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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 >
Johanna Rivera-Diaz, ConservatorJohanna Rivera-Diaz
Con
servator/Collections Manager  and Radiation Safety Officer
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 >


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 >
Gyllian PorteousGyllian Porteous, Conservator
Conservator

Gyllian joined the WLCC in June of 2018 following a post-graduate internship at the Canadian Conservation Institute in their archaeological conservation laboratory. She is part of the team of conservators responsible for the conservation and preservation of the H. L. Hunley submarine and its associated artifacts. Gyllian also carries out documentation, examination, research, and treatment for the WLCC’s other contracts. See Ms. Porteous's full biography >
Anna Funke photoAnna Funke
Conservator
Anna’s research interests lie in the conservation of waterlogged archaeological material. She also has an interest in the application of different forms of scientific analysis to investigate archaeological artifacts. See Ms. Funke's full biography >
Chris McKenzie photoChristopher 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 - Historic Preservation SpecialistClaire Achtyl
Historic Preservation Specialist (Built Environment)

Claire holds a B.A. in Environmental Design from University at Buffalo and is a graduate of the Masters of Historic Preservation from Clemson University and the College of Charleston.Claire began work at Warren Lasch Conservation Center in May 2015 to support conservation projects at Fort Moultrie's Battery Jasper and now is a part of the conservation effort on cannon and architectural elements under a collaborative agreement with the National Park Service at both Fort Moultrie and Fort Sumter. Her interests lay in architectural conservation, mainly within metal and mortar studies. She also focuses on 3D laser scanning documentation and research of historic architecture at WLCC. See Ms. Achtyl's full biography >

Justin Schwebler Justin Schwebler, Assistant Conservator
Historic Preservation Specialist (Built Environment)

Justin began working at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center in November of 2016. He graduated from the Clemson University and College of Charleston Master’s in Historic Preservation program in May of 2015. He spent some time during his graduate studies working with the WLCC team at Battery Jasper on Sullivan’s Island. He is now working with his colleagues to conserve Civil War era cannons at Fort Sumter and a deck gun from the USS Maine. Justin’s research interests include architectural history and conservation, archaeology, and materials conservation.
Lisa Maria Kasprzok - Conservation ScientistLisa Maria Kasprzok
Conservation Scientist
Lisa was previously employed at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center as a Chemist from 2015-2016. Her responsibilities included performing analytical testing (XRF, GC-MS, µ-Raman, FTIR) for the WLCC and external projects and assisting in the expansion of the subcritical fluid technology technique for the stabilization of artifacts of cultural significance to non-ferrous materials such as copper alloys. As Conservation Scientist her roles and responsibilities at the WLCC are similar, but with the increased responsibility of management of the analytical equipment at the laboratory. Lisa works closely in collaboration with conservators and archaeologists at the WLCC and is involved in external projects. See Ms. Kasprzok's full biography >
Nicholas DeLong Nicholas DeLong - Maritime Archaeologist
Maritime Archaeologist

Nick joined the Warren Lasch Conservation Center team in October of 2018. He graduated with his Master’s degree in Maritime Archaeology from East Carolina University in 2015. His research interests include naval archaeology, ship construction, 3D documentation, and material culture analyses. His research interests include artifact documentation, 3D documentation and modeling, ship construction, and naval archaeology. See Mr. DeLong's full biography >
Tatsiana ManderTatsiana Mander
Fiscal tech/accountant

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. Tatsiana Mander has joined the WLCC team, in an official capacity, as a fiscal tech/accountant in the summer of 2018.
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 >
Amelia Spade - Artifact IllustrationAmelia Spade
Artifact Illustration
Amelia Spade holds a Master’s of Science in Historic Preservation from Clemson University and the College of Charleston and an undergraduate degree from Auburn University.  She is currently working with Warren Lasch Conservation Center to illustrate the personal artifacts from the H. L. Hunley’s captain and crew.  These scale drawings can then be used for further research and publication.  In the past, Amelia has worked for both the SC State Park Service and National Park Service.  She is also a watercolor artist and children’s book illustrator.
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.