Our Leadership

LEAP is served by a board of directors that follows best practices for not-for-profit governance.  Our board includes:

Mr. Charles M. Niquette
Mr. Charles M. NiquetteChair
Mr. Niquette is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc., a professional cultural resource management firm headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky with 11 offices located throughout the United States. Mr. Niquette has over 30 years of experience as a professional archeologist, has served on the board of directors for many of the nation’s leading archaeology organizations, and in 2008 received the Presidential Recognition Award for his work in archaeology. Niquette has also worked for the National Park Service and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. He received his undergraduate degree in history and anthropology from Catawba College, and a Masters degree in anthropology from the University of Arkansas.
Mr. Mark K. Boling
Mr. Mark K. BolingVice Chairman
Mr. Boling is the President of V+ Development Solutions, and Executive Vice President of Southwestern Energy. Southwestern Energy is headquartered in Houston, Texas, and is the fifth largest producer of natural gas in the United States. Mr. Boling formerly operated a private law practice in Houston specializing in the oil and gas industry. Prior to that, he was a partner with Fulbright and Jaworski LLP. Boling holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Southern Methodist University and a bachelor’s degree in geology from DePauw University.
Dr. Donn R. Grenda
Dr. Donn R. GrendaSecretary
Dr. Grenda is the President of Statistical Research, Inc., a professional archaeology firm with office locations throughout the western United States. Dr. Grenda specializes in historical archaeology, California prehistory, coastal-inland settlement patterns, prehistoric economies, hunter-gatherer studies, and sociopolitical evolution In 2005, Dr. Grenda was appointed by the Governor of California to the California State Historical Resources Commission (2005-2013) and served as chairperson from 2006-2008 and vice-chair in 2013. Dr. Grenda serves on the board of directors for several nonprofits in California. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Anthropology from the University of Redlands, an M.A. in Anthropology from the College of William and Mary, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona.
Mr. Tom Motsinger
Mr. Tom MotsingerTreasurer
Mr. Motsinger is the President of PaleoWest Archaeology, a professional archaeology firm with offices throughout the western United States. Mr. Motsinger has over 25 years of archaeology experience and is the author of several professional books and articles on the subject. Mr. Motsinger currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Cultural Resource Association. He holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology and an M.A. in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University.
Steve Tomka
Steve TomkaBoard Member
Steve Tomka currently serves as the Cultural Resources Program Director, at Raba Kistner Inc., in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Tomka is responsible for all Cultural Resources activities of the firm. He has more than 30 years of experience in Texas archeology with 18 of those years accumulated in San Antonio. He has worked at all five of the Spanish Missions in the upper San Antonio River basin and also served as Principal Investigator on a number of excavations involving late Paleoindian to Late Prehistoric sites. He has served on the State Board of Review for National Register of Historic Places nominations, and was the Chair of the Antiquities Committee of the Texas Historical Commission, where he served as Commissioner.
Mr. Maniksaq Baumgartner
Mr. Maniksaq BaumgartnerBoard Member
Mr. Baumgartner is a Stakeholder Relations Advisor with Shell Oil Company, conducting strategic stakeholder analysis and planning in the United States. Previously in Shell, he was the Stakeholder Manager for Shell Alaska, responsible for its relationships with key stakeholders, communities and entities. Prior to that , he worked as Corporate Communications Manager for Cook Inlet Region Inc., an Alaska Native corporation that represents the indigenous people of Southcentral Alaska. Mr. Baumgartner is Inupiat, from Alaska’s Arctic region.
Ernest Ladkani
Ernest LadkaniBoard Member
Ernest Ladkani currently serves as a Senior Advisor within the Environmental Planning & Permitting team for U.S. natural gas pipelines operated by TransCanada. Based in Houston, TX, he has over 25 years of project management experience associated with natural and cultural resource management for multiple concurrent linear infrastructure projects. Ernest has spent nearly equal parts of his career as both a consultant and as a representative of several operating companies working on a portfolio of domestic and international infrastructure projects. Ernest is a Steering Committee member of the EH&S Committee, as well as co-chair of the Construction Task Force for the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America and an active member of the Southern Gas Association. Ernest also volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America as a member of the National STEM Committee, the Sam Houston Area Council STEM Committee, and as an Assistant ScoutMaster for Troop 886 in The Woodlands, TX.
Mr. Nathan Boyless
Mr. Nathan BoylessBoard Member
Mr. Boyless is the President and General Manager of Metcalf Archaeological Consultants, Inc., a cultural resource management firm headquartered in Golden, Colorado with regional offices throughout the western United States. Mr. Boyless earned his B.A. in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University and his Master of Business Administration from the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. His professional experience includes employment as an archaeologist for the National Forest Service and private consulting firms. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the American Cultural Resources Association and the Lamb Spring Archaeological Preserve.
Mr. Doug Maddams
Mr. Doug MaddamsBoard Member
Mr. Maddams is the Senior Manager for Corporate Social Responsibility with Hess Corporation in Houston, Texas. He is responsible for leading a team to provide CSR support for Hess’ exploration and production global operations, including unconventional resources in North Dakota and Ohio. Mr. Maddams previously worked for Talisman Energy in their Corporate Affairs Department which included postings in Sudan, Africa and Lima, Peru. With over fifteen years of CSR experience Mr. Maddams has in-depth and practical understanding of the social complexities inherent in the extractive sectors.
Mr. Andrew Weir
Mr. Andrew WeirBoard Member
Mr. Andrew Weir is the President of Commonwealth Heritage Group. Prior to becoming President, Andrew worked his way up through the ranks at Commonwealth beginning with Field Archaeologist. Most recently he oversaw two major acquisitions for Commonwealth taking the company from a medium sized regionally based firm to a nationwide company with over 75 full time employees. Andrew oversees 8 offices in 10 states. He has a BA in Anthropology from Western Michigan University and a MA from East Carolina University in Maritime History (Underwater Archaeology). He currently lives in Ann Arbor, MI, with his wife and three kids.