Meet the Execs

President – Robyn S. Lacy

Robyn Lacy is a PhD student studying historical archaeology at MUNL. She graduated with her Masters in Archaeology in 2017, and has most recently been working as a cultural heritage specialist and archaeologist in London, Ontario, before returning to Newfoundland for her PhD research. She focuses on 17th-century burial grounds on the east coast & in Newfoundland, and is a trained gravestone conservator. In her free time, Robyn is an amateur painter & enjoys travelling with her husband.

Vice-President – Anna Sparrow

Anna Sparrow completed her Masters in Archaeology in 2020. Her research explores relationships between dogs and humans in coastal British Columbia. Outside of archaeology, she also works in food and beverage industry, and spends much of her free time cooking, baking, drawing, and hiking. She is currently taking a year from work to spend with her new son.

Past -President – Dr. Shannon Lewis-Simpson

Dr Shannon Lewis-Simpson is an Assistant Professor with the Dallaire Centre of Excellence for Peace and Security and Canadian Forces College. She is an Adjunct Professor and part-time lecturer in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science at Memorial University. She serves as Newfoundland and Labrador’s representative on the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. Currently researching aspects of Cultural Property Protection, and inclusive interpretations in NL.

Secretary – Dr. Alison Harris

Dr. Alison Harris is a postdoctoral research fellow and per course instructor in the Department of Archaeology at MUNL. She utilises methods from biochemistry to investigate infant feeding practices among settler communities in NL and NS. In her free time, Alison can be found crocheting or writing, or on a sunny day, gasping for breath on the cliffs of the East Coast Trail.

Treasurer – Ian Petty

Ian Petty is a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Department, studying historical logging in Newfoundland between Geography, Archaeology, and History. He earned his Masters in Archaeology in 2020, and has been working in archaeology and heritage for over a decade across North America. He also works in gravestone conservation.

General Board Member 2022

  • Rita Onah
  • Aubrey O’Toole
  • Elsa Simms