Marion M. Almy, M.A., RPA
FOUNDING PRINCIPAL AND PRESIDENT
Marion Almy is a Registered Professional Archaeologist with over 40 years of experience in all facets of Cultural Resource Management. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from Florida State University and M.A. in Public Archaeology from the University of South Florida. Ms. Almy’s extensive experience includes working with federal, state, and local laws and regulations affecting the identification, evaluation, and treatment of cultural resources. She has completed advanced training in Section 106 Agreement Document Preparation, Integrating NEPA and Section 106 and the Revised Section 106 regulations.
In addition, Ms. Almy is experienced in facilitating the coordination of historic preservation issues and Florida’s growth management legislation through her tenure on local and regional planning boards and historical commissions. She has and continues to serve on the boards of state and national organizations, including the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the American Cultural Resource Association, and the Florida Public Archaeological Network (FPAN). She is the past president of the Florida Anthropological Society and the Florida Archaeological Council, as well as the secretary of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and she has been elected chairman of the Florida National Register Review Board, on several occasions. She is currently serving as the gubernatorial appointed Chairman of the Florida Historical Commission.
Maranda Almy Kles, Ph.D., RPA
Maranda Kles is a Registered Professional Archaeologist with over 10 years of experience in prehistoric archaeology and physical anthropology specializing in Southeastern archaeology and bioarcheology. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Florida and her thesis examined the biological and cultural associations of skeletal samples from throughout Florida. Dr. Kles has continued to expand on this research and has developed research interests in forensic anthropology and Southeastern archaeology.
She has worked as an archaeologist and physical anthropologist for the Southeast Archeological Center (SEAC) of the National Park Service, various Cultural Resource Management firms and universities in Florida and Louisiana. She is a former Death Investigator and currently conducts skeletal analyses for Medical Examiner and Coroner offices, as well as for museums and other agencies. In addition, Dr. Kles’ expertise includes an understanding of Southeastern culture history and its importance to implementing the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Dr. Kles is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Florida Anthropological Society, and the Southeastern Archaeological Conference. She is currently a Director on the board for the Florida Archaeological Council.
Thomas W. Crawford
SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Trisha Keelan has over 30 years of operational, administrative and clerical experience, since joining ACI Ms. Keelan’s role as been to assist in day to day activities, coordinate field crew logistics with the project archaeologists, assists with bid submissions and project start up, and assist the President and Controller. In addition, she is a Notary Public in and for the State of Florida.
Lee Hutchinson, M.A., RPA
SENIOR ARCHAEOLOGIST & LABORATORY SUPERVISOR
Lee Hutchinson, a Registered Professional Archaeologist, received her B.A. in Anthropology from Marshall University in West Virginia and her M.A. in Anthropology, with an emphasis in cultural resource management, from the University of South Florida. She serves as ACI’s liaison to numerous professional organizations, was past president of the Florida Archaeological Council, past chair of the Hillsborough County Historical Resources Review Board, and served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) for 10 years. She is also a member of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, the Florida Anthropological Society, and the Central Gulf Coast Archaeological Society.
Prior to coming to ACI she served as the Sarasota County Archaeologist, and Archaeologist for the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council. She is responsible for collections management including the accessioning and treatment of cultural materials in compliance with pertinent federal and state regulations. In addition, Ms. Hutchinson has training in Cemetery Resources Protection and monitoring GPR surveys conducted at known and undocumented cemetery sites.
Elizabeth A. Horvath, M.A., RPA
SENIOR PROJECT ARCHAEOLOGIST
Elizabeth Horvath, a Registered Professional Archaeologist, received her B.A. in Anthropology from Cleveland State University and her M.A. in Anthropology with an emphasis in cultural resource management from the University of South Florida. Ms. Horvath manages ACI’s Tallahassee Area office and serves as ACI’s liaison with the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) and State Archaeologist. She has over 30 years of experience.
Before joining ACI, Ms. Horvath led the Compliance Section of the Investigation and Evaluation Branch of the National Park Service’s Southeast Archaeological Center in Tallahassee and also served as a Principal Investigator and Archaeologist. Ms. Horvath has had specialized training in OSHA Regulations for Construction Supervisors (Competent Person: Excavation, Trenching and Shoring), OSHA Hazardous Materials and Hazardous Waste Emergency Response, Telecommunications Towers: NEPA and NHPA Review, and Cemetery Maintenance/Repair. She is currently the President of the Wakulla County Historical Commission and has been a board member of the Florida Anthropological Society. She is also a member of the Florida Archaeological Council, the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, and the Arkansas Archaeological Society.
Christine Newman, M.A., RPA
Christine Newman, a Registered Professional Archaeologist, has over 30 years of professional experience in archaeology and cultural resource management. She received her B.A. from the University of Florida and her M.A. in Anthropology from the University of South Florida. Before joining ACI, she was employed by the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research (BAR), Division of Historical Resources (DHR) as an Archaeologist, and Archaeologist Supervisor. She supervised the CARL Archaeological Program, responsible for identifying, recording, and assessing cultural resources on state preservation lands.
Ms. Newman has also served as the City Archaeologist for St. Augustine, Florida, and as an adjunct professor at St. Johns River Community College in St. Augustine. Presently, she serves on the St. Johns County Cultural Resource Review Board. Ms. Newman manages ACI’s St. Augustine office and is responsible for overseeing its daily operation, as well as ACI’s projects in the region.
Nelson Rodriguez, M.A., RPA
SENIOR FIELD ARCHAEOLOGIST
Nelson Rodriguez, a Registered Professional Archeologist, has 15 years of professional experience in public archeology and cultural resource management in Florida and Texas. He earned his MA from University of South Florida where he focused on the protohistoric period of the Apalachicola area. His current research focuses on the application of GIS in predictive modeling especially in coastal zone. He is experienced with compliance in Section 106 (National Historic Preservation Act), Chapter 267 of Florida Statutes (Florida Historic Resources Act), and Chapter 279 of the Texas Administrative Code and Texas Administrative Code Title 13. His additional experience includes complying with the requirements of Section 401 of the Clean Water Act and the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977.
Mr. Rodriguez was previously employed by Texas Parks and Wildlife as a park archaeologist and biological resource specialist. While there he was responsible for the management and protection of all cultural and natural resources for Big Bend Ranch State Park (312,000 acres) and he served as lead certified interpreter and manager of GIS field data (Trimble hardware/software, ArcGIS). He was also responsible for recommending and implementing mitigation strategies, recording deterioration and looting of rock art sites, and coordinating NAGPRA management issues. Mr. Rodriguez has also coordinated education programs in preservation of historic structures/landscapes and archaeological field methods through the Master Naturalist certification program from the National Park Service. As the Senior Field Archaeologist he is Wilderness Medicine Certified (NOLS) and AED certified, he has also completed training in OSHA construction safety, and has experience monitoring industrial activities within a state registered site.
Garth Kaulens, M.Sc.
Katie Baar, B.A.
Justin Winkler, B.A.
Kimberly M. Irby, LEED AP
Kim Irby received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Meredith College and her Master of Fine Arts in Architectural History from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has over six years of experience working in the fields of land surveying and engineering and five years as an architectural historian. Ms. Irby’s strengths lie in applying analytical and research-based methods to decision making and innovative problem-solving processes. Ms. Irby has conducted small-scale and intensive level cultural resource assessment surveys throughout the states of Georgia and Florida.
As architectural historian, Ms. Irby has proven ability to perform historical site assessments in accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Ms. Irby regularly conducts background research and historical/architectural field surveys to identify and evaluate historic resources for listing in the NRHP and local registries.
ASSISTANT ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIAN
Savannah Young received her BA in Anthropology from the University of South Florida and recently completed her Master of Historic Preservation (MHP) coursework at the University of Georgia. In addition to her graduate curriculum, Ms. Young was an architectural historian through the University of Georgia’s FindIt! Program – a statewide cultural resource program sponsored by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources – Historic Preservation Division and Georgia Transmission Corporation. Through this experience she became skilled in field survey methods, vernacular, high-style, and mid-twentieth century architectural identification and documentation, report creation, and mapping through Georgia’s Natural, Archaeological, and Historic Resources GIS (GNAHRGIS).
Ms. Young developed an expertise in Florida’s roadside attractions and architecture, as well as Florida’s tourism history through her thesis research focusing on assessing the historic integrity of Florida’s spring-based roadside attractions including Silver, Weeki Wachee, Rainbow, and Homosassa Springs. Savannah also has experience in historic archaeology and forensic anthropology.
Della Fahnestock, Th.D.
HISTORICAL RESEARCHER & GRAPHICS SPECIALIST
Della Fahnestock is a historian, researcher and graphics specialist with over six years of ACI experience. She is responsible for conducting archival research, interpreting 19th and 20th century documents and photo collections, and geolocating relevant data features into modern geographic digital settings. She contributes to the production of Florida Master Site File (FMSF) forms, cultural resource assessment survey (CRAS) reports, technical memoranda and documentation for National Register Sites and employs various software solutions to generate graphics for mitigation reports and provides in-house graphic design support. She also serves as an ACI lead technical professional (LTP) for verification and editorial review.
Dorothy Block, M.A.
ARCHAEOLOGIST & RESEARCHER
Dorothy Block has 15 years of experience in Florida archaeology. She earned her MA from Florida Atlantic University where her focus was on Pre-Columbian coastal archaeology. She conducts Phase I cultural resource assessment surveys and participates in Phase II and III excavations. In addition, she assists in artifact analysis and processing under the supervision of the Principle Investigator. Ms. Block worked primarily in southeastern Florida prior to joining ACI. She was a consultant to the Lawrence E. Will Museum of the Glades and her experience includes curation and interpretive displays. She has also worked extensively in public outreach and advocacy. She is a member of the Florida Anthropological Society and is currently the chair of the Journal Committee. Ms. Block is also the founder of the Palm Beach County Archaeology Society.
Jennifer Nelson received her B.A. in Accounting from the University of South Florida. Her responsibilities include assisting the Controller with day to day financial operations and reporting. She has over 10 years of experience in both public and private accounting.