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THE STAFF

Tria Belcourt, M.A. RPA

President and Principal

Tria is a qualified environmental project manager and Registered Professional Archaeologist, with twelve years of CEQA/NEPA planning experience in the consulting industry. Tria meets the Secretary of the Interior Professional Standards for Archaeology. She maintains solid professional relationships with major proponents in the utility and transportation sectors, and with state and federal regulators and environmental oversight consultants.

Sector experience includes: in-depth expertise with California publicly regulated utilities, renewable energy generators, transportation (rail, road and air), and private development. She's managed large-scale capital projects at all phases - from concept stage, planning, execution, habitat restoration, all the way to closeout. She's also managed several statewide operations and maintenance programs (and hundreds of task orders) for major utilities and Department of Defense programs. 

 

Tria started Material Culture Consulting to provide practical, cost effective, and legal solutions to cultural resource management, and to create a really fun and positive work environment for all employees. And on a personal level, she wanted to set an example for her children - that life is too short to not follow your dreams, and that hard work really does pay off!

 

Sonia Sifuente, M.Sc., RPA

Archaeologist

Sonia has over ten years of experience in conducting archaeological investigations and monitoring in Southern California and Nevada, particularly within the Mojave Desert and southwestern extent of the Great Basin. She has experience with monitoring, salvage, fieldwork, NAHC correspondence and Tribal outreach, record searches and report writing. She is currently listed on MCC’s Statewide (CA and NV) BLM CRUPs and is also identified as a Field Director on several ARPA permits for ongoing work on federal lands such as National Parks and National Forests.  She has successfully managed several large-scale and multi-year archaeological projects, including Phase I surveys, Phase II test excavations, background research, and California Register of Historical Resources/National Register of Historic Places evaluation of historic and prehistoric resources.

When Sonia is not out in the field, she is undertaking her second passion, baking for friends and family and exploring new recipes to try.

 

Judy Cardoza

Archaeologist / Cross-trained Paleontologist / GIS Specialist

Judy is a California native with a B.A. in Archaeology and 4 years of CRM experience throughout the American southwest. She has extensive cross training in both geological and palentological sciences. She has served in various capacities for projects involving both prehistoric and historic cultural resources, has participated in small and large scale archaeological surveys, as well as data recovery investigations and archaeological monitoring throughout California. Her pre-field research experience includes record searches at various information centers in southern California as well as Native American correspondence and information gathering. In addition, she provides assistance to MCC as a GIS Specialist. Judy also has experience with post-processing geospatial data and conversion of corrected field data from TerraSync software into ArcGIS software for the purpose of map preparation for reports and production of agency and client-centric geodatabases.

Judy looks forward to reconstructing the past as it forms new stories of the place she's always called home. She also loves taking her majestic huskies on long walks and hiking trips.

 

Julia Carvajal

Archaeologist / GIS Specialist

Julia is an Archaeologist and GIS-trained Specialist with over five years of professional experience in cultural resource management (CRM) throughout California. She has served in various capacities for projects involving both prehistoric and historic cultural resources, has participated in small and large scale archaeological surveys, as well as Phase-II testing and Phase-III data recovery investigations and archaeological monitoring throughout California and the United States. Her pre-field research experience includes record searches at various information centers in southern California as well as Native American correspondence and information gathering. In addition, she provides assistance to MCC as a GIS Specialist. Her archaeological experience has been a benefit to understanding GIS principals and its uses in the field of archaeology.


Julia enjoys camping trips with her dog, Willy Nelson, and running half marathons in National Parks.  She also enjoys expanding her knowledge about paleoethnobotany and tending to her native plant garden. She also loves participating in and putting together public archaeology demonstrations/talks for students and the general public.

 

Philip J. Jaramillo

Environmental Analyst

Philip is a highly skilled and creative professional with extensive experience in account management, client service, and operational excellence. His ability to efficiently communicate and collaborate with cross-functional teams and manage crucial conversations with staff, management, customers, and vendors of all backgrounds is outstanding. He maintains expert skill in quality control and project management, with emphasis on the completion of complex projects within strict time and budgetary constraints. His experience and success in completing many large backlogged projects which saves valuable man hours show how valuable his knowledge and expertise is. Not only is he extremely organized, his capacity to coordinate with other consultants on the distribution of work and responsiveness, tracking program efficiency, and previously managing consulting analysts shows his arsenal of professional talents. He is extremely resourceful and adept in taking on challenging tasks and situations. Phil is thoroughly knowledgeable and accomplished with his expert skillset ranging from specialized technical operations to interpersonal skills.


Phil really enjoys golfing, painting in his spare time, and he happens to be a master at cooking and baking.  He can make a mean key lime pie. His golf game is just okay.

 

Cherish Daines

Environmental Analyst

Cherish is a program/project analyst with over eleven years of experience in the environmental consulting industry. She began her career as a planner conducting program coordination for remediation work and assisted in the research and report preparation for various CEQA/NEPA projects. For the last nine years, Cherish provided in-house environmental compliance support within the Environmental Services Department at Southern California Edison (SCE) at their campus in Rosemead, California and currently continues to offer off-site support through MCC. Administrative and operational support is provided for Operations and Maintenance Projects/Programs (O&M) such a Deteriorated Pole Replacement, Pole Loading Program (PLP), and Commodities (non-pole structure) Maintenance and Upgrades. The work is critical to sustain environmental clearance target cycle times to meet design and construction schedules set forth by SCE or federal/state specifications.


Cherish is a true Californian and can often be found chasing after her rambunctious one year old and their two rescue pups while enjoying a King Harbor brew (husband’s craft brewery) at the beach. Other hobbies include beach volleyball, CrossFit, and coaching high school girls’ lacrosse.