Our staff

Metcalf's team of professional archaeologists, historians, and administrators includes more than 40 highly qualified individuals with many years of experience in our service areas and in the CRM industry. In addition to their role at Metcalf, our employees are members of professional associations such as the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) and the Colorado Council of Professional Archaeologists (CCPA). During their tenure with Metcalf, staff members contribute significantly to the knowledge and interpretation of prehistory. Several former employees transitioned to successful roles in academia, business, and government.

Please click on a staff member's name to see a brief summary of their experience and qualifications.

Nathan D. Boyless, M.B.A. - President and General Manager

Mr. Boyless earned his B.A. in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University in 2003 and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona in 2008. In 2010, Nathan earned a professional certificate in Executive Leadership and Management from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. His professional experience includes employment as an archaeologist for the USDA Forest Service and private cultural resource management firms. In addition, he applies more than eight years of experience in operations management, business administration, and organizational development to his role in the company. His responsibilities at Metcalf include the day-to-day management of the company's operations and administrative management of the business, including the development and execution of the firm's strategic goals.

Michael D. Metcalf, M.A. - Chairman of the Board and Principal Investigator

Mr. Metcalf received an M.A. in Anthropology from Colorado State University in 1974 and founded Metcalf Archaeological Consultants, Inc. in 1980. Although Mr. Metcalf is no longer active in day-to-day management of the company, he chairs the company's Board of Directors and is active in the organization and management of large, complex cultural resource projects within the Rocky Mountain and Plains states. He also has an active role in mentoring and advising Metcalf staff.

Kimball Banks, Ph.D., RPA - Director of Strategic Development

Dr. Banks received his Ph.D. in Archaeology from Southern Methodist University. He joined Metcalf in 2009, after 26 years in federal service, first with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and then with the Bureau of Reclamation where he also held the position of Native American Affairs Specialist. Dr. Banks also worked for the Navajo Tribe and the Colorado River Tribes. Throughout his career, he conducted all phases of archaeological investigations and has worked in the Southeast U.S., the Southwest, Texas, California, and the Northern Great Plains along with seven field seasons in Egypt. In his federal positions, he has worked with tribal governments of more than 30 tribes in California, Oregon, the Southwest, the Northern Plains, and the Upper Midwest. Dr. Banks' position at Metcalf includes enhancing existing relationships with clients, agency principals and peer firms, and identifying and managing Federal, state, and tribal contracting opportunities.

Julie Riggs, B.A. - Accounting Manager

Brett Robertson, B.A. - Business Manager

Mr. Robertson earned his B.A. in History from the University of New Mexico in 2004. He started with Metcalf as an archaeological technician, but gradually transitioned into more of an administrative role. He handles various aspects of the company's business including work in Safety, Human Resources, and Information Technology.

Other Administrative Staff:

  • Sally Metcalf, B.A. - Secretary/Treasurer and Project Director

Kimberly Kintz, M.A., RPA - Regional Manager and Principal Investigator

Ms. Kintz received an M.A. in Anthropology from Texas State University – San Marcos in 2006. Prior to joining Metcalf in early 2009, Kim was employed in a supervisory capacity and managed both large and small-scale cultural resources projects in Northern California. Additionally, she gained extensive experience in consultation with the diverse Native American community comprised of individuals, tribal officials, and organizations and often acted as a liaison between agencies, clients, Native American groups, and other interested parties. Ms. Kintz has worked in many of the western states and has directed field projects in California, Colorado, and Texas. Additionally, she has been involved in several field seasons in Central America as a research archaeologist and field director. Her role at Metcalf includes oversight of Metcalf's Colorado offices, office and staff management for the Grand Junction branch, and project management for projects throughout the Southern Region of Metcalf's service area.

Anne McKibbin, M.A. - Principal Investigator

Ms. McKibbin holds an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Colorado with emphases in archaeology and geomorphology. Prior to her employment at Metcalf, she worked seasonally as an archaeological technician for the National Park Service (Arizona and New Mexico), USDA Forest Service (Plumas National Forest, California), Colorado Department of Transportation, Museum of Northern Arizona (Flagstaff), and Western Cultural Resource Management (Colorado). She began employment on a seasonal basis with Metcalf in 1981, and began permanent full time employment in 1988. Ms. McKibbin has been a staff archaeologist with project director responsibilities since 1988, and assumed the responsibilities of senior staff archaeologist in 1991. She has been a major author on a number of Metcalf's recent large project reports, and her role as senior staff archaeologist includes responsibility for all phases of project management, supervision of the company's staff archaeologists, preparation of proposals, and review, editing and compilation of reports.

Patrick O'Brien, M.A. - Principal Investigator

Mr. O'Brien holds an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona and has over 25 years of professional experience in archaeology and cultural resource management. He has done archaeology in 12 states and in Italy, and has been a Metcalf employee since 1991. In addition to working his way from crew member to principal investigator at Metcalf, Mr. O'Brien also served for several years as the director of the Office of Cultural Resource Management at Indiana University's Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology. During his years with Metcalf, Mr. O'Brien has directed many large and small archaeological projects throughout the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains, including numerous oil and gas-related projects, pipeline and buried cable projects, highway and road projects, transmission line projects, and land exchanges. He has worked extensively with numerous federal and state agencies and has successfully helped manage hundreds of compliance-related projects through the Section 106 process. In addition to his role as an archaeologist, Mr. O'Brien is one of Metcalf's GIS experts and also serves as co-trustee for Metcalf's Employee Stock Ownership Plan, or ESOP.

Kelly J. Pool, M.A. - Principal Investigator

Ms. Pool received an M.A. in anthropology from Washington University-St. Louis in 1990. Prior to her employment at Metcalf, Ms. Pool worked seasonally for the University of Illinois, the Illinois State Museum, the Center for American Archaeology in Illinois, and the Center for Northwest Anthropology in Washington. She began full-time employment with Metcalf as a crew chief and principal investigator in 1990. Ms. Pool currently serves as a senior staff archaeologist and large project supervisor. Her responsibilities include all phases of fieldwork, supervision of staff archaeologists, and working as project archaeologist on large-scale projects. She has been field director, principal investigator, and major author on a number of large pipeline projects and data recovery excavation projects. Since working at Metcalf, Pool has conducted projects in Wyoming, Utah, Montana, the Dakotas, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Ron Rood, M.A. - Principal Investigator

Ron holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Fort Lewis College and an M.A. in Anthropology from Wichita State University He has worked across the Intermountain west and has 30 years of archaeological experience working for private consulting firms, academic institutions, state and federal agencies. For 15 years Ron was the Utah Assistant State Archaeologist where he focused on public outreach and education and where he managed the Antiquities Section field research and Human Remains recovery programs. In that position, he also assisted with permitting and Section 106 Compliance. Ron has supervised numerous large-scale archaeological inventory and data recovery projects in Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota and Utah. His research interests include the analysis and interpretation of animal bone from archaeological sites, the analysis of human remains, hunter-gatherer research and public education in archaeology. Ron's major responsibilities with Metcalf includes all aspects of fieldwork including, project management, proposal preparation, fieldwork supervision, report writing and fieldwork.

John Scott, Ph.D. - Principal Investigator

Mr. Scott holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in anthropology from the University of Northern Colorado and has over 30 years of professional experience in archaeology. John has led archaeological teams in the Caribbean, Peru, and the Middle East and in eight states within the U.S. Since he joined Metcalf in 1985, John has held many positions and has directed numerous large and small archaeological projects throughout the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains. He has served as principal investigator on projects for various state and federal government agencies including the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Federal Aviation Agency, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U. S. Peace Corps, and the Western Area Power Administration. Additionally, John is pursuing a PhD in conflict archaeology at the University of Bristol, UK, which is regionally focused on Wadi Yutm in southern Jordan.

Michelle Slaughter, M.A. - Principal Investigator

Ms. Slaughter is a historical archaeologist and project manager who joined Metcalf in 2016. Formerly she was the principal of Avalon Archaeology, LLC, a woman-owned small business concern that specialized in cultural resources management. She has worked at four of Colorado’ s Most Endangered Places, all four of which have been saved: the Bradford-Perley House in Highlands Ranch, the Granada War Relocation Center (formerly known as Camp Amache) in southeast Colorado, the CF&I Plant in Pueblo, and the Hutchinson Homestead in Salida. She has conducted projects throughout the western United States for a variety of government and private clients, as well as non-profit organizations. Her passions are mining archaeology, the archaeology and history of southeastern Colorado, using ethnographies and oral histories to add depth to archaeological projects, working with and teaching archaeology to college students, and public outreach events that allow her to share information about archaeology and history with the general public. At Metcalf she coordinates with local, state, and federal agencies, manages projects from proposal to completion, and she is the lead historical archaeologist.

Melissa Elkins, M.A. - Project Manager and Regional Project Coordinator

Ms. Elkins received her M.A. in Anthropology from Washington State University in 2006 and joined Metcalf in 2007 as a project director. She has been employed as an archaeologist for more than 10 years by cultural resource management firms and academic institutions. Melissa has supervised both large and small-scale survey and data recovery projects in Utah, Arizona, and Colorado; and she has specialized in the analysis of prehistoric ceramics. Prior to becoming a regional project coordinator, Melissa supervised a two-year cultural survey for a large seismic project and authored several major reports. Her role at Metcalf includes overall office and staff management, direction of field projects, report-writing and review, and preparation of proposals.

Other Colorado Staff:

  • Jesse Clark, B.A. - Staff Archaeologist
  • Naomi Rintoul, M.A. - Staff Archaeologist
  • Garrett Williams, B.A. - Staff Archaeologist
  • Jenean Roberts, B.A. - Staff Archaeologist
  • Joetta Gray, B.A. - Administrative Office Manager

Damita Engel, M.A. - Regional Manager

Ms. Engel has worked in the field of archaeology since 1992. In 2003, she received her MA in Anthropology with a specialization in CRM from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Damita has worked for Metcalf as a Project Director since 2004. She has conducted numerous projects including inventories, evaluations for NRHP eligibility, mitigation of prehistoric sites, artifact analysis, development of a predictive model of Knife River flint distribution in North Dakota, and preparing the nomination for the National Historic Landmark Lynch Knife River Flint Quarry. Ms. Engel's position at Metcalf includes management of Metcalf's North Dakota region, the Bismarck office and staff, and project management for projects in the northern Great Plains.

Cody Anderson, M.A. - Principal Investigator

Mr. Anderson has received a B.A. (Fort Lewis College in 1999) and an M.A. (Colorado State University in 2008) in Anthropology/Archaeology. He has two decades of archaeological experience that generally includes the Rocky Mountains, western High Plains, and southwestern Colorado (1994-present). His professional experience has included well-over fifty archaeological projects in Colorado and its adjacent states. These projects have typically been for military training lands and energy/transportation development including pipelines, transmission lines, and wind farms. As a supervisor his duties for these projects often include management of prehistoric and historic archaeological survey, excavation, construction monitoring, prehistoric artifact analysis, and technical report production. His international experience includes survey compliance in the Republic of Congo, Africa. He has also received training in archaeological law enforcement, ground penetrating radar, and underwater archaeology.

Edward Stine, M.F.A. - Principal Investigator

Mr. Stine received an M.F.A. in Ceramics from the University of North Dakota in 1981. He has been working professionally in archaeology since 1985 and has over 25 years of experience with North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana archaeology and has also worked in other states including Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and Texas. Projects he has worked on include testing and data recovery of historic sites such as the Central Barracks at Fort Lincoln and the Tremont Hotel in Denver, and prehistoric sites such as an Early Archaic bison kill site at Granite Falls, Minnesota and a Knife River flint quarry site near Hazen, North Dakota. He joined Metcalf in 1991 and has led numerous small and large scale projects ranging from multi-state pipelines (survey, testing, data, recovery, and technical writing) to wind turbine farms to Department of Transportation sponsored inventory and testing projects. His position at Metcalf is involved in all facets of project management including preparation of proposals, writing, reviewing, editing, and assembling reports, and directing projects in the field.

Elizabeth France, M.A. - Project Manager and Regional Project Coordinator

Ms. France received her M.A. in Anthropology from the University at Albany, SUNY in 2008. She began working for Metcalf in 2008, after working on several academic projects in Belize and Mexico, and a CRM firm working in New York and Vermont. Ms. France specializes in both Lithic tool and shell ornament technology, and she has been the lab director for several projects. Her role at Metcalf includes assisting with project coordination, staffing needs, preparation of proposals, directing field projects, report writing, and overseeing all files search activity for the Bismarck office.

William Bluemle, M.A. - Project Director

Mr. Bluemle received his M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Nebraska in 1998. He started working for Metcalf in 1999 after working on several projects at the University of North Dakota. Mr. Bluemle has worked on numerous projects in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming. He has also authored several technical reports for Federal, State, Tribal, and local government agencies. His duties at Metcalf include conducting field surveys, testing, monitoring, supervising crew, interaction with clients and government agencies, and technical report writing.

Andrea Kulevsky, B.A. - Project Director

Ms. Kulevsky received her B.A. in Anthropology from Oberlin College in 1989. She started working for Metcalf in 2004 after working for several other cultural resource management organizations. During her career, she has performed all phases of archaeological fieldwork. In her role as a project director, she has writes technical reports, supervises archaeological field crews on surverys and excavations, and performs GIS tasks for reports.

Daan Meens - Project Director, M. A.

Mr. Meens joined Metcalf in 2016. He holds both a bachelor’s (2005) and a Master of Arts (2008) degree in Archaeological Sciences from Leiden University in the Netherlands. Daan specialized in paleozoology, paleoanthropology, and Holocene geology. Daan managed field crews in Wisconsin for several years, and was responsible for the timely execution of projects from the proposal phase through to the final report. His work experience includes writing bids and proposals, managing field crews, conducting environmental impact assignments, and consulting on complex archaeological problems. Since joining Metcalf, he has participated on surveys in North Dakota. He is based in the company’s Bismarck, North Dakota office.

Emily Sakariassen, M.S.– Architectural Historian

Ms. Sakariassen received her M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Oregon in 2014. She joined Metcalf in 2014 following several projects drafting National Register nominations and HABs documents for State Historic Preservation Offices in North Dakota and Montana. Her role as an architectural historian at Metcalf includes architectural resource identification and evaluation for large linear surveys, visual impact assessment, historical research, and technical report writing.

Other North Dakota Staff:

  • Amie Kaiser, M.A. - Staff Archaeologist
  • Dierdre Snortland-Banks - Staff Archaeologist
  • Kimberly Troendle, B.S. - Staff Archaeologist
  • Shea Houston - GIS Technician
  • Jenifer Gray - Archaeological Technical Assistant

Jennifer Borresen Lee, M.A. - Regional Manager

Ms. Lee has an M.A. in Anthropology with an emphasis in Zooarchaeology from the University of Tennessee. For more than 15 years, she has worked in various field and laboratory positions for academic institutions, government agencies, and cultural resource management firms. Since joining Metcalf in 2003, Ms. Lee has directed field projects in Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. She heads the company's Montana operations, coordinating all work in the region. In addition, she is responsible for coordinating Metcalf's archaeological permits and overseeing the analysis, cataloguing, and curation of archaeological materials collected during Metcalf projects, including the management and training of laboratory staff.

Craig M. Lee, Ph.D., RPA - Research Director and Principal Investigator

Dr. Lee received an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Wyoming in 2001 and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Colorado in 2007. In addition to his experience with Metcalf, he has worked for federal and state agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management and the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office. He has also directed field projects in Alaska, Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming, and presented dozens of professional papers at international, national and regional conferences. He has published over 10 articles in peer reviewed journals, including American Antiquity and The Holocene. Dr. Lee has been employed by Metcalf on a part-time basis since 2004 and joined the staff full-time in 2008 as the company's Research Director. In addition to serving as a Quality Control officer for the company, Dr. Lee prepares proposals, manages projects, and serves as a point of contact for new and prospective clients. Outside of Metcalf, Dr. Lee serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Lamb Springs Archaeological Preserve and on the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Anthropological Association.

Dante Knapp, M.A.I.S., RPA - Principal Geoarchaeologist and Project Director

Mr. Knapp joined Metcalf in July 2013 as Principal Geoarchaeologist and Project Director for the LaRamie Soils Service (LRSS) Division. Mr. Knapp holds a Master’s degree from Oregon State University in applied anthropology and soil science with interdisciplinary concentrations in prehistoric archaeology, cultural resource management, geoarchaeology, and phytolith analysis. He has conducted archaeological fieldwork at a variety of sites in the Lower Salmon River Canyon, Idaho; Baja California, Mexico; the coastal regions of Oregon State; and the Northern Great Plains region. As the Principal Geoarchaeologist and Project Director for LRSS, Mr. Knapp is responsible for the full execution of geoarchaeological projects, including proposal design, implementation of all phases of fieldwork, final reporting, overseeing LRSS staff, and general division operations on a continual basis. He also serves as a member of MAC’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Communications Committee. Mr. Knapp believes in working directly with clients to develop context-based projects tailored to their individual needs, and helping clients to advance their goals through the integration of geoarchaeology as an iterative process.