Staff and Board
Executive Director: Jessica Lee Hamlin
Interim Archaeology Director: Phil Dering, PhD.
Science Director: Karen Steelman, PhD.
Project Archaeologist: Audrey Lindsay
Project Archaeologist: Tim Murphy
Archaeologist: Vicky Roberts
Finance and Operations Manager: Veronica Hackett
Development Coordinator: Emil Zuberbueler
Librarian and Technical Editor: Missy Harrington
Board of Directors:
President: Lacy Finley, Austin, TX
Vice President and Head of Research: Carolyn Boyd, PhD., San Marcos, TX
Secretary: Pansy Price, Austin, TX
Treasurer: David Graf, Del Rio, TX
Cami Cadena, Del Rio, TX
Kim Canseco, Austin, TX
Nancy Kenmotsu, Yakima, WA
Charles Lohrmann, Austin, TX
Elton Prewitt, Austin, TX
Steve Rode, Boerne, TX
Kay Watt, San Antonio, TX
Mike Webb, Dallas, TX
Emeritus Board Members:
Bill Cauthorn, Del Rio, TX
Jessica Lee Hamlin
Back when Jessica was starting out in college and studying with Carolyn, she got a front row seat to the founding of Shumla in 1998. In fact, she was Shumla’s second employee, acting as Assistant to the Director until she graduated in 2000. After her important experiences working in both the worlds of archaeology and business, in 2015 she was ready to come full circle to take on the role of the Executive Director. Now, she says, its clear that the paths she took early in her career prepared her for this, her “dream job.”
Karen Steelman, PhD
Karen received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas and a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Under the mentorship of Dr. Marvin W. Rowe (another long-time researcher in the Lower Pecos), Karen had the opportunity to blend her two interests – physical science and archaeology. As a recipient of a Watson Fellowship, Karen also studied art conservation at museums in Costa Rica, Chile, Australia, and Great Britain. Karen uses chemical analyses to identify pigments used by ancient artists and to radiocarbon date ancient rock paintings. Her methods include portable x-ray fluorescence, X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, plasma oxidation, and accelerator mass spectrometry.
Phil Dering, PhD
Carolyn Boyd, PhD
Founder, Shumla Endowed Research Professor and (ex officio) Head of Research at Shumla
In 1998, artist-turned-archaeologist Dr. Carolyn Boyd, founded an organization to preserve, study and share the unique and endangered ancient art of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands. Since then, Shumla has been a center of archaeological research, heritage preservation, community outreach and education for students of all ages.
Dr. Boyd received her PhD from Texas A&M University. She serves as the Shumla Endowed Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Texas State University and as a member of the Shumla Board of Directors. In this role, she is part of the Shumla Research Leadership Team, acting as ex officio Head of Research. She is the author of Rock Art of the Lower Pecos, published in 2003 by Texas A&M University Press and The White Shaman Mural: An Enduring Creation Narrative, published by the University of Texas Press in the fall of 2016 and winner of the 2017 Society for American Archaeology Scholarly Book Award. She has been published in numerous peer reviewed journals, such as Antiquity, American Antiquity, Latin American Antiquity, Revista Iberoamericana de Lingüística, and Archaeometry and has contributed chapters in several edited volumes. Boyd gives numerous lectures around the country and abroad, and serves on graduate committees.