Board of Directors


The governing body of the Society is the Board of Directors, elected by the membership at the Annual Meeting. The Directors meet periodically to carry on the overall operation of the Society. Various committees, comprised of interested general members and Board members, report on their efforts at these meetings. Executive officers of the Society are elected by the Board of Directors.

VAS Officers

Angela Labrador President (2020) Email

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Angela is an anthropologist and managing partner of Coherit Associates. She develops community-based heritage initiatives to responsibly grow local economies while safeguarding cultural resources. She is a certified Master Teacher with Project Archaeology. She co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Public Heritage Theory and Practice (2018) and completed her doctorate at UMass Amherst (2013). For the past eight years she has worked across the Caribbean and is delighted to live in Vermont, where she first worked in CRM in 1999. Angela now lives in Barre, hosts the history podcast, Places of Legend, and has a special interest in documenting historic cemeteries. She edits the VAS newsletter and the VAS website. She is also co-director of the 2020/2021 NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture workshop, “Freedom & Unity.”

Yvonne Benney Basque Vice-President (2020) Email

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Yvonne Benney Basque is a Historic Resources Specialist and Archaeologist for the State of Vermont. Yvonne has been passionate about archaeology since the first grade, participating in volunteer and avocational archaeology, cultural resource management and regulatory archaeology throughout both the Northeast and other exotic locales such as Orkney and Texas. Yvonne completed her master’s degree at SUNY Binghamton with her research on Paleo Indian caribou hunters in Northern New Hampshire. She lives in Central Vermont with her cats and her long-suffering husband, who has yet to be convinced that caribou make good pets.

Randall Kuhlman Secretary (2020) Email

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Originally from the Finger Lakes region of New York, Randall attended Elmira College where he earned a Bachelor’s in Classical Studies and History in 2010. In 2013, Randall earned his Master’s degree in Applied Archaeology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, completing his thesis: Classical Traditions in Central New York State: Analyzing Classical Influences in 19th Century Syracuse, New York. He then worked for Public Archaeology Laboratory out of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, as an Archaeological Technician. Randall and his wife moved to Vermont in 2014 to start raising a family. Currently, he lives in the Mad River Valley with his wife Ali, daughter Penelope, and dog Hazel. He enjoys hiking local trails, skiing at Sugarbush, and swimming at the Valley’s many swimming holes.

Appointed Positions

Niels Rinehart Journal Editor Email

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Niels is a recent transplant to Vermont, moving to Jericho in 2012 with his wife Lauren and two sons, Liam and Abe. He has a Masters in Anthropology (Archaeology) from SUNY Binghamton and pursued a doctorate in Anthropology at UMass Amherst. He has worked in CRM archaeology for many years predominantly throughout the Northeast and Vermont, as well as elsewhere in the United States and Africa. He works for the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation in the Lands Administration Division, where his responsibilities include managing archaeology projects on State lands.

Kathy Nolan Treasurer, Volunteer Coordinator Email

Kathy is currently retired (mostly). Prior to retirement, she had a long career in public accounting and in private companies working in a number of finance, tax, and accounting roles, predominantly in the NYC metropolitan area. She is a CPA in 3 states and currently works part-time as Assistant Treasurer in the Town of Monkton. She moved to Vermont in 2014, allowing her to pursue her passions for archaeology and music as an amateur. She has an AB in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross, an MBA with an Accounting Specialization from the University of Connecticut, and a Masters in Anthropology/Archaeology from the University of New Mexico. She has done a number of digs over the years in Europe, and in the Southwestern and the Midwestern U.S. In Europe, she worked primarily on Paleolithic sites and in the Southwest and Midwest on pre-contact Native American sites. She’s been able to participate in several digs in Vermont and New York and is looking forward to participating in more and becoming more knowledgeable about the archaeological history of the state of Vermont and the Northeast overall.

Sabrina Madjeski Social Media Coordinator Email

Sabrina was born and raised in New Jersey and has a house in Vermont. She’s a Historical Archaeologist and Public Historian and volunteers with horses every week at a horse farm. Sabrina has brought a lot of energy to our Facebook page and has also helped establish our Instagram and Twitter presence. 

Board Members

Steve Butz (2020) Email

Steve Butz is an educator, writer, and environmental scientist who has taught at the secondary and college level for over twenty years. Steve gained his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Cornell University and has published numerous books on the subjects of science, history and technology. Steve is currently working on his Ph.D. in Archaeology at the University of Albany, and is the director of the Shays’ Settlement Project which is the first formal study of the ruins of a fortified 18th century settlement located in the mountains of Southern Vermont. Steve has also created a public education project about the settlement, which includes a summer archaeology field school for high school students.

Jacob Clay (2015) Email

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Jacob is the Cultural Resources Specialist/Archaeologist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Vermont State Office. His work primarily involves reviewing conservation practices on privately owned agricultural land throughout Vermont and Massachusetts. Jacob joined the VAS board in the spring of 2015 and was elected as President in the spring of 2017. He currently lives in Barre and can often be found hiking through the ruins of granite industry in the Barre Town Forest with his bear-sized dog, Jasper.

Past Presidents (Ex Officio)

Jacob Clay 1st Past President

Brennan Gauthier 2nd Past President