EMEL benefits from the outstanding service of these gifted individuals:
Michael Phelps, Executive Director
Damianos Kasotakis, Director of Imaging
Josephine Dru, Associate Director
Susan Marshall, Data Operations Manager
Jayne Bray, Business Manager
Board of Directors
Michael Phelps, Chair
Executive Director, EMEL
Claudia Rapp, Secretary
Professor of Byzantine Studies, Institut für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik
University of Vienna
Randy R. Merritt, Treasurer
Attorney-at-Law, specializing in intellectual property
Law Offices of Randy R. Merritt, Elk Grove (Sacramento), CA
Project Manager (Level II), NASA—Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena;
Lecturer, California Technology Institute, Pasadena, California.
James A. Sanders
Professor Emeritus, Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism,
Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University;
former President, Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center.
Chief Financial Officer
St. Catherine’s Monastery of the Sinai
EMEL enjoys a relationship of collaboration and mutual consultation with St. Catherine’s Monastery of the Sinai. St. Catherine’s Monastery, EMEL, and the UCLA Library collaborated in the Sinai Palimpsests Project, which used spectral imaging to recover erased texts from the monastery’s many palimpsests. St. Catherine’s Monastery, EMEL, and the UCLA Library are exploring new collaborative projects to document the riches of the monastery library.
EMEL and the UCLA Library benefit from a strategic alliance to develop projects of mutual interest. These projects focus on the scientific imaging, documentation, and publication of important, and often inaccessible, cultural heritage materials.
University of Vienna
The University of Vienna provided funding and in-kind support to the Sinai Palimpsests Project Vienna Conference and continues to participate in the scholarly component of the Sinai Palimpsests Project through the leadership of Dr. Claudia Rapp, Professor of Byzantine Studies.
University of Pennsylvania and the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies
The University of Pennsylvania provides expertise in data management and database design for the Sinai Palimpsests Project. Doug Emery of UPenn’s Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies serves as Data Manager for the Sinai Palimpsests Project and designed the project’s electronic catalog of Sinai palimpsests.
West Semitic Research Project of USC
EMEL and the West Semitic Research Project of USC benefit from a relationship of mutual consultation in technology and project development.
Both EMEL and the Lazarus Project are using spectral imaging to recover obscured text in manuscripts and historical documents. EMEL and the Lazarus Project are partnering in selected projects and grant development.