Our People

Anne Ketz, RPA, CIP
CEO & Services Director

Anne’s career in cultural resources management and planning extends over 30 years and three continents, including projects in the United States, Great Britain, India, the Middle East, and Canada. Anne’s sensitivity to others and sense of diplomacy have brought successful conclusion to complex and potentially controversial projects. Since founding the 106 Group in 1992, she has worked closely with a broad range of stakeholders, including community activists, planners, and Native American leaders to ensure respect for each community’s heritage within the planning process. Anne’s commitment to the profession is further demonstrated through public speaking, scholarly publications, school programs, and volunteer training.

Originally from the United Kingdom, Anne has witnessed the field of interpretive planning change significantly and has been instrumental in establishing it as a vital part of any planning process. In 1981, she was one of the first students in the field of Museum Studies. Much of her career has been dedicated to increasing public access to and understanding of the world’s cultural resources and sites. Examples of her vast cultural resources field and documentation experience include: Roman forts, Colonial taverns, logging camps, historic mills, 3,000-year-old camp sites, and sacred caves. Anne was awarded the honor of Master Interpretive Manager Region V by the National Association of Interpretation. Today, Anne is honored to serve as Vice President (for programs and activities) for the International Committee on Interpretation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage Sites (ICIP) for the International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). Anne meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards for work in history, architectural history, and archaeology.

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David Ketz
CFO & General Manager

David Ketz is the co-founder and co-owner of the 106 Group and serves as financial officer and general manager. He has over thirty years of experience as a small business owner. His breadth and depth of experience in business, information management, and economic development brings a unique perspective to community development and problem solving. Through his involvement in various national boards and initiatives, combined with extensive travel, David has developed a keen awareness of the potential for cultural tourism and community development opportunities and how they can enhance a community’s economic well being. David has played a key role in community planning by developing place-based tools for economic development and developing a framework for documenting and quantifying cultural and economic data in order to evaluate the economic returns on investment. Some of his projects include the Great River Road development study and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakota Community tribal resources database.  Notably, David led the economic development and planning portion of the Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism Strategic Plan and has since co-presented a paper on cultural tourism and economic development at the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) conference in Quebec, Canada. David was one of the founding members of the American Cultural Resources Association and served on the board of directors for five years. David’s expertise in finance and small business development led to his appointment as vice president of the Minnesota Working Capital Fund for women-owned and minority business. He also served for five years on the Twin Cities Steering Committee of the American Heritage Rivers Initiative.

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Steve Boyd-Smith, CIP
Creative Director

Steve has made his career eliciting stories and producing meaningful ways for visitors to engage with them. Over the past 25 years, he has created interpretive experiences for dozens of institutions around the country. Steve came to interpretation through a combination of academic history and theater. He is a creative problem-solver who focuses on the audience’s experiences and the project’s goals before he develops media for conveying the story. His range of experience and skills includes project management, facilitation, interpretive and exhibit planning, writing for grants and for general audiences, exhibit design and development, multi-media exhibits, exterior exhibits, online curation, and research. Steve develops an overall vision, draws out the unique strengths of individuals, and creates a coherent whole. He has presented on interpretive topics at multiple conferences and his work has won national awards.

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Madeleine Bray, RPA
Sr. Archaeologist

Madeleine is a cultural resources specialist and Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) with 17 years of survey, excavation, and project management experience in the United States, Greece, and Israel, including 10 years in cultural resources management. She is experienced in conducting Phase I surveys, Phase II evaluations, prehistoric and historic archaeological site documentation, historical research, mitigation recommendations, Native American outreach, and construction monitoring. A skilled writer, Madeleine authors and provides senior-level review of documents in support of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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Jennifer Bring
Cultural Resources Director

Jennifer is a senior cultural resources planner and project manager with extensive expertise in cultural resources management (CRM) and compliance. With nationwide managerial and field experience in historic preservation, architectural history, and archaeology, Jennifer has a detailed understanding of the CRM process that enables her to successfully lead complex projects to completion. Her multidisciplinary background in anthropology, archaeology, architectural history, and business management informs her detailed understanding of National Environmental Policy Act and Section 106 processes, as well as state-level compliance issues. Clients have praised Jennifer’s sharp focus and ability to navigate challenges as project manager for a wide range of projects, from small-scale development projects to interstate pipelines, high-speed rail and transit projects, and more.

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Ashlyn Crawford
Community Engagement Specialist

Fostering environments that value civic engagement is a high priority for Ashlyn. As a community engagement specialist, she designs innovative ways to create meaningful relationships and gather valuable stakeholder input. Ashlyn is a strong facilitator with a range of tools for dialogue and collaboration with diverse communities. She gained creative problem solving skills through her experience in state government, non-profits, student advocacy, facilitation, planning, and as a liaison for multicultural student groups. Ashlyn’s education in legal studies and intercultural communication helps her develop integrative and culturally-competent solutions for community projects across the country.

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Andrew Devich
Graphic Designer

Andrew is a skilled graphic designer with big ideas and great attention to detail. He develops interpretive waysides and exhibits that creatively engage visitors with location-specific stories to enhance their experience at each site. His project work at parks and visitor centers range from concept development through final production, ensuring that the product meets the client’s standards every step of the way. One of Andrew’s greatest strengths is his understanding of the intricacies of Universal Design and his keen ability to apply it to all aspects of graphic design and interpretation. Andrew’s responsibilities also include photography, researching and acquiring graphics and use rights. He collaborates frequently with exhibit planners, interpretive writers, illustrators, and photographers. His technical experiences cover Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Lightroom, Photography and Microsoft Office.

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Brooke Dirtzu
Cultural Planner

Brooke is driven by the challenge of achieving common ground among multiple stakeholders to advance projects in a mutually beneficial direction. She has planned, developed, and implemented outreach activities as a vehicle to promote community discussion and education about poverty, adult literacy, community development, transportation, and employment. Her multilingual skills and over 10 years of experience working with African American, Latino, Oromo, KaRen, Somali, Ethiopian and Hmong communities provide her with the unique capability to capture the input from a broad range of people and thereby develop culturally competent outreach activities. She not only facilitates community engagement strategies that foster an exchange of ideas, collaboration, and inclusion in planning processes, but she also devises systems for synthesizing input in order make it accessible and inform a project’s strategic direction. Brooke is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese.

 

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Chris Evans
Director of Media & Design

Chris is responsible for the overall communication and function of a project’s design. Once a story has been developed, Chris selects and tests the best media to convey its message. He places great emphasis on providing accessible and engaging content for a broad audience through innovative and interactive means. Chris knows how to utilize the latest technology to engage visitors, but also understands that not all exhibits have to be high tech to be highly engaging. Chris has designed hundreds of interpretive wayside panels and dozens of exhibits, including the award-winning Blue Ridge Parkway Waysides Exhibit (VA), The Spirit of Africa Exhibit (WI), Main Street Blytheville Greyhound Bus Station (AR), and Rohwer Japanese American Relocation Center (AR). In doing so, he has honed his skills in visual storytelling. Chris recently completed an exhibit for the Ohiopyle State Park visitor’s center involving exhibit design, panel design, audio editing, and touch screen design. He also designs websites and develops educational videos. In his spare time, Chris is a tinkerer and maker who creates digital devices, including a scratch-built and programmed multi-touch table and Raspberry Pi photo booth.

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Nicole Foss
Resources Planner & Historian

Nicole is a multi-disciplinary professional whose work in the fields of history, archaeology, and museums spans over a decade. Her experience includes cultural resources management and preservation, technical report writing, grant writing and administration, community and tribal engagement, collections management, interpretive exhibit and programming development, and archival research at a wide range of repositories, including state historic preservation offices, regional repositories, and state and county historical societies throughout the U.S. and in Canada. Nicole is also an accomplished and flexible writer who has written for a wide range of contexts, including interpretation, grants, and technical reports. She holds a Master of Arts in Anthropology with a focus in Historical Archaeology, as well as a certificate in Museum Studies. Nicole’s passion for history and its interpretation inspires her solid commitment to high quality, collaborative work on every project, large or small.

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Kate Hunt
Bioarchaeologist

Kate has a special expertise in the analyses of human remains in archaeological contexts that includes work as a human osteologist for the Jezreel Valley Research Project in Israel and as the Assistant Director for Transylvania Bioarchaeology’s Jucu Necropolis excavation and bioarchaeological field school. She is a thoughtful archaeologist, physical anthropologist, program manager, and social entrepreneur. Kate has received several international honors, including being named a TED Fellow in 2014, one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People, and one of Foreign Policy’s and the U.S. State Department’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers. She has also conducted archaeological excavations and bioarchaeological analyses for Penn State’s Mendes Expedition and the PLU Valley of the Kings Expedition in Egypt.

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Adam Kaeding, PhD, RPA
Archaeology Manager

Adam’s experience in archaeology spans North America, Central America, and Asia. For over a decade, he has been supervising teams comprised of up to twenty archaeologists, students, and laborers in nearly all aspects of archaeology. He is experienced in conducting reconnaissance surveys, evaluations, and mitigation/data recovery in the United States, including excavation work across seven states. Adam has presented his work at professional conferences and led public outreach and education efforts among rural Maya descendant communities as well as elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. He holds a Ph.D. in Archaeology from Boston University.

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Regine Kennedy, CIP
Interpretation & Planning Director

Regine Kennedy is an experienced planner and a strong project manager whose work includes interpretive planning, facilitation, project management, writing, exhibit design, and research. In all her work, Regine applies strong critical thinking skills and keen attention to detail with the ability to see the bigger picture. Regine leads stakeholder engagement efforts that guide the planning process and empower clients and their stakeholders to create meaningful and effective solutions to their distinctive issues. Her multidisciplinary background has enabled her to communicate effectively with a broad range of stakeholders, professionals, and people from other cultures. Regine’s guidance and leadership during the Great River Passage Interpretive Plan led to a final product that ensures key resources along the Passage, and the stories that they convey, are integrated into development activities along St. Paul’s riverfront.

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Jennifer Kust
Operations Manager

Jennifer Kust brings strong business and financial experience to the 106 Group as the Operations Manager. Her background includes extensive involvement in the overall operations of small businesses. Her background includes extensive involvement in the overall operations of small businesses. She has worked in the private sector and for non-profit organizations, as well as serving a 3-year term as School Board Member for a small, private school where she was a contributing advisor to the administration in areas of school operations and budget. Jennifer has strong skills in business administration in the areas of finance, human resources, and economic analysis. Her passion and interest in economics allowed her to recently assist in the development and authorship of an economic analysis and impact model for a cultural tourism program.

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Tyler Lund-Kyrola
Archaeologist

Tyler has experience working throughout the Midwest, in Massachusetts, and in England alongside professionals and academics both in the field and in the laboratory. He has experience in reconnaissance, data recovery, and laboratory methods focused on processing artifacts and other archaeological data. In the lab, he has also led workshops for high school students interested in learning more about archaeology. Tyler has participated in numerous projects with a heavy community presence and has become skilled at discussing archaeology with the public to increase awareness and engagement.

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Molly McDonald
GIS Analyst

Molly is a GIS analyst who efficiently provides original spatial data solutions. With a Master’s degree in Geographic Information Science and a background in natural resources planning, Molly adeptly applies her skills in cartographic design and data management in a variety of contexts. She has developed interactive web maps and managed GIS files, mapped historic houses of worship, and created script for streamlined data extraction. In 2014, her team won the Esri Climate Resilience App Challenge for their work on the Minnesota Solar Suitability Analysis. At the 106 Group, Molly continues to use her expertise at an award-winning level for planning, interpretive, and cultural resource projects.

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Saleh Miller
Sr. Architectural Historian

Saleh has extensive experience in completing reconnaissance and intensive architectural history surveys, historical research, eligibility evaluations, historic context development, National Register of Historic Places nominations, and assessment of effects studies. This work often assists clients in complying with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Saleh regularly acts as principal investigator on these projects, and her recommendations have a consistent record of concurrence from State Historic Preservation Offices. Saleh is also a skilled project manager: over the last several years, she has managed the successful completion of over a dozen architectural history projects on time and within budget.

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Amanda Northwick
Business Administrator

Amanda is a business administrator trained in finance, marketing, accounting, and management. Having completed coursework in both architecture and archaeology, Amanda applies her field knowledge to efficiently respond to the specific needs of the cultural resources teams. In addition to supporting project logistics, Amanda assists with the 106 Group’s internal operations by managing expenses, directing communication, and maintaining a welcoming and productive work environment. She holds a degree in Anthropology with a minor in Business Administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

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Justin Olson
Archaeologist

Justin’s experience supervising Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III archaeological surveys spans the Upper Midwest and Great Plains. His crew and time management skills enable him to work on many different projects at the same time. Justin worked with the Oglala Lakota Sioux THPO at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to nominate the Cheyenne Creek archaeological site to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Nicole Pederson
Film & Media Associate

Nicole communicates stories in a compelling manner through various visual media disciplines. Her education as a visual arts student integrated with communication strategies has informed her ability to convey a central message through a range of media. As part of the media and design team at 106 Group, Nicole uses her skills to develop photography and video that creates a story demonstrating a project’s progress from start to finish. In her role as part of the development team, she uses these same skills in communicating the company’s message through social media marketing efforts. In everything she does, Nicole strives to achieve accuracy and excellence in both aesthetics and meaning.

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Erin Que
Architectural Historian

Erin is an architectural historian adept at completing reconnaissance and intensive architectural history survey and documentation in support of clients’ planning and compliance needs. She has completed survey and evaluation, materials analysis, and measured drawings. Her attention to detail, thorough research skills, and timeliness result in comprehensive and accurate reports and make her a valuable team member. Her experience in project management and coordination, customer service, and historic house museums informs her work as an architectural historian and contributes to overall client satisfaction.

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Maggie Schmidt, CIP
Sr. Exhibit Developer

Maggie is a driven and thoughtful exhibit developer. She approaches the creative process as a visitor advocate, layering experiences for people of all ages and abilities. As a writer, she plays with style—voice, tone, and texture—to pique curiosity and bring stories to life. Maggie has a master’s degree in museum studies with interests in informal education, visitor studies, and life-long learning. Her undergraduate degrees include anthropology and English/nonfiction writing. Maggie is a Certified Interpretive Planner by the National Association for Interpretation and has developed exhibits for historical societies, art museums, state parks, visitor centers, and nature centers across the country.

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Matt Schillerberg
IT Manager

Matt offers a unique combination of expertise in IT and GIS technologies with experience in the fields of archaeology, history, and cultural resources management. Matt has over 18 years of experience with workstations and servers, troubleshooting, repairing, and programming networked computers in business environments. He also designs and develops database applications, works with GIS/GPS applications, designs and creates static and dynamic web pages, and develops multi-media presentations for trade shows. Matt has also worked on archaeological data recovery with the University of Wisconsin–River Falls and conducted a range of archaeological Phase I and II studies at the 106 Group. Matt excels at color photography. One of Matt’s award-winning photographs from his personal portfolio is published in two books, Pathway to the Future, and Meadows of Memories.

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Tricia Sletten
Proposal Coordinator

As the proposal coordinator at 106 Group, Tricia draws from her experience in business development, marketing, and communications. A zealous advocate for smart communications based on data as much as intuition, she has launched and managed several successful campaigns aimed at improving client engagement and satisfaction while also increasing revenue. With a diverse interdisciplinary background including the arts, health and wellness, non-profit administration, and entrepreneurship, Tricia attributes her effectiveness as a marketing professional to her holistic approach to communications and business development challenges.

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Kelly Wilder, JD
Engagement Director & General Counsel

Kelly is a mediator, planner, and attorney who leads community engagement efforts that guide clients and empower communities to envision creative, durable solutions to complex public issues. A member of the National Roster of Dispute Resolution and Consensus Building Professionals, Kelly has training in mediation, cross-cultural dispute resolution, negotiation, facilitation methods, and conflict resolution theory. She has facilitated collaborative efforts in multiple states, involving diverse stakeholder groups and all levels of government. With a background in ecology, journalism, and environmental law, Kelly brings a multidisciplinary perspective and balanced approach to work on cultural resources and tribal relations, water resources, agriculture and land use, transit, waste, parks and recreation, and historic preservation. Kelly studied resource management and human ecology in the Amazon Basin. She is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and has worked throughout the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and West.

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Award-winning Firm

  • 2016 American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Excellence in Exhibition Label Writing: Ohiopyle State Park
  • 2016 National Association for Interpretation (NAI) Interpretive Media Award: Ohiopyle State Park
  • 2015 American Planning Association of Minnesota (MN APA) Award Winner for Excellence in Community Engagement: Great River Passage
  • 2015 American Planning Association of Virginia (VA APA): Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest
  • 2015 National Association for Interpretation (NAI) Interpretive Media Award: Badlands National Park
  • 2014 National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) Excellence Award for Best Practices & Public Outreach/Advocacy: Stillwater Heirloom Home and Landmark Sites Program
  • 2014 National Association for Interpretation (NAI) Interpretive Media Award: Blue Ridge Parkway
  • 2013 National Association for Interpretation (NAI) Interpretive Media Award: Rohwer Japanese American Relocation Center
  • 2012 American Indian and Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) Tribal Destination of the Year award: Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism
  • 2011 Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas Award for Excellence in Preservation and Interpretation: Main Street Blytheville Greyhound Bus Station
  • 2010 National Association for Interpretation (NAI) Interpretive Media Award: International Crane Foundation, Spirit of Africa Exhibit
  • 2009 Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) Minnesota Preservation Archaeology Award: Diamond Point Park
  • 2009 Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM), the St. Paul Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) and the St. Paul Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Award (AIA): St. Paul Preservation Plan
  • 2009 St. Paul Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) and the St. Paul Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Award (AIA): St. Paul Grain Terminal

Certifications

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

We are a certified woman-owned small business and a certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) under 49 CFR Part 26. Through 49 CFR Part 26 we are certified as a disadvantaged business enterprise/woman-owned business enterprise with the Departments of Transportation of Delaware, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington DC, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

If a project requires a DBE or S/WBE certification not listed above, we can begin the certification process.

Credentials

  • 106 Group staff members meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards (36 CFR Part 61) for architectural history, archaeology, and history.
  • RPA – Register of Professional Archaeologists
  • HAZWOPER – 40-Hour HAZWOPER training as per 29 CFR 1910.120(e)
  • CIP – Certified Interpretive Planner
  • U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution National Roster of Dispute Resolution and Consensus Building Professionals
  • Licensed Minnesota Attorney
  • Qualified Neutral under Minnesota Rule 114