Douglas R. Boin



Douglas Ryan Boin is an Assistant Professor of Ancient and Late Antique Mediterranean History at Saint Louis University. He is the author of two books, Ostia in Late Antiquity (2013) and Coming Out Christian in the Roman World (2015), as well as articles in the American Journal of Archaeology, the Journal of Roman Studies, the Journal of Early Christian Studies, and the Papers of the British School at Rome. His public writing has appeared at TIME, The International New York Times, The Huffington Post, The History News Network, Biblical Archaeology, and the religio-news site, On Faith. From 2010-2013 he taught in the Department of Classics at Georgetown University. (Photo credit: Jarod Quinn) 

Tom Lahiff


Tom is an attorney practicing corporate law and litigation in New York and New Jersey. In undergraduate and graduate school he studied anthropology, emphasizing the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. His graduate degree is in international affairs. During his legal career he has worked on preventing money laundering, which is often tied to the illegal trade in antiquities. He has a long history of involvement in pro bono activities, including representing indigent defendants in state and federal courts, for which he received the Thurgood Marshall Award in recognition of exemplary service to the cause of justice from the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.  He represented the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Community Services Center in its purchase of the Food and Maritime Trades High School from the City of New York, which over 300 community groups now call home. His interest in preserving our cultural heritage was first raised by the Arno River Flood in 1966.

Heather Lee



Heather Lee fell in love with art and antiquities when she took a mini “Grand Tour” of Europe when she was a middle school student in Korea. She eventually moved to the U.S. to study Art History and European Studies. While interning at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she became deeply interested in the issues of provenance and art law, which led to her to intern and volunteer at SAFE. Realizing that law and policy are integral to effective cultural heritage protection, she is beginning to pursue a career in the intersection of art and law. She plans to attend law school in a near future, with a focus on art, museum, and cultural heritage law.

Stephennie Mulder


Stephennie Mulder is Associate Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a specialist in Islamic architectural history and archaeology, and has worked at numerous archaeological sites throughout the Middle East. Dr. Mulder also writes on the contemporary aesthetics of the art of resistance in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East, as well as the conservation of antiquities and cultural heritage sites endangered by war and illegal trafficking.

Dr. Mulder is a consultant for SHOSI, the Saving the Heritage of Syria and Iraq initiative, sponsored by the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, the Smithsonian Institute, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is on the Board of Directors for ASOR’s Syrian Heritage Initiative, sponsored by the U.S. State Department. She is also part of the founding group of ‘UT Antiquities Action,’ an activist group devoted to raising awareness about the accelerating loss of cultural heritage around the world. Dr. Mulder is the author of The Shrines of the ‘Alids in Medieval Syria: Sunnis, Shi’is, and the Architecture of Coexistence (Edinburgh University Press, 2014), numerous other articles, and editorials for media outlets such as al-Jazeera and U.S. News and World Report.

Rebecca Rushfield



A New York City based consultant in art conservation, Rebecca Rushfield studied art history and art conservation at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. She learned about SAFE more than ten years ago when she saw a call for volunteers on a distribution list for conservators. As someone concerned with the preservation of works of art she was drawn to SAFE’s mission of promoting awareness of the destruction of the cultural heritage caused by looting and the illicit trade in artifacts. Over the years she has volunteered for SAFE in many different capacities.

Her concern for the preservation of physical objects is coupled with a concern for the preservation of historical memory. She is actively involved in the field of oral history, participating in two long term projects documenting art conservation and the teaching of art history in America, as well as a number of short term projects.

Rebecca is an active member of both the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works and the International Council of Museums Committee on Conservation for which she has served as Assistant Coordinator and Coordinator of several working groups. She is presently the Coordinator of the working group on Legal Issues in Conservation. In her community, she has served on the boards of a private special education elementary school and a nonprofit soup kitchen network and food pantry.


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