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: Ashley Lemke Contact
Vice-Chair: Jennifer McKinnon Contact
Secretary: Jeneva Wright Contact
Treasurer: Joe Hoyt Contact

Board Members


Jennifer McKinnon, Assistant Professor, East Carolina University

Maddy Fowler, Senior Research Fellow, University of Southampton

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


Joe Hoyt, National Maritime Heritage Coordinator (Interim)
NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

Jean-Sebastien Guibert, Associate Professor Archaeology
Unversité des Antilles


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

Kendra Kennedy, Cultural Resource Specialist, Argonne National Laboratory

Jeneva Wright, Underwater Archaeologist supporting Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) Partnerships and Innovations Directorate (SNA International contractor)


Bert Ho, Chief of Cultural Resources and Museum Management, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Caitlin Zant, Maritime Archaeologist, Wisconsin Historical Society

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


Marco Meniketti, Professor, Department of Anthropology, San Jose State University 


Dave Ball, Regional Historic Preservation Office, Pacific OCS, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
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, Cayman Islands National Museum
Pilar Luna Erreguerena (deceased)


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

Susan Langley, Maryland Historical Trust
Amy Mitchell-Cook, History Department, University of West Florida
Garry Momber, Maritime Archaeology Trust
Martin Klein (retired), Klein Associates (emeritus member)
Robert Yorke Joint Nautical Archaeology Policy Committee
Ole Varmer, The Ocean Foundation

Graduate Student Associate Members

Kirsten Hawley, Indiana University (2020-2021)
Dominic Bush, East Carolina University (2021-2022)
Therese Westman, Florida State University (2021)
Jack Pink, University of Southampton (2021-2022)

Institutional Associate Members

Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology
Contact Person: Stirling Smith
USA Contact: Jennifer McKinnon

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

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

PAST Foundation
Contact Person: Annalies Corbin, President and CEO

Parks Canada, Underwater Archaeology Service
Contact Person: Marc-Andre Bernier, Manager

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