Consultant Profiles

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Kelly R. Bush, MA

Principal Investigator
ERCI's President, Kelly Bush brings 32 years of relevant archaeological experience in British Columbia, California, and Washington to this team. Ms. Bush designs field and lab work for all sizes of projects, and serves as Principal Investigator, facilitating all aspects of archaeological investigations including initial site visits, project design, tribal consultation, evaluation of properties, management recommendations, and reporting. She is responsible for quality control and internal training. Ms. Bush has successfully provided coordination for Traditional Cultural Properties studies, written numerous Historic Properties Management Plans, and provided cultural resource management training to local and tribal governments. Ms. Bush earned her BA in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. She has taught archaeology in both classroom and field school settings at Western Washington University in Bellingham, where she earned her MA in Anthropology. Her first love in archaeology was lithic identification and analysis and she loves getting a chance to work on collections but recognizes that the best day at work is when we can avoid a site and the disturbance to the resource. She is a past president of the Association for Washington Archaeology and stay involved with the Mentorship and Membership Committees.

Robert H. Gargett, PhD

Editor and Geoarchaeologist
Rob Gargett earned a BA (Hons) in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University and a PhD in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley, specializing in zooarchaeology and taphonomy. In a career that spans more than 30 years he has taken part in prehistoric archaeological survey and excavation in coastal and southern central British Columbia, California's Northern Coast Ranges, the Sierra Nevada Foothills and the Great Basin, the Czech Republic (Middle Paleolithic), France (Mesolithic), and Israel (Middle Paleolithic). Alongside a book and numerous referred journal articles on vertebrate taphonomy and site formation processes in Europe and Western Asia, Polynesia, and eastern Australia, in his CRM role Rob has authored, contributed to, and edited more than 100 cultural resource management reports on the precontact archaeology of California and British Columbia, and Washington State's Island, King, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties. Rob is a past editor of Australian Archaeology, was a project archaeologist and laboratory director for Pacific Legacy Inc., Santa Cruz, California, and technical writer for the archaeology group at AMEC Foster Wheeler, Burnaby, British Columbia. Dr. Gargett has generalist knowledge of comparative North American terrestrial vertebrate osteology, expert knowledge of zooarchaeological method and theory, and specialist knowledge of Late Pleistocene Central European ursid osteology and Middle to Late Pleistocene microtine fauna of Western North America. Dr. Gargett joined ERCI in 2014 and edits reports before they are sent to clients and published.

Alyson M. Rollins, MA

Biological Anthropologist and Archaeologist
Alyson Rollins has been a professional biological anthropologist since 1999, with field and laboratory experience related to human osteology. She earned her BA in Human Biology from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, ID, and her MA in Anthropology from Western Washington University. She has particular expertise in the identification of fragmented or partial human skeletal remains in an archaeological context. Ms. Rollins has been teaching Anthropology at Whatcom Community College since 1999 and at Western Washington University since 2005. She also has extensive experience consulting with Native American Tribes, Museums and Universities regarding NAGPRA issues and the repatriation of human remains and artifacts.

Leah Koch-Michael, MA

Leah received her MA in Maritime Archaeology from Syddansk Universitet in Denmark in 2019; her thesis compared Northwest Coast canoes to Danish logboats. She completed her underwater field school in Denmark in 2018, helping to document a 15th century shipwreck. She received her BA with honors from Cal State Northridge in 2015. She has done fieldwork on several projects in Northern Europe as well as in Washington State. Leah joined ERCI in 2021 and is a field crew supervisor, construction monitor, report writer, and loves being a part of the team. Outside of ERCI, she has taken on the job of Editor for the AWA Newsletter and is happy to be part of an organization that is such a great resource for archaeologists working in Washington. Additionally, Leah has five years of editing and publication design experience from her work for Rational Island Publishers, the Northwest Danish Association, and as a freelance editor. Her research interests include archaeogaming, the use of virtual reality to enhance and preserve heritage, and underwater prehistoric studies. She is planning graduate school in the near future.

Madison Henley, MA

Maddy graduated from Western Washington University in 2014, majoring in Anthropology with an Archaeology concentration and minoring in Geography. After working in Virginia for a year doing public archaeology at James Madison’s Montpelier, she returned to Washington state and completed an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Geomatic Technology at Bellingham Technical College. She spent six years working as a land surveyor in Seattle, during which time she pursued an MA in Archaeological Heritage from University of Washington, graduating in December 2022. While attending UW, Maddy interned at a local CRM company, with whom she ran a project and wrote the associated report as part of her thesis project. Although she has spent time studying in Scotland and participating in fieldwork in Bulgaria, Virginia, and California, her primary archaeological interests are centered around the contact and historic periods in the Pacific Northwest.

Kylee Moneypenny, MA

Kylee Moneypenny graduated from Western Washington University with her BA in Anthropology with an Archaeology concentration and a minor in History. She then returned to Western Washington University for graduate school with a particular interest in developing the interdisciplinary discourse between Anthropology and History. As a graduate student, she worked as a research assistant on faculty projects including: vagrancy, vice, and the Bellingham Waterfront; Sex and Gender; African American History. Her MA thesis assessed the intersection of race, gender, and performance at the Pendleton Round-up. Since starting at ERCI in June 2022, she has furthered her experience in writing local histories and archival research and continues to develop her experience preparing historic property inventories, and architectural history. She also plans to delve into historical research with the goal of publication. Her research interests include Indigenous epistemologies and histories, public history, local and urban history.

Kelsey Maloy, MA in progress

Kelsey is close to completing her master’s degree at Western Washington University and has been working for ERCI since March 2023. Her academic focus relates to multiplurality and ethics in the recordation strategies of ethnographic resources, specifically Culturally Modified Trees. She was nationally selected for a Historic Preservation Education role with the National Park Service as an Ethnographic Resource Specialist this upcoming summer. Kelsey is local to Whatcom County and has taken time to listen to the community and applies her skills across a number of projects including volunteer with local preservation committees. Recently she has completed two Archaeological Crew Lead roles for the Bureau of Land Management and the US Department of Agriculture, working on post wildfire fire surveys and assessments. Kelsey is a naturalist, when she has time, she likes to illustrate and watercolor details from her adventures in the Cascades. She thinks History is all around us!

Abbey Dyer, MS in progress

Architectural Historian
Abbey received double-major BA degrees in Historic Preservation and Studio Art from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA (2020), and has just completed requirements for an MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA (2023). She has done preservation of many kinds, including field work, documentation, statements of significance, evaluations, building descriptions, research, oral history collecting and teaching, writing, and much more. Abbey is particularly interested in using her background in art as a means of conveying the importance of historic preservation to a younger audience, and has already made a number of digital art pieces that serve this purpose. She also has interests in world mythologies, the classics, animals, and paleohistory.

Aleta Baxley, BA

Aleta Baxley received a BA in Anthropology with an archaeology concentration and minors in Geology and Biology from Western Washington University in 2020. Attending field school in Ireland, she completed excavation, post excavation, and bioarchaeological work. At ERCI, Aleta works as a field crew supervisor, construction monitor and works in document control and report writing. She has done fieldwork across western Washington and in Ellensburg, Spokane, and Yakima. Current research interests include faunal analyses, land use practices, and geoarchaeology. She plans on attending graduate school in the near future.

Emma Dubois, BA

Emma received her BA in Anthropology with an archaeology concentration and a GIS Certificate from Western Washington University (WWU) in 2019. She worked as a Lab Technician for the Lummi Nation and for the WWU Anthropology Department Archaeology Lab. Her work for the Lummi Nation included analysis of faunal remains, and for WWU included assisting in drafting NAGPRA compliance documents. Since 2019 Emma has worked for Cultural Resource Management (CRM) companies in western Washington and for the U.S. Forest Service in New Mexico and Washington where she carried out data recovery excavations, faunal bone species identification, construction monitoring, and cultural resource surveys—pedestrian and subsurface. Emma joined ERCI in 2021 and incorporates her previous experiences in her work while gaining momentum in all components of CRM. Outside of work, she volunteers on the Association for Washington Archaeology’s Mentorship Program committee and is a mentee in the program herself, eager to keep learning about heritage conservation and to explore new ways of thinking. She plans to attend graduate school in the future.

Fiona Koehnen, BA

Fiona Koehnen graduated from the University of Washington in 2020 with a BA in Anthropology and an emphasis in Archaeology and Native American Studies. During her studies she took a year of Southern Lushootseed language classes and worked at the Burke Museum archaeology department. At the Burke she worked on cataloguing, sorting, and classifying objects. Fiona was a rotary exchange student in Germany for a year, is fluent in German, and enjoyed returning to Mallorca for her first field study where she worked on identifying ceramic sherds, surveying fields, and excavating historic sites. During her second field school, Fiona worked with the Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde in Oregon, creating an educational camp for children, learning about their sites, and surveying and setting up excavation units using ground penetrating radar. Fiona joined ERCI in 2021 and does subsurface survey, monitoring, shell identification, site delineation, backcountry survey, and leads field crews. She is continuing her education with graduate work in Heritage Management at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. where she will focus her studies on the ethnobotany of indigenous peoples of the pacific northwest.

Rhododendron O’Boyle, BA

Archaeologist/GIS Analyst
Rhododendron received a BA from Western Washington University in 2020 with majors in Chinese Language and Culture, East Asian Studies, and Anthropology with a concentration in archaeology. In Spring 2021 she received a certification in GIS from the Huxley College of the Environment. She has been working at ERCI since October 2021 and has taken the lead in GIS analysis and cartography, creating maps for reports. She is also working on sensitivity modeling using GIS to reduce the risk to projects and cultural resources. Rhododendron intends to continue her education by pursuing a Masters in archaeology and GIS applications and hopes to take her skills back to the classroom to one day teach future archaeologists.

Rachel Pinkman, BA

Rachel graduated with her BA in Anthropology with an Archaeology Concentration and a Spanish minor from Western Washington University in Winter 2020 and has worked at ERCI since 2020. She analyzes fauna, including shells, assists with field labs and field survey, and works on construction monitoring, report components and logistics. Outside of work, she runs the Association of Washington Archaeology Instagram page. She is continuing her education and applying her experience to earn a graduate degree in Art History with and Egyptian Art and Archaeology concentration at the University of Memphis in Tennessee. Her main research interests are in Egyptology and Roman Archaeology. She also volunteers for FindAGrave, where people send her requests for photos of grave sites.

Ashley Yates, BA

Ashley received a BA in Anthropology with a biocultural concentration from Western Washington University in 2021 and has been working at ERCI since that time. As a student, Ashley researched epigenetic variation within human populations and wrote several papers, including "Examination of Health and Disease in Epigenetics: How Starvation Affects Our Health." At ERCI Ashley works as an Archaeologist and has experience monitoring, writing reports, and conducting cultural resource surveys. She plans to attend graduate school in the future. Her areas of interest include osteology, epigenetics, archaeology, and paleoanthropology.