ARARA 2017 Elections
Election for Board Members of the Association
Voting Deadline is May 1, 2017
You must have your Voter Code to vote.
2017 Board Member Candidates (in alphabetical order)
Candidates for the 2017 ARARA Election to fill four (4) seats on the ARARA Board of Directors are listed below. Follow the link here or at the bottom of this page for the 2017 ARARA Ballot. Vote for no more than four candidates: ballots with more than four votes will be discarded. Voter Codes were distributed to ARARA members in good standing as of April 1, 2017, and your Voter Code is required to cast your ballot. When voting, double check your choices and Vote Only Once: ballots with a voter code that has already been used will be discarded. Return to ARARA 2017 Ballot page.
Dear friends and ARARA members, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as most of us have not yet met each other. My name is Kevin Conti. I am a recent graduate of New Mexico State University, where I completed my graduate work in Anthropology. My sub discipline is Archaeology with an emphasis in Native American Religion and History. My involvement with ARARA began a few years ago, when I was looking for an outlet to publish findings I made in the field of rock art. I am honored to have had my peers invite me to run for the ARARA Board. My interests within the field of rock art are foremost recording and research, followed by conservation and education. If elected, I hope to learn from the more senior board members, increasing my skill set, and allowing me to further the goals of ARARA.
A member since the 2006 conference in Bluff, I did outreach for auction donations, ultimately serving as auction chair in Bakersfield in 2009, then edited ARARAonLine until last year. For Del Rio's auction, I created a quilt with drawings by 25 rock art scholars. In Idaho Falls, I got ARARA an exclusive screening of Cave of Forgotten Dreams. For the next two years, I worked to get donations for ARARA/IFRAO. I wrote Jean Clottes for his budget for IFRAO France as a template. Among smaller successes, I got $2000 from Jean Auel for simultaneous translation. In Rock Springs I served as both Field Trip Coordinator and Auction Chair. Last year I proposed to the awards committee two grants for ongoing research by rock art students. I am running for the Board in hopes of extending our outreach to a larger and younger audience and improving communication with our membership.
Belinda Mollard, RPA
While an undergrad student, I joined ARARA in 2000. I've presented my research at several Annual Meetings and have been an active member throughout the years. For the past several years, I have been serving on the Conservation Committee, representing ARARA at professional conferences, and guiding fieldtrips. My aspirations for the association are to promote more education and conservation of rock art. I hope to get more students involved, and support new projects in the arena of rock art research and conservation technology.
I am a Senior Archaeologist for the Dept of Defense. I have directed successful field operations in Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Belgium, Germany, and the Philippines, as well as CRM projects throughout the Southwest and Great Plains, including several rock art projects. My thesis involved conservation planning for hundreds of rock art sites at Chaco Canyon. My dissertation is a landscape study of Jornada Mogollon rock art.
I am interested in serving as an ARARA board member to explore the role I might have in forwarding the organization's mission of rock art management, conservation, and preservation. I would be privileged to take an active role in an organization in which I have long participated, having attended my first ARARA in 1991. For many years, I have created detailed, accurate documentation of rock art, for which I am well known. Several of my illustrations have been included in publications. I would be honored to put my experience to work for the organization.
Troy Scotter (incumbent)
By profession I am a management consultant. Archeology and rock art are my avocations. Most of what I know about rock art is limited to Utah. I find it is a very big world once I leave those state borders. Why can't everyone just have Anasazi, Fremont, and Barrier Canyon rock art? It would make life much easier. I have worked with, or on, the URARA Board for over a decade. I have served as the ARARA Award Chair and for two years on the ARARA Board. I feel like I am just starting to get my head wrapped around all of the issues in which ARARA is involved. ARARA does a marvelous job with its conference and publications. We need to maintain those strengths. But I would like to see ARARA expand its activities to be more directly involved in conservation and preservation through funding projects as was discussed at the 2016 Las Cruces conference.
Karen Steelman (incumbent)
In January, I became the Assistant Research Director for Shumla Archaeological Research & Education Center, which documents and studies rock art in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands of southwest Texas. Before that, I was Professor of Chemistry at the University for Central Arkansas, where I taught and conducted research with undergraduate students for 12.5 years. My research interests include radiocarbon dating and chemical analyses of rock paintings. I have served one term as a Director on the ARARA Board. For the past two years, I have provided input on decisions, including updating the website and increasing support for students to attend the ARARA conference. I believe that we must recruit younger members, as they are the future of our organization. I have also been updating the ARARA Procedures Manual and would like the opportunity to continue with this work. ARARA is a place where members from different backgrounds come together.