Staff

Melissa Andrade

Architectural Historian

mandrade@palinc.com

Ms. Andrade has worked in cultural resource management since 2014. She received her M.Des. in Historic Preservation from Boston Architectural College in 2017. In 2014, she received a B.A. in Cultural and Historic Preservation and a B.A. in American Studies from Salve Regina University. Ms. Andrade joined PAL in 2014 as an Assistant Architectural Historian and was promoted to the position Architectural Historian in April 2017. At PAL, she specializes in architectural surveys, regulatory compliance, archival and photographic documentation, local inventory forms, historic tax credits, and National Register of Historic Places documentation. 

Prior to joining PAL, Ms. Andrade interned with National Park Service, in the Boston National Historical Park’s Cultural Resources Division at the Charlestown Navy Yard as the archives assistant. She has also interned with the City of Newport, RI Preservation Planner and the Newport Historical Society. She is a member of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Boston Preservation Alliance, and the New England Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians. She is certified in OSHA’s 29 CFR 1910.120(e) 40-Hour Hazardous Waste/Emergency Response. 
 

Jennifer Banister

Project Archaeologist

jbanister@palinc.com

Ms. Banister has worked in cultural resource management since 1997 and meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation (48 FR 44716). She received her B.A., Cum Laude, in 1997 from Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York and completed the coursework for her M.A. in Historical Archaeology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Prior to joining PAL in 2004 she worked for several cultural resource institutions including the Center for Cultural and Environmental History (UMass Boston), the National Park Service’s Northeast Cultural Resource Center (Lowell, MA), the Massachusetts Historical Commission, the R. S. Peabody Museum (Andover, MA), and the Public Archaeology Facility (Binghamton University, NY). Relevant experience includes all phases of archaeological excavation across the Northeast, report preparation, artifact analysis, and collections management. Ms. Banister specializes in post-contact period archaeology and historic ceramic identification but also has extensive experience working on pre-contact period and industrial sites.

As a PAL project archaeologist, she is responsible for basic project coordination, supervising and coordinating all phases of fieldwork, archival and background research, artifact analysis, and authoring and preparing technical reports that meet federal and state guidelines. She has authored more than 60 technical reports for projects conducted in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Ms. Banister has completed the 40-hour hazardous waste/emergency response (HAZWOPER), 8-hour supervisory HAZWOPER, and OSHA 10-hour General Industry Regulation courses and is certified in basic first aid and CPR. She is also a certified open water diver and a member of the Society for Historical Archaeology, the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology, and the New England Museum Association.

Ora Elquist

Principal Investigator

OElquist@palinc.com

Ms. Elquist has extensive experience in archaeology dating back to 1996, and has worked in cultural resource management since 2002. Ms. Elquist meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation (48 FR 44716). Prior to joining PAL in 2006, Ms. Elquist worked in Minnesota for Summit Envirosolutions as a project archaeologist and laboratory supervisor. Ms. Elquist has extensive experience in all phases of survey and excavation and has worked on numerous projects involving federal, state, municipal and Native American tribal agencies, as well as private developers and landowners. She has worked on a wide range of projects including a variety of utility projects, housing and other private developments, pipelines, state land transfers, highway projects, construction monitoring, and burial recovery projects. Ms. Elquist has experience in every stage of projects including conducting extensive background research, health and safety and other project coordination, performing and supervising field work and documentation, laboratory cataloging and analysis, and technical report writing.

A pre-contact archaeology specialist, Ms. Elquist has experience in archaeology and research in Idaho, the Midwest, the Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic regions as well as England and Scandinavia. In addition, Ms. Elquist has experience and training in faunal analysis and taphonomy, environmental archaeology, paleoecology, soil science and geomorphology.  Ms. Elquist received a B.A. in Anthropology from Boise State University and an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut-Storrs. 

Kate Erickson

Archaeologist/ Laboratory Analyst

kerickson@palinc.com

Ms. Erickson joined PAL in 2008 as an Archaeologist and has since become a Laboratory Assistant. She has several years of professional experience in cultural resource management in both the Northeast and Caribbean. Ms. Erickson previously worked as a Graduate Research Assistant and Field Technician at the Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Prior to her work at the Fiske Center, Ms. Erickson worked for several cultural resource management firms throughout New England. Her work at these firms included the excavation, processing, identification and cataloging of a broad range of archaeological collections. In addition, she has contributed to and co-authored a number of technical reports for the states of New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. 

Ms. Erickson received her B.A. in Cultural and Historic Preservation from Salve Regina University (2003) and completed her M.A. at University of Massachusetts, Boston in the Historical Archaeology Program in 2010.

Erin Flynn

Project Archaeologist

eflynn@palinc.com

Ms. Flynn received her B.S. in Anthropology from Bridgewater State College with concentrations in Public Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology.

Before starting at PAL, she volunteered at the Robbins Museum of Archaeology in conjunction with the Massachusetts Archaeological Society, working on various projects including an inventory of all donated collections at the museum. She also volunteered for RIMAP, an underwater archaeology grant based project.

Since joining PAL in 2001, Ms. Flynn has worked on all phases of archaeological investigation in Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Vermont for federal, state, and local agencies, and private clients. She has supervised various phases of projects, including a large utility project in Massachusetts.

Ms. Flynn is certified in OSHA’s 29 CFR 1910.120(e) 40-Hour Hazardous Waste/Emergency Response training for the investigation of archaeological resources in hazardous environments.

Charles Hartfelder

Architectural Historian - Industrial Resources

chartfelder@palinc.com

Dr. Hartfelder joined PAL in 2018 following internships with Maine Preservation, Maine Historical Society, and the Prince’s Foundation for Traditional Building. He has focused primarily on architectural survey and historic tax credits, as well as the appreciation and application of traditional arts within the field of historic preservation. He brings specific expertise in early industrial practices and the evaluation of historic industrial landscapes.

Dr. Hartfelder holds a dual BA in Archaeology and Political Science from Syracuse University and a PhD in Architectural History and Archaeology from the University of Durham in the United Kingdom. He is also an avid woodworker and worked previously as a carpenter and apprentice mason, predominantly with structures c.1840-1910.

Jessica Horn

Archaeologist

jhorn@palinc.com

Jess Horn graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz in the winter of 2007, receiving a BA in Anthropology with a concentration in Archaeology, and holds personal and research interest in Osteology. Since completing her field school with the same university in 2005, Jess has been consistently working in the field of Cultural Resource Management.

Starting her career first in the Hudson Valley with the CRM firm City/Scape, Ms. Horn then joined the Louis Berger Group with whom she worked in 12 of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states on a variety of projects including transmission and pipeline intensive surveys, large scale data recoveries, and cemetery relocations.

Ms. Horn is first-aid and CPR certified, HAZMAT and HAZWOPER certified, and has completed multiple OSHA training and certification courses since joining PAL in 2012. With PAL, Ms. Horn has a worked on both pre-historic and historic sites of all phases in Mass. (including Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod), Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

Kristen Jeremiah

Project Archaeologist

kjeremiah@palinc.com

Ms. Jeremiah graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology from James Madison University in 2003, and is currently pursuing her CRM archaeology Master’s degree through Saint Cloud State University, Saint Cloud, Minnesota. She has worked in cultural resource management for over 11 years and has recently re-joined PAL after working for several other companies, including SWCA Environmental Consultants (SWCA), Moore Archaeological Consulting, Inc. (MAC), and the Archaeological Consultants of the Pacific (ACP).

Ms. Jeremiah specializes in pre-contact archaeology, but has been involved with numerous historic and industrial sites. She has extensive experience will all phases of archaeological field work, and has been involved with sites dating from Paleo-Indian Period to the twentieth century, including federal government superfund sites and highly sensitive Native American sites. Ms. Jeremiah is a member of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA), and has completed basic first aid and CPR training.

Michelle Johnstone

Assistant Architectural Historian

mjohnstone@palinc.com

Ms. Johnstone earned her B.A. in History from Worcester State University in 2014.  Following graduation, she earned an M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont in 2016. Michelle has previously worked for the Vermont Historical Society as a Collections Intern, and for the University of Vermont as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for courses on U.S. History since 1865.  Ms. Johnstone joined PAL as an Assistant Architectural Historian in August of 2016.

Tracy Jonsson

Assistant Architectural Historian

tjonsson@palinc.com

Ms. Jonsson earned her B.S. in Historic Preservation from Roger Williams University in 2012. Following graduation she interned at the Newport Historical Society as a Buchanan/Burnham Intern researching the Rhode Island Charter for exhibit development purposes. Tracy has previously worked for the Museum of Yachting as a curator assistant and the Newport Preservation Society as a Visitor Experience Associate. In 2018 she completed an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Roger Williams University. Ms. Jonsson joined PAL as an Assistant Architectural Historian in March 2019.

John Kelly

Project Archaeologist

jkelly@palinc.com

Mr. Kelly graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut in 2008, and then earned an M.A. in Historical Archaeology from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2011. He has been involved in cultural resource management since 2006 and joined PAL in 2011 after working for several other companies, including the Public Archaeology Survey Team, University of Massachusetts Archaeological Services, and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center.

Mr. Kelly specializes in historical archaeology, with previous research focusing on Native Americans in the colonial era, although he has also been involved with numerous projects concerned with pre-contact sites. Since joining PAL, he has also become certified in hazardous waste operations and emergency response (HAZWOPER). Mr. Kelly is a member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) and the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA).

Laura J. Kline

Architectural Historian

lkline@palinc.com

Ms. Kline has worked in cultural resource management since 2005. She received her M.A. in Preservation Studies from Boston University in 2007 and has a Sc.B. in Civil Engineering from Brown University. Her prior professional experience included technical writing for an engineering software company. Before joining PAL in 2008, Ms. Kline worked for Tremont Preservation Services in Boston and volunteered for several local preservation organizations in Rhode Island.

At PAL, Ms. Kline specializes in the preparation of National Register nominations, eligibility assessments, local inventory forms, and architectural surveys and compliance documentation for MEPA, Section 106, and Section 4(f) projects, including project impact assessments. Ms. Kline also has experience preparing preservation plans and tax credit applications. Ms. Kline maintains a membership to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and serves on the Historic District Commission for the City of Cranston, Rhode Island.

Sean Luttge

Project Archaeologist

sluttge@palinc.com

Mr. Luttge has worked in cultural resource management since 2007. He earned his BA in Anthropology, magna cum laude, from Rhode Island College in 2006, and then went on to receive his Master of Letters with merit in Professional Archaeology from the University of Glasgow in 2008. Mr. Luttge's academic work in Scotland focused on hands-on experience with advanced survey methods, GIS and GPS mapping and software applications, and project and personnel management within a CRM environment.

During graduate school, Mr. Luttge worked for The Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division, assisting in Phase III archaeological investigations by recording archaeological features and artifacts through photographs, measured drawings, and written descriptions.

Since joining PAL, Mr. Luttge has worked on all phases of archaeological projects in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. His primary training and expertise lies in the identification of pre-contact (prehistoric) cultural material and features, but through his field and laboratory work at PAL he has also developed a strong foundation in historic period sites as well.

Mr. Luttge is proficient in all levels of field excavation and documentation, the use of survey equipment, and both digital and print photography. He is trained in hazardous waste operations and emergency response (HAZWOPER) for the investigation of archaeological resources in hazardous environments and is also certified for Basic First Aid and Adult CPR through the American Heart Association.

Heather Olson

Laboratory Manager

holson@palinc.com

Ms. Olson earned her BA in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut and her MA in Anthropology from Louisiana State University. She has over eighteen years of experience in archaeology and twelve years of experience in cultural resource management, focusing on historical archaeology and material culture analysis throughout the northeastern, mid-Atlantic, and southeastern United States. Ms. Olson has managed numerous archaeological laboratories throughout her career, specializing in laboratory administration, artifact analysis and curation, historical research, museum studies, and public education.

Prior to joining PAL, Ms. Olson served as a Senior Archaeologist for TRC in Chapel Hill, North Carolina where she managed the archaeology laboratory and also directed archaeological survey, site testing, and data recovery investigations at numerous archaeological sites throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions. Between 1997 and 2002, she served as the archaeology laboratory supervisor for Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, a historic house museum in Virginia where she managed the day-to-day operation of the laboratory and also conducted public tours, developed museum displays, and co-taught university field schools. Ms. Olson is a member of the Society for Historical Archaeology and the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology. Ms. Olson is a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA).

Gretchen Pineo

Architectural Historian

gpineo@palinc.com

Ms. Pineo joined PAL in 2014 after interning with National Park Service (NPS) Northeast Region History Program, where she reviewed National Register of Historic Places documentation and collaborated with regional and park staff in evaluating the status of documentation at several parks. Ms. Pineo specializes in the preparation of National Register documentation, local inventory forms, and Section 106 projects including impact assessments. Ms. Pineo has experience in evaluating historic New England neighborhoods and specializes in historic and cultural landscapes.

Ms. Pineo is a graduate of Boston University (M.A., Preservation Studies), Tufts University (Professional Certificate of Museum Studies) and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (dual B.A., Archaeology and Astronomy). She is a member of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, and New England Museum Association.

Kirk Van Dyke

Archaeologist

kvandyke@palinc.com

Mr. Van Dyke has worked in cultural resource management since 1987. Prior to joining PAL in 1993 as a field archaeologist, he worked in a number of different places in New England, as well as Hawaii and Sweden. He received his B.S. in Archaeology from Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts.

Since joining PAL, he has worked on numerous cultural resource management projects in New England, New York, New Jersey, and Puerto Rico that have included all phases of archaeological investigations.

Mr. Van Dyke has assisted in architectural surveys for federal, state, and municipal agencies as well as private developers and landowners. He has considerable experience with utility projects, including large-scale, multi-state pipelines and fiber-optic lines. He has experience ranging from primary background, deed, and genealogical research to large-scale excavations.

Mr. Van Dyke is also a proficient photographer, utilizing many formats of photography including 35mm, medium and large format, digital, and video to aid his work.