Conservation Center Staff Profiles

Kenneth Bé, Paintings Conservator

Kenneth Bé, Paintings Conservator

As Paintings Conservator, Kenneth examines and treats oil and acrylic paintings from all periods, on supports such as canvas, wood, and other materials.  He also consults on a wide range of paintings-related issues throughout the region.

Bé previously worked for nearly two decades at The Cleveland Museum of Art.  He holds an MS in Art Conservation and an MA in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, as well as an MS in geology from the State University of New York at Albany and a BS from Yale University.  Kenneth is a member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) and the Midwest Regional Conservation Guild.

Rebecca Cashman, Objects Conservator

As Objects Conservator, Rebecca works to conserve all types of materials ranging from ancient ceramics to modern plastics.  She especially enjoys the range of objects she has been able to conserve at the Ford Center, and learning the stories that are part of each object’s history.

Rebecca has a BFA in Fine Arts and a BA in Art History from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. She came to the Ford Conservation Center in 2007, after completing her MA with a focus in Objects Conservation at Buffalo State College.  Before coming to the Ford Center, she gained experience in conservation by working on an archaeological dig at Tel Ahmar in Syria, and at institutions such as the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab, the Smithsonian’s Cultural Resources Center, the Field Museum, the Autry Museum of the American West, and the Southwest Museum of the American Indian.  She is a member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) and Midwest Regional Conservation Guild. 

Rebecca Cashman, Objects Conservator

Megan Griffiths Conservation Technician

Megan Griffiths, Conservation Technician

As a Conservation Technician, Megan Griffiths assists with research, documentation, and treatment of artifacts in the Objects, Paper, and Paintings Labs.  She creates specialized housings for storage and transportation, carries out matting and framing projects, and manages the IPM program.  She writes the Ford Center’s blog posts and creates collections care guides for the website.

Before coming to the Ford Center, Megan worked as a Museum Educator at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, OK.  She received her MLitt in Museum and Gallery Studies from the University of St Andrews in Scotland and a BA in Art History from the University of Tulsa. 

Hilary LeFevere, Paper Conservator

As the Paper Conservator, Hilary meets with clients, assesses condition and treatment needs, and conserves paper-based materials including documents, art on paper, books, and photographs.  

She previously worked as a paper conservator at a private conservation studio in New York, treating modern and contemporary prints and original works on paper.  She has worked in the Wallace Preservation Lab at Michigan State University and interned at the Department of Preservation and Conservation at the University of Michigan Libraries.  She holds a MA in Conservation of Fine Art on Paper from Northumbria University in the United Kingdom, an MSc in Art History from the University of Edinburgh, and a BA in Art History from Arizona State University. 

Hilary LeFevere, Paper Conservator

Deborah Long, Ford Conservation Center Director

Deborah Long, Director

As Director, Deborah is responsible for the administrative and operational management of the Ford Center.  She also continues to work with clients, providing conservation treatment, surveys and assessments, consulting services, and preservation outreach, to individuals and institutions across the Midwest region. 

Prior to her move to Nebraska, she served as Assistant Conservator of Objects at the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum and Gardens, and Adjunct Assistant Professor for Objects Conservation for the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation.  She received a BFA from the University of Delaware, focused on work in metals and ceramics.  She is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

Vonnda Shaw, Senior Conservation Technician​

Vonnda Shaw joined the Ford Center in 2002.  As the Senior Conservation technician, Vonnda works with all of the conservators meeting clients, performing condition assessments, treating artifacts, and writing reports.  She manages the Center’s project database, organizes and tracks all the written documentation, and is responsible for the photo documentation.

Prior to joining the Ford Center, Vonnda gained experience at institutions across the Midwest, including the Toledo Museum of Art, DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge’s Steamboat Bertrand collection of archaeological artifacts, the Sheldon Art Museum, the Durham Museum, the University of Nebraska State Museum, and carried out excavation work at the Roman Kourion - Amathus Gate Cemetery in Cyprus.  She received her MA in Museum Studies from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and a BA in Art History and Archaeology from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Vonnda Shaw, Senior Conservation Technician

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