Speaker Biographies for 2018 Conference

Listed in alphabetical order by last name.

Allan Affeldt

Allan owns and restored La Posada - Mary Colter’s 1930 Santa Fe Railway hotel in Winslow, AZ. La Posada, one of the most beloved restorations in the Southwest, has been featured in television and print media around the globe. In 2014 Allan purchased the 1882 Plaza Hotel and 1898 Castaneda Hotel – both in Las Vegas NM and both under restoration. Allan is chairman and founder of Greenbox Global, a tech company focused on solving various enormous problems in digital…

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Lauren B. Allsopp

Lauren B. Allsopp

Dr. Lauren Allsopp is the Historic Preservation Professional for the City of Mesa, AZ, responsible for the stewardship of its historic built environment. As a faculty associate, Lauren teaches Urban Design and Historic Preservation at Arizona State University. She was a tenured professor at Eastern Michigan University where she taught in the graduate Historic Preservation program. Lauren holds a M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She currently is…

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Bonnie Bariola

Bonnie Bariola

After working for 14 years in the Business Field, Bonnie returned to college at ASU receiving her BS Degree with a major in Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture in 1988. Her first position was Planning Director for the Town of Florence. In 1990 when the Arizona Heritage Fund was established, Bonnie began writing grants, utilizing the Heritage Fund to provide partial funding for the rehabilitation of many historic properties in Florence. Bonnie became so proficient in rehabilitation of historic properties,…

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Susan Bierer

Susan Bierer

An archaeologist by training and degree, Susan has held positions in private Cultural Resource Management and most recently with the National Park Service at Navajo National Monument with substantial field work and documentation at Grand Canyon NP, Hubbell Trading Post, Canyon de Chelly, Wupatki NM and Walnut Canyon NM. She currently serves as the Research Coordinator for the School of Architecture at the University of Arizona and is finishing up her MS Architecture Heritage Conservation degree at the University of…

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Daniel Bluestone

Daniel Bluestone

Daniel Bluestone, professor of the history of art and architecture and director of Preservation Studies at Boston University has worked extensively in Chicago preservation and community revitalization. His prizewinning books are Buildings, Landscapes, and Memory: Case Studies in Historic Preservation (2011) and Constructing Chicago (1991). Important Chicago essays include: “Chicago’s Mecca Flat Blues,” (1998); “Louis H. Sullivan’s Chicago: From ‘Shirt-front’ to Alley, to ‘All-Around Structures,’” (2013); and “Framing Landscape While Building Density: Chicago Courtyard Apartments, 1891-1929,” (2017).

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Todd Bostwick

Todd Bostwick

Dr. Todd Bostwick has conducted archaeological research in the Southwest for 38 years. He was the Phoenix City Archaeologist for 21 years at Pueblo Grande Museum and is now the Director of Archaeology at the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde. Dr. Bostwick has an MA in Anthropology and a PhD in History from Arizona State University, and was a Faculty Associate at ASU and Northern Arizona University for seven years. He has published numerous books and articles on…

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Debe Branning

Transplanted from the Midwest, Debe has been fascinated with cemeteries, cemetery art, and gravestone design for years. She orchestrates and leads historic cemetery tours at the Pioneer Military and Memorial Park, re-creating the life (and death) stories of the inhabitants of this little "town." Residents include early Arizona pioneers, as well as Arizona government officials and lawmen, down to ladies of the night and outlaws. She believes in the importance of maintaining Arizona history and honoring these early settlers by preserving their…

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Ben Brosseau

Ben Brosseau

Ben Brosseau is an award-winning publicist and REALTOR® heading up the move to seek historic neighborhood designation of the 15-remaining mid-century modern, multi-family residential buildings in Old Town Scottsdale’s Garden Apartment District. Growing up, the North Dakota native learned business basics at a young age thanks to his grandfather, a real estate broker and development consultant, who helped spark Ben’s appreciation for historic homes and neighborhoods in his hometown of Grand Forks. 15 years in public relations between Los Angeles,…

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David J. Brown

David J. Brown

David J. Brown—with four decades of experience in saving historic places and supporting thriving communities—leads the National Trust’s comprehensive preservation efforts as Executive Vice President and Chief Preservation Officer. He oversees the organization’s National Treasure, Historic Sites, ReUrbanism, and Leadership Advocacy efforts, all with a focus on putting people at the center of preservation. David successfully led the organization’s work on a Vision for Preservation’s Future (2017) and the $135 million Campaign for America’s Historic Places (1999-2003).
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Sam Campana

Sam Campana, Executive Director of Desert Discovery Center Scottsdale, the non-profit under contract with the City of Scottsdale to continue to advance The Desert EDGE, served on the Scottsdale City Council for 12 years and was mayor the last four when she chose not to run in 2000. She spent over 10 years with the National Audubon Society, creating their statewide office, and overseeing the effort and raising over $7M to build the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center…

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Demion Clinco

Demion Clinco

Now the CEO of the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, Demion revitalized the organization as President from 2008 – 2014. As the CEO of Frontier Consulting Group LLC, his projects include DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Historic District, Indian Ridge Historic District (Tucson) and the Historic Context for the Oracle Area Revitalization Plan. During 2014-15 he served as a member of the Arizona State House of Representatives, and he is currently a member of the Pima Community College Board of Governors…

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Scott Courtright

Mr. Courtright is a Senior Project Director with more than 20 years of experience in cultural resources management. He is an Arizona native and has completed a multitude of survey and excavation projects throughout Arizona and neighboring states. Mr. Courtright is responsible for managing projects and supervising fieldwork, and he has extensive experience with the many agencies and regulations that dictate the cultural resources management environment. He is employed by PaleoWest Archaeology.

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Gem Cox

As a Florence resident, Gem graduated from Florence High School in 1981. After serving 10 years in the navy as a Power Plant Specialist and Radiological Controls Supervisor, he then spent 16 years working for Tucson Electric Power as a Power Plant Specialist and a Power Marketer. Gem has restored several adobe and red brick buildings beginning while in High School. He has purchased and rehabilitated several historic commercial buildings in Florence. His current commercial project is the Historic Smith…

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Walter Crutchfield

Walter Crutchfield

Walter is a fourth-generation Arizonan whose family has been developing land in Arizona since 1961. Prior to the formation of Vintage Partners, he had been a principal in four other development companies. Walter has led the acquisition through entitlement of a diverse portfolio of residential, resort, commercial, and industrial land holdings. Currently he is responsible for acquisitions at Vintage Partners. Vintage Partners portfolio has included raw land, urban adaptive reuse buildings, distressed shopping centers, historic buildings, and public private partnership…

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Allen Dart

Registered Professional Archaeologist Allen Dart has worked in Arizona and New Mexico since 1975. He is state cultural resources specialist/archaeologist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and volunteer director of Tucson’s Old Pueblo Archaeology Center nonprofit organization, which he founded in 1993 to provide educational and scientific programs in archaeology, history, and cultures. Al has received the Arizona Governor’s Award in Public Archaeology, the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society’s Victor R. Stoner Award, and the Arizona Archaeological Society’s Professional…

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Martina Dawley

Martina Dawley

Martina Dawley, Ph.D. is head of the American Indian Relations office and a faculty member at Arizona State Museum. Her main responsibilities include managing ASM’s Southwest Native Nations Advisory Board, facilitating tribal consultation, serving as administrator for NAGPRA, creating programs to reach out to the local and tribal community members, and working as advisor, mentor, and collaborator with University of Arizona students and faculty. Dr. Dawley is Dine’ and Hualapai.

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Connor Descheemaker

Connor Descheemaker

Connor Descheemaker serves as the Community Planning Manager for Local First Arizona, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to local business advocacy and equitable economic development as a means of cultivating connection to place. Descheemaker founded and directs the organization's For(u)m program, focusing Local First's mission on the built environment, working with businesses and nonprofits across sectors for more equitable, sustainable, and place-conscious development, with a focus on infill and adaptive reuse. Mr. Descheemaker was born and raised in the Phoenix metro…

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Michelle Dodds

Michelle Dodds

Michelle Dodds is the Historic Preservation Officer for the city of Phoenix. She received her Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) from Florida State and has worked for the city of Phoenix since 1997 in both the planning and preservation. Prior to receiving her MURP, Michelle was an educator in Florida. She spends her free time chasing after her two rascally shelties, Dixie and Willie. Michelle is a member of the American Planning Association, the Arizona Planning Association and…

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Kurt Dongoske

Kurt Dongoske

Kurt Dongoske is the principal investigator for the Zuni Cultural Resource Enterprise and the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Pueblo of Zuni. Mr. Dongoske has over 37 years of experience as an archaeologist with a primary focus on Arizona and New Mexico. He has designed, implemented, and completed numerous archaeological and ethnographic projects that have incorporated the perspectives of both the Hopi and the Zuni people. Most of his archaeological career has focused on research on the Colorado Plateau…

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Chris Downum

Chris Downum is a Professor of Anthropology at Northern Arizona (NAU). He earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Anthropology from the University of Arizona. Since 1982, he has conducted field, archival, and laboratory research on the archaeology of Arizona, principally with the U.S. National Park Service at Wupatki, Walnut Canyon, and Sunset Crater National Monuments. Downum’s archaeological interests include questions of ancient ethnicity and conflict in the American Southwest and the chronology of ancient Puebloan ceramics.

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Leigh Anne Ellison

Leigh Anne serves as a Program Manager and advocates globally for Digital Antiquity and the use of tDAR for the long-term preservation of and access to archaeological data. Ellison’s previous professional experience includes work as a Project Director for archaeological fieldwork in Mexico and Honduras, where she studied social variability among commoners. She also has considerable field experience in the US, conducting archaeological research on various projects throughout Hawaii, Arizona, and Colorado. Ellison holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology from…

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Helen Erickson

Helen Erickson

Helen Erickson, MLA, is a specialist in historic landscape documentation and planning, who has completed projects in Arizona, Texas, Alaska, and New York. In Tucson, Helen prepared the Conservation Master Plan and National Register nomination for the Eckbo-designed landscape at the Tucson Community Center (listed 2015) and serves on the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission, where she chairs the Historic Landscapes Subcommittee. At the state level, she serves as Co-Coordinator of the Arizona Chapter of the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS),…

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Jason Tippeconnic Fox

Jason Tippeconnic Fox has a PhD in Art and Architectural History from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree in Architectural History and Historic Preservation from the University of Virginia, and a BA in Art History with a minor in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona. Since 2014, he has served as Arizona co-coordinator for the Society of Architectural Historians’ Archipedia project. His research in architectural history centers on intersections between architecture, commerce and popular culture, and on…

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Joan Fudala

Joan Fudala

Joan Fudala is a full-time community historian, specializing in the history of the Scottsdale area. She is the author of eight books, including The People’s Preserve; Historic Scottsdale: A Life from the Land; Images of America – Scottsdale; Golf in Scottsdale; 50 Years of the Scottsdale Charros & Spring Training; and Desert Highlands. Prior to her 20-year career as a community historian, Joan spent 26 years as a public relations executive, including positions with the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce/Convention &…

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Angela D. Garcia-Lewis

Cultural Preservation Program. As Cultural Preservation Compliance Supervisor Angela’s primary responsibility is consultation under the various cultural resource statutes that apply to the federal, state, tribal, and private land jurisdictions within the ancestral lands of the O’Odham and Piipaash cultures in central Arizona. Angela provides input on projects ranging from international repatriation, museum exhibits that include information about the prehistory and history of the O’Odham and Piipaash, to educational outreach to various groups interested in the culture and history of…

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Daniel Garcia

Daniel Garcia

Daniel Garcia, M.A., RPA, is a Digital Archaeologist / Cultural Resources Team Lead at SWCA Environmental Consultants, Phoenix and Flagstaff, Arizona. Mr. Garcia is a Principal Investigator and Archaeologist with 18 years of experience providing cultural resource consulting to State and Federal Agencies throughout Arizona. He has expertise in the archaeology, GIS and spatial analysis, and implementing technological solutions customized for cultural resource field, reporting, and resource management.  

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James Garrison

James Garrison

James ‘Jim’ Garrison graduated from Arizona State University in 1970 with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree. As a registered architect in Arizona he has practiced in the field of historic preservation, specializing in the inspection and rehabilitation of historic buildings, and in the stabilization and conservation of adobe. In 1978 Mr. Garrison attended the Architectural Conservation Training Course at the Center for Conservation in Rome. He was employed by the AZ State Historic Preservation Office in 1990, first to oversee…

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Creighton Gerber

Creighton Gerber is a graduate student in Applied Archaeology at Northern Arizona University. For his thesis, he is exploring how digital technology can benefit both recording methodology and interpretation of rock imagery at Walnut Canyon National Monument, including photogrammetry, GigaPan photography, and reflectance transformation imaging. Prior to beginning his graduate degree, he completed his B.A. in Anthropology at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD. He worked for the Augustana Archeology Laboratory and National Park Service Midwest Regional Office before moving…

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Courtney Gordon

Courtney Gordon

Courtney is a Planner with the city of Phoenix Historic Preservation Office. She was hired in February 2017 to oversee the 30-day hold process and maintain the Historic Preservation GIS. Prior to that, she was a Senior GIS Technician with Planning and Development. Courtney graduated from SUNY at Buffalo with a BA in Anthropology, concentrating in Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology, and SUNY at Buffalo Graduate School of Education with a certification in Social Studies education. In 2006, she relocated to…

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Steve Grede

Steve Grede

Steve Grede is a registered landscape architect who received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Arizona. His career spans 30 years of landscape design and preservation projects. He currently teaches Computer Aided Design (CAD) at Pima Community College. He is a longtime preservationist serving eight years on the Tucson-Pima Country Historic Commission and on the Historic Landscapes Subcommittee. In 2015 he led the collaboration between CAD students, the City of Tucson, industry specialists, and two classes at…

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Jerry Greer

Jerry is an architectural project manager with over ten years’ experience managing diverse, complex projects. He has a consistent record of developing relationships, leading to new and repeat business. He brings a unique background in entrepreneurial ventures and not for profit management, helping forge a leadership philosophy centered on transparency, trust and respect. Positive results include enhanced work relationships, project success and profitability.

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Andrea Gregory

Andrea Gregory

Ms. Gregory has 18 years of experience in archaeology, including 15 years supervisory experience at ACS and serves as Director of Cultural Resources and lead for ACS’ Paleoenvironmental Studies (PES) and Historical Services. Ms. Gregory meets/exceeds the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for both Archaeology and History. In addition to analyzing faunal and shell remains, Ms. Gregory supervises a variety of survey and testing/data recovery projects, assists with preparation of environmental assessments and agency consultation, develops work plans…

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Teresa Gregory

Teresa Gregory

Teresa Gregory is an Assistant Project Director at Statistical Research, Inc. Her current project involves digital archiving and GIS-related work for the Arizona Army National Guard, aided by the knowledge from her past two-year position at ASM’s Archaeological Records Office and AZSITE as Administrator and GIS Manager. Teresa earned her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology/Archaeology in 1996 from the University of California Santa Barbara. In 2001, she obtained a B.S. in Molecular & Cellular Biology and then in 2016 a M.S.…

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Mark Hackbarth

Mark Hackbarth has 35 years of experience as a professional archaeologist in Arizona. He directed major excavation projects in south and central Arizona and has extensive experience working with the City of Scottsdale, City of Phoenix; City of Peoria, Bureau of Reclamation; Arizona Department of Transportation; Bureau of Land Management; and Tonto National Forest. Recently, he has directed six major excavation projects in downtown Phoenix and four major projects in the North Valley. This experience contributes to his status as…

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Don Hadder

Don Hadder was born in 1951 in New Mexico and moved to Arizona in 1954. He has been a resident of Scottsdale since 1958. His interests have included travel, walking, cycling, golf, tennis, photography, writing, instrumental and vocal music. He has a Bachelor of Science and Master’s of Arts in Geography from Arizona State University. Don worked for the City of Scottsdale from 1976 to 2014 where he was the city planner for general and area plans, design guidelines, ordinance…

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Scott Hamilton

In his 19 years with the City of Scottsdale, Scott Hamilton has played a key role in creating an extensive system of parks, trails, and open spaces within the City of Scottsdale. Early in his career with the City, Scott focused on coordinating with the private development community to ensure the integration of public trails and open space into master planned communities and other private development projects. Currently, Scott is the Senior Preserve Planner, responsible for the planning of the…

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Margaret Hangan

Margaret Hangan

Margaret Hangan is the Forest Archaeologist for the Kaibab National Forest. She earned her BA from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA in 1989 and worked for 6 years as an archaeologist for private industry in the Great Basin and California before seeking a MA from California, State University Bakersfield which she completed in 2003.  She began her federal career in 1998 as a student intern with the Bureau of Land Management and worked in Mojave and Colorado Desert Regions of California.…

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Leah Harrison

Leah Harrison

Leah Harrison is a Senior Historical Analyst with Salt River Project’s Research Archives. A native Phoenician and former secondary history educator, Leah earned her Master’s Degree in Public History and a certificate in Scholarly Publishing from Arizona State University. As a historian with SRP, she analyzes the history of water and power in the valley. Leah’s professional affiliations include: Salt River Project, Arizona Archives Alliance, and the Arizona Council for History Education

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Dave Hart

Mr. Hart is a Principal Investigator and Project Manager with more than 24 years of experience in cultural resources management.  Most of his work since 2004 has focused on the U.S./Mexico border in Arizona, California, and Texas.  In an arena of diverse and often competing interests, Mr. Hart acts as liaison between stakeholders and strives to work with each agency, land manager, and affiliated tribe to facilitate the compliance process and to ensure that all concerns are met with sincere…

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Sarah Herr

Sarah Herr

Sarah Herr is President of Desert Archaeology, Inc., a CRM firm with a long and distinguished history of working in Arizona and other parts of the American SW. She also is co-editor of the Society for American Archaeology's publication, Advances in Archaeological Practice. Sarah is a frequent member of the planning committee for the Arizona Historic Preservation Conference.

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Dawn Hubbs

Dawn Hubbs is an archaeologist and Program Manager for the Hualapai Department of Cultural Resources. She holds an M.A in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, and completed PH.D., studies (ABD) from the University of South Australia. Dawn is currently serving her second three-year term on the Arizona Bureau of Land Management Resource Advisory Council representing non-commodity-Historical-Archaeology and Native American concerns. As a representative of the Hualapai Nation, Dawn participates in diverse government-to-government and staff-to-staff consultations. Through her work…

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John Jacquemart

John Jacquemart is a native Arizonan with a degree in history from Arizona State University. Pouring over records, taking copious notes, interviewing, questioning, collecting interesting stuff, all describe Jacquemart in his pursuit of historical knowledge. Jacquemart has been an archivist at the Arizona Heritage Center, a researcher/historian for the City of Phoenix, an archivist for the St. Joseph’s Hospital Centennial Project, and a member of the City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Commission and the Arizona State Historic Sites Review Committee.…

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Marge Jantz

Marge Jantz

Known in the community as a passionate historic preservationist and art advocate, Marge Jantz currently serves as Chairwoman for Casa Grande’s Historic Preservation Commission. She has advocated to preserve Casa Grande’s historic signs, was involved in the sign inventory and has collected abandoned local historic signs that will now be included in the new sign park. From 1999-2008 she served as the Casa Grande Main Street Director. Marge is also chair of the City of Casa Grande Historic Preservation Commission.

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R. Brooks Jeffery

R. Brooks Jeffery

R. Brooks Jeffery is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Arizona whose teaching, research, and outreach projects have advanced heritage conservation as part of a comprehensive ethic of environmental, cultural, and economic sustainability throughout the world, including the Middle East, Latin America, and the American Southwest. He has authored/co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles, books and technical reports and secured over $2.5M in external funding. He has received numerous awards including the “Director’s Partnership Award” (2015) and the “Excellence…

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Lauren Jelinek

Lauren Jelinek

Dr. Jelinek has almost 20 years of experience in cultural resource management, getting her first position in southern California in 1999, and later working on projects across the Southwest and the Intermountain region. She has held numerous positions in both the public and private sectors. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2012 and accepted a position with the Bureau of Reclamation as an archaeologist that same year. Dr. Jelinek currently sits on committees for the Society…

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Chelsea Jones

Chelsea Jones is a Historical Analyst with SRP’s Research Archives. Born and raised in Mesa, Chelsea completed her undergraduate degree in cultural Anthropology at Brigham Young University and her Master’s Degree in Museum Studies at ASU. Chelsea is responsible for caring for and managing SRP’s physical and digital historic collections that record the history of the Salt River Project and the state of Arizona. Chelsea is a member of the Society of American Archivists.

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Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones

Edward (Eddie) Jones, AIA, Principal, Jones Studio and his brother and business partner Neal, were raised in the oil fields of Oklahoma. From a very early age the two brothers aspired to be architects and share a studio. Eddie moved to Arizona in 1973 after graduating from Oklahoma State University. He founded Jones Studio on June 8, 1979, three months before his 30th birthday. It was not until years later, he realized he had begun his solo professional career on…

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Thomas Jones

Thomas Jones

Mr. Jones has over 20 years’ experience in archeological investigations, historical artifact analysis, historic research and National Register nominations, documentation for HABS/HAER, and historic building inventories. Mr. Jones meets the professional requirements for Historian under the Secretary of Interior Standards. His experience includes Class I literature reviews, archival research and report preparation; Class III archaeological survey and site evaluations; and test excavation and data recovery throughout Arizona. He has contributed to all forms of archaeological reports and has authored and…

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Alison King

Alison King

Alison King is the designer and historian behind ModernPhoenix.net, Arizona’s go-to source for midcentury modern design in Arizona. Since 2003 Modern Phoenix has published in-depth biographies, neighborhood reports, photo archives, vintage drawings, ads, photography and graphic design galleries spotlighting Arizona's midcentury heritage. Alison wrote the authorized biography of architect Ralph Haver, AIA and works closely with the Beadle family to preserve Al Beadle’s legacy. When she’s not living in the past she enjoys mentoring students for the future as Associate…

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Eric Klucas

Eric Klucas

Dr. Eric Eugene Klucas has over 25 years of experience in CRM. He has participated in or directed archaeological investigations of several of the largest prehistoric sites in the Tucson Basin, including West Branch, Julian Wash, the Hodges Ruin, the Dairy Site, and Los Pozos. He is currently the Project Manager for a multi-year on-call contract with the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs. Dr. Klucas has served as President of the Arizona Archaeological Council (2015) and Vice-President for…

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Kathe Kubish

Kathe Kubish

An Arizona native and Tucson resident with a degree in anthropology, Kathe worked on archaeological digs in Tucson, New Mexico and Belize during the 1970s and 1980s. Also a draftsman, photographer and darkroom technician for over twenty years, she subsequently worked as a property appraiser for the Pima County Assessor’s office for thirty years, falling in love with Tucson’s Barrio Viejo in the process. Now a fulltime volunteer and citizen historian, her current project is focused on Chinese marketplaces from…

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Erick Laurila

Erick Laurila

Erick Laurila began his career as a professional archaeologist in 2003, and he has worked in the Southwest since 2004. He is Logan Simpson’s Arizona Cultural Principal, and he received his graduate degree from Northern Arizona University. Erick is responsible for leading a team of 30 full-time archaeologists and historic preservation specialists. His expertise relates to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) particularly with assisting federal agencies develop program alternatives (e.g. Programmatic Agreements) and implementing these alternatives.…

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Cindy Lee

Cindy Lee is an Arizona native who spent her childhood visiting relatives in cemeteries. She was always fascinated with the different stones, carvings, art work and epitaphs. It moved her deeply to know these were the stories of someone's life, and she wanted to make sure that they were not forgotten. Her interests evolved, and as an adult she plans vacations around cemeteries. She has been all over, learning about cemeteries in New England and even internationally. She enjoys re-enacting characters in…

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Kathryn Leonard

Kathryn Leonard

Appointed in September 2016, Kathryn Leonard is Arizona’s State Historic Preservation Officer.  Kathryn is a professional archaeologist and historian who has worked in both the public and private sectors to provide expertise in National Register of Historic Places eligibility, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act compliance, and tribal government to government consultation.  As a consultant and certified Project Management Professional, Kathryn has assisted federal and state agencies, municipalities and tribes, as well utility and mining companies and developers with…

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Annie Lutes

Annie Lutes is an archaeologist, architectural historian, and project manager for SWCA Environmental Consultants in Flagstaff. She received her B.A. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She received her M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Arizona in 2007, where she examined how the conflict between Palestine and Israel affected the black-market antiquities trade in the West Bank. She received her MS from Northern Arizona University in Applied Geospatial Sciences, focusing on short-…

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Daniel Lutzick

Daniel Lutzick

As one of four original partners on the project, Dan Lutzick has been involved with the restoration of La Posada Hotel (1930) for the last twenty-three years. He also manages portions of the Castaneda Hotel (1898) and Plaza Hotel (1882) projects in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Dan is chair of the Winslow Arts Trust Board and is overseeing the construction of a contemporary art museum in the original La Posada train depot. Dan and his wife, Ann-Mary, live and work…

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Shelby Manney

Shelby Manney

Shelby Manney is the Cultural Resources Manager for the Arizona National Guard (AZNG). She currently manages a multi-million dollar Federally funded effort that is focused on developing innovative solutions to issues that arise from the need to balance military readiness, tribal concerns, and protection of cultural resources on the 69,000 acres of National Guard lands across Arizona. She has successfully formed a team of numerous staff over three firms and is developing an internship program. With the assistance of her…

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Jay Mark

Jay Mark

Actively involved in the community, Jay works primarily in the fields of historic preservation, history museums, public transportation, urban planning and public policy. A recipient of numerous awards for his years of contributions, Jay currently serves on three history museum boards. He has produced eight antiques-related books for Dover Publications. He was a contributor to And Tiko Tu?, a 2016 book featuring East Valley mid-century. Most recently Jay and Ron Peters co-authored an illustrated history of the Mesa's Buckhorn Baths.…

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John McClelland

Dr. McClelland received his B.A. in liberal arts (1974) and his M.A. in architecture (1979) from the University of Texas at Austin. He also received an M.A. in anthropology from George Washington University (1994) and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Arizona (2003). As manager of the Bioarchaeology Laboratory at the Arizona State Museum, Dr. McClelland has supervised inventory of the museum’s skeletal collections, supervised excavation and documentation of human burials and conducted research on the bioarchaeology of…

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H. Jill McCormick

H. Jill McCormick

H. Jill McCormick is the Cultural Resources Manager for the Cocopah Indian Tribe. She conducts NEPA and NHPA review and Section 106 consultation for the tribe. She is a liaison between the Tribe and State and Federal agencies to address issues involving the preservation of the cultural materials and landscapes of the Cocopah Indian people within their traditional lands. Additionally, she works within the community with both elders and youth to promote cultural preservation and sustainability programs. Mrs. McCormick is…

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Francis McManamon

Francis P. McManamon is the Executive Director of the Center for Digital Antiquity, an organization devoted to broadening and improving the ease of access to archaeological information and to the long-term preservation of archaeological information. He also is a Research Professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. He is the author of articles, commentaries, and reviews on a variety of topics related to American archaeology. He is coauthor and co-editor of Caring for…

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Jennifer Shaffer Merry

Jennifer has always loved history. Growing up, she wanted to be Howard Carter, so she obtained her B.A. in classical archaeology. Another passion is family history research. Through this, she discovered a forgotten family cemetery in Ohio. That experience fired her passion for cemetery preservation and law, which led her to an M.A. in public history, with a thesis on both topics. She was the News Content Coordinator for the State of Arizona Research Library, helping researchers navigate Arizona’s vast…

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Don Meserve

Don Meserve

Don Meserve has 35 years of professional experience working as a city planner for local communities and counties on historic preservation, open space preservation, ordinance preparation, and community planning. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY and a Master of City and Regional Planning from UNC-Chapel Hill, NC. Before retiring in 2013 he worked for the city of Scottsdale for 26 years mainly on the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, historic preservation and archaeology. Don worked with the…

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Holly Metz

Holly Metz is Senior Curator at the Huhugam Heritage Center, Gila River Indian Community. She has also served as the Curator of the West Virginia State Archaeological Collections, and as Collections Photographer for the Musical Instrument Museum in north Phoenix. Holly is passionate about mid-century architectural design, in particular her original mid-century modern home in Chandler. She is also a photographer. Her photography has been exhibited at the Desert Botanical Garden and Sky Harbor Airport. In 2009, she was featured…

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Laurene Montero

Laurene Montero

Ms. Montero received her M.A. in Anthropology from Arizona State University in 1989, and she has been a professional archaeologist in Arizona since then.  In her role as City Archaeologist for Phoenix (since 2011), Laurene assists project proponents and archaeologists with meeting city archaeology policies, current professional standards, and applicable regulatory requirements for a variety of undertakings.  Laurene is co-author of Phoenix’s general plans for the monitoring and treatment of archaeological resources, advisor to the Phoenix Chapter of the Arizona…

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Courtney Mooney

Courtney Mooney

Courtney Mooney, AICP is the Senior Historic Preservation Planner at North Wind Resource Consulting, Inc. Ms. Mooney holds a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the Graduate School of
Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University, New York, a Bachelor of
Science in Architecture, College of Architecture, Construction Management, and Planning,
University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration from
the Graduate College of Public Administration, University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Since 2007 she and her husband have volunteered with the Nevada…

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Taraneh Moosavi

Taraneh Moosavi

I am a registered Architect and owner of Moosavi Design Group, Inc., an architectural firm in partnership with my husband, Mr. Rauf Moosavi, RA. I was born, raised and graduated as an architect in Iran where the history of the urban planning is more than 3000 years old. During my college years I was involved in many historical buildings preservation projects under the supervision of Mr. Pirnia, PHD, my professor in architectural history. He is a well-known scholar and I…

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Blythe Morrison

Blythe Morrison is a graduate student and Madden Scholar in research archaeology at Northern Arizona University. Her thesis research involves examining archaeological context of Meleagris gallopavo (turkey) domestication in northeastern Arizona during the Pueblo II-Pueblo III transition. She has been conducting archaeological fieldwork in the Southwest since 2011. Currently, she serves as Assistant Director of the Fort Lewis College Archaeological Field School at the Bowthorpe Site (5MT9399), a Pueblo I-Pueblo II period habitation in southwestern Colorado. Additional research interests include…

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Jan Mulder

Jan Mulder is a certified planner with over 30 years’ experience in the public and private sectors, primarily in California and the Pacific Northwest. She worked as a planner and natural resources manager for the City of Seattle and later as a Seattle-based consultant, focused on land use planning, permitting, and environmental impact assessment. Her projects included the evaluation of development impacts on historic and cultural resources, as well as overseeing the preparation of the Historic American Engineering Record for…

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Bill Otwell

Bill Otwell

William Otwell is principal of Otwell Associates Architects, a firm specializing in historic preservation, solar and energy efficient design, and preservation of natural site features. Bill is a native Arizonan, born and raised in Phoenix. After completion of his architectural degree in at ASU in 1973, he moved to Prescott, Arizona and began his career, working for a local architect, and later as Assistant Director of Planning for the City of Prescott. In 1979, he established his own architectural practice…

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Caroline Patrick

Originally from Logan, Utah, Caroline moved to Tucson in 1996 and immediately fell in love with the desert landscapes and Tucson’s historic neighborhoods. With advanced degrees in history and geographic information systems technology, Caroline is owner and lead GIS analyst for her company, Happy Desert GIS and Environmental Consulting. As an engaged member of the Tucson community, Caroline volunteers with the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, the Tucson Audubon Society, Tucson Clean and Beautiful, and is a board member with Friends…

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Lorenzo Perez

Lorenzo Perez

Lorenzo Perez co-founded Venue Projects with artist Jon Kitchell. The firm has created several adaptive-reuse projects in metro Phoenix including the rebirth of Uptown Phoenix nearly 10 years ago when a run-down 1940s strip mall was transformed into the home of Windsor and Churn. Other projects include The Orchard in Phoenix and the Alhambra in Mesa. The developers plan to use all the salvage solutions and hard-earned restoration techniques they’ve learned over the years to craft a world-class project that’s…

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Ron Peters

Ron Peters

Ron Peters is a practicing architect. planner, and artist with more than 40 years of experience, specializing in preservation and renovation projects. He has been recognized with the University of New Mexico Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Architecture and Planning and has a BFA in Architecture from UNM and a Master of Arts in Historic Preservation from Goucher College in Baltimore. He 1s the author of multiple publications on historic preservation. As an active supporter of local preservation…

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Mark Philp

Mark Philp

Founding partner (1976 - present) at Allen + Philp Partners Architects, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Mr. Philp serves in the capacity of design principal. Educated at the College of Architecture at Arizona State University where he has served as a guest lecturer and juror. Mr. Philp is an active member of the American Institute of Architects (Central Arizona Chapter). He is licensed to practice in the states of Arizona and Nevada and is a member of the National Council of…

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Robin Lothrop Pinto

Robin Lothrop Pinto

Robin Pinto studies the evolution of cultural landscapes in Southeast Arizona and focuses on four topics of historic change: early settlement and homesteading, the New Deal and federal work programs, ranching on public lands, and the arrival and development of national parks. She has an MLA and PhD from the University of Arizona. She has written historical landscape assessments for NPS on a number of southeast Arizona parks and works with the BLM Heritage and History Teams to study landscape…

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Todd Pitezel

Dr. Pitezel is Associate Curator, Mandated Programs Administrator, and State Repatriation Coordinator at the Arizona State Museum. He oversees ASM’s legal responsibilities related to cultural resource management, reviews and issues Arizona Antiquities Act Permits, and reviews and issues Burial Agreements. In this capacity, he works with cultural resource management consultants and state and federal agencies.

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Tamas Polanyi

Tamas Polanyi is a project manager at SWCA Environmental Consultants since January 2017. He has extensive experience in archaeologies of prehistoric Europe and the American Southwest. His current main project involves the development of a Multiscalar Integrated Survey Protocol to become standard archaeological practice at the installations of the Arizona Army National Guard. Tamas earned his combined BA and MA in archaeology in 2008 from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. He obtained an MA in anthropology in 2012 from Northwestern University…

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Fred Prozzillo

Fred Prozzillo

Fred Prozzillo is the Vice President of Preservation for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, overseeing the preservation of the National Historic Landmark sites Taliesin and Taliesin West, and their Collections. Mr. Prozzillo received his Master of Architecture degree from the School of Architecture at Taliesin. As a student he interned with renowned conservation architects Sandy, Kentro & Associates, working in Angkor Wat, Cambodia and Kathmandu, Nepal. Before returning to Taliesin to head the preservation efforts Mr. Prozzillo worked on notable…

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Rachel Rasmussen

Rachel’s innovative design skills have garnered her numerous awards and acknowledgements. Rachel’s architectural experience has varied from institutional and municipal projects, to private sector mixed-use facilities and master plans. Rachel is a thoughtful and inspired designer who has been a leader of multiple initiatives to incorporate sustainable principles into the firm’s design process and ideology. Through her background in landscape architecture, she brings a unique ability to turn ordinary place into extraordinary space. At Architekton, her responsibilities encompass architectural planning,…

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Greta Rayle

Greta Rayle

Greta currently serves as an Architectural Historian for North Wind Resource Consulting (North Wind); prior to joining North Wind, she was employed by Logan Simpson, Inc. for 10 years, where she served as their Historical Archaeologist and Historic Preservation Lead. Greta completed her M.A. research at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she focused her research on carriage houses and how the function of these structures changed over time. Since relocating to Arizona in 2006, she has supervised archaeological excavations,…

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Donna Reiner

Donna Reiner

Donna Reiner, PhD is a historian and educator who has worked for several Phoenix non-profits including the Phoenix Museum of History and Heritage Square Foundation. Currently she assists in the preparation of National Register Nominations for Arizona and the City of Los Angeles properties and building histories for owners, writes a monthly history column in the Arizona Republic, and is working on the continuation of the history of Phoenix Elementary School District #1, a book on the 100 years of…

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Rina Rien

Rina Rien

As Executive Director of Casa Grande Main Street since 2012, Rina Rien promotes a collaborative approach toward building a vibrant downtown community. Through developing public/private partnerships and engaging local residents, Rien joins a group of highly creative people who share a passion for Historic Downtown that includes preserving the past, celebrating the present and envisioning the future. Rina Rien brings to the table over 20 years of community development and marketing expertise, serving in corporate marketing roles from 1985 to…

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Jennifer Rinio

Jennifer Rinio is a Ranger with Arizona State Parks & Trails, working at Oracle State Park in Pinal County. She specializes in historic interpretation and oral history.

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Stephanie Rowe

Stephanie Rowe

A partner at Reece & Rowe Architects, Stephanie is a Registered Architect in Arizona and Colorado. She has an Associate Degree from Vermont Technical College and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a member of the AIA, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is a LEED Accredited Professional. In addition to many new projects, her Historic projects in Flagstaff include the AWD/Courts Building, adaptive re-use for the Ford Showroom, the Babbitt Building restoration…

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Will Russell

Will Russell is the Cultural Resource Manager / State Parks Archaeologist, Tribal Liaison, and Site Steward Program Coordinator with Arizona State Parks & Trails, as well as a Research Affiliate of Arizona State University's Center for Archaeology and Society. He has been working in Southwestern archaeology since 2006.

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Don Ryden

Don W. Ryden, AIA was born and raised in mid-century Phoenix, and educated at Arizona State University (Architecture 1973). Ryden integrates the practices of architecture, planning, and historic preservation. He has combined his fascination for artistry in buildings, respect for heritage places, and sense of ecological responsibility through his specialization in heritage conservation at Ryden Architects, Inc. In 1994, Ryden received the Arizona Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation. Ryden Architects, Inc. was honored as AIA Arizona Firm of the Year…

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Erik Ryden

Erik Ryden is an Urban Planner and Architectural Designer who understands that preservation is the ultimate expression of sustainability for buildings and for cities. For the past decade Erik has worked side by side with his father Don at Ryden Architects exploring the historic built environment of the Southwest. Erik’s work reflects his love of new technologies, historic materials, ancient philosophies, and their comparative impact on community identity and development. Erik played an integral role in the design and research…

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Jodi Silvio

Jodi Silvio

Jodi Silvio is a Historical Analyst with Salt River Project’s Research Archives. She completed her Master’s Degree at Arizona State University, with an emphasis in public history. As a native of Phoenix, she has a particular affinity for preserving and interpreting local Arizona history. Working as a historian with SRP, she analyzes the role both water and power have played in the development of the Valley. Jodi’s professional affiliations include: Salt River Project, Arizona History Convention, and the National Council…

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Rachel Simmons

Rachel Simmons

Rachel Simmons holds an MSD in Interior Design with a focus on theory, methodology, and criticism from Arizona State University. She is an NCIDQ certificate holder with a background in residential design, kitchen and bath remodeling, and the appropriate renovation and preservation of midcentury architecture. She serves on the Postwar Architecture Task Force of Greater Phoenix and is residential faculty for the Interior Design department at Scottsdale Community College. Rachel’s professional affiliations include: SCC (Scottsdale Community College), IDEC (Interior Design…

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Diane Slocum

Diane Slocum

Diane Slocum will complete her Anthropology M.A. at Northern Arizona in May 2018. She completed her B.A. in Environmental Studies at the University of Kansas in 2005. Prior to beginning her graduate degree in 2016, she worked a variety of science-related jobs before moving to Tucson, AZ. There she completed the archaeological field training program at Pima Community College and has since worked in cultural resource management in southern Arizona and the greater Southwest. Her primary research interests include complex…

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Ileen Snoddy

Ileen Snoddy is Senior Representative of Community Outreach at Salt River Project. Her museum and heritage experience spans over twenty years at SRP, where she is responsible for artifact management among other roles.

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Eric Sterner

Eric Sterner is a Designer that explores the human connections to the landscape while bridging the theories and practices of psychology, architecture, music, literature and art into his work. He questions the assumed cultural constructions and embraces the fact that the urban is a place of passion and conflict. As a collaborator, he is inspired to arrange social, historical and physical conditions of a place.

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Carlyn Stewart

Carlyn Stewart

Carlyn Stewart is a Public Archaeology Specialist with Archaeology Southwest in partnership with Tonto National Monument. She splits her time between Tonto and Tucson, AZ creating public programs and events designed to educate the public about archaeology and the importance of preservation. She is originally from Tucson, Arizona where she graduated from University of Arizona with a BA in 2015. Carly has field experience throughout Arizona and Northern New Mexico and has received awards from The University of Arizona and…

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Steve Swanson

Steve Swanson

Steve Swanson is a Principal at Environmental Planning Group, an interdisciplinary planning and landscape architecture firm in Phoenix, and serves as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Human Evolution & Social Change at Arizona State University. Steve has extensive experience in archaeological fieldwork, historic research and cultural resources management in the US Southwest. Steve lives in a restored 1918 bungalow in downtown Phoenix’ Garfield Historic District.

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Douglas Sydnor

Douglas Sydnor

Douglas Sydnor, FAIA: Principal at Douglas Sydnor Architect + Associates, a Scottsdale-based firm founded in 1993. He has practiced in Arizona for 40 years and completed 225 projects and studies. Sydnor has authored 3 books on local historic architecture in the past 6 years and the Arizona Contractor & Community ‘Architect’s Perspective’ columnist. Civic involvement with serving on 200 boards, commission, committees, and design charrettes. Currently serving on an Architectural Archives Committee and the Scottsdale Heritage Connection Committee, and as…

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Mark Tebeau

An urban, public, and digital historian, Mark Tebeau has directed more than two dozen public history projects, including Salt River Stories. Tebeau created Curatescape--a framework for mobile publishing that makes open-source and/or low-cost hosted mobile tools available to communities. With early funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Curatescape is used by more than forty cultural organizations, universities, and heritage preservation organizations worldwide to curate landscape. Prior to joining ASU as an Associate Professor of History, Tebeau taught at…

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Douglas Towne

Douglas Towne

Douglas Towne is the editor of Arizona Contractor and Community magazine, which was launched in 2012 to cover the state’s construction industry, past and present. Since 2004 he’s been the editor for the Society for Commercial Archeology, the oldest nationwide organization devoted to roadside vernacular architecture. He has written more than 50 history articles for PHOENIX magazine including the cover stories, “Phoenix in the 1920s” and “The Arizona Centennial.” He also authors a monthly history column for the Arizona Republic…

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Mike Tupper

While living in North Carolina, Massachusetts, Oregon, and now Arizona, Mike has always had an interest in visiting and studying the historical preservation work of others, so the opportunity to be part of a ground roots effort to seek national historic landmark designation for Barrio Viejo in Tucson was something he couldn’t pass up. An ongoing interest in history complemented his thirty-five-year career with the U.S. Postal Service. Before moving to Tucson in 2012, he worked with the local booster club…

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Mark Vinson

Mark Vinson

Mark Vinson is a Registered Architect and Certified Planner with expertise in architectural and urban design, historic preservation and critical regionalism. Mark was the City of Tempe’s founding Historic Preservation Officer and served as City Architect and Design, Preservation + Long Range Planning Manager. He has also been a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University and is now engaged in private practice as VinsonStudio PLLC. Mark has been elected to the American Institute of Architects’ national College of Fellows and…

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Lindsey Vogel-Teeter

Lindsey Vogel-Teeter received her Master’s of Arts in Public History from Arizona State University and has worked in museum collections management for 11 years. She is the Curator of Collections for Pueblo Grande Museum where she manages the archaeological repository and facilitates NAGPRA consultations. Ms. Vogel-Teeter is currently overseeing a grant-funded NAGPRA documentation and consultation project for the Museum. Lindsey is also a Member of the Registrars Committee Western Region and Member of the Museum Association of Arizona

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Christine Weiss

Christine Weiss is an historian/historic preservationist who most recently contributed to the book "And Tiko-Tu? The Midcentury Architecture of Greater Phoenix' East Valley." She co-presented on the book at the 2016 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference. With a background in history and historic preservation, Ms. Weiss has worked in the private sector and has consulted on various projects. She also worked at the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office as National Register Coordinator and helped coordinate the first statewide Historic Preservation Conference.…

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Reylynne Williams

Reylynne Williams (Akimel O’odham) is from the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC). She works for the Tribal Historic Preservation Office as the Cultural Resource Specialist for the past three years. Reylynne has worked in cultural resources for over 10 years in various capacities such as laboratory technician (I/II) and museum technician I at GRIC.

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Aaron Wright

Aaron Wright

Dr. Wright joined Archaeology Southwest’s staff as a Preservation Archaeologist in 2015. From 2006 to 2010, he was a Preservation Fellow and collaborator on the South Mountain Rock Art Project. Aaron used this project as the basis for his doctoral dissertation at Washington State University. His recent book, Religion on the Rocks: Hohokam Rock Art, Ritual Practice, and Social Transformation, won the 2012 Don D. and Catherine S. Fowler Prize. Aaron has worked in anthropology and archaeology since 1999.

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