Introducing the Current Board of Directors:
President: Paul Racher
Paul Racher is a Principal at ARA Ltd, Ontario’s oldest archaeological and heritage consulting firm. Since starting there in 1986, he has directed the completion of several hundred archaeological and cultural heritage contracts. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Prehistoric Archaeology from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology from McMaster University. Outside of his duties at ARA, Paul has devoted much of his time to bridging the gap between archaeologists and Indigenous communities.
President Elect: Alicia Hawkins
Vice President: Rob Pihl
Treasurer: Debbie Steiss
Director of Public Outreach: Matthew Beaudoin
At present, Matthew is the Manager of Archaeological Assessments at Timmins Martelle Heritage Consultants Inc. and teaches part-time at Western University. Many of his ongoing research projects are related to the interpretation of 19th-century sites, colonial and post-colonial archaeologies, the public perception of archaeology, and the contemporary consequences of archaeological practice. In addition, Matthew is an avid homebrewer and teaches an 'Archaeology of Beer and Brewing' course at Western University.
Director of Student Services: Nicole Brandon
Director of Membership Services: Bill Ross
Bill recently retired from Ross Archaeological Research, which he started in 2002, specializing in cultural resource management. Prior to consulting, he worked for the Ontario government for 25 years first as the Regional Archaeologist for North Central Ontario and then as Senior Archaeologist serving an area from the Upper Great Lakes to Hudson's Bay and from Quebec to Manitoba.
He has authored or co-authored articles in Ontario Archaeology, The Wisconsin Archaeologist, Radiocarbon, The Journal of Archaeological Science, Geoarchaeology, and several other publications. Bill continues to conduct archaeological research in Northern Ontario as an avocation and is a Professional Associate with the Department of Anthropology, Lakehead University.
Director of Heritage Advocacy: Margie Kenedy
Her interests span from early hunter-gatherer mobility to present-day archaeological management plans, but she is also interested in everything in between. She is passionate about sharing the knowledge, data, and artifacts collected in Ontario with the general public.
She lives with her husband on a small farm with a slowly diminishing menagerie of horses, a dog, and a cat.
She does not have any spare time, but if she did, she would enjoy travelling to warmer climates, reading about warmer climates, and simply heat in general (written during a cold snap).
She is looking forward to serving the archaeological community on the OAS board.
Director of Avocational Services: William (Bill) Fox
Director of Publications: Grant Karcich
Director of Chapter Services: Amy St. John
Between 2011 and 2013 Amy worked in field and lab settings with Cultural Resources Management firms in southeastern Ontario. She is interested in preserving and interpreting the material culture of Ontario (with a focus on ceramics research and material science) to further understandings of past cultural traditions and ways of life. When not working on her dissertation, Amy enjoys gardening and equestrian activities.
Annual OAS Board of Directors Reports