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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 okarchaeology@gmail.com.

Click each team member's name for more information:

Directors

Bonnie Pitblado

Bonnie Pitblado (Ph.D.)

Executive Director

bonnie.pitblado@ou.edu

Bonnie is the Robert E. and Virginia Bell Endowed Professor of Anthropology at OU.  She has been passionate about public archaeology for more than 20 years, having directed Utah State University’s Museum of Anthropology for a decade; conducted extensive Paleoindian-era field research with community partners in Idaho, Utah, and Colorado; and now founding OKPAN here in Oklahoma.  Bonnie has published several papers about the relationship between archaeologists and members of the public, including a piece advocating for avocational-professional collaborations (pdf) and one focused on the “how-tos” of collaboration (pdf). She also guest-edited and co-wrote two essays for a discussion of the collaboration process (pdf).

Kate Newton

Kate Newton

Director of Operations and Outreach

kathrynnewton@ou.edu

Kate has varied public outreach experience working in the medical, education, and retail fields and a lifelong passion for cultural heritage and archaeology. She is excited to combine her interests as Assistant Director of Operations and Outreach for OKPAN, where she is responsible for social media, blogs, and the newsletter. She also helps facilitate OKPAN’s many events and initiatives.

Meghan Dudley

Meghan Dudley (M.A.)

Director of Education

meghan.dudley@ou.edu

Meghan is currently a Ph.D. student 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! She has been involved with Project Archaeology and the Oklahoma Anthropological Society, and looks forward to bringing what she has learned to the OKPAN team.

Amy Clark

Amy Clark (Ph.D.)

Director of Research

aeclark@ou.edu

Amy earned her doctorate at the University of Arizona in 2015. Much of her archaeological experience has been in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa where she studies Neanderthals and Early Modern Humans. Her interests extend to hunter-gatherers, in general, however, and she is excited to be starting up a new project focusing on the earliest occupation of Oklahoma. As OKPAN’s Director of Research, Amy hopes to make research accessible to the public through site visits, public lectures, and hands-on archaeological experience. In addition, she believes that the public (especially descendant communities) should be active participants in crafting the research agenda and determining the direction of archaeological research.

Other Staff

Delaney Cooley

Delaney Cooley (M.A.)

Assistant Director of Operations and Outreach

delaney-cooley@ou.edu

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. As the Assistant Director of Operations and Outreach, she is looking forward to facilitating OKPAN’s events and creating connections with people across the state. 

Sarah Luthman

Sarah Luthman (M.A.)

Public Archaeology Education Coordinator

sarah.e.luthman-1@ou.edu

Sarah is a current Ph.D. student in the anthropology department at the University of Oklahoma. She has a B.S. in Middle School Education (from Miami University), a Masters in Teacher Leadership (from Ohio University), and a Masters in Anthropology (from the University of Oklahoma). She has 8 years experience teaching middle school and 1 year experience teaching undergraduates about archaeology and anthropology. Her research focuses on people living along the Lower Mississippi River Valley during the Mississippian Period. She enjoys sharing archaeological methods and findings with both school groups and adults, and is looking forward to creating and sharing curricula about Oklahoma’s history!

Paige Ford

Paige Ford (M.A.)

Collaborative Partnership Liaison

paford@ou.edu

Paige is a Ph.D. student at the University of Oklahoma. She has a B.A. in archaeology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. in anthropology from Eastern Carolina University. As an archaeologist and ceramicist, Paige is interested in how peoples in the southeastern United States identified themselves, interacted, and shared ideas in the past. She enjoys both research and teaching, working with the public on field projects in Oklahoma, Maryland, and North Carolina. Paige looks forward to facilitating and strengthening communication among descendant communities, archaeologists, and the public, and illustrating the diverse range of perspectives on archaeological issues.

Allison Douglas

Allison Douglas (M.A.)

Webmaster

allison.douglas@ou.edu

Allison is currently a Ph.D. student 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. She is excited about what OKPAN can do to expand archaeological education further to the public!

Mary Brinkley

Mary Brinkley

Operations and Outreach Intern

Mary is a senior undergraduate at the University of Oklahoma, where she’s majoring in anthropology with a focus on archaeology and museum studies. Mary completed field school at the venerated Spiro Mounds, Oklahoma, where she was part of a team that excavated to find evidence of potential temporary housing in a previously-unexplored area. Mary has been an intern at both the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History and the Oklahoma Archeological Survey. Along with her work with OKPAN, she is also currently undertaking a directed research problem at the Sam Noble in which she is rewriting numerous policies and manuals for the archaeology department.