The class of '95
One of the many ever-changing field crews from 1995.
Standing from left: Dr. Billy May, Dr. Gene Rowe, Joan Herrera, Bill
Gifford, Don Munroe, Mark Renz, Ken Kirkpatrick II, Andy Hemmings,
Jewl Pozefsky, Terry McKibben, and Jack Simpson. Kneeling: Joe
Latvis and Brian Yates. On all fours: Miss Fossil
Photo Jack Simpson
BY MARK RENZ , MARY GOUCHNOUR, KEN KIRKPATRICK AND
We never cease to be amazed at the
diversity of personalities, occupations, educational backgrounds,
socioeconomic stations, geographic origins, avocational interests and
ages represented among volunteers who collectively become the field
crew each year. The following mini-biographies are a glimpse into the
multidisciplinary, multidimensional, multifaceted "Class of
PAUL AUGHEY, 28, is a computer programmer in
Tallahassee, and is pursuing a degree in archaeology and computer
science. He's also in charge of dry cave surveys in North Florida.
DAVE BALL, 30, of Oakland, CA. is part of the
Academic Diving Program for Florida State University. He is working
toward a Master's degree in anthropology at FSU. The Aucilla is one
of at least 12 archaeological projects for Dave.
JODY BARKER, 39, lives in Orlando, FL, where he
works as a welder. "I've worked as a volunteer for many projects,"
said Jody, "but none like this one".
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STEVE DOORBAR, 31, of Los Angeles, CA is pursuing a
degree in archaeology at the University of Florida. He has a B.A. in
DANIEL FALT, 23, of Gainesville is currently
completing his master's thesis on terminal Pleistocene lithic
artifacts from Somalia, and he looks forward to doing more research
on maritime adaptations in both the Old and New World.
GRAYAL FARR, 52, of Winter Haven, FL. is retired
from the Army, holds a B.A. in history from Florida State University
and is currently a first semester graduate student in anthropology/
archaeology at FSU.
JONATHAN FAUCHER, 23, has a B.A. in anthropology
from the University or Arizona, is a grad student at Texas A&M,
and a dive instructor. Jonathan has archaeological project experience
from Arizona's Morona Mound.
WILLIAM O, GIFFORD, 46, of DeLeon Springs, FL is a
dive instructor, and has participated in at lease 20 natural science
STEVE CLOVER 47, has a B. A. degree in English, and
is semi-retired from advertising/graphic arts. "Witnessing the
elephant remains was a transcendental experience," he said.
MARY ELIZABETH GOUCHNOUR, 37, of Newberry, FL was
educated as a radiation therapist, and is currently pursuing an A.A.
degree in anthropology. Because her dad was a surgeon and respected
amateur archaeologist/river diver, she grew up in a house full
offossils, artifacts and great discussions about the natural
EDWARD M, GREEN, 65, of Springhill, FL is retired
from Ford Motor Company. He has a B.A. degree in history from
Michigan State University. He's a 35 year member ofthe Michigan
Archaeological Society, and a longtime veteran volunteer for the
ANDY HEMMINGS. See
TOM KELLEY, 45, of Miami, FL. Tom lives in
Tallahassee, where he works as a residential building contractor.
KEN KIRKPATRICK, 26, of Moody Air Force Base, GA is
in maintenance management with the U.S. Air Force. "This project
enables one to connect himself with the past through exposure to a
12,000 year-old Paleo Indian site," he said.
ROBERT L, KNIGHT, 47, of Gainesville, FL is an
environmental scientist with a Ph.D. in ecology. "This is the most
exciting archaeological project underway in Florida right now," he
JOE KOESTELNIK, 35, of Gainesville, FL works as an
environmental analytical chemist. Joe has a B.S. in chemistry from
the University of Florida.
HANK KRATT, 33, of Tallahassee, FL is an
undergraduate in anthropology at Florida State University. "This was
definitely a chance to work with a great bunch of people," he said.
WILLIAM B, MAY, 67, of Richmond, VA is currently a
dentist in Richmond. He has a B.S. degree, a Master of Humanities
degree and is a D.D.S. His volunteer projects are many, including the
Dry Tortugas, Bermuda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Beliz, Turks and Cacos.
TERRY MCKIBBEN, 35, of Orlando FL is an
ex-carpenter who holds an A.A. degree and is working on a B.S. in
CHUCK MEIDE, 24, of Jacksonville, FL teaches
underwater archaeology as a graduate student at Florida State
University. Chuck has an M.S. degree in anthropology. He has helped
with underwater excavations for the LaSalle shipwreck in Matagorda,
TX, and Little Salt Spring near Punta Gorda.
MATT MIHLBACHLER, 22, of Sigel, IL is currently an
under graduate anthropology major at Carbondale, IL. As a direct
result of his 1995 participation in the ARPP, Matt is applying to the
University of Florida as an undergraduate specializing in vertebrate
MARK PETER MUNIZ. See
DON MUNROE, 45, of Gainesville, FL has a degree in
Nuclear Engineering from the University of Florida and works there as
radiation safety officer. It's his second season with the Aucilla
project. "This is a great opportunity for amateurs to work side by
side with professionals", he said.
MICHAEL L, NOLAN, 33, of Pierson, FL is a broker
and grower of decorative foliage. This is Michael's second natural
science project, the first being an archaeological survey at DeLeon
Springs. "We are over-payed", he said referring to the work the
volunteers took part in.
ROBERT PATTON, 25, of Gainesville is now
researching the development of complex political relationships among
the prehistoric peoples of Florida. His master's thesis (soon
available from the Florida Museum of Natural History's Southwest
Florida Project) explored this topic through the shell artifacts from
the Pineland site, in Lee county.
DAWN FINDER, 37, of Jacksonville, FL has a B.A. in
religion and a Master's degree in social work. In the "real world"
she's a private consultant and human resources trainer. "I don't
really have a great interest in science", said Dawn, "but I lo\ie
playing in the mud."
JEWEL K. POZEFSKY, 71, of Altamonte Springs, FL has
an M.S. degree in math. Her volunteer projects include the Museum of
the Rockies in Montana, Hunters Creek in Kissimmee, and Thomas Farm
in Gilchrist County. "I'm looking forward to the results of the
Aucilla project from what we found in May. The pictures were great;
the tape looked as if we were in the Amazon."
MARK RENZ, 4·0, of Punta Gorda FL works as
operations manager for Babcock Wilderness Adventures. He also
operates Fossil Expeditions a guide service to local vertebrate
fossil beds and teaches "Fossiling Without A Ph.D." a continuing
education class at Edison Community College in Fort Myers.
EUGENE T. ROWE. See
"Volunteer Profile Spotlight”
RANDY RUSH, 49, of Miami, FL has a B.A. degree in
business administration and is currently a diver for an engineering
company as well as part owner of Sea Hawk Diving Center in Homestead,
DAVE THULMAN, 40, Tallahassee has a B.A. degree in
anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from
George Washington University. Dave is a senior attorney for the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
BILL TILDEN, 61, of Sopchoppy, FL has worked
extensively as a surveyor in the EvergIades, Naples, Fort Myers,
Brooksville and Tampa. "We're trying to get the dead to talk," said
Bill of the project.
FRANK WILLSON, 68, of Lake County, FL has a B.S. in
chemical engineering, and is retired from the petrochemical industry.
Besides the Aucilla, he has worked as a volunteer for the DeLeon
LOIS WILLSON, 64, of Lake County, I'L is a retired
legal secretary. "You should have seen the look on my face when I saw
how quickly the food I cooked (for project members) disappeared," she
said. "I had a ball up there, all the people were great and worked
BRIAN PATRICK WOODS, 28, of Northern Ireland now
lives in Minneaprrlis, MN, where he works in the banking industry. He
has a B.A. in journalism, a B.A. in history from the University of
Minnesota, and an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas in
BRIAN YATES, 24-, of Tallahassee, FL is a graduate
student in anthropology at Florida State University, focusing on
underwater archaeology, human osteology and diving sciences. He's
been involved in at least 10 projects, and is a member of Florida
State University's Academic Diving Program.