The SRI Foundation was created in 2001 by Jeff and Debbie Altschul, who nearly 20 years earlier had also founded Statistical Research, Inc. (SRI).

SRIF History
 

What Does “SRI” Stand For? A Brief History of the SRI Foundation

In 1983, Jeff and Debbie Altschul created Statistical Research, Inc., a for-profit cultural resource management firm headquartered in Tucson, Arizona. The acronym for Jeff and Debbie’s company is “SRI.” Since establishing SRI, Jeff and Debbie have seen the cultural resource management (CRM) field grow into a mature discipline, assisting agencies and private companies to comply with federal and state historic preservation laws and regulations.

By 2000, however, Jeff observed that cultural resource management efforts could only go so far in advancing our knowledge and appreciation of the past, given limitations in project funding and scope. As a result, data and materials generated by countless CRM projects remain an untapped source of significant information on the past. Jeff also felt that universities and colleges were not sufficiently preparing the historic preservation professionals of the future, nor were there good opportunities for current professionals to enhance and improve their own historic preservation expertise. Finally, compliance-related projects have generally ignored the true benefactors of our nation’s historic preservation laws: the public. Jeff recognized the need to more fully engage the public in all aspects of historic preservation.

The key to the future is advancing our knowledge and appreciation of the past, educating and training future and current historic preservation professionals, and engaging and reaching out to the public. Accomplishing these goals is not easy within the confines of the CRM business world. Jeff and Debbie felt that only a nonprofit organization could fulfill these goals in a comprehensive and unified manner. So, using funds from their own company, Jeff and Debbie created in 2001 a nonprofit historic preservation foundation, with the mission to “advance education, training, public outreach, and research in all fields of historic preservation - archaeology, anthropology, history, and historic architecture.” Recognizing its origins, this new organization was named the SRI Foundation.

 
Staff
 
SRI Foundation Staff

Stacey K. Chambliss, M.A.
Volunteer Services Coordinator and Webmaster, Passport in Time Clearinghouse
Biography

Areas of Expertise: Ceramic analysis, Iron Age prehistoric archaeology, and collections, database and website management.

 

David Cushman, M.A., RPA
Program Manager, Historic Preservation Programs
Biography

Areas of Expertise: NHPA, regional, state, and local government historic preservation planning

 

Matt Dawson, M.S.
Program Manager, Passport in Time Clearinghouse
Biography

Areas of Expertise: Archaeometallurgy, lithic analysis, collections management, cultural resource management, Bronze Age/Iron Age prehistoric archaeology

 

Martha Graham, Ph.D.
Program Manager, Historic Preservation Programs
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Areas of Expertise: NAGPRA; consultation with indigenous and other descent communities; mediation/conflict resolution for heritage preservation issues

 

Terry H. Klein, M.A., RPA
Executive Director
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Areas of Expertise: National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance, historical archaeology, and the business of CRM

 

Lynne Sebastian, Ph.D., RPA
Director, Historic Preservation Programs
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Areas of Expertise: continuing professional education, NHPA, historic preservation compliance issues and expert testimony, and the archaeology of the Southwest

 

Carla Van West, Ph.D., RPA
Director, Preservation Research Programs
Biography

Areas of Expertise: Public archaeology, prehistory of the U.S. Southwest, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, subsistence and settlement systems

 
Board of Directors

Jeffrey H. Altschul, Ph.D., RPA
President, SRI Foundation Board of Directors
Biography

 

Susan M. Chandler, M.A., RPA
Director, SRI Foundation Board of Directors
Biography

 
Keith W Kintigh, Ph.D., RPA
Director, SRI Foundation Board of Directors
Biography

 
Charles M. Niquette, M.A., RPA
Director, SRI Foundation Board of Directors
Biography

 
Jeremy A Sabloff, Ph.D.
Director, SRI Foundation Board of Directors
Biography

 
Marion Werkheiser, J.D.
Director, SRI Foundation Board of Directors
Biography

 
 

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