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.
Ellen Marlatt - (Retired)
Ellen Marlatt has been a co-owner of IAC since its inception in 1998 and retired in 2018. Ellen’s career focused on historic sites in northern New England, utilizing her training in American & New England Studies from the University of Southern Maine (MA 1996) to analyze and interpret the archaeological puzzle. Her involvement in cultural resource management projects covered all aspects of the archaeological process from project management to report writing. 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. Ellen is a past Board member of the American Cultural Resources Association (ACRA), an organization that supports these standards on a national level.
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 and ceramic artifacts. He is on the Level 2 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.
MA, Archaeological Technician
Roxanne Pendleton earned a BA (2014) in Anthropology from the University of Maine and MA (2017) from Simon Fraser University with a concentration in Zooarchaeology. Her master’s thesis analyzes the microfauna assemblage from the Tse’K’wa site in Northeast British Columbia and reconstructs environmental conditions during the Late Pleistocene to Early Holocene transition. Although her studies have mainly focused on environmental and Paleolithic archaeology, Roxanne’s quiet interest and passion for learning encompasses all archaeology has to offer.
Nadia Kline earned a BA in Anthropology from Adelphi University in 2011 and an MA in Historical Archaeology from U Mass Boston in 2018. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Kentucky. Nadia brings several years of CRM experience to IAC, having worked on Pre- and Post-Contact sites across New England, as well as New York, New Jersey, and Alaska. As an Archaeological Field and Lab Technician, she carries out fieldwork, conducts analysis, and contributes to report writing. Her areas of interest include personal adornment and the study of identity, contact-era sites, and public archaeology. A proponent of community engagement, Nadia has worked with groups ranging from the City of Boston Archaeology Program to Strawbery Banke Museum to make history accessible to the public.
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.