Ph. D., RPA Principal Investigator/ Cultural Resource Specialist
Dr. Kathleen Wheeler founded IAC in 1990 and incorporated as an LLC with Ellen Marlatt in 1998. She earned a MA and PhD in Anthropology from the University of Arizona in 1992 and meets and exceeds Department of the Interior qualifications for professional archaeologist. Kathy is also on the list of approved archaeologists in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine (Level-2 Historical Archaeologists Approved List).
Kathy has designed, managed, and seen to conclusion hundreds of projects ranging from Phase IA assessments to Phase III mitigations. She specializes in the study of complex urban sites and funerary archaeology, with participation in the archaeological discovery of the Portsmouth African Burial Ground one of her most memorable experiences. Dr. Wheeler is also a Research Associate at Utica College and participates in the Annual Forensic Anthropology Field School in Albania and Romania as a faculty member.
M. A., RPA Operations Director
Ellen Marlatt has been co-owner of IAC since 1998 and is retiring from IAC in June 2018. Ellen built her career over the past 25 years principally working on historic sites in northern New England. Her involvement in cultural resource management projects has covered all aspects of the archaeological process — project management, fieldwork supervision, background research, artifact analysis, interpretation and synthesis, and report writing. Ellen routinely implements her training from her MA (University of Southern Maine 1996) in American & New England Studies to address an archaeological problem. She is especially proud that IAC has been a leader in advancing standards of archaeological excellence as well as her role in promoting professionalism among IAC archaeologists, providing year-round employment and benefits commensurate with other highly educated professionals in similar fields.
MA, RPA Project Manager/Principal Investigator
Jessica Cofelice earned a BS in Anthropology at Mercyhurst College in 2000, with a concentration in Bioarchaeology and an MA in American and New England Studies from the University of Southern Maine in 2013. Now serving as Principal Investigator, Jesse is also on Maine’s Level 2 Historical Archaeologists Approved List. She has worked on a broad range of projects throughout New Hampshire and Maine, carrying out fieldwork, conducting analysis, and helping to produce quality technical reports. Jesse is especially well versed in funerary archaeology and all things related to Post-Contact (historic) burials.
MA, RPA Principal Investigator
Jacob Tumelaire earned a BA (2004) and MA in Anthropology (2014) from Northern Arizona University. His master’s thesis Research at the Rainbow Forest identifies and explores evidence for the presence of multiple Clovis and Folsom occupations at the Rainbow Forest, a Paleoindian locality in the Petrified Forest National Park. Jake came to IAC in 2007 and now serves as Principal Investigator. He implements and supervises fieldwork throughout New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine, seeing the work through to completion of a final report. Jake’s area of interest is the study of Pre-Contact Native American culture from all time periods, with proficiency in the analysis of lithic artifacts. He is on the Level 1 Pre-Contact (prehistoric) Archaeologist Approved List in Maine.
BA, Field Supervisor
Maya Carter earned a B.A. in Anthropology at the University of New Hampshire in 2007, with a concentration in Mesoamerican Archaeology. Between motorcycle road trips and traveling adventures, Maya has worked with IAC since 2007. With knowledge and experience in a wide range of interests, Maya has become the official IT and Graphics expert at IAC. Unrelenting curiosity and vision coupled with high energy makes Mr. Carter a unique asset to the dynamics and pace at IAC.
BA, Field Supervisor
Emily Rux earned her Bachelor of Science in Anthropology with a concentration in Public Archaeology from Bridgewater State University in 2016. Emily brings to IAC a strong foundation of cultural resource management and knowledge of the laws and policies surrounding public archaeology in the north eastern United States. In addition to these skills Emily also brings her experiences from two very different field schools, the University of Alaska where she was able to excavate a housepit and shell midden, and from Bridgewater State University where she assisted in the excavation of a ceremonial site. Emily has an interest in historic archaeology and is enjoying the varied experience she is receiving at IAC.
BA, Archaeological Technician
Anthony Viola has been an integral part of the IAC team since 2017 after earning a BA in Geography-Anthropology, Minor in Archaeology, as well as a Certificate in Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from the University of Southern Maine (USM). His expertise and passion extend into geospatial mapping and analysis using unmanned aerial systems (UAS, or drone) to document the cultural and natural landscape for digital preservation, education, and analysis. Since joining the team, Anthony has conducted multiple archaeological mapping and public outreach projects to engage and educate the general public on the importance of archaeology through digital preservation.
Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper Extraordinaire
Steph brings order and stability to IAC. She keeps track of many moving parts on multiple projects that take place anywhere from southern New Hampshire to the tip of Maine, all with different scopes and billing requirements. We appreciate her sense of humor and easy manner, which contribute greatly to the positive working environment at IAC.
Prior to her arrival at IAC, Trick roamed the streets of Dover, New Hampshire, in search of her place in this world. She was skinny and without much focus. Here at IAC, she has flourished, both in girth and attitude.