Board of Directors Biographies

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Elizabeth (Betsy) M. Alexander  lives in northern Virginia.  She holds a B.A. degree from Boston University and a law degree from Georgetown University.  She has practiced law in Virginia and served as an aide to the Virginia Senate and in various political positions.  She is a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at American University and has been doing research in Egypt.  She serves on the board of the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.

Cecil F. Antone is a former lieutenant governor of the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona. He is the spokesman for the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona Cultural Resources, a member of the Four Southern Tribes Cultural Resources Committee, and on the board of the Arizona State Museum. In 1991, he received the Arizona Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation and has chaired the Governor’s Archaeological Advisory Committee.

Carol Condie is the president of the Quivira Research Center and owner of Quivira Research Associates in Albuquerque.  She has conducted over 500 cultural resource studies in the Southwest.  She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico. Learn more about Carol Condie and her work in our blog series The People Behind TAC: Anthropology, New Mexico Fieldwork, & The Archaeological Conservancy

Janet Creighton lives in Seattle and holds a Ph.D. in public history from Washington State University. She is a specialist in the analysis of Northwest trade beads and conducted research at Fort Nisqually, a Hudson’s Bay Company fort donated to the Conservancy by Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company. Dr. Creighton also serves on the board of the Burke Museum and University of Washington Press Advisory Board.

W. Jim Judge is a professor emeritus of anthropology at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He is the former director of the Chaco Center of the National Park Service and a leading expert on the prehistoric cultures of the Southwest. Dr. Judge holds a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico and is the author of numerous publications on the Chaco culture. Learn more about Jim Judge and his research in our blog series The People Behind TAC: The Archaeology of Puzzle House: Preservation and Excavation

Jay T. Last lives in Beverly Hills, California and is a former vice president for technology of Teledyne Corp. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from MIT and was a founder of Fairchild Semiconductor Company. He operates an art publishing company and is the author of recent books on lithography, graphic arts, and California watercolor artists.

Bill Lipe is professor emeritus of anthropology at Washington State University and a trustee of the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.  He is a former president of the Society for American Archaeology, and in 2010, he received the Alfred Kidder Award from the American Anthropological Association.  He has done archaeological research in the Four Corners region of the Southwest since the late 1950s.

Leslie Masson lives in Lexington, Massachusetts where she is active in the community. She is retired from the software industry and currently collaborates with her mentor in costume study and design. She has had a passion for archaeology since childhood and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from University of California at Berkeley.

Mark Michel lives in Albuquerque and has been president and chief executive officer of the Conservancy since its founding in 1980. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Missouri and is a former management consultant and executive assistant to the governor of New Mexico.  He is a recipient of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Louise DuPont Crowninshield Award. Learn more about Mark Michel and founding of The Archaeological Conservancy in our blog series The People Behind TAC: The Archaeological Conservancy Celebrates 35 Years of Preservation.

Jeffrey M. Mitchem is an archaeologist with the Arkansas Archeological Survey and Research Associate Professor in Anthropology at the University of Arkansas. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1989, and since 1990, he has been directing research at Parkin Archeological State Park in northeast Arkansas.  Since 1976, he has participated in fieldwork in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, Idaho, and the country of Jordan. Learn more about Jeffrey Mitchem in our blog series The People Behind TAC: Surprises Around Every Corner: Archaeology, The Parkin Site and The Archaeological Conservancy

Dorinda J. Oliver is a retired vice president of Chase Manhattan Bank.  She served on the board of the Archaeological Institute of America and is a member of the American Research Center in Egypt and the New York Classical Club.  She holds a M.B.A. degree in finance from Columbia University and resides in Manhattan.

Rosamond (Roddy) L. Stanton lives in Livingston, Montana where she serves on the board of the Solid Rock Foundation and volunteers for numerous charities. She received her bachelor’s degree in art history from Rutgers University.

Bill Thompson grew up in Oklahoma and is a graduate of the University of Tulsa.  He now lives in Dallas and is a retired insurance executive.  He is also the retired chief operating officer of EDGE, a computer hardware firm.  Thompson is the award winning author of eleven archaeology adventure novels.  They are available at Amazon.com in paperback or ebook.

James B. Walker, a New Mexico native, Jim is the SW Regional Director and Senior Vice President of The Archaeological Conservancy.  He has worked for the organization since 1981. Jim holds a BA in Anthropology and an MBA in Marketing, both degrees from The University of New Mexico. His background also includes extensive experience and education in real estate and cultural resource management. Learn more about Jim Walker in our blog series The People Behind TAC:  Looking Back on 33 Years: My Favorite Preserve.

Gordon P. Wilson, Chairman, is a retired investment and mutual fund manager.  He served as chief investment officer and president of Kemper-Murray Johnstone International in Chicago.  Wilson is a former member of the board of directors of the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and Futures for Children.  He holds a Masters degree in finance from the University of Illinois and lives in Santa Fe. Learn more about Gordon Wilson in our blog series The People Behind TAC: Economics & Archaeology- My Road to The Archaeological Conservancy

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