Association Officers and Board Meetings

Current Association Officers

Amy Phillips-Chan, President,

Amy Phillips-Chan is Director of the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum in Nome, AK. She served as project director for development of the new museum in Nome that opened in 2016 and is currently engaged with community members in collaborative writing and exhibition projects. As an Arctic researcher, her primary goals are to promote museum-community partnerships, engage youth in applied collections research, and involve the public in collaborative exploration of their circumpolar cultural heritage. Dr. Phillips-Chan also serves on the Board of Museums Alaska and recently served as a guest editor for Alaska Journal of Anthropology Volume 18, Number 1, dedicated to museum anthropology.

Morgan Blanchard, Vice President,

Morgan Blanchard is a Senior Project Archaeologist with Northern Land Use Research Alaska, LLC (NLURA).  He has a B.A. in American History from the University of California, Davis and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Nevada, Reno, with a focus on historical archaeology. He is the current chair of the Alaska Anthropological Association’s Alaska Heritage Resources Survey Advisory Committee.

Joshua Lynch, Secretary,

Joshua Lynch is a PhD Candidate in the Anthropology Department at Texas A&M University working with the Center for the Study of the First Americans. Additionally, Joshua is an archaeologist for the US Army in Alaska based at Fort Wainwright, Alaska working for the Center for the Environmental Management of Military Lands, Colorado State University. His research focuses on the technological organization, land use, mobility, and substance strategies of Paleoarctic populations in interior Alaska as observable through experimental and use wear methodologies. Joshua’s experimental research has allowed for active engagement in significant community outreach efforts and fosters on-going relationships with native and non-native archaeological stakeholders around the state.

Sam Coffman, Publications,

Sam currently serves as the Research Archaeologist and GIS coordinator for the University of Alaska Museum of the North. He has worked for the museum since 2010 and has been involved in numerous field and collection-based projects in Alaska and the Great Basin since 2005. His main research interests include lithic raw material sourcing, coastal adaptation and use during the Holocene, hunter-gatherer landscape-use, and GIS modeling and analysis. He has been involved in a variety of community outreach activities and enjoys promoting the field of anthropology and archaeology.

Scott Shirar, Scholarships and Awards,

Scott Shirar is the archaeology collections manager at the University of Alaska Museum of the North. As a collections manager, he cares for archaeological material from across the state and assisits students, researchers, and community members with collections-based projects. His primary research interests include zooarchaeology and radioarbon dating in the central western Brooks Range and the Alaska Peninsula.

Britteny M. Howell, External Affairs,

Britteny M. Howell is Assistant Professor in the Division of Population Health Sciences at University of Alaska Anchorage. She is a biocultural anthropologist and a Credentialed Professional Gerontologist (CPG) primarily studying sociocultural conceptions of healthy aging and lay perspectives of the aging process. Dr. Howell is the founder, lead researcher, and faculty mentor for students working in the Healthy Aging Lab at UAA:

Student Intern

John Hemmeter has been appointed as the 2020-2021 Student Intern for the Association. He is mailing out publications purchased through the website, assisting with institutional subscriptions, and organizing the storage unit, among other helpful activities for the Association.


The Association employs Ann Biddle as a part time bookkeeper and treasurer to assist with financial administration and membership services.  For questions about association business, your membership, the purchase of association publications or web site functions in general, please contact Ann Biddle,

Upcoming Board Meetings

Board Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 1:00-2:00 pm AKST. Please contact Joshua Lynch( if you would like to attend a meeting or place an item on the agenda. Additions to the agenda must be received at least one (1) week prior to the meeting. To attend via teleconference, please contact Joshua at least two (2) days before the meeting.

The Annual General Membership Business Meeting takes place on the Saturday afternoon following the annual conference.

Download Board Meeting Minutes

  1. 2019-03 General Business Meeting Minutes (89.7 KB)

  2. 2019-02 Meeting Minutes (75.2 KB)

  3. 2019-01 Meeting Minutes (74.5 KB)

  4. 2018-12 Meeting Minutes (74 KB)

  5. 2018-11 Meeting Minutes (73.7 KB)

  6. 2018-10 Meeting Minutes (245.2 KB)

  7. 2018-09 Meeting Minutes (67.4 KB)

  8. 2018-07 Meeting Minutes (68.3 KB)

  9. 2018-06 Meeting Minutes (68.4 KB)

  10. 2018-05 Meeting Minutes (66.7 KB)

  11. 2018-03 Annual Business Meeting Minutes (81.8 KB)

  12. 2018-03 Meeting Minutes (73.4 KB)

  13. 2018-02 Meeting Minutes (68.1 KB)

  14. 2018-01 Meeting Minutes (69.2 KB)

  15. 2017-12 Meeting Minutes (144 KB)

  16. 2017-11 Meeting Minutes (67.4 KB)

  17. 2017-10 Meeting Minutes (67.4 KB)

  18. 2017-09 Meeting Minutes (69 KB)

  19. 2017-07 Meeting Minutes (65.9 KB)

  20. 2017-06 Meeting Minutes (67.4 KB)

  21. 2017-05 Meeting Minutes (67.3 KB)

  22. 2017-04 Meeting Minutes (68 KB)

  23. 2017-03 Annual Business Meeting Minutes (73.1 KB)

  24. 2017-01 Meeting Minutes (11.7 KB)

  25. 2017 Approved Budget (41.6 KB)

  26. 2016-12 Meeting Minutes (191.5 KB)

  27. 2016-03 Annual Business Meeting Minutes (257.6 KB)

  28. 2016-01 Meeting Minutes (12 KB)

  29. 2015-11 Meeting Minutes (65.7 KB)

  30. 2015-10 Meeting Minutes (112.8 KB)

  31. 2015-09 Meeting Minutes (115.5 KB)

  32. 2015-08 Meeting Minutes (113.3 KB)

  33. 2015-05 Meeting Minutes (213.4 KB)

  34. 2015-04 Meeting Minutes (269.8 KB)

  35. 2014-05 Meeting Minutes (42.2 KB)

  36. 2014-03 Annual Business Meeting Minutes (78.4 KB)

  37. 2014-02 Meeting Minutes (214.5 KB)

  38. 2013-10 Meeting Minutes (229.2 KB)

  39. 2013-05 Meeting Minutes (80 KB)

  40. 2013-03 Annual Business Meeting Minutes (85.5 KB)

  41. 2012-09 Meeting Minutes (152.3 KB)

  42. 2012-06 Meeting Minutes (78.5 KB)

  43. 2012-02 Meeting Minutes (354.8 KB)

  44. 2012-03 Annual Business Meeting Minutes (36.9 KB)

  45. 2011-04 Meeting Minutes (87.5 KB)

  46. 2011-03 Meeting Minutes (79 KB)

  47. 2010-08 Meeting Minutes (84.9 KB)

  48. 2010-03 Meeting Minutes (266.7 KB)

  49. 2009-12 Meeting Minutes (115.4 KB)

  50. 2009-09 Meeting Minutes (12.7 KB)

  51. 2009-03 Meeting Minutes (10.4 KB)

  52. 2008-07 Meeting Minutes (79.6 KB)

  53. 2008-04 Meeting Minutes (66.7 KB)

  54. 1998-01 Meeting Minutes (81.1 KB)