David Rose is the President of the EIF Board of Directors. Dave (shown here at left with the Mayor of Easter Island) is a retired attorney; he and his wife, Gail (on the right), became enchanted with Easter Island while on Georgia Lee’s Millennium Tour to Easter Island. They enjoy adventure travel and scuba-diving (Dave calls his scuba experience off Motu Nui “spectacular”). Gail Rose is a retired science teacher and coordinates EIF educational activities.
Kay Sanger is the EIF’s First Vice-President. She fell in love with Rapa Nui while working there with Georgia Lee’s research project in 1983. She has returned to the island many times, and works to promote education, research and preservation. Kay has an MA in Archaeology from UCLA and is the author of several books on travel, archaeology and rock art.
Mike Chamberlain is Treasurer of the EIF. He is a retired project manager for an energy company, and has an M.B.A. degree from the University of Southern California. Mike has worked extensively with archaeologists in the field documenting Native American rock art sites across the southwestern United States.
Elaine Dvorak is the Secretary of the EIF. She and her husband Don have conducted amazing kite-aerial photography projects on Easter Island and in Hawaii. Their aerial photos showing archaeological sites have provided valuable information to archaeologists on the ground.
Mara Mulrooney is the Editor of the Rapa Nui Journal. She recently completed her Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Auckland, focusing on settlement and land use in the Hanga Ho’onu sector of Rapa Nui. She is currently employed as Assistant Anthropologist at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawai’i and she has conducted archaeological research in Hawai’i, New Zealand, Fiji, Guam, and Rapa Nui.
Georgia Lee is one of the founding members of the EIF. Her Ph.D. dissertation dealt with the rock art of Easter Island. She is active in the Foundation’s publishing program and lives in California. She was the editor of the Rapa Nui Journal for many years.
Christopher M. Stevenson has a B.A. degree in Anthropology and Sociology from Marquette University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University. He has published extensively about the island and his research continues through the Earthwatch Institute program. Chris is the EIF’s Vice-President for International Conferences.
Joan Seaver Kurze’s interest in anthropology led her to UCLA where she earned her doctorate. Her fieldwork on Rapa Nui focused on the modern woodcarvers of the island. Joan was the founding President of the EIF.
Marla Wold became intrigued with Rapa Nui during her first college class at the University of Wyoming in 1969. It was taught by William Mulloy and she did her Master’s thesis in Anthropology on the subject of the Rapanui language. She is currently chairperson of the Scholarship Committee.
Tom Christopher joined the EIF in 1991. He lives in Michigan and has been collecting books about Rapa Nui since 1958!
Kathi Merritt volunteered for one of Sonia Haoa and Chris Stevenson’s Earthwatch teams on Rapa Nui in the fall of 2007 and was determined to do more. She was a Earthwatch volunteer on Easter Island in the spring of 2009 and the winter of 2010 and is eager to assist with future research. With over 30 years as a classroom teacher and school library media teacher in a K-8th grade school, her students have been an integral part of Kathi’s various past Earthwatch projects. She has a special interest in the Foundation’s Scholarship program.
Pete Kelsey has worked with Sonia Haoa on her archaeological survey of the island since 2007. He specializes in implementing technology (i.e. GPS, GIS, LiDAR and CAD) to create survey grade, 3-D computer models for visualization, simulation and analysis.
Elaine Crumpley is a retired science teacher. She recently went to the island and taught science classes to Rapanui students, an amazing experience.
Paul Horley, Ph.D. from Yuri Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University (Ukraine), started his research of Rapa Nui history and culture after visiting the Island in 2002. His scientific interests include rongorongo script, study of rock art and 3D computer modeling of archaeological sites. Some of these topics are represented in his contributions to the Rapa Nui Journal.
Hilary Scothorn, whose Masters’ degree concerns Polynesian and non-Western art history, lives in New Zealand. She is the treasurer of the Pacific Arts Association.
Charles Love is a geologist and archaeologist. He teaches at Western Wyoming College and can often be found on Easter Island, excavating the old moai roads and other features.
Colleen Rubart is a career international PR professional and media strategist, with B.A. degrees in International Studies from the Henry M. Jackson School and in Japanese from the University of Washington. She first visited Easter Island in 2008, with a Fortune magazine reporter which led to a “Saving Easter Island” feature story featuring Sonia Haoa.
Program Officers/Technical Advisors
Brett Shepardson is the Co-editor of the Rapa Nui Journal. Brett received his B.A. in Mathematics from Claremont McKenna College in 2000, his M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 2002 and his Ph.D. in Anthropology (with a focus in Archaeology) from UH in 2006. His research interests and expertise include GIS, monumental architecture, quantitative analysis, and the Pacific Islands.
Since receiving his Ph.D., Brett has held Adjunct Professor positions at the University of Hawai‘i, University of New Mexico, Vanderbilt University, and Northern Arizona University. In 2003, he also founded the Terevaka.net Archaeological Outreach program—a volunteer organization devoted to cultural awareness, archaeological conservation, and educational outreach on Rapa Nui. He continues as the program’s Director to develop curriculum, organize yearly projects, and raise funds.
Brett currently resides in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he works full-time as a seventh- and eighth-grade math teacher. He also teaches an archaeology course at Northern Arizona University and develops/maintains websites part-time.
Board Chairman Emeritus William Liller received his Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Michigan and taught at Harvard University from 1960-1983. He moved to Chile where he now lives. He has carried out extensive archaeo-astronomical studies on Easter Island. Bill is shown here with Kathi Merrit, signing a copy of Speak Rapanui!, an EIF publication that he co-authored with Ana Betty Haoa Rapahango. Bill also authored the now out-of-print Ancient Solar Observatories of Easter Island.
Ana Betty Haoa Rapahango, of Easter Island parentage, has an MA from the University of Chile. Since 1993 she has been director and head librarian of the Biblioteca Rapanui, at the Fonck Museum, Viña del Mar.