Uniquely Qualified, One-of-a-Kind Staff

Morgan, Angel & Associates has been conducting public policy and historical research for more than thirty years. Our staff is prepared to provide research and expert witness services on a broad range of issues. Major areas of expertise include Indian affairs, natural resource issues, and environmental policy. Morgan Angel's senior staff members bring years of research and writing experience to these matters.

Read the biographies of Morgan Angel staff members below.

Managing Partner

Jay Brigham, Ph.D


Partners

Charles Jacobson, Ph.D.

Terence Kehoe, Ph.D.


Senior Research Associates 

Sarah Casella, M.A.

AnneMarie Moore, Ph.D.

Kelly Morrow, Ph.D.

Randal Scott, M.A.

Alison Shein, M.A.


Research Associates

Jai Alterman, M.A.

Kristen Autobee, M.A.

Robert Autobee, M.A.

Cheri Botic, M.A.

Elizabeth Campbell, M.A.

Heather Hershey, M.L.I.S

Peter Jones, M.A.

Todd Jones, M.A.

Jennifer Lapp, Ph.D.

Emily McGowan, B.A.


Document/Database Analysts

Project Manager: Reed Calhoun

Demmier Virchis


Of Counsel

Edward Angel, Ph.D. (of counsel)

William Morgan, M.Phil. (of counsel)



Jay Brigham, Ph.D

Managing Partner Jay Brigham joined Morgan, Angel & Associates in 1997. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside (UCR), Dr. Brigham taught at UCR; the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and Arizona State University. His areas of expertise include American Political History, the American West, and Environmental History. The University of Kansas published his book on the public power movement Empowering the West: Electrical Politics Before FDR, in 1998.Dr. Brigham has also authored several articles, written book reviews, and delivered presentations on the history of energy, the West, and the environment. He has also authored expert witness reports that examined public policy issues during World War II and the Korean War, energy issues, mining cases, U.S. Army Corps of Engineer dredging, and Takings cases for the U.S. Department of Justice and private law firms. Dr. Brigham has given expert testimony in U.S. District Courts and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and is presently serving as an expert witness on several superfund cases involving issues dating from World War II through the Cold War and a number of cases involving Native Americans.

E-mail: Jay@morganangel.com

 


Jai Alterman, M.A.
Jai Alterman graduated from The George Washington University with an M.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Museum Training, after receiving her B.A. in French and a minor in Sociology/Anthropology from Lake Forest College. While engaged in graduate work, Ms. Alterman worked for the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Upon completion of her Master’s degree, Ms. Alterman worked for three years as a Conservation Technician at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution. Ms. Alterman worked in the Pre-Columbian Studies Department at Dumbarton Oaks (Trustees for Harvard University), in Washington, DC, before transitioning to the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, where she worked for the next seven years. She worked in the Department of Anthropology for over three years and held positions as the Repatriation Review Committee Coordinator, Reference Archivist in the National Anthropological Archives, Research Assistant for the Chairman of the Department of Anthropology, and Program Specialist in the Office of the Associate Director for Science. Ms. Alterman worked as a Program Manager in the Office of Response and Recovery at FEMA before joining Morgan, Angel & Associates in December of 2014, where she has worked on several projects related to Federal Indian Policy, natural resource issues, and Superfund litigation. Ms. Alterman has conducted research, edited numerous volumes, journal articles, and papers, and engaged in financial and administrative management throughout her career.

E-mail: Jai@morganangel.com

 


Kristen Autobee, M.A.
Kristen Autobee holds an M.A. in History/Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University and, during more than a dozen years as an objects curator, she curated the history and material culture of diverse institutions and people. An effective leader and collections manager, Mrs. Autobee led lively curatorial teams in the relocation and/or restoration of a water tower, beauty salon, diner, and two historic houses. Although those years were circus-like, it was working at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Circus Department, where she learned the true meaning of an 'office full of clowns.'

Mrs. Autobee has curated over 10 exhibits and has presented at numerous conferences and workshops on such topics as Labor Saving Devices and the Social Isolation of the Housewife or 20th Century Kitchen Gadgets and New Visions for Teaching: Museums as Curriculum Partners. Over the last decade, Mrs. Autobee has been active in Colorado's architectural and agricultural history and with the Lakewood Historical Society as a board member.
Early Lakewood
Images of America
Mrs. Autobee and her historian-journalist husband, Robert, recently authored Early Lakewood, part of the Images of America collection which “celebrates the history of neighborhoods, town, and cities across the country.” Early Lakewood explores the growth and development of this Colorado community from the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries as it evolved from an agricultural center to a business center, now home to more federal agencies than any area outside of Washington, D.C.

Mrs. Autobee accepted the challenge of presenting history without objects in 2005 by joining Morgan, Angel & Associates' Western Office where she now applies her leadership, project management and analytical skills to research and fact checking, and to document and database management and production. She maintains memberships in the American Association of Museums and the Society of American Archivists.

E-mail: kris@morganangel.com

 

Robert Autobee, M.A.
Robert Autobee earned his Master’s degree in American History at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO.    His thesis, If You Stick With Barnum:  A History of Denver Neighborhood, was subsequently published by the Colorado Historical Society as part of its Essays and Monographs in Colorado History series.  Prior to joining Morgan, Angel & Associates in early 2012, Mr. Autobee spent over two decades working as a historian for federal and state agencies as well as private firms. His background includes tribal litigation and assistance in the preparation of expert witness reports. Mr. Autobee also has extensive experience in survey and documentation necessary for compliance with Sections 106 and 4(f) of the National Historic Preservation Act.

In addition to writing engineering, architectural, and cultural histories for various journals and publications, Mr. Autobee was the author and editor of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s centennial history, Welcome to Colorful Colorado: 100 Years of Colorado State Transportation History; and with his wife, Kris, Early Lakewood, an examination of the development of the city of Lakewood, Colorado from its pioneer beginnings to the close of World War II. Mr. Autobee also authored Highways to the Sky: A Context and History of Colorado’s Highway System.  Researchers and historians use this publication, along with the Multiple Property Documentation Form (MPDF), as a guide to identifying and recording the state’s historic highways and roadside features.

E-mail: robert@morganangel.com

 

Cheri Botic, M.A.
Cheri Botic graduated from Kent State University with an M.A. in Anthropology after receiving her B.A. in Classical and Medieval Studies from Cleveland State University. Upon completion of her Master’s degree, Ms. Botic worked for the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and then spent four years working for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in the Repatriation Office. Ms. Botic has co-authored several reports on repatriation at the Natural History Museum. Areas of interest include pre-contact North Americans, repatriation, and cultural resource issues. Since joining Morgan, Angel & Associates, Ms. Botic has worked on litigation related to natural resource issues, tribal claims, and environmental remediation.

E-mail: cheri@morganangel.com

 

Sarah Casella, M.A.
Sarah Casella received an M.A. in Anthropology with a concentration in Museum Studies from The George Washington University in 2004, following a B.A. in History and Anthropology from Syracuse University in 2002. Upon completion of her M.A., she went on to work in the Anthropology Department at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. While employed by the Smithsonian, Ms. Casella worked with Native American Tribes and collections through the Repatriation Office, conducting historical and archival research related to repatriation claims. Since joining Morgan, Angel & Associates in 2007, Ms. Casella has engaged in research on a number of cases ranging from Federal Indian Policy and resources management, to Superfund site research.

E-mail: Sarah@morganangel.com

 

Reed Calhoun
Reed Calhoun started his professional career in the United States Air Force working in the electronics and computer fields. During that time he received a degree in electrical design from the University of the Air Force. After leaving the Air Force in 1999, Mr. Calhoun moved into the private sector as a project manager for an electronic environmental engineering company in Denver, Colorado. That experience gave him the opportunity to advance his skills in the computer field, with a focus on programming and database design. Over the last five years, Mr. Calhoun has specialized in records management with a focus on digital imaging, database management, and data retrieval. His position as operations manager of a federal government contract has advanced his understanding of government documents, as well as processing and procedures for the use, storage, and retrieval of federal records for litigation. In his current position with Morgan, Angel & Associates, Mr. Calhoun’s twenty years of experience are called upon as he tracks and manages large collections of paper and digital records destined for use by our public policy analysts and historians.

E-mail: Reed@morganangel.com


Elizabeth Cambell, M.A.
Elizabeth Campbell holds an M.A. in History from the George Washington University and a B.A. in History and English from Vanderbilt University. For her M.A. thesis, she analyzed the life of the Soviet double agent Kim Philby and determined how espionage novels contributed to the history of the Cold War. “Characterizing Kim Philby” was published by ProQuest in 2010. Ms. Campbell also studied controversies in jazz history while promoting JAM (Jazz Appreciation Month) when she interned at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. She worked as an Exhibits Information Technician at the National Archives and Records Administration, where she worked with curators, conservators, and archivists to coordinate the exhibit “Discovering the Civil War.” At Morgan, Angel & Associates, Ms. Campbell works on tribal trust and environmental litigation.

E-mail: Elizabeth@morganangel.com

Heather Hershey, M.L.I.S.
Heather Hershey received an M.L.I.S. with a concentration in Archives and Records Management from the University of Denver in 2012, after receiving a B.A. in History from Gettysburg College. Prior to joining Morgan, Angel & Associates, Ms. Hershey worked as an archival consultant for the Colorado Department of Transportation. She also worked as an archives technician at the National Archives Regional Branch in Denver. Ms. Hershey’s work with Morgan Angel includes digital imaging, database management, GIS work, and research.

E-mail: Heather@morganangel.com

Charles Jacobson, Ph.D., Partner
Charles Jacobson's areas of expertise include economic and environmental regulation, business-government relations, wartime economic mobilization policy, water rights
Ties That Bind: Economic
and Political Dilemmas of
Urban Utility Networks, 1800-1990
by Charles Jacobson
University of Pittsburgh Press
and natural resources issues, and Federal Indian policy. He earned a Ph.D. in Applied History and Social Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University in 1988 and subsequently taught at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and other academic institutions.

Since joining Morgan, Angel & Associates in 1996, Dr. Jacobson has led research teams and served as an expert witness on a diverse set of CERCLA, natural resources, and Native American claims cases. Dr. Jacobson has also consulted for clients on issues in infrastructure development and environmental regulation, and has published numerous articles on these subjects in academic and professional journals. In 2000, the University of Pittsburgh Press published his book, Ties That Bind: Economic and Political Dilemmas of Urban Utility Networks, 1800-1990. Dr. Jacobson has recently served as president of the Public Works Historical Society.

E-mail: Charles@morganangel.com

 

Peter Jones, M.A.
Peter Jones completed his graduate and undergraduate work in American History at the College of William and Mary and Washington and Lee University, respectively. Prior to joining Morgan, Angel & Associates in 2009, Mr. Jones worked with high school students at the National Institute of American History and Democracy and helped launch an international education software program at the College of William and Mary. He conducted oral histories for a school desegregation project in western Virginia and has written several Encyclopedia entries including the "Conservation Movement" in American Ideas and Movements: From the Bill of Rights to "Occupy Wall Street." At Morgan Angel, Mr. Jones employs GIS analysis, database management, and historical research to provide insight for a variety of clients. He has worked on numerous natural resource, tribal trust, and superfund cases.

E-mail: peter@morganangel.com

 

Todd Jones, M.A.
Todd Jones earned his M.A. in Public History and his B.A. in History from Central Connecticut State University. Mr. Jones previously worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), where he incorporated historic preservation standards into disaster recovery operations. He values community service, and has also served on the Board of Directors of the Hartford Preservation Alliance in Hartford, CT, and has volunteered at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site in Springfield, MA. Mr. Jones has written two essays regarding Civil War remembrance: “Honoring Uncle John: The Creation of the General John Sedgwick Equestrian Monument” in The Gettysburg Magazine, and “Patriot, Soldier, Statesman: General Joseph R. Hawley and Remembering the Civil War” in Inside Connecticut and the Civil War: Essays on One State’s Struggles. Since joining Morgan, Angel & Associates in 2014, Mr. Jones has worked on tribal trust and Superfund cases.

E-mail: todd@morganangel.com

 

Terence Kehoe, Ph.D., Partner
Terence Kehoe offers clients historical expertise in environmental policy, Federal
Cleaning Up the
Great Lakes: From
Cooperation to Confrontation
by Terence Kehoe
Northern Illinois University
Press
Indian policy, and American business. Dr. Kehoe earned a Ph.D. in American History from The Ohio State University in 1995, and has taught at Ohio State, Wake Forest University, and Otterbein College. Since joining Morgan, Angel & Associates in 1999, Dr. Kehoe has conducted research and authored reports on environmental issues and American Indian policy for the Justice Department, the Interior Department, and the Treasury Department, as well as private law firms and consulting firms. He has also testified as an expert witness in Federal court on the Government's management of Indian trust funds. Dr. Kehoe is the author of Cleaning Up the Great Lakes: From Cooperation to Confrontation, which was based on extensive research in the records of state regulatory agencies and the Federal Environmental Protection Agency and its predecessors. Dr. Kehoe has published articles on government-business relations and the history of water pollution control in scholarly journals such as the Journal of Policy History, and he assisted in the research for an authorized history of the BFGoodrich Corporation.

E-mail: Terry@morganangel.com

 

Jennifer Lapp, Ph.D.
Jennifer Lapp earned an M.A. in Anthropology in 2007 from The State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo and an M.A. in Museum Studies with a concentration in cultural property at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 2004. Ms. Lapp will defend her doctoral thesis on Pacific Nicaraguan Archaeology in December 2013 at SUNY at Buffalo. Prior to joining Morgan, Angel & Associates, she worked for over a decade on Cultural Resource Management (CRM) projects throughout the northeast and mid-Atlantic. This work included participating in archaeological research at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. Since joining Morgan Angel, Ms. Lapp has participated in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) projects and has conducted research related to tribal trust litigation.

E-Mail: Jenn@morganangel.com

 

Emily McGowan, B.A.
Emily McGowan graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in History and Criminology/Criminal Justice in May 2014. While finishing her undergraduate senior thesis, she interned with the History Department for the American Association of Immunologists (AAI) and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). She has assisted on various research, writing, and archival projects throughout her internship experiences. Since joining Morgan, Angel & Associates, Ms. McGowan has worked on tribal trust cases.

E-Mail: Emily@morganangel.com

 

AnneMarie Moore, Ph.D.
AnneMarie Moore joined Morgan, Angel & Associates in 2005 and has since worked on projects related to CERCLA litigation, Takings cases, and Native American and natural resource issues.
Wild Places Preserved: The
Story of Bob Marshall in Idaho
by AnneMarie Moore & Dennis Baird
University of Idaho Library
Dr. Moore earned an M.S. in Conservation Social Sciences and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho. The focus of her academic training was American Environmental History, Native American History, and Natural Resource Management. Her doctoral dissertation explored Robert Marshall's and Howard Zahniser's contributions to wilderness conservation in the United States. In 2010, Dr. Moore co-authored Wild Places Preserved: The Story of Bob Marshall in Idaho, which presents a collection of primary sources dealing with Marshall's conservation work in Idaho. Dr. Moore has conducted archival research and oral histories and has taught numerous upper-division and graduate level courses, published academic articles, and presented papers at various conferences related to society and natural resources. Dr. Moore has also worked as a consultant for a number of public, private, and nonprofit organizations, including the Bureau of Land Management's National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Baker City, Oregon; Hunt & Hunt, a tourism consulting firm; and the National Audubon Society in Washington, D.C.

E-mail: AnneMarie@morganangel.com

 

Kelly Morrow, Ph.D.
Kelly Morrow earned her Ph.D. in United States History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her areas of expertise include 20th Century United States History, the History of Education, and the History of Women and Gender. She has extensive experience in conducting archival research in repositories across the country and is a trained oral historian. In 2013, Johns Hopkins Press published an essay by Dr. Morrow, “Sexual Liberation at the University of North Carolina” based on part of her doctoral research in the anthology, Rebellion in Black and White: Southern Student Activism in the 1960s. At the University of North Carolina, Dr. Morrow taught survey courses on 20th century United States History as well as more specialized courses on Native American History and the History of Women in America. She currently volunteers as Museum Ambassador at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Prior to joining Morgan, Angel & Associates, Dr. Morrow worked at a political polling firm and as a field organizer for a presidential campaign.

E-mail: Kelly@morganangel.com


 

Randal Scott, M.A.
Randal Scott received an M.A. in Museum Studies from The George Washington University in 2005, with an emphasis in Collections Management and Anthropology, following a B.A. in History from the University of Nebraska. After completing his M.A., Mr. Scott worked for the Smithsonian Institution's Anthropology Department, where part of his work entailed archival research of the archaeology collections. He has also worked for the National Park Service in Anchorage, Alaska, and at a restored Spanish presidio in South Texas.

He has collections management and historical research experience involving a diverse range of museum and archival collections, as well as a strong understanding of database administration. Since joining Morgan, Angel & Associates in 2009, Mr. Scott has helped conduct research on tribal trust claims, natural resource management, and Superfund sites.

E-mail: Randy@morganangel.com


Alison Shein, M.A.
Alison Shein joined Morgan, Angel & Associates in 2004 and has since worked on projects related to Federal Indian policy, natural resource issues, and CERCLA litigation. Prior to joining the firm, she worked for Marine Consulting Inc., conducting archival research on the U.S. Navy and other topics for asbestos-related litigation. Ms. Shein received an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University in May 2007 following a B.A. in English from The George Washington University in 2002.

E-mail: Ali@morganangel.com

 

Demmier Virchis
Demmier Virchis joined Morgan, Angel and Associates in 2012 as a document and database analyst and has since applied his understanding of databases and networks to digital imaging, digital database management and data retrieval for the firm. Morgan Angel’s historians and public policy analysts rely on his careful attention to detail as large collections of paper records are digitized for use in research and discovery requests. Mr. Virchis holds a Certificate in Fiber Optics through Building Industry Consulting Services International which required coursework in splicing, termination, troubleshooting, and testing using Optical Time Domain Reflectometer equipment. Highlights of this work were as a civilian subcontractor with the U.S Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. During that time, he worked to install the fiber optic infrastructure for military operations on the west coast at both bases and weapons assembly plants.

E-mail: Demmier@morganangel.com

 


Edward Angel, Ph.D. (of counsel)
Edward Angel, a co-founder and partner in Morgan, Angel & Associates, received his doctoral degree in American History from The George Washington University in 1979. Since 1983, Dr. Angel has authored numerous expert witness reports for a variety of federal and private clients. He has delivered expert witness testimony in federal courts on several occasions, and has participated in both court-sponsored mediation sessions and settlement meetings before the American Arbitration Association.

Dr. Angel's reports and testimony have covered a wide range of topics, including land and natural resource issues, disputes involving Native Americans, trust accounting policy, and an international controversy with origins that date back more than 200 years. Dr. Angel maintains an academic connection, teaching part-time at The George Washington University. Most recently he co-taught a seminar in American Indian Policy with his colleagues from Morgan Angel.

Dr. Angel was recently honored by the Potomac Corral of Westerners International for his notable contributions to the understanding and promotion of Western affairs as the 2010 recipient of the Jeff C. Dykes Memorial Award (Potomac Corral).

E-mail: Ed@morganangel.com


William Morgan, M. Phil. (of counsel)
Bill Morgan is a retired Marine Corps officer who specialized in Signals Intelligence and the Chinese language. Mr. Morgan, who holds a Master of Philosophy degree in history from The George Washington University, co-founded Morgan, Angel and Associates in 1981, where he served as an expert witness for the U. S. Department of Justice in two dozen claims against the United States, producing numerous expert reports and testifying in several trials in the U. S. Court of Federal Claims. Mr. Morgan has served as chairman of the St. John’s Community Services, as well as a member of St. John’s Board of Trustees, an institution founded in 1868 that serves the intellectually and developmentally disabled. He also served on the Board of Trustees of Yu Ying Public Charter School in Washington D.C., a Chinese immersion school, and on the Board of Directors of Westerners International. Mr. Morgan retired in 2001.

E-mail: wmorgan@rcn.com