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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 >
Brent FortenberryBrent Fortenberry
Associate Director for Preservation, Archaeology and Digital Cultural Heritage

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 >
Lisa Nasasen photoLiisa Näsänen
Associate Director for Conservation/Senior 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 > 
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 >
Emily Schwalbe Emily Schwalbe, Archaeologist
Archaeologist

Emily graduated with her Master’s degree in Maritime Archaeology from East Carolina University in December 2016. After interning at the WLCC during the summer of 2016, she joined the team full time as an archaeologist in January 2017. See Ms. Schwalbe'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.
Isabel GiraldoIsabel Giraldo
Junior Conservator

Isabel obtained her Bachelor´s degree in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage from the Universidad Externado de Colombia in 2016 and her dissertation focused on Materials Characterization and Approach to the Elaboration Technique of the White Rock Art Paintings at the “Piedra Pintada La Fragua” site in Machetá, Cundinamarca. Before graduating Isabel worked at the conservation laboratory of the Archivo General de la Nación in Colombia restoring books from a historical collection. She is a PADI certified diver and her research interest include archaeometry, conservation science and underwater archaeological objects conservation.
Stephen Weise Stephen Weise, CURI Volunteer
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 >
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.
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.
Frank Johnson - Archaeological VolunteerFrank Johnson
Archaeological Volunteer

Frank Johnson started volunteering as a Hunley tour guide in 2013. Since the fall of 2016, he has helped the scientific staff at the Warren Lasch Conservation with the deconcretion of the hull, the identification of archaeological samples and is assisting with research, 2D and 3D visualization, photography, and media production. He has a background in media production and Internet marketing as well as a passion for history. Frank is an Air Force veteran and graduate of California State University, Fresno and holds Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication.