Administration
Kathleen Gaines, Associate Director
Kathleen Gaines, Associate Director, Administration

Kathleen Gaines, as associate director of Administration, is responsible for budget administration, operations management, strategic planning, professional development and recruiting, policy implementation, organizational development, and providing business solutions to facilitate the work of the GCI. Kathleen also oversees GCI web operations and several of the GCI's major digital initiatives including Arches Project and DISCO. She holds a bachelor's of business administration in accounting from the University of San Diego. Prior to joining the GCI in 1994, she worked for Arthur Andersen LLP, where she received valuable audit and project management experience.

Email: kgaines@getty.edu

Valerie Ferraro, Manager

Valerie Ferraro joined the Getty Conservation Institute in 2007 as the manager of administration and is responsible for overseeing the Institute's annual budget process, operations management, recruiting for all administrative and operations staff, communication and implementation of policies and processes, and improvements to the efficiency and safety of the GCI's international travel program. Prior to joining the GCI, she was manager of visitor experience for the Autry National Center in Los Angeles and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and is the chair of the Global Business Travel Association's Risk Committee and a member of FORE non-profit travel.

Email: vferraro@getty.edu

Anna Flavin, Lead Imaging Technician
Anna Flavin, Lead Imaging Technician

Anna Flavin joined the GCI in 2013 after twenty-five years as a professional photographer and small business owner. In her current position she supports the work of the Institute by providing imaging and software education, technical advice, documentation strategy, data management support, and imaging services to all disciplines across the Institute. She holds an MA degree with distinction in Photography and a BA degree in Film from California State University, Northridge and is an Adobe Certified Expert.

Email: aflavin@getty.edu

Rogene Gad, Administrative Assistant
Rogene Gad, Administrative Assistant

Rogene Gad joined the Getty Conservation Institute in 1995 to work on a variety of assignments in the Director's Office and Administration departments. Since 2004, she has served as administrative assistant to Kathleen Gaines, associate director of Administration. Rogene also coordinates immigration, visa, and relocation matters for staff across all departments of the Institute.

Email: rgad@getty.edu

Melena Gergen, Senior Project Manager

Melena Gergen joined the Getty Conservation Institute in 1991 as an intern in the Science department while an undergraduate, before moving to the Administration department. She manages internal special projects, oversees contract administration, develops reference and training materials for staff, and facilitates recruiting processes that support all departments of the GCI. She also works closely with the Director's Office to produce research materials for GCI supporters focused on sharing the Institute's work and imparting a greater understanding of how conservation functions in the field. Melena holds a BA in Art History and an MA in Education from Loyola Marymount University.

Email: mgergen@getty.edu

Rikki McDowell, Senior Project Coordinator
Rikki McDowell, Senior Project Coordinator

Rikki McDowell joined the Getty Conservation Institute in 2005. As a senior project coordinator, she facilitates the work of the Administration department and works closely with all GCI departments to process contracts and coordinate institutional events and activities. She is a project leader for the Getty's Community Service Team and serves on the Getty-wide Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Council. Prior to joining the GCI, Rikki worked for ten years in the hospitality industry.

Email: rmcdowell@getty.edu

Debby Ortega, Budget Clerk

Debby Ortega joined the Getty Conservation Institute in 2012. As a budget clerk, she processes financial transactions, tracks budgets, and reviews travel and expense documents for staff in all departments of the GCI. She has prior budgeting and accounting experience in the fields of construction, government relations, and nonprofit management.

Email: dortega@getty.edu