Archivists & Conservator

Wendi Goen – Photographs Archivist

Wendi joined the staff at the Arizona State Archives in January 1999 as an Archivist and became the Archivist for Photograph Collections in 2007. She has been interested in photography since getting her first “real camera” at the age of 12.

Wendi holds Bachelors degrees in Government and Law and Society from New Mexico State University. She attended Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, and holds a Master’s degree in Public History.  Additionally, Wendi has her certification as an Electronic Records Management Master.

Laura Palma-Blandford – Archivist

Laura graduated from Indiana University Southeast in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and was History Student of the Year.  She moved to Arizona in 2003 to attend Arizona State University.  After graduating with her Master in Public History in 2006, Laura worked as an Archival Technician for the Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores, Colorado.  In 2007, Laura returned to Phoenix and after some time at Pueblo Grande Museum, joined the Arizona State Archives as an archivist.  She survived the move from the Capitol building to the Polly Rosenbaum Archives and History Building and Laura would be happy to discuss criminals, the territorial court system, and dead people in general. She enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and son.

Carlos Lopez – Archivist

Laura Keller – Electronic Records Archivist

Sara Guzman – Reference Archivist


Sara started her academic career as a student of the theater at Arizona State University in 2005. Her main areas of interest were costumes, stage crafts, scenic painting and puppetry. In 2010, she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater: Design & Production with a Minor in Art History. After an academic hiatus of 2.5 years, Sara applied and was accepted into the University of Arizona School of Information Resources & Library Science and Knowledge River Program, Cohort 12. As a Knowledge River Scholar her main area of study focused on applying decolonization methodologies in the management of Archives (i.e. incorporating indigenous perspectives, philosophies and knowledge in the representation, accessioning, organization, description, arrangement, and access of indigenous culturally sensitive materials held in institutional repositories). As a Diné woman, Sara is dedicated to representing indigenous peoples authentically and advocating for their rights to maintain the integrity of their cultural identities through repatriation and shifting the gears of authority from institution to tribal communities. After graduating with a Master’s of Library Science and Certificate in Archival Studies, Sara worked as a Project Archivist for the Heard Museum. In July 2017, Sara joined the staff at the Arizona State Archives.

Siegfried Rempel – Conservator