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Interim Executive Director: Mary Whelan

Mary Whelan is the interim Executive Director of Digital Antiquity. Mary has worked as a partner with Digital Antiquity since 2008 but only recently joined the team as Executive Director (fall, 2018).  She earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology and spent 25 years practicing North American archaeology in the Canadian arctic and the American Midwest.  In 2003 she completed an M.S. in Geographic Information Systems and then worked as a GIS analyst for the Arizona Department of Transportation, Maricopa County and for the ASU Library before joining the Digital Antiquity team.
Mary can be reached at  or 480-965-2543.

Administrative Specialist: Charlene Collazzi

Charlene Collazzi is the Administrative Specialist for the Center of Digital Antiquity. Charlene has a keen interest in Archaeology, completing archaeological field schools in Chile, Panama, and Egypt before earning her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from UCLA. Since graduating, she has held various Administrative positions at UCLA Medical Center and most recently at the Boulder County Land Use Department in Colorado prior to joining the Digital Antiquity team in December 2018.

Charlene can be reached at or 480-965-1369.


Program Coordinator: Leigh Anne Ellison

Leigh Anne Ellison joined our staff in October 2012 as Sales and Marketing Coordinator. Ellison’s previous professional experience includes work as a Project Director for archaeological fieldwork in Mexico and Honduras, where she studied social variability among commoners. She also has considerable field experience in the US, working as a Field Archaeologist on various projects throughout Hawaii, Arizona, and Colorado. Ellison holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Art History from Wellesley College.

Leigh Anne advocates globally for Digital Antiquity and the use of tDAR for the long-term preservation of and access to archaeological data. She is the primary liaison between Digital Antiquity’s clients and customers for communications and product and service delivery.

Leigh Anne can be reached at or 480-965-1593.


Senior Digital Curator: Rachel Fernandez

Rachel Fernandez joined Digital Antiquity in January 2017 as the Digital Data Curator. With an interest in landscape archaeology and GIS applications, she has conducted field work in sites across the Mediterranean. In the U.S., Rachel has worked on cultural resource surveys, public assistance grants, and GIS applications for areas affected with natural disasters during her tenure with FEMA. Rachel holds a Master’s degree in Classical Archaeology from the University of Colorado Boulder and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Classics from the University of Florida.

Rachel can be reached at or 480-965-1602.


Founding Director: Francis McManamon

Frank McManamon is the Founding Director of Digital Antiquity. Before joining Digital Antiquity in November 2009, he was the Chief Archeologist of the National Park Service and Departmental Consulting Archeologist for the Department of the Interior in Washington, DC.  Dr. McManamon has been involved in the development of policy, regulations, and guidance for public archaeology in the National Park system and throughout the government.  He has special interests and expertise in archaeological resource management, the long-term access to and preservation of archaeological data, laws and regulations related to cultural resource management and historic preservation, and public outreach and education about archaeology and archaeological resources.

Frank represented the DoI in providing technical assistance to the COE and the Department of Justice on the Kennewick Man case and provided archaeological advice for the General Services Administration on the New York City African Burial Ground project.  He served as an expert member of the United States delegations to UNESCO negotiations on illegal artifact trafficking and the protection of underwater archeological resources.

Frank has conducted archeological investigations in eastern North America, Western Europe, and Micronesia.

With David Harmon and Dwight Pitcaithley, Frank edited a collection of essays, The Antiquities Act:  A Century of American Archaeology, Historic Preservation, and Nature Conservation, published in 2006 by the University of Arizona Press.  The book received a New Mexico Heritage Preservation Book Award in 2006.

Frank’s most recent professional publication is the four-volume encyclopedia, Archaeology in America(Greenwood Press, 2009), for which he is the general editor.

Frank can be reached at or 480-965-6510.


Digital Curator: Tyler Sutton

Tyler Sutton joined Digital Antiquity in March 2018 as a Digital Data Curator. Tyler served in the United States Air Force from 2010 to 2014 and started out as a student worker under the Veteran’s Curation Program assisting Digital Antiquity in 2016. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree From Arizona State University in the fields of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Homeland Security, and is currently working on his Graduate Program. Tyler also worked with his local police department as a Criminal Analyst using mapping technology in GIS to predict crime trends. His newfound interests have led him to becoming a full time curator with Digital Antiquity.

Tyler can be reached at or 480-965-1680.