The Management Team – Terrestrial Archaeology

The large staff of over 100 archaeologists at R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. includes tiers of Field Archaeologists, Crew Chiefs, Assistant Project Managers, and Project Archaeologists who report to Project Managers and Senior Project Managers. Our teams are cross-trained between offices and routinely support our Managers across the country when surge staffing is required for large projects or compressed schedules. The Managers for the Terrestrial Archaeology Division are introduced below.

William P. Athens, M.A. – Senior Vice President, Terrestrial Archaeology

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. Mr. Athens has special expertise assisting clients in the natural gas sector with cultural resources compliance for interstate natural gas pipelines across the South from Texas to Florida. He has extensive experience in FERC- regulated projects and filings, and has written numerous Resource Reports (i.e., RR 4). 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.

Wayne C.J. Boyko, Ph.D., R.P.A. – Vice President, Prehistoric Archaeology

Dr. Wayne Boyko completed his undergraduate studies in Anthropology at the University of Winnipeg. He earned Master of Arts and Ph.D. degrees in Anthropology from the Pennsylvania State University. He has over 35 years of professional experience. Dr. Boyko formerly was Cultural Resource Manager for the Virginia Army National Guard, where he developed and managed the in-house cultural resource management program for Fort Pickett, Camp Pendleton, readiness centers, and other Army National Guard facilities. He was a member of the National Guard Bureau’s Natural/Cultural Resources Committee. Dr. Boyko also was Cultural Resource Manager at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, for eight years. Dr. Boyko’s research interests include subsistence studies, zooarchaeological analyses, and spatial analyses of archaeological sites. He has served as principal investigator on projects in western Canada, Iowa, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Arkansas, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Louisiana.

Colby A. Child, Jr., M.A.A. – Project Manager, Terrestrial Archaeology

Mr. Colby Child is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned a Master of Applied Anthropology. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology from Tulane University. A member of the Goodwin team for 23 years, Mr. Child has participated in numerous Phase I, II, and III archaeological investigations in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, and Puerto Rico. Projects of note in which Mr. Child has participated include the recordation and recovery of the engine assembly from the 19th century Steamship Columbus for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Baltimore District; archaeological investigations at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, including the George Herman Ruth Saloon Site; recordation of approximately 40 feet of the stern of the Steamship Kentucky, for which Mr. Child reconstructed the cross-brace support engineering for the main deck of a 19th-century steamship for the USACE, Vicksburg District; data recovery documentation and excavation of a ca. 1610 A.D. Susquehannock village site including the relocation of 19 burials in Moorefield, West Virginia, for the USACE, Baltimore District, and data recovery at the Nina Plantation, a 19th-century sugar plantation in Louisiana, for the USACE, New Orleans District. Mr. Child has experience in both terrestrial and underwater archaeological studies. He is an Eagle Scout and a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, BSA. He was Scoutmaster with Troop 270, and he is currently the District Training Chair of the Catoctin Mountain District, NCAC, BSA. He serves as a Merit Badge Counselor for many Merit Badges, including Archaeology, and has been awarded the District Award of Merit and the National Eagle Scout Association’s Scoutmaster Award of Merit.

Kathleen M. Child, M.A. – Project Manager, Historic Archaeology

Ms. Kathleen Child has over 20 years of professional experience as part of the Goodwin team. She holds degrees from St. Mary’s College in Maryland (B.A.) and the College of William and Mary (M.A.) with specialization in historical archaeology. Ms. Child has served as project manager for Phase I surveys, Phase II evaluations, and Phase III data recoveries. She has completed archaeological investigations for the USACE, New Orleans and Baltimore Districts, and worked on numerous military installations. She also supervised a multi-year study of three Marine Corps facilities in North Carolina and directed field crews during archaeological studies at Baltimore’s Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the Ravens’ M&T Stadium. Other projects of note include the eighteenth century “Old Spanish Fort” in Pascagoula, Mississippi; Balk Hill, the home of Maryland’s nineteenth governor; Nina Plantation, in Pointe Coupee, Louisiana; and award-winning studies of historic Main and Hanover Streets in Annapolis, Maryland.

Peter A. Cropley, M.A., R.P.A.Senior Project Manager & Southeast Regional Logistics Coordinator

Peter Cropley received his baccalaureate from the University of Massachusetts at Boston in 2002 and a Master of Arts in Anthropology from Louisiana State University in 2015. He has worked on cultural resources management projects across the Southeastern, Southwestern, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeastern United States. Mr. Cropley has worked on Phase I, II, and III projects with a diverse client base ranging from federal and state agencies such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana. Mr. Cropley has worked with a number of private sector clients on energy transmission projects, renewable energy projects, and well as other infrastructure projects. Mr. Cropley has written and contributed to many cultural resources reports. Mr. Cropley began his employment at RCG&A in 2003 as a field archeologist and through the years has worked up to the project management level.

Nathanael Heller, M.A., R.P.A – Senior Project Manager & Research Archaeologist

Mr. Nathanael Heller is a recognized authority on the prehistory of the southeastern United States, and an expert on prehistoric pottery technology and ceramic classification. He has over 20 years of experience with the Goodwin team, having first joined R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. in 1994, while he pursued his graduate studies at Wheaton College. Mr. Heller also spent five years in the public sector with the Louisiana Division of Archaeology and the Louisiana State Museum, before returning to Goodwin & Associates in 2004, as Lab Supervisor and Project Manager. Over the past two decades, Mr. Heller has directed both field and lab investigations for a wide variety of projects, including dozens of investigations for pipelines, transmission lines, and other energy-related efforts. He has worked extensively for the New Orleans District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including directing including all cultural resources investigations conducted for flood protection projects on the east bank of the Mississippi River following Hurricane Katrina. Mr. Heller also has directed numerous cultural resources investigations for disaster recovery efforts on behalf of FEMA including, as an alternative mitigation effort, a major, two-year study of the prehistoric Tchefuncte culture of coastal Louisiana. That study helped garner R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates the honor of being named Louisiana’s Archaeologists of the Year for 2014.

Michael Hornum, PhD – Senior Project Manager, Prehistoric Archaeology

Dr. Michael Hornum has 25 years of professional experience in the field of archaeology. He has been part of the Goodwin team for 18 years, and serves variously as a Principal Investigator and Senior Project Manager. He holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College. Dr. Hornum has taught at The George Washington University, Drexel University, and Bryn Mawr College. His area of expertise is working with federal, state, and private sector clients to facilitate regulatory compliance. Dr. Hornum has directed cultural resources compliance for numerous FERC-regulated pipelines in the Midwest and Mid Atlantic regions. His extensive experience in cultural resources planning includes the development of Integrated Cultural Resources Management Plans (ICRMPs) for federal installations, the conduct of Section 106 and Section 110 cultural resources surveys, exhibit development at federal installations, and consultation with Native American tribes. Dr. Hornum has authored or co-authored reports for projects in Florida, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Scott Kirk, Ph.D., R.P.A. – Project Manager, Terrestrial Archaeology

Dr. Scott Kirk completed his undergraduate studies in Anthropology at Northern Illinois University. Following a year abroad teaching English as a Second Language in Taiwan, he returned to Northern Illinois University to complete his M.A. in 2013 with a focus on medieval archaeology. His doctoral work, completed in May of 2021, examined the transition from medieval castles to Early Modern fortifications and palaces through a cross-cultural framework. Over the past ten years he has participated in numerous archaeological field projects – both academic and CRM – in Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, New Mexico, Sicily, and Spain. In addition to desktop studies he has completed with a focus on North America, Europe, and Asia, Dr. Kirk has published several peer-reviewed articles and presented his research at over a dozen academic conferences. His extensive archaeological knowledge base extends to, and is supported by, additional lines of research, including Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, and faunal analysis.

Ann Markell, PhD – Senior Project Manager, Historic Archaeology

Dr. Ann Markell has 31 years of professional experience, including 18 years with the Goodwin team. She holds degrees in Anthropology/Historical Archaeology from the University of California, Berkeley (B.A., M.A., and PhD). She has taught at the university level; directed field schools; conducted research on colonial settlement in Tidewater Virginia and in Cape Town, South Africa; and published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Markell has directed large and small scale inventories, Phase II evaluations, and Phase III data recovery investigations. She has developed predictive models and has authored Integrated Cultural Resources Management Plans (ICRMPs) and other planning and agreement documents. She also has developed interpretive displays for the Air National Guard and the U.S. Army. Her recent projects include archaeological surveys and evaluations for an extensive, congressional-mandated interstate electric energy corridor in the Mid Atlantic. Dr. Markell has special expertise in plantation archaeology, colonial settlement, and vernacular architecture. She has directed projects in Delaware, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.

Jeffrey Maymon, M.A., A.B.D. – Vice President, Prehistoric Archaeology

Mr. Jeffrey Maymon has over 28 years of professional experience, 18 with the Goodwin team. He holds a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and an M.A. from Binghamton University. Mr. Maymon has taught courses at Elmira College in New York and at SUNY Binghamton; he also served as field director for the American Indian Archaeological Institute. Mr. Maymon has extensive experience managing projects and has completed numerous multi-year archaeological, Section 106 and Section 110 cultural resources surveys and Integrated Cultural Resouce Management Plans (ICRMPs). He also has conducted Traditional Cultural Property (TCP)inventories and participated in Native American tribal consultations. Mr. Maymon has served as manager on archaeological surveys, site evaluations, and data recoveries throughout the eastern United States, including Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, and Wisconsin. His research interests include lithic technology, mortuary analyses, ethnohistory, Early Holocene settlement patterns, and the Late Woodland-contact period.

Janice A. McLean, M.A. – Senior Project Manager, Prehistoric Archaeology

Ms. Janice McLean received her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Anthropology and Classical Antiquity and her Master’s degree with honors in Anthropology from the University of Kansas (KU), Lawrence. Actively engaged in archaeological fieldwork since 1993, Ms. McLean has worked on various Section 106 and archaeological research projects in Alaska, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming, as well as in France. Since joining R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. in 2006, Ms. McLean’s experience  includes management of cultural resources inventories, geoarchaeological investigations, archaeological site evaluations, data recoveries, and curation for projects in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. She directed a 252 mile pipeline project across western Kansas, during which 48 archaeological sites were identified, 18 site evaluations were completed, and five data recovery excavations were carried out; supervised archaeological inventories for FERC-regulated pipeline projects in Atoka, Bryan, and Coal Counties, Oklahoma; and directed Section 106 and 110 inventory and evaluation projects on federal lands at Fort Riley, Kansas, the Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range, Kansas, Tuttle Creek Lake in Kansas; and at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Ms. McLean has published in Current Research in the Pleistocene, The Kansas Anthropologist, Current Archaeology in Kansas, and Plains Anthropologist. Her research interests include the Great Plains, hunter-gatherers, lithic technology, and geoarchaeology.

Alan R. Potter, M.A. – GIS Coordinator, Prehistoric Archaeology

Mr. Alan Potter received his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Kansas and his Master of Arts in Anthropology from Wichita State University. Mr. Potter’s graduate work involved the application of advanced spatial and statistical analysis techniques to interpretation of patterning and distribution of prehistoric chipped stone artifacts from sites discovered during the Overland Pass Pipeline project in western Kansas. He has been a member of the Goodwin team since 2006. Mr. Potter has provided services for many federal agencies, including the United States Army, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the United State Forest Service, in addition to various state and local agencies and private sector clients. Mr. Potter has worked extensively throughout the Great Plains, Midwest, and Rocky Mountains, including Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.

Shannon R. Ryan, PhD, R.P.A. – Senior Project Manager, Prehistoric Archaeology

Dr. Shannon Ryan has been a member of the Goodwin team since 2006. She received her BA in History from Valparaiso University and her MA and PhD in Anthropology with honors from the University of Kansas. At RCG&A she has assisted in the management of large-scale energy sector projects, including background research, survey, evaluation, and data recovery work. In addition, she has served as project manager for a variety of archaeological survey, and evaluation projects at Fort Riley, Kansas and Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Dr. Ryan has published articles in Plains Anthropologist, Current Archaeology in Kansas, and in Current Research in the Pleistocene. Her research interests include chipped and ground stone lithic technology, intrasite spatial analysis, and hunter-gatherer archaeology of the Great Plains. She has worked in Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Texas.