Jeffrey Girard was born in Chicago, Illinois, moved to El Paso, Texas while in high school, and received a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. He was on the faculty at Northwestern State University of Louisiana and served as regional archaeologist for the Louisiana Division of Archaeology for more than 25 years. He currently is working on a grant from the Cane River National Heritage Area to organize collections and records at the Williamson Museum, Northwestern State University.
A native of East Tennessee, Valerie moved to Louisiana in 2009. While here, she received a Master's in Anthropology and a PhD in Geography and Anthropology (Anthropology concentration) from Louisiana State University. Her research interests include Southeastern and Mesoamerican archaeology, human-environment interactions, and sea-level rise. She is a member of the Society for American Archaeology and the Register of Professional Archaeologists. Currently she is the Outreach Coordinator for the Louisiana Division of Archaeology.
Paul H. French
An original native of Kentucky, Paul branched out to receive a B.A. in archaeology from Washington University in St. Louis and a M.A. in Archaeology from University College London. Places worked include: China, Illinois, Missouri, Utah, California, Alaska, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Louisiana. He is currently a Zone Archaeologist for Kisatchie National Forest.
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Dennis, born in Arkansas, was raised in Memphis, TN. After experiencing an epiphany with a lithic scatter in his grandfather's plowed field near Forrest City, Arkansas, he pondered a caeer in archaeology. Despite being relatively sober for most of his life, he pursued that career anyway. With a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and a M.A. from LSU, he has worked in many places: Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Florida, Texas, Louisiana, and even exotic Mississippi. A longtime LAS member, he now has the dubious honor of being the newsletter editor. Please feel free to send him any announcements, news, complaints, or praise (?).