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Director of Pueblo Grande Museum since 2015. Previously served as the Chief of Community Stewardship at Arizona State Parks, which included responsibility for archaeology, collections, curatorial support, volunteer and non-profit engagement, and educational programming.


Nicole Armstrong-Best

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Worked for Tonto National Forest for 40 years, retiring as Forest Archaeologist in 2015. During that time, was constantly involved in the preservation and interpretation of cultural resources in Arizona, working with volunteers,and promoting public archaeology and the importance of incorporating citizen scientists in archaeological research. Helped found the Site Steward Program  and worked with the program as a land manager and trainer of new stewards.

Vice Chair

J. Scott Wood

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 Juvenile Probation Officer in Maricopa County 1969-1999. M.A. in Indian Education from ASU. Taught high school history and government 1999-2010.


Ruthanna Battilana

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Joined Arizona State Parks as Assistant Director for Administration in 2009.  Became Agency Deputy Director, Administration, in 2012. Responsible for budgeting, HR, IT, and most agency programs. Retired from State Parks in 2015. Also Deputy Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce 2004-09.


Kent Ennis

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Steve is a student of archaeology. Born in Globe, he often visited the Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park and developed a love for archaeology.  Steve graduated from Pima Community College in 2017 and has plans to continue his education at the University of Arizona to obtain a degree in anthropology, with a concentration in archaeology. He is a member of Arizona Archaeologic and Historic Society, a Naturalist at Sabino Canyon and a member of the Watershed Management Group, which works to conserve the Sonoran watersheds. Steve was certified as a Site Steward in 2015.

Board Member and Site Steward

Steve Boley

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Historic Preservation Officer for the Ft. Yuma Quechan Tribe.  Previously Cultural Resources Manager for the Cocopah Tribe for 12 plus years.   Site Steward Regional Coordinator for the Yuma Region for 20 plus years.  Associate Professor of Anthropology at Arizona Western College. 

Board Member and Historic Preservation Officer

Jill McCormick

A Site Steward for 5 years, Jeri supports the Program with her 30 years of not-for-profit business management experience, website support and as the Foundation's legislative liaison. 

Board Member and Site Steward

Jeri Meeks

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Doug has been a site steward for 26 years.  His first site was in the Eagletail Mountains, which he monitored for 10 years. He then became the regional site steward (RC) for the Tonopah region which includes the Gila river, the Sonoran Desert National Monument and places in-between. After retirement he obtained a degree in Plant Biology from Arizona State University, which facilitated his flora research in the Eagletail Mountains.  In addition to being the RC of the Tonopah region I became the RC for the Central Arizona region, covering Pinal County

Board Member and Site Steward

Doug Newton

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Shelley Rasmussen joined the Site Steward Program in 1992, and has served as a Regional Coordinator since 1994. In 1998, Shelley moved to Wickenburg and worked to better align the Salt River Region sites with Cave Creek, Bumble Bee, Tonopah and the new Hassayampa Region.
She is credited with bringing over 100 sites into the Program and has been actively training new Site Stewards for over 20 years. Shelley has
contributed more than 28,700 volunteer hours to the Site Steward Program, adding more than 50 hours a month to the monitoring and reporting of sites across multiple regions - leveraging a good working relationship with Land Managers to ensure the Program’s continued success.

Board Director-at-large

Shelley Rasmussen


Dave joined the Site Steward Program in 2014. He is serving on the Governor's Archaeology Advisory Commission (GAAC) as Chair of the Public Education Committee and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for American Archaeology magazine.  Dave, as an employee of Wells Fargo since 1983, is a VP & Technology Manager with systems operational responsibilities in the U.S. and numerous international countries.  He also serves on the Board for the San Tan Historical Society and Arizona Llama Rescue. 

Boar Member and Regional Coordinator Representative

Dave Salge

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Don Simonis grew up in Prescott, Arizona and began his professional career as an Anthropology Teaching Assistant at Arizona State University. He received a Master of Arts degree in anthropology in 1977, working summers at Pueblo Grande Museum doing excavation. Don served on the Governor’s Arizona Advisory Committee for Historical Archaeology. He taught anthropology and archaeology at Glendale Community College.
Beginning in 1978, Don worked the next 40 years for the Bureau of
Land Management. When Don was in Kingman, Arizona as the first permanent BLM archaeologist there, he and his wife were Regional Coordinators for the Arizona Site Steward program. Don worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and was the BIA Navajo Regional archaeologist. Don went back to the
BLM in 2009 and finished his career in southeastern Utah.

 Board Member and Site Steward

Don Simonis

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Marcia Simonis has lived in the Southwest for most of her life, developing a strong background
in education and archaeology for the past 35 years. She served as an Arizona Site Steward
Regional Coordinator in Kingman during the 1990s. Marcia also worked as a home-school liaison between Native American students and the Mesa, Arizona, Public Schools. In the summer of 2015, she attended BLM’s Project Archaeology Leadership Academy Master Teacher training at Montana State University in
Bozeman, Montana. Marcia was the first Utah Statewide Heritage Site Steward Program lead under a BLM Cooperative Agreement.
From 2012 to the present, she has been a board director of Friends of Cedar Mesa (FCM), a non-profit organization in southeastern Utah.

Board Member Site Steward

Marcia Simonis

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