Hunter Johnson, M.A. | Director

Mr. Hunter Johnson serves as company president, Principal Investigator, and director of cultural resource management studies for TVAR projects. He received his M.A. in anthropology from the University of Alabama and is a member of numerous professional organizations. Mr. Johnson has written articles published by the Journal of Alabama Archaeology and the University of Alabama Press, and he has written numerous cultural resource management reports. He has directed projects throughout southeastern North America over the past twenty years. Mr. Johnson has conducted cultural resource management projects for numerous federal, state, and local governmental agencies as well as private businesses and individuals.


Keith Little, Ph.D. | Senior Archaeologist

Dr. Keith Little received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Alabama and has 30 years of experience in all phases of archaeological investigation throughout southeastern North America. He serves as a Senior Archaeologist at TVAR. Dr. Little has written scores of cultural resource management reports as well as articles published by Early Georgia, The Florida Anthropologist, Journal of Alabama Archaeology, Southeastern Archaeology, and Smithsonian Institution Press. Dr. Little’s research interests and specialties include late prehistoric and protohistoric archaeology of southeastern North America and paleoclimatology. Dr. Little has conducted cultural resource management projects for numerous federal, state, and local governmental agencies as well as private businesses and individuals.


Scott C. Meeks, M.A. | Senior Archaeologist

Mr. Scott Meeks received his M.A. in anthropology from the University of Alabama and is currently completing his Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Tennessee. He serves as a Senior Archaeologist and Principal Investigator at TVAR. Mr. Meeks has over 20 years of experience in all phases of archaeological investigation throughout the southeastern United States and has worked with federal, state, and local governmental agencies as well as private businesses and individuals. He has written numerous cultural resource management reports, published articles in American Antiquity, Current Research in the Pleistocene, Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology, PNAS, and has contributed chapters in edited volumes published by Texas A&M Press, University Press of Colorado, Left Coast Press, and University of Tennessee Press. His research interests include subsistence/settlement patterns and technologies of prehistoric hunter/gatherers in the Eastern Woodlands, environmental archaeology, natural and anthropogenic disturbance regimes, and human eco-dynamics of late prehistoric agricultural populations in the southeastern United States.


Ted Karpynec, M.A. | Branch Manager and Senior Preservation Planner

Mr. Ted Karpynec received his M.A. in history from Youngstown State University. Mr. Karpynec joined TVAR in June 2012, and brings over ten years of combined experience in the cultural resource management profession. He is the Branch Manager of TVAR’s Nashville office, and as TVAR's Senior Preservation Planner, Mr. Karpynec is responsible for directing architectural assessments and historic structure research for Section 106 compliance projects using the National Register of Historic Places' Criteria for Evaluation (36 CFR 60.4). The projects have been undertaken on behalf of state and federal agencies, and private and non-profit developers throughout the United States. Prior to Mr. Karpynec's transition into private consulting, he served as a Historic Preservation Specialist with the Tennessee Historical Commission between August 2000 and November 2001, where he reviewed Section 106 compliance reports and National Register eligibility assessments for state and federally funded projects within the State of Tennessee. He further assisted in the administration of the National Register program, which included reviewing and editing submitted National Register nominations and writing National Register nominations.


J. Rocco de Gregory, M.A. | Archaeologist, Human Osteologist, and Project Director

Mr. Rocco de Gregory received his M.A. in anthropology from Mississippi State University and is a member of numerous professional organizations. He serves as an Archaeologist at TVAR and works in the capacity of a project manager and principal investigator. Mr. de Gregory has worked on all phases of archaeological investigations in eastern North America, and his primary research interests are in bioarchaeology.


Danielle Dadiego, M.A. | Historical Archaeologist and Project Director

Ms. Danielle Dadiego received a geography/anthropology B.A. from University of Southern Maine in 2007. She received her M.A. degree in anthropology from the University of West Florida. Ms. Dadiego is interested in contact period studies and colonial studies in general. Her focuses include British colonial, Spanish colonial, trade and early economic systems during the colonial period in North America, historical document research, and paleography.


Travis Rael | Laboratory Director

Mr. Travis Rael is completing his degree in earth systems science with a concentration in geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. In a cooperative student program, he has worked on earth science projects for NASA. Mr. Rael also has several years of field experience on various archaeological surveys and excavations for TVAR. In addition, he has extensive experience in the analysis of artifacts and the development and maintenance of the company’s relational database. Mr. Rael currently serves as the Laboratory Director at TVAR.


Katherine Wright, M.A. | Laboratory Supervisor

Ms. Katherine Wright holds a M.A. degree in paleopathology from Durham University. She serves as Laboratory Supervisor at TVAR. Her research interests include human osteology, paleopathology, museum studies, and historical archaeology.


Katy Manning, B.A. | Project Supervisor

Ms. Katy Manning received her B.A. in anthropology from Mississippi State University and is currently preparing to defend her M.A. thesis at Mississippi State University with a projected graduation date of May 2014. She is a member of numerous professional organizations and has worked on all phases of archaeological investigations in the Southeast. Her primary reserach interests are in lithic technologies and the prehistory of the Southeast.


Meghan Weaver, B.A. | Preservation Planner (Nashville Branch Office)

Mrs. Meghan Weaver received her B.A. in cultural and historic preservation from Salve Regina University in 2006. She is currently completing her M.A. thesis in anthropology at Western Michigan University. Mrs. Weaver serves as Preservation Planner for TVAR. She is responsible for conducting architectural assessments and historic structure research and has worked on all phases of archaeological investigations in the United States and coastal Peru.


Sabrina Simõn, B.A. | Graphic Designer and Illustrator

Ms. Sabrina Simõn received her B.A. in graphic design with minors in anthropology and fine art from Flagler College. She currently serves as a graphic designer, illustrator, and photographer at TVAR. Ms. Simõn also works as an advanced technician in the field and has extensive training and experience in caving, SRT vertical caving, cave mapping, and cave rescue. She has worked on numerous scientific and archaeological projects in cave environments in the United States and Mexico. Her primary interests are in cave archaeology and photography.


Kevin Cowart| GIS Specialist

Mr. Kevin Cowart completed course work for a minor in geographic information systems (GIS) and is currently pursuing a B.A. in studio art, with a concentration in graphic design from University of Alabama, Huntsville. He is a member of the North American Cartographic Information Society. He serves as GIS Specialist for TVAR and works in cartography, cartographic research, remote sensing, spatial analysis, and Mobile GIS Development.


Elin Crook, B.S. | Lab Technician and GIS Assistant

Ms. Elin Crook received a B.S. in earth systems science, with a concentration in GIS and remote sensing as well as a degree in Russian language studies from University of Alabama, Huntsville. She serves as Lab Technician and GIS Assistant for TVAR.


Nicholas Simpson, B.A. | Technician II

Mr. Nicholas Simpson holds a B.A. degree in anthropology from University of West Florida. He serves as an advanced field and laboratory technician for TVAR. Mr. Simpson's main interests include pre-Columbian and contact period in South and Central America as well as bioarchaeology.


Jeremy Spoons, B.S. | Technician II

Mr. Jeremy Spoons received a B.S. in geography with minors in English and anthropology from Jacksonville State University. Mr. Spoons serves as an advanced field and laboratory technician at TVAR. His main interests are Southeastern prehistory and geology.


James Roncki, B.A. | Technician

Mr. James Roncki earned his B.A. in anthropology from the University of Tennessee. He serves as a field and lab technician for TVAR.


Alesia Hoyle, B.A. | Technician

Ms. Alesia Hoyle acquired B.A. degrees from the University of West Florida in anthropology and studio art. Ms. Hoyle serves as a field and laboratory technician at TVAR. Her interests generally focus on humanity's environmental interactions and how that is portrayed through art, architecture, and understanding of the universe.


Richard Krause, Ph.D. | Research Affiliate

Dr. Richard Krause received his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology and archaeology from Yale University in 1967. He serves as a Research Affiliate at TVAR. Dr. Krause has taught anthropology at the University of Nebraska, Ohio State University, and University of Missouri as well as the University of Alabama where he chaired the anthropology department from 1974 to 1981. He has conducted field research in the Great Plains, Alaska, South Africa, Yucatán, and the southeastern United States. He has also done ethnographic research among American Indians and several South African Bantu speaking groups. Dr. Krause has served on the boards of directors of a number of scholarly associations, including the Plains Anthropological Society, the Council on Alabama Archaeology, and the Alabama Historical Commission. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Plains Archaeological Society in 2011. Dr. Krause receives infrastructure and staff support from TVAR while conducting his research in the Tennessee Valley, serves as a company advisor, and occasionally participates in cultural resource management projects for TVAR.


Finance Specialist


Erin Johnson | Finance Director

Ms. Erin Johnson serves as TVAR’s finance director and manages payroll, billing, and insurance. She also works in close coordination with directors and certified public accountants in the day-to-day business aspects of the company. Ms. Johnson is uniquely qualified for this position insofar as she has participated directly in archaeological field and laboratory projects and has also served in a banking management position.