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2014–2015 RPA Elections


President's Message


It is time once again for an election to fill terms of officers, members of the Nomination Committee, and members of the Standards Board whose terms will expire at the Board meeting in January. The Nominations Committee has put together an excellent slate of candidates for your consideration. We also have an important Bylaws change on the ballot that will allow the Register to better serve registrants from outside of the United States. I urge you to vote in favor of this Bylaws change, which will help assure fair and efficient handling of grievance matters for registrants in countries where the Register’s Grievance Coordinator does not speak the language or understand local customs and laws.

Thank you,

Patrick H. Garrow, RPA President



Please find all nominees' biographical sketches and candidate statements below.

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Grievance Coordinator-Elect


Mike Polk



I have been involved in the field of cultural resource management for the more than 30 years. I received my B.A. in Anthropology from San Diego State University in 1972 and my M.A. in Anthropology from Michigan State University in 1979. During the last 35 years, I have carried out archaeological project work in 16 states, primarily focused in the western United States. From 1983 until 2013, I owned and operated Sagebrush Consultants, L.L.C. CCRG, Inc., purchased my company in 2013, but I remain the Regional Director of the Ogden, Utah office. During my career, I have been involved in a wide variety of projects involving prehistoric and historic archaeology, history, and historic structural evaluation. Projects have included archaeological surveys and excavations, overviews, historic inventories, evaluations, and participation in EIS and EA NEPA projects in the Midwest, Intermountain and far western states. I have also actively served in professional organizations including the RPA, SHA, SAA, and ACRA. I served as SOPA (now RPA) Standards Board Member from 1996-1998, as RPA Nominations Chair in 2013, on the board of ACRA from 1995-2011, and as its President, twice, in 1996-97 and 2007-2009. I served on the SHA board from 2001-2004, was Conference Chair for the SHA Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City in 1999, and have served and continue to actively serve on committees in RPA, ACRA, SHA and SAA.


I feel honored to be invited as a candidate for Grievance Coordinator of the RPA. I have been a member of RPA since its inception in 1998, and a member of earlier iterations of the organization (SOPA and ROPA). I have been deeply involved in political and regulatory issues relating to professionalism in archaeology and cultural resource management as a whole throughout my career. In my positions in ACRA and SHA I have worked with various agency personnel and Congressmen and women to promote laws and regulations to both promote research and public interpretation as well as to protect cultural resources in the US. As President of ACRA I also engaged archaeologists in other countries to find common areas of interest to help encourage wider collaboration and engagement in the archaeology field. My education, work experience and engagement with archaeologists, have provided me with an understanding of the diversity of ideas being implemented on projects and how creative members of our professional can be. Of course, the competitiveness and tough business environment that exists in both private and academic institutions, can also produce ethical concerns. I believe that my experience, education and background provides me with an open mind and the ability to sort out, evaluate and make decisions regarding ethical disputes and charges that arise about RPA members. Should I be elected, I would work closely with the Board of Directors to make fair and impartial judgments per RPA's Code of Conduct and Standards of Research Performance concerning cases brought to me. Should a complaint appear to have merit, I would work closely with the Standards Board to make sure that the case is fairly and carefully examined. ​



Steve Smith



Director, South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Carolina. My career in archaeology spans three decades and includes cultural resource management experience in a private contracting firm (1979-1982, Resource Analysts, Inc., Bloomington, Indiana), a state historic preservation office (1982-1986, Louisiana Division of Archaeology), and a state/university institute (1986-1991, 1993 to present, SCIAA). From 1993 to 2010, I was the head of SCIAA’s Applied Research Division where I provided archaeological consulting services (surveys, evaluations, planning documents, etc.) to federal and state agencies, and conducted grant-funded archaeology. I served as Vice President and President of the Council of South Carolina Professional Archaeologists (1998-2001), and on the South Carolina State Board of Review for the National Register of Historic Places (1998-2001). I taught Public Archaeology, a course in cultural resource management, within USC’s Department of Anthropology. I currently direct a research institute and state agency housed within a major research university.


Ideally, my role as Grievance Coordinator will be unnecessary. Nevertheless, I will try to investigate any complaints in a timely, dispassionate, and unbiased manner to determine all pertinent facts, guide the grievance committee in its investigation, and bring the investigation to a satisfactory conclusion meeting the ethics, standards, policies and procedures of the RPA. ​



Nominations Committee Chair


Hope Luhman



I joined Louis Berger in 1994 as an archaeologist and became a vice president of the company in 2012, with operational responsibility for Louis Berger’s nationwide cultural resource management practice. In addition to this operational management role, I am still involved in archaeological, architectural, and historic preservation planning projects for which I coordinate studies, assist in consultation, design and participate in public outreach and education programs, contribute to technical reports, prepare agreement documents and special exhibits, and provide expert witness testimony. My experience involves working with federal, state and local agencies, tribal nations, private developers, commercial entities, and utilities. During my tenure at Louis Berger, I have served on the SAA Public Education Committee and assisted in SAA task forces, served on the ACRA board of directors, been a TRB ADC50 (Archaeological and Historic Preservation in Transportation) committee member, friend or subcommittee chair at various times for the past 14 years, and served on the board of the New York Archaeological Council.


Prior to working in cultural resource management, I taught for 13 years and enjoyed a brief stint working in a local government agency. My range of experience provides a broad perspective of the archaeological field and many of the issues facing us as professionals. This experience also affirms my belief in the central and critical role RPA plays in all that we do as it serves to unite us as professionals. Within that view is my belief that our organizational leadership should reflect our profession to ensure that all voices and the perspective those voices provide are heard. Transparency and a broad umbrella of professional inclusiveness will continue to strengthen the value and role of RPA, a view I will uphold if elected as Chair of the Nominating Committee.



Kay Simpson



Education: Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Arizona, 1983; MA, Anthropology, University of Arizona, 1974; BA, Anthropology, University of Arkansas, 1973. Present Position: Director of Virginia Operations for Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc. In this position I am responsible for business development in the Southeast and Middle Atlantic, as well as nation-wide marketing and new business capture for the Company. I have conducted and/or managed archeological field work in the Southeast, Middle Atlantic, Midwest, and Southwest United States, as well as international projects in Iraq, Gaza, Cyprus, Syria and Turkey. Professional Service: Past-Grievance Coordinator for the Register of Professional Archaeologists and served on RPA’s Strategic Planning Committee; Past President of ACRA; currently serving on Society for American Archaeology’s Advances in Archaeological Practice Editorial Board, and previously on SAA’s Task Force on Consulting Archaeology, CRM Awards Committee and Nominations Committee.


I have worked in the cultural resource management field for three decades for both small and large business consulting firms, and as staff for state and federal agencies. This background provides me with a broad base of networks to seek out the best candidates for office during the next term. The Register has greatly expanded its base membership in recent years and its growth is related to the diversity of employment and interests which should be reflected in our board and committees. If elected Chair of the Nominations Committee, I would seek candidates that exemplify the goals and ideals of the Register across consulting, museum, government and academic professionals.



Nominations Committee


Elanor King



I am currently Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Howard University, Washington, D.C. I have worked in archaeology for almost 40 years, primarily in academia. My research interests range from the prehispanic Maya to the historical Southwest, but my real passion is education. Since 1996 I have co-directed a research and field school program in Belize with the objective of fostering undergraduate research. In 2004 I initiated a similar program that brings together Apache and African American students on projects in Texas and New Mexico. I was a long-term member of the Society for American Archaeology’s (SAA) Public Education Committee and continue to be involved in Project Archaeology, a program created by the Bureau of Land Management and adopted by the SAA to teach pre-collegiate students about archaeology. I served, too, for several years as a judge in the SAA’s Ethics Bowl. Above all, I am committed to fostering greater diversity and engagement in the field. I just stepped down as Chair of the SAA’s Committee on the Status of Women in Archaeology and am the in-coming President of the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists (WAPA), the oldest regional organization for applied anthropology. I have served on WAPA’s Board for several years, as a member, co-chair and chair of the program committee. Finally, I am a consultant for a Smithsonian-based program training Homeland Security investigators on how to prevent illicit trafficking in artifacts and help protect cultural heritage.


I joined the Register shortly after getting my degree and obtaining my first job. In my estimation, it serves a dual purpose: it ensures quality and accountability in archaeological work while giving registrants the security of knowing they have met certain professional standards through both their education and their experience. The RPA has also played a crucial role in promoting archaeological ethics and fostering student training. If elected, I will seek people for the governing positions who can further the mission of the RPA and continue the work it has been doing while providing new visions for a more inclusive archaeology in the future. Our profession right now is woefully lacking in diversity. We need not only new faces at the table but new voices to help us chart our course. If we are to recruit more diverse archaeologists in the future, we also need to promote the importance of heritage to the public as something that belongs to everyone. While I work in academia, I have experience, too, in cultural resource management and applied anthropology. I am sensitive, therefore, to the need for professional as well as cultural diversity among our representatives on the RPA Board. I pledge to work to bring that diversity to the RPA through professionals who are committed, enthusiastic, and effective in finding new ways to strengthen the profession and engage the public.



Guy Weaver



With 40 years experience as a professional archaeologist, I have had the opportunity to meet and know many outstanding practitioners (and some not so great). I have been a member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists since its conception, and was certified by the Society for American Archaeology before that. I received my B.A. (1975) and M.A. (1978) in anthropology from the University of Memphis and completed course work for Ph.D. candidacy in anthropology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Presently I serve as Principal and Senior Archaeologist for Weaver & Associates in Memphis, Tennessee ( Before forming the company in 1998, I held senior positions with CRM firms and have worked for the University of Memphis, SIU-C, and Rhodes College. I’ve had the good fortune to have participated on hundreds of archaeological projects throughout the eastern United States and West Indies. I’ve also served on the Board of Directors for a number of groups, including the American Cultural Resources Association and the Tennessee Council for Professional Archaeology. If elected to the RPA Nominations Committee, I will always be available to hear your advice and suggestions.


It is a great honor to be nominated to serve on the Nominations Committee for the RPA. The Nominations Committee plays an extremely valuable role in assuring that new officers and directors continue to advance the mission and policies of the organization. Good leadership is essential now that the association is busy on a number of creative fronts. Important tasks include making our website more helpful and user-friendly, along with collecting and digitizing archival records of both the RPA and SOPA for access on-line. As a sponsor of high professional standards, RPA should be involved in the review of online degree programs offering accreditation in archaeology and related fields. Changes in our bylaws could allow our outstanding grievance procedures to become more international in scope, and of course we need to continue to advocate for our profession at the local, state, and national levels.





Shelly Davis-King



Shelly Davis-King (University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A., Anthropology, with emphasis on history and geology, 1971; University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, M.A., Anthropology with emphasis on ethnography and archaeology, 1973; Cambridge University, England, post graduate research, anthropology and archaeology, 1973-1980). Current Employment: Self, Davis-King & Associates since 1970. Society of Professional Archaeologists/Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) member for more than two decades. Current or immediate past memberships include Society for American Archaeology (SAA), American Cultural Resources Association (ACRA), Society for Ethnobiology, California Native Plant Society, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Society for Historical Archaeology (Legislative Affairs Committee), and Tuolumne County Historic Preservation Review Commission (Certified Local Government; Chair 2004-2011, Commissioner 1998-Present). For the California Office of Historic Preservation and/or the State Historical Resources Commission served on the Information Center Advisory Subcommittee, the Inventory Review Committee, and the Preservation Task Force, Subcommittee on Archeology. Since 1967, actively involved in the Society for California Archaeology (SCA) as Past Finance Committee Chair; Professional Standards Committee member, President-Elect 2004-2005, President 2005-2006, Past-President 2006-2007. Current SCA involvement in Native American Programs Committee; Assistant Editor, California Archaeology; Assistant Editor, Society for California Archaeology Proceedings, Assistant Editor SCA Newsletter, and Chair, Awards Committee. Active participant in consultation involving Section 106, California Environmental Quality Act, and local preservation ordinances. Previous RPA service includes Nominations Committee. Have been a co-organizer of three SCA statewide annual meetings.


It is an honor to be asked to serve RPA in a Board capacity, and I have the time and capabilities of serving the Secretary-Treasurer position. If elected, I will bring to the RPA more than 40 years of financial management of my own firm and my family’s trust, three years of overseeing the financial well-being of my state professional society (SCA), organizational and writing skills related to decades of professional writing and editing, and will be a staunch supporter of all the ethnical and professional principles of the RPA. As a long-time SOPA/RPA member, my firm has held to the ethical and professional conduct standards in research, client interaction, service to our profession, and collegial interaction. I have excellent organizational skills that will be used to see that the financial records of the organization are properly kept and filed, will oversee the funds of the RPA corporation, will disperse and deposit funds, and will work with the Business Office to insure the financial aspects of the RPA run smoothly. I look forward to the Board meetings, and being responsible for taking the minutes of our group that reflect the issues and management of the Register.



Kathryn C. Egan-Bruhy



Kathryn (Katie) C. Egan-Bruhy received an M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology, with an emphasis on archaeology, from Michigan State University in 1984 and 1993, respectively. During her career she has worked as an educator for a non-profit historic preservation organization, taught Anthropology and Archaeology at Michigan State University, and worked in cultural resource management for a variety of federal, state and private organizations. In 1999 she opened an office for Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group, Inc. (CCRG) in Wisconsin; she currently serves as project manager in that office and Regional Vice President for the company.

Katie has worked throughout the Midwest, Great Lakes, and Northeast. She has been the major author of over 150 technical reports, published 20 articles in state, regional and national archaeological journals, and presented at professional meetings. She has served as the Secretary for the Michigan Archaeological Society (1985-87), Treasurer for the Midwest Archaeological Conference (2010-2012), Co-Program Chair for the Milwaukee Chapter of the Wisconsin Archaeological Society (2012-2014), on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Archeological Survey (2012-present), and on the Wisconsin Burial Sites Preservation Board (2006- present). Finally, in 2010, she received the American Cultural Resources Association (ACRA) Public Service Award.


I am a strong adherent to the goals of the RPA, to establish universal standards in archaeology and to improve our abilities to establish and maintain high standards of professional conduct. As a long-time member of RPA, I would be pleased to serve as Secretary-Treasurer. I have considerable background and experience in budget development and management from both my professional archaeological work and service in financial positions with non-archaeological organizations. Therefore, my background, experience and commitment to RPA will enable me to effectively assist the Board and Membership in promoting our goals through on-going programs and new initiatives.



Standards Board


James Allan



Education: Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, 2001; MA, Maritime History and Underwater Research, East Carolina University, 1997; MA, Anthropology, University of California, 1990; BS, Business Administration, Saint Mary’s College of California, 1970. Present Position: Principal, Vice-President, William Self Associates, Inc. (WSA); Lecturer, Anthropology Department, Saint Mary’s College of California. In my position with WSA, I am responsible for project oversight of all cultural resource management projects in the company’s Pacific Region, including project coordination, budgeting, technical direction, as well as staffing, scheduling, quality control, and administration. In my capacity as a Lecturer at Saint Mary’s College, I teach an archaeological lab class, Scuba and Scientific Diving, and an annual Field School in Maritime Archaeology in Bermuda, along with an occasional field research class in terrestrial historical archaeology.


Over the past 25 years, I have had the opportunity to observe and work with extremely gifted and dedicated archaeologists who teach and practice to the highest professional and ethical standards. I am very pleased to have been invited to run for a position on the Standards Board, as I value the work the Board in particular, and the RPA in general have done to uphold these standards. I would be honored to serve on the Board and to help continue the RPA’s mission to insure that its membership continues to maintain the highest standards of ethical research performance within the archaeological discipline.



John F. Doershuk



Carleton College, B.A. 1980, Sociology and Anthropology; Northwestern University, M.A. 1982, Ph.D. 1989, Anthropology. Current employment: State Archaeologist of Iowa and Director of the University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist (since 2007). Also, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Iowa (since 1995), and Visiting Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Cornell College (since 1999). Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) member since 1999; also Midwest Archaeological Conference, Inc. (MAC), Society for American Archaeology (SAA), Iowa Archeological Society (IAS), and Association of Iowa Archaeologists (AIA) member since 1999 (or earlier). Active participant in Midwestern archaeological research, historic preservation, and public education activities; regularly teach archaeology courses at the University of Iowa and Cornell College, including archaeological field schools. Active participant in consultation involving Section 106, NAGPRA, and the Iowa Code protecting ancient burials with agencies, tribes, and applicants. Previous RPA service includes: Field School Certification Committee (2000–2013); Membership Application Review Committee (1999–2001); Standards Board (2001–2005, including chair in 2004 and 2005). Other service includes SAA Nominations Committee (2013–2015); Editorial Board member for American Archaeology (since 2011) and the Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology (since 2014); MAC Board member as Executive Officer (2006–2008) and Treasurer (2011–2014), and organizer of the 2009 MAC annual meeting held in Iowa City. Served as President of the Association of Iowa Archaeologists and currently Ex officio Board Member of the Iowa Archeological Society.


If elected to the Standards Board position, I will energetically support RPA principles emphasizing ethically responsible conduct of research. I have direct experience through previous Standards Board service in the functioning of the Board within the organization including participation during my previous tenure in the evaluation of a substantive complaint against a member which led to a finding. Standards Board service requires extensive experience in all facets of American archaeology (e.g., teaching, contracting, publishing, public engagement, tribal consultation; agency interaction) and these are all aspects of my current position and activities. The Standards Board also requires patience and level-headed consideration of what are often complex and emotionally-charged debates that need to be reconciled with available facts and if elected I am prepared to fully engage in this process in as unbiased a manner as possible.



Standards Board-Alternate


Allison Rautman



I am currently a fixed-term faculty member (non-tenure-stream) in the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (CIS) at Michigan State University. Before moving to CIS, I taught cultural anthropology, archaeology, and human evolution for about 20 years in the Department of Anthropology. For ten years (1999-2009) I also served as Assistant Chair in Anthropology. I have worked primarily on issues of economic and social organization at early pueblos; my field area is in central New Mexico.

I have had significant experience coping with issues of ethics and research standards when I served as editor of American Antiquity (2009-2012). When issues arose, I worked closely with the president of the SAA and with the RPA Grievance Coordinator. These administrative experiences have given me a profound respect for the importance of having clear procedures in working with groups of people. I also learned the importance of confidentiality (aka “keeping your mouth shut”), record keeping, and interpersonal conflict management.


I would be honored to serve as Alternate on the Standards Board of the RPA. I sincerely hope that the Standards Board of the RPA would not have to deal with any violations in ethical or professional conduct. However, it is an important position of trust in the profession and if I’m elected, I will do my best to do a good job.



Maria Raviele



I am honored to be a candidate for the position of Standards Board Alternate. I have a BA in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut and in 2010 I received my PhD in Anthropology from Michigan State University. My archaeological research expertise is in the prehistoric archaeology of eastern North America, environmental archaeology, food production and land use, microbotanical analysis, and lithic analysis. My research has been published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, Lithic Technology, and most recently I was lead editor on the first volume of the Midwest Archaeological Conference Occasional Paper series. My archaeological experiences span numerous settings including academia, CRM, public outreach capacities, work with descendent communities, and museums.


I have leveraged my training as an anthropological archaeologist to focus on cultural heritage issues within the United States. My current position at the Institute of Museum and Library Services allows me to research and demonstrate the impact cultural heritage resources, and its associated programming, has on the general public. I consider archaeological resources to be a vital component of this research. Their protection, and ethical conduct by archaeologists in this capacity, is critical. My range of work experience means I am aware of issues that can happen within various settings and if elected to this position I would do my best to uphold RPA standards.



Proposed New Article to the RPA Bylaws



While most RPAs are from the Unites States, currently there are 43 registrants from other countries, and increased foreign registration is anticipated. As a result of this trend in foreign participation in RPA, the board—in conjunction with the RPA attorney—examined the procedures to handle a grievance in another country. The results of this study indicate that the RPA Bylaws need modification to address cases where an alleged violation of the Code of Conduct or the Standards of Research Performance occur in a country where English is not the primary language.

The proposed addition of a new article to the Bylaws would empower the board to appoint a Special Grievance Coordinator, fluent in the language of the country where the grievance allegedly took place, to conduct the grievance investigation.

Please find the proposed new article below.



Special Grievance Coordinator

6a.1. Special Grievance Coordinator.

Where because of a language barrier or because the alleged violation(s) of the Code of Conduct or Standards of Research Performance have occurred outside the United States, none of the persons specified in Section 6.1 above is willing and able to handle a grievance matter efficiently, the Board of Directors may appoint any RPA whom the Board of Directors deems qualified for such purpose to serve as Special Grievance Coordinator to handle that grievance matter. Unless otherwise specified by the Board of Directors, the Special Grievance Coordinator shall have all the powers and duties of the Grievance Coordinator with respect to that grievance matter.



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