Erica earned a B.S. in nursing and a B.A. in Spanish from Texas Christian University, followed by an M.A. in Spanish from Bowling Green State University. She worked as the Coordinator for the Study Abroad Program at the University of Texas at Austin for 3 years. In that capacity, she gained valuable experience with budget development and management, contract negotiation, and logistical support for complex programs. Through teaching English as a Second Language classes for adults, serving as a volunteer reading tutor for kindergarten students, and mentoring American students abroad, Erica has developed outstanding communication skills.
President - James Everett
President Elect - Sarah Chesney
Immediate Past Pres. - Jason W. Barrett
Secretary - Carol Macaulay-Jameson
Treasurer - Drew Sitters
Website Editor - Jaime Ross
BTAS Editor - Tim Perttula
Newsletter Editor - Elizabeth Coon-Nguyen
Unless otherwise specified, all committee and chair appointments are made by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors. Ad hoc committees shall be appointed by the President and approved by the Board as deemed necessary to carry on the work of the Society. The chair of each committee shall designate one of its members to provide content to the Internet Committee.
The Academy Committee is composed of six members that organize two or three academies a year, each academy focusing on different area of archeology. An academy provides learning opportunities for all interested in more in depth information on current archeological topics.
The Annual Meeting Committee is made up of the three-year permanent Chair, three appointees (with one member appointed each year for a term of three years), the President-Elect, and the Immediate Past-President. The Local Arrangements Committee organizes, publicizes, and produces the meeting with assistance from the Annual Meeting Committee, who acts as an interface between that group and the Board of Directors.
The Awards Committee recommends nominees to receive acknowledgment of meritorious service to Texas archeology and/or the Society. The nominees must then be approved by the Executive Committee. The Committee is composed of three members, with one member appointed each year for a term of three years.
The Budget Committee prepares the budget for the next fiscal year, which is then approved by the membership at the Annual Meeting. The Committee is composed of the President-Elect, the Treasurer, the Treasurer-Elect in such years as the office is filled, and two members, with one member being appointed each year for a term of two years.
The duties of the Field School Committee, subject to approval of the Board of Directors, are to solicit, investigate, and recommend potential field school projects; to supervise the field school operations; to contract for the completion of reporting and curation; and to oversee the acquisition and maintenance of Society properties pertaining to Field School operations. The Field School Committee is composed of six members. Two members are appointed annually by the President, with approval of the Board of Directors, to serve terms of three years.
The Fiscal Overview Committee examines the financial records of the Society. The Committee is composed of three members appointed for terms of one year. No member may concurrently serve as a member of the Board of Directors.
The Fundraising Committee seeks and secures financial support for projects and programs of the Society as as identified and prioritized by the Board of Directors. The committee is composed of three members, each of whom having proven fundraising experience. One members is appointed each year for a term of three years.
The six members of the Grant Review Committee administer the Texas Archeological Society’s Research Support Fund. Through these grants, eligible applicants and projects receive research grants to assist with conducting field, lab, or collections-based archeological research, or with contemplating publication.
Funding for these grants comes from donations to the Donors Fund and the Research Support Fund. The Grant Review Committee is comprised of six members (two are appointed each year for three-year terms by the President), who review applications and decide on their merits, and make recommendations to the TAS Board at regular meetings.
The Cemetery Committee advises the Board of Directors in matters relating to the handling of human remains and associated materials when encountered in Society activities. The Committee is composed of three members, with one member being appointed each year for a term of three years. Duties of the committee include monitoring the Society's field activities, considering the disposition of remains and associated materials which are encountered, negotiating with interested parties (agencies, landowners, appropriate ethnic groups), keeping abreast of pertinent laws, and reporting findings and information to the Board of Directors.
The Internet Committee is responsible for the Society’s Internet properties. The Board approves the creation and implementation of domains and/or electronic discussion lists and Internet partnerships, as well as issues of substantive policy or content for these entities. The Internet Committee then oversees the design, general content management, and upkeep of the Society’s web presence and maintenance of its electronic discussion list(s). The Committee shall be composed of the President-Elect, the Website chair, the Listowner, and four additional members, with two appointed each year for terms of two years. The Website editors and Listowner (who may be either members or employees of the Society) are appointed annually by the President with the approval of the Board. The chair shall be a member of the Publications Policy Committee.
The Committee is composed of the Chair, the Website Editors, the Social Media Moderator, and six additional members, with three appointed each year for terms of two years. The roles of the additional committee members include data maintenance specialist, payment systems manager, archivist, annual meeting liaison, academies liaison, and field school liaison. The committee members serving in liaison roles are appointed by the programs they serve from among their members.
The Merchandising Committee is responsible for overseeing the production and marketing of items that feature and promote Texas archeology and the Texas Archeological Society. The Committee is also responsible for maintaining stock inventory. The Committee consists of six members, with one appointed each year for a term of three years.
The Multicultural committee oversees the raising of funds for and administration of the scholarship programs offered by the Society. The Committee strives to increase the diversity of persons who participate in activities of the Society and promotes a more inclusive understanding of the heritage of Texas. The committee includes Native American Scholarship, Collegiate Scholarship, and Diversity Program subcommittees, and other subcommittees appointed at the discretion of the President. Each subcommittee has a chair and at least two members, whom are appointed annually. The chairs of the subcommittees comprise the Multicultural Committee, and one of them is appointed to serve as Multicultural Committee Chair.
The Committee extends scholarship invitations for Field School, Academies, the Annual Meeting, and other activities to individuals from groups that are underrepresented in the Society. The Committee operates under advisement of the Executive Committee and within the limits of donated funds.
The Nominating Committee submits names for each office to be filled. At the direction of the Board, the Nominating Committee adds specified officer-elect positions to its regular slate of nominees. The report of the Nominating Committee is included in the notice for the Annual Meeting and is reported to the membership at the meeting. The Nominating Committee Chair is elected by the Society at the Annual Meeting. The President appoints two additional members of the committee. Members of the Committee serve a term of one year and are not eligible to serve again on this committee until the expiration of one full year following their term in this office.
The Public Outreach and Membership Committee works with the Regional Directors to promote TAS in their regions and seeks to increase membership through publicity of the Society's activities. The committee is composed of six members, two being appointed each year for terms of three years.
The Publications Policy Committee provides advice and counsel on matters of policy on all Society publications. The Committee is composed of the Publications Editor, Publications Editor-Elect in such years as the office is filled, Newsletter Editor, Newsletter Editor-Elect in such years as the office is filled, the chair of the Internet Committee, and the remainder of the Executive Committee, with the Publications Editor serving as chair and the Newsletter Editor serving as vice-chair.
The Reports and Curation Committee is responsible for assembling society history, recruiting authors, and arranging contracts for the completion of Field School reports from expired contracts. The Committee gathers materials relating to the history of the TAS and seeks their placement in proper facilities. The Committee sees that collections (records, artifacts, special samples, etc.) from all Society field activities, including but not limited to field school and rock art recording projects, are properly curated and that access to these collections is assured.
A representative of this committee acts as an advisor to the Field School Committee when initial field school contracts are considered. The Committee also serves as an advisor to the Rock Art Committee during the planning, implementation, and completion of its projects. The Reports and Curation Committee accepts the responsibility for current work after the terms of the archeologist’s contract have expired, or the project director’s responsibilities have been relinquished, or at any time if approved by the Executive Committee.
A Rock Art recording project may be conducted when practical to compile detailed documentation of Texas rock art sites and to train members of the Society in disciplined rock art recording techniques. The duties of the Rock Art Committee, subject to approval of the Board of Directors, are to solicit, investigate, and recommend potential rock art recording projects, to supervise these projects through the completion of reporting and curation (as defined by the Executive Committee), and to oversee the acquisition and maintenance of Society properties pertaining to rock art recording operations. The Rock Art Committee is composed of six members. Two members shall be appointed annually by the President, with approval of the Board of Directors, to serve terms of three years.