Key Personnel

WCRM offers a staff of over 50 qualified cultural resources professionals to meet our client needs.  A large staff alone, however, cannot assure a client of a quality product, fair price, or timely delivery.  At WCRM all efforts are overseen by key personnel who bring more than a century of collective cultural resources and regulatory compliance to all of our projects. 

Please click on the names below for brief key personnel bios.

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Thomas J. Lennon, Ph.D. RPA
President/Principal Investigator
tom.lennon@wcrminc.com

Office:
P.O. Box 2326
Boulder, CO 80306

Education:
Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Colorado, Boulder
M.A. in Anthropology, University of Colorado, Boulder
M.A. in Human Communication, Corporate and Political, Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut
B.A. in History, Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York

Dr. Lennon has been involved in cultural resource management since 1976. As the Founder and President of WCRM, he has guided the company since 1983 in its rise to become an industry leader in cultural resource consulting. He gained much of his experience as a cultural resources consultant to federal, state, and industrial clients through WCRM. Dr. Lennon has conducted prehistoric and historic archaeological field studies and served as Principal Investigator on hundreds of projects over diverse regions of the United States, as well as Bolivia, Mexico, and Peru. He has managed numerous cultural resource projects throughout the western United States in areas such as the Plains, Great Basin, California Sierras, and southern California desert. These varied projects included environmental assessments, environmental impact statements, background and literature reviews, technical analyses of mine plans, sample surveys, intensive inventories, test excavations, data recovery/mitigation plan development, mitigation projects, and facilitation of Native American consultation with tribes from the Plains, Great Basin, and Southwest. Dr. Lennon also has extensive experience in providing guidance to clients about historic preservation laws, such as NHPA, and associated regulations, particularly with regards to NEPA planning.

Charles W. Wheeler, Ph.D. RPA
Vice President/Southwest Region Manager/Principal Investigator
chuck.wheeler@wcrminc.com

Office:
2603 W. Main St., Suite B
Farmington, NM 87401

Education:
Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Colorado, Boulder
M.A. in Anthropology, University of Colorado, Boulder
B.A. in Anthropology, University of Colorado, Boulder

Dr. Wheeler began practicing archaeology in 1976 and has been directly involved with cultural resources management since 1977. He has been an integral part of WCRM since its inception in 1978 and now serves as the company’s Vice President. Dr. Wheeler has directed numerous and varied cultural resource projects throughout the Plains, Rocky Mountain region, Great Basin, and Southwest. These projects include Class I file searches, write up of cultural resource sections for environment assessments and environmental impact statements, Class II and Class III surveys, testing programs, archaeological excavations, mitigation plans, research designs, laboratory analysis, and write up and coordination of technical reports. Dr. Wheeler also has extensive experience consulting with clients and state and federal government agencies to develop cultural resource project designs, predictive modeling, archaeological sampling designs, research designs, mitigation/data recovery plans. He has also assisted governmental agencies with their mandated Native American consultation and provided compliance review of documents produced by other contractors.

Edward J. Stoner, Jr., M.A. RPA
Northwest Region Manager/Project Director
ed.stoner@wcrminc.com

Office:
890 East Greg Street
Sparks, NV 89431

Education:
M.A. in Anthropology, University of Nevada, Reno
B.A. in Anthropology, University of Colorado, Denver

Since 1984, Mr. Stoner has been a staff archaeologist, field supervisor, laboratory director, and project manager for WCRM. He is currently the Northwest Region Manager and a Project Director for the company. He has supervised and directed numerous cultural resource projects throughout the Great Basin, Northwest, Central Plains, and Interior Plateau and Sierra Nevada of California. These projects include literature research to provide background information, cultural resource sampling surveys, intensive inventories, testing and data recovery excavations, laboratory analysis, and museum cataloging. As Laboratory Director, Mr. Stoner has overseen all aspects of artifact collection, analysis, and curation. He has provided guidance to clients and state and federal agencies regarding historic preservation laws, such as NHPA, and their associated regulations, as well as assisted federal agencies in the Native American consultation process. Mr. Stoner also is the co-author of The River and the Railroad: An Archaeological History of Reno published in 2011 and based on fieldwork conducted by WCRM for the Reno Transportation Rail Access Corridor (ReTRAC) Project.

Colette Lennon, CPA
Contoller/Treasurer
colette.lennon@wcrminc.com

Office:
P.O. Box 2326
Boulder, CO 80306

Education:
B.S. in Business/Accounting, San Francisco State University, California

Ms. Lennon is a Certified Public Accountant with over 24 years combined experience in public accounting and industry. She has been the Controller at WCRM since 1993 and oversees all accounting and human resource functions.

Mark A. Demuth, M.Ed., M.S., M.S., AICP
Principal Environmental Planner
mark.demuth@wcrminc.com

Office:
890 East Greg Street
Sparks, NV 89431

Education:
M.S. in Land Use Planning, University of Nevada, Reno
M.S. in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Nevada, Reno
M.Ed. in Education, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
B.S. in Education, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

As an environmental planner, Mr. Demuth has over 25 years of experience providing environmental consulting, documentation, and training to geotechnical, civil engineering, and archaeological firms in both the public and private sectors. While with MADCON (a firm he started in 1988), he conducted numerous environmental compliance projects in the areas of exploration drilling, mine development, water exploration, and preconstruction and construction of infrastructure for clients throughout the western United States. Mr. Demuth joined WCRM four years ago, after nearly 20 years with his own firm. Here, he is applying his extensive experience in extractive resource environmental compliance projects to oil and gas exploration projects and alternative energy development projects. Mr. Demuth also is a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno where he teaches Environmental Policy and Law. He was appointed in 2010 to the faculty of the National Geothermal Academy and has taught upper-division courses on Geothermal Policy and Law during the academy’s inaugural summer 2011, summer 2012, and summer 2013 sessions. Mr. Demuth is frequently requested to speak at conferences on a variety of natural resource law topics. Recently he has been asked to create presentations on Geothermal Law to meet the certificate maintenance requirements of the American Planning Association’s (APA) American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).




KEY NON-ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF:

Rocky Brockway, B.A.
Archaeologist
rocky.brockway@wcrminc.com

Office:
890 East Greg Street
Sparks, NV 89431

Education:
B.A. in Anthropology, State University of New York, Geneseo

Mr. Brockway has been an archaeologist since 2005 and has worked for WCRM since 2008. He has experience in diverse regions of the United States, and has acquired expertise in the Great Basin since his employment with WCRM. He has been involved with numerous cultural resource projects at the supervisory level and has worked with project proponents, federal agencies, and Native American consultants to ensure compliance with federal laws, such as ARPA and NHPA. Mr. Brockway has supervised intensive Class III inventories, data recovery projects, laboratory analysis, and artifact curation. He has supervised as many as 25 people on more than 30 projects throughout Nevada. In addition, he has authored numerous technical reports and written treatment plans.


Collette C. Chambellan, M.A.
Cultural Resource Manager/Documentation Specialist/Permit Coordinator
collette.chambellan@wcrminc.com

Office:
P.O. Box 2326
Boulder, CO 80306

Education:
M.A. in Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
B.A. in in Anthropology, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado

Ms. Chambellan has over 40 years of experience in conducting cultural resource studies throughout the Southwest and Rocky Mountains. As an employee of WCRM since 1979, she has served as a Crew Member, Field Supervisor, Permit Coordinator, Documentation Reviewer and Coordinator, NEPA/106 Coordinator, Native American Consultation Coordinator, and Project Manager. Ms. Chambellan has extensive experience in all levels of survey, testing, excavation, lithic analysis, and report preparation. During her work with the Colorado Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, she was responsible for conducting NRHP evaluation activities as well as Section 106 review of compliance reports. She has conducted NEPA and Section 106 reviews for several projects while with WCRM. Ms. Chambellan coordinates WCRM’s numerous western states permits and is responsible for assuring that they are current. She has also written and edited numerous technical project reports.

Geoffrey E. Cunnar, Ph.D., RPA
Senior Research Scientist
geoff.cunnar@wcrminc.com

Office:
890 East Greg Street
Sparks, NV 89431

Education:
Ph.D. in Anthropology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
M.Phil. in Anthropology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
B.A. in Anthropology, University of Colorado

For over 25 years, Dr. Cunnar has conducted archaeological research in the Great Basin, Southwest, southern Rocky Mountains, and China. The larger research questions that he has pursued include the origins of complex society, origins of agriculture, development and use of various technologies and the peopling of the New World. Dr. Cunnar’s work has included numerous archaeological site testing and data recovery projects, execution of multiple mitigation plans, development of research designs, and laboratory analysis. His technical background includes stone tool analysis (particularly use-wear and refit analysis), spatial analysis, geochemical sourcing studies, the identification of learning behavior in the archaeological record, environmental archaeology, and experimental archaeology. He has also written or co-authored dozens of project reports as well as scholarly publications. Dr. Cunnar also speaks Chinese and continues to devote a portion of his time collaborating with Chinese scholars on multiple projects.

Deborah V. Gibson, B.A.
Laboratory Director
deborah.gibson@wcrminc.com

Office:
2603 W. Main St., Suite B
Farmington, NM 87401

Education:
M.A. in Anthropology (ABT), Eastern New Mexico University, Portales
B.A. in Anthropology, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales

Ms. Gibson has served as WCRM’s Laboratory Director for more than twelve years on projects throughout New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and California. She has supervised two to six lab assistants in the processing of artifacts, processing of all paperwork received from field crews (from initial proofing to data entry to final edits), and data entry of all pertinent field logs into Access 2000 and Microsoft Excel databases. She also processes artifacts and samples for shipment to the appropriate analysts and is responsible for curation of collected materials to be sent to the state curation facilities in New Mexico. Additionally, Ms. Gibson has more than 20 years of experience in archaeological investigations throughout the state of New Mexico.

Tyrell Milliron, B.A.
GIS Analyst
tyrell.milliron@wcrminc.com

Office:
890 East Greg Street
Sparks, NV 89431

Education:
B.A. in Anthropology, University of Washington

Mr. Milliron has been working as a GIS analyst and archaeological field technician since 2010, primarily in the Great Basin, with additional experience in California, Utah, Arizona, Montana, Florida, and Georgia. As a GIS Analyst for WCRM, he provides spatial data analysis support for all aspects of cultural resource projects. Mr. Milliron is the primary point of contact for client data exchange, and he ensures that spatial data and analyses provided to clients and agencies are clear, accurate and timely. He also manages all field data, including GPS and total station, and converts this data into maps, shapefiles and geodatabases compliant with SHPO standards.


Steven F. Mehls, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator/Historian/Architectural Historian
steve.mehls@wcrminc.com

Office:
P.O. Box 2326
Boulder, CO 80306

Education:
Ph.D. in History, University of Colorado, Boulder
M.A. in History, University of Colorado, Boulder
B.A. in History, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

Dr. Mehls has worked as a public historian since 1978 and has been with WCRM since 1987. He has served as Principal Investigator or Project Historian on more than 250 historic research and cultural resource management projects throughout the Southwest, Midwest, Rocky Mountains, Pacific Coast, and Alaska. Dr. Mehls’ expertise is in Western U.S. history, architectural history, and historic archaeology with a focus on the history of mining and mining communities, water resource development, and transportation history, including a heavy emphasis on the study of Western railroads. He is recognized as a leading regional historian by the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and other federal and state agencies throughout the Rocky Mountain West, Southwest, and Great Basin. Dr. Mehls has prepared more than 30 successful National Register of Historic Places nominations including a series of nominations for the National Cemetery Administration completed in early 2013. He is certified by the State Historic Preservation Offices in Nevada and New Mexico to record architectural and engineering resources. Additionally, Dr. Mehls is a certified Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) mine safety instructor and is responsible for teaching all levels of surface mining safety classes to WCRM staff.

Sarah M. Morgan, B.A.
Archaeologist
sarah.morgan@wcrminc.com

Office:
2603 West Main, Suite B
Farmington, NM 87401

Education:
B.A. in Classical Archaeology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Ms. Morgan has been working as an archaeologist since 1998 and has been with WCRM since 2001. She has experience working in Israel, the United Kingdom, California, New York, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. The focus of her work has been in the southwestern United States, primarily the Four Corners region. She has supervised field crews of up to 30 people for large excavation projects, managed hundreds of Class III inventory projects in the Four Corners, conducted laboratory analysis, worked as a mapping specialist, and authored hundreds of technical reports. Ms. Morgan has a special interest in Visual Resource Management and Visual Impact Analysis and Assessment for cultural resource projects. She enjoys working with project proponents, agency representatives, and tribal representatives to coordinate and ensure compliance with federal laws including the NHPA, NEPA, AIRFA, NAGPRA, and ARPA. In addition to the numerous technical reports she has authored or co-authored, Ms. Morgan has presented papers and posters at national and regional professional archaeological conferences.

J. Simon Bruder, Ph.D, RPA
Project Manager / Principal Investigator
jsimon.bruder@wcrminc.com

Office:
3014 N. Hayden Road, Suite 118
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Education:
Ph.D. in Anthropology, Arizona State University, 1982
M.A. in Anthropology, Arizona State University, 1975
B.A. in Fine Arts/Painting, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, 1968

For over 40 years, Dr. Bruder has been engaged in archaeological, ethnohistoric and architectural research, and the development of historic overviews, inventories and historic contexts related to National Register of Historic Places eligibility recommendations. She has conducted cultural resources field inventory, archaeological test excavations and data recovery operations, and reporting, and has provided Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act effect assessments, assistance with agency and Native American consultations and the development of agreement documents, and has participated in the preparation of documents for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). She is well versed in the tenants of “Section 4(f)” of the United States Department of Transportation Act as those apply to cultural resources. Dr. Bruder has overseen close to 800 projects with cultural resource components over the past 14 years. Her efforts have included assistance with regulatory compliance, archival research, survey, testing, and data recovery for the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) (close to 300 tasks done under successive on-call contracts), the City of Phoenix (COP), other municipalities, counties, the Arizona State Land Department, federal agencies, tribal entities, and private sector clients.

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