Conservation Center

Staff Profiles

Conservation Center Staff Profiles

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.

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.

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.

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