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

Jacob Clay President (2017) Email


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.

Angela Labrador Vice President (2017) Email


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 edited The Oxford Handbook of Public Heritage Theory and Practice (2018) and completed her doctorate at UMass Amherst (2013). For the past six 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, and hosts the history podcast, Places of Legend. She edits the VAS newsletter and the VAS website.

Christie Ertel Secretary (2017) Email


Christie graduated from Elmira College with a BA in Classical Studies in 2009. She then moved home to Vermont and was excited to discover an archaeology community she’d never known was here. She has happily been with the VAS since 2011. She lives in Barnet with her boyfriend and a small menagerie of pets, and in her other (less interesting) life she is a medical coder.

Appointed Positions

Niels Rinehart Journal Editor Email


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.

Sarah van Ryckevorsel Treasurer Email


Sarah first served on the Vermont Archaeological Society board from 2004 to 2008 and a second time from 2012 to 2017. She is now in the appointed position of Treasurer for the Society. While Sarah ran a small business with her husband Maarten for many years, she always found time to participate in archaeological work, periodically employed in the field but with most of her experience being gained in an avocational volunteer position. Sarah has worked on numerous sites in New York State and Vermont. She has also participated in projects in France, Wales, Ireland, England and, for the last number of years, Bronze and Iron Age sites in Scotland. Born in Bennington, Vermont, Sarah has a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Johnson State College.

Board Members

Yvonne Benney Basque (2015) Email


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 (2017)Email

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.

Bob VanArsdell (2018)

Bob Van Arsdell was an engineer and business owner prior to retirement.  His interest in archaeology began in 1970, when he started to study the British Iron Age and Roman periods. Since 1980, he has published nearly a hundred articles and two books on British Iron Age and Celtic subjects. He has lectured in both the US and Britain and currently has a website devoted to the British Iron Age.  From 1984 on, he volunteered 26 seasons for British excavations  at Danebury Iron Age Hillfort, the Danebury Catchment area in Hampshire and Brading Roman Villa on the Isle of Wight. The excavations were conducted by the Institute of Archaeology at Oxford University. His 1989 book on the Iron Age won the IAPN international prize for best book, the first submission of an American author’s work to win the prize.

Past Presidents (Ex Officio)

Brennan Gauthier 1st Past President

Brigitte Helzer 2nd Past President