Christel Cooper is the Administrator for the Center. Christel is a member of the Chickasaw tribe and grew up in College Station, Texas. She graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in Mass Communications. Christel has many years of experience in the non-profit field, some of those years spent working for the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas. Christel works on many aspects of Center operations, especially fundraising and membership development.
Jim Wiederhold earned his MA from Texas A&M University in 2004. His thesis explored the functions of Clovis end scrapers from the Gault Site, Texas through high-power microscopic use-wear analysis. Jim manages the Center’s microscope laboratory, where he has conducted edge-modification studies of artifacts from Debra L. Friedkin, Gault, Ryan-Harley, Page-Ladson, and other sites. He couples his analysis of use-wear with experimental studies including hide working and butchering animal carcasses.