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Introducing the team

At Quarto, we strive to provide our customers with the best solutions for their paper based objects. We welcome discussions with students considering a career in conservation. We take pre-program interns on occasion. 

Lauren Zummo
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Lauren Streusand Zummo received a Masters Degree in conservation from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in English/Creative Writing from Emory University. Before joining Quarto's staff in 2005, she completed a graduate internship in the Conservation Laboratory at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Washington, DC. She became co-owner of Quarto in 2010. Lauren Zummo is an active member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, the Washington Conservation Guild (WCG) and the Potomac Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers (GBW). She enjoys needle arts, British dramas, and spending time with her husband and four crazy daughters.

Conservation Specialist
Caitlin O'Brien
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Caitlin O’Brien started her career in book and paper conservation while working toward a Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Arts at St. John’s College. She worked as a library assistant and collections care tech in her senior year. She went on to receive a diploma in Bookbinding and Preservation from North Bennet Street School. After graduation she worked at the Library of Congress in their Collections Care Section preserving thousands of items from their general collections. She joined the Quarto team in 2019. When she isn’t inside reading about books she can be found in her budding native garden. 

In Memorium
Jahanvi Desai

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and colleague, Jahanvi Desai. She was surrounded by her family when she passed away on March 19, 2019. Jahanvi has been described as a “lifetime learner,” cheerful, energetic, and committed to her craft. Jahanvi Desai received Bachelor's degrees in Chemistry and Art History from the University of Maryland, College Park. She began working in the field of book and paper conservation as a volunteer at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries in 1997. She joined Quarto's staff in 2000, and became President and co-owner in 2009. She was a bench trained conservator and performed both scientific analysis and conservation treatment at Quarto. She served on the board of the Guild of Bookworkers, Potomac Chapter (GBW) and The Washington Conservation Guild (WCG). She loved all things Star Trek and the search for the perfect pair of magnifying goggles. She will be forever missed.

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