Nichol Fuentes joined the United States Marine Corps in 2003 and served for ten years as an Aviation Supply Specialist. She excelled in a variety of leadership roles in Japan and the United States, deploying to Iraq and Asia before separating as a Non-Commissioned Officer due to injuries sustained during her time in service. She has since served her community by teaching science and social studies at the 6th and 7th grade levels.
Nichol earned a BA in History through University of Maryland University College. She brought her unique leadership and management skills to AVAR in 2018 after participating in the program’s excavation at Darrow, New York.
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Clarissa Humphreys is a Licensed Master Social Worker and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in the State of Texas. She is also a Qualified Social Worker in England. Clarissa has worked with veterans in both inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance-use treatment settings. Clarissa has case management and clinical experience which includes providing group and individual therapy utilizing predominantly Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Clarissa supports the development of the crisis plans for each dig and ensures that there are volunteers who are trained in Mental Health First Aid on all excavations.
Clarissa has a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA from Texas A&M University. Clarissa enjoys digging and has excavated in Israel and Cyprus.
Stephen Humphreys was commissioned in the US Air Force following his completion of a BA in History at the University of North Texas. He served as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer, deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Following an assignment as Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies at Texas A&M University, his passion for teaching led him to transition out of the military to pursue an academic career.
Stephen holds an MA in Archaeology and Biblical Studies and an MA in Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently working toward a PhD in Archaeology at Durham University. He is a dedicated field archaeologist and has excavated in Israel, Jordan, Cyprus, the United Kingdom, and the USA.