Meet the Board

Korey Derrick, President

Korey Derrick grew up in the High Desert of Oregon before moving to the Treasure Valley, and then ultimately the Valley of the Sun (Mojave Desert). Korey graduated in 2008 with a B.S. in Civil engineering from Arizona State University, and has spent the last 7 years in Portland working as a Civil Engineer in Training with an emphasis in commercial site development. The public aspects of civil engineering––i.e. the final forms of development projects that the public interacts with––often do not take account of archaeological history and preservation. Korey’s experiences in places around the West, and his deep interest in exploring locations few have traveled to, has led him to appreciate the material culture early people have left behind. His goal is to build sustainable cultural resources practices and partnerships in the engineering and site development community that cherish and embrace cultural resources, while maintaining vital growth and infrastructure for people and governments to invest in.

Robert Unger, Secretary

Born and raised in Redmond, Robert Unger has been a lifelong resident of Oregon. After completing secondary school Robert attended the University of Oregon where he earned a B.S. in Political Science. Since college Robert has pursued his passion for politics working as a Campaign Manager, Legislative Aide and most recently working as Chief of Staff for Oregon State Representative Paul Holvey, serving South Eugene and the surrounding areas. Robert is an avid outdoorsman enjoying all that his native state of Oregon has to offer. From hiking and camping in Oregon’s beautiful mountain ranges to kayaking and fishing in in Oregon’s sparkling waters, Robert deeply values the environmental and cultural heritage that makes Oregon the wonderful place that it is. He is dedicated to preserving public archaeological and cultural resources so that future generations can learn and enjoy the legacy of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

Kaitlin Hakanson, Treasurer

Kaitlin Hakanson has quite the collection of hats: Adjunct instructor, Laboratory Manager, Research Assistant, Student Engagement Coordinator, Open Educational Resource (OER) author, and Museum volunteer, just to name a few. From her first field school at Mission San Antonio de Padua in Central California at the age of 17, she has been completely captivated by human social behavior. She is an advocate for students, Indigenous groups, academics, and scientists. She has worked on anthropological projects all along the Pacific Coast, from central Oregon, most of the California coast and the Channel Islands, and Northern Ecuador. She is based in Klamath Falls, Oregon, a region rich in historical locations ranging from the booming timber industry of the 1900s all the way back to some of the first inhabitants of North America and the evidence of their lives at Connley and Paisley Caves. Being a member of the Board of NAC is an honor and a privilege that she does not take lightly.

Kasey Salvetti

Kasey Salvetti graduated from the University of Oregon in 2008 with a B.S. in Anthropology with emphases in archaeology and biological anthropology. Kasey was part of the 2007 Northern Great Basin Archaeological Field School which unearthed the Paisley 5-Mile Cave Coprolites, and she returned to the Paisley site in 2009 for continued research. Kasey is experienced in pedestrian survey, sterile collection protocol for ancient DNA samples, and community educational curriculum and outreach. She is interested in converting dense academic research into readily accessible information to the public of all ages to encourage preservation and stewardship.

Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas is an active gardener focusing on vegetables and propagating native flowering plants, in addition to being the District Archaeologist for the Burns Bureau of Land Management since 1995. Scott attended Oregon State University where he obtained a B.S. in Zoology in 1975, and received an M.A. in Anthropology from Portland State University in 1981. Scott’s research interests focus on Great Basin archaeology, obsidian hydration and source analysis, fluted point studies, Shoshonean pottery, and traditionally used native plants. Beyond gardening, his personal interests include Great Basin and southwestern US travel; reading history; primitive pottery manufacture; and writing archaeology for the public.