There are 11 seats on the ACRA board up for election in 2019 (4 officers, 3 firm representatives, and 4 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.
|President||Daniel Cassedy (AECOM)|
|Vice-President - Membership||Richard Grubb (RGA, Inc.)|
|Secretary||Deborah Cox (Public Archaeology Lab, Inc.)
Janet Grenda (Statistical Research, Inc.)
|Treasurer||Nicki Sauvageau (Dovetail Cultural Resource Group)|
|Small Firm Representative||
Erin Hudson (Environmental Solutions & Innovations, Inc.)
Jessica Yaquinto (Living Heritage Anthropology)
|Medium Firm Representative||
Chris Lockwood (Environmental Science Associates, Inc.)
Mason Miller (AmaTerra Environmental, Inc.)
|Large Firm Representative||
Robert Heckman (Statistical Research Inc.)
David Klinge (ASC Group)
Peter Condon (Versar, Inc.)
Jacki Mullen (Alpine Archaeological Consultants)
Ryan Peterson (Cardno, Inc.)
Jo Reese (Archaeological Investigations Northwest, Inc.)
Ann Scott (Terracon Consultants, Inc.)
Candidates Biographies and Statements
Since my first job as a field technician in 1979, I have been an active participant in CRM, with a broad spectrum of experience at private sector consulting firms, SHPOs, and university applied-research facilities. I have been with AECOM (formerly URS) since 2000, where I am one of the managers of a large CRM group that includes 400 archaeologists, historians, and architectural historians in 23 US states as well as Canada, Australia, and the UK. While my academic training focused on the prehistory of Northeastern North America, I have a broad range of experience with cultural resources across many time periods and regions, encompassing archaeological sites, standing structures, and cultural landscapes from Alaska to Florida.
I am currently a member of ACRA’s Board of Directors and the North Carolina representative for the SAA’s State Government Affairs Network. Since joining the ACRA board, I volunteered to lead the Health and Safety Committee and have developed several initiatives, including an ACRA webinar on developing fully compliant health and safety plans, and a template for employee handbooks. I am an active member of our Government Relations Committee, including trips to Washington, DC to participate in ACRA’s outreach efforts to advocate for CRM and historic preservation issues with legislators.
Marion Werkeiser and I have teamed up to present a session for the upcoming 2019 ACRA Conference in Spokane called Perspectives on Cultural Resources Data Mining, Data Synthesis, & Data Archiving. This symposium will offer several views on dealing with the large amounts of data that our industry has collected over the past several decades, including synthesis approaches, digital data preservation, and indigenous peoples’ perspectives on the use and misuse of archaeological data sets. I am a strong believer that CRM research should be shared as widely as possible with both the public and the academic community - a sample of my published articles and conference presentations derived from contract work can be viewed and downloaded at https://binghamton.academia.edu/DanielCassedy.
With the corporate support of AECOM, one of the largest private CR groups in the country, if elected, my goal would be to build on the initiatives of current and past ACRA leadership to foster relationships between ACRA firms of all sizes, and advocate for conditions that allow the CRM industry to thrive.
Vice-President - Membership
Vice President of RGA, Inc. for 31 years, Mr. Grubb is a professional cultural resource manager with over 40 years of experience in all levels of CRM. Mr. Grubb is active in many local and statewide business organizations. He currently serves on the ACRA Board of Directors and is Chair of the Small Business Committee. Mr. Grubb also serves in the following positions: on the Board of Directors of the Southern New Jersey and North Central New Jersey Section of the American Society of Highway Engineers; member of the Small Business Committee of the Society of Military Engineers, New Jersey Post; member of both the Environmental Committee of the American Council of Engineering Companies of New Jersey and the New Jersey Builders Association. Mr. Grubb has also served on local historic preservation commissions and is active in local and regional archaeological societies.
I have been actively involved in CRM for almost 40 years gaining applied experience in the late 1970s and 1980s before establishing RGA in 1988. Over the past 31 years the company has grown to support over 40 full time staff and has a comprehensive resume of over 6500 projects in 30 states. I have been a member of the ACRA Board of Directors for four years and I am proud of the following accomplishments:
I am running for Vice President – Membership because I want to continue the good work done by the Membership Committee but I also want to explore other sources of new ACRA membership such as groups like the NAEP. I also want to form a sub-committee of the Membership Committee to look at new ways of attracting members and also to possibly come up with new categories of membership. ACRA needs to grow its annual revenue and one of the ways to do that is to attract new members in potential new membership categories. With your vote I would like to continue working on my initiatives particularly with membership and ACRA’s relationship with the NAEP.
Ms. Cox has over 35 years of experience in the field of cultural resource management, primarily in the eastern United States. Her archaeological experience has involved successful implementation of all stages of research including survey, evaluation, and mitigation of prehistoric sites. These projects have ranged from small developments for private entities to major multi-disciplinary efforts for state and federal agencies. She is fully knowledgeable in all aspects of historic preservation, having completed numerous courses in Section 106 and related federal legislation. As President of PAL since its inception, Ms. Cox has been directly responsible for all aspects of company management. Specific administrative duties include overseeing a staff of more than 50 professionals; fiscal policy development; project scope and contract negotiations; and integration of cultural resource services with other environmental compliance services. Ms. Cox currently serves as Secretary on the ACRA Board.
Relevant Experience: As President of PAL for more than 35 years I have experience with CRM industry issues that are relevant to ACRA members and are routinely discussed by the Board. My technical experience as well as my administrative experience at PAL has given me a broad perspective on our industry issues. As current ACRA Secretary I understand the responsibilities of the position.
Interest: I enjoy the interaction with other Board members who are from a range of CRM business types located throughout the country.
Contribution: As noted above, 35 years of experience in all aspects of CRM gives me many and varied experiences to draw upon during Board discussions. Also, I am one of the few New England representatives on the Board and can share my firm’s experiences with SHPO and THPO offices in the New England region.
Vision: As an organization ACRA can continue to be force, with other organizations, for the protection of historic resources in the country. ACRA’s strength is its’ members commitment to best practices for the industry while advocating for a responsible balance of preservation and development. ACRA is a resource for member firms seeking business and technical guidance in the field of historic preservation. ACRA consistently seeks to enhance public awareness of the CRM industry and impress on our representatives the value of cultural resources. If ACRA continues to grow its membership and its’ relationships with related industries, Native American Tribes, the business development community, and our government leaders, it will be a successful voice for preservation well into the future.
Janet Grenda is the Chairman/CEO of Statistical Research Inc. (SRI) and has held that position since 2018. She has been with SRI since 1994 and became Senior Vice President for Contract Management in 2006. Ms. Grenda received a B.A. in Political Science and M.B.A. from University of Redlands. As Chairman/CEO, Ms. Grenda oversees the management of the company. She leads the board of directors, supervises the President, and is the chief spokesperson for the company. She also maintains primary legal, accounting, and banking relationships. Ms. Grenda has worked in the areas of contracting and project management since 1985 and is well versed in government contracting with both large and small businesses. Prior to becoming CEO in 2018, she oversaw all aspects of project and office management for SRI. Ms. Grenda has worked on hundreds of projects for both public and private clients as SRI’s contracts manager. These have included multiyear, on-call contracts for the California Department of Transportation, Arizona Department of Transportation, New Mexico Department of Transportation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and numerous Department of Defense bases and commands of branches, including the U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy. She has also been responsible for administration and human resources, insurance, and reporting for SRI for many years.
I have worked in CRM for 25 years and am well versed in the issues that face our industry today. I have been responsible for all contracting and receivables management for SRI since 2006. In addition, I have served or am serving on the boards of other non-profits including the YMCA of the East Valley (Secretary), University of Redlands Town and Gown (Secretary), the Archaeological Survey Association of Southern California (Treasurer) and the Redlands Educational Partnership. As a long term member of ACRA and the CRM community, I believe ACRA is the most important advocate of the CRM industry. As a business owner, I can make a positive contribution to the ACRA Board with my understanding of the impact governmental/ regulatory decisions have on our businesses. This business rather than technical background brings a fresh viewpoint. I am involved in all aspects of labor and overhead rate development, financial management and HR. During my time attending the ACRA Conference and attending the various business development workshops I realized that I have a great deal of expertise in the business management side that is unique from many of the other members of ACRA. I would like to share this expertise and help other firms as we progress through the ever changing business environment. It is in this changing business and regulatory environment that I see ACRA’s role as the voice for our industry. To continue to be the voice it must sustain its efforts to build partnerships with like-minded organizations; maintain our extremely effective government relations program; remain in the forefront by having representation at appropriate state, regional, national, and international conferences; and provide and improve services to our member firms.
Nicki Sauvageau is the Operations Manager for Dovetail Cultural Resource Group, a woman-owned CRM firm headquartered in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with an additional office in Wilmington, Delaware. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from San Francisco State University, and a Masters of Business Administration and an M.A. in Anthropology, both from the University of Colorado, Boulder. In addition to a background in operations management, Ms. Sauvageau has considerable professional experience in archaeology and cultural resource management, having worked as an archaeologist in many states throughout the country, from Alaska to Virginia, performing and supervising all phases of archaeological fieldwork, and authoring and co-authoring numerous cultural resource management reports over the years.
Relevant Experience. In my current position, I am responsible for the financial aspects of strategic planning, financial document retention, maintenance of accounting software, balancing the books, and completing in-depth analysis of our financial condition. I also have 15 years of experience in CRM, both as a field archaeologist and as a manager, so I understand, firsthand, many of the challenges CRM firms and departments face. I have been involved in ACRA on some level since attending my first ACRA conference in 2008; I am familiar with the organization and many of its members, and I currently serve as co-chair of ACRA’s Metrics and Standards Committee. On a related note, I also served on the Society for American Archaeology’s Investment and Finance Committee from 2011-2013.
Interest. I believe ACRA’s mission is an important one, and that the organization is instrumental in the longevity of our industry; I would like to support ACRA in whatever way I can. The role of Treasurer is a good match for my skillset and background, and unlike many CRM’ers, I truly enjoy working with numbers! I have incredible attention to detail and vast experience working in a number of accounting programs. Organizing and maintaining ACRA financial data would be my highest volunteer priority.
Contribution. I am detail-oriented and analytically-minded, which makes me a good candidate for Treasurer. I am diligent at double-checking and cross-checking my work, making errors less likely and making it easier for others to focus on content instead of errors. I work hard to analyze problems from multiple angles to account for variables that might otherwise be unaccounted for. I am also able to take complex financial data and distill it for broad audiences, a skill that is vital when presenting ACRA financials to extremely busy board members and interested parties.
Vision. I believe broader inclusivity is very important in this day and age, and I appreciate the direction ACRA is currently moving, in terms of offering more student opportunities and engaging more with non-profit organizations and academic institutions. I believe the transition to a more broadly inclusive ACRA will need to be managed continuously and carefully since a broader membership will also have a wider range of needs. I won’t pretend I have the answers to how this can and should be done, since I believe we are only just beginning to become aware of the needs of these expanded groups as they relate to ACRA’s mission, but I would like to be a part of it.
Small Firm Representative
Dr. Hudson is an archaeologist with a strong background in U.S. natural and cultural resource law. She specializes 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). She worked as a federal archaeologist in the Southwest and Pacific Northwest, where she was responsible for tribal consultation. After leaving the federal government, Dr. Hudson worked on NHPA and NEPA documents for projects across the U.S. While an archaeologist by training, Dr. Hudson found her professional passion in planning of all kinds, from cultural resource specific plans, such as Integrated Cultural Resource Management Plans (ICRMPS) to NEPA Environmental Impact Statements. She has worked for agencies across the country to complete management plans for prescribed fire, mountain goat, grizzly, and bison management at National Parks in the west, and property management for the US Army and Navy. During her career, Dr. Hudson has worked extensively with tribal people, coordinating consultation for federal agencies and clients. She specializes in facilitating conversations between tribes and clients and conveying the importance of tribal resources when planning projects. She has completed tribal consultation in the U.S. Southwest, Columbia Plateau area of the Pacific Northwest, and the Northern Plains.
I have been in the CRM industry since 2005, first as a federal employee (USFS 6 years and USACE 2 years) and later in consulting. I spent four years with Louis Berger and am currently the Cultural Resource Program Manager for Environmental Solutions and Innovations, Inc. My education and career goals have always been directed to working in CRM and educating CRM professionals – I teach CRM as per course faculty at Missouri State University (upper level/grad course).
I want to be engaged in the CRM industry and particularly in state and federal CRM policy and educating the next generation(s) of CRM professionals. I appreciate how engaged ACRA is in the industry overall but also, their proactive outreach to government officials and focus on training people for the industry.
I am organized, interested and engaged in CRM. More importantly, I have extensive experience in NEPA and working in other federal compliance (such as ESA) and can bring these perspectives and issues to CRM. I want to be involved in moving CRM in positive directions.
I appreciate how ACRA is engaged in policy issues and development – I think that ACRA could grow more by supporting members in on-the-ground interactions with their local government and congressional constituents. But in my opinion, ACRA would best benefit the industry and its membership by working with Academia to train and develop students in a way that allows them to seamlessly enter the profession and contribute to the profession and practice of archaeology/anthropology in a career setting.
Jessica Yaquinto is the Founder and Principal Investigator of Living Heritage Anthropology, LLC (LHA) and President/CEO of the 501c3 non-profit, Living Heritage Research Council, both based in Cortez, Colorado. Ms. Yaquinto has been a cultural anthropologist and ethnographer primarily in the Greater southwest and Great Basin for the past thirteen years. She received her Masters in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University and her Bachelors in Anthropology and Spanish from the University of Arizona. She has worked on over thirty ethnographic and tribal consultation projects with more than 55 tribes funded by a variety of tribal, private, local, state, and federal agencies including the BLM, NPS, NSF, Colorado State Historical Fund, DOD, and DOE. Jessica has worked on these projects through LHA, Dominguez Anthropological Research Group, the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology at the University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University, among others. Additionally, she served as an ethnographer for Grand Canyon National Park, where she compiled and managed ethnographic data for the Ethnographic Resources Inventory database and assisted the Tribal Program Manager with tribal consultation and outreach. Her experience includes NHPA, NEPA, and NAGPRA compliance, as well as the identification of Traditional Cultural Properties and sacred sites. Jessica specializes in ethnographic overviews, Cultural Resource Management, cultural landscape studies, Traditional Cultural Property Studies, Community Based Participatory Research and Collaborative Ethnography, and ethnohistories.
In addition to serving as President/CEO of a 501c3 non-profit, I have also served as the Co-Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee of the High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology and currently serve on the ACRA Small Business Committee. I am also certified as a Wilderness First Responder and have years of experience with conducting leadership, intercultural exchange, outreach/education, and ethnographic training. I am interested in serving on the ACRA board because I would like to help ACRA represent the full range of CRM companies and assist the ACRA membership become leaders in both health/safety and valuing diversity in all its forms. As the co-host of the Heritage Voices podcast on the Archaeology Podcast Network, I have developed a network of Indigenous and descendant community anthropologists as well as a platform that reaches a diverse range of CRM practitioners that could help ACRA in efforts to reach a more diverse CRM audience. I would like to see ACRA assist all of its member firms become more sustainable and the industry more valued and understood by both the general public and lawmakers. A more stable CRM industry means better protected cultural resources that tell a more complete story of our diverse heritage.
Medium Firm Representative
Chris Lockwood has 21 years of experience in archaeology, and has worked since 2012 as a cultural resources project manager and staff geoarchaeologist with Environmental Science Associates in Seattle. Chris has engaged in business development and worked with a range of federal, state and local clients, managing compliance projects for more than 200 projects in Washington and Oregon, California, Missouri, and Illinois. Chris has particular experience guiding transportation, utility, environmental restoration, and recreation clients on highly-visible, complex and contentious projects that require consensus building, collaboration, and creative problem solving. Chris received his MA and PhD in Anthropology (Archaeology-focus) from the University of Washington. Chris exceeds the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Professional Archaeologist and is a Registered Professional Archaeologist.
As a senior manager in a mid-sized firm, I have a solid understanding of the unique challenges and concerns faced by ACRA businesses (and their clients) operating in the zone between single shingles and large corporations. The current political climate offers great opportunities to do important cultural resources work but also significant hazards for the cultural resources management industry, and ACRA’s voice is more critical than ever. I want to use my past experience as a grassroots political organizer and lobbyist at the state and federal levels to support ACRA’s advocacy of CRM and strong resource protection legislation and funding. I also value ACRA’s commitment to continuing education, particularly business management and client development, and I am very interested in using my experience in these areas to assist ACRA members in obtaining skills for success.
Mason has more than 18 years of professional experience in the cultural resource industry. Mason holds degrees in terrestrial (B.A., the University of Texas at Austin, 1998) and nautical archaeology (M.A., Texas A&M University, 2001) and has used that education and training to successfully oversee projects on land and water, including (among others) directing small sidewalk installation archeological surveys, state park resource inventories, multi-county water pipeline cultural resource investigations, and World War I shipwreck marine archeological monitoring. In addition to traditional methodologies and business practices, Mason has experience leading geophysical remote sensing projects, database design and management, and graphic design. Mason has risen through the ranks in the industry due to his strong work ethic, dauntless pursuit of new tools and technologies for his projects, and superior communication skills. Over the years, Mason has earned multiple awards for his work including the Texas Historical Commission's Award of Merit, the Council of Texas Archeologists' E. Mott Davis Award for Excellence in Public Outreach (3 times), and the American Planning Association's National Planning Achievement Award Gold – Urban Design. Mason lives in Austin with his wife, Amanda, and his two children, Davis (9) and Elliott (3)... and two cats.
Looking objectively at my experience, strengths, and goals, I do consider myself a strong candidate for consideration in the Medium Firm Representative category. I've worked in the CRM industry as a professional for almost 19 years and have made a name for myself for my distinct versatility and experience. I also have experience in trade organization leadership, as I am currently acting as the Texas Archeological Society's Internet Committee Chair, which makes me an Executive Committee member, a similarly-scoped role to the ACRA Board. One of my goals, supported by my company, is to become a professional leader in this industry. I can't think of a better way to do that than to be part of that industry's leadership. My greatest potential contribution to ACRA would come from my versatility and unique perspective on solving problems. I have worked at a senior level on marine and terrestrial archeological projects. I’ve directed geophysical investigations and served as the project manager for non-archeological historic resource surveys and even long-term historic cemetery management plan development. I’m experienced with digital graphic design and database design. All of these different hats that I’ve worn over the years mean that there will be few issues that may come up on which I won't have some practical bearing. In addition, I routinely am commended on my ability to think differently than others and find successful new ways to tackle problems. I am also a diligent, good, friendly person who people genuinely tend to like, and that means a lot when you're representing such a broad and diverse group as cultural resource professionals. My main vision for ACRA is to improve and promote relevance to the public. Until the day I heard a campaign commercial that chided a Texas gubernatorial candidate's support of "useless archeological surveys," I'd never felt defensive of my industry. Ever since, and certainly in the current political climate, it has become essential to be relevant to the public at large; to demonstrate that the work we are doing matters and is worth it. That comes with more effective public outreach and stronger business and customer service practices, all skills in which I particularly excel.
Large Firm Representative
I have worked as an archaeologist in the Cultural Resource Management (CRM) industry for more than 27 years. My breadth of experience includes working as an archaeological technician, crew chief, project director, ceramic analyst, principal investigator, and project manager on everything from small surveys to large, multi-year data recovery projects. I also have considerable experience performing professional and public service with a diverse range of non-profit organizations, including the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society (where I was a Vice President), the American Cultural Resources Association (where I served on the Education Committee) to the American Civil Liberties Union (where I am deeply involved at the local level in Albuquerque, working closely with City government). Additionally, I served on the inaugural editorial board for the Society for American Archaeology’s (SAA) Advances in Archaeological Practice and I am currently the committee chair for the Register of Professional Archaeologist’s (RPA) Continuing Professional Education Committee.
Relevant Experience: My current responsibilities include overseeing SRI’s six offices in four states (Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Washington) to ensure that all projects are conducted to the highest standards of our profession. During my tenure at SRI, I have worked closely with my colleagues, our clients, and stakeholders to develop data collection standards, conventions, and outcomes that ensure our projects are not simply “one-off” events and instead result in truly cumulative data sets that can be leveraged to contextualize future work, support data-driven conclusions, facilitate longitudinal research goals, engage the public, and provide informed management options for our clients. The programs established and implemented at SRI track directly with ACRA’s recently revised Strategic Plan and provide me with direct and practical experience in implementing ACRA’s three Strategic Plan Outcomes.
Interest: I continually seek out opportunities to collaborate with colleagues to address issues and challenges facing our industry. My eagerness and interest to engage and move forward the considerable work already accomplished by ACRA as a member of the board is a perfect opportunity in that regard.
Contribution: My breadth and depth of professional and public service experiences have honed relevant skill sets that I will bring to ACRA. These skills include the ability to seek consensus while maintaining a focus on essential matters and developing short-term and long-term action plans for implementation.
Vision: The CRM industry and associated professional practice is constantly changing and evolving. ACRA plays a critical role by providing a platform for industry leaders to address current issues and position the industry for what is just over the horizon. I am eager to be part of that collective effort.
I was raised in northern New England and developed an early passion for colonial American history as my family traveled to more local historical sites than is probably healthy for anyone. This led to a history degree from a small college in central Pennsylvania, and I received my master’s degree in Historic Archaeology from the University of Maine in 2001. The importance of ACRA, and other advocacy groups, was made clear to me while working for Hartgen Archeological Associates, Inc. in the early 2000s. There, I lobbied the City of Albany, NY on critical historic preservation issues with the support of then ACRA president Karen Hartgen. I worked with the local archaeological community to provide guidance as the City council drafted legislation governing Section 106 compliance in the city. I have worked across New England, the northern Appalachians, the Midwest, and Great Lakes states and currently live outside of Cleveland, Ohio with my wife and two daughters. I continue to work with local preservation groups and municipal governments as a board member of several historic neighborhood associations in Northeast Ohio.
As the Chief Operating Officer of the ASC Group, Inc., I manage the day-to-day functions of a large ACRA-member firm with offices in three states. I am keenly aware of the major policy and legislative challenges facing our industry on a national scale. 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. In the future, I would like to see ACRA increase membership by offering more tangible benefits to member firms, such as local or regional advocacy events or designating regional ACRA representatives to assist with local advocacy efforts. I would also like to see ACRA support low- to no-cost educational programs that focus on industry-specific safety training. Prior to his retirement, I worked with long-time ACRA board member Al Tonetti to revamp ASC’s safety program to lower our Experience Modification Rating, lower costs associated with worker’s compensation and health insurance, and to ensure the safety of our employees. By providing such educational opportunities, ACRA can aid both established firms looking for similar cost reductions and new firms without developed and expensive safety programs.
Now, more than ever, ACRA is in a position to lead the legislative discussion on the future of CRM and I look forward to being a part of process.
At-Large Board Seats
Peter Condon is a professional archaeologist with 30 years of experience in cultural resources management and currently serves as Operations Manager, Project Manager, and Principal Investigator for the Versar- El Paso, Texas, office. Prior to joining Versar (Geo-Marine) in 2011, Mr. Condon worked as a Principal Investigator for TRC Environmental, El Paso, Texas for nine years. Since moving to El Paso, his work has focused on Section 110 inventory and Section 106 compliance on military installations in east-central and southern New Mexico and west Texas. In addition, Mr. Condon has worked for the Agency for Conservation Archaeology-Eastern New Mexico University, Tetra-Tech, Inc., Desert West Archaeological Services, the Cultural Resource Group of Louis Berger, the U.S Forest Service, and the National Park Service. Locally, Mr. Condon has served on the New Mexico Archaeological Council and as a board member of the El Paso Archaeological Society. Mr. Condon’s research interests include hunter-gather adaptations during the late Pleistocene-early Holocene transition, early Formative period social- organization in the Jornada Mogollon region, and lithic technology. Along with a number of journal and edited volume publications, he has authored or co-authored numerous technical reports for federal, state, and commercial clients.
After an internship (1988) at the New York State Museum-Division of Research and Collections, I entered the field of Cultural Resource Management (CRM) in 1989 with the City of Boston as a laboratory assistant working on historic artifact collections recovered during city-wide salvage projects. I then worked for the National Park Service as an archaeological technician excavating Archaic deposits at the Pardee Site, Bushkill, Pennsylvania. Like many archaeologists, I fully embraced the CRM world with Louis Berger and Associates where I moved to a staff archaeological position, followed by supervisory roles with the United States Forest Service (Modoc National Forest, CA), Desert West Archaeological Services (Carlsbad, NM), and Tetra-Tech, Inc. (Leetsdale, PA). In 2002, I accepted a Principal Investigator position with TRC Environmental before transitioning to Operations Manager/Principal Investigator with Geo-Marine, Inc- now Versar, Inc. I have been active with avocational archaeologists at the El Paso Archaeological Society and served as Vice President in 2010. I served as treasurer for the New Mexico Archaeological Council in 2011.
With each stage of my career, I gained exposure-not only to the technical aspects of CRM, but also in the desire to contribute to the advancement and sustainability of the industry. ACRA is the voice for the broader industry and the platform for service. My desire to serve as a board member is rooted in the need to play a more active role in the advancement of the field to which I have dedicated three decades of my professional career. Given the current political climate, I feel that more than ever a personal need to get involved with ACRA.
While taking part in client relations and in CRM conferences, I have experienced the frustration many have felt with the shifting industry attitudes, a decrease in quality spurred on by a decrease in federal spending, and a lack of recognition on the part of law makers. As such, I can contribute by sharing my experiences and working with board members to promote awareness and influence discussion with industry clients, regulators, the public, and academia towards the value of the CRM field and the merits of ACRA.
Innovation and direction proposed in the current Strategic Plan have the potential to change the future of the CRM industry. Furthering exposure of ACRA and conveying the benefits of the organization to current and future members is necessary to the sustained performance of the industry. Addressing both the public and the regulatory processes will lead to a better understanding of the CRM field, and hopefully, improve existing CRM practices and standards. Specifically, reaching out to academic institutions and future professionals to identify basic fundamental skills and knowledge bases for entering the CRM industry will promote consistency, and subsequently, business efficacy. Participation in outreach (sub)committees targeting academics institutions will be critical to my involvement. In addition, I feel strongly that interaction with federal and state agencies, to include addressing members of Congress, will promote and further the regulatory process. Finally, involvement with client industries (e.g, energy industry) will help clarify ACRA’s mission statement and foster greater communication between the CRM field and current and future client bases. If elected, I will be committed to furthering the goals of ACRA and in greater stewardship of the industry as outlined in the Strategic Plan. Thank you for your consideration.
I am a Registered Professional Archaeologist and part owner and Vice-President of Alpine Archaeological Consultants, Inc., a long-time ACRA member firm located in western Colorado. I received my B.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2002, and then hit the road as a CRM field archaeologist. I started at Alpine soon after receiving my M.A. from Northern Arizona University in 2007. For the last eight years, I have served as Alpine’s Project Administrator and am largely responsible for budget and proposal preparation, marketing, business expansion, permit acquisition, technical editing, quality control oversight, and project management. In all, I have been working in the CRM industry for 17 years.
In the modern––and often contentious––political backdrop, it is critical for all of us to stay abreast of current developments and proactively respond. To increase the power of our voice, we must raise awareness with the general public and continue to engage cultural resource practitioners at all levels, including our students, our public- and private-sector specialists, and our educators. Our message should be clear and it should emphasize the importance and value of historic preservation. ACRA’s involvement is integral to the success of our industry, and I have the past experience as a cultural resource specialist, business owner, manager, and volunteer to assist ACRA as a Board Member in meeting its advocacy and outreach goals. I have been actively involved in the Colorado Council of Professional Archaeologists for the past five years, serving as Treasurer from 2014–2016, chair of the Financial Committee from 2016–2018 (current member 2018–2019), and Newsletter Editor since 2016. I have assisted ACRA’s Conference Planning Committee since 2015 and am responsible for many of the save-the-date and program cover designs. I have also provided design support for ACRA’s website and various marketing material. I am also a Board Member on the newly developed Coalition for Archaeological Synthesis. It would be an honor to serve ACRA as a Board Member, and bring my skills as a creative thinker and problem solver to the table. Thank you for your consideration.
I currently serve as a senior consultant/principal investigator and Midwest practice area lead for Cardno’s cultural resources management team. I have more than 20 years of experience in archaeology and cultural resources management. As a consultant, I have completed projects in over half of the United States and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. I have extensive experience conducting all phases of archaeological studies as well as expertise in applying geophysical prospecting techniques to archaeological sites and bioarchaeology. Since the beginning of my career, I have worked alongside Native Americans as partners in archaeological research. In my current role, I am responsible for business development and expansion of Cardno’s cultural resources management practice.
My experience as an archaeological consultant has been focused upon large, multidisciplinary firms with CRM practices. During this time, I have worked with all levels of government and with wide range of agencies and clients. In addition, I have collaborated with numerous stakeholders with interests in cultural resources management, and have regularly collaborated with our colleagues in academia. My personal perspectives align with the goals and objectives of ACRA. I have found great value in educational opportunities I have received as being part of ACRA, as well as the relationships that I have built through the organization. It is my desire and responsibility to become more engaged and contribute to the organization by serving as a Board member. We all bring unique perspectives based on our personal experiences. I committed to balancing the regulatory requirements of our work while making meaningful contributions to the greater archaeological community. I will bring integrity and commitment to innovation should I be elected to the Board. I understand the importance of the role of ACRA in our profession. If elected, I would work diligently to further the objectives laid out in the ACRA Strategic Plan, further build strategic relationships, and focus upon the growth of the organization.
I am president and co-founder (in 1989) of Archaeological Investigations Northwest, Inc. (AINW), which is a full-service cultural resource firm based in Portland, Oregon. AINW became an ACRA member in 1995. I have served as an ACRA board member from 1999 to 2005 and as its treasurer from 2015 to the present time. I received my M.A. from Washington State University in 1986, and have worked primarily in Oregon and Washington, although I also have participated in archaeological projects elsewhere in the West. I am a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA), and served on RPA’s board as the Society for American Archaeology’s representative, 2007-2013. I am professionally qualified in both historic and pre-contact archaeology, and I especially enjoy soils, geology, and environmental history. My employment before archaeology included working for a Certified Public Accounting firm and for other firms as a bookkeeper, and I enjoy the business side of cultural resource practice. I received RPA’s Special Achievement Award in 2013 in recognition of my work in setting up the initial phases of its Continuing Professional Education program. I received a special service appreciation award from ACRA in 2003 in recognition of my work serving on the Advisory Council’s Federal Communications Commission Telecommunications Working Group, representing ACRA. In 2017, I received ACRA’s President’s Award for my service on the executive committee.
Relevant Experience: I have been an active member of ACRA for several years, and that includes serving on committees while on the board (1999-2005), while serving as treasurer (2015-present), and in between those times. I have served on the Government Relations, Membership, Continuing Education, and Conference Committees, and represented ACRA on the ACHP-FCC’s Telecommunications Working Group (2001-2005). I chaired RPA’s Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Certification Committee, which followed my time working to establish RPA’s continuing professional education program. I have also served as a board member, officer, or advisor for other, similar organizations. I have a very strong work ethic, and have run a cultural resource firm for 30 years. I feel all of my experience—and especially my time working with other representatives of ACRA member firms—provides me with a wealth of knowledge about the organization, and how it can continue to grow and meet the needs of people working in cultural resource management.
Interest: I am very committed to the success of the organization, to seeing it continue to grow, and to supporting efforts to engage the next generation of our business professionals. I have participated in ACRA since it began, and I saw early-on that ACRA would provide valuable business knowledge and experience that offers our trade group a way to better serve our clients and our employees, while respecting cultural resources and the Tribes, public, agencies, and other organizations we work with.
Contribution: I feel I am a good listener, am open-minded, and am able to find creative solutions that benefit ACRA and its member firms. I am highly committed to the success of the organization. I would endeavor to grow the success of the Continuing Education program, which is now reaching a wide audience, and work to increase membership.
Vision: My vision for ACRA is aligned with its mission statement, most especially that ACRA provides good standards for all of us, improving the practice of CRM. As an owner of a CRM firm for 30 years, I have seen several business cycles. ACRA provides its member firms with information to make our CRM businesses do well for cultural resources, clients, our employees, and those served by our profession. I am especially committed to ensuring this continues, and that our collective experience and knowledge is passed on to those who are now becoming business owners or are reaching higher management levels.
Ann M. Scott is the Environmental Planning Group Manager in the Austin, Texas office of Terracon Consultants, Inc, a national firm specializing in environmental, geotechnical, and materials testing services. As Group Manager, Dr. Scott oversees all operations involving Natural and Cultural resources for the Austin office, including supervising personnel, performing quality control, and managing projects. She earned her PhD in Latin American Studies in 2009 from The University of Texas at Austin. She received a MA in Anthropology from Northern Illinois University and a BS degree from Central Michigan University. Dr. Scott has over 25 years of archeological experience and has worked for the National Park Service, the State of Wisconsin, the State of Illinois, and various private consulting firms in the Midwest and Texas including CCRG, Inc. (now Commonwealth Heritage Group), Prewitt and Associates, Inc., and aci consulting llc. She has supervised numerous projects in the Central Texas region focusing on prehistoric life-ways, historic military and ranching activities, as well as evaluated cultural resources discovered in karst or cave environments.
In addition to a successful career in cultural resource management, Dr. Scott has a long record of conducting research in Latin America. She has participated in archeological research in Peru, Bolivia, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and Mexico. Dr. Scott also specializes in Mesoamerican cave archeology studying the use of caves in a ritual context. Her dissertation research examined contemporary use of sacred space among the Kaqchikel Maya in the southern Highlands of Guatemala.
It would be an honor to serve again on the Board of Directors of ACRA. I see this as an exciting opportunity to be part of a successful organization where I can both offer ideas and learn from incumbents. I have remained part of the organization by attending the annual conferences as well as recently assisting the 2020 Conference Committee Scouting Team. By serving on the Board, I feel I can offer a unique perspective from when I used to sit on the board representing Small firms and now I would represent Large companies. Each category has its own set of challenges they face as businesses and cultural resources firms.
I come to ACRA with several years of board service. I previously served from 2010-2015. I currently sit on the Board of Directors of the Texas Speleological Survey, a non-profit corporation established in 1961, which maintains data on caves and karst in Texas. As the first female member of the Board, I have been active for 12 years. I currently sit on an Ad-hoc Standards Committee for the Council of Texas Archeologists (CTA). I sit on the Reporting Standards and Guidelines committee helping to establish protocol and standards for reporting. For the CTA, I have also served on the Multicultural Relations Committee and Contractor’s List Committee, both standing committees of the organization.
I see the role as a member of the Board of Directors as being two-fold. One is to serve the organization to the best of your ability in the best interest of the organization. The other is to be a leader in helping to meet the needs of the organization. When I was contacted by the Nomination Committee, I saw this as an important opportunity to work with an incredible, dedicated team of cultural resources professionals with whom I could be part of to fulfill the mission of ACRA. I look forward to working with the leadership of ACRA and serving the needs of the membership through the efforts of the Board.
Voting will begin on June 10, 2019. Each member firm gets ONE vote. Bundle administrators will receive an invitation to vote directly from SurveyMonkey on June 10, 2019.