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.

Ashley Morton, M.A., Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA)
Archaeology Program Manager and Principal Investigator
Ashley received a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona in 2005 and an M.A, in Anthropology with an emphasis on Historical Archaeology from the University of Idaho in 2013. She has 11 years of cultural resource management experience across the American West (AZ, NV, CA, ID, and WA). Her areas of interest and expertise include late 19th and early 20th century rural and urban society and material culture, gender and identity, and health. Ashley manages all projects conducted by Heritage Research Services, conducts historical background research, literature searches, lab work, leads field work, and analyses for assessments and completes assessment reports.

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.

Jennifer Pecora, B.A.
Archaeological Technician
Jennifer earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University and attended the Cultural Resource Management Field School at Central Washington University. She currently assists with fieldwork and acts as a monitor for construction and excavation projects.

Jennifer DeJongh, M.A.
Technical Editor
Jennifer earned a B.A. in Geology from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1998 and an M.A. in Anthropology, with a focus on Archaeology, from the University of Cincinnati in 2001. She has worked in cultural resource management as a writer/editor, field archaeologist, and educator for more than 15 years in Arizona, New Mexico, and Ohio and has assisted on research projects in Hawaii, Cyprus, and Israel. She currently lives in Tucson, AZ. Jennifer assists as technical editor for Heritage Research Services.

Research Associates

Darby C. Stapp, PhD, RPA
Archaeologist
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
Archaeologist
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.