ALTA staff have been providing archaeological and cultural resources services for a wide range of projects for over four decades. Our staff includes prehistoric and historic archaeologists who meet the Secretary of Interior Qualification Standards. These key personnel have years of experience conducting archaeological field investigations, as well as preparing the myriad of technical, regulatory, and planning documents in California. ALTA’s cultural resources team has long excelled in providing archaeological consulting services for public and private sector clients.
Risa DeGeorgey’s professional archaeological career spans 20 years engaged in cultural resource management. Mrs. DeGeorgey completed an Interdisciplinary Master’s degree at Sonoma State University focused on business development, business management, and integrating land use planning with cultural resource management. Risa is a Professional Archaeologist in good standing with the Register of Professional Archaeologists. She meets the Secretary of the Interior’s standard for cultural resource specialists involved in preservation activities at all levels of government involving historic-era and prehistoric-era archaeological resources. Risa is Alta's founder and the individual responsible for archaeological investigations, quality control, and general oversight of the company.
Alex DeGeorgey’s professional career spans 23 years with both public agencies and the private sector engaged in the management of cultural resources. He manages prehistoric and historic-era resources investigations, including directing large-scale field studies and assembling field teams. Alex’s key responsibilities include serving as Principal Investigator for complex, high profile archaeological investigating, mentoring staff, and serving as a technical resource for senior project managers. Mr. DeGeorgey meets the Secretary of the Interior’s standard for cultural resource specialists involved in preservation activities at all levels of government involving historic-era and prehistoric-era archaeological resources.
Ms. McVey’s professional career spans seven years with academic institution, public agencies and the private sector engaged in the management of cultural resources. She has specialized training and experience in historic Chinese archaeology with an emphasis in ceramic analysis, and has completed course work in human osteology, zooarchaeology, ArcGIS and remote sensing. Her graduate thesis focused on ceramic analysis of a historic-era 1850-1900 Honolulu Chinatown site. Marlene is a full-time field archaeologist responsible for conducting Phase I surveys, construction monitoring, laboratory analysis of historic-era artifactual materials and historical research.
Jaime Bach’s professional career spans 15 years in the fields of cultural anthropology and archaeology. Dr. Bach completed her BA, MA, and PhD in Anthropology with emphasis in Cultural Heritage. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in California and the Pacific islands, evaluating traditional cultural places in the former and assessing environmental change through the use of traditional ecological knowledge in the latter. Jaime also has archaeological training and experience working on inventory surveys and testing projects in both regions. Dr.
Bach meets the Essential Competencies for Ethnography under the National Park Service with advanced training in ethnographic field methods.