Meet Our Team

Cannon Heritage Consultants is a full-service cultural resource management firm located in Logan, Utah with a satellite office in Boise, Idaho.

Kenneth P. Cannon (PhD, RPA)

President, co-owner, Project Manager, Principle Investigator

Dr. Cannon is President, and co-owner of CHC and serves as Project Manager and Principal Investigator for all CHC projects. He received his PhD in geography from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he used GIS and stable isotope analyses to understand the biogeography of prehistoric bison in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Ken brings over 25 years of experience in the lntermountain West through his tenure with the National Park Service and for a private cultural resource management firm. Ken also served as interim cultural resource manager at the Valles Caldera, New Mexico for a six-month period in 2003. He has supervised a number of projects in Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, as well as elsewhere in the United States, ranging from small scale surveys to large data recovery and salvage projects. Ken is permitted in several western states. He is a member of the Idaho Professional Archaeological Council, Utah Professional Archaeological Council and Wyoming Association of Professional Archaeologists. He was the founding President of the Rocky Mountain Anthropological Association (2007-2013), has served as Councilor for Archaeology for the American Quaternary Association, and Vice President for Government Affairs and Research for Utah Professional Archaeological Council. He is currently the Newsletter Editor for the Utah Professional Archaeological Council. He is also a frequent reviewer for the University of Utah Press and serves on the research board for the Hudson-­Meng site, Nebraska. Ken has published widely on his work in archaeological and interdisciplinary journals. He has also received numerous grants for his research.

Jonathan M. Peart (MS, RPA)

Archaeological Field Director

Jon holds a Master of Science degree from Utah State University (USU) in Anthropology with an emphasis in Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management and a B.S. in Anthropology from Weber State University. Mr. Peart has eight years of cultural resource management (CRM) experience in the intermountain west with the majority of his experience in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Colorado and Wyoming. Since May 2011, Mr. Peart has been employed by Cannon Heritage Consultants, Inc. (CHC) of Logan, Utah. For CHC he has served as archaeological field director for numerous CRM projects including the Skull Valley Land Exchange Project (Tooele County, Utah), Three Creeks Grazing Allotment Project (Rich County, Utah), Dugway Proving Grounds Proposed ATV Areas (Tooele County, Utah), Sand Cliff Signatures Public Archaeology Project (Beaver County, Utah), Snowbird Gad Valley Improvements Project (Salt Lake County, Utah), Idaho Power Company Line 339 (Lemhi County, Idaho) and several other smaller projects. While at CHC, Mr. Peart has authored or coauthored over fifteen CRM reports including reports for intensive inventories, limited testing, metal detection, and historic/prehistoric excavations.

In addition to working for CHC he has worked for Sagebrush Consultants L.L.C. (from 2006 to 2011), worked as a graduate research assistant at USU (from 2009 to 2011), volunteered with the Golden Spike National Historic Site (2010) and with Molly Cannon at the Spatial Data Collection Analysis Visualization Lab at USU (2011). While working for Sagebrush Consultants (from 2006 to 2011) he participated in numerous archaeological surveys and several historic excavations. These projects include large intensive inventories such as the Nevada Northern Railway Cultural Resource Inventory (White Pine and Elko Counties, Nevada), Lake Powell Pipeline Cultural Resource Inventory Project (Iron, Kane, Washington Counties, Utah), and the Holly UNEV Pipeline (Salt Lake and Tooele Counties, Utah). Other significant projects Mr. Peart participated in at Sagebrush include cultural resource monitoring projects such as the Moss Courthouse Expansion Project (Salt Lake County, Utah), Odd Fellows Hall Relocation Project (Salt Lake County, Utah), Legacy Parkway Monitoring Project (Davis County, Utah), and the Ogden River Restoration Project (Weber County, Utah). As a result of these monitoring projects, Mr. Peart has gained at least two months of historic excavation experience.

In summary, Mr. Peart has several years of CRM experience in Utah and the surrounding states. He successfully serves as archaeological field director/supervisor for CRM projects in the region and has experience with all the various stages of CRM compliance work. As a result of this experience Mr. Peart is well trained in intensive pedestrian inventory, historic research, site evaluations, lithic analysis (specifically debitage analysis), prehistoric/historic excavation methods, GIS applications, and report writing.

Houston L. Martin (MA, RPA)

Field Supervisor, GIS Specialist

Houston L. Martin (MA, RPA) is a field supervisor and GIS Specialist for CHC and will conduct spatial analysis and database management for this project. He received his M.A. (2014) in anthropology from the University of California-Davis, where he focused on prehistoric land use patterns on the Northwestern Plains and Rocky Mountains, stable isotope analysis, and the application of Bayesian statistical methods to address archaeological questions. Houston first gained experience working in the mountain ranges of Wyoming and Montana. He has supervised a number of projects in these states, including excavation at the Hell Gap Archaeological Site, and various small and large scale survey and excavation projects. He is a member of the Society for American Archaeology and the Plains Anthropological Society, and served as an officer for the Center for Archaeological Research at Davis (2014-2015) and program director for the Hell Gap Summer Seminar Series (2014-2015).

Paul Santarone (MS, ABD)

Paul earned his Master of Science degree in 2007 from Idaho State University and is currently pursuing his PhD with the University of Wyoming. Paul has been working in archaeology for over nine years, with the majority of his experience obtained in Idaho. Paul is on the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office list of Qualified Archaeological Consultants. He has experience directing all levels of cultural resource management operations from pre-field and archival research to mitigation and data-recovery excavation.

Molly Boeka Cannon (PhD)

Cartographic and GIS Support

Will provide all the cartographic and GIS support for CHC projects. Molly is currently the Curator of the Museum of Anthropology at Utah State University. She received her PhD in geography from the University of Nebraska and holds a master's degree in anthropology from the University of Wyoming. She also serves as Director of the USU Spatial Data Collection, Analysis and Visualization Lab of which CHC is a partner. Molly has over a decade of experience in the lntermountain West and has served as co-Pl on Sand Creek Massacre Historic Site Mapping Project Colorado, the Sand Cliff Historic Signature Project, Utah, the Challis Bison Kill site, Idaho and the Goetz site investigations, Wyoming. She also served as crew chief during data recovery investigations at the Cove Creek site, Idaho (2000). Her GIS skills have been developed through a decade of work in academic, federal, and private settings. She has proficiency in a number ESRI products including ArcGIS, ArcPad, ArclMS, Arclnfo, as well as being proficient with Trimble GPS software and hardware including Pathfinder Office, GeoExplore Ill, GeoXT, GeoXH and the Power Pro. Molly has received numerous awards and grants for her work.

Todd Cottle (BA)

Finance and Human Resources

Manages the financial and human resource aspects for CHC. Todd graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management and a minor in French. After college, he spent 16 years with the Xerox Corporation Agent Program as an Agent Manager, and as the Business Operations Manager for the Western States region. His career with Xerox is best summed up by his winning Xerox President's Club eight times. During Mr. Cottle's tenure with Xerox he traveled internationally directing trade shows and making professional to both government and private business audiences.

William Eckerle (MA)

Senior Geoarchaeologist & Owner of
Western GeoArch Research, LLC

Bill is the senior geoarchaeologist and owner of Western GeoArch Research, LLC ( located in Alta, Wyoming. He is listed on the Register of Professional Archaeologists and is a Licensed Professional Geologist in Arizona, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. He began his higher education with a major in geology at Montana State University, completed his B.S. in anthropology at the University of Idaho, and received his M.A. in anthropology with emphasis in geoarchaeology at the University of Wyoming. He has over twenty seven years of expertise in analyzing the geological and pedological context of archaeological sites in both cultural resource management and research-oriented settings. Mr. Eckerle has conducted geoarchaeological analysis at many hundreds of archaeological sites in the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, Northwestern Plains, Rocky Mountains, and Snake River Plain. He uses the principles of geomorphology, stratigraphy, soil science, Quaternary studies, and archaeological site formation principles to characterize archaeological sites and assess their significance and intactness. His site characterizations are oriented toward paleo-topographic reconstruction, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, site context evaluation including site formation and destruction processes, the analysis of prehistoric food resource availability, and archaeological subsistence and settlement. He models buried site locations within a geographic information systems (GIS) framework. Recently he has been principal investigator on multiple lake coring projects with the goal of providing archaeological-specific paleoenvironmental reconstructions. Mr. Eckerle has submitted hundreds of consultant reports. He has presented papers at the Society of American Archaeologists conference, Plains Anthropological Society meetings, the Great Basin Anthropological conference, the Northwest Anthropological conference and Rocky Mountain Anthropological conference as well as at meetings of the Montana Archaeological Society, Wyoming Association of Professional Archaeologists and Utah Professional Archaeological Counsel. He has also appeared as author and co-author on numerous articles in professional journals and provided geoarchaeological workshops for the membership of the Montana Archaeological Society and Wyoming Association of Professional Archaeologists.

Ron D. Sladek (MA)

Historian, Tatanka Historical Associates, Inc.

Ron Sladek, founder and president of Tatanka Historical Associates Inc., has been working in the field of history and historic preservation since the late 1980s. After obtaining his M.A. in 1987, he moved to Minneapolis-St. Paul where he spent several years working for Twin City Testing/Huntingdon International, one of the nation's largest engineering consulting firms. As the company's Staff Historian and Property Research Coordinator, Ron conducted historical and public records research and analysis on more than 500 sites across the central United States. This provided him with broad experience in historical and public records research methodology.

Through his several decades of work and volunteer activities, Ron has developed an excellent reputation for high quality research, writing and analysis. Today he is considered one of the leading Rocky Mountain Region consultants in the fields of history, architectural history, and historic preservation. His practice covers the entire West from Colorado to California.

Maureen Boyle (MA)

Project Archaeologist

Maureen Boyle is currently employed as a project archaeologist for Cannon Heritage Consultants, Inc. Ms. Boyle received a Master of Arts in anthropology from Indiana University in 2010 with an emphasis in archaeology and a minor emphasis in cultural anthropology. Her areas of specialization include archaeological method and theory, culture contact studies, American Indian studies, and ethnohistorical methods. Ms. Boyle has ten years of research and field experience in the Rocky Mountain West, primarily in Wyoming where she worked as a graduate research assistant on a multi-year research project investigating terminal Late Prehistoric occupations at high-altitude sites in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. She has experience in community-based participatory research methods as a crew leader during the Crow Tribal Historic Preservation Training Program at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Wyoming. Ms. Boyle has five years of experience in cultural resource management (CRM) conducting archaeological inventory, cultural resource evaluation, historical research, artifact analysis, and technical report preparation in compliance with cultural resource laws and regulatory agencies. Ms. Boyle is also committed to educational outreach and has over two years of full-time teaching experience in anthropology at Utah State University where she helped to create the first online anthropology minor offered to undergraduate students. Ms. Boyle has developed and taught undergraduate courses in cultural anthropology, archaeology, and biological anthropology that focus on critical thinking skills and innovative approaches to student engagement in the online classroom.

Chris Dunker (MFA)