WLCC Team

The Warren Lasch Conservation Center has a very diverse team with team members from all over the world. We welcome research interns. Learn more about internship opportunities with us. 




Stephanie CretteStéphanie Cretté
Director / Research Professor MS&E
Dr. Cretté's research interest include high pressure techniques; corrosion mitigation; coating weathering and fouling prevention in marine environment; green chemistry; polymer composites; nanocomposites for energy systems and automotive applications. See Dr. Cretté's full biography >
Liisa Näsänen Conservator/Research ScholarLiisa Näsänen
Conservator
Ms. Näsänen's research interest include corrosion and treatment of copper alloy artifacts of cultural significance; Sub- and supercritical fluids for the treatment of copper alloy artifacts of cultural significance; Supercritical treatment of waterlogged organic materials of cultural significance; Sustainable treatment of outdoor cultural heritage; Conservation Management Planning for cultural heritage collections and sites. See Ms. Näsänen's full biography > 
Brent FortenberryBrent Fortenberry
Archaeological & Architectural Research Scientist

Dr. Fortenberry is an archaeologist and architectural historian. His research interests include 3D documentation and visualization of architectural and archaeological data, as well as the digital reconstruction of individual artifacts, standing buildings, and cultural landscapes. See Mr. Fortenberry's full biography >
Michael Scafuri, ArchaeologistMichael Scafuri
Archaeologist/3D Metrologist
Mr. Scafuri's research interest include 3D documentation and modeling, visualization of archaeological data, digital reconstruction and site plan development, Inspection and comparative analysis of 3D models. See Mr. Scafuri's full biography >
Johanna Rivera-Diaz, ConservatorJohanna Rivera-Diaz
Con
servator/Collections Manager 
Ms. Rivera-Diaz's main research interest includes theoretical and practical research in the treatment and conservation of waterlogged textiles, as well as new techniques for storage of artifacts in a microclimate environment and preventive conservation. See Ms. Rivera-Diaz's full biography >


Virginie Ternisien - ConservatorVirginie Ternisien
Conservator

Virginie Ternisien joined the WLCC team in July 2013 as a conservator, after working at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab), Maryland. Her research interests focus on corrosion and treatment of iron artifacts, the application of subcritical treatment for the stabilization of metal artifacts, and the conservation of marine metal-organic composite artifacts. See Ms. Ternisien's full biography >
Christopher J. McKenzie - WLCC VolunteerChristopher J. McKenzie
Assistant Conservator
Chris started volunteering at the WLCC in the summer of 2013. He assists with conservation and artifact documentation. He has previously volunteered at the Australian War Memorial, assisting in the small objects lab with conservation and documentation. Chris has a B.A. in Cultural Heritage Management from the University of Canberra in Canberra, Australia. See Mr. McKenzie's full biography >
Claire Achtyl - Assistant ConservatorClaire Achtyl
Assistant Conservator

Claire began work at Warren Lasch conservation Center in May 2015 in a part-time capacity to support conversation projects at Fort Moultrie's Battery Jasper. She has a B.A. in Environmental Design from University at Buffalo and was a graduate of the Masters if Historic Preservation from Clemson University and the College of Charleston. Her interests lay in architectural conservation, mainly within metal and mortar studies. She will also be focusing on 3D laser scanning documentation and research of historic architecture with WLCC. 
Lisa KasprzokLisa Kasprzok
Chemist I
Lisa Maria Kasprzok graduated from the Honors College at the College of Charleston, Charleston, SC in May 2015 with a B.S. degree in Chemistry and a minor in Art History. As a Materials Research intern at the WLCC, Lisa is collaborating with Stephanie Boussert at the College of Charleston. Together, they are working on identifying the composition of the candle wax and aft pump grease recovered from the H.L. Hunley submarine using analytical techniques such as FT-IR and GC-MS. In the future, Lisa is interested in obtaining a Master’s degree in Chemistry and pursuing a career in conservation science.
Paul Mardikian Senior Conservator H.L. Hunley Project and Radiation Safety OfficerPaul Mardikian
Senior Conservator H.L. Hunley Project and Radiation Safety Officer

Mr. Mardikian's research interest include treatment of waterlogged composite objects, mass and/or large scale treatments, conservation of light metals, application of subcritical and supercritical fluids for the stabilization of cultural heritage, preventive conservation. See Mr. Mardikian's full biography >
Brad Blankemeyer - Database CoordinatorBrad Blankemeyer
Database Coordinator
Brad began work as an intern in the summer of 2013 to update the educational outreach materials within the H.L. Hunley Enrichment Program. Since receiving his MA in History from the joint program at College of Charleston and The Citadel in May 2014, he has conducted historical and archaeological research on various artifacts including the ballast system onboard the Hunley. He currently directs the Database Development Project aimed at creating a new online lab database. Brad earned his BA in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Paul Ogle Jr - Website/Conservation Support VolunteerPaul Ogle Jr
Website/Conservation Support Volunteer

Paul started volunteering at the WLCC in the spring of 2013. He assists the team with publishing new information and articles pertinent to the WLCC on the website, as well as lending a hand to the conservation and archaeological team as needed. Paul has a BS in Business Administration, with a Minor in History from North Carolina State University.
 Stephen Weise, CURI VolunteerStephen Weise
WLCC Volunteer

Mr. Weise's research interest include learning the design methods and features associated with the Hunley; Determining how the Hunley was operated and any changes in operational procedures over the life of the submarine; and Searching for additional historical records or accounts of the operations of Hunley and the identities and personal lives of the crews. See Mr. Weise's full biography >
Néstor González-Pereyra, Research EngineerNéstor González-Pereyra
Volunteer

Tatsiana ManderTatsiana Mander
WLCC Volunteer

Ms. Mander started volunteering at the WLCC in the summer of 2015. She is responsible for the digitalization of conservation and artifact documentation for the period of 2002-2015. She is assisting with the creation of a comprehensive searchable database accessible in the future by internal stakeholders, students and external 3rd parties. In addition, Tatsiana supports and learns from other projects, activities and research directions across the laboratory. Previously, Ms. Mander worked internationally in educational and industrial settings with a focus on administrative tasks and research services, including work with students and customers. She graduated from the Belarus Institute of Management of Enterprise with a B.A. degree in Management and Accounting in 2001 and lately certified as an Office Assistant by the Canadian Adult Education Center in 2008. She is a Belarus-Canadian citizen currently residing with her family in the Mount Pleasant area in Charleston, SC.