Introducing the Officers and Board of Directors
Robert W. Noel, Jr., C.P.A. – Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Director
Mr. Robert W. Noel, Jr., CPA, is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. He has served with the Goodwin team for ten years. Mr. Noel received the B.S. in Accounting from Mississippi State University in 1962 and subsequently completed the Financial Management Program of the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Mr. Noel is a Veteran of the United States Air Force, serving as a 1st Lieutenant and Accounting and Finance Officer from 1962 to 1965. He has experience as Chief Financial Officer and/or top division/subsidiary financial and administrative executive of major domestic and international units of publicly held companies. Companies served and positions held include the following: Pittston Coal Company – Senior Vice President – Finance & Administration and CFO; Minproc Corporation – Vice President – Finance & Administration, CFO and Secretary; and various units of Freeport-McMoRan, Inc. (Freeport Sulphur Company – Vice President – Financial; Freeport-McMoRan Gold Company – Vice President – Finance & Administration; Freeport-McMoRan, Inc. – Director of Internal Auditing; Freeport Queensland Nickel, Inc. – Controller; and Freeport Chemical Company – Operations Controller). His expertise extends to all aspects of financial management including accounting, tax, budgeting, financial analysis, internal audit, annual/strategic planning, and financial reporting. He also is accomplished in multi-cultural relationships and experienced in dealing with operations in Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Singapore. Mr. Noel began his career with a Big Six public accounting firm, Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, serving a variety of clients including public utilities and companies involved in manufacturing, natural resources, refining, processing, and distribution. He and his wife have three daughters and seven grandchildren. Mr. Noel is a Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants.
Dave D. Davis, Ph.D. – Director
Dr. Dave D. Davis earned the Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Orleans, and the M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University. Dr. Davis’ primary geographic areas of expertise are the southeastern United States and the Caribbean islands. He has also directed archaeological field investigations in East Africa and Guatemala. Dr. Davis has served as Principal Investigator or consulting scientist on a large number of investigations for R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. He has served on the faculties of Brandeis University, Tulane University, and the University of Southern Maine, and has held university administrative appointments as department Chair, Director of Institutional Research, Dean, and Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. In addition to his contributions to cultural resource management reports for R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc., Dr. Davis has published over 30 scholarly articles, and has written one book and edited two others. His areas of topical expertise include settlement and subsistence studies, prehistoric human biogeography, and the analysis of ceramics and flaked stone artifacts. Dr. Davis’ research has earned support from the National Science Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Exxon Educational Foundation. In 2017, Dr. Davis retired as a Senior Vice President at R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. in New Orleans.
R. Christopher Goodwin, PhD. – President & CEO, Director of Research, Chairman of the Board
Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin is President and Director of Research of R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. A graduate of Tulane University (B.A. Honors 1971), Florida State University (M.S. 1974), and Arizona State University (PhD. 1979), he served as a Research Associate at Yale Peabody Museum and as a Research Fellow at the United States Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Goodwin is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts in cultural resource management. He has been a contractor to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (New Orleans, Baltimore, Memphis, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Savannah, St. Louis, Tulsa and Vicksburg Districts), to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and to the Department of Defense on projects at over 200 military installations. During the past 30 years, he also has served as Principal Investigator for major cultural resource investigations conducted by his firm for numerous energy projects, ranging from Strategic Petroleum Reserve facilities to the longest offshore pipeline ever built across the Gulf of Mexico, to the longest interstate natural gas pipelines built east of the Mississippi River in over 50 years. He has published scholarly articles in journals including American Antiquity, American Anthropologist, American Scientist, and Florida Anthropologist, as well as monographs and many hundreds of technical reports. He is a recipient of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Preservation Honor Award and of the United States Small Business Administration’s Administrators Award of Excellence “in recognition of outstanding service to the nation.” Dr. Goodwin was designated a Liberal Arts and Sciences Leader by Arizona State University.
Richard T. Beddingfield, B.A. – Director
Mr. Richard T. Beddingfield was a Co-Founder of R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. in 1981, and he has served on the Board of Directors since the Corporation’s founding. Born in New York City in 1950, Mr. Beddingfield received his secondary education in the United Kingdom where his father was an executive with British Petroleum. After graduating from the well regarded American School in London, he attended Tulane University in New Orleans receiving the baccalaureate in 1972. Mr. Beddingfield then accepted a position with the United States Social Security Administration specializing in disability policy. He retired in July 2009 as Senior Policy Analyst after 32 years of public service. Mr. Beddingfield has received numerous awards and commendations for his role in the formulation and delivery of disability policy throughout the nation. He lives with his wife, Dr. Cathy Kline, in Austin, Texas.
Kathryn M. Kuranda, M.Arch.Hist. – Senior Vice President, Director
Kathryn M. Kuranda, M. Arch. Hist., is Senior Vice-President, Architectural & Historical Services, at R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. She received the B.A. in American Studies from Dickinson College and the Master of Architectural History degree from the University of Virginia, where she was a Thomas Jefferson Fellow. For over 22 years, Ms. Kuranda has directed hundreds of cultural resources projects across the nation, ranging from local historic district applications to nationwide contexts. Her noteworthy projects include Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the Baltimore Ravens M&T Stadium, and revisions to the Washington D.C. Aqueduct System, a National Historic Landmark. She directed the development of the nationwide historic contexts for the evaluation of Department of Defense resources including DoD installations constructed between 1790 and 1940, the Navy Guided Missile Program, World War II Permanent Military Construction, Army Fixed Wing Air Fields, and Army Housing Constructed under the Capehart, Wherry, and MCA Programs during the Cold War Era. She also has directed work at over 140 military installations from Alaska to Florida, and from Maine to California, as well as in Iceland and Puerto Rico.
William P. Athens, M.A., A.B.D. – Senior Vice President, Vice Chairman of the Board
Mr. William P. Athens received the baccalaureate from the University of Tennessee in 1979, and the Master of Arts from Florida State University in 1983. He also completed all course work for the Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh. A Senior Vice President at R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc., for the past 23 years Mr. Athens has served as Principal Investigator directing many hundreds of cultural resources surveys, testing and evaluation projects, and complex mitigation/data recovery excavations. He has directed projects for the National Park Service; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans, Vicksburg and Jacksonville Districts; the U.S. Department of Agriculture; the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; the U.S. Forest Service; the U.S. Postal Service; the Federal Emergency Management Agency; and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Southern Gas Association’s Environmental Permitting and Construction Technical Conference. He was awarded Eagle Scout in 1974, and he has been a student and colleague of Dr. Goodwin’s since 1975.