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Preservation in Place, June 18, 2020

Meet the Speakers



Time: 8:45 am to 9:15 am

Kathryn Leonard, State Historic Preservation Officer

State Historic Preservation Office, Arizona State Parks & Trails

Appointed in September 2016, Kathryn 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. She is a graduate of Vassar College, and holds master’s degrees in anthropology and history from Arizona State University. Kathryn has almost twenty years of experience working in the field of cultural resources management, and prior to her appointment as SHPO, served as Operations Director of an Alaskan Native Corporation-owned environmental consulting firm. 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 planning and consultation for complex multi-jurisdictional projects. In her role as Arizona’s SHPO, Kathryn seeks promote historic preservation as a tool for economic development in both rural and urban areas and collaborates with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure that cultural resources are addressed during short and long range planning activities.

Jim McPherson, President, Board of Directors

Arizona Preservation Foundation

Jim is volunteer Board President of the Arizona Preservation Foundation, Vice President of the Arizona Heritage Alliance, and Chair of the Save the 1938 WPA Administration Building Coalition. Jim is active in the work of the Downtown Voices Coalition, Phoenix Trolley Museum, Gilbert Historical Society/HD South, Sustainable Communities Collaborative, Arizona Downtown Alliance, Arizona Vintage Sign Coalition, and National Trust for Historic Preservation. During COVID-19, Jim’s advocacy work through The Arizona Partnership for Immunization and Phoenix Community Alliance Social & Housing Advancement Committee has significantly ramped up. For more on Jim's background, check out his LinkedIn profile.

Conversations with the SHPO

Time: 9:30 am to 10:30 am

Kathryn Leonard, State Historic Preservation Officer

State Historic Preservation Office, Arizona State Parks & Trails (see bio above)

Border Activity Impacts to Cultural Heritage Preservation

Time: 9:30 am to 10:30 am

Dave Salge, Director & Regional Coordinator Representative

Arizona Site Steward Program Foundation


Dave joined the Arizona Site Steward Program in February 2014, accepted the responsibility of Regional Coordinator for the Northeastern Region in December 2016, and was elected to the Board of the Arizona Site Steward Program Foundation in May 2017. He is serving as Vice Chair for the Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission (GAAC) and Chair of the Public Education Committee. Dave joined the Editorial Advisory Board for American Archaeology magazine in May 2019. As an employee of Wells Fargo since January 1983; is a VP and Technology Manager with systems operational responsibilities in the U.S. and for seventeen international countries. Author of “Images of America Around San Tan Mountain,” Dave also serves on the Boards for the San Tan Historical Society and Arizona Llama Rescue, bringing a diverse set of skills and experience to his various roles. For more information, visit Dave's Facebook or LinkedIn pages.

H. Jill McCormick, M.A., Associate Professor of Anthropology

Arizona Western College


Jill is the Historic Preservation Officer for the Quechan Indian Tribe; conducting 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 Quechan Indian people within their traditional lands. Jill has worked in the field of archaeology for over 20 years - in California and Arizona, and with Tribes for over 15 years. Additionally, she has worked extensively with many Colorado River Tribes obtaining and implementing grants that promote collaboration among the Tribes regarding traditional cultural properties, sacred sites and other matters of specific Tribal importance. Mrs. McCormick is also an Associate Professor of Anthropology at AWC where she teaches Intro to Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Intro to Native American Studies and American Indian Studies. She has worked for more than 20 years with the Arizona Site Steward program as the Regional Coordinator in Yuma County where she coordinates and trains volunteers in site monitoring and preservation of archaeological sites.

Karl Hoenig, Ph.D., Tribal Historic Preservation Officer

Pasqua Yaqui Tribe

Karl is the Pascua Yaqui Tribe’s first Tribal Historic Preservation Officer. As THPO he is working with cultural advisors and community historians to identify heritage resources in all of the Tribe’s communities, establish a Tribal Register of Historic and Cultural Places, formalize a historic preservation plan for the Tribe, and assist in advocacy for the protection of all Tribal heritage. From 2001 to 2019 he served as director of the White Mountain Apache Tribe’s Nohwike’ Bágowa Museum. At Fort Apache he also developed the Fort Apache Heritage Foundation, Inc., as manager of the Fort Apache and Theodore Roosevelt School National Historic Landmark, and directed major preservation, rehabilitation, and environmental remediation projects at the site for more than ten years. He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona.

Laiken Jordahl, Borderlands Campaigner

Center for Biological Diversity

Laiken works to protect wildlife, water, and communities across the U.S.-Mexico borderlands from border wall construction and militarization. Before joining the Center, Laiken worked with the National Park Service researching threats to wilderness character, including historic and archaeological resources, at five National Park Service wilderness areas. He studied the impacts of border activity on wilderness resources at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Big Bend National Park which led him to become an advocate against border walls and militarization. Laiken has also worked as a legislative fellow in the U.S. House of representatives for two Arizona members of Congress.

Manfred Scott, Acting Chair

Quechan Cultural Committee

Manfred is currently the Acting Chairman of the (Quechan) Kw’ ts’ an Cultural Committee. He has held this position for seven years, and, has been an active member of the committee for twenty years. The Kw’ ts’ an Cultural Committee works on issues of cultural preservation and consultation with Federal, State, and local entities. The Cultural Committee acts in the capacity of an advisory committee to the Tribal Council on issues of cultural and historic preservation. Manfred is a strong advocate in matters of protection of the Quechan Tribal heritage. Manfred has also previously served on the Ft. Yuma Quechan Tribal Council as a council member for ten years.

Peter Steere, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer

Tohono O'Odham Nation

Peter has served as Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Tohono O’odham Nation since 2008 and as Manager of the Cultural Affairs Office since 1997. Prior to working with the Tohono O’odham Nation, he served as Congressional Archivist for the University of Arizona Library Special Collections from 1987-1997, working with the late Congressman Morris K. Udall and the late Secretary of the Interior, Stewart L. Udall in the organization and processing of their archives. As part of this effort, he developed an Udall Oral History Program, interviewing staff and colleagues who had worked with Morris and Stewart Udall, including former Presidents of the United States and Congressmen. He also worked as an archaeologist/historian for private environmental companies in Arizona and Montana as well as serving as Forest Archaeologist for the Helena and Deerlodge National Forests in Montana. His work in Montana including extensive collaboration with the Crow Tribe, the Flathead Tribe and the Assiniboine-Cree at the Fort Belknap Reservation. Peter’s major responsibilities as the Tohono O’odham Nation’s THPO include Section 106 Compliance on Tribal Lands as well as on the Tohono O’odham Traditional-Use Lands in Arizona. Much of his time in the past 10 years have been devoted to large mining projects like the Rosemont Mine and various border related issues with the Department of Homeland Security and the Border Patrol. He is a member of the Tucson Pima County Historical Commission and also served on the Cultural and Historical Resources Technical Advisory Team for the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan. Peter recently received the Alene Dunlap Smith and Paul Smith Award from the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission for his contributions to history, archaeology, archives, tribal concerns and historic preservation advocacy.

These Things Take Time: Improving Government to Government Consultation in a Streamlined Regulatory Review Climate

Time: 10:45 am to 11:45 am

Kathryn Leonard, State Historic Preservation Officer

State Historic Preservation Office, Arizona State Parks & Trails (see bio above)


Shane Anton, Cultural Resources Department, Tribal Historic Preservation Office

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Shane has extensive experience working with the SRPMIC and other tribal governments, especially with the Four Southern Tribes. A position he has held over the last seventeen (17) years. In particular, he is knowledgeable and experienced in tribal cultural resources consultation. The THPO is delegated with the implementation of all local, state and federal mandates governing cultural resource preservation on behalf of the SRPMIC. His office also manages NAGPRA consultation, research requests section, O’Odham traditional agriculture projects, and has developed an award winning Cultural Sensitivity program. The THPO is part of the tribal cultural resources department which also houses the O’Odham Piipaash Language Program (OPLP) and the Huhugam Ki Museum. Shane has also served on various planning committees, museum and archaeological boards and committees, that deal with cultural issues.

Matt Basham, Deputy Preservation Officer and State Archaeologist

Arizona Bureau of Land Management

Matt has worked as a professional archaeologist in the American Southwest for 19 years, with 15 years of service in the federal government. He is currently serving as the Deputy Preservation Officer and State Archaeologist for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages 12.2 million acres of Arizona's public lands. Prior to joining the BLM, Matt worked throughout Arizona and New Mexico with the USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, and the Gila River Indian Community Cultural Resource Management Program. He has a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Colorado and a M.A. in Applied Anthropology from Northern Arizona University.

Dr. Allyson Brooks, State Historic Preservation Officer

State of Washington

Allyson has been the State Historic Preservation office for the Washington State since 1999 and is the Director of the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. She also teaches Introduction to Section 106 for the National Preservation Institute. Allyson holds a doctorate in anthropology, a M.Sc. in historical archaeology and a MPA in public administration. Prior to coming to Washington State she worked as an archaeologist and historic archaeologist for Minnesota DOT and the South Dakota Historic Preservation Office. She has also worked for the National Park Service and United State Forest Service.

Margaret Hangan, Forest Archaeologist

Kaibab National Forest

Currently the Forest Archaeologist on the Kaibab National Forest, Margaret earned her BA in 1989 at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA and MA in 2003 at California State University, Bakersfield in Bakersfield, CA. She was a shovel bum in the Great Basin and California for 10 years before being hired in 1998 as a Student Intern at the Bureau of Land Management in the California. In 2003 Margaret transferred to the Cleveland National Forest in San Diego, CA where she managed the Heritage and Tribal Relations Programs and in 2007 moved to the Kaibab National Forest in Williams, AZ. Margaret also recently completed a temporary assignment as the Southwestern Region Tribal Relations Program Manager.

Valerie Houser, Director, Office of Native American Affairs

Advisory Council for Historic Preservation

Valerie is the Director of the Office of Native American Affairs at the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) in Washington, D.C. She advises ACHP leadership on historic preservation policy and program matters affecting Indian Tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations and provides technical assistance, training, and guidance to federal agencies, Indian Tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations. Valerie’s work includes interagency initiatives on sacred sites protection, environmental justice, and native youth in preservation. Before joining the ACHP in 1989, Valerie served as Director of Archaeology at an environmental education center in New York City. She received her Master of Arts in Anthropology from New York University.

H. Jill McCormick, Historic Preservation Officer

Quechan Indian Tribe

Jill is the Historic Preservation Officer for Quechan 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 Quechan Indian people within their traditional lands. She has worked in the field of archaeology for over 20 years in California and Arizona, and with Tribes for over 15 years. Additionally, she has worked extensively with many Colorado River Tribes obtaining and implementing grants that promote collaboration among the Tribes regarding traditional cultural properties, sacred sites and other matters of specific Tribal importance. Jill is also an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Arizona Western College (AWC) where she teaches Intro to Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Intro to Native American Studies and American Indian Studies. She has also worked for more than 20 years with the Arizona Site Steward program as the regional coordinator in Yuma County where she coordinates and trains volunteers in site monitoring and preservation of archaeological sites.

Pandemics & Preservation: How Disease Shapes the Built Environment

Time: 10:45 am to 11:45 am

Eric Vondy, Certified Local Government Program Coordinator & Preservation Incentive Program Coordinator

State Historic Preservation Office, Arizona State Parks & Trails


Eric graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in History. Prior to coming to SHPO, Eric worked in the airline industry where he was in charge of pricing and revenue management for 4 different airlines, and worked to develop air service with rural communities through the Essential Air Service program. Eric joined SHPO in 2005 and runs the State Property Tax Program for Non-Income Producing Properties, State Property Tax Program for Income Producing Properties, Certified Local Government Program, and co-runs the Federal Historic Tax Credit program. Eric is also a national and international award-winning photographer.

Patricia Dahlen, Architect

Arizona State Historic Preservation Office

Patricia is a registered Architect with over 30 years of professional experience. Much of her work has focused on the preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings, and sustainable building design. She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Design and Planning, a Master of Science in Energy Efficient and Climate-Responsive Building Design. She is currently the SHPO Architect.

Eddie Jones, AIA Principal

Jones Studio

Eddie moved to Arizona in 1973 after receiving his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Oklahoma State University. He founded Jones Studio in 1979. Jones Studio is a mid-sized architecture, interior design, public art and planning firm based in Phoenix, with a strong reputation for designing beautiful and resilient buildings. Jones Studio’s designs have garnered such accolades as the AIA National Honor Award, 31 AIA Arizona Design Awards, 19 AIA Western Mountain Region Design Awards, and several others. Eddie has served on numerous design juries, academically, professionally, and communally, enriching the connection between education, community, and architecture. He has also served on numerous professional boards and committees designed to positively enact policies that directly affect architects. Furthermore, Eddie has served on numerous civic and academic boards and committees designed to advance the quality of architecture in the community. Eddie is the 2018 recipient of AIA Arizona’s Architect’s Medal—the highest honor an individual practitioner or architect can receive. In 2007 Eddie was appointed to the GSA Design Excellence Peer Review. He was named to the Founding Governors - The School of Architecture at Taliesin in 2017, and is very active in Arizona Forward, Arizona’s premier organization for promoting sustainable design. Eddie also hosts many community events at our new office building, completed in 2016 – a model of sustainability in a desert environment.


Tazmine Khatri, NCARB, Senior Architect

Motley Design Group LLC

Taz is an architect, writer, and advocate for sustainable building practices and community-oriented design. She has over 20 years of experience in architectural design, planning and project management . Taz's work background is varied - from single family homes and co-housing developments to commercial and healthcare projects. She has worked for a variety of firms from Pittsburgh to San Francisco, and is licensed in the states of Arizona, California, and Oregon. Her deepest interest lies in how the built environment – cities, buildings, and spaces – can ultimately be used to cultivate community and human connection. Taz is the Senior architect and Marketing Director for Motley Design Group LLC. You can read Taz's work in articles on Redshift and her personal blog, Blooming Rock.

Jennifer Levstik, Assistant Director of Cultural Resources

Logan Simpson Design

Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in cultural resources management and historic preservation. She has worked throughout the Southwest, California, Oregon, Nevada, Wyoming, and Colorado, and has broad experience as an architectural historian, archaeological field director, and planner. She was the former Lead Planner for the Tucson Historic Preservation Office and has extensive experience preparing National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) nominations, Historic American Buildings Survey, Engineering Record, and Landscape-level documentation (HABS/HAER/HALS), Building Condition and Assessment documentation, and historic preservation survey and master plans. Jennifer serves as an adjunct instructor with the University of Arizona’s College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture; is the Vice-Chair of the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission, and serves on the board of the Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). She has authored hundreds of technical reports, national register nominations, academic and public history articles, as well as online publications for the Society of Architectural Historians.

Plenary Session

Time: 12:15 pm to 12:45 pm

Paul Edmondson, President & CEO

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Paul is the president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Before being named to the position in June 2019, Paul served for more than two decades as the organization’s general counsel. In that role, he championed the strong enforcement and interpretation of preservation laws at the federal, state, and local levels, while at the same time working with developers and local preservationists to find effective compromise solutions to preservation challenges. He has worked with property owners to identify creative options for preserving historic properties, including the use of historic preservation easements. In his work with National Trust Historic Sites, he has advanced new shared-use operating models designed to ensure their long-term sustainability and relevance in modern-day life. As corporate counsel to the National Trust, he was engaged with virtually all aspects of the organization’s work during the course of his service with the organization. A graduate of Cornell University, Paul began his professional career as a practicing archaeologist before entering law school at American University. He joined the National Trust’s legal team following a brief tenure as a senior attorney with the federal government.

COVID-19 and the Great Preservation Pivot

Time: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Amy Webb, Senior Field Director

National Trust for Historic Preservation


Amy joined the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1993 and directed the Trust’s heritage tourism program for sixteen years. She currently serves as a Senior Field Director based in the National Trust’s Denver Field Office. This spring, in response to the global pandemic, she led a team of National Trust staff in developing a “Virtual Engagement Toolkit” as a starting point for a broader discussion around ways for preservation partners and allies to more effectively use tools to virtually connect with target audiences. Amy holds a masters degree in architectural history and historic preservation from the University of Virginia and a bachelors degree in architectural history from Wellesley College in Massachusetts.

Demion Clinco, CEO

Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation

Demion served as President of Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation from 2008 – 2014 where he founded and launched Tucson Modernism Week (2001) an annual 10 day humanities program with 7,000 attendees and over 40 events, focused on Southern Arizona’s 20th Century history, design heritage, architecture and art. Demion has authored numerous publications, peer reviewed papers and articles and he regularly presents public lectures, leads tours and curates exhibits. In addition to this work, Demion served as a member of the Arizona State House of Representatives (2014-2015) and is a current elected member of the Pima Community College Board of Governors representing District 2 and serving as Board Chair. Demion is the CEO of Frontier Consulting Group LLC, working on select heritage projects and is Vice-President of Catalina-In Home Services. Since 2010 Demion has served as the Arizona State Advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation serving 2014-15 as Vice Chair of the Western Region. Demion is an Expert Member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Twentieth Century Heritage International Scientific Committee. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Archaeology Southwest and served as the Mayoral appointee to the Tucson-Pima County Historic Commission. He has served as a Trustee of St. Gregory College Preparatory School and on numerous other boards and committees. Demion is a graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles, with a B.A. in Art History and completed postgraduate work at Instituto Marangoni in Milan, Italy.

Jeff Goodman, Vice President of Communication & Partnerships

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

Jeff leads the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s communications initiatives in all media, and publishes the Frank Lloyd Wright Quarterly, the Foundation’s magazine. Jeff also grows long-term, strategic partnerships with media, industry, and other Frank Lloyd Wright organizations to further the Foundation’s mission to advance Wright’s legacy. Jeff has lived in Arizona for more than two decades, working in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, he served as Director of Marketing & Digital Engagement for Expect More Arizona, a nonprofit education advocacy organization. While there, Jeff played a lead role in developing the organization’s robust social media and web presence, brand identity, and creative efforts. Jeff’s work is heavily influenced by his artistic background. A former professional actor, he believes the key to effective marketing and communication is good storytelling, a craft he honed on stage and brings to his work at the Foundation.

Dr. Heidi Swank, Founder and Executive Director

Nevada Preservation Foundation

Heidi has overseen and developed Nevada Preservation into a fully statewide organization. Before starting Nevada Preservation in 2013, she was an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with research focused on the intersection of history and literacy. Since 2013, Heidi has worked to develop Nevada Preservation into a statewide organization that provides historic preservation support and advocacy and also celebrates our state’s stories as tied to both famous, infamous, and just lesser known sites. Under her direction, Nevada Preservation’s marquee program, Home + History, has grown from a small home tour to a significant heritage program that brings people from Nevada and across the country into contact with our historic sites. In addition to heritage tourism, Nevada Preservation also engages in advocacy, fee-for-service work, historic district campaigns, and is starting a historic preservation revolving fund. Heidi received her bachelor’s degree from Hamline University and her Masters in Linguistics and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Northwestern University.

Preservation and Economic Revitalization Funding and Resources

Time: 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm

Lani Lott, Project Coordinator

Arizona Downtown Alliance


As President of L. L. Consulting, Lani has over 28 years of working in the field of downtown development and economic revitalization. Lani works directly with local governments, Main Street programs, redevelopment agencies, business associations, chambers of commerce, business improvement districts, community development corporations, downtown organizations and other non-profits throughout the Southwest. Lani provides consulting services and technical assistance that includes board training, strategic planning, fundraising strategies, tourism, branding and market plans, volunteer management, Main Street formation and development, economic development strategies and business improvement district formation and management. In addition to consulting, Lani currently coordinates the Arizona Downtown Alliance and is the acting Executive Director for the Arizona Heritage Alliance. However her role as a business advisor for the NorCal Small Business Development Center Network where she is assisting small business with applying for COVID-19 SBA financial resources and conducting webinars on how to survive, navigate and pivot their business as a result of the pandemic has kept her very busy over the last few months.


Brad DeBiase, Grants and Programs Coordinator

Arizona Commission for the Arts 

In his current position, Brad manages such programs as the Opportunity Grant for Arts Administrators, the Festival Grant program, and the Internship Program. Additionally, Brad serves as the DataArts research liaison for the Arts Commission and worked on developing the inaugural cohort for the Arizona Creative Communities Institute. Brad comes from a theatre background, and is very grateful to be able to travel around Arizona for his work, connecting arts and culture leaders, community members, and artists statewide.

Jennifer Evans, Management Analyst

Town of Florence

Jennifer has worked for the Town of Florence as a Management Analyst since 2014. In this role, she has been responsible for various economic development activities and is the grants manager for the Town. Jennifer has over 15 years of experience in non-profit management focused on small business development and downtown revitalization. She also has been actively involved in tourism development, historic preservation, and the promotion of arts and culture in her community.

Archaeology from the Benches, Not the Trenches

Time: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm


Mary-Ellen Walsh, Cultural Resources Compliance Manager

State Historic Preservation Office, Arizona State Parks & Trails


Mary-Ellen serves as the Cultural Resources Compliance Manager for the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office. In this role, she provides oversight to staff for compliance under the NHPA and the State Historic Preservation Act, and technical assistance to agencies, tribes and consultants navigating the consultation processes; also, she helped develop Arizona'a Government-to-Government Consultation Toolkit. Mary-Ellen is the SHPO liaison to the Governor's Archaeology Advisory Commission, Arizona Archaeology Council, and AZSITE Consortium Board. She holds an M.A. in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University and, prior to joining SHPO in 2013, worked for 28 years as an archaeologist in the private sector.


Shane Anton, Cultural Resources Department, Tribal Historic Preservation Office

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (see bio above)


Jim Cogswell, Archaeological Compliance Specialist

Arizona State Historic Preservation Office, Arizona State Parks & Trails

Jim has over 30 years experience in archaeology and museum studies. His dissertation was a provenance study of southeastern Missouri Late Woodland pottery based on neutron-activation analysis. Since 2000 he has focused on the archaeology of Arizona. In November 2010 he was hired as an Archaeological Compliance Specialist at Arizona SHPO, where he assists state and federal agencies in complying with historic preservation laws.

Karen Leone, Manager, Archaeological Records Office

Arizona State Museum

The Archaeological Records Office processes, reviews, and curates project materials submitted in compliance with Arizona Antiquities Act-permitted work. Office personnel manage project registration and the issuing of ASM Accession Numbers; they manage the ASM site number system, including site locations and boundaries; they assist professional archaeologists for in-house records research, and they conduct fee-for-service records research and document requests for professional archaeologists. Karen received her Master of Arts degree in Anthropology from The Ohio State University. Before joining the ASM team in 2018, she worked in the Cultural Resources Management industry for 16 years. She has experience in pedestrian survey, geophysical survey, monitoring, testing, data recovery, and paleoethnobotanical analysis on projects across the country – from Florida to Alaska.


Patrick Lyons, Director

Arizona State Museum

Patrick is Director of the Arizona State Museum and an Associate Professor in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. He earned his BA and MA degrees in anthropology at the University of Illinois, Chicago and received his PhD in anthropology from the University of Arizona. Lyons is a former Chair of the Governor's Archaeology Advisory Commission (2004-2006); a past Chair of the Society for American Archaeology's Committee on Museums, Collections, and Curation (2009-2012); and the immediate past Chair of the NAGPRA Review Committee (2018-2019). Before joining the faculty of the University of Arizona, he worked as Preservation Archaeologist (Project Director) at the private, non-profit Center for Desert Archaeology (now Archaeology Southwest), based in Tucson, Arizona, and in a variety of capacities at Desert Archaeology, Inc., a private cultural resource management firm headquartered in Tucson. Lyons's research has resulted in two books, many chapters in scholarly edited volumes, and numerous peer-reviewed journal articles.


Shannon Twilling, Arizona Antiquities Act Administrator & Permits Office Manager

Arizona State Museum

Shannon ensures archaeological work conducted on city, county, and state lands across Arizona is conducted in compliance with the Arizona Antiquities Act (AAA). She also manages ASM’s Permits Office, which is responsible for issuing permits under the AAA. Shannon received her MA in Anthropology from the University of Arizona. She worked in the Cultural Resources Management industry for nearly a decade before joining the ASM team in 2008. Her professional focus has been the Hohokam culture of Arizona.

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