Ms. Makausus is one of the longest serving members of the WRBU team. She is a U.S. Air Force veteran with over 30 years experience as a volunteer of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History. She has been volunteering with WRBU for over 15 years and in that time has worked on a variety of projects. She has assisted staff with the preservation of specimen collection records by digitizing paper-based records in the WRBU library. She has also assisted with several specimen labeling projects and more recently, has led an initiative to inventory all collection objects under the care of WRBU.