Project Team

Chief Mission Officer Susan C. RyanChief Mission Officer Susan C. Ryan, Ph.D. (University of Arizona), has worked at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center since 1998. She codirected the Shields Pueblo excavation project from 1998 to 2000 and was project director of the Albert Porter Pueblo excavation project from 2001 to 2004. As Chief Mission Officer, Susan aligns the Center’s mission with ongoing education, research, and American Indian initiatives. Her research interests include the nature and extent of Chaco influence in the northern Southwest, the A.D. 1130–1180 drought, and the built environment.


Kellam ThrogmortonKellam Throgmorton, Ph.D. (Binghamton University), is the Supervisory Archaeologist for the Northern Chaco Outliers Project. He received his Ph.D. from Binghamton University in 2019. His research interests include early villages, sociopolitical organization, landscape archaeology, and architecture. Kellam’s dissertation works considered Chacoan landscapes as a form of political action, and he conducted fieldwork at two Chacoan outlier communities—Morris 40 (near Farmington, NM), and Padilla Wash (in Chaco Culture National Historical Park). He has assisted in research at numerous outliers, including Chimney Rock, Las Ventanas, and Aztec North. Kellam is excited to be working at the Haynie site and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm with students and participants.


Rebecca (Becky) HammondRebecca (Becky) Hammond, A.F.A. (Fine Arts, Institute of American Indian Arts), joined Crow Canyon as an Educator in 1997. In the years since, she has taught participants of all ages in many different kinds of programs, including school group programs, teen camps, and adult travel programs. As a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, she brings an American Indian perspective to Crow Canyon’s work. In addition to being a teacher, she is also a bead artist. Taught by her grandmother in traditional beading techniques, she enjoys drawing on both traditional Ute and ancestral Pueblo designs to create her own style of artwork.


Tyson HughesTyson Hughes, B.A. (Anthropology, Fort Lewis College), is an educator at Crow Canyon. He has been involved with Crow Canyon since he attended programs here as a child. As an archaeologist, he has worked in many areas throughout the country, but his passion lies in the archaeology of southwestern Colorado where he grew up. As an educator, he enjoys sharing his knowledge of this region with students. He is an avid flintknapper and specializes in prehistoric lithic technologies. When he is not at work, he enjoys exploring the mountains, canyons, and rivers of this beautiful Four Corners region with his family and friends.


Mark Varien Mark Varien, Ph.D., is executive vice president of the Research Institute at Crow Canyon. A preeminent Southwestern archaeologist, he is well recognized for his work in the Mesa Verde region. Dr. Varien has conducted and led archaeological research at Crow Canyon for more than twenty years. He is particularly noted for his innovative work that examines community organization and patterns of mobility in the ancient Pueblo world. During his tenure at Crow Canyon, he has established a reputation as a highly skilled instructor who can convey complex ideas in an engaging, intellectually stimulating manner.


Porter SwentzellPorter Swentzell, Ph.D. student (Santa Clara), is an assistant professor of indigenous liberal studies and chair of the President’s Advisory Council at the Institute of American Indian Arts. In 2014, he was presented with the Faculty of the Year Award by the Institute. Porter also serves as member of the Santa Clara Pueblo Education Advisory Committee and has devoted much of his career researching the Tewa language, in addition to conducting research on the benefits of traditional Pueblo diet and lifeways.


Deloria LomawaimaDeloria Lomawaima, M.A., is a former Crow Canyon educator and Native American scholar-in-residence. She is a member of the Hopi Tribe and currently teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. She has earned a bachelor of science in applied indigenous studies and a master of arts in education. Archaeology and cultural preservation have been a passion for Lomawaima and these interests have allowed her to be active in many projects, including helping create a Hopi planting curriculum for Crow Canyon and being a member of the Hopivewat planning committee to develop the first Hopi Museum. She continues to be involved in various projects that help preserve the culture and language of her people.


Tim WilcoxTim Wilcox is a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University with 30 years of experience in Southwest archaeology working for organizations like the Navajo Nation Archaeology Department, Desert Archaeology Inc., and Stanford University Heritage Services. He also served as a ceramic specialist consultant for the Eiteljorg Museum of the West and the Poeh Center in New Mexico. At Stanford, Tim is in the process of completing his dissertation on proto-historic and Pueblo Revolt era pottery with a focus on group social dynamics and technology of style. He is also an accomplished replica potter (Pueblo and Diné pottery), flintknapper, weaver, and hide tanner. Tim, who is Diné and Tewa (Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo), also has extensive experience with tribal consultation, community engagement, and agency partnerships.


Josephina Chang-OrderJosie Chang-Order, Ph.D., is a former Crow Canyon educator. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Foundations, Policy, and Practice from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2019. She currently manages field trips at the History Colorado Center in Denver, where she also facilitated school programs for several years. Her research interests include the perspectives of young people of color on representations of the past; diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in museums; and connected learning.


Dr. Ben Bellorado, Laboratory Manager Chang-OrderDr. Ben Bellorado, ( Laboratory Manager ) is an anthropological archaeologist who focuses on Indigenous cultures in the northern Southwest. For over 20 years, Ben has studied the material cultures of Native American peoples who lived in the Four Corners area. Ben is originally from Wyoming and received his Bachelor’s degree at Fort Lewis College, his Master’s Degree from Northern Arizona University, and recently received his doctorate from the University of Arizona. He also has worked extensively in the Cultural Resource Management industry. Ben has studied a diversity of topics over his career ranging from maize agriculture, to ceramic analysis, to experimental archaeology, and ethnography. Ben’s recent research focuses on documenting at-risk archaeological sites in Bears Ears National Monument, using tree-ring dating to date these sites, and revisiting old museum collections of ancient clothing. His doctoral research is aimed at understanding the ways that ancestral Pueblo peoples used textiles and textile depictions in other media to express complex ideas about various aspects of social identities in the tenth through thirteenth centuries.