Kip Parker - Executive Director
Kip joined the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation in the fall of 2010 as Director of Operations. He came to the Foundation after a highly successful 37-year career in the captive care of wildlife field, managing and directing not-for-profit wildlife rehabilitation centres in Ontario, British Columbia, and Washington State. His life-long passion for archaeology and pre-history paired with his extensive knowledge and non-profit management experience brought him to the Foundation. Recently appointed to the position of Executive Director Kip has many exciting plans for the future of the Foundation.
Jeffrey Seibert - Senior Archaeologist
As an undergraduate, Jeff worked for the Toronto Region Conservation Authority in their Archaeological Unit, igniting an ongoing interest in the archaeology of Ontario. In 1999, Jeff earned his MA in Anthropology from Trent University, focusing on the archaeology of the Ancient Maya. He earned his PhD in archaeology from the University of Calgary in 2007, and focused on the archaeology of Mesoamerica with a focus on the Classic Maya, while maintaining an interest in the archaeology of Ontario and surrounding areas. After graduating from University, Jeff taught Anthropology, Archaeology, Latin American Studies and Archaeology at Trent University, the University of Calgary and the University of Guelph before accepting employment at Parks Canada where he worked from 2009 until early 2012. At Parks Canada, Jeff worked on archaeological projects relating to the Precontact and Post Contact periods in Ontario and worked throughout Ontario at a number of sites, including canal sites, Precontact villages and 19th century military sites. Jeff has published and presented papers on Ancient Mesoamerica, spatial analysis in archaeology and warfare and gender identity among the historic Iroquoian peoples of Ontario, Quebec and New York. In addition to this experience, Jeff has also worked in Belize, Guatemala, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Catherine Raby - Office Manager
Catherine Raby has been with the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation since September 2006, where she started as a volunteer assisting with the processing of artifacts. In March of 2006 she joined the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation’s Board of Directors. In September of 2008 she decided to resign from the Board in order to accept the position of Administrative Coordinator for the Foundation. She is now the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation’s Office Manager and looks forward to many more great years with the Foundation.
Ashley Mendes (née Gillen) - Curator
Ashley started with the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation as a volunteer in the artifact processing lab from 2001 – 2005 while she earned her Bachelor of Arts Honours at Queen’s University in Classics and History. Following her degree Ashley pursued an Advance Diploma program in Museum Studies. While studying in Ottawa she had the opportunity to work on several student projects in exhibit design and collections management with the Diefenbunker Canada’s Cold War Museum, Watson’s Mill in Manotick, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, and the Canadian War Museum. After completing her Diploma, Ashley returned to the Foundation as lead archaeological counsellor in the Foundation’s public archaeology program “Can You Dig It?”©. Since then Ashley has worked with the Foundation excavating and processing material culture from British Military sites and 19th century homesteads, co-ordinating the Foundation’s Interpretive Centre, Library & Archives, Volunteer and Education programs.
Marnie Schiegel - MS Bookkeeping & Payroll
Marnie Schiegel has been with the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation since July 2011 when she started as Bookkeeper. In 2003 she graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Commerce; major in finance and minor in marketing. Since graduation she has done bookkeeping for a variety of businesses; retail, service, not-for-profit and charities. She has recently started her own business, MS Bookkeeping & Payroll and can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org