President: Janet Blakey
Janet has been involved with the Calgary Centre Executive for over nine years (she initially got brought in to take care of the monthly newsletter – something that she still works on). She has worked as a professional archaeologist based out of Calgary for the last 18 years. Janet’s love and passion for archaeology grew out of a childhood interest in rocks, exploring, and history. In her spare time Janet enjoys travelling, reading, and a good spin class at the gym.
Vice President: Brent Murphy
Past President: Brian Vivian
Over the last thirty eight years Brian has explored much of southern Alberta from the high peaks of the Rockies to the grasslands of the lower Red Deer for archaeological sites. A favourite activity is walking with Rosie and discovery new archaeological sites with his dog. When not gardening in the backyard, nothing provides for more pleasure than watching the fall colours bloom, rinks freeze up and the leafs bud in the spring.
Secretary: Christina Poletto
Christina is a professional archaeologist and has worked in the field for eight years. She recently completed an MA at the university of Alberta studying paleoenvironemtal history and human-landscape interaction in the boreal forest. Christina has a soft spot for dogs and puppies, and enjoys hiking in the summer (when field schedules permit!) and board games!
Treasurer: Dawn Wambold
Dawn Wambold has been a member of the Archaeological Society of Alberta since 2012 and is currently completing her Masters degree in Anthropology at the University of Alberta. Her current research focus is on the representation of Métis women in the archaeological record at Hivernant sites. Dawn lives in Cochrane and is married to Robert. Together, they have an 18 year old daughter named Cassidy who also enjoys attending the ASA Calgary lectures.
Honourary Lifetime Director: Sheila Johnston
Sheila is a native Albertan with a love of history of all kinds, who “married into” an archaeology family. She and her husband, Wes, met at the University of Alberta, married, lived in Edmonton until Wes was transferred to Calgary. After being home with their four children Sheila volunteered as a Glenbow docent and then became a Glenbow staff member for eight years. Archaeology and History became a special interest, so she returned to university at the U of C for her MA in Western Canadian History.
Sheila has held many volunteer positions including, president of the ASA and Historical Society of Alberta, Chair of the City of Calgary Heritage Authority, and currently as a lifetime Honorary Director for the ASA Calgary Centre, where she is honored to be able to present the Wes Johnston Student Award annually on their behalf.
Frankie-Lou Nelligan has always had a passion for exploring humanity’s past. After studying history and archaeology at Simon Fraser University, she spent decades developing and executing public programming at various museums, parks and schools. She currently lives and works on a small hobby farm where she enjoys getting her hands dirty and raising her family.
Robert was born and raised in Calgary. My introduction to archaeology was on a Mediterranean Cruise in 2006 when I was able to see excavations being done of a bathhouse at Pompeii. I graduated from the University of Calgary in 2018 with a B.Sc. Honours in Archaeology. During my time at U of C I attended the Cluny field school three times, twice as a student and once as a Teaching Assistant. I have been working for Ecofor Consulting Ltd since 2018 and have taken part in excavation in the Peace Region and Interior of British Columbia; as well as the Yukon Territories
Susan de Caen
Scott has been involved with the ASA for the last few years in several capacities. Originally he joined as a Student Director, and is now a Director and in charge of our website and social media. He comes from a Classical Archaeology background but being born and raised in Calgary, he has an enormous passion for Alberta archaeology.
Anne has been a member of the ASA for over 15 years and has acted as Treasurer for a time, did the layout and design of the “Review” for several years and is now glad to be a member of the Board once again. Anne received a BA Honours in Archaeology from the U of C and a Masters (MEDes) also from the U of C. She has worked for archaeology firms in Calgary, and is now enjoying retirement. Anne is a huge Stampeders Football fan and loves making teddy bears.
Student Director: Tia McCurdy
Tia McCurdy is a third-year archaeology major at the University of Calgary. I am the liaison between the Calgary Center and the undergrads at the University of Calgary, it is my job to keep students in the loop for workshops, lectures and other events that the ASA Calgary Center is holding. I am interested in Arctic, maritime and historical archaeology.
Mount Royal University Liaison: Roman Harrison
Roman Harrison grew up west of Calgary, and attended the University of Calgary, obtaining a PhD in Biological Anthropology in 2000. He teaches in the Dept of Sociology and Anthropology at Mount Royal University in Calgary.