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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 them at okarchaeology@gmail.com.

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


Reagan Ballard

 

Reagan is a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Biology Pre-Med student. She was born and raised in North Tulsa, Oklahoma, and first got involved with OKPAN through an archaeology internship involving Greenwood and the Tulsa Race Massacre. She loves to read, dance, and travel in her free time!


Delaney Cooley

Editor-in-Chief of the OKPAN Quarterly

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. 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.

Elisif Dorsey poses with their service dog

Elisif Dorsey

Accessibility Coordinator

Elisif Dorsey is an undergraduate student at the University of Oklahoma, majoring in Anthropology. They are an archaeology collections assistant with the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and a former student intern of the Sam's Ethnology Collection. They began working with OKPAN during a student research project with Regan Ballard to develop alt text for the OKPAN Quarterly. They will be continuing efforts to create and maintain overall accessibility.

Meghan Dudley in the field with colleagues

Meghan J. Dudley

Archaeology Education Coordinator

meghan.dudley@ou.edu

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!

Jace Hill with mountains in the background

Jace Hill

Intern

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 in front of columns

Lauren Jablonski

Intern

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.

Kaylyn Moore in the field

Kaylyn Moore

Director of Operations

kaylyn.l.moore@ou.edu

Kaylyn Moore is the Director of Operations and Graduate Research Assistant for OKPAN. She graduated with her BA in Anthropology and History from the University of Arkansas in 2020. Her research interests are in collaborative work, the non-profit sector, and curriclums. Kaylyn volunteers with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency missions (DPAA). 

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Horvey Palacios

Associate Editor of the OKPAN Quarterly

Horvey is a Ph.D. student at the University of Oklahoma studying molecular anthropology. His research focuses on the reconstruction of health, identity, and inequality through skeletal, biomolecular, isotopic, and archival methods. His regional focus is on Mesoamerica and the South Eastern United States. Horvey is passionate about conveying archaeology to the public through both engaged heritage outreach and science communication. He encourages anyone invested in archaeology and heritage to check out the OKPAN Quarterly and consider contribuiting to the online magazine's success. 


Aaron Patton

Intern

Aaron Patton is a student majoring in anthropology at the University of Oklahoma, and intern at the Oklahoma Public Archaeology Network. He began his journey with OKPAN shortly after his senior year of high school through an internship called Voices of Greenwood. During the internship students were introduced to the field of archaeology, as they uncovered the history and heritage of the Tulsa Race Massacre and explored its outcomes. Since being a part of OKPAN, He has found a new love for anthropology and enjoys the work we do to connect and support marginalized communities through educational, job, and internship opportunities. As he learns more about the field of archaeology and continues to explore the discipline, he aspires to educate younger generations about the vast opportunities and career options in the world of archaeology.

Bonnie Pitblado by a body of water

Bonnie Pitblado

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 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.

Robin Singleton crouched down in a hole

Robin Singleton

 

Robin is a PhD candidate at OU’s Laboratories of Molecular Anthropology and Microbiome Research (LMAMR). Her research focus’s on ancient animal management, specifically in Mesoamerica. She is using ancient DNA and genomic analyses to study how the people of Teotihuacan, an ancient city in central Mexico, captured and managed rare and often dangerous animals before ritually sacrificing them.

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Abbey Sempebwa

Public Relations and Social Media

Abbey graduated in May '21 from the University of Oklahoma with a multidisciplinary studies degree. During her time at OU, she studied anthropology, history and classics, and is a current Master's student at Harvard University in their Museum Studies Program. Abbey has interests in museum curating or conservation, and hopes to also pursue her PhD. She served as a teaching assistant this past summer with Dr. Anna Goldfield in her high school internship class, Voices of Greenwood. This course taught students about the Tulsa Race Massacre and the intersection of race, archaeology, and education. She is incredibly passionate about sharing her field with the African and African American community, which will in turn bring more diverse perspectives and experiences into the archaeological and museum fields.

Amber Vinson in front of water

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.

Megan Walsh in the field

Megan Walsh

Director of Outreach, Retention, and Assessment

Megan Walsh is a bioarchaeologist and new, passionate member of OKPAN. She graduated with her B.S. in Anthropology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2021. Currently she is a MA student at OU with hopes to pursue a PhD. Her Master’s thesis research is examining pathology in cremated human remains from the Archaic Period in Athens, Greece. Her research interests include health inequality in the past (and present), paleopathology, identity, mortuary archaeology, and more. Outside of school you can find Megan thrift shopping, drinking coffee, and squishmallow hunting!

 

 

Elijah Whalen the field

Elijan Whalen

Intern

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.