Jeffrey Girard

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.

Vice President


Abbie Bleichner

Abbie is a native of Rhode Island, but made the move to Louisiana in 2015. Growing up in the Ocean State, her love for the water started at an early age. Her passion for history and the sea led her to receive a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Rhode Island, concentrating on underwater archaeology. She has worked throughout the northeast and southeast United States. Abbie is a member of the Society for Historical Archaeology and is listed on the Register of Professional Archaeologists. Currently, Abbie works for the Louisiana Division of Archaeology in Section 106 review and compliance.


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.

Bulletin Editor & Newsletter Editor

Dennis Jones
1801 Ormandy Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
office (225) 381-8201
cell (225) 572-5464

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 (?).