EMEL benefits from the outstanding service of these gifted individuals:


Michael Phelps, Executive Director

Damianos Kasotakis, Director of Imaging

Susan Marshall, Associate

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

Dimitrios Antsos
Project Manager (Level II), NASA—Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena;
Lecturer, California Technology Institute, Pasadena, California.

Matthew McGovern
Chief Financial Officer
Paramount Equity

Advisory Board

Keith Knox, independent imaging scientist and EMEL chief scientific advisor.

Peter Marshall, business analyst at IBM, and EMEL information technology advisor.

Athanasios Antonopoulos, faculty member at the Social Theology and Religion Department of National and Capodistrian University of Athens, specializing in New Testament Manuscripts and Apocryphal Literature.

David Kelbe, Principal Scientist, Centre for Space Science Technology, Alexandra, New Zealand.

Agamemnon Tselikas, Director, Historical and Paleographical Archive, National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation.


St. Catherine’s Monastery of the Sinai, Egypt

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. The Monastery, EMEL, and the UCLA Library are now collaborating in the Sinai Library Digitization Project which is digitizing the Monastery’s unparalleled manuscript collection beginning with its Arabic and Syriac manuscripts.

UCLA 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 under the leadership of Dr. Claudia Rapp, Professor of Byzantine Studies, continues to consult with EMEL in the documentation and interpretation of the palimpsests of St. Catherine’s Monastery of the Sinai.

Lazarus Project 

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.

University of Pennsylvania and the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies

The University of Pennsylvania provided expertise in data management and database design for the Sinai Palimpsests Project.  Doug Emery of UPenn’s Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies served as Data Manager for the Sinai Palimpsests Project and designed the project’s electronic catalog of Sinai palimpsests.