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.
Kathleen Wheeler - (Retired)
Ph. D., RPA Principal Investigator/ Cultural Resource Specialist
New pastures beckon. Yes, I am retiring from the business of IAC, leaving ownership and management to Jake and Jesse. We have been preparing for this transition since 2014, and it is time now to hand over the keys to the new generation.
I am both sad and excited to step into the next phase of my life. I have been blessed to have worked on so many intriguing and important projects and to have collaborated with many of you as clients, colleagues, reviewers, and friends. My post-IAC life will still encompass archaeology, as I move towards publishing some of my most memorable projects. I have long dreamed about having an open-ended schedule to delve into data, pull evidence apart, and reassemble into a compelling narrative. Contract work does not always permit this academic bent, so I look forward to immersing myself in the details I didn’t have time to explore before.
I will continue as Research Associate at Utica College, where I assist Dr. Thomas Crist in his teaching of a forensic anthropology field school in Albania and Romania. I anticipate travel in my future with Ellen and friends who are inclined to join us. The writer in me who has long lain dormant is waking up now – I have manuscripts going back to a pencil-scrawled story about UFOs written when I was in fourth grade. My subjects today are no less fantastical, leaning now towards dragons and angels and a woman who lives in a painting on a wall.
I will miss the wild range of opportunity that contract archaeology allows, pin balling from one project to another – quarries one day, shiphouses another, watching traffic whizz by on highways on another. I will miss the camaraderie field deprivations engender – cold, heat, nasty-smelling hotels – but most of all, I will miss the spirit of communal problem solving!
There will be a celebration, but at this time, we are busy with the seamless transfer of the business from one set of owners to the next. I will send announcement when we know time and place, where we can sit and raise a glass to our past and our future.
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.
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.