Who We Are

Officers, Members and Associates

The ACUA is composed of twelve men and women elected on a rotating basis for four-year terms by the membership of the Society for Historical Archaeology. It includes professionals from state and federal archaeology programs, museums, non-profit institutes, and avocational societies involved in underwater archaeology. It also includes professionals in the fields of conservation and education. Members hail from Europe, Canada, Australia, Mexico, South America, the Caribbean, and the US. Officer terms are three years. All terms expire at the ACUA business meeting held at the annual conference in January.


Chair: Marco Meniketti Contact

Vice-Chair: Brian Jordan Contact

Secretary: Ashley Lemke Contact

Treasurer: Amy Mitchell-Cook Contact

Board Members





James Spirek, State Underwater Archaeologist, South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology




Kelly Gleason



Kelly Keogh (Gleason), Maritime Archaeologist, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument




Dave Conlin




Dave Conlin, Chief, Submerged Resources Center, National Park Service




Susan Langley



State Underwater Archaeologist, Maryland Maritime Archaeology Program







Marco Meniketti




Marco Meniketti, Department of Anthropology, San Jose State University








Sarah Watkins-Kenney, Chief Conservator/QAR Lab Director, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources






Brian Jordan, Chief Branch of Environmental Consultation, BOEM






Amy Mitchell-Cook, History Department, University of West Florida




Ashley Lemke, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Texas at Arlington








Jennifer McKinnon, Assistant Professor, East Carolina University






Maddy Fowler, Assistant Professor, Flinders University









Sarah Holland, Principal Investigator, Gray & Pape, Inc.







Kimberly Faulk, Project Manager/Senior Archaeologist, Geoscience Earth & Marine Services F-E-T


Toni L. Carrell, Ships of Discovery
George R. Fischer (deceased)
Robert Grenier, Chief (retired), Underwater Archaeology Service, Parks Canada
Paul F. Johnston, Curator of Maritime History, NMAH, Smithsonian Institution
Peggy Leshikar-Denton, ICUCH, UNESCO Committee (SHA)
Pilar Luna Erreguerena, Subdirectora, Arqueologia Subacuatica, Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia


In addition to regularly elected members, the ACUA has Associate Members who provide their insights and expertise on technical issues, education, sport diver training, shipwreck preserves and management, and international issues. These associates may be either individuals, invited because of their particular expertise, or institutions, invited because of their long contributions to the field of underwater archaeology. Graduate Student Associates extend the council’s outreach to and input from the small but active community of students, who are the future of the field. All associate terms are two years.

Individual Associate Members

Dave Ball, Pacific Region Historic Preservation Officer and Tribal Liaison BOEM
Amanda Evans, SHA UNESCO Committee Chair; Coastal Environments Inc.
Martin Klein (retired), Klein Associates
Maximilliano Secci, University of Cypress, MARE
Marion Werkheiser, Cultural Heritage Partners

Graduate Student Associate Members

Tara van Niekerk,  East Carolina University (2018-2019)
Morgan Smith, Texas A&M University (2018-2019)
Keilani Hernandez, University of West Florida (2017-2018)
Arlice Marionneaux, University of West Florida (2016-2017)

Institutional Associate Members

Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology
Contact Person: David Steinberg
USA Contact: Jennifer McKinnon

Florida Public Archaeology Network
Contact Person: Della Scott-Ireton

Arqueologia Subacuatica, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia
Contact Person: Roberto Junco

Joint Nautical Archaeology Policy Committee
Contact Person: Robert Yorke

St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program
Contact Person: Chuck Meide

Maritime Archaeological and Historical Society
Contact Person: Steven Anthony

Museum of  Underwater Archaeology (MUA)
Contact Person: Kurt Knoerl

Nautical Archaeology Society
Contact Person:Chris Underwood, Project Director International Initiatives

PAST Foundation
Contact Person: Sheli Smith, Director of Operations

Parks Canada, Underwater Archaeology Service
Contact Person: Ryan Harris

To Contact any of the Board Members or Associates simply follow the Contact Us link.