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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. _____________________________________________________________________

Lead Digital Software Engineer: Jim deVos

Jim deVos is a Digital Software Engineer, responsible for tDAR’s development, maintenance, and web presence. He worked at tDAR in the early days, and has now rejoined our team to help us move forward into our second decade. Jim has extensive experience in web application development, having worked at Qwest, Honeywell, the ASU Library and Digital Antiquity. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from ASU.

Jim can be reached at or 480-965-6533.


Post-Doctoral Researcher: Katherine Dungan

Katherine Dungan is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at Digital Antiquity. She is currently working with large databases, and associated data tables from a series of projects around Theodore Roosevelt Lake in central Arizona. The goal is to make the data re-usable by future researchers. In her past research, she has worked on multiple field- and collections-based archaeological projects in the U.S. Southwest, addressing a broad range of topics including ceramic production, religious architecture, borderlands, and spatial analysis. Katherine holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona. Before coming to ASU, she worked for several years as a researcher and educator for the Tucson-based non-profit Archaeology Southwest.

Katherine can be reached at .


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. _____________________________________________________________________

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. ______________________________________________________________________