Staff Directory

President’s Office • (505) 954-7211 • grayson[at]
Michael F. BrownMichael F. BrownPresident • 2014–Present • mfbrown[at]sarsf.orgRaised in upstate New York, Dallas, Texas, and Kansas City, Missouri, Michael Brown received his AB degree from Princeton and a PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of Michigan. His research has covered a broad range of topics, including the indigenous peoples of Amazonia, new religious movements, and the global challenge of protecting indigenous cultural property from misuse.
SAR LogoSuzanne GraysonExecutive Assistant to the President • 2016–Present • grayson[at] or 505-954-7211

Suzanne, a seventh-generation Californian, has worked for museums and nonprofit organizations in both Los Angeles and Santa Fe for over twenty years. She has a BA degree with a concentration in arts management.

Development • (505) 954-7238 • development[at]
Laura Sullivan, Director of DevelopmentLaura T. SullivanDirector of Development • 2015–Present • sullivan[at]

Laura T. Sullivan has twenty-plus years’ experience in fundraising and administration for arts and cultural organizations. She has helped raise over $20 million including leadership level gifts, corporate and foundation support, legacy and endowment gifts, as well as robust annual campaigns.

Lindsay ArchuletaLindsay ArchuletaDonor Relations Manager • 2016–Present • archuleta[at]sarsf.orgLindsay has worked in fundraising for non-profits in New Mexico for over five years including the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.
Isis BennettIsis BennettMembership Coordinator • 2017–Present • bennett[at]

Isis was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. She holds a BA in International Relations and has been a Rotary Scholar in Asia, Europe, Africa, and South America. In the U.S, Isis has worked for organizations such as the Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Museum of International Folk Art.

SAR LogoFlannery DavisCommunications Coordinator • 2011–Present • davis[at]sarsf.orgFlannery is from South Carolina and graduated from the original USC with a BA in psychology.
Jaime GaskinJaime K. GaskinGrants Manager, Institutional Giving • 2014–Present • gaskin[at] or 505-954-7250

Jaime is primarily responsible for funding research, acquisition and proposal writing. She is a native of Santa Fe and 3rd generation northern New Mexican. After graduating from Santa Fe High School, Jaime received degrees from the University of Arizona (Tucson) in Anthropology, American Indian Studies, and Education.

Vangie RedsteerVangie RedsteerReceptionist/Administrative Assistant • 2017–Present • redsteer[at]

Vangie Redsteer is Navajo and Chiricahua Apache. She was born and raised in Northern Arizona and moved to New Mexico in 1987. She graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts and the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts in Santa Fe, and has since worked in education, for nonprofits, and in the healing arts industry.

Jane ThomasJane ThomasDatabase Manager • 2016–Present • thomas[at]

Jane grew up near Wilmington, Delaware; graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts; and lived in New York City for over 35 years, working in the financial services industry.  She and her husband, Richard Alford, moved to Santa Fe in 2013.

Scholar Programs • (505) 954-7201 • scholar[at] • seminar[at]
Paul Ryer, Director of Scholar ProgramsPaul RyerDirector • 2016–Present • ryer[at]

Dr. Paul Ryer received his PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of Chicago. Professor Ryer was affiliated with the University of Havana and has conducted long-term research on Cuba and its diasporas. Before coming to SAR, he taught at Williams College, Mount Holyoke College, and the University of California, Riverside.

SAR LogoMaria SprayProgram Coordinator • 2014–Present • spray[at] or 505-954-7237Maria grew up in Santa Fe. She pursued undergraduate work in Colorado, New York and Las Cruces, New Mexico, and earned a master's degree from St. John's College, Santa Fe. She also worked in Administration at St. John's, including a year as the Assistant to the Vice President of Development.

Indian Arts Research Center • (505) 954-7205 • iarc[at]
Brian D. ValloBrian D. ValloDirector • 2015–Present • vallo[at] or 505-954-7271A member of the Pueblo of Acoma tribe, Brian joins the IARC bringing 25 years of experience working with tribal groups throughout the Southwest.  A former Lt. Governor, Director of Historic Preservation, and Founding Director of the Haakú Museum at Acoma, his recent work experience extends into the fields of architecture, planning, and the arts.
Lisa Hsu BarreraLisa Hsu BarreraCollections Manager • 2015–Present • barrera[at]sarsf.orgLisa grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and first came to SAR as an intern in 2012. Previously she has worked for the state of California at the State Indian Museum, the Sutter’s Fort Collection, and the California State Railroad Museum Collection.
Jennifer DayJennifer DayRegistrar • 2005–Present • day[at] or 505-954-7275Jennifer Day joined the SAR staff in June 2005. She came to the organization with a background in museum registration and completed a graduate degree in museum studies at the University of Florida. She administers SAR’s collection management database at its Indian Arts Research Center (IARC), and also handles documentation of acquisitions and object loans, rights and reproduction for images of collection items, and manages several volunteers and interns.
Lilyan JonesLilyan JonesCollections Assistant • 2017–Present • jones[at]

Lily is a member of the Seneca Nation, based in Western NY, and first came to SAR as an Anne Ray Intern in 2014. She has a BA in Native Studies from Colgate University, and has held positions previously at the Longyear Museum, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and most recently the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum.

Daniel KurnitDaniel KurnitAdministrative Assistant • 2001–Present • kurnit[at] or 505-954-7272Daniel Kurnit has been the administrative assistant at the Indian Arts Research Center since 2001. He is a graduate of Santa Fe High School and a longtime Santa Fe resident.
Elysia PoonElysia PoonCurator of Education • 2007–Present • poon[at] or 505-954-7279

Elysia received her BA in art history and criticism from the University of California, San Diego and MA in art history from the University of New Mexico.

SAR Press • (505) 954-7206 • press[at]
Sarah SolizSarah SolizAcquisitions Editor • 2015–Present 

Catherine McElvain Library • (505) 954-7234 • library[at]
Laura HoltLaura HoltLibrarian • 2003–Present • lholt[at] or 505-954-7234Laura has her B.A. and M.L.S. from the University of Denver. She retired in 2002 from the Museum of New Mexico after 25 years as librarian for the Laboratory of Anthropology.

Business Administration • (505) 954-7204 • busadmin[at]
Sharon TisonSharon TisonVice President for Finance & Administration • 1994–Present • tison[at] or 505-954-7222Sharon is SAR’s Vice President for Finance and Administration, and also acts as assistant treasurer on the School’s Board of Directors. Prior to coming to SAR, she owned two successful for-profit businesses in Santa Fe and was an accounting instructor at Santa Fe Community College.
Robert LujanBob LujanFull-Charge Bookkeeper • 2012–Present • lujan[at] or 505-954-7222As full-charge bookkeeper, Bob’s primary responsibilities include accounts payable functions, maintenance of cash position including deposits and on-line banking activities, posting of monthly accounting entries, and other general accounting duties.
Carol SandovalCarol SandovalPersonnel Director • 1984–Present • sandoval[at] or 505-954-7221Carol, as Personnel Director, manages all functions involving personnel, payroll and benefits administration, and government compliance.

Guest Services • (505) 954-7258 • shipman[at]
Leslie ShipmanLeslie ShipmanDirector • 1999–Present • shipman[at] or 505-954-7258
Carla TozcanoCarla TozcanoGuest Services Assistant • 1997–Present • tozcano[at] or 505-954-7225Carla, originally from Chihuahua, Mexico, has lived in Santa Fe since 1994. She began working as the campus housekeeper at SAR in 1997. Carla moved on to Academic Programs assistant, and was promoted to her current position in the spring of 2004.

Information Technology • (505) 954-7220 • dearden[at]
Doug DeardenDouglas DeardenDirector • 2002–Present • dearden[at] or 505-954-7220

Doug Dearden was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Santa Fe in 1986. He worked for the Bank of Santa Fe for over fifteen years, thirteen of those as the information technology officer.

Physical Plant • (505) 954-7233 • rlujan[at]
Robert E. LujanRobert E. LujanPhysical Plant Director • 2015–Present • rlujan[at] or 505-954-7233Robert comes to us after nine years as the Facility Complex Manager for the NM Dept. of Public Safety. His area of responsibility included the State Police training facility off Cerrillos Rd. Before 2007, Robert worked for ten years for the NM General Services Dept. including two years as Facilities Manager. He has lots of experience with both old buildings and guest relations. 
Dominick CarmackDominick CarmackPhysical Plant Assistant • 2017–Present

Dominick was born and raised in Santa Fe. He spent summers working in the Physical Plant at SAR. After graduation from Santa Fe High, he attended New Mexico State University and studied horticulture. He later joined the United States Marine Corp, where he became certified in residential electrical wiring. Dominick and his wife recently moved back to Santa Fe where they look forward to raising their two young sons.

Isidro GutierrezIsidro GutierrezGroundskeeper • 2004–PresentIsidro has a background in landscaping. He joined the staff in the Physical Plant division working with Ray Sweeney and Randy Montoya. He is responsible for maintaining much of the landscaping on campus and takes a great deal of pride in his work.

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