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Dyani, the Director of Preservation Services at the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA), 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. Dyani received her MS in Library and Information Science with a Certificate in Archives at Pratt Institute, in New York, NY.
Samantha is the Preservation Specialist at the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA), where she primarily works with institutions and their collections. She conducts on-site preservation needs and risk assessments and assists with preservation and emergency planning. Since starting at the Center in 2015, she has also been the project manager of the Pennsylvania Cultural Resilience Network (PaCRN), aiming to improve emergency response and preparedness for cultural institutions across the state. Samantha received her MA in Arts Management with a focus on Archival and Museum Studies from Claremont Graduate University, in Claremont, California, writing her master’s thesis on Emergency Preparedness in Cultural Institutions.
Kara is currently the Associate Registrar for Exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Her primary responsibility is to organize and oversee in-house and traveling exhibitions, but she is also a member of the Museum’s Safety Committee and the interdepartmental Contemporary Conservation Working Group. Before moving to exhibitions, Kara worked with the Museum’s permanent collection. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Lebanon Valley College, a Master’s Degree in History/Public History from Northeastern University, and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Collections Management and Care from George Washington University. She was a co-founder of the Philadelphia Emerging Museum Professionals group, and previously served as a Board Member of the Young Friends of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Kara has been a member of the Pennsylvania Cultural Response Team since 2016.
Hannah is an Associate Registrar for the Art Bridges Terra Foundation Initiative at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She handles outgoing loans for 8 Pennsylvania partner museums and institutions helping to share the museum’s collection throughout the state. Originally from Philadelphia, Hannah returned in 2018 after 11 years working and living in New York City, most recently as a Registrar for Gagosian Gallery. She holds an M.A. in Visual Arts Administration from New York University and a B.A. in the History of Art & Architecture from The University of Pittsburgh.
As the Associate Registrar at the Penn Museum, Allison McLaughlin is involved with the acquisition, processing, storage, display, loan, and general care of the Museum’s vast collection. Ms. McLaughlin holds a BA in Art History from Truman State University and a MSc in Material Anthropology and Museum Ethnography from the University of Oxford. Her educational background and previous professional experience at institutions including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University, and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian focused on collections and records management, institutional collaboration, and working with invested constituents including living artists and source communities.