MASA Students

Kristina Walters-President


kwaltersHello there! My name is Kristina and I am currently a senior majoring in Anthropology as well as the Vice President of Lambda Alpha at the University of Montana. I am pursuing my B.A. in Anthropology with an option in Archaeology as well as Cultural Heritage, while also working on a minor in Native American Studies. I will be graduating in the spring of 2015, and heading off to graduate school soon after. I recently have had the amazing opportunity of working with John Douglas, Linda Brown, and Jaime Awe in Belize excavating at Cahal Pech. This has really peeked my interest in Mayan Archaeology which I plan to pursue and possibly form my graduate thesis research around. I am what you may consider a non-traditional student, I took a few years off of school to raise my two beautiful children and I like to think that I am setting an excellent example, showing that you can have a family and still go back to college and rock it! 


Liz Lynch-Vice President


ll Liz Lynch is a graduate student pursuing her Masters in Anthropology (Archaeology) with Dr. John Douglas. She graduated from Tufts University in 2012 with a B.S. in Archaeology and Environmental Studies. After graduating, she worked at the Klamath National Forest, James Madison's Montpelier, the Presidio of San Francisco, and the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Her research interests include mortuary archaeology, bioarchaeology, and shifts in Native religious ideologies and practices post-contact in the American West. When not digging in the dirt, Liz can often be found playing in different dirt (or snow) in the mountains, in a river, or experimenting in the kitchen.


Naz Broomand-Secretary




Michelle Selander-Treasurer




Dougless Skinner-Social Chair



Kirsten Green-Academic Advancement Chair


I’m a 2nd year PhD student studying with Dr. Ashley McKeown. I received my BS at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and my MA at the University of Montana, Missoula. My MA thesis looked at the osteoarthritis of the elbow and shoulder joints in women from hunting and gathering versus archaic societies. This research used collections housed at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. As an undergrad I produced a research project looking at handedness in the Pot Creek Pueblo population. My research interests are North American, Latin American, & South American bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, prehistoric and historic archaeology, mortuary patterns, and paleopathology. I’m originally from California but have grown to love my new home in Missoula.

Mark Richard Gibbons Jr.- Student


Hi, I'm a Montana native and Army veteran. I completed my 1st Bachelors degree with an emphasis in Archaeology in May 2014. I am currently enrolled at The University of Montana full time, wrapping up a minor in Native American Studies. I love my home state and hope to practice and avidly participate in Archaeology here as my career, as well as attend the Graduate Program starting in the fall of 2016.


Previous Board Members From The 2013-2014 Academic Year

Melody Ratliff-President

Kelli Bradley-Vice President

Amanda O'neill-Secretary

Megan Richardson-Treasurer