Board of Trustees
The Director in Nicosia reports to a board of trustees composed largely of U.S. citizens, who provide substantive, financial and administrative oversight and direction. The board of trustees combines a roster of persons with academic, government, international organizations, business, finance, and high tech experience.
F. Bryan Wilkins – President
F. Bryan Wilkins grew up in Middle East (India, Iran, Cyprus [1960-1964] while his father pursued a Foreign Service career. He developed a lifelong interest in archaeology and anthropology and participated in numerous underwater explorations off the northern coast of Cyprus and later studied with John Withoff and F. A. Pritchard at the University Museum at the University of Pennsylvania. He pursues ongoing studies of ancient Greece, Rome and the Mediterranean early trade development patterns in particular.
He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in American Studies and Archaeology. Wilkins has spent a 30 year career as a newspaper reporter especially concerned with macro economic and international economics (Institutional Investor) among other publications. Wilkins also operates a farm business based in Kentucky.
Annemarie Weyl Carr – Vice President
Annemarie Weyl Carr is University Distinguished Professor of Art History Emerita at Southern Methodist University, from which she retired in 2008. She has also taught as a visitor at Yale University and the Universities of Chicago, Michigan, Delaware, and Pittsburgh. Phi Beta Kappa named her a Visiting Scholar for 1986-87. Her scholarly work has been devoted to the history of Byzantine art, especially in the 12th and 13th centuries; cultural interchange in the eastern Mediterranean Levant during the Crusades; the art of Cyprus during the Byzantine, Frankish and Ottoman periods; and women artists in the Middle Ages. She has published six books, including these on the art of Cyprus: A Masterpiece of Byzantine Art Recovered: The Thirteenth-Century Murals of Lysi, Cyprus (Austin 1991), Cyprus and Devotional Arts of Byzantium in the Era of the Crusades (Aldershot, 2005),Asinou Through Time, Studies in the Architecture of Murals of the Panagia Phorbiotissa, Cyprus (Cambridge, Mass., 2013), and Famagusta, Volume I. Art and Architecture (Turnhout, forthcoming). Professor Carr has been granted fellowships from the Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies, the National Humanities Center, the ACLS, the International Research Exchanges Board, the NEH, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She is the recipient of the 2006 Lifetime Award for Teaching from the College Art Association of America, as well as the 1983 Laurence Perrine Prize for excellence in scholarship and teaching from the SMU chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. She was the president of the International Center of Medieval Art (2002-2005), and has served several terms as a trustee of CAARI.
Birgitta Lindros Wohl – Secretary
Birgitta Lindros Wohl holds degrees from the University of Stockholm — her native city — and from UCLA. She has recently retired from teaching ancient art history at California State University at Northridge (Los Angeles). Her excavation experience includes Sweden, Italy and Greece. A longstanding interest in the archaeology of Cyprus has, among other things, focused on the Swedish Cyprus Expedition, its history and continued legacy.
William S. Andreas – Treasurer and Information Technology Officer
William S. Andreas is a senior software designer with IBM. Over the past twenty years, he has excavated, catalogued and provided computer support at numerous archaeological sites in Cyprus, particularly Kalavasos Ayios Dhimitrios. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has studied classical and archaic literature at Boston College.
Joseph A. Greene – Clerk/Newsletter Chair
Joseph A. Greene completed his doctorate in Near Eastern archaeology at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago in 1985. From 1976 to 1980 he excavated at Carthage, Tunisia, with the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) Punic Project. From 1980 to 1983, he directed the Carthage Survey, an archaeological reconnaissance of the hinterland of ancient Carthage. In 1986 he was a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) in Amman, Jordan, and in 1987-88 he directed the ACOR/USAID Cultural Resource Management Project. Between 1977 and 1986, he worked on archaeological excavations and surveys in Cyprus at Idalion, Kourion, and Palaipaphos. In 1986-87, he was a Senior Fulbright Fellow at CAARI. In 1994 he was appointed Assistant Director of the Semitic Museum of Harvard University, where in 1997 he curated with Laina Swiny the exhibition Ancient Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection at the Semitic Museum. He is editor of the Semitic Museum’s on-line publication of its Cesnola Collection and, has been since 2002 editor of CAARI News.
Erin Walcek Averett
Erin Walcek Averett is Associate Professor of Archaeology at Creighton University, and serves as an Assistant Director of the Athienou Archaeological Project in Cyprus, where she has been excavating since 1997. She graduated with a B.A. in Latin and Classical Archaeology from the University of Georgia in 1998 and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology at the University of Missouri (2007). She has excavated and traveled throughout the Mediterranean and was a fellow of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in Greece from 2002-2004. She specializes in the art and archaeology of Iron Age Cyprus, with a special focus on terracotta figurines and Iron Age religion in the eastern Mediterranean. Her research area also includes 3D imaging and the use of digital tools in archaeology. She has recently published articles on Cypriot masks in The American Journal of Archaeology, on the Athienou Archaeological Project excavations in the Journal of Field Archaeology, on her 3D imaging project in Antiquity, and co-edited the volume Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future: the Potential of Digital Archaeology.
William R. Caraher
William Caraher is a blogger and an honorary citizen of North Dakota, USA. After a long and largely fruitless career as a field archaeologist, he has settled into a life of distracted leisure teaching history at the University of North Dakota. In recent years, he has dabbled in publishing, archaeology of the contemporary world, home pet care, and editing a public humanities journal. He has two dogs and grey pick-up truck.
Mr. Christodoulou is the President of the Cyprus- American Business Association, and Operations and Project Development Manager of the N. K. Shakolas Group of Companies. He also represents the N. K. Shakolas Group of Companies on matters related to environmental and social responsibilities issues. He is on the Board of Directors of Green Dot (Cyprus) , the first collective packaging waste recycling system in Cyprus. He is Chairman of the Board of the non-profit organization AFIS Cyprus Ltd. dealing with the recycling of household dry cell batteries. He is President of the PanCyprian Association of New York (Cyprus), an association of repatriated Cypriot Americans to Cyprus.
Joan Breton Connelly is Professor of Classics and Art History at New York University and Director of the NYU Yeronisos Island Excavation and Field School. She has also excavated at Paphos, Kourion, and Polis-tis-Chrysochou in Cyprus, at Corinth, and Nemea in Greece, and on the island of Failaka off the coast of Kuwait. She is an Honorary Citizen of Pegeia Municipality, Cyprus. Prof. Connelly is the author of Votive Sculpture of Hellenistic Cyprus (New York and Nicosia, 1988). Her Portrait of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece (Princeton, 2007) won the Archaeological Institute of America’s James R. Wiseman Book Award and the Association of Scholarly Presses Award for Best Book in Classics and Ancient History. Her new book, The Parthenon Enigma: A New Understanding of the World’s Most Iconic Building and the People who Made It (Knopf, 2014) has been named to Editors’ Choice by the New York Times Book Review.
Connelly is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. She has held visiting fellowships at All Souls, Magdalen, Corpus Christi, and New Colleges, Oxford University; at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University; and has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She has been honored with the Archaeological Institute of America’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award and New York University’s Lillian Vernon Chair for Teaching Excellence. From 2003 – 2011, Connelly served on the Cultural Property Advisory Committee, U.S. Department of State.
Thomas W. Davis is Professor of Archaeology and Biblical Backgrounds at the Tandy Institute of Archaeology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth Texas. Prior to coming to Southwestern, Dr., Davis served as the Director of CAARI for 8 years from 2003-2011. Dr. Davis received his B.A. from Wheaton college, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Syro-Palestinian Archaeology from the University of Arizona. As graduate student, Davis excavated at Kourion as the field director for excavations on the acropolis for the University of Arizona team in 1984-85. Before becoming the CAARI director, Dr. Davis worked for twelve years for R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates as a professional archaeologist serving as an Asst. Vice President for archaeology. Since 2012, he has directed the Kourion Urban Space Project, excavating at the Roman city of Kourion on the south coast of Cyprus.
Mr. Demetriades is the former President of the Cyprus-American Business Association. He is a practicing advocate at the Law Offices of Lellos Demetriades in Nicosia specializing in intellectual property and human rights. He has extensively advised on copyright anti-piracy problems. He has successfully argued cases before the European Court of Human Rights of the Council of Europe. He has lectured and written papers on anti-piracy and human rights issues.
Dr. Ioanna Kakoulli is Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UCLA, with a joint appointment in the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology. She is also co-director of the Molecular and Nano Archaeology Laboratory at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and founder of the archaeomaterials group.
Dr. Kakoulli received her doctorate degree in Archaeological Sciences from Oxford University and her Master’s in Conservation Science from the University of London. Dr. Kakoulli has held academic and research appointments at the University of London, the University of Malta, at Forth Photonics in Greece, and as principal instructor of international courses and research at ICCROM in Rome.
Dr. Kakoulli operates in the cross-disciplinary field of archaeology and paleoforensics, interfacing material science and archaeology for the study of material culture from the macro to the molecular and submicron length scale. She specializes in non-traditional, novel, non-invasive and non-destructive techniques, and portable imaging and spectroscopic technologies. Her primary research focuses on the study of manufacturing processes and provenance of ancient painting materials (mainly pigments and colorants) of the Hellenistic and Greco-Roman period from archaeological sites in the eastern Mediterranean, Mesopotamia and Central Asia. She has also conducted research in the field of molecular bioanthropology, studying the digenetic processes of organic materials based on the burial microenvironments in the area of the Tarapaca Valley in northern Chile.
Maria Kyriacou is a Barrister at Law and is a partner in the Law Firm Andreas Neocleous & Co LLC. She studied law in London (Barrister at law, Middle Temple In of Court- called to the Bar in 1973). She specializes in Corporate, insolvency, banking and finance, revenue law, taxation, M&A, trusts, energy and the environment, intellectual property. Maria served as Registrar of Companies, Patents and Trade Marks, and Official Receiver of Cyprus and was a member of the Board of the European Patent Office in Munich and has pioneered in protecting intellectual property in Cyprus. From 2001 to 2011, she was a member of the Cyprus Parliament and Deputy chair of the Parliamentary Committee of Commerce & Industry, responsible for the Energy legislation.
She likes studying ancient Greek texts, historical research and archeology, and environmental protection issues. Maria has served as a trustee of CAARI and in 1998 she has participated in CAARI’s international conference “Engendering Aphrodite” by presenting her original work on the “Religion and the symbols of Aphrodite.”
Mary Ellen Lane
Dr. Mary Ellen Lane served as Executive Director of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers for twenty-eight years until her retirement in June, 2014. During her tenure, she worked to create new research opportunities for American and host-country scholars., expanded programming, and built a broad and strong constituency. She secured support for existing centers and worked to establish centers in areas of the world where research and collaborative opportunities were lacking. She worked with American and host-country scholars and official to establish and make viable research centers in West Africa, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Cambodia, Palestine, Indonesia, Algeria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and raised CAORC membership from eight to twenty-four centers in twenty-six countries.
Dr. Lane received a doctorate in Egyptology from the University of Paris IV, Sorbonne, as well as degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since her retirement, she sits on the governing boards on eight overseas research centers and serves as Vice-Chair of the Hollings Center for International Dialogue. She works as a French to English translator specializing in scholarly books and articles and consults on institutional management issues.
Mr. Constantinos S. Loizides is Chairman of the Board of Piraeus Bank (Cyprus) Ltd, as well as Chief Executive Officer of Piraeus Bank Egypt SAE. Both are wholly owned subsidiaries of Piraeus Bank S.A. of Athens Greece, which he joined in 2007. In addition to his line duties, Mr. Loizides was appointed, in September 2011, as member of the Group’s Executive Committee in Athens, and Head of the Group’s Corporate Development. Until March 2005, Mr. Loizides was Chairman of Cyprus Airways and the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Hellenic Bank based in Cyprus. He has also served and is serving on the boards of a large number of diverse companies and organisations.
Mr. Loizides is an active member of the Commission on Financial Services and Insurance of the International Chamber of Commerce, based in Paris. Mr. Loizides has a BSc degree (1979) in Mining Engineering from Imperial College of Science and Technology in London, and a SM (Science Master) degree (1981) in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Sturt W. Manning
Sturt Manning is Goldwin Smith Professor of Classical Archaeology and Director of the Malcolm and Carolyn Wiener Laboratory for Aegean and Near Eastern Dendrochronology at Cornell University. Manning earned a B.A. in classics from the Australian National University, a MA from the School of History, Philosophy and Politics at Macquarie University, Australia, and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. He has worked on the archaeology of Cyprus (early Neolithic to Late Roman and Medieval), and had an association with CAARI, for over 20 years, directing or co-directing survey, excavation, geophysics investigations and dendrochronological fieldwork in several areas (principally in the Maroni area, in central Cyprus as part of the ENNC project, in the lower Kalavasos Valley area, and across the Troodos Massif). His research interests include Aegean, Cypriot and east Mediterranean Prehistory, archaeological fieldwork (survey and excavation), archaeological theory, classical archaeology and the neighbouring cultures, and aspects of archaeological science. For more details of his academic work, see here.
Mr. Mavrommatis is the President of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2005. Prior to that he was President of the Nicosia Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is a member of the Board of the Bank of Cyprus. He is also on the Board of the Research and Educational Institute of Cyprus, and of the Cyprus International Institute of Management. Previously, he was Chairman of the Youth Board of Cyprus, and the Cyprus State Fair Authority. Mr. Mavrommatis is the Honorary Consul of Mexico in Cyprus.
Mr. Paraskevaides is a member of the Board and Director of Joannou & Paraskevaides Group of Companies. He is Chairman and CEO of E. P. Global Group of Companies. He holds the following non-commercial positions: member of the Board of the Paraskevaidon Surgical Transplant Centre in Nicosia; member of the Board of Kings College London Cyprus Hellenic Foundation; Member of the Cyprus Executive Council of the Harvard School of Public Health; member of the Board of the Institute for Social & Economic in the Middle East of the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University. Mr. Paraskevaides is the Honorary Consul-General of Denmark in Cyprus.
Ronald Schlicher was a member of the United States Foreign Service of the Department of State from January, 1982, to September, 2011. During those years, he served in positions which created expertise in Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean issues, in counter-terrorism, in commercial advocacy, in the internal politics of Middle Eastern nations, and in crisis management. Ambassador Schlicher immediately before his retirement, from 2009-2011, served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, an office overseeing some 6,800 total employees in Washington and in 23 embassies and consulates in the Middle Eastern region. From 2008-2009, he was Principal Deputy Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism for the State Department, charged with ensuring effective policy development and implementation inside the Department with other organs of the United States Government. From 2005-2008, Schlicher served as Ambassador to the Republic of Cyprus, where he was instrumental in improving bilateral relations between Nicosia and Washington, and worked effectively with the UN, P-5 partners, and Cypriot officials and private parties to support a negotiated reunification of the island.
Nancy Serwint teaches ancient art and archaeology with a focus on the cultures of the eastern Mediterranean basin. She received her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from Princeton University in 1987 and an M.A. from the same institution in 1983. Prior to that she received an M.A. in Art History (ancient) from the University of Chicago in 1977, and her B.A. in Classics (ancient Greek) was awarded in 1973 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a classical archaeologist, she has worked on excavations in Sicily (Morgantina), in the Athenian Agora, at ancient Corinth, and since 1983 at ancient Marion/Arsinoe in Cyprus. Her research focus has been varied with investigation and publications dealing with ancient athleticism and athletic representations in the Greek sculptural repertoire and gender issues in Cyprus and the ancient Near East. Her recent work is devoted to the study of the coroplastic arts of Cyprus and ancient Israel, focusing on production and manufacturing strategies, cross-cultural stylistic influences, and the role played by terracotta votive sculpture in cult ritual and religious worship. Books: Bolger, Diane and Serwint, Nancy. Engendering Aphrodite: Women and Society in Ancient Cyprus (2002).
Brian Shelburne has been head of the Image Collection Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst since 2006. He has worked in the field of image collections for almost 20 years and has supervised four different slide/image collections during that time. In addition to the traditional Art History-based collections, he has worked to develop image collections for a variety of disciplines including Veterinary Medicine and Athletics. He is currently serving as the VRA Vice President for Conference Arrangements and in the past has served on the VRA Silver Jubilee Committee and on the ARLIS/VRA Joint Task Force on Collaboration. He was a member of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of VRA and is currently a member of the New England Chapter. His topics of interest within the field of visual resources include inter-disciplinary collections, consortial collection building, and institutional contexts of image collections. He holds an M.A. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from Bryn Mawr College and an M.L.I.S. from the University of South Carolina.
Alison South obtained a BA in Ancient History and Archaeology at Birmingham University, UK, and pursued postgraduate studies in Egyptology at University College London. She first came to Cyprus in 1969 as a student on Eddie Peltenburg’s excavations at Neolithic Ayios Epiktitos-Vrysi on the north coast, and subsequently returned to Cyprus almost every year for excavations and studies. From 1976 onwards, she was assistant and later Co-director of the Vasilikos Valley Project together with her husband Ian Todd, and was Director of excavations at the Late Bronze Age site of Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios. In 1980 she was acting Director of CAARI for a few months pending the appointment of a new Director. In recent years as well as working on the publications of the Vasilikos Valley project she has edited and illustrated many archaeological publications. Alison published one book (Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios Vol. II) and many articles. She is a frequent visitor to CAARI, where she is an Honorary Research Fellow.
I am a Berliner by birth and parentage, and a long-time Chicagoan by choice. My personal history, education, professional activities and goals have been rather multifarious and taken me far afield. I earned a B.A. diploma in library sciences at the Library School of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Bavarian State Library) in Munich after spending a year at the Universidad de Barcelona, majoring in Spanish art history and literature. As a freshly-minted librarian I worked for some time at the Wix Library of the Weizmann Institute of Sciences in Rehovoth, Israel, and studied Hebrew in a kibbutz Ulpan on the hilly ridges of Mount Carmel. It was that time in Israel that led, ultimately, to the University of Chicago and graduate studies at the Oriental Institute, where I earned the M.A. and Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Then and now, as an independent scholar, my specific research interests and publications focus on the history of Phoenician expansion in the Greater Mediterranean Region (predominantly the Iberian Pensinsula) – but also Cyprus where I spent several most enjoyable weeks exploring Phoenician sites and material and had the great pleasure to visit CAARI. Vathoulla Moustoukki’s assistance and kindness made me feel most welcome. I am also principal of my firm Resources 2000, American & International Consultants to the Non-Profit Sector, with many years of experience in fundraising and institutional development management in the arts and higher education.
Frederick A. Winter
Frederick A. Winter is the principal in F. A. Winter Associates, a Washington DC-based higher education consulting firm. He has worked as a program officer in the U.S. Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He received his B.A. in classical Greek language from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and Ph.D. in classical archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Before he joined the National Endowment for the Humanities, he was a tenured professor of classics with a joint appointment in the doctoral program in classics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and the undergraduate program at Brooklyn College. His archaeological research and publications have focused on the Bronze Age-Iron Age transition in Greece, the final prehistoric Celtic era in southeastern Europe, and the Hellenistic period in the eastern Mediterranean. He has excavated at Idalion in Cyprus, and also in Greece, Israel, Turkey, the United States, and Yugoslavia.