Alexandra Jones, PhD
Alexandra Jones, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Archaeology in the Community, is an education leader focused on community outreach and service. Dr. Jones has been an educator for more than 14 years; she has taught in multiple educational environments from primary schools to museums, colleges and camps. She obtained dual Bachelors of Arts degrees from Howard University in History and Anthropology in 2001. Dr. Jones became a classroom teacher and discovered she had a natural talent for teaching. In an effort to further her career as a teacher she continued her education by obtaining a Master’s degree in History from Howard University in 2003 and then attending University of California, Berkeley to obtain a Ph.D. in Historical Archaeology in 2010. She currently teaches people of all ages about archaeology. Dr. Jones worked for PBS’s television show Time Team America as the Archaeology Field School Director, where she directed field schools for junior high and high school students at each of the sites for the 2013 season. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Baltimore City Community College and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Baltimore.
Amelia Chisholm, MAA
Amelia Chisholm joined Archaeology in the Community in 2010. She received her B.S. in Anthropology with a concentration in Historical Archaeology from Mercyhurst College and her Master of Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Ms. Chisholm worked for 3 years as the Laboratory Director for Archaeology in Annapolis. While she worked with Archaeology in Annapolis, Amelia spent a lot of time working with the Banneker-Douglass Museum as an archaeological consultant on exhibits and working with educators to run an archaeology and history summer camp for Annapolis youth. During her time at the University of Maryland, Ms. Chisholm educated both college and graduate students in both classroom and laboratory situations in the practice of archaeology. Ms. Chisholm has also worked as Archaeological Laboratory Director at Historical Mount Vernon and for Brockington & Associates for the Veteran’s Curation Project.
Terry P. Brock, PhD
Terry Brock currently serves as the Research Archaeologist at the Montpelier Foundation. He completed his PhD in Anthropology at Michigan State University. He has a particular interest in public archaeology, specifically the use of digital social media as a tool for public engagement, and has designed a number of social media outreach plans for archaeology organizations such as the MSU Campus Archaeology Program, The Fairfield Foundation, and the Society for Historical Archaeology. At Montpelier, in addition to directing field projects, he manages the operations of their Public Expedition Programs, and has an interest in building hands-on learning opportunities for members of the public. He is also a co-founder of RVA Archaeology, a community advocacy group designed to protect and increase public engagement with Richmond, Virginia’s archaeological resources. You can learn more about Terry at http://terrypbrock.com
A native Washingtonian, Julita obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Computer Based Information Systems from Howard University in 2000. In 2003, she obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management. Julita is currently the Operations Manager for a minority-owned real estate development firm based in the District of Columbia where she has been able to capitalize on her analytical, financial, and organizational skills to implement sustainable processes, new systems, and best practices.
Spencer Chenier is a Development and Alumni Relations specialist with more than 10 years in the field. With experience in Alumni Outreach, Organizational and Club Development, Fundraising, Major Gifts, and Board Management, Spencer has experience in al aspects of the field. Additionally, he has experience in event planning and management for both large and small scale events. Outside of work, Spencer is a big family man and enjoys spending time with his wife Sheri and son S. Gregory.
Ali Bavugamenshi is an award winning audio engineer and director of photography for music videos and independent films. He has 15 years of experience in the field of live and studio productions. Ali was born and raised in the heart of Africa in Bujumbura Burundi. He moved to the United States to pursue a career in production and received his degree in television and film with a minor in animation from Howard University. Ali’s humble beginnings began on campus as he trained in production for Howard University’s PBS station, WHUT channel 32. His client base expanded tremendously post grad and includes ESPN, NBC, CBS, TV ONE, MLB, NFL, BET, MTV, MASN, FSN, NASCAR and HBO to name a few. In addition to his production skills, Ali is fluent in French, Kirundi, Swahili, Kinyarwanda and English.
Solai Sanchez graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Soon after graduating she began interning at Archaeology in the Community. During her time with AITC she has assisted with youth programs, traveled to Belize with Dr. Jones, and spent most of her time working on marketing campaigns for the non-profit. Solai Sanchez currently works at the Society for American Archaeology as the coordinator, membership and meetings where she is responsible for coordinating the volunteer program and other logistics for the SAA Annual Meeting.
Matthew Palus, PhD
Matthew Palus is a Senior Archeologist with The Ottery Group, Inc., a cultural resources management firm located in Kensington, Maryland. He holds a doctoral degree from Columbia University (2010), and a Master of Applied Anthropology degree from the University of Maryland College Park (2000). He has worked in Maryland archaeology for nearly 20 years, and specializes in mid- and later-19th and early 20th-century contexts, particularly the archeology and history of African Americans after Emancipation, and military sites archeology. He is co-author, with Paul Shackel, of They Worked Regular: Craft, Labor and Family in the Industrial Community of Virginius Island, an archeological study of factory workers in Harpers Ferry during the postbellum era, several book chapters and articles on the historical archeology of urban infrastructure, and numerous technical reports on projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
Cassandra Michaud, MA, RPA
Cassandra currently serves as Senior Archaeologist for Montgomery Parks, M-NCPPC, where she manages and interprets a variety of archaeological resources on park land. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Maryland, College Park and her M.A. from Boston University in Archaeological Studies. After graduate school, she spent a year at JPPM, before working throughout the Mid-Atlantic as a CRM consultant. Since 2009, her responsibilities with Parks have involved regular interaction with volunteers, students, and the general public as part of on-going archaeological projects across the county. When not at the Parks Archaeology lab at Needwood Mansion, she is usually at the Josiah Henson site, the location of a future museum on Henson and slavery in Montgomery County.