The Conservation Solutions Team

Our team includes a broad and talented group of Conservators, Technicians and Administrators to organize, perform and oversee the amazing range of projects we engage in. Our Senior Conservators are Fellows, and our Conservators are Professional Associates of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) and the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators (CAPC).  We offer decades of experience in the fields of conservation and historic preservation. The Conservators are supported by able Assistant Conservators, Administrators, and Technicians. We are constantly updating our comprehensive knowledge of innovative conservation techniques through attendance and presentations at national and international conferences and universities. This technics training is balanced with a breadth of experience in traditional craft skills used in the treatment of the extraordinarily broad range of conservation challenges we face; from masonry, metals and wood in buildings, monuments and works of art, mosaics, frescos, undersea and space artifacts, to industrial heritage. We collaborate with a network of specialized sub-contractors and industry experts in the areas of corrosion prevention, engineering, testing, biochemistry, metalworking, stonework, art foundries and the cleaning and coatings industries, who assist us with the design and specifications of custom solutions for unique and complex preservation projects.

CSI OWNERS

Mark J. Rabinowitz
Owner

Mark Rabinowitz is Executive Vice President, Senior Conservator. He has been part of the senior management team of Conservation Solutions since 2003. He brings over 25 years of experience as a conservator to the leadership team of the firm. Mark served as Deputy Chief of Operations for Preservation at the Central Park Conservancy throughout the 1990s, during which time he initiated and directed their monuments conservation and historic preservation programs. In 1997 Mark was named Chief Consulting Conservator for... [More]

Joseph Sembrat
Owner

Joseph Sembrat has been immersed in the conservation field for over twenty years. In 1999, together with his wife Julya, he founded Conservation Solutions, which has since developed into a leading, nationwide, historic preservation firm focusing on art, artifacts and architecture.Conservation Solutions has been recognized for and won numerous awards for its work over recent years. Some high-profile projects include the treatment of artifacts from the salvaged R.M.S. Titanic wrecksite, such as the Big Piece, ar... [More]

Julya Sembrat
Owner

After working extensively in the field of arts management, Julya co-founded Conservation Solutions, Inc. (CSI) in 1999 with her husband, Joe. During her time with the company, she has successfully developed and implemented strategies in all departments, enabling the rapid expansion of CSI. Julya currently oversees the general management of the business. She honed her business skills working at the Tony-award-winning Manhattan Theatre Club in New York, NY, and at the Science Center of Connecticut in West Hartford,... [More]

CSI EXECUTIVES

Deborah Raw
Vice President of Administration

Deb is a multi-talented business professional and brings a wealth of experience in Business Operations, Finance, Marketing & Client Relations to our growing international team. In her new role Deb will lead our Finance, HR, IT and Marketing initiatives and manage our external service provider relationships. Throughout her career, Deb has held key roles at both internationally recognized, industry leaders and small businesses. In 2011 after a successful career in the New York arena, Deb transferred from the New... [More]

Terry Saeger
Chief Executive Officer

Terry M.Saeger is the Chief Executive Officer at Conservation Solutions,Inc. (CSI), Conservation Solutions NA,and Conservation Solutions ULC inCanada. Prior to taking the CEO role at CSI he was President of The Saeger Group, LLC, a business consultancy, and Executive Vice Presidentof Global Delivery at Humach, an innovative global provider of customer care services and technologies. Terry has been a member of Main Street Bancshares, Inc.and Main Street Bank, Inc. Board of Directors since 2011. Main Street Bank... [More]

CSI STAFF

Janelle Batkin-Hall
Assistant Conservator

Janelle is an objects conservator with 12 years of experience in conservation treatments, surveys, re-housing, research, photographic documentation, materials testing and analysis, and on-site conservation. She earned an MA, CAS in Art Conservation at Buffalo State College. Before starting a career in conservation, Janelle earned a BFA in Art Restoration at the Fashion Institute of Technolgoy where she specialized in furniture restoration and veneered surfaces. Past conservation experiences include a year-long res... [More]

Stacey Baxter
Office Manager

Stacey Baxter relocated to Washington DC and joined CSI as Office Manager in November, 2015. She assists the VP of Administration in support of the administrative responsibilities for the US and Canadian entities. Stacey is responsible for accounts receivable, accounts payable, collections, monthly reporting, and payroll processing in the US and Canada. Prior to working at CSI, Stacey worked for several legal and retail small businesses in Louisiana, as well a few large companies experiencing rapid growth and ex... [More]

Kelly Caldwell
Conservator

Kelly is a conservator with over 10 years of experience as an archaeologist and conservator working primarily overseas. She is currently based in our Ottawa, ON office where she manages our Canada based projects. She brings a unique perspective to CSI based on her previous work experience, which largely involved excavation, collections management, conservation and training on a range of materials and projects in England, Egypt, France, Greece and Turkey. Kelly holds an MSc in Conservation for Archaeology and Mu... [More]

Judy Hannon
Conservation Technician

Judy is a museum technician with a background in art history and experience in studio art. She holds a degree in Art History with a subsequent degree in Studio Art, and additional coursework in museum studies. Judy continues to focus on her art and current art trends and exhibit her own work. Before joining CSI in January 2016, Judy worked as a contract photographer in real estate. Judy has experience with treatment of various materials to include marble, bronze, iron, plaster, and is skilled in consolidation and... [More]

Reed Higgins
Conservation Technician

Reed joined Conservation Solutions, Inc. (CSI) as a conservation technician in 2015. He works closely with Conservators in many aspects of historic preservation work including conservation treatments, project management, employee training, condition assessments, color matching, and photographic documentation. Prior to joining the team at CSI, Reed worked as a Litigation Technology Specialist / Project Manager in the legal services field. In previous positions, he has managed a dental laboratory and has taught the... [More]

Emma Kousouris
Assistant Conservator

Emma Kousouris recently joined Conservation Solutions as an Assistant Conservator/Project Manager in May 2016. She works closely with Senior Conservators in all aspects of historic conservation work, including research, condition assessments, conservation treatments, and materials testing and analysis. Before joining CSI, Emma worked as a preservationist at Bennett Preservation Engineering, PC. in Charleston, SC, where she worked closely with an engineer and a conservator. The majority of her work included on-sit... [More]

Heather Rardin
Assistant Conservator

Heather is an assistant conservator with a background in objects conservation. She was awarded an MA in the Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects (2013) from Durham University. As a graduate student, Heather treated a wide variety of archaeological artifacts. Following her studies, she performed treatments on archaeological finds at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory and Historic St. Mary’s City. As a postgraduate intern at the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy... [More]

Carolyn Savage
Assistant Conservator

Carolyn is a conservator with a background in objects conservation. She holds an M.A.C with a concentration in objects from Queen’s University (2015), and her research focused on outdoor sculpture. She has experience in collections management, collections surveys and treatments. She has worked at the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) in the Restoration and Conservation Laboratory (RCL), Sculpture and Decorative Arts, and Contemporary Art departments. Her projects include the comprehensive condition assessm... [More]

Jamile Shirley
Conservation Technician

Jamile Shirley is a conservation technician and project manager who joined Conservation Solutions, Inc. (CSI) in May of 2015. She works alongside Senior Conservators and supports many aspects of conservation including research, condition assessments, conservation treatments, data collection, report writing, project planning, project management, and materials testing and analysis. Jamile has a background in fine arts and art history, including a BFA in Graphic Design from Iowa State University (2004), as well as a... [More]

Tucker Simmons
Conservation Technician

Tucker Simmons joined CSI as a conservation technician in January, 2016. He works closely with Conservators and other technicians during all phases of conservation treatment, assessment and documentation. He also helps write reports, proposals, and works in an administrative role as well. Prior to joining CSI, Tucker volunteered in the Auburn Archeology lab and worked as a field technician for his professor’s Cultural Resource Management company. As a volunteer in the archeology lab, Tucker sorted, analyzed,... [More]

Caitlin Smith
Conservator

Caitlin Smith is a Conservator at Conservation Solutions, Inc., with over seven years’ experience in the fields of historic preservation and conservation. She works closely with Senior Conservators in all aspects of conservation work, including research, condition assessments, conservation treatments, and construction management. Prior to joining Conservation Solutions, Caitlin worked as an Architectural and Sculptural Conservator at Kreilick Conservation, LLC, where she was responsible for the implementati... [More]

Natalya Swanson
Conservation Technician

Natalya Swanson is a conservation technician and project manager who assists conservators in all aspects of conservation-restoration work, including research, materials testing and analysis, condition assessments, and conservation treatments. Natalya was educated at the University of South Florida where she received her BA in Art History. She has successfully completed chemistry, studio art, and art history coursework that aid her in conservation of three-dimensional artifacts. Before joining CSI in 2015, Natalya... [More]

Mirta Vidal
Conservation Technician

Mirta is a Conservation Technician with 10 years of experience working in museums, exhibitions and conservation of fine arts collections. She holds a BS degree in Art History from San Marcos University (Lima, Peru) and a specialization in Easel Paintings Conservation from the National School of Fine Arts of Lima. Before joining CSI, she worked in The Municipal Art Gallery of Lima in the conservation area, performing preventive maintenance work, which included condition assessment, cleaning, handling, storage, cata... [More]

Sophia Zweifel
Assistant Conservator

Sophia Zweifel recently joined CSI as an Assistant Conservator in May 2017. She was awarded an M.A.C in Art Conservation treatment from Queen’s University (2015) specializing in objects, and holds MA and BA degrees in Art History from University College London (UCL) and the University of British Columbia. Sophia has completed fellowships in Textile Conservation at the Canadian Conservation Institute and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, where she developed and carried out research projects and performed in-d... [More]