Untold Stories is run by Sanchita Balachandran, project director, in collaboration with the 2018-2019 project assistants Tamia Anaya and Nicole Passerotti.
Sanchita Balachandran has twenty years of experience as an objects conservator specializing in archaeological materials. She is Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, and previously served on the AIC Board. Her scholarly research is committed to uncovering the traces of the artists and people of the past, and recognizing the shared humanity and diversity of cultural practices still accessible on objects of cultural heritage.
Tamia Anaya is a second-year Fellow in the Garman Art Conservation Department at SUNY Buffalo State specializing in paper conservation. Her particular interests extend to cellulosic supports, ranging from prints and drawings to archaeological documents. Tamia's scholarship is motivated by her interests to facilitate and support cross-cultural relationships between local and international conservation groups. She aspires to serve as an advocate on behalf of conservation globally by engaging in preventive conservation measures, consensus building and conflict resolution, and by collaborating outside the museum setting with communities that seek to protect their cultural patrimony.
Nicole Passerotti is an assistant conservator at the Field Museum working with the Native North American collection. From 2017-2018 she was the Samuel H. Kress Fellow at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She holds an M.A. and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation from SUNY Buffalo State where her master's thesis aimed to establish ties between the conservation program and a local tribal museum. She has completed conservation work at the National Museum of the American Indian, the Pitt Rivers Museum, and the Textile Museum of Oaxaca. Nicole believes that storytelling is key to expanding voices, knowledge, and understanding in the preservation of cultural heritage.