Our Team


Our fusion of diverse academic and professional backgrounds enables us to offer truly unique approaches that ultimately change the way decisions are made.

Collectively, we offer decades of experience working in and with the defense, academic, and business communities. We are research scientists, engineers, and business specialists, who understand how to perform value-added, groundbreaking work and manage it effectively and efficiently.

We do this by providing a work environment that encourages and rewards bright minds and self-starters who want to make a difference with their work. As a 100% employee-owned company, we place a high value on creativity, collaboration and innovation.

Meet the members of our team...


KENDRA E. MOORE, PhD, President & CEO


RICHARD SALVAGE, CFA, Director, Finance & Administration

CARL WEIR, PhD, Senior Project Manager

RON WATRO, PhD, Director of Cyber Fusion


PRANAB BANERJEE, Principal Research Scientist

ALEX GEORGE, PhD, Sr. Research Scientist

ANTHONY PALLADINO, PhD, Sr. Research Scientist

ANDREW B. SPISAK, PhD, Sr. Research Scientist

CHRISTOPHER THISSEN, PhD, Sr. Research Scientist

BRADLEY WEST, PhD, Research Scientist

RODY ARANTES, Web Developer

KATE COLLINS, Research Programmer


KAREN DAMERELL, Office Manager

ANOR AKAEZE, Office Administrator

KENDRA E. MOORE, PhD, President & CEO

Kendra loves finding patterns and recurring structures in the world - whether in data, people's activities, business processes, or relationships. Using her pattern recognition insights, she defines frameworks to rapidly model systems, and the models enable data exploitation and timely decision making. As President, she applies that same approach to Boston Fusion, by identifying patterns of opportunities, projects, and personnel, to create a structure where everyone can be at his/her best.

Kendra believes that the most interesting problems are those that require multi- or cross-disciplinary approaches to solve – decomposing complex problems into their constituent parts, fusing multiple types of data, applying different modeling and analysis approaches, and assembling the results into a coherent process or system. And, many, if not all, of these problems involve understanding patterns: in the data, in the problem definitions, in matching approaches to component problems, and in the system composition and deployment. Kendra founded Boston Fusion to bring together the right people to attack these problems and to create an environment in which we can develop novel solutions to support today’s decision makers.

Prior to founding Boston Fusion, Kendra was a program manager for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where she managed a $180 million research portfolio. Before that, she was a consultant and researcher in the private sector.

She earned her PhD and MS degrees in Operations Research from Northeastern University. She also holds MA and BA, magna cum laude, degrees in Philosophy of Religion from Columbia University/Union Theological Seminary and Stephens College, respectively.

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During her five and a half years as a DARPA Program Manager (2005-2010), Kendra managed several research programs, including:

Predictive Analysis for Naval Defense Activities (PANDA): automatically learns motion-based patterns and detects deviations, and uses context data to prioritize alerts;

Fast Connectivity for Coalitions and Agents Program (Fast C2AP): detection of instances of user-defined behavior of interest in maritime domain;

Graph Understanding and Analysis for Rapid Discovery – Deployed on the Ground (GUARD DOG): large-scale network analysis on HUMINT data;

Resilient Command and Control (RC2): technology to manage military C2 systems in the face of failures and attacks to assure that they can continue to support the operational missions;

Several studies exploring adaptive machine learning, strategic collaboration, and command and control and multiple Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) projects.

Prior to joining DARPA, Kendra was President and Founder of Advestan, Inc., where she provided R&D consulting services to DoD customers and contractors in advanced estimation, analysis, and exploitation for large-scale information fusion applications. Before that, she was Director of Information Fusion at ALPHATECH, Inc., where she was responsible for new business development, project management, and personnel management. She led the development of ultra-large scale data mining algorithms and supporting database technologies to detect, track, and provide warning of threat activities.

Kendra is a recipient of the Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service (2010), DARPA Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in a Systems Technology Area (2008), and was recognized by Department of Defense as a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Role Model (2006).

Selected publications:

  1. Moore, K.E., “Elusive Path to Autonomy: Why Can't AxVs Tie Their Own Shoes?”, National Symposium on Sensor and Data Fusion (NSSDF 2012), 24 Oct 2012. (Invited Talk)

  2. Moore, K.E., “Heraclitus and the Challenge of Network Extraction, Discovery, and Analysis (NEDA): Why You Cannot Step Twice Into the Same Data Stream”, AFCEA Technology Visions for Network Extraction, Discovery and Analysis (NEDA) Workshop, 21 Sep 2011. (Invited Talk)

  3. Moore, K.E., “Future directions in knowledge discovery from distributed sensor data”, Second International Workshop on Knowledge Discovery from Sensor Data (Sensor-KDD 2008), ACM SIGKDD International Conference of Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, Las Vegas, NV, August 2008. (Invited Talk)

  4. Moore, K.E., “Patterns, patterns everywhere…”, Proceedings of DARPATech 2007, Anaheim, CA, August 2007.

  5. Moore, K.E., “Pirates, patterns, and other passions”, Proceedings of DARPATech 2005, Anaheim, CA, August 2005, pp. 102-105.

  6. Pioch, N., Hunter, D., Jones, E., Washburn, B., Bostwick, D., Kao, A., Graham, S., Fournelle, C., Allen, T., Dunn, M., and Moore, K., “CADRE: Continuous Analysis and Discovery from Relational Evidence”, Proceedings of the International Conference on Integration of Knowledge Intensive Multi-Agent System, 2003 (KIMAS’03), pp. 555-561.

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Michael has spent the majority of his defense industry career researching and developing techniques to reduce false alarms. He learned early on that detection was frequently not the problem, rather isolating the significant detection out of the sea of false alarms took most of the effort. During his 35+ years as a technical performer, he has transitioned from an individual developer, team leader, group leader, executive and senior executive while attempting to maintain insight into the underlying and developing advanced technologies. Recently he has focused on advancing the key practices and procedures, which lead to efficacious workplace environments, supportive of the people involved in the advanced technology development required in the U.S. defense and intelligence research and development community.

Michael is an avid SCUBA diver, skeet shooter, and traveler. With his wife, he has pursued dog obedience training, rock climbing, martial arts practice, orchid growing and small-scale forestry development and maintenance.

Michael earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science at the University of Arizona, and a B.S. in Computer Science from the State University of New York.

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Michael is a senior technical executive, with proven strengths in research & development, organization, management, and analysis assisting Boston Fusion to achieve corporate objectives by innovating or expanding strategic areas of technology research & development to address the most critical technical needs facing our communities and country.

Similar to Kendra, Michael had the opportunity to learn from some of the best practitioners in the defense and intelligence community as a Program Manager at DARPA. During his six-year career at DARPA Michael collaborated in the development of five, and directed more than ten, research projects totaling more than $350M. These employed more than 200 scientists and engineers to develop multiple source intelligence systems, autonomous unmanned aviation planning and control systems, novel sensor technologies, medical informatics services, simulation and training applications, and other products. During this time, he identified and secured more than $100M in external funding to support these and other advanced research projects.

He also had the opportunity to re-envision, create and manage a research project team to provide real-time delivery of sensor data directly to users, including those forward-deployed, through collaborative control of airborne assets. Based on an intuitive handheld interface, user requests are sent directly to a multi-platform, system-of-systems to be consolidated, prioritized, and expedited through a formal service taxonomy, and then an information management system tasks the appropriate platform or platforms to execute the user requests. This real time delivery frees users from any piloting or airspace coordination concerns.

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RICHARD SALVAGE, CFA, Director, Finance & Administration

Rich is responsible for the overall Financial Management, Contracts Management, and Office Administration at Boston Fusion. Rich has over 15 years of progressive experience in contracts and accounting positions, and brings a broad range of knowledge in these areas including negotiating and administering government contracts, a strong understanding of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), and accounting and financial management skills. Rich oversees all of Boston Fusion’s financial and accounting functions including: general cost accounting, budgeting, tax planning and reporting, cash management, and ensuring the company accounting procedures conform to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. In addition, he interfaces with the company’s Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), and the company’s bankers and insurance brokers.

Rich earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Massachusetts, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Babson College. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

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Prior to joining Boston Fusion, Rich spent twelve years at Aptima, Inc., a small defense contractor. In his final position there as Controller, he was responsible for managing all of Aptima’s accounting and finance functions. Rich also worked at State Street Bank as a Senior Accountant, where he provided accounting services to a variety of clients within the Financial Services industry.

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CARL WEIR, PhD, Senior Project Manager

Carl has been involved in advanced research and development for his entire 30-year career. At Boston Fusion, he serves as the program manager on multiple advanced research projects, including programs in cyber-defense and data analytics.

He has a technical background in automated decision support, data analytics, advanced computing technologies, and autonomous systems, and he has experience working with both defense and intelligence community customers.

Carl earned his PhD and MA degrees in Linguistics, specializing in model-theoretic semantics, from the University of Texas at Austin. His BA in Linguistics is from the University of Houston, where he graduated summa cum laude.

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Prior to joining Boston Fusion, Carl worked for Lockheed Martin as a principal research scientist and senior program manager. In the Advanced Technology Office of Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems and Global Solutions (IS&GS) business unit, he was responsible for all contract research and development (CRAD) activity, managing contracts with DARPA, IARPA, the Intelligence Community, and the DoD service labs. In this position he worked in technology areas as diverse as C4ISR, cyber defense, neuromorphic architectures, and quantum computing, and gained experience managing large groups of research scientists and software developers.

While at Lockheed Martin, Carl led a research initiative under IARPA’s ICArUS program to develop a high fidelity spiking neural network model of human brain function for studying cognitive biases. He also led a large systems integration effort under DARPA’s ULTRA-Vis program to develop a capability for special ops squads to collaborate in GPS-denied environments using an advanced heads-up display (HUD).

In earlier research and development activities, Carl participated in software development efforts for text extraction systems, document retrieval systems, document image understanding systems, NLP-based human interfaces, and machine translation systems. He led the Lockheed Martin team that developed AeroText, a commercial data-mining product that extracts textual references to entities and events.

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RON WATRO, PhD, Director of Cyber Fusion

Ron Watro leads Boston Fusion’s work related to cyber security and cloud applications. Over his 30-year career, he has led many projects related to cybersecurity and applied mathematics including (while at BBN) Scalable Monitoring in the Extreme (SMITE), a DARPA effort that deployed data correlation and machine learning to resolve intrusion detection measurements from very high speed networks.

Dr. Watro began his career teaching math and computer science for three years at Villanova University. He began his work in cyber security at the MITRE corporation in 1985. Dr. Watro was the technical editor for version 2 of ISO/IEC 15408, the Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation. This is the international standard that, at the time, replaced the US DoD Orange Book. While at MITRE, Dr. Watro developed algorithms for artificial intelligence applications and asynchronous distributed systems. He also performed cyber security evaluations of commercial products and proved new results in graph theory and programming language semantics. After MITRE, Ron spent over 10 years at Raytheon BBN Technologies, where he was a Division Engineer and Group Leader in the cyber security department, serving as PI and PM for numerous DARPA, DHS, and AFRL research projects. One Immediately before Boston Fusion, Ron was a Consulting Cryptographic Architect at Mercury Systems, where he developed expertise in custom designed secure processing hardware for DoD programs.

Dr. Watro earned his PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he studied set theory without the axiom of choice. He earned his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from MIT, learning to program with Fortran and punched cards.

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Selected publications:

  1. M. Lepinski, D. Levin, D. McCarthy, R. Watro, M. Lack, D. Hallenbeck, and D. Slater, Privacy-Enhanced Android for Smart Cities Applications, European Alliance for Innovation (EAI) International Conference on Smart Urban Mobility Services, Toronto, October 2015.

  2. Nathaniel Soule, Borislava Simidchieva, Fusun Yaman, Ronald Watro, Joseph Loyall, Michael Atighetchi, Marco Carvalho, David Last, David Myers, and Capt. Bridget Flatley, Quantifying & Minimizing Attack Surfaces Containing Moving Target Defenses, 3rd International Symposium on Resilient Cyber Systems (ISRCS), Philadelphia, PA, August 2015.

  3. Drew Dean, Sean Guarino, Leonard Eusebi, Andrew Keplinger, Tim Pavlik, Ronald Watro, Aaron Cammarata, John Murray, Kelly McLaughlin, John Cheng and Thomas Maddern, Lessons Learned in Game Development for Crowdsourced Formal Verification, 2015 USENIX Summit on Gaming, Games, and Gamification in Security Education (3GSE 15), Washington DC, August 2015.

  4. Kerry Moffitt, John Ostwald, Ron Watro, and Eric Church, Making Hard Fun in Crowdsourced Model Checking: Balancing Crowd Engagement and Efficiency to Maximize Output in Proof by Games, Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Crowdsourcing in Software Engineering, CSI-SE ‘15, Florence, Italy, pp 30-31, May 2015.

  5. Derrick Kong, David Mandelberg, Andrei Lapets, Ronald Watro, Daniel Smith, and Matthew Runkle, Lightbulb: A Toolkit for Analysis of Security Policy Interactions, ICN 2015: Fourteenth International Conference on Networks (Barcelona, Spain), April 2015.

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PRANAB BANERJEE, Principal Research Scientist

Pranab has over 20 years of R&D experience in the areas of computer vision, image processing, machine learning, data fusion, large scale computing, and data visualization applied primarily to solving problems in the the defense and aerospace sectors. Prior to joining Boston Fusion, Pranab was a research engineer in the Video Understanding and Exploitation (VUE) group at BAE Systems. He has a strong interest in exploring and developing algorithms inspired by biological systems as well as human social dynamics to solve computational problems.

Pranab is an avid photographer. In 2012, one of his photographs was selected as one of the top ten winners in the world from over 20,000 submissions in the prestigious “Worldwide Photo Walk” competition. The winning entry can be seen at http://scottkelby.com/2012/announcing-the-winners-from-my-5th-annual-worldwide-photo-walk.

Pranab received his Bachelor of Technology degree in Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, and his MS in Computational Physics from Kansas State University.

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ALEX GEORGE, PhD, Senior Research Scientist

Alex’s main research interest is in the data-to-decision pipeline. On the data side, he develops, extends, and applies feature extractors and inference techniques, in particular deep learning and natural language processing, to classify, extract, and exploit raw data in any modality. On the decision side, he reasons over this information, including its latent relationships, uncertainties, and external domain knowledge, to make actionable decisions.

At Boston Fusion, Alex has led efforts in all stages, including topic selection, idea generation, proposal writing, project planning, execution, and transition. Since joining Boston Fusion, he has been deeply involved in nearly a dozen projects, in efforts ranging from theoretical research in information theory to applied techniques for document search. Applications of this work range from missile defense to improved neural network techniques.

Alex has strong computing skills ranging from software development to statistical analysis in a variety of languages, and has a strong background/interest in the physical sciences, mathematics, computing, teaching, and the humanities.

Alex earned his Ph.D. in elementary particle physics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Selected publications:

  • George, Christopher A. et al. "Characterizing Target Classification Uncertainty Using Copulas", Nat’l Fire Control Symp 2018 [classified].

  • George, Christopher A. et al. "Context Exploitation using Hierarchical Bayesian Models", National Fire Control Symposium, February 2018.

  • George, Christopher A. et al. "The role-relevance model for enhanced semantic targeting in unstructured text," SPIE Next Generation Analyst, April 2018.

  • CMS Collaboration. Search for new physics in events with same-sign dileptons at sqrt(s)=13 TeV with the CMS detector. European Physical Journal C, 2016.

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ANTHONY PALLADINO, PhD, Senior Research Scientist

Anthony enjoys developing innovative solutions to complex problems. He joined Boston Fusion after over a decade of research in large-scale fundamental physics experiments where he gained experience in statistical data analysis, multi-source data fusion, Monte Carlo simulation, and large-scale parallel computing. Specifically, he was focused on measuring fundamental properties of elementary particles, such as lepton universality at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland. He searched for signs of a hypothetical dark photon in data from an electron-positron collider, DAΦNE, located in Italy, and he led the design of a gamma-ray and X-ray detection system for a precision experiment at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory to determine if charged leptons conserve a property called flavor.

He was previously a Research Scientist at Boston University and a Research Fellow at the National Laboratory of Frascati of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics in Italy.

Anthony earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in Physics from the University of Virginia and his B.S. magna cum laude in Electrical Engineering with minors in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Connecticut.

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Selected publications:

  1. G.M. Piacentino, A. Palladino, G. Venanzoni. Measuring gravitational effects on antimatter in space. Physics of the Dark Universe, 13, (2016) 162–165.

  2. KLOE-2 Collaboration. Limit on the production of a new vector boson in e+e- → Uγ, U → π+π- with the KLOE experiment. Phys. Lett. B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle, and High-Energy Physics, 757 (2016) 356–361.

  3. KLOE-2 Collaboration (A. Palladino corresponding author) Limit on the production of a low-mass vector boson in e+e- → Uγ, U → e+e- with the KLOE experiment. Phys. Lett. B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle, and High-Energy Physics, 750 (2015) 633–637.

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ANDREW B. SPISAK, PhD, Senior Research Scientist

Andrew has a decade of experience building models and using them to analyze large quantities of data, explore the boundaries of new science and technology, and guide the utilization of limited resources. At Boston Fusion he continues to apply his model-building acumen to transform information into actionable results that inform decision making.

Andrew is a theoretical physicist who earned his PhD from Northeastern University. In his research, he assessed the potential for the discovery of supersymmetry models with realistic dark matter at the LHC, proposing data analysis strategies optimized for overcoming the challenges inherent in identifying the collision events that can be identified with these models. He also received two departmental teaching awards for his work teaching undergraduates.

Prior to starting graduate school, Andrew built techno-economic models for alternative energy infrastructure, identifying promising technologies as well as key drivers of cost and performance for the DOE. Andrew's undergraduate work was conducted at the University of Virginia.

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CHRISTOPHER THISSEN, PhD, Senior Research Scientist

Christopher Thissen harnesses the power of data to develop new solutions to practical problems. He joined Boston Fusion with eight years of experience using computational, statistical, and probabilistic tools to make sense out of data-intensive problems in the geological sciences. At Boston Fusion he leverages this experience to help transform data into actionable information.

Prior to joining Boston Fusion, Chris created new statistical tools to garner insights from large, messy geological datasets. Specifically, he developed and applied new statistical methods for analyzing three dimensional CT-scans of rocks and millions of crystal orientation measurements. Chris was also the recipient of the inaugural Stephen E. Laubach award for his efforts to fuse structural and sedimentary geology. He has applied his methods to better understand the forces governing geologically hazardous regions in the Pacific Northwest U.S. and ancient rocks the Scottish Highlands.

Christopher earned his Ph.D. in geology and geophysics from Yale University where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, and his B.S. summa cum laude in the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Most recently, Chris was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC.

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Selected publications:

  1. Thissen, C. J. & Brandon, M. T. (2015). An autocorrelation method for three-dimensional strain analysis. Journal of Structural Geology, 81, 135-154 (Invited publication)

  2. Thissen, C. J. & Brandon, M. T., Statistical Symmetry of Lattice Preferred Orientations. Gordon Research Seminar, Proctor Academy, New Hampshire, 20 Aug 2016, (Invited Talk)

  3. Thissen, C. J. & Brandon, M. T., Flow Paths and Strain in a Subduction Wedge, Cascadia Subduction Zone, NW Washington State. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 27 Jun 2016 (Invited Talk)

  4. Paczkowski, K., C. J. Thissen , M. D. Long, and L. G. J. Montesi (2014), Deflection of mantle flow beneath subducting slabs and the origin of subslab anisotropy, Geophysical Research Letters, 41(19), 6734-6742.

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BRADLEY WEST, PhD, Research Scientist

Brad joined Boston Fusion in early 2018 after earning his Ph.D. from Arizona State University. His graduate research focused on developing new experimental methods and approaches to characterize the effects of defects on the performance of thin film solar cells. His approach combined multi-scale characterization methods with machine learning techniques to identify new design guidelines for improving solar cell performance. Prior to completing this doctorate, Brad earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University. Brad is excited to apply his knowledge and skills to new challenges as a member of Boston Fusions’ interdisciplinary team of scientists.

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RODY ARANTES, Web Developer

Rody Arantes researches, conceptualizes and develops cutting edge graphical user interfaces for solutions developed by Boston Fusion’s research scientists. Using the latest technologies and standards for web and application development, he develops user interfaces to showcase our product and expose the capabilities of our software.

Prior to joining Boston Fusion, Rody lived in Montreal, Canada where he attended Concordia University for his Bachelors of Software Engineering and worked extensively in developing websites and applications.

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KATE COLLINS, Research Programmer

Kate works with Boston Fusion’s interdisciplinary team to engineer solutions and develop scientific/research software. Her research and development experience spans projects in computational linguistics, abstract mathematics, data science, and biomedical informatics. She has previously worked in a similar role for projects at Swarthmore College, Stanford University, and the University of Southern California.

Kate joined Boston Fusion after graduating from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Computer Science and Linguistics.

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KAREN DAMERELL, Office Manager

Karen Damerell brings a diverse administrative background to her role as Office Manager. A graduate of UMASS Amherst, for twelve years she co-owned a digital graphic printing business in San Diego, CA where she lived while raising her family. Later Karen went to work for Bridgepoint Education where she held a variety of positions, most recently as State Compliance Coordinator. In 2014, Karen was very happy to return to her native New England, where she worked for the networking organization BNI MA before joining the Boston Fusion team.

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ANOR AKAEZE, Office Administrator

Anor, an alumna of Columbia University, joined Boston Fusion after a decade raising a family and 11 years as an acquisitions coordinator and accountant at the Healey Library, University of Massachusetts Boston. A self-described “problem-solver,” she brings an efficient and flexible approach to the administrative challenges that bolster the work of our research team. Prior to her years as a full-time soccer mom, Anor worked at The Getty Villa in Malibu, California, supporting the work of the Assistant Director and Chief Curator of the Museum.

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