Meet your OKPAN team! Each of us are dedicated to sharing archaeology with everyone and to helping you achieve the same goal. Have a question for a team member? Email her at OKArchaeology@gmail.com!
Bonnie Pitblado (Ph.D.), Executive Director of OKPAN
Bonnie is the Robert E. and Virginia Bell Endowed Professor of Anthropology at OU. She has been passionate about public archaeology for more than 20 years, having directed Utah State University’s Museum of Anthropology for a decade; conducted extensive Paleoindian-era field research with community partners in Idaho, Utah, and Colorado; and now founding OKPAN here in Oklahoma. Bonnie has published several papers about the relationship between archaeologists and members of the public, including a piece advocating for avocational-professional collaborations and one focused on the “how-tos” of collaboration. She also guest-edited and co-wrote two essays for a discussion of the collaboration process.
Meghan J. Dudley (M.A.), Director of OKPAN
Meghan is currently a master’s student at the University of Oklahoma. Although she studies Rocky Mountain landscape archaeology, she is fascinated by archaeology in our state and wants to share that fascination and passion with everyone! She has been involved with Project Archaeology and the Oklahoma Anthropological Society, and looks forward to bringing what she has learned to the OKPAN team.
Allison Douglas (M.A.), Assistant Director of OKPAN
Allison graduated from the University of Oklahoma with her B.A. in Anthropology in 2013, then completed her M.A. in Anthropology at the University of Kansas (KU) in 2015. Her research interests include archaeology of the Great Plains, the Archaic time period (8,000-2,000 years ago), lithic analysis, and archaeology of hunter-gatherers. She was a graduate teaching assistant during her time at KU, and enjoyed the opportunity of educating students about archaeology and anthropology. She is excited about what OKPAN can do to expand archaeological education further to the public!
Chelsy Heiney, OKPAN Intern
Chelsy is currently a junior at the University of Oklahoma pursuing her degree in sociocultural anthropology. Her main areas of interest and research include Native American rights, visual anthropology, and ethnographic writing. Having a passion for archaeology as well, Chelsy has previously conducted lithic analysis work at OU, and she is excited to bring a sociocultural perspective to the OKPAN team.
Lauren Romero, OKPAN Intern
Lauren is a third year undergraduate anthropology student at the University of Oklahoma. A recent transfer, Lauren brings an artistic perspective to the OKPAN team and seeks to achieve a balance between public engagement, visual sovereignty, and the science fields. She aspires to build healthy relationships with Oklahoma’s tribes by opening a discourse about the interplay of culture and its artistic manifestations. Lauren is also working to engage the University of Oklahoma’s archaeologists in projects abroad.
Maddie Currie, OKPAN Intern
Maddie Currie is second-year undergraduate Anthropology student at the University of Oklahoma and a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She recently attended OU’s 2016 field school in Abiquiu, New Mexico, where she worked on an early Tewa site. Maddie has loved archaeology and history for her entire life and is especially passionate about connecting Tribes and rural communities to archaeology.