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Meet your OKPAN team! Within OKPAN’s structure, each of us are dedicated to sharing archaeology with everyone and to helping you achieve the same goal. Have a question for a team member? Email her at

Click each team member's name for more information (listed alphabetically by last name):

Delaney Cooley

Editor-in-Chief of the OKPAN Quarterly

Delaney is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Oklahoma. She has a B.S. in Anthropology from the University of Iowa and an M.A. in Anthropology from OU. While her research focuses on cultural contact and the ties people forge with the landscape, Delaney is also passionate about sharing her love for archaeology with the public. She encourages anyone interested in Oklahoma archaeology and heritage to check out the OKPAN Quarterly. To contribute to the online magazine, please feel free to contact her directly.

Ella Crenshaw

Tribal Partnerships Liaison

Ella has a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma. As part of the OKPAN team, she is passionate about highlighting Indigenous perspectives within OKPAN initiatives and working with communities around the state. Additionally, she is the current Collection Manager of Ethnology for the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, and looks forward to finding intersections between her positions.

Meghan J. Dudley

Archaeology Education Coordinator

Meghan is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Oklahoma. Although she studies Rocky Mountain landscape archaeology, she is fascinated by archaeology in our state and wants to share that fascination and passion with everyone! With OKPAN, she is working to develop a Project Archaeology lesson plan to bring archaeology to Oklahoma classrooms. Stay tuned for more information on the lesson!

Anna Goldfield

Science Communication and Outreach Consultant

Dr. Anna Goldfield is an archaeologist and science communicator. As a host of The Dirt Podcast, Anna brings stories about archaeology, anthropology, and our shared human past to listeners of all ages and backgrounds every week. As a columnist for Sapiens, she writes about human evolution, Neanderthals, and the experiences of anthropologists in the field. At OKPAN, Anna fills the role of Science Communication and Outreach Consultant, creating content that teaches researchers at all career stages how to make their work accessible and engaging for public audiences.

Jace Hill


Jace is an undergraduate student at The University of Oklahoma double majoring in Anthropology and Psychology and minoring in French. Jace is a new addition to the Oklahoma Public Archaeology Network. Jace’s area of academic interest is in the study of human behavior and he is eager to share his love for anthropology with others. He plans to graduate in 2023 and will attend graduate school in pursuit of a career in academia.

Lauren Jablonski


Lauren is an undergraduate student at The University of Oklahoma majoring in Anthropology.  She was a volunteer, but recently became an intern with OKPAN.  Lauren has previous archaeological experience with OKPAN and attended her first field school with College Year Athens on the island of Despotiko, Greece this summer.

Allison McLeod

Web and Outreach Support

Allison is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Oklahoma. She graduated from OU with her B.A. in Anthropology in 2013, then completed her M.A. in Anthropology at the University of Kansas in 2015. With her research, Allison hopes to expand anthropological literacy among Oklahoma K-12 students and teachers.  

Kaylyn Moore

Director of Operations

Kaylyn is a current MA student at the University of Oklahoma. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B.A. in Anthropology and History in 2020. She is interested in public archaeology and educational outreach in archaeology.  

Bonnie Pitblado

Executive Director

Bonnie is the Robert E. and Virginia Bell Endowed Professor of Anthropology at OU.  She has been passionate about public archaeology for more than 25 years, having directed Utah State University’s Museum of Anthropology for a decade; conducted field research with community partners in Idaho, Utah, and Colorado; and founded OKPAN here in Oklahoma.  Bonnie teaches graduate and undergraduate anthropology classes in topics ranging from “Community Archaeology” to “Lithic Analysis,” and she serves on the board of directors for the Society for American Archaeology.  She has published extensively on the importance of collaborative approaches in the archaeological discipline.

Amber Vinson

Assistant Director of Operations

Amber Vinson is an undergraduate student at the University of Oklahoma, majoring in Anthropology and Geographic Information Science (GIS). Amber has been a student intern for the Oklahoma Public Archaeology Network for the last two years and now she is the assistant director of operations. She has attended an OU field school based in the Colorado Rockies in 2019 and a NSF REU in the Caribbean in 2021. She is hopeful to see what the future holds and is excited to start new adventures towards achieving her educational goals and to share her love of archaeology with the public.

Elijan Whalen


Elijah Whalen is an undergraduate student at the University of Oklahoma, majoring in Human Health & Biology. Elijah is a new intern with the Oklahoma Public Archaeology Network, but he has previous archaeological experience with research and field surveys. He will graduate in 2024 and plans to attend Medical School.