2019 SCA Executive Board Election
To vote by U.S. mail, enclose your ballot in the small envelope provided, seal, then endorse the envelope and return it to the SCA Business Office. Vote for the individual running for each position or add a write-in name (hard copy ballots submitted via U.S. mail only).
Ballots must be postmarked on or before January 1, 2018. The Business Office will not open ballot envelopes that are not signed on the flap and your ballot will not be counted. Be assured, the voting process is confidential, with the endorsements used only to validate individual ballots.
MICHELLE C. CROSS
Principal/Cultural Resources Practice Leader
Education, Professional Background, and Research Interests
M.A. (2005), The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA; B.A. (2000), University of California, Santa Cruz
- Program Chair, American Cultural Resources Association, Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio, (2018)
- Capital Region Young Leader 2017, Comstock Magazine (2017)
- Speaker, Central Valley Association of Environmental Professionals (2017)
- Guest Lecturer, UC Davis, Environmental Studies Program-179 (2016 and 2015)
- Northern California Vice President, Society for California (2014-2016)
- Local Arrangements Chair, Society for California Archaeology Annual Meeting, Berkeley (2013)
- Society for California Archaeology Presidential Award (2013)
- Guest Lecturer, Stanford University, Anthropology (2013, 2012, and 2011)
- Lecturer, NEPA and CEQA for Cultural Resources Management, UC Davis Extension, Sacramento (2012)
- Host, Home of the Terracotta Warriors Documentary, D3 Productions, aired nationally on PBS
- Secretary, Society for California Archaeology (2010-2012)
My research has focused on historical archaeology with an interest in Spanish Colonial history, specifically on the interactions between Native American tribes and the Spanish during colonization. My thesis research was a zooarchaeological analysis of faunal materials from two archaeological excavations at Mission San Juan Bautista. The research compared collections from inside the quadrangle walls of the mission and outside the mission walls in the Neophyte housing area. Additionally, I have lead field school excavations at Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo (Carmel) for CSU Monterey Bay, and directed a lab for field school excavation at El Polín Springs in the San Francisco Presidio for Stanford University. Most recently my research interests have focused on cultural resources management approaches for disaster and emergency response efforts. With the increase of natural and man-made disasters such as fires, floods, and oil spills in California, understanding an approach to Section 106 of the NHPA and CEQA compliance and work within a non-regulatory environment has become increasingly important. I recently organized a panel on emergency and disaster response for the 2018 American Cultural Resources Association (ACRA) annual meeting and I am now working with the panel to co-author an article for the Society for American Archaeology’s Advances in Archaeological Practice digital journal.
In the face of an unstable political climate, climate change, and transition of the workforce, the need to make the work we do as archaeologists relevant is pronounced. As President of the SCA, my biggest contribution will be to ensure that archaeology is relevant to the membership, the academy, our clients, and the public. I see several ways for my term on the SCA Board to facilitate this:
- Foster greater engagement between the academy and cultural resources professionals.
- Create a platform to share knowledge, data, and best practices between students and young professionals and long-time SCA members.
- Increase public awareness of California archaeology and Native American concerns.
- Advocate and lobby for the discipline and practice of archaeology at the state, county, and local levels.
- Reinvigorate the Climate Change Survey.
- Become a leading archaeological society and model for other state archaeological societies by working closely with our partners at SAA, SHA, ACRA, OHP, ACHP, RPA, and others.
- Build stronger relationships among SCA members and California Tribes and THPOs.
- Build strong relationships among women in archaeology, and empower women in the workplace.
- Celebrate our accomplishments through inspiring Northern and Southern California Data Sharing and Annual Meetings.
My history with the SCA is proof I can provide experienced leadership, organization, and facilitation. I have previously served on the SCA Executive Board as Secretary (2010-2012) and Northern California Vice President (2014-2016). I also served as Local Arrangements Chair for the 2013 SCA Annual Meeting in Berkeley. This was a large undertaking that sharpened my organizational skills and gave me a strong understanding of what it takes to plan the SCA conference. For the last four years I have served as the leader of Stantec’s cultural resource group. This role has taught me time management, mentorship, and collaboration skills, as well as a new level of understanding for others. I will bring these skills to the SCA. I am a busy person, but this is a role I feel compelled to do in service of the Society that has provided me with professional opportunities, and which has laid the foundation for the achievements I have had in my career. I look forward to the challenge of being your next SCA President. Let me work for you to engage the relevancy of our profession.
Senior Archaeologist and Project Manager
GEI Consultants, Inc.
Education; Professional Background, and Research Interests
M.A. (2005) and B.A. (1997), Anthropology, California State University, Sacramento
Registered Professional Archaeologist No. 16069
Society for American Archaeology
International Council on Monuments and Sites
Great Basin Anthropological Association
Nevada Archaeological Association
Michigan Archaeological Society
Wisconsin Archeological Society
Midwest Archaeological Conference
I turned to archaeology as a second career after I was laid off from a television production position. As an undergraduate and graduate student at California State University, Sacramento, I was fortunate to work for 10 years at the Archaeological Research Center (ARC) on campus. There I learned what it meant to be an archaeologist: how to survey, excavate, catalog, analyze artifacts, and interpret the data. While under the direction of Drs. Mark Basgall and Mark Giambastiani, and later Drs. Michael Delacorte and David Zeanah, I was given the opportunity to go places I never dreamt of, and thought of the past in an entirely new way. I’ve
worked throughout the western United States and have started to conduct studies in the Midwest. It’s my education and experience at the ARC that have allowed me to be successful as a professional archaeologist. My primary interests are in prehistory of all cultures across the globe, technological change, stone tool technology, use-wear analysis, and cultural adaptations. It’s the continual discovery about some previously unknown aspect of a past culture that makes me glad I chose archaeology as a profession.
As stated in the SCA’s mission statement, the Society is dedicated to the “research, understanding, interpretation and conservation” of California’s heritage. As members, we support this mission as we actively seek to preserve California’s rich cultural heritage.
Two pressing issues facing California archaeology are climate change and preserving California’s heritage. At the Climate Heritage Mobilization at Global Climate Summit 2018 I was encouraged to hear of cultural resources professionals, preservationists, and Tribal representatives’ efforts to implement feasible solutions to preserving cultural resources. We need to continue our political activism and add our voices to those who express concern about issues negatively affecting cultural resources, especially archaeological sites and collections. As partners in protecting California’s heritage, we need to continually identify creative mitigation strategies that promote sustainability and resiliency and emphasize the importance of cultural resources to the public.
At the Summit, Marshall McKay of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation and other presenters reminded us that mitigation and preservation is for future generations. When I started as an archaeologist more than 20 years ago, data recovery was common mitigation. Today, archaeologists are working with agencies, Tribal representatives, and other interested parties to develop forms of fiscally responsible and feasible mitigation that are respectful to all parties. Recently, I was involved in a project in which an agency preserved two NRHP-eligible archaeological sites at a cost that was almost three times the cost of data recovery. Although preserving and protecting these sites in perpetuity may not inform us of past lifeways, we are leaving these resources for future generations.
When preservation in-place isn’t feasible, there are benefits to site excavation. Archaeological studies, such as data recovery and analyses, further our understanding and appreciation of past lifeways, provide opportunities to study cultural adaptation to climate change and other external forces, and provide tangible evidence that supports traditional knowledge and science.
SCA’s past Presidents, current President, and President-Elect have identified critical issues that we need to address. These Calls to Action include increasing our political activism during times of funding cuts and legislation that fails to promote heritage preservation, identifying the effects climate change will have on cultural resources, and increasing the public’s awareness of California’s heritage. If elected, I will work with the Board to continue our efforts to advocate for the study and protection of California’s past.
Environmental Science Associates (ESA)
Education; Professional Background, and Research Interests
I am currently a Senior Cultural Resources Manager with Environmental Science Associates (ESA) in Pasadena California. I began my career in archaeology when I was completing my B.A. in Anthropology at San Diego State University (Go Aztecs!) and a minor in American Indian Studies. I was fortunate to have a professor who introduced me to the world of cultural resource management and later gave me an internship in the Cultural Resources Department at a local San Diego planning firm. Since then I have never looked back (except for a very brief foray into the financial world-we won’t do that again!). Gradually I advanced from intern, to field tech, to managing a team of archaeologists in Los Angeles, and finally to my current job as part of an amazing team at ESA. I manage projects, oversee our paleontology group, and manage our lab which is conveniently located next to my office in ESA’s Pasadena location. I have a wide range of experience with both prehistoric and historic archaeology and have conducted shell and stone bead studies, identified Victorian-era burials, and developed strong ties to the Native American community. I have worked on projects for or overseen by the BLM, Caltrans, Forest Service, innumerable cities and counties, and state and local agencies. I have worked on and published on so many fascinating sites, from coastal shell middens and burial sites to the very first city cemetery in Los Angeles. My experience has been solely with CRM firms over the last 20 years which has provided me the opportunity to work on and lead amazing projects, collaborate with a diverse group of people always willing to share their knowledge, mentor young archaeologists, have opportunities for study and publication, and eat delicious steak dinners in some of the hottest B-towns (Barstow, Brawley, Bakersfield, etc.) the California desert has to offer.
As I attended the banquet at the SCA Annual Meeting in San Diego this year, I was particularly struck during the speeches by a recurrent theme—that everyone at the dinner had been enjoying and using all that the SCA has to offer… but how many of us were giving back? I realized I was one of those people. I had supported the SCA by attending meetings, presenting papers, and donating to the cause, but how had I really given back to the organization? I was inspired by the good things that the Board and all the amazing volunteers were achieving. I believe it is time for me to give back by serving in the office of Southern Vice President. Over the last 20 years I have watched the organization change and evolve and now it has become a force for archaeology. Our network is spread far and wide, from academics, to students, to CRM professionals, and those who are at work supporting agencies. Our members come from a wide range of backgrounds, including students, people with young families, and retirees.
During my tenure if elected, I would like to see support for families attending the meetings. I would like to headline programs to provide education and interaction for children of archaeologists attending the meetings with their parents, as well as education and outreach programs conducted by the SCA to help continue to mentor and recruit the next generation of archaeologists. To continue a trajectory of growth for the organization I plan to initiate new and innovative outreach programs to college students, interns, and other potential new members for the data sharing and annual meetings. I would like to make data sharing meetings more accessible to families and students while growing the attendance. To be sustainable, the Society needs to continue to draw new members and provide opportunities and content to do so. The society is getting older and we need to continue to engage young people and the upcoming leaders in our field to maintain and grow our membership. I pledge to provide innovative leadership and new programs in which to do so. I look forward to the opportunity to engage and give back to the society that has provided me so much over the years.
GLENN S RUSSELL
Director, Planning and Development, County of Santa Barbara (retired)
Education; Professional Background, and Research Interests
B.S. Anthropology, University of Wisconsin Madison 1977
M.A. Archaeology, UCLA 1981
Ph.D. Anthropology, UCLA 1988
Curator of Archaeology, Fowler Museum, UCLA 1994-1998
Assistant Professor Anthropology(adjunct), UCLA, CSLA, CSF, CSLB, Columbia U, Occidental College- Various semester and quarter appointments 1988-1994
Archaeologist and Planner (various titles), Planning and Land Use, San Diego County, 1998-2009
Director, Planning and Development, County of Santa Barbara, 2009-2018
President, California County Planning Directors Association, 2016
California Archaeology Andean Archaeology
Obsidian Hydration Development of Complexity
As a lifetime member of the SCA, I greatly appreciate the contributions that the SCA has made to all aspects of California archaeology. I have been active in fieldwork and research in California archaeology for the last forty plus years, but perhaps my most significant experience has been in the local government regulatory setting. After becoming staff archaeologist in the San Diego County Planning Department in 1998, I also became a planner and ultimately served as Planning Director for the County of Santa Barbara from 2009 to 2018. Experience that I would bring to the position of Southern Vice-President includes authorship of a variety of regulatory code updates, including the Historic Sites Board and Mills Act ordinances in San Diego County, and revising the cultural resource CEQA Thresholds and Fieldwork and Report Format requirements for Santa Barbara County. I have also been very active in government to tribal relations and was recognized for this work with a Circle of Service award presented by the California State Association of Counties. I also recently served on the SCA Standards and Ethics Committee. I just retired as Planning Director which now gives me the opportunity to give back to the SCA. I would certainly serve to further the ongoing policy direction of the SCA, but I also see my potential role in ongoing regulatory issues at the state and local levels, strengthening the relationship between the SCA and California tribes, and organizing great data sharing meetings.
MELINDA PACHECO PATRICK
Education; professional background, and research interests:
I began my career in archaeology and cultural resource management over 18 years ago. Upon graduating with a B.A. in Anthropology from California State University, Chico, I immediately went to work for the CSU, Chico Archaeological Research Program assisting with the field school and working as a Staff Archaeologist for academic and contract-driven projects. In 2002, the SCA relocated the business office to Chico where I began working as the Business Office Assistant Manager under the direction of Greg White. In 2006, I was recruited to help open the Desert Branch Office for Far Western Anthropological Research Group. I spent the next two years gaining experience in Nevada before relocating to the Far Western main office in Davis where I was on staff until opening my own company in 2011. Today I am a Principal Owner, Principal Investigator, and Treasurer for Patrick GIS Group, Inc. I currently hold an M.A. in Historical Archaeology. My research interests are exhaustive! Overall, I am most interested in recent California prehistory with an emphasis on contact-period and historic-era westward expansion in the Sierra Nevada foothills. My recent focus has been on the ideology of death, particularly burial and commemoration, and the evolution of expressions of identity and personal relationships within the larger sociodynamic complex. In addition to the SCA, I am a member of the Society for Historical Archaeology and two local historical societies and am a Registered Professional Archaeologist.
The SCA played a vital role in shaping my career. From the very beginning, exposure to data sharing, access to information, and the opportunity to meet and mingle with archaeologists from every diverse background imaginable were essential to my growth and development. As the Business Office Assistant Manager, my duties included membership database management, analysis and reporting, communications, finances, inventory and archival
management, SCA Newsletter editorial assistance, and Annual Meeting planning. I believe this past opportunity and experience lend a unique qualification to successfully execute the role of Treasurer.
In addition to the many hats I’ve worn throughout my previous employment, every role included an administrative aspect which has been instrumental in developing the key qualifications for Treasurer: organization, attention to detail, principals of accounting, budget development and analysis, projections, and reporting. As Treasurer of Patrick GIS Group, I oversee all administrative tasks on a daily basis employing the same accounting methods currently used by the SCA Treasurer.
Lastly, as a member of the Executive Board, I would like to continue the good works of the Society in bringing together the diverse mosaic of agencies, academic institutions, private consulting firms, students, interested parties, and descendent communities through community outreach and education. I strongly believe in sharing archaeology with the public and finding avenues for gathering and disseminating information. To this end, I have experience in educational outreach which includes Passport in Time projects, avocational rock art programs (Friends of Gold Butte), various K-8 school programs, and most recently as a guest lecturer for Camp Tawonga.
I am excited to give back to the SCA and throw my hat in the ring for Treasurer!