James Payne, M.S.
Executive Director and Principal Investigator
Before joining the FWWM, James spent a decade doing archaeology and teaching in Michigan while attending graduate classes at the University of Michigan.  As Museum Director for the last ten years, he has gained vast knowledge of Walla Walla Valley history, places, documentation, and people. James is also an expert in historic American military material culture.

Jonathan Haller, M.S., Certified Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professional (GISP) 
GIS Analyst
Jonathan received both his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Masters of Science in Geographic Information Sciences and Technology from the University of Arizona. As an on-call sub-consultant, Jonathan serves as the Heritage Research Services GIS Analyst. Owner of Stateline GIS, Jonathan has more than 15 years of experience in GIS and has been involved in every stage of hundreds of projects in the cultural resource, environmental planning, and right of way industries.

Research Associates

Darby C. Stapp, PhD, RPA
Darby received an M.A. and PhD in Historical Archaeology from the University of Idaho and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively.  He spent 20 years at the Hanford Site near Richland Washington, where he helped the Department of Energy meet its historic preservation responsibilities. Currently, Darby is owner and principal of Northwest Anthropology LLC, in Richland, WA and Editor of Journal of Northwest Anthropology.

James Knobbs, M.A., RPA
James received a B.A. in Philosophy and Anthropology in 1986 from Washington State University and an M.A., in Anthropology from the University of Idaho in 2013. His areas of interest and expertise include shell analysis, ethnobotany, and assisting tribal cultural resource protection programs.