The ACUA is composed of twelve directors 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: Jennifer McKinnon Contact
Vice-Chair: Jeneva Wright Contact
Secretary: Bert Ho Contact
Treasurer: Amy Mitchell-Cook Contact

Board Members


Athena Trakadas, Maritime Archaeologist, Environmental Archaeology and Materials Science, National Museum of Denmark

Kendra Kennedy, Cultural Resource Specialist, Argonne National Laboratory

Jeneva Wright, Archaeologist for Climate Change, Cultural Resources, Partnerships and Science, National Park Service


Bert Ho, Pacific Region Historic Preservation Officer/Marine Archaeologist , Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)

Caitlin Zant, Maritime Archaeologist and Science Communications, Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary

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


Jennifer McKinnon, Professor, East Carolina University

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

Amy Borgens, State Marine Archaeologist, Texas Historical Commission


Connie Kelleher, Senior Archaeologist
National Monuments Service, Department of House, Local Government and Heritage, National Monuments, Ireland

Megan Lickliter-Mundon, Team Lead Underwater Archaeology
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

Maddy Mc Allister, Senior Curator, Maritime Archaeology
Museum of Tropical Queensland, Australia

Treasurer (2023-2025)

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

Publications Editor (2022-2024)

Annalies Corbin, President and CEO, Past Foundation


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


Dave Ball, Regional Historic Preservation Office, Pacific OCS, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Marc-Andre Bernier, Manager (retired) Underwater Archaeology Team, Parks Canada
Toni L. Carrell, Vice President, Ships of Discovery
Amanda Evans, UNESCO Committee Chair; Maritime Services Practice Leader, Gray & Pape, Inc.
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, Director (retired), Cayman Islands National Museum
Pilar Luna Erreguerena (deceased)
Della Scott-Ireton, Associate Director, FPAN


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

Chelsea Colwell-Pasch, Colbr Consulting, Inc.
Susan Langley, Maryland Historical Trust
Garry Momber, Maritime Archaeology Trust
Martin Klein (retired), Martin Klein (emeritus member)
Aleck Tan, Cultural Resources Facility, GIS Management, Humboldt State University
Robert Yorke Joint Nautical Archaeology Policy Committee
Ole Varmer, The Ocean Foundation

Graduate Student Associate Members

Lindsay Wentzel, East Carolina University (2022-2023)
Stephani Sterling, East Carolina University (2022-2023)
Allyson Ropp, East Carolina University (2023-2024)
Alicia Johnson, Alexandria Center for Maritime Archaeology (2023-2024

Institutional Associate Members

Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology
Contact Person: Danielle Wilkinson
USA Contact: Maddy Fowler

Diving With a Purpose
Contact Person: Jay Haigler

Florida Public Archaeology Network
Contact Person: Della Scott-Ireton

International Committee on Underwater Cultural Heritage
Contact Person: Chris Underwood

Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (INAH)
Subdireccion de Arqueologial Subacuatica (SAS)
Contact Person: Roberto Junco

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: Michelle Damian

Nautical Archaeology Society
Contact Person: Peta Knott, Education Officer

Parks Canada, Underwater Archaeology Service
Contact Person: Jonathan Moore, Acting Manager

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