Dr. William B. Lees, RPA
Dr. Lees has been Executive Director of FPAN since 2005. He is a Registered Professional Archaeologist and a member of the Florida Archaeological Council. He has a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from the University of Tulsa and a Master’s and Doctorate in Anthropology with a specialization in Historical Archaeology from Michigan State University. Dr. Lees is the current president of the Society of Historical Archaeology, is a member of the Florida Historical Commission, and sits on the Florida National Register Review Board. He has previously served as president of the Plains Anthropological Society, the Society of Professional Archaeologists, and the Register of Professional Archaeologists. Throughout his career he has focused on public archaeology and historical archaeology in the Great Plains and Southeastern US, with specialization in the Antebellum Period and the Civil War.
Dr. Della Scott-Ireton, RPA
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Dr Della Scott-Ireton graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and a Master's degree in Historical Archaeology. She also has a Master's in International Relations from Troy University, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Florida State University. Della is certified as a Scuba Instructor with the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI). She worked with the Pensacola Shipwreck Survey, West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc., Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research, and the government of the Cayman Islands before joining FPAN. Della is an officer and elected board member of the Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology and is a member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists. Della's research interests include public interpretation of maritime cultural resources, both on land and under water, and training of avocationals in archaeological methods and practices. Her specialties are maritime archaeology, colonial seafaring and public archaeology.
Office and Contracts Manager
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Cheryl is a graduate of the University of West Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Marketing. She worked 8 years in New Orleans in marketing before returning to Pensacola in 1989 to work at UWF.
Sarah Nohe, M.A.
Associate Director for Development
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As Associate Director for Development, Sarah implements strategies to broaden the reach and ensure the continuation of FPAN’s mission to protect Florida’s cultural resources. She works to support the diverse programming carried out by FPAN’s state-wide staff. Sarah was appointed to this position in 2016 after several years as the Public Archaeology Coordinator in FPAN’s southeast region. Sarah received a Bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College in Studio Art and Anthropology and a Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Florida Atlantic University. Before joining FPAN, she held positions in the art industry and taught Anthropology. Though Sarah enjoys exploring sites around the world, she really loves showing off Florida’s rich archaeological heritage on land and underwater!
Manager, Destination Archaeology Resource Center
(850) 595-0050 Ext: 107
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Mike Thomin is the manager of the Destination Archaeology Resource Center. He is also a regular writer for the Unearthing Florida radio program broadcast on NPR member stations across the state of Florida. Mike received his B.A. in history from the University of West Florida and is currently seeking a Masters degree in the UWF Public History graduate program with a museum studies specialization. Mike has spent nearly a decade in the museum field, is a Certified Guide with the National Association of Interpretation, and has worked with several organizations on heritage interpretative projects and programs across the state including the Florida Anthropological Society, Florida Division of Historical Resources, Florida State Parks, U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service. He has curated a number of museum exhibits on a range of diverse topics from piracy in the Gulf of Mexico to the roles women played in Northwest Florida during the Great Depression. He currently serves on FPAN's Archaeological Tourism Task Force and on the Trail of Florida Indian Heritage Board of Directors. His research interests include Mississippian period southeastern Native Americans, maritime history of the Gulf of Mexico during Florida's Territorial Period, public history, and public archaeology.
Dr. Sorna Khakzad
Post-doc in Heritage Tourism
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Dr. Sorna Khakzad is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate and faculty member at the University of West Florida and the Florida Public Archaeology Network. She is assessing cultural/archaeological sites and heritage tourism facilities in Northwest Florida in order to provide recommendations for future cultural heritage preservation and for the improvement of heritage tourism in the region. Sorna earned a doctoral degree in engineering from KU Leuven, Belgium, in 2015 and a second doctoral degree in Coastal Resources Management from East Carolina University in 2016. She has a M.Sc. in Architecture from Azad University in Iran in 2004 and obtained an Advanced Masters in Conservation of Monuments and Historic Sites in 2008 from KU Leuven. Her research focuses on coastal and maritime cultural heritage, as well as traditional communities. She studies interdisciplinary approaches toward the management of cultural resources for cultural tourism development and the socioeconomic impact of heritage preservation for the benefit of communities and individuals in line with sustainable development goals. She has worked on international projects in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States.
Dr. Laura Clark
Post-doc in Assessment
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Dr. Laura K. Clark started with the Florida Public Archaeology Network in 2017. She graduated from the University of South Alabama with a B.S.B.A. in Marketing, earned a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Information Architecture, and a Ph.D. in Information Studies from Florida State University. Laura was a Marketing Director and Hospital Instructor along the Gulf Coast and spent three years working as a public librarian. She is a member of the Florida Library Association (FLA), Society of Historical Archaeology (SHA), and the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE). She is also currently serving on the FLA Outcomes and Standards Committee. Laura’s research interests are evaluation and assessment, literacy, marketing, curriculum development, emergent literacy, self-determination theory, policy, and preservation. Her research has focused on interdisciplinary assessment. Her dissertation (2016) has been selected to be included in the American Libraries May/June issue, upcoming article: Notable Dissertations. The title of her dissertation is: Do you do birthday parties?: Caregivers' perceptions of quality emergent literacy programming in libraries and their motivation for attending. She has an article based on her dissertation that has been accepted by LISR (one of the best journals in our field). Here is the citation: Clark, L. (in press). Caregivers’ perceptions of emergent literacy programming in public libraries in relation to the National Research Councils’ Guidelines on Quality Environments for Children. Library and Information Science Research.