Founded APOYOnline to link professionals in the Americas and Europe, as well as to share information on regional and international heritage preservation activities. She initiated projects with the Getty Conservation Institute, the International Institute for Conservation and the American Institute for Conservation to obtain traveling grants that allowed over 900 people from developing countries to attend international conservation events.

In 2004 she retired from her position as a Special Projects Officer at the Library of Congress, Washington, D. C.. She has long reviewed and coordinated teams of translators working on technical publications from English to Spanish and vice-versa for several higher learning institutions in the USA, Canada and Latin America. In 2001 her efforts were recognized when she received the “Rutherford John Gettens Merit Award” for outstanding service to the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works and the field of heritage conservation. 

Amparo has both a MS in Textile Science program (Conservation of Textiles) and an MA in Art History (Museum Studies) from the University of Missouri. 


Representing country / countries: Colombia 🇨🇴 / United States 🇺🇸 

Became a member in: 1989

Beatriz Haspo has served as volunteer executive director of APOYOnline since 2004. She is also the Collections Officer of the Library of Congress Preservation Directorate, managing the preservation, access, security, and storage of over 27 million books in the Library’s collection, as well as multi-million-dollar contracts. Her expertise as a senior conservator extends to book, paper and painting conservation, as well as logistics, space management and emergency preparedness and response. 

Beatriz Haspo is a member of several international cultural heritage preservation organizations, such as the American Institute for Conservation, where she has been an Editorial Board member since 2003 and Program coordinator of the FAIC Latin American and Caribbean Scholarly Program since 2006. 

She has taught worldwide and has an adjunct faculty position at the University of Maryland School, where she is in charge of the Master in Library and Archives Preservation. Simultaneously, she is a Museology doctorate student at the Universidade Lusófona (Portugal) through the Catedra UNESCO for Education, Diversity and Citizenship scholarship. Beatriz has an M.A. in Art History and a B.A. in Simultaneous Translation in German, Spanish and Portuguese.

Representing country / countries: 

Brazil 🇧🇷 / United States 🇺🇸

Became a member in: 1996

Became Executive Director in: 2004

Francisco Vieira retired from the Inter-American Development Bank (Washington, D.C.) in 2013 and became a full-time international development consultant. He has a Master and a PhD in Public Administration from the University of Southern California (USC), an MBA from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, and a bachelor in Engineering from the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil). 

Francisco was an instructor at USC and Visiting Instructor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and at the George Washington University School of Business and Public Administration. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Universidad Autonóma de Nuevo León (Mexico), and of the Latin America Leadership Program at Georgetown University.

Representing country / countries: Brazil 🇧🇷/ United States 🇺🇸

Became a member in: 2008

Leah Bright is an objects conservator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, USA. She is particularly interested in organic materials, contemporary art, and preventive conservation. She was previously an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Objects Conservation at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.
She graduated from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation in 2017, and completed graduate placements at the Arizona State Museum, the Prado Museum, and the Alaska State Museum.
Born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, Leah studied Art History and Spanish at the University of Oregon where she focused on the study of artistic responses to immigration policy along the US-Mexico border.


Representing country / countries: United States 🇺🇸

Became a member in: 2017

Hilda Abreu de Utermohlen is a paintings conservator with more than 30 years of experience in the treatment of paintings and preventive conservation of collections. She worked in private practice in her native Dominican Republic, and in 2022 moved to Houston, Texas, where she continues to be involved in the preservation of cultural heritage through her collaboration with APOYOnline, and as conservation consultant. She received her MSc in paintings conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware
Program in Art Conservation (U.S.) She also has a BS in Chemistry, and Diploma in Studio Art. Hilda Abreu de Utermohlen has experience in teaching and training. She cocreated the first regional
graduate program in Museum Studies for Universidad UNPHU, Dominican Republic. She has published professional articles and is guest speaker on conservations issues. She is Board Member of APOYOnline,
and has served as Member of the Executive Board of ICOM. Finally, she is a Fellow member of AIC and IIC.

Representing country / countries: Dominican Republic 🇩🇴 / United States 🇺🇸

Became a member in: 2023

Ann Seibert is retired  after working approximately 15 years as a bench paper conservator at the Library of Congress and as a preventive preservation and administration staff at the National Archives in the US. It was a great  honour to work with others to preserve the county’s archival and educational resources. One of her great joys was to learn more about the field of conservation through travel, consultation and supporting others to learn about preservation, emergency preparedness and management and scientific principles in conservation in various countries. She also volunteered in the early days of APOYO to work on the newsletter and have enjoyed lifetime friendships made through this network.

Representing country / countries: United States 🇺🇸

Became a member in: 2023

Photography Conservator and Former Coordinator of the Center for Photographic Conservation and Preservation (2002 – March 2020), under the auspices of the National Foundation of Arts, Brazil. Collaborating teacher of the Professional Master’s Program in the Preservation and Management of Cultural Heritage in the Sciences and Health, FIOCRUZ. Master of Arts in Conservation – Camberwell College of Arts – University of The Arts, London, UK, 2001, sponsored by FUNARTE and VITAE Foundation. She has provided training in photographic conservation in various states of Brazil and different countries of Latin America and Caribbean invited by ICCROM and other institutions. She has provided consultancy to several Brazilian institutions in photography conservation, as well as coordinated several conservation projects. Author of articles and technical leaflets on photographic conservation. Regular member of the International Council of Museums Brazil, ICOM CC Conservation Committee, Brazilian Committee / Photographic Materials Group, since 2004. Core Team Member of APOYOnline – Association for Heritage Preservation of Americas, since 2020 and Board Member since 2023.

Representing country / countries: Brazil 🇧🇷 

Became a member in: 2023