Our Story

After seeing historic trucks being stolen, rock art being vandalized, historic buildings being burned, and artifacts like stone tools being taken, a group of Nevada Site Stewardship Program volunteers started Nevadans for Cultural Preservation. The founding board saw the need to educate the public about the importance of these resources, the laws that protect them, and share the joy of preserving them for the future generations to enjoy. See a brief list of our efforts here.

Board Members

Executive Director: Rayette Martin M.A. is a cultural anthropologist with over 13 years of experience exploring the Nevada outdoors. She has a combined 19 years of supervisory and volunteer management experience and enjoys working with the public.

Deputy Director: Karen Harvey holds a B.A. in Anthropology and has been a volunteer for the Nevada Site Stewardship Program for many years. She has held positions on many nonprofit boards and is a current member of the Desert Wranglers Jeep Club.

President: Brenna Wilkerson is working on a Master's degree in Anthropology at UNLV. Her interests are Southwestern ceramics, diet, and subsistence strategies. She also enjoys working in education and public outreach.

Vice President: Danielle Romero is an anthropology PhD student at UNLV focusing on prehistoric ceramics. She has been involved in a variety of archaeological projects across the United States including 19th Century Native American villages and prehistoric hunting sites, pithouses, and pueblos. 

Secretary: Katie Hoffman is working toward a dual major in art and anthropology at the College of Southern Nevada. Her interests currently lie in prehistoric ceramic technology. She also volunteers for the Nevada Site Stewardship Program.

Treasurer: Kym Fiegl is president and owner of two local small businesses. He is a member of the Desert Wranglers Jeep Club and stewards sites across southern Nevada. 

Director: Pat Weidknecht M.S. has over 30 years experience as an educator in the Clark County School District. She volunteers for many projects including archiving at the Desert National Wildlife Refuge and stewarding for the Nevada Site Stewardship Program and the BLM Paleontology Project.

Director: Barbara Roth PhD. is the chair of the UNLV Anthropology Department and is a well known Southwest archaeologist. She has been an educator for almost 30 years and conducts regular field schools for students to learn hands-on skills in archaeology.

Director: Maggie Zakri M.A. has been working in public history around the United States for 18 years. She is currently the collections manager at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas.

Nonvoting Director: Samantha Rubinson PhD. runs a large statewide volunteer organization and is passionate about archaeology and public involvement.



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