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Allyson Brooks, Ph.D.
Allyson Brooks, Ph.D.
State Historic Preservation Officer / Director
Overall Program Administration, Budget, Legislative Relations.
Office: (360) 586-3066
Work hours:
  • Latest Hobbies?
    Crossfit, running with my dogs, weightlifting, photographing sunrises and some martial arts when I get the chance
  • What's on your ipod?
    Everything from Beethoven to Broadway Musicals to the Sex Pistols.
  • What did your parents do?
    Mum -Columnist for the NY Times; Dad-Labor Union attorney (including Actor's Equity on Broadway) I sat in a lot of cavernous empty Broadway theaters as a child while my father arbitrated labor disputes.
  • First job?
    Making french fries at Burger King.
  • First Album?
    Hunky Dory - David Bowie.
Greg Griffith
Greg Griffith
Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer
Comprehensive Planning, Environmental Project Review.
Office: (360) 586-3073
(360) 890-2617
Work hours: 8-5, Mon-Fri

Built Environment Unit

Michael Houser
Michael Houser
State Architectural Historian
National Register of Historic Places, Washington Heritage Register, Heritage Barn Register, Washington State Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Assessing the importance of your historic property, DAHP Website
Office: (360) 586-3076
(360) 890-2634
Work hours: 8-4:30, Mon-Fri
  • First Car?
    Believe it or not... A "pink" 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible.
  • Latest read?
    The Split Level Trap by Richard Gordon - 1960
  • Favorite Architect?
    Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris - otherwise known as Le Corbusier
  • Pets?
    LuLu (German Short-Haired Pointer), and Sparky (Domestic Shorthair Cat)
  • Hobbies?
    Creating the annual homemade Houser Family Christmas Card. Past designs include a playbill, an Oly-Girls Catalogue, and sratch-off lottery style tickets.
Kim Gant
Kim Gant
Certified Local Government Coordinator & Survey Program Manager
Certified Local Government Programs, Certified Local Government Grants, Historic Property Survey & Inventory, DAHP Blog.
Office: (360) 586-3074
(360) 584-5900
Work hours: 7-5, Mon-Thurs - Telecommute on Tuesdays.
  • First car?
    1989 Honda Civic
  • Pets
    Boo Boo Kitty and Lady, sweet sweet kitty cats. I'm almost a crazy cat lady.
  • Hobbies?
    In my spare time I make quilts and travel as much as possible.
  • Pet Peeve?
    Bad service
  • Favorite place to visit?
    Alaska. Went whitewater rafting on Sixmile Creek last year and it was unforgettable!
Nicholas Vann
Nicholas Vann
Historical Architect
Investment Tax Credit, Environmental Review of Historic Buildings, Heritage Capital Grants.
Office: (360) 586-3079
(360) 628-2170
Work hours: 7-5, Mon-Thurs
  • First car?
    Power Wheels. Red. "Pardon me, do you have any Grey Poupon?"
  • Guilty pleasure?
    Watching TV court shows and playing with LEGOs.
  • Pets?
    Walter - a Great Dane / German Shepherd rescue puppy, Edwin (who looks like a butler) - a Tuxedo cat, and Ella - a Russian Blue rescue cat.
  • Pet Peeve?
    Bad Mexican food, and when Houser makes up profile info about me before I can input info myself!
  • Favorite place to visit?
    You mean I have to pick one?! Definitely New Orleans.

Anthropology Unit

Guy Tasa , Ph.D.
Guy Tasa , Ph.D.
State Physical Anthropologist
Human Remains Identification, Preservation, Excavation, and Repatriation; RCWs 27.44, 68.50, 68.60
Office: (360) 586-3534
(360) 790-1633
Work hours: 6-4:30, Mon-Thurs
  • What was your first car?
    1970 Buick Skylark with big wide tires and lots of chrome.
  • Pet Peeve?
    I can't eat meat on the bone! Weird I know!!
  • What are your hobbies when your not busy at work?
    Pez Collecting, 20th Century Military History and closet geneologist.
  • Are you technologically challenged?
    No... but I don't let anyone know that.
  • Pets?
    Nootka - Minature American Eskimo Terrier Mix, Baghera & Penelope - Tuxedo Cats
Juliette Vogel
Juliette Vogel
Assistant State Physical Anthropologist
Human Remains Identification, Preservation, Excavation, and Repatriation; RCWs 27.44, 68.50, 68.60
Office: (360) 586-3075
(360) 890-2633
Work hours: 6-4:30, Mon-Thurs

Archaeological Unit

Rob Whitlam, Ph.D.
Rob Whitlam, Ph.D.
State Archaeologist
Archaeology, Environmental Review of Federal Projects involving Archaeology, Section 106 and GEO-0505, Volunteer Opportunities in Archaeology, Archaeology and Oil Spill Response.
Office: (360) 586-3080
(360) 890-2615
Work hours: 6-4:30, Mon-Thurs
  • What do you drive?
    My fisrt car was a 1968 Austin 1300. Now it’s a 1962 Land Rover Series IIA.
  • What are your hobbies when you’re not busy at work?
    Tinkering on the Land Rover.
  • Are you technologically challenged?
    No... and I prefer Ubuntu.. open source.
  • Do you have any Pets?
    Cisco—the Wonder dog, a rescue Chihuahua
Lance Wollwage, Ph.D.
Lance Wollwage, Ph.D.
Assistant State Archaeologist
Archaeology, Native American Burial Excavation Permits and Washington State Archaeological Excavation Permits, Data Sharing Agreements for GIS, and Rules Coordinator.
Office: (360) 586-3536
(360) 890-2616
Work hours: 7-3, Mon-Fri
  • What do you have that most others lack?
    Mandibular tori
  • What do you lack that most others have?
    Xyphoid process
  • What odd truth have you learned through experience?
    fter soaking and screening woodrat middens, the smell of amberat stays in your nose for days.
  • What do you read besides project proposals, consultation letters, and cultural resource reports?
    I am working through the list of Science Fiction Grand Masters.
Matthew Sterner
Matthew Sterner
Transportation Archaeologist
Archaeology and Native American issues relating to transportation projects.
Office: (360) 586-3082
(360) 280-7563
Work hours: 6:30-4:30, Mon-Thurs
  • What is your name?
    It is Arthur, King of the Britons.
  • What is your quest?
    To seek the Holy Grail.
  • What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
    What do you mean? An African or European swallow?
Dennis Wardlaw
Dennis Wardlaw
Transportation Archaeologist
Archaeology and Native American issues relating to transportation projects.
Office: (360) 586-3085
(360) 485-5014
Work hours: 7:30-5:00, Mon-Thurs; 7:45-4:30 Fri (off bi-weekly)
Gretchen Kaehler
Gretchen Kaehler
Local Government Archaeologist
Archaeology and Native American issues relating to local government projects and SEPA.
Office: (360) 586-3088
(360) 628-2755
Work hours: 9:00-7:00, Mon-Thurs
  • Why did you want to become an archaeologist?
    I didn’t. I wanted to be a veterinarian and then I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark!
  • Favorite Vacation?
    A month in Romania, playing with gypsy children, hiking in the Carpathians, getting locked in a graveyard at dusk, and sampling some very interesting cheeses.
  • What are your hobbies when you’re not busy at work?
    Traveling, hiking, running, reading, and volunteering at a horse rescue because I don’t have room for a horse of my own.
  • Biggest Weaknesses?
    Coffee, low-budget zombie movies and large dogs.
  • Do you have any Pets?
    Oreo – Tuxedo cat, Toby-Garfield cat, Clyde-Beagle, Misty-Great Pyrenees (satisfies my weakness for large dogs and takes the edge off not having my own horse).

Records Management Unit

Rick Anderson
Rick Anderson
Site Records Manager
GIS Data Management, Site Records and Inventory Research Management, and Public Records Officer.
Office: (360) 586-3070
Work hours: 7:30-5:30, Tues-Fri
  • Favorite food?
  • Most challenging travel?
    trains in India
  • Favorite band/music?
    The National
  • Next overseas travel destination?
Morgan McLemore
Morgan McLemore
GIS Cultural Resource Analyst
GIS quality control, database administration, Issuance of Archaeological Site Numbers and Forest Practice Application Review.
Office: (360) 586-3081
Work hours: 6:30-4:30, Mon-Thurs
  • What is your favorite hobby?
    SCUBA diving around the waters of the Pacific Northwest.
  • Most remote place you have ever hiked?
    Patagonia and Tierra Del Fuego
  • Other languages you speak?
Annie Strader
Resource Protection
GIS Cartographer.
Office: (360) 586-3078
Work hours: 7:30-5:30, Tues-Thurs & 7-5, Fri

Administrative Unit

Beverly Ubias
Beverly Ubias
Executive Assistant
Assistant to the director and administrative support.
Office: (360) 586-3077
Work hours: 8:00-4:30, Mon-Fri
Hannah Armitage
Hannah Armitage
Fiscal Analyst / Grants Manager
Financial management, grants and budget.
Office: (360) 586-3072
Work hours: 7:30-4pm M/W; 8:30-5pm T/Th/F
  • Favorite pastime?
    Watching football. Go Vikings!
  • Pets?
    Just one big fluffy cat, Piper.
  • Fun Fact?
    I have been adopted, twice! Once at 6 months, and then again at 18 years old.
  • Biggest pet peeve?
    Grumpy people. Also, when people use the wrong form of your/you’re or their/they’re/there.

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