Our Board Members

Jeremy Nienow

Jeremy Nienow, President

Jeremy Nienow is a passionate cultural resource preservation liaison, Cultural Resource Management consultant, and educator, actively pursuing new energies, technologies and projects within local county organizations, higher education, and the professional heritage preservation community. As an educator Dr. Nienow has taught at public and private higher education institutions throughout the Twin Cities. As a registered Principal Investigator in historic and prehistoric archaeology, he has 25 years experience in throughout the Midwest and Midatlantic. He owns and operates Nienow Cultural Consultants LLC, actively serving both the historical society and archaeological communities in all aspects of the profession including board service, conference organization, public speaking, and scholarly publication. Dr. Nienow enjoys blurring the lines between educator and professional archaeologist.

As CMA member, he has served as Editor, Vice President, and Chair of the Professionalization Committee. He has co-chaired the CMA Symposium for over 12 years and organized the Elden Johnson Distinguished Lecture for six years. Currently Dr. Nienow’s archaeological research has focused on the early hinterlands of the Twin Cities metro area. On the western side, he has lead cultural resource investigations of late 19th century tourism on Lake Waconia. In the eastern metro, his public-led archaeological survey centered on smaller lakes interspersed throughout northern Ramsey County. Both avenues of ongoing research have produced a wellspring of knowledge which Dr. Nienow looks forward to sharing with the general public .

Steve Katz

Steve Katz,
Vice President

Steven A. Katz is a forensic archaeologist/medicolegal death scene investigator with a diverse scope of skill sets, abilities, and life experiences that allow him to adapt to innumerable circumstances quickly and successfully. As a Registered Professional Archaeologist, Steve’s current specialties include, but are not limited to, cultural resource/heritage management, lithic analysis, human osteology, and burial excavation/human remains recovery in both the domestic and international sectors. Steve has well over 20 years of experience within the archaeological community and has conducted archaeological investigations/projects in all fifty states as well as nine countries (including human remains recovery and humanitarian relief missions).

In addition to being the owner of Global Archaeological Consulting, he is an invited lecturer at McHenry County College’s Retired Adults Program where for the past decade he has presented a series of archaeology related lectures and talks to the local community. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Leicester (Archaeology) and the University of Verona (Forensic Medical Science w/ International Perspectives) and has also completed advanced forensic medical training programs with the Academy of Forensic Medical Sciences (London), Texas State University-San Marcos, Mercyhurst University, TriTech Forensics, Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office, and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Steve is credentialed by the State of Wisconsin SHPO as an archaeologist qualified to work within the boundaries of a human burial site and is qualified to excavate human remains under Wisconsin’s Burial Sites Preservation law (Wis. Stat. 157.70). Steve can be reached with membership questions at skatz@globalarchaeology.com

Laura Koski

Laura Koski,
Secretary/Treasurer

Laura Koski is a registered professional archaeologist with ten years experience in archaeology spanning both academic and cultural resource focuses giving her a diverse background in both historic and prehistoric sites and cultural materials. Ms. Koski currently works as a contract archaeologist, zooarchaeologist, and CRM-specific GIS specialist supporting Minnesota and the greater Midwest. She earned her MSc in Zooarchaeology at the University of York to gain expertise to complete in-depth archaeological faunal and archaeological analysis. She has a special interest in providing faunal analysis for both historic and prehistoric sites to better increase our understanding of the relationship Minnesota’s past peoples had with the environment, and how this relationship impacted and shaped these cultures through time.

Her Geographic Information Systems training provides her with a skill set in map use, creation, and interpretation. Ms. Koski also trained in the Transylvania Bioarchaeology field school through Durham University giving her with the knowledge and skill set required to identify and conduct a basic analysis of human remains. As a member of the CMA, Ms. Koski is interested in fervently pursuing an increase in student members while looking for ways to increase professional development, teaching, and networking opportunities that will benefit both the region’s established archaeologists and the local field’s newest professionals. Please contact Laura Koski at ljoreenl@gmail.com for inquiries regarding due payments.

Danielle Kiesow

Danielle’s bio is pending, stay tuned! Danielle can be contacted about newsletter inquiries via email: danielle.kiesow@bolton-menk.com.

Tim Tumberg

Tim Tumberg is the CMA Past President

Tim Tumberg has an M.S. in Industrial Archaeology from Michigan Technological University and a Ph.D. in Anthropology with a specialization in historical archaeology from the University of Arizona. Since January 2018 he has been an archaeologist with the Minnesota Department of Transportation Cultural Resources Unit, and prior to that he managed the Cultural Resources Program for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Division of Trails and Waterways for almost 17 years. Tim’s particular area of interest is the history and archaeology of the copper and iron districts of the Western Great Lakes, and he has also worked on projects focused on the milling, logging, and ice harvesting industries of the Upper Midwest. Tim believes professional archaeology must include a commitment to ethical behavior and the widespread dissemination of accurate information. He has presented more than 40 papers to the public and at local, regional, and national professional conferences, and he has organized or participated in numerous other public historical and archaeological events such as tours and “hands on” archaeological digs.