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.

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.
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.

Russell Holloway, B.S. | IT Coordinator

Mr. Russell Holloway works as the IT coordinator for TVAR. In addition to holding a B.S. in computer science, Mr. Holloway holds B.A. degrees in both anthropology and psychology from the University of Alabama. He has extensive experience in archaeological research throughout the Southeast and is particularly interested in early Americans and contact period studies. Recent work at TVAR in the development of computerized systems has led to enhanced integrated archaeological data collection, recordation, and reporting capabilities.

Mary Lee Gaffin, B.A. | Project Supervisor

Ms. Mary Lee Gaffin received her B.A. in anthropology from Auburn University. She has worked on numerous archaeological surveys and excavations in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Ms. Gaffin currently serves as a Project Supervisor at TVAR. Although she works in many other capacities for the company, her primary tasks are to supervise survey field crews and prepare reports of investigations for archaeological surveys.

Jessica Stanton, M.A. | Project Supervisor and Human Osteologist
Ms. Jessica Stanton received her B.A. in anthropology from the University of West Florida in 2009. She has defended her M.A. thesis at Mississippi State University and will graduate in May 2014. Her interests include bioarchaeology, forensic sciences, and prehistoric and coastal archaeology in the Southeast.
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. Her primary interests are in lithic technologies and the prehistory of the Southeast.

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.
Paul Shockey, B.A. | Technician II

Mr. Paul Shockey serves as project supervisor and lab technician for TVAR. Mr. Shockey earned his B.A. in anthropology at Arizona State University and is currently working to complete his M.A. degree in 2014. His primary research interest involves the social mechanisms behind broad-scale technological change.

Danielle Dadiego, B.A. | Technician II

Ms. Danielle Dadiego received a geography/anthropology B.A. from University of Southern Maine in 2007. She has completed her M.A. thesis in anthropology and will graduate from the University of West Florida in May 2014. 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.

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.

David Sprouse, M.A. | Historian (Nashville Branch Office)
Mr. David Sprouse served for several years as a legislative researcher and drafter for the Tennessee General Assembly, Office of Legal Services, then further refined his history and policy interests by completing an M.A. in public history with a concentration in historic preservation from Middle Tennessee State University. Mr. Sprouse is an active member of a number of professional organizations and serves as staff Historian for TVAR.
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 | Lab Technician and GIS Assistant
Ms. Elin Crook is currently pursuing 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.
Laura Cannon, B.A. | Technician II
Ms. Laura Cannon holds a B.A. degree in anthropology from the University of Tennessee. She serves as an advanced field and laboratory technician for TVAR. Ms. Cannon's main interests include lithic analysis and cultural occupations in rock shelters.
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.
Jonathan Chenault | GIS Technician
Mr. Jonathan Chenault is currently pursuing a B.S. in earth system science/human dimensions from University of Alabama, Huntsville. Mr. Chenault works as a GIS Technician at TVAR.
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 Specialists
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.
Rachel Doherty | Account Specialist
Mrs. Rachel Doherty has over 20 years experience in the banking, software development, and marketing industries. Mrs. Doherty attends to payroll, billing, daily adminstration and human resources for TVAR and oversees operations for the Nashville TVAR branch.