•  SBA Woman-Owned Small Business (No. 171606176)
  • USDOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (No.42001)

  • Utility Supplier Diversity Program (CPUC) Woman Minority Owned Business (No. 15010079)

  • CA Department of General Services Small Business (No. 1795268) 

  • ISN Networld Grade A (400-240604)

  • Gold Shovel Certified (https://app.goldshovelstandard.com/Activeorganizations)

Mr. Terk serves as a Field Technician II and Field Administrator on large survey and excavation projects. He is also InContext's drone pilot, photographer, carpenter, and field engineer. Richard has experience conducting historic and prehistoric archaeological studies in California, Oregon, and Texas. His previous work as a butcher and professional chef gives him a unique perspective concerning lithic and faunal analysis. 

His experience includes late 19th century military archaeology in Western Texas; California and Oregon Native American house floor excavation; and large feature blocklifting. 



"Trish and her team at InContext have been very responsive to our requests for support.  InContext is nimble and thorough in addressing our needs, whether we have overflow work, or require a specific technical niche filled out in our team."

Mary Bean
Director, CEQA Services
First Carbon Solutions

"I have subcontracted to InContext on over 25 projects in the Sierra foothills over the past year.  I have found InContext staff to be very professional, reliable, and within or under budget on every project. Their knowledge and commitment to cultural resource preservation is superior. Working with Trish at InContext has allowed me to increase clientele and to maintain an excellent reputation providing diverse biological and environmental services with new and repeat clients. I look forward to a long professional relationship with InContext.”

Terry Strange, Principal
Strange Resource Management

"Trish Fernandez at InContext is the first person that I go to for advise concerning regulatory matters in Cultural Resource Management. Not only is she extremely knowledgeable, she is also always very responsive and professional. Her advice and support have been instrumental in helping me develop graduate courses designed to provide students an in-depth understanding of CEQA, NEPA, and Section 106 of the NHPA. Thanks Trish!"

Amy E. Gusick
Assistant Professor
Director, Graduate Program in Applied Archaeology
Department of Anthropology
California State University, San Bernardino

"I have found InContext to be efficient, knowledgeable, and responsive. They use their experience in the field to provide a scope of work focused on the key issues, and then deliver a quality analysis."

Brian Grattidge
Senior Project Manager

"I have had the pleasure of working with Trish Fernandez for over 10 years on numerous projects requiring cultural resources documentation. Trish has been amazing. She understands the nuances of various agencies (the differences between local agencies and state and federal agencies) as well as understands the importance of staying on budget and on schedule. Trish is my go-to firm for all issues relating to cultural resources. She is amazing!"

Kim Erickson
Senior Project Manager
Westervelt Ecological Services

Laurel Zickler-Martin


M.A., Anthropology

CSU, Sacramento

9 years' experience

C. Jesse Phillips


M.A. Candidate, Micronesian Studies

B.A., Anthropology

University of Guam

18 years' experience

* InContext incorporated in 2015 and was previously dba as Trish Fernandez and Western Properties.

Trish Fernandez


M.A., Anthropology

CSU, Sacramento

23 years' experience

Mr. Phillips serves as Crew Chief and Project Coordinator on large survey and excavation projects. He is also InContext’s prehistoric laboratory supervisor and our Safety Manager. Jesse is an archaeologist with over 19 years’ experience conducting archaeological studies (historic and prehistoric) throughout the United States. He is qualified as Field Director for the BLM in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota and has also been permitted for work in the Great Basin and Anasazi (Ancestral Puebloan) regions in Utah. Jesse is also First Aid, CPR, and HAZWOPER certified and is a PADI certified Divemaster.

His experience includes coastal megalithic and World War II sites in the Mariana Islands, prominent California Bay Area midden burial mounds, Anasazi (Ancestral Puebloan) cliff dwellings in the American Southwest Desert, and riverside terrace teepee villages in the Montana wilderness. He has successfully completed projects (fieldwork to final reporting) for the BLM, USFS, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS), National Aeronatics and Space Administration (NASA), and the U.S. ACOE in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Nebraska, Missouri, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Montana.

InContext is managed by Trish Fernandez, who has over 24 years' experience conducting cultural resources studies in the western United States. Ms. Fernandez has successfully completed all phases of work and prepared numerous documents covering a wide breadth of resource types in compliance with CEQA, NEPA, Section 106 of the NHPA, and the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). Although experienced in Prehistoric Archaeology, her areas of expertise are the history of the western United States, Historical Archaeology, and Architectural History. She meets the Secretary of Interior's Professional Qualification Standards for Archaeologist, Historian, and Architectural Historian; she is a California Registered Historian (No. 583) and a Registered Professional Archaeologist (No. 12198).

Trish has volunteered her expertise by teaching classes and serving on a number of professional and preservation review boards. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the California State Historical Commission's Archaeological Resources Committee and Chair of the Society of California Archaeology's Professional Standards and Ethics Committee.

Richard Terk

Cultural Resources

B.A., Anthropology

UC Berkeley

5 years' experience


InContext is a small, woman and minority-owned corporation specializing in cultural resources management. 

We are committed to a high level of professional integrity and providing quality products and responsive service.

Ms. Zickler-Martin serves as Cultural Resource Specialist/Archaeological Technician III for InContext, a role involving all phases of project background research, fieldwork, laboratory work, various types of analysis, and report production. She is an archaeologist with 9 years' experience in cultural resources management across California, the Great Basin, and Washington state. She has served as both crew lead and crew member on a number of survey, excavation, and monitoring projects for a variety of county, state, federal, and environmental consulting clients in a variety of regulatory contexts.

Ms. Zickler-Martin's areas of expertise are primarily zooarchaeology, human osteology, the evolution of the canine-human relationship, and California prehistory, but her working knowledge base is always expanding and has grown in recent years to encompass post-contact California and Great Basin history. She meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards for archaeologist and Caltrans Professional Qualification Standards for Co-Principal Investigator for Prehistoric Archaeology.

About Us

InContext has successfully completed work throughout the western United States for a variety of public agencies and private environmental, engineering, energy, and development firms. In business since 2005*, we have prepared numerous documents in compliance with CEQA, NEPA, SEPA, and Section 106 of the NHPA. We are also permitted to conduct archaeological studies in the State of Oregon and will soon be permitted in other states.

We are qualified to conduct work in the fields of prehistoric archaeology, historical archaeology, history, architectural history, and ethnography.