library (New York). She holds an MS in Art Conservation from University of Delaware.