Staff

Our Staff

Sagebrush Consultants maintains a permanent professional staff and retains consultants and associates in specialized fields in order to maintain the availability of a broad, experienced group of professionals. The staff includes individuals with professional degrees and experience in the social, behavioral, and physical sciences, while associates complement the staff with degrees in a variety of social, natural, and physical sciences.  Sagebrush is a member of the American Cultural Resources Association (ACRA) as are its employees.  Both the Principal Archaeologist/Regional Director and Principal Investigator Southworth are members of the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA). Sagebrush works regularly with other firms in teaming arrangements to provide clients with the most experienced and balanced environmental project teams. Individual staff information links are located to the right.

Michael R. Polk, M.A., R.P.A.

Principal Archaeologist/Regional Director

Michael R. Polk, M.A., R.P.A.

Principal Archaeologist/Regional Director

Bio:

Mr. Polk is, currently, Principal Archaeologist and Regional Director of Sagebrush Consultants, a wholly owned subsidiary of Commonwealth Cultural Resources, Inc. (CCRG). He is the former owner of Sagebrush Consultants, L.L.C., established by Mike and Ann Polk, in 1983. Mr. Polk has extensive experience in conducting and managing cultural resources and has carried out projects in 16 states, including all 10 western states. Since he began his career in the field in the early 1970s, Mr. Polk has worked on a variety of projects in prehistoric and historic archaeology, history, HABS/HAER documentation, National Register nominations, architectural history, resource management plans, and the National Environmental Protection Act. Mr. Polk has experience in both prehistoric and historic archaeological excavation and survey, including project management, field supervision, and excavation. Mr. Polk has worked with a wide variety of clients in both the public and private sectors, and he has gained a broad perspective in planning and development issues. He has gained skills in integrating cultural resources requirements with environmental and engineering planning programs. Prior to establishing Sagebrush Consultants, L.L.C., Mr. Polk worked for a number of institutions including: San Diego State University (1971-1972); Arizona State Museum; Tucson (1972-1973); Idaho State University in Pocatello (1973-1975); Bureau of Land Management, Vale and Prineville, Oregon (1975-1976); Michigan State University (1976-1980); and Environment Consultants, Inc., Dallas, Texas (1980-1983). Education: M.A. Anthropology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 1979. B.A. Anthropology, San Diego State University, San Diego, California 1972.

Ann S. Polk

Senior Archaeologist

Ann S. Polk

Senior Archaeologist

Bio:

Ms. Polk has over 35 years of experience in conducting and managing cultural resources projects in ten states including nine western states. Since she began her career in the field in the early 1970s, Ms. Polk had carried out a variety of tasks in both prehistoric and historic archaeology, in historical research and historic structure and landscape evaluations. She has experience in both prehistoric and historic excavation and survey, including field supervision. Ms. Polk has worked with a wide variety of clients in both the public and private sectors and has gained a broad perspective in planning and development issues. This has helped her gain skills in integrating cultural resources requirements with environmental and engineering planning programs. Prior to working for Sagebrush Consultants, L.L.C., Ms. Polk worked for variety of institutions including: San Diego State University (1971, 1973); Arizona State Museum, Tucson (1972-1973); Idaho State University, Pocatello (1974-1975); Michigan State University, East Lansing (1979-1980); and Environment Consultants, Inc., Dallas, Texas (1981-1983). B.A. History, minor in AnthropologyUniversity of California, La Jolla, California 1969 Graduate Studies in AnthropologySan Diego State UniversitySan Diego, California 1969-1972 Graduate Studies in AnthropologyIdaho State UniversityPocatello, Idaho 1974-1975.

Don D. Southworth, II, M.A., R.P.A.

Principal Investigator - Historian/Archaeologist

Don D. Southworth, II, M.A., R.P.A.

Principal Investigator - Historian/Archaeologist

Bio:

Mr. Southworth holds a B.S. degree (double major) in both History and Anthropology, as well as an M.A. in Anthropology (Historic Archaeology) with a minor in History. Over the past30 years, he has worked in six western states in a variety of undertakings in historic archaeology, which include tasks covering archaeological excavations, teaching human osteology, project management, artifact analysis, survey, HABS/HAER documentation, historic research, National Register Nominations, architectural evaluations, and report preparation. Projects have included four major excavation projects in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, the first pioneer cemetery (37 burials including 3 Native Americans) at Block 49 , Old Social Hall, the 1898 I.O.O.F. Hall Relocation Project, and excavations for the Moss Courthouse expansion. Other excavations have included Fort Douglas, Cove Fort, Camp Floyd, Emery Lime Kilns, as well as the evaluation of numerous bridges, farmsteads, and rural and urban community landscapes and architecture. Historic documentation projects have included a history of homesteading and ranching in Northwestern Nevada, as well as parts of Wyoming and Utah, the recordation of 2700 names from Names Hill on the Oregon Trail (Wyoming), and 1100 names on a valve house at Fort Douglas. From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Southworth worked for the Utah Department of Transportation as the archaeologist responsible for project review and management for transportation projects involving cultural resources in the northern half of the state. These responsibilities included management and review of CRM consultants, as well as the NEPA process, Section 106 review, Paleontological Review and evaluation, management of the Historic Bridge Program, and the UDOT's representative on the Utah Historic Trails Consortium. At the UDOT, he received training and certification from the National Highway Institute in both the NEPA process and Conflict Management. He also served as a member of the Orem City Historic Preservation Commission (1990-94) and was its first chairman (1990-92). M.A. Anthropology/History (minor) Brigham Young University Provo, Utah 1986; Teaching Certificate Utah Secondary Education History and Anthropology Brigham Young University Provo, Utah 1984; B.S. (Double Major) Anthropology/History Brigham Young University Provo, Utah 1980.

Wendy Simmons Johnson

Principal Investigator

Wendy Simmons Johnson

Principal Investigator

Bio:

Ms. Simmons Johnson has over 20 years experience in all phases of archaeological fieldwork, crew supervision, and report preparation. Ms. Simmons Johnson has been involved in cultural resources projects throughout the states of Utah, Wyoming, Nevada, and Idaho. Over the past 18 years, Ms. Simmons Johnson has gained experience in prehistoric and prehistoric archeological excavation and survey, including field supervision and excavation. Prior to joining the staff of Sagebrush Archaeological Consultants, Ms. Simmons Johnson worked for the Office of Public Archeology, Brigham Young University (1990-1992); for Dames and Moore, Las Vegas Laboratory (1992); as Seasonal Archaeologist for the Wasatch Cache National Forest and Passport-in-Time coordinator for the Intermountain Forest Regional Office (1993); and served as Laboratory Director for the American Excavation to Petra during 1990 and 1992 field seasons. M.A. Anthropology Brigham Young University Provo, Utah 1992; B.A. International Relations Brigham Young University Provo, Utah 1990.

Donald J. Weir, M.A., R.P.A.

CCRG Founder/CEO

Donald J. Weir, M.A., R.P.A.

CCRG Founder/CEO

Bio:

Mr. Weir, based in Jackson, Michigan, and Tarboro, North Carolina, is CCRG's founder and CEO. The CCR division benefits from Weir's leadership and 30+ years experience in archaeological research and cultural resources project management.

Andrew J. Weir, M.A., R.P.A.

CCRG President

Andrew J. Weir, M.A., R.P.A.

CCRG President

Bio:

Andrew Weir is President of CCRG as well as a specialist in the archaeology/maritime archaeology of the Great Lakes region. Based in Jackson, Michigan and Ogden, Utah he oversees operations of CCRG and its affiliates. Mr. Weir also oversees the business development of the corporation.