Meet our Staff

Leadership Team

The LSWHTA leadership team is comprised of multiple project coordinators, a research scientist, and two principal investigators dedicated to providing Southwest Archaeology Student Scholars (SASS) with hands on, experiential learning and in developing critical thinking skills. They work in partnership out of the University of Arizona's School of Anthropology and College of Education, along with the National Park Service and multiple local museums and university laboratories to provide SASS with the most beneficial and highest quality of learning.

Sara Chavarria, Ph.D.

Co-Principal Investigator

Assistant Dean, Research Development

College of Education

Omar Solis Acuna

Project Coordinator

School of Science

Alba Antonieta Porras Hoyos

Project Coordinator

College of Education

Corey J. Knox

Research Scientist

Broader Impact

College of Education

Barbara Mills

Co-Principal Investigator

Regents’ Professor

School of Anthropology

Karla Paredes Aguilar

Undergraduate Student


Katie Portman selfie

Katie Portman

Graduate Student

Project coordinator