Dr. Wilkie is the William H. Laird Professor of Classics, Anthropology and the Liberal Arts, Emerita at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. She served as Secretary of the USCBS from 2006-2013 and currently serves on the Cultural Property Advisory Committee, a group of experts and members of the general public who advise the President of the United States on requests from foreign governments for import restrictions on their archaeological and ethnological artifacts in accordance with the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act. She served as President of the Archaeological Institute of America from 1998 to 2002., and began her archaeological career in 1968, working since then on archaeological projects in Greece, Egypt, and Nepal. A graduate of Stanford University, she received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
John Malcolm Russell, Vice President
John Russell is a Professor in the History of Art at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He has authored four books, including Final Sack of Nineveh: The Discovery, Documentation, and Destruction of King Sennacherib's Throne Room at Nineveh, Iraq, as well as numerous articles on archaeology. Russell is a winner of the James R. Wiseman Book Award and the Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize. He was a member of the UNESCO cultural mission to Iraq in May 2003, and from September 2003 to June 2004, Deputy Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Culture for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. For his work in Iraq, Russell received the Archaeological Institute of America’s Outstanding Public Service Award in 2005. Russell is a graduate of Washington University, St. Louis and received his M.A. and Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania.
Katharyn Hanson, Secretary
Katharyn Hanson works as an archaeologist specializing in the protection of cultural heritage. She recently completed her doctorate in Mesopotamian Archaeology at the University of Chicago with a dissertation entitled: Considerations of Cultural Heritage: Threats to Mesopotamian Archaeological Sites. Her research on Iraq and Syria combines archaeology, remote sensing, and cultural heritage policy. She has published on damage to ancient sites in southern Iraq and was co-curator of the Oriental Institute's exhibit "Catastrophe! The Looting and Destruction of Iraq's Past." She is also co-editor of the exhibit's same named companion volume. Katharyn is currently a Research Assistant at the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago and the Visiting Manager for the Archaeological Site Preservation Program at the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage in Erbil, Iraq.
Perry McGowan, Treasurer
Perry McGowan is a Certified Public Accountant with CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, one of the nation's largest public accounting firms. He practices with the firm's Construction and Real Estate services group in Minneapolis, Minnesota working as a professional advisor focused on the tax planning issues of real estate owners, designers and builders. He has earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in business and law with several universities in Minnesota, where he is licensed as a CPA and Attorney. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the American Bar Association, and related state and local professional associations. Perry has served as an adjunct professor in financial responsibility at the University of Minnesota Graduate School and in volunteer service with other cultural and environmental charitable organizations.
Patty Gerstenblith, At Large
Patty Gerstenblith is Distinguished Research Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law and Director of its Center for Art, Museum and Cultural Heritage Law. She is the immediate past Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Section on International Law's Art and Cultural Heritage Law Committee. She served as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Cultural Property from 1995 to 2002 and currently chairs the President’s Cultural Property Advisory Committee. The third edition of her book, Art, Cultural Heritage and the Law, was published in 2012. She received her J.D. from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Fine Art and Anthropology. She served as a clerk to the Honorable Richard D. Cudahy of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in 1983-84.
Richard B. Jackson, At Large
Colonel (Retired) Richard B. "Dick" Jackson is the Special Assistant to the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General for Law of War Matters. He has served in that position since 2005, when he retired from the U.S. Army after over 30 years in uniform. He served in Infantry, Special Forces, Joint and Coalition commands during his military career, spending most of the last ten years as the principal legal advisor at a U.S. Army Division, Multinational Division North in Bosnia, the Army Special Operations Command, U.S. Army Pacific, and Joint Forces Command – Naples, a NATO Headquarters. He served in military operations in Panama, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Iraq. He was also the Chair of the International and Operational Law Department of the Army Judge Advocate General's School, in Charlottesville, Virginia, and has written extensively in professional publications and lectured around the world on law of war matters. In 2010 he was elected to be the Chair of the Lieber Society Interest Group of the American Society of International Law, which is a private organization promoting dissemination and discussion between practicioners and academics on the law of armed conflict.
Margaret Loew Craft, At Large
Meg Loew Craft is Senior Objects Conservator at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to this she was in private practice and was an associate conservator at Winterthur Museum in Delaware and taught as Adjunct Professor in the University of Delaware/Winterthur Museum Art Conservation Program. Ms. Craft is the current president of the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works and an associate of the International Institute for Conservation. She is associate editor for objects and sculpture for the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation and has authored a number of articles and publications in the field of conservation. She completed her undergraduate studies in chemistry and art history at Denison University in Granville, Ohio and has a Master of Science degree in art conservation from the University of Delaware/Winterthur Museum Art Conservation Program in Wilmington, Delaware.
James K. Reap, At Large
James K. Reap is an attorney who specializes in historic preservation issues. He an Associate Professor in the Master of Historic Preservation Program at the University of Georgia (USA). He has served as chair of the preservation commissions in the City of Decatur and DeKalb County and as vice chair in Athens, Georgia. He is a founding member of both the Georgia Alliance and National Alliance of Preservation Commissions. He is currently President of the Athens Historical Society, and a past President of the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation. He is currently a board member of the Lawyers Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation and a past board member of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and Preservation Action. He has provided training and technical assistance to preservation commissions throughout the United States. Professor Reap is also a Fellow of the Dean Rusk Center, International, Comparative and Graduate Legal Studies and an affiliated faculty member of the University of Georgia African Studies Institute. He is past President and current Secretary General of the Committee on Legal, Administrative and Financial Issues of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and a Fellow of US/ICOMOS. He is serving as a Coordinator of the ICOMOS Scientific Council, an organization of all ICOMOS international scientific committees. He has worked on preservation issues in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Laurie Rush, At Large
Dr. Laurie Rush is an Anthropologist and Archaeologist who has served as a US Army civilian for fourteen years managing Cultural Resources at Fort Drum, NY. She has a BA from Indiana University Bloomington, an MA and PhD from Northwestern University, and is a Fellow of the National Science Foundation and of the American Academy in Rome. Under her leadership, the Fort Drum cultural resources program has won numerous Army and Department of Defense Awards. Dr. Rush was the military liaison for return of the Mesopotamian City of Ur to the Iraqi People in the spring of 2009. She also represented US Central Command at an Environmental Shura in Kabul, Afghanistan in February of 2010 and analyzed cultural property protection lessons learned from the Iraq and Afghan conflicts for the Central Command Environmental Program in 2010. Dr. Rush lectures widely in the US and overseas to both military and civilian audiences on the importance of identification of and respect for cultural property on the battlefield. Educational materials developed by her team in partnership with Colorado State University have reached over 125,000 US military personnel and are also being used by UNESCO, the Associated National Committees of the Blue Shield, and the Austrian Defence Academy. Dr. Rush has been recognized by her peers with the Register of Professional Archaeologists Special Achievement Award, the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation Chairman's Award for Federal Achievement in Historic Preservation, and the Booth Family Rome Prize for Historic Preservation.
Nancy E. Kraft, At Large
Nancy E Kraft is a preservation librarian and the Head of the Preservation and Conservation Department, University of Iowa Libraries. She is part of the American Institute for Conservation-Collections Emergency Responders Team (AIC-CERT). Nancy received the Midwest Archives Conference 2009 Presidents' work for her extraordinary work following the historic levels of flooding that struck Iowa in the summer of 2008. In 2006 she received the University of Iowa president's Award for State Outreach and Public Engagement for her many interrelated contributions to the preservation and accessibility of historical sources in Iowa. She is a lecturer and preservation consultant for the OceanTeachers Academy, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNESCO, in Ostend, Belgium. (The OceanTeachers Academy is an international center that provides training for ocean data managers and marine librarians all over the world.) Kraft is active in the American Library Association serving as Chair of the Preservation and Reformatting Section of the Library Collections & Technical Services Division, 2005-2006, and currently the ALA Voting Representative to the National Information Standards Organization (NISO). She received her M.A. from the University of Iowa.