OUR STAFF


Dedicated. Passionate. Resilient.

Each staff member contributes unique perspectives and experiences that advance Crow Canyon’s mission. Collectively, we are committed to inspire ourselves and others to learn.

Jonas Kurronen

Education Manager

Jonas oversees a team of experienced educators, develops curricula for students of all ages with a focus on relationship building and engaging activities.

Steve Copeland

Field Archaeologist

Steve enjoys teaching aspects of archaeological investigations in the field.

Sarah Payne

Chief Outreach Officer

Sarah connects Crow Canyon’s community through media, outreach, and communication efforts, and oversees Cultural Explorations.

R. J. (Reuven) Sinensky

Laboratory Manager; 2011 Archaeobotany Intern

Rebecca Hammond

Educator and American Indian Outreach Manager; 1991 Lab Intern

Becky is an experienced educator, founding member of the Native American Advisory Group, and a talented beader.

Susan Montgomery

Project Assistant; Lab Volunteer

Susan is a Crow Canyon Earthwatch alumna and experimental potter interested in the archaeology of southwestern peoples.

Kate Thompson

Program Manager

Kate is an adventure-travel coordinator and guide, with a passion for river corridors and backcountry wilderness.

Jeremy Grundvig

2021 Education Intern; Mission Associate

Jeremy studies Geographic Information Sciences at the University of Arizona and is interested in spatial correlations between agriculture, trade and architecture in the ancient Southwest.

Robbin Laws

System Administrator

Robbin is responsible for managing, troubleshooting, and updating hardware and software to minimize downtime and keep our IT systems secure.

Judy Dove

Human Resources Manager

Judy monitors compliance and best practices for Crow Canyon, and onboards new employees.

Johnny Walker

Facilities Director; 2008 Field Intern

Johnny has a background in archaeology and sustainable building, and loves to imagine where Crow Canyon will be in ten years.

Dave Satterwhite

Field Manager

Dave is an archaeologist interested in the integration of Indigenous knowledge, perspectives, and interpretations of the archaeological record.

Tayler Hasbrouck

Community Outreach Manager

Tayler helps people forge bonds with diverse peoples through travel and experiential education.

Shawn K. Collins

Database and Enrollment Manager

Shawn preserves data integrity and manages program enrollment in our customer relationship management (CRM) system.

Carla Hoehn

Chief Financial Officer

Carla manages financial budgeting, planning, record-keeping, and reporting.

David Boyle

Program Manager

David is a program manager and a believer in the power of place and story.

Susan Ryan

Executive Vice President of the Research Institute

Susan is a scientist who researches the built environment and community formation in the ancient Southwest.

Rebecca Renteria

American Indian Initiatives Outreach Coordinator; 2023 American Indian Initiatives Intern; 2022 Lab Intern

Rebecca (she/her) is a Ph.D. student in Arid Lands Resource Sciences at the University of Arizona with a focus on archaeology, K–12 culturally relevant curriculum development, school gardens, and community health.

Jonathan Dombrosky

2021–2023 Postdoctoral Scholar; Research Associate; 2015 Field Intern

Jon is a zooarchaeologist broadly interested in human-environment interactions from the past to the present.

Alicia Benally

Educator

Alicia is an Indigenous archaeological educator with a passion for bridging tribal perspectives and archaeology to foster collaboration and a more inclusive history.

Jenn Peeso

Advancement Specialist

Jenn provides guidance on strategic fundraising and stewardship plans to effectively meet donor-funded goals for Crow Canyon.

Jamie Merewether

Collections Manager

Jamie is interested in material culture and what it can tell us about life in the past.

Adam Kackstetter

Program Manager

Adam loves the natural world and enjoys learning, growing, breathing, and spending time with people.

Jeanne Becker

Advancement Manager

Jeanne processes all donations, manages special events, coordinates Board activities, and organizes Crow Canyon’s Advancement efforts.

Sarah Pretzer

Major & Planned Gifts Officer

Sarah works with visionary friends who want to help ensure the vitality and future of the organization.

Kate Hughes

Laboratory Analyst; 2006 Intern

Kate is interested lithic and textile technologies, Southwestern and Great Basin archaeology, and public archaeology.

EJ White

Controller

EJ oversees payroll, receivables and payables and works with department heads on grant budgets and financial reporting.

Grant Coffey

Research Database Manager

Grant is interested in how communities organize, evolve, and interact with each other.

Jon Ghahate

Educator

Jon is from the Pueblos of Laguna and Zuni, and a member of the Turkey and Badger clans. As an Educator at Crow Canyon, Jon works with students to develop accurate, credible, and respectful narratives of Southwest cultures.

Ben Bellorado

Laboratory Director; 2017 Lister Fellow

Ben is an archaeologist with a keen interest in how textiles, textile imagery, tree-rings, and pottery reveal clues about social identities.

Elizabeth (Liz) M. Perry

President & CEO; 1995 Education Intern

Liz is the President and CEO of Crow Canyon. She joined the Board in 2016 and was hired as CEO in January 2018. Liz works closely with the Board to oversee finances, programming, and long-term strategic planning.

Melissa Thate

Maintenance Technician

Fixes all the things. Enjoys helping people. No project too big or too small. Need something, just ask. Will help you with anything at all.