Association Officers and Board Meetings

Current Association Officers

Sam Coffman, President,

Sam Coffman is a Researcher at the University of Alaska Museum of the North in Fairbanks, AK. He has worked for the museum since 2010 and has been fortunate to be involved in numerous field and collection-based projects in Alaska. His main research interests include lithic raw material sourcing, coastal adaptation and use during the Holocene, and GIS modeling and analysis. He enjoys promoting the fields of anthropology and archaeology through a variety of community-based outreach activities and events. He is planning a special volume for the Alaska Journal of Anthropology that will be dedicated to Alaska Peninsula archaeology.

Shina duVall, Vice President,

Shina duVall is the Regional Archeologist for the National Park Service Interior Region 11 – Alaska. In this role, she provides leadership, assistance, oversight, and coordination on archaeological and cultural resource issues affecting National Park units and a wide variety of partners in Alaska. Shina has over 20 years of experience supporting, managing, and reviewing a variety of archaeological, cultural resource, and historic preservation projects through her work experience in private, government, higher education, and non-profit sectors.

Britteny M. Howell, Secretary,

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:

Joshua Lynch, Publications,

Joshua Lynch is an Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department at Arkansas Tech 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.

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 assists students, researchers, and community members with collections-based projects. His primary research interests include zooarchaeology and radiocarbon dating in the central western Brooks Range and the Alaska Peninsula.

Marine Vanlandeghem Gillespie, External Affairs,

Marine Vanlandeghem Gillespie is a French archaeologist completing her Ph.D. degree at Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University under the co-direction of C. Alix (CNRS). Marine’s doctoral research is entitled “Fuel uses and hearth functions in recent prehistory in Northwestern Alaska: Anthracology, experimentation, and soil micromorphology of the combustion structures at Cape Espenberg”. Marine’s work is part of a Franco-American NSF-funded cooperation program exploring Birnirk prehistory and the emergence of Iñupiaq Culture in Northwestern Alaska. Aside from her research, Marine works at UAF Alaska Stable Isotope Facility as well as an archaeologist and archaeobotanist for several agencies in Alaska.

Student Intern

Connor Priest has been appointed as the 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 Kowenstrot 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 at:

Upcoming Board Meetings

Board Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 12:00-1:00 pm AKST. Please contact Britteny Howell ( 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 Britteny at least two (2) days before the meeting.

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











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2021-07 Board Meeting Minutes

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2021-05 Board Meeting Minutes

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Download Past 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)