2020 ACRA Board Elections

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There are 4 seats on the ACRA board up for election in 2020 (1 officer and 3 at-large seats).  The candidates for each seat are listed below. Please click on each candidate's name to read their biography and submitted statement.

 Vice-President - Government Relations Shawn Patch (New South Associates)
 At-Large

Daron Duke (Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc.)

David Harder (Plateau Archaeological Investigations, LLC)

Erin Hudson (Environmental Solutions & Innovations, Inc )

David Klinge (ASC Group, Inc.)

Candidates Biographies and Statements

Vice-President - Government Relations

Shawn Patch | New South Associates

Biography

I am a native of Springfield, VT, and currently reside in Greensboro, NC with my wife and two daughters (ages 17 and 11). I hold a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and M.A. in Anthropology from Eastern New Mexico University. I started my career at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), then moved to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) where I worked for 5.5 years. I switched to the private sector and joined New South Associates, Inc., where I have worked for the past 14 years and am now a principal. I’ve had the good fortune to learn about CRM through direct experience at a public agency and as a consultant. I have directed multiple survey, testing, and data recovery projects; became proficient with geophysical techniques (largely self-taught) and helped grow that as a service area; conducted public outreach, contract management, and consultation with state, federal, and tribal agencies; and gained experience with a wide range of site types including precontact, historic domestic, urban, military, and cemeteries.

Statement

I’m currently in my first term as an ACRA board member (at-large) and a member of the Government Relations Committee. I am interested in the VP for Government Relations position because advocacy in the regulatory, business, and public engagement realms is one of the most important aspects of ACRA. Advocacy, particularly at the state and federal levels, is challenging even in the best of times, but is more critical now and potentially for the next four years. Although I am new to the ACRA board, I have attended ACRA meetings since 2013, when I first participated in CRM Day on the Hill. Since that time, I have continued to participate in Hill visits, have hosted our NC congressional representative and NC state house representative at our office, and continue advocacy at the local level. My enthusiasm for advocacy is an asset that I want to develop further to make an important contribution to ACRA and CRM. Throughout my career I have tried to remain grounded in the belief that CRM exists as a result of legislation intended for public benefit. Because CRM is publicly supported, the industry needs to continually strive to engage the public through a variety of means. My primary goal is to advance ACRA’s long-term health and member success through advocacy.

At-Large Board Seats

Daron Duke | Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc. 

Biography

I am a Principal at Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., a northern California-based company (ACRA Large Firm, 2nd Category). I am also the Director of our Desert Branch in Henderson, Nevada. I received my B.A. from the University of Oklahoma in 1993 and subsequently moved out west, completing my graduate degrees at the University of Nevada, Reno (Ph.D., 2011; M.A., 1998). I have worked in CRM for 25 years and am a current member of the ACRA Board of Directors (since 2017). I also serve on the SAA’s Excellence in Archaeological Analysis Award Committee and as ACRA’s representative on the Board of Directors for the Coalition for Archaeological Synthesis.

Statement

I have a diverse background in CRM that is directly relevant to ACRA. I transitioned early in my career into the private sector from the U.S. Forest Service, and the view from both sides proved valuable to my professional growth. My CRM emphasis is in the western U.S., but I have worked in over 10 states, encountering many interpretations of Section 106 compliance. I have experience with clients across industry sectors on projects of every scope and scale, from small cell tower pads to long utility corridors. This experience includes public outreach, sensitivity modeling, planning documents, and close involvement with Native Americans. I publish archaeological findings when I can, something I view as important to advancing our scientific enterprise as part of CRM’s inherent public value. I also work with regional universities to provide fieldwork and laboratory training opportunities for students who may enter the CRM workforce.

I am interested in continuing my service on the ACRA Board. In business, I enjoy finding solutions for clients that parlay their responsibilities into positive outcomes both for them and would-be competing parties. I find involvement in ACRA much the same as we seek to represent our now billion-dollar industry. We must cultivate a diverse approach to meeting client needs while maintaining a united front in defending private-sector CRM. This entails representing our profession well by keeping our agenda vital, continuing government relations, and promoting the diverse and enriching public values of cultural resources. The current political climate only adds to the urgency of these demands.


David Harder | Plateau Archaeological Investigations, LLC

Biography

My career in CRM began as a field tech and lab tech in a university CRM organization. During my time at this organization, I was able to participate in several field schools; first as a participant, then as an organizer and assistant. The university setting also provided an opportunity to earn a graduate degree while providing invaluable lessons on what could be done differently to sustain a viable business. These lessons bolstered my desire to provide for myself, and lead to several years of small consultation work in conjunction with time spent on field crews for other, established companies throughout the Plateau, Great Basin, and Great Plains cultural regions. Upon taking the plunge to full-on self-employment in the CRM industry, I have worked hard to build a viable, productive organization to deliver the products our clients need while providing reliable employment for our team members. The values we embrace at Plateau Archaeological Investigations (Plateau) reflect ACRA’s prioritized outcomes. Those values have been hard fought through all the years of learning the myriad business aspects of CRM including bidding strategies, taxes, insurance, human resources, health and safety, and the politics of working with clients, agencies, affected tribes, and interested parties.

Statement

My involvement in ACRA now includes a several years as a member, and one term on the Board of Directors. Aside from ACRA, I am a Board member of our local Kiwanis Club, and am the Board President for an organization that manages a historical building for community use. These other Board positions, in addition to my responsibilities as a company owner have helped me understand the limitations and nuances of Board and committee work. I would appreciate the opportunity to continue on the ACRA Board of Directors to continue to help provide business-related resources and information as well as retain the camaraderie with those that are facing similar challenges. One challenge I have been actively addressing is to help small and medium firms understand the goals of ACRA, and how ACRA’s Strategic Plan will benefit their endeavors. In addition, I have worked to identify the needs of the small businesses so that ACRA may better address those concerns in support of our members.

As the challenges faced by ACRA and its member businesses are addressed, the small and medium firms will face the same business challenges as the large firms with fewer resources and administrative support. ACRA’s strategic plan includes many strong points that meet my desires for a strong CRM industry. As a member of ACRA, I ask that you consider supporting me for the ACRA Board so I can continue to focus a part of my efforts toward small and medium firm membership enrollment and retention to the benefit of the ACRA Strategic Plan.


Erin Hudson | Environmental Solutions & Innovations, Inc.

Biography

I am an archaeologist with a strong background in U.S. natural and cultural resource law, specializing in compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). I started my career as a federal archaeologist in the Southwest and Pacific Northwest, where I was responsible for all aspects of cultural resource management and compliance. Since leaving the federal government six years ago, I have worked on NHPA and NEPA documents for projects across the U.S. While an archaeologist by training, I have found my professional passion in planning of all kinds, from cultural resource management plans to NEPA environmental impact statements, and working with tribal communities. My experience facilitating tribal consultation and engagement led me to focus my cultural resource expertise on documenting tribal resources such as ethnographic resources and traditional cultural properties. In 2017, I joined Environmental Solutions & Innovations, Inc (ESI) as their first cultural resource specialist to help the company provide cultural resource services and build our government market. Since then, my responsibilities have expanded – I now manage a group of 10 archaeologists and biologists who specialize in a wide range of services and regulatory compliance.

Statement

I wanted to be an archaeologist from a young age and entered college knowing that I would pursue an advanced degree in Anthropology, with a focus on archaeology and cultural resource management. However, my path to a Ph.D. was mixed with numerous career opportunities and experiences. I have a BA in Anthropology from the University of Colorado and an MA in Anthropology from Georgia State University with a focus on the archaeology of Chaco Canyon. Shortly after completing my MA, I started a Ph.D. program at the University of New Mexico and my official career in cultural resource management when in 2005 I happened upon a position with the Cibola National Forest. In 2007, I became a District Archaeologist for the Sandia and Mountainair Ranger Districts. After six years with the Cibola, I took a Senior Archaeologist position with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District. Life landed my family in Missouri in 2013 and I left federal service to work in environmental consulting. Since then, I have worked for both large and small environmental firms on projects across the county. And in 2017, after years of sheer stubbornness, I completed my Ph.D., which focuses on federal implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).

I have always been interested in cultural resource management and particularly, the state and federal regulations that direct consideration of these resources and helped create the profession of CRM. ACRA has been instrumental in building a cultural resource program at ESI. I would like to give back to the organization and feel serving on the board is an excellent opportunity to contribute and engage with the CRM profession on a larger scale. I am passionate about the profession and particularly, training the next generation of CRM professionals. I work closely with Missouri State University to provide students and graduates with job opportunities so they can explore their CRM career opportunities. I am also actively engaged in other aspects of environmental consulting and interested in cross-disciplinary opportunities. My experience mentoring young professionals and managing an inter-disciplinary program are two areas I can assist ACRA and contribute to the future of the profession. I believe ACRA provides numerous valuable services to the industry and I personally would like to see how the organization can further the profession through training and mentoring students and young professionals.

David Klinge | ASC Group, Inc.

Biography

I work as a Project Manager and Chief Operating Office for the ASC Group, Inc. (ASC), which is based in Columbus, Ohio. I have worked for ASC for fifteen years, starting as a Principal Investigator in 2005 after spending five years working for Hartgen Archaeological Associates, Inc. in Albany, New York. My undergraduate degree in history is from Dickinson College in central Pennsylvania and I received my Master’s degree in Historic Archaeology from the University of Maine in 2001. My research has focused on the interaction of Native Americans, English, and French colonists in 1630s New England, 18th-century military sites in the Great Lakes, and the development and definition of gendered space on 19th-century farms in the Midwest. I currently live outside of Cleveland, Ohio with my wife and two daughters and serve as board member of several historic neighborhood associations in Northeast Ohio. I have been an advocate for historic preservation and archaeology everywhere I have worked and I hope to expand that role with ACRA.

Statement

I am interested in serving on the board, because I understand ACRA’s critical role in preserving our industry and finding ways to succeed in a changing regulatory climate. I am a strong collaborator, willing to take on any task, and I am prepared to contribute in any needed capacity. I would like to see ACRA increase membership by offering more tangible benefits to small firms, who may not see any apparent benefit to participation or who believe that larger firms should bear the cost of advocacy. I would like to see ACRA connect small firms with the new technologies and digital platforms for data collection, data processing, and deliverable output that are defining our industry in the 21st century. Our industry is changing and remaining competitive in large part requires significant investments in technology and capabilities that may be beyond the reach of many. I hope that ACRA can realize an opportunity to assist in leveling the playing field through training, practical experience opportunities, and mentorship for those firms struggling to address the challenges in front of them.

Voting will begin on June 17, 2020. Each member firm gets ONE vote. Bundle administrators will receive an invitation to vote on that date.

Voting will close at 11:59 pm EDT on July 3, 2020.


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