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ARA Staff:

Dean Knight Ph.D. - Managing Principal

Dean Knight imageDean serves as both the Managing Principal of Archaeological Research Associates Ltd. and as a Professor Emeritus of Archaeology at Wilfrid Laurier University. In a career spanning more than 40 years, he has taught and inspired hundreds of students, served as President of both the Canadian Archaeological Association (CAA) and the Eastern States Archaeological Federation (ESAF), and supervised the 25-year-long excavation of the Ball Site, the most significant Iroquoian site in north-eastern North America. Dean holds a P level archaeological licence with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Isobel Ball B.A. - Principal

Isobel Ball image Isobel's combined interests in archaeology and education first came together in 1975 when she drew on an already well-established career as a professional educator to become the Assistant Director of Wilfrid Laurier University's archaeological field school at the Ball Site. She was also instrumental in establishing and directing the archaeological educational and outreach programs at Sainte Marie Among the Hurons in Midland, Ontario. Isobel brought her depth of knowledge of the province's archaeology and her intimate experience of the sites of Central Ontario to ARA when she became a partner in 1987. Isobel's leadership in the heritage community in Midland is well known. She has acted as a curator, cartographer and Archaeological Planner at Sainte Marie Among the Hurons and has sat as the Program Coordinator of the Friends of Sainte Marie Among the Hurons. Isobel has a B.A. specializing in Archaeology from Wilfrid Laurier University and holds a professional archaeological licence, (#P-075). Isobel is a member of the Canadian Archaeological Association (CAA), the Ontario Archaeological Society (OAS), and the Association of Professional Archaeologists (APA).

Paul Racher M.A. CAHP - Principal

Paul Racher imagePaul Racher is Vice-President, Operations of ARA and teaches Cultural Resource Management at WLU. He has a B.A. in Prehistoric Archaeology from WLU and an M.A. in anthropology from McMaster University. He began his career as a heritage professional in 1986. Over the two and a half decades since, he has overseen the completion of several hundred archaeological and cultural heritage contracts. He holds professional licence #P-007 with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport (MTCS). Paul is an Associate at the Heritage Resources Centre, a heritage think tank at the University of Waterloo, and a professional member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP). He also holds memberships in the Association of Professional Archaeologists (APA), and the Ontario Archaeological Society (OAS).

Stephanie MacLeod - Admin and Human Resources Coordinator

Stephanie joined us 4 years ago and brings more than 15 years of experience in her field. In her position at ARA, she supervises all accounting, bookkeeping, human resources, and policy-related activities. Her efforts to guide a motley collection of academics through the intricacies of the business world are what keeps us in business.

ARA Archaeology Staff:

Kathryn Brightwell B.A. P.G. (GIS) - Heritage Cartographer

Katie Brightwell imageKatie Brightwell has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Prehistoric Archaeology from WLU and a Post Graduate Diploma in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geospatial Management from Niagara College. Katie began her career in cultural resource management in 2005 as a Field Technician and has served as a Teaching Assistant at the Baumann Site Field School and as a Field Director for ARA in the past. Her current responsibilities include managing and maintaining excavation and in-house cartographic data, performing spatial analysis and imagery interpretation, generating map layouts to the specifications set by the MTCS as well as advising staff on spatial data collection procedures. Katie holds an R-level archaeological license with the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (#R-341) and is a member of the OAS.

Stephen Brown B.Sc. - Field Operations Manager

Stephen Brown imageStephen has a B.Sc. in Physical Anthropology from the University of Toronto and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. With over 20 years combined experience in field archaeology and information technology he has worked across Ontario and in the desert Southwest. Steve has combined his experience as an Archaeologist and an I.T. Professional to develop Archaeological Information Systems for the University of Toronto and is the architect of ARAIS, our proprietary archaeological information system. Stephen holds an R-level archaeological licence with the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sport.

Victoria Cafik Hons. B.A. - On Leave

Victoria Cafik imageVictoria has filled a number of professional roles since she first joined ARA in 2008, having worked her way up from Field Technician to Assistant Field Director before being brought indoors to serve as Assistant Project Manager. In her capacity as Assistant Project Manager, Victoria was responsible for day-to-day logistical management; scheduling; and liaising with clients, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and First-Nations groups. Victoria has recently assumed the role of Archaeology Operations Manager and will be responsible for the preparation of proposals, scope of work, preliminary archaeological fieldwork strategies and creating new and positive client relationships. Victoria is also the Team Lead for the Aboriginal Engagement and Accommodation Team at ARA. Victoria holds an Honours B.A. in Near-Eastern Archaeology from Wilfrid Laurier University, and has supervised square excavations at Khirbat al-Mudayna ath-Thamad in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. She is a long-standing member of the OAS and is a Field-Director member of the APA. Victoria holds an R-level archaeological license with the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (#R-437).

Andrea Carswell - Laboratory Manager

Andrea Carswell ImageAndrea graduated in 2009 from Trent University with an Honours B.A. in Anthropology with an emphasis in Archaeology. Her passion for the subject led her to an excavation in South America and a Post Graduate Diploma in Collections Conservation and Management from Fleming College. During her studies she was involved in various community heritage projects. She spent over a year working and volunteering in the Conservation Laboratory at the Waterloo Region Museum. She is a member of the Canadian Museum Association (CMA), the Ontario Museum Association (OMA), and the Canadian Archaeological Association (CAA).

Christina Gohm B.A. - Archaeology Operations Manager

Christina Gohm ImageChristina received her Honours B.A. in Archaeology in 2002 from Wilfrid Laurier University. That same year, she began working for ARA, first as a field technician but soon as a Field Director. By the end of the year she had become so indispensable that she was hired on as permanent staff. Since then she has risen steadily in the company, moving from Field Director to Field Operations Manager to Project Manager. Christina now manages the firm's archaeological operations. Christina is a member of the Ontario Archaeological Association (OAS) and holds an R level archaeological licence with the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sport.

Christopher J. Gohm M.A., PhD (ABD) - Project Manager

Chris Gohm ImageChristopher began working with ARA in 2010. Initially he served as a technical writer, responsible for the production of Stage 1-4 archaeological reports, cultural heritage evaluation reports (CHERs), and heritage assessment reports in accordance with established provincial guidelines. In 2012, he became Deliverables Manager (an ARA-specific title, equivalent to Project Manager), and assumed responsibility for the delegation of laboratory responsibilities, quality control of deliverables, and correspondence with clients and the MTCS. In addition to his duties at ARA, Christopher teaches sessional courses in Near Eastern archaeology and history at Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Toronto. He is a member of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR).

ARA Heritage Staff:

Kayla Jonas Galvin BES - Heritage Operations Manager

Kayla Jonas Galvin ImageKayla Jonas Galvin, ARA's Heritage Operations Manager, has recently come to ARA and brings with her a wealth of knowledge gained from working for six and a half years at the Heritage Resources Centre at the University of Waterloo. She has served as Team Lead on the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport's (MTCS) Historic Places Initiative. She was Project Coordinator for Heritage Districts Work!, a study of 64 heritage districts in Ontario carried out by the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. She is a co'author of Arch, Truss and Beam: The Grand River Watershed Heritage Bridge Inventory in the Grand River Watershed and has worked on three phases of a Municipal Heritage Inventory in the Town of Halton Hills. Kayla has extensive experience with Cultural Heritage Landscapes (CHL), including a study of the Goderich Harbour and an examination of the Black Bridge area of Cambridge. At this writing, Kayla has almost completed her MA in Planning from the University of Waterloo. Kayla is an intern member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP).

Sarah Clarke - Heritage Research Manager

Sarah Clarke ImageSarah Clarke joined ARA in the spring of 2013, bringing with her seven years of experience in Ontario archaeology. Her experience includes conducting archival research (both local and remote), artifact cataloguing and processing, and fieldwork at various stages in both the consulting and research-based realms. As Research Manager, Sarah is responsible for conducting archival research in advance of ARA's archaeological and heritage assessments. In this capacity, she performs Stage 1 archaeological assessment site visits, conducts preliminary built-heritage and cultural-heritage landscape investigations and liaises with heritage resource offices, local community resources and MTCS's archaeological database coordinators in order to obtain and process land registry data. Sarah holds an Honours B.A. in North American Archaeology, with a Historical/Industrial Option from Wilfrid Laurier University. She is a member of the Ontario Archaeological Society, the Society for Industrial Archaeology, on the Board of Directors with the Canadian Industrial Heritage Centre, and is a Council-appointed citizen volunteer on the Brantford Municipal Heritage Committee. Sarah holds an R-level archaeological licence with the MTCS (R446).