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2015-2016 RPA Elections

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Biographical Statement:

I have been involved in the field of archaeology for more than 40 years and active in cultural resource management for 37 years.    Education:  B.A. from the University of New Orleans, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Southern Methodist University (SMU). Current Position: Curator for the La Belle Shipwreck exhibition at  the Bullock Texas State History Museum.  Formerly Director of the Archeology Division at the Texas Historical Commission and Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer for 24 years.  Directed a large CRM program in the 1980s at SMU. Professional Service: Currently Treasurer for the Society for American Archaeology.  Board member of the Gas and Preservation Partnership.  Member of the Professional Advisory Panel for Digital Antiquity.  RPA Grievance Coordinator from 2013-2015.  Past board member of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers.  Selected Publications: From a Watery Grave: The Discovery and Excavation of La Salle’s Shipwreck, La Belle (with Toni S. Turner; Texas A&M University Press, 2005); “Large-Area Remote Sensing Coverage of Archaeological Sites with a Dual-Track, Cart-Mounted Cesium Magnetometer” (with William T. Pierson and Ross M. Johnson; Journal of Field Archaeology, 2007).  La Belle, The Archaeology of a Seventeenth-Century Ship of New World Colonization (edited volume with Amy A. Borgens, Bradford M. Jones, and Eric D. Ray; in press, Texas A&M University Press).  Selected Awards: RPA President’s Award, SAA’s Book Award, and the Society for Historical Archaeology’s James Deetz Book Award.


Position Statement:

It is a great honor to be asked to run for the office of RPA President-Elect.  I have a long involvement with RPA, having served as Chair of the Nominations Committee, chair of the President’s Finance Committee, and on the board as Grievance Coordinator and Grievance Coordinator-elect. During this involvement, I have had a chance to meet many registrants and learn what RPA is doing well and understanding what more could  be accomplished.  In my opinion, there are two main challenges facing RPA.  Today only about 20% of the professional archaeologists in North American are registrants. We need to increase this percentage.   To accomplish this, I would diligently reach out to our colleagues who are not members to encourage them to register.   I would attend meetings of other archaeological organizations to represent RPA and highlight the benefits of being registered. Moreover, I would use e-mail and social media to broadcast the importance being registered.


The second challenge facing RPA—and very much related to the first—is the need to examine how we can provide more benefits.  RPA has done a great job developing and implementing the Grievance Process, which is at the core of maintaining a professional code of conduct for our profession.  But I believe the time has come for us to examine what more can be done for our registrants.   To accomplish this, I would undertake a needs assessment to identify what added benefits RPAs view as important.   From this survey, I would work with the board to expand the benefits we provide and help move the organization to the next level of service to our profession.




Biographical Statement:

Current Position: Consultant, Heritage Business International, L3C and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, University of Arizona. Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, University of New Mexico, 1996; M.B.A. Business Administration, University of Arizona, 2007; M.A. Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, 1986; B.A. Anthropology, Washington State University, 1982. Career Experience: Corporate: Consultant, Heritage Business International, L3C; Vice President Corporate Development, ASM Affiliates, Inc.; Vice President, Services, The Louis Berger Group, Inc.; Chief Executive Officer, Metcalf Archaeological Consultants, Inc.; Chief Marketing Officer, Statistical Research, Inc.; Director, Cartography and Geospatial Technologies Department, Statistical Research, Inc.; Managing Principal, Archaeological Mapping Specialists; Cultural Resources Manager, Garcia and Associates, Inc.; Archaeologist, Jones & Stokes Associates. Academic: Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, University of Arizona; Research Associate, University of California at Berkeley; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Nebraska; Adjunct Research Associate, Texas Tech University; Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and Planning, University of New Mexico. Government: Archaeologist, USDA Forest Service, Cibola National Forest. Research Interests: Heritage business management; agricultural ecology and the development of economic stratification; built environment variability and community organization; geospatial and ethnoarchaeological methods. Professional Service: Editor, Advances in Archaeological Practice:  A Journal of the Society for American Archaeology. Treasurer, Archaeology Southwest. Treasurer, Society for American Archaeology. President, American Cultural Resources Association. Director, Society for American Archaeology. Director, American Cultural Resources Association. Contributing Editor, American Anthropological Association’s Anthropology Newsletter. Vice-president, National Association of Student Anthropologists. Career-long committee work with a variety of professional organizations. Awards: Asa T. Hill Memorial Award, Nebraska State Historical Society (2014); Society for American Archaeology Presidential Recognition Award (2012). Recent Publications: Business Challenges for the 21st Century:  the Next 40 Years of Private Heritage Management (in press); The Two Greatest Business Challenges Heritage Consulting Firms Must Solve for Future Success, ACRA Edition 2(20) (2014) and Environmental Business Journal XXVII (4/5) (2014);“Tracce” chimiche delle attività umane: distribuzione spaziale dei residui in una abitazione – laboratorio di ceramic a Cuentepec (Messico), in BAR International Series 2235 (with multiple authors) (2011); Digging In: An In-Depth Look at the Archaeological Resource Protection Act: The Archaeological View. Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute 56:14B-1 (2010); Regresando del Futuro con Nuevas Perspectivas para la Administración del Patrimonio Arqueológico de Morelos, in Historia del Estado de Morelos (with Sandra L. López Varela) (2010); Kaleidoscopes, Palimpsests, and Clay: Realities and Complexities in Human Activities and Soil Chemical/Residue Analysis. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 17(3):279-302 (with Sandra L. López Varela) (2010).



Position Statement.

The Register is an increasingly important organization within the structure of American and global archaeology. It, and its registrants, represent the highest level of professional conduct and standards for research performance. As archaeology becomes more complex as a discipline, more litigious in the realm of regulatory compliance, and more politically scrutinized as a science, the need for and relevance of the Register and its standards becomes more important. Given this, how can we expand the impact of the Register and continue to strengthen it as an organization to ensure its long-term sustainability?


First, the Register must actively seek the adoption of our Standards of Research Performance (Standards) and Code of Conduct (Code) by federal, state, and local governments both within and outside of the United States, private industry, and even by archaeologists (e.g. the field school certification, continuing professional education (CPE) program certification, affiliated societies). Continuing to emphasize adoption increases the impact and reach of the Register, propagates high-level professional standards, and also contributes to growing the number of registrants.


Second, archaeology is a rapidly changing discipline. The Register must make an on-going effort to evaluate the Standards, Code, and certification standards to ensure that they continue to be relevant and reflect changes in our discipline. This includes examining changing curricula and degree requirements for archaeologists-in-training and assessing these against Register standards and what we believe to be adequate for professional practice. The Register must also continue to recognize and emphasize continuing professional education as a professionally responsible way to advance career learning in a changing discipline. I’ve long been an advocate of CPE in our profession and refer you to my 2004 article in RPA Notes 5(1).


Third, the Register has always faced financial risk from the potential of large or extended grievance proceedings and from defending litigation against us. When the organization was young, this was a risk that had to be tolerated. Today though, the Register is a much larger and more mature institution with greater financial stability. Significant litigation or extensive grievance proceedings, however, could still jeopardize the organization and now we have more to lose. It is the right time in the history of the Register to seriously examine ways to reduce this risk and ensure the long-term sustainability of our important institution.


Fourth, and finally, the Register must continue to strengthen its role in professional culture. Registration is an important accomplishment for young professionals and we need to continue our work to promote the virtues of professionalism, and professional registration, to students (and their faculty) in academia. There is a difference between the discipline of archaeology and the profession of archaeology. The register is our professional home and we need to encourage and welcome new registrants.


Standards and conduct have been important to me throughout my career and, as a long-time registrant, I’ve strived to meet these in my own work. Additionally, over the last two decades, I’ve worked as an expert witness in archaeological legal cases. In these cases, I’ve gained insights into our professional standards, conduct, ethics, and quality of work on the front line of practice—and these haven’t always been encouraging insights! I’ve been honored to serve in key leadership positions in the Society for American Archaeology and the American Cultural Resources Association supporting professionals and professional practice. Over the last few years, I’ve served as the editor of Advances in Archaeological Practice where I’ve had to evaluate the research standards (and, occasionally, professional conduct) of our peers. I’m happy to contribute what I’ve learned from these experiences to support you, our profession, and the Register of Professional Archaeologists.





Biographical Statement:

Jason Burns leads the SEARCH Underwater Archaeology Division, which he co-founded in 2006.  He is responsible for underwater business development, research integrity, strategic growth, and industry leadership.  He has over 20 years of professional experience on submerged remote-sensing survey, diver investigation, data analysis, and public outreach projects. His research specialties include nineteenth-century sailing vessels, ship construction, and marine recovered artifact conservation. He served as the Director of Conservation for the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) in St. Augustine, Florida; as Deputy State Archaeologist–Underwater for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, where he created a statewide program for underwater archaeology; and as an Archeologist for the USACE Mobile District. Two books have been published on his maritime research, and he has authored numerous articles, papers, presentations, and web-based media.  Mr. Burns has worked on offshore, nearshore, and inshore waterways across the United States and internationally across the West Indies, Europe, Africa, and the Pacific. 


Position Statement.

An organization can’t survive without new members and those potential members need to be vetted against the standards set by the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA).  As Registrar I will ensure that all new members meet the qualifications and will work in tandem with the Registrar Advisory Committee to resolve any issues and make the RPA a continually growing, professional organization for years to come.




Biographical Statement:

I have been practicing archaeology as a student or professional since 1970. I received degrees in anthropology from Grinnell College (B.A., 1974) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.A., 1977; Ph.D., 1987). I worked as a research archaeologist at Western Illinois University, SHPO archaeologist at the Wisconsin Historical Society, and State Archaeologist at the University of Iowa. Since 2001 I have been director of the Logan Museum of Anthropology at Beloit College in Wisconsin, where I also teach anthropology and museum studies and chair the college’s museum studies program. I served as the RPA Nominating Committee Chair in 2011 and as a Standards Board alternate member in 2004-07. I was the inaugural president of the Midwest Archaeological Conference, Inc. and have served as an officer, board member, and committee member of organizations ranging from the Society for American Archaeology and National Association of State Archaeologists to the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center and Wisconsin Legislative Council’s Indian Burial Site Subcommittee. I have also served as editor of the Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology and The Wisconsin Archeologist.


Position Statement:

I would be honored to serve a term as the RPA Registrar. I have been a member of RPA since its early years and am committed to promoting and strengthening the organization. I look forward to reviewing applications and facilitating registration for qualified applicants. With the recent digitization of the registration process, I am certain that I can review and act on applications in a timely manner, working with the Registrar Advisory Committee as needed.


Standards Board




Biographical Statement:

I have been a professional archaeologist for nearly two decades, working in both applied and academic settings with a specialization in historic and maritime archaeology. In that time I have worked for CRM companies, state agencies, museums, and universities throughout the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, New England, and South. My early career was primarily in CRM, interspersed with degrees from the University of Cincinnati (BA), College of William and Mary (MA), and Texas A&M University (PhD). This experience led to my current position as an Associate Professor in the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Anthropology Department where we specialize in training students to succeed in the CRM industry through our Applied Archaeology MA Program. I have held service positions in various archaeological organizations, most notably as a member of the Society for Historical Archaeology Board of Directors and as the editor of that organization’s Technical Briefs in Historical Archaeology series. I was also recently the Archaeological Institute of America McCann-Taggart Underwater Archaeology Lecturer, and serve on the Editorial Board of North American Archaeologist.


Position Statement:

I joined RPA immediately after completing my MA degree because I strongly believe that the professional archaeological community must determine and enforce our own standards of practice if we want to maintain the integrity of our discipline.  I am, consequently, honored to be nominated for the Standards Board, although I hope that my tenure, if elected, is uneventful. I include a discussion of ethics in all of the courses that I teach and have been involved in the SAA Ethics Bowl for several years, leading me to have thought hard about the grey areas our professional ethics and how well-meaning archaeologists can find themselves in thorny situations. Additionally, as an underwater archaeologist, I work in a context where archaeological resources do not have the same legal protections they enjoy on land, so that ethics become even more important to ensuring that we are adhering to professional standards. If elected to the Standards Board I will employ all of my training and experience, as well as an open and critical mind, to reach fair decisions that uphold the Standards and Codes of the RPA.




Biographical statement:

Kurt Dongoske  (M.A. University of Arizona 1984) Positions Held: Principal Investigator/Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (2003-present) Zuni Cultural Resource Enterprise, Pueblo of Zuni; Tribal Archaeologist (1991-2003) The Hopi Tribe; Project Director (1989-1991) Navajo Nation Archaeology Department; Interests and/or Activities: Zuni ethnohistory, Zuni prehistory and history, traditional ecological knowledge, decolonizing methodologies, bioarchaeology, archaeology and Native American relations, Southwestern archaeology; Significant Publications: National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Silencing of Native American Worldviews (with Theresa Pasqual and Thomas F. King) 2015 Environmental Practice 17:36-45; Crossing the Corn Line: Steps Towards an Understanding of Zuni Communities and Entradas in the Sixteenth-Century Southwest (with Cindy Dongoske) 2013 In Native and Imperial Transformations: Sixteenth-Century Entradas in the American Southwest and Southeast edited by Clay Mathers, Jeffrey M. Mitchem, and Charles M. Haecker. University of Arizona Press, Tucson; Confluence of Values: The Role of Science and Native Americans in the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program (with Loretta Jackson-Kelly and Charlie Bulletts) 2010 In Proceedings of the Colorado River Basin Science and Resource Management Symposium, November 18-20, Scottsdale, Arizona edited by T. S. Melis, J.F. Hamill, L.G. Coggins, Jr., G.E. Bennett, P.E. Grams, T.A. Kennedy, D.M. Kubly, and B.E. Ralston. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010-5135:133-140; History in Stone: Evaluating Spanish Conversion Efforts Through Hopi Rock Art (with Cindy Dongoske) 2002 In The Archaeologies of the Pueblo Revolt edited by Robert Preucel, University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque; Archaeological Cultures and Cultural Affiliation: Hopi and Zuni Perspectives in the American Southwest 1997 (with M. Yeatts, R. Anyon, and TJ Ferguson) American Antiquity 62(4), pp. 600-608.


Position Statement:

I was a member of SOPA from 1991 until the transition to RPA in 1998 and have maintained my registered professional archaeologist status ever since. I am strongly committed to the RPA Code of Conduct.  Currently, in my capacity as the Zuni Tribal Historic Preservation Officer and the Principal Investigator for the Zuni Cultural Resource Enterprise, I strive to maintain strict adherence to the RPA Code of Conduct and my professional ethical responsibility to the Native peoples for whom I serve. As a member of the Standards Board, I will strive to objectively evaluate appeals on RPA decisions and work with the other board members to arrive at fair and reasonable decisions on disciplinary actions.


Standards Board Alternate



Biographical Statement:

Sarah Herr is a principal investigator and research archaeologist with Desert Archaeology, Inc. and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. I have worked as a student and a professional in academia, the government, and cultural resource management for more than 25 years.  I have served on committees and boards for a variety of organizations often representing cultural resource management or archaeologists working in the Southwest United States. I also try to promote opportunities for scholarly communication through conferences and publications. This professional service includes: Society for American Archaeology (SAA) -- Board of Directors (2012-2015); Task Force for Professional Development Initiatives chair (2011-2013); Consulting Archaeology Committee chair (2003-2006); Publications Committee (2011-2012); Nominations Committee (2010); Membership Committee (2002-2005); Arizona Archaeological Council President (2005) and member of the board (2001-2006); Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society Board (1992-2003) and Publications Committee co-chair (2003-present); American Cultural Resource Association Board (2005-2008); Southwest Symposium Board (2008-2012); and Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission Board (2008-2015).  In 2015, I guest edited the March issue of the SAA The Archaeological Record Issue  about the challenges and opportunities of reality television, and with two colleagues, have become a co-Editor Designate for the SAA’s journal Advances in Archaeological Practice.


Position Statement:

Professional archaeologists need to be continually attentive to the legal and ethical treatment of the archaeological record, to the people who work in and with archaeology, and all our stakeholders, and the RPA plays a role in ensuring the integrity of the archaeological practice.  As an Alternate on the Standards Board I would hear cases based on their individual merits, evaluate the context of concerns by involved parties, and work with my colleagues on the Standards Board to come to a fair, timely, and respectful resolution.




Biographical Statement:

My career in archaeology is broad reaching, encompassing academic teaching and research, cultural resource management work, and museum experience through a 3-year post-doctoral position at The Field Museum in Chicago. Prior to this I completed an honours B.A. in Anthropology, from the University of Toronto before obtaining a Ph.D. in Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology at the University College of London, U.K.  Although my primary research focuses on the development of socio-political complexity in early Maya states, my experience is not limited to the Maya, and as part of my Post-Doctoral research I collaborated on excavations at a Zapotec hilltop site in the Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico. I have also collaborated on research in Ontario (conducting both historic and pre-historic excavations), Tiwanaku, Bolivia, and on Palaeolithic excavations in Lounan, China.  While I have worked alternately in the CRM industry and academia, for the last 10 years my primary position has been an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Trent University, Peterborough, Canada, initially as a Sessional Instructor before being moved to long-term contract (non-tenured) teaching. I am also a Research Associate at the Royal Ontario Museum and at Trent University Archaeology Research Centre (TUARC). 


Position Statement:

I am honoured to be asked to stand as a candidate for the position of Alternate on the Standards Board. I believe that the RPA is a valuable organisation that serves an important role, not only in creating and maintaining a code of behaviour and ethics for all professional archaeologists (academic and industry based), but also as forum by which we as a profession can resolve intra-disciplinary conflicts.  With my trifecta of education (Canada, Europe/England, and the USA), and work experience (academia, industry, and museum), I believe that I am well equipped to deal with cases brought before the Standards Board. Should I be elected, I would do my best to ensure that any cases I am asked to review are dealt with in an efficient and as culturally and professionally sensitive a manner as possible.



Nominations Chair




Biographical Statement:

Paul G. Avery is a Principal Investigator for Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc., in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Before joining CRA in 2010, he spent almost 10 years as a Senior Archaeologist with Law Engineering/MACTEC Engineering and Consulting in Knoxville.  Mr. Avery received his Master of Arts in Anthropology in 2001 and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology in 1998, both from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  In addition, he received a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Investigations from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama, in 1991.  Mr. Avery has participated in or directed dozens of archaeological projects as a student and professional across the Southeast ranging from small surveys to major data recovery projects.  He is the author or co-author of over 30 technical reports and has written numerous conference papers and presentations, as well as two published book chapters.  Although he has successfully completed projects on both prehistoric and historic sites, his specialty is in historical archaeology, with a special interest in Civil War period sites.  He is currently an elected member of the board of directors for the Tennessee Council of Professional Archaeologists, a member of the Society for Historical Archaeology, and the Southeastern Archaeological Conference.  Mr. Avery has been a Registered Professional Archaeologist since 2001.


Position Statement:

The nominations committee plays a vital role in the future growth of RPA by identifying the best qualified members that are willing to serve the organization as an officer or committee member.  The committee should function as a team, utilizing the experience and contacts of each member to provide a robust slate of candidates for each position that is available.  In my career as a Principal Investigator, one of my most important roles is to manage a team of professionals and technicians with the goal of successfully completing the project.  If elected, I will use that experience to work with the nominations committee members to identify candidates from a broad geographical area and from both academic institutions and the private sector.  Together, we will work to assure the continued strong leadership of the Register.




Biographical Statement:

Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Arizona, 2005; M.A., Anthropology, University of Arizona, 1995; B.A., Archaeology, University of Texas at Austin, 1991. I am currently an Instructor in the Department of Anthropology, Northern Illinois University (NIU) (2012–Present) and Co-Director of the Ka’Kabish Archaeological Research Project (KARP), Belize (2012–Present). As an Instructor and Visiting Professor, I have been responsible for teaching up to three classes per semester, served on M.A. and Honors Thesis committees, directed the NIU Archaeology Day Camp, and am currently on the Museum Advisory Board for the NIU Anthropology Museum where I serve on the Committee on Educational Excellence. As KARP Co-Director, I am involved in running a 5-week Field School, supervising the field laboratory, and conducting ceramic analysis. From 2005–2010, I served as Office Director (OD) and Project Director (PD) for Statistical Research, Inc. (SRI) in their Phoenix office. As OD and PD, I was responsible for writing proposals and reports (Section 106 and 110), supervising fieldwork, conducting ceramic analysis, maintaining the office budget, and serving clients. Previously, I worked at SRI as a Supervisory Archaeologist (1996–2004) conducting various levels of research for NAGPRA projects as well as fieldwork and laboratory analysis on a variety of prehistoric and historical-period projects.

Position Statement:

My extensive work on NAGPRA and Native American outreach as a CRM archaeologist and my work on secondary school and public outreach programs as an academic archaeologist has led me to value the role the RPA plays in maintaining high ethical standards and professionalism across the increasingly broad and complex worlds of academic, governmental, museum, and CRM archaeology, as well as in the areas of secondary education, public outreach, and among descendant communities. As Nominations Committee Chair, I will be committed to recruiting a diverse slate of candidates from a variety of educational, career, and personal backgrounds. I feel it is important to nominate individuals who are dedicated to maintaining ethically sound archaeological practices as the discipline as a whole faces financial, legal, and other challenges.


Nominations Committee Member



Biographical Statement:

I am currently a Ph.D. student in the University of Florida’s (UF) Department of Anthropology. My research interests focus generally on the historical archaeology of Africa and the African Diaspora, and more specifically on the archaeology and heritage of Ethiopia. I joined the RPA soon after the completion of my M.A. degree in 2013 and have been an active member of the Society of Historical Archaeology’s (SHA) Gender and Minority Affairs Committee (GMAC) since 2013. As a member of GMAC, I spearheaded the inaugural Diversity Field School Photo Competition, which recognized researchers who actively engaged diversity–broadly defined–and showcased potential “best practices” for fostering inclusion. As an archaeologist, I have participated in projects throughout the US and around the world from Belize to The Gambia, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Jamaica. I am also a founding member of the Society of Black Archaeologists where we curate an oral history archive with archaeologists of color and work to increase minority interest, support, and involvement in archaeology. In addition to my archaeological research, I am also a graduate coordinator for UF’s African American Oral History Project and a member of the Oral History Association’s Education Committee where we work to incorporate oral historical research into K-12 education through the creation of teacher resources and materials


Position Statement:

If elected to the Nominations Committee, my goals will be two-fold. First, I will seek out candidates who are cognizant of the needs of student members. As a student member of the RPA, I can attest to the relative apathy we traditionally hold toward the organization. For many younger archaeologists, RPA certification only becomes relevant when seeking employment. Talented candidates can help the organization engage students at earlier stages of their training through innovative programs and initiatives. Secondly, I hope to maintain diversity in the organization’s leadership, not just in terms of ethnicity and gender, but regional focus as well. The development and maintenance of professional standards and archaeological ethics is at the heart of the RPA’s mission and more regional diversity on the board will assist in addressing some of the unique challenges associated with maintaining these ethical standards in different regional and case-specific contexts. A more inclusionary RPA is fundamental to expanding the influence and relevancy of the RPA in the coming years.




Biographical Statement:

I have 14 years of professional and technical experience in archaeology and cultural resource management (CRM). I received my BA in Anthropology from the University of Washington in 2001 and my MA in Anthropology from Washington State University (WSU) in 2008. I have been a member of RPA since 2008. My background includes directing and conducting field investigations for inventory, testing, salvage, data recovery excavation, and monitoring in the Pacific Northwest, Great Basin, California, Baja California, and Western Australia. I specialize in the study of lithic technological organization, stone tool macro-analyses, and geochemical stone provenance assays, and have conducted numerous experimental studies related to stone artifact transport and use. I am currently the Pacific Northwest (PNW) Cultural Resources Practice Group Leader for Cardno, where I have been employed since 2009. As a Senior Archaeologist at Cardno, I act as a principal investigator, field director, and project manager, and am engaged in client development and staff mentoring. Prior to joining Cardno, I worked as an archaeologist for the National Park Service, two Indian tribes, and several CRM firms. I have also worked as an instructor, and a teaching and research assistant at WSU. I have experience teaching archaeological field methods and artifact identification to Indian tribal members, Aboriginal traditional owners, university students, and members of the general public.


Position Statement:

I am excited about the opportunity to work with the Nominations Committee to promote and reinforce the RPA’s goals of establishing, promoting, and maintaining universal standards in archaeology. My diverse background drawn from multiple sectors would help to foster and promote collaboration and innovation in the Nominations Committee, as well as help in locating candidates who are focused on continuing to build a strong and moral RPA. As a member of the RPA who is engaged in the CRM sector and witness to many of the current issues and challenges facing archaeologists, I have a strong interest in the direction of the discipline and I look forward to additional interaction with RPA members.

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