Staff of the School for Advanced Research

James F. Brooks

President and CEO

James F. Brooks

James assumed the presidency of SAR in August of 2005. He joined the School in July 2002 as Director of SAR Press.

An interdisciplinary scholar of the indigenous and colonial past, he has held professorial appointments at the University of Maryland, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Berkeley, as well as fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and in 2000–2001, at the SAR itself. The recipient of more than a dozen national awards for scholarly excellence, his 2002 book Captives & Cousins: Slavery, Kinship and Community in the Southwest Borderlands focused on the traffic in women and children across the region as expressions of intercultural violence and accommodation. He extends these questions most recently through an essay on the eighteenth and nineteenth century Pampas borderlands of Argentina in his co-edited advanced seminar volume Small Worlds: Method, Meaning, and Narrative in Microhistory from SAR Press.

Before pursuing his career in the academy, Brooks worked for a decade in the publishing and advertising industry in Colorado. He is fascinated by the potential of linking dynamic business models with SAR’s mission to support scholarly and artistic achievement. Charged with leading both the organizational transformation of the School and its artistic and scholarly programs, he sees his position as “an extraordinary opportunity to weave these parallel strands together into a single fabric.”

John Kantner

Vice President for Academic and Institutional Advancement

John Kantner

John is a native of Santa Fe. He is an anthropological archaeologist with a diverse background of professional research, educational outreach, and program development. He received his B.A. degree from The Colorado College and his Ph.D. at the University of California–Santa Barbara, where he pursued interdisciplinary training in anthropology, geography, geochemistry, philosophy, and evolutionary theory. Dr. Kantner has a long history of engagement with SAR, beginning as a seasonal employee of the Archaeology Program in the 1980s and continuing through participation in several seminars. Prior to rejoining SAR in 2006 as Vice President, Dr. Kantner was a tenured Associate Professor of Anthropology at Georgia State University, a diverse urban university in the heart of Atlanta where he built a vibrant program in archaeology from scratch.

Dr. Kantner’s archaeological experiences range from Spanish Colonial historic sites in New Mexico and Georgia, to pre-Hispanic traditions of southern Central America, to early nomadic sites of the Southern Plains. With a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, Dr. Kantner currently directs the Lobo Mesa Archaeological Project in west-central New Mexico. The goal of this research is to identify the processes by which complex social and political regional institutions emerge from communities of comparatively simple horticulturists. This project also seeks to understand the Chaco Canyon phenomenon and its impact on the prehistory of American Southwest, an interest explored in his most recent book, The Ancient Puebloan Southwest, published by Cambridge University Press.

Other publications appear in Human Nature, Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, Journal of Archaeological Research, and Historical Archaeology, and he has contributed chapters to nearly 20 academic books. Dr. Kantner is also widely known for his use of new media both for enhancing public education and facilitating professional interaction, an area of interest that earned him an award in an international competition sponsored by Apple Computer.

Sharon Tison

Vice President for Finance and Administration

Sharon is SAR’s Vice President for Finance and Administration, and also acts as Assistant Treasurer on the School’s Board of Managers. Prior to coming to SAR, Ms. Tison owned two successful for-profit businesses in Santa Fe and was an accounting instructor at Santa Fe Community College. She was a founding partner in LizardTech, a computer software firm that is now located in Seattle, Washington. Sharon currently serves on the Board of Directors of La Familia Medical Center.

Sharon holds a B.S. in Mathematics and Education from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. She received her accounting education at Santa Fe Community College and passed the CPA exam in 1989.

Lynn Thompson Baca

Director, SAR Press

Lynn Thompson Baca

Lynn became an anthropologist at the young age of seven. Her evenings were spent in her father’s 7th grade social studies classroom watching National Geographic newsreels of Jane Goodall’s seminal work on the chimpanzees of Gombe. She was hooked. In 1985 Lynn realized her dream when she was accepted into the graduate program in anthropology at the University of New Mexico.

With a Masters of Science in physical anthropology from the University of New Mexico, Lynn began working in the subfield of archaeology. “I wanted to stay in the American Southwest, and all the great work being done was in ancestral Puebloan archaeology.” From 1987 to 1992, Lynn worked as an Independent Archaeological Consultant, Field Archaeologist, and Editor for various cultural resource management companies in the Four Corners area. In 1992, she began working in the marketing department at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. She stayed there for nine years.

After a five-year stint as Executive Director of the Glen Canyon Natural History Association in Page, Arizona, Lynn accepted the position of project director for a large federal grant held by the Page Unified School District. Lynn is excited about being at SAR, “I like working at an institution that isn’t just resting on its laurels. Exciting work is being done at the School, and I can’t wait to see where we are five years from now.”

Cynthia Chavez Lamar

Director, Indian Arts Research Center

Cynthia Chavez Lamar

Cynthia grew up in San Felipe Pueblo, New Mexico, her father’s home community. Her heritage also includes Hopi/Tewa and Navajo on her maternal side of the family. She received her B.A. from Colorado College and an M.A. in American Indian Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2001 she completed her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico, where she focused on combining her interest in Native art history with museum studies. In 2008 she received an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, Colorado College. She serves on various boards, was appointed by Governor Richardson to the New Mexico Arts Commission in 2009, and was nominated by President Obama to the Institute of American Indian Arts Board of Trustees in 2010.

She began her career at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), where she served as an associate curator from 2000–2005. Her major accomplishment during her tenure was leading the development of the inaugural exhibition, Our Lives: Contemporary Life and Identities, which currently remains on exhibit at the NMAI on the National Mall in Washington, DC. After five years in DC, she longed for New Mexico and accepted a position at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) in Albuquerque as the museum director. While there, she revitalized the educational programming and exhibits. Much of her work at NMAI and IPCC focused on fostering collaborative relationships and projects among Native peoples, organizations, and institutions. She continues to advance this type of work at IARC.

Cynthia’s research interests include contemporary Native arts, issues of representation in museums, and cultural heritage rights of Native peoples. She is currently researching Pueblo, Navajo, and Apache moccasins for the development of a small traveling banner exhibit that will be available for exhibit at Native communities and other venues.

Nidia Cordero

Culinary Assistant, Guest Services

Elizabeth Crosman

Culinary Assistant, Guest Services

Kathryn (Katie) Crosman

Culinary Assistant, Guest Services

Flannery Davis

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant, Academic and Institutional Advancement

Flannery was born and reared in South Carolina and graduated from the original USC with a BA in psychology. Following the traditional career path for someone with that degree, she moved to Santa Barbara and entered the restaurant business. Starting as a waitress at the Sojourner Coffeehouse, her trajectory led her through cooking, baking, and catering, and finally to managing a historic inn, restaurant, and bar in Annapolis, MD. When the inn was sold, she joined the staff at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, where she served as managing editor then as a freelance writer with special emphasis on toxic chemical water pollution. She has also written for Walking Horse Report, Saddle Horse Report, Horse World magazine, and Nashville Woman magazine. As a freelance editor, she recently completed work on two books by New Mexico authors.

Flannery and her partner Gus started and continue to run a nonprofit organization, Listening Horse Therapeutic Riding, which provides equine-assisted therapy to wounded veterans and active military and their families, as well as to at-risk youth and others with special needs. They have three horses, two dogs, two cats, and an enlightened burro.

Jennifer Day

Registrar, IARC

Jennifer joined the staff at SAR as Registrar for the Indian Arts Research Center.

After graduating with a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Oregon, Jennifer served as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 1999 to 2001 in rural Honduras, where she taught sustainable agriculture techniques to families, women’s groups, and school children.

In December 2005, she graduated with an M.A. in Museum Studies from the University of Florida.

Doug Dearden

Director, Information Technology

Doug was born and raised in Southern California. He and his wife Catlain moved to Santa Fe in 1986. He worked for The Bank of Santa Fe for over 15 years, 13 of those as the Information Technology Officer. As IT Officer, Doug managed all the computer systems at the Bank, including the Bank’s network and mainframe operations.

Doug attended seven colleges sporadically over a span of 20 years, finally earning his A.S. in Computer Science from the Santa Fe Community College in 1993. He has attended courses in network administration for both Novell and Microsoft, and earned his certification as a Novell Administrator in 1995. Doug’s work brings an ever-changing landscape and he continues to upgrade his skills, becoming a Microsoft Certified Professional in early 2007 while working toward more advanced certifications.

Summer weekends you will find Doug casting a fly into promising waters along the streams of New Mexico.

Cynthia Dyer

Production Manager, SAR Press

Cynthia Dyer

Cynthia’s responsibilities as Designer and Production Manager for SAR Press cover all aspects of pre-production—from coordinating photography and design elements with authors and editors, to developing cover and text designs, typesetting, and print management.

She majored in studio art and art history in college—interests that led her to a career in printing and publishing. For many years, she honed her talents in the darkrooms and stripping departments of commercial printers in Louisiana and New Mexico. She briefly shared in the creation and management of a film and video production company in Albuquerque prior to taking a position as a designer and reprints manager at the University of New Mexico Press in 1988. She worked as Production Manager for Pilgrim Press in Cleveland, Pelican Publishing in New Orleans, and High Mountain Press in Santa Fe before joining the staff at SAR Press in 1999.

Cynthia devotes her spare time to creating art, primarily in pastel and pencil, and working on her hobby farm. She is married to anthropologist/author Christopher Dyer.

Laura Elliff

Collections Manager, Indian Arts Research Center

Laura Elliff

Laura joined the SAR staff as collections manager at the Indian Arts Research Center in July of 2008. Laura is originally from Oklahoma and is a member of the Choctaw Nation but grew up primarily in central Illinois. She has a B.S. (2003) in Anthropology with a Native American Studies focus from Illinois State University. In December of 2008, she finished a competitive program through George Washington University and earned a graduate certificate in Museum Collections Management and Care via distance education.

Her experience includes being a volunteer in Americorps working on the Navajo reservation in Mexican Hat, Utah, and working as the assistant collections manager/registrar at the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College. At the Center, Laura helped preserve and exhibit the collections and trained under textile conservator Jeanne Brako for four years. She has also consulted with smaller museums on proper collections management procedures and proper storage.

She is very excited to be a part of SAR, as collections management is her passion and she feels that she can contribute much to the physical care of the IARC collection.

Cynthia Geoghegan

Assistant, Scholar Programs

Cynthia Geoghegan

Cynthia came to New Mexico for the first time when she was seven years old, and she decided then that this was the place where she wanted to live. Fortunately, her family agreed, and they moved here very soon thereafter. She attended schools in Santa Fe and Los Alamos, and studied nursing at the University of New Mexico. She changed course about half-way through her nursing curriculum and moved to Houston, Texas. She planned to be there just two years, but she met her husband and spent a total of 24 years in Houston, finally retiring from The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, where she worked as an administrator in graduate medical education for many years. Cynthia and her husband William (who also loves New Mexico) have two adult children and four granddaughters. They also have three cats.

Since returning to Santa Fe in 2008, Cynthia has involved herself in many volunteer activities, including tutoring basic literacy and English as a Second Language. Cynthia continues to work with low-level literacy students and non-English speaking students in her spare time, and serves on the Board of Directors of Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe.

Ellen Goldberg

Editorial Assistant, SAR Press

Ellen Goldberg

After triumphing as school spelling champ at P.S. 238 in Brooklyn, New York two years in a row, Ellen was hooked on words and language. Happily, she gets to indulge her love of words in her role at SAR Press. Ellen returned to SAR in early 2009 after having worked in Administration in the late 1990s.

Ellen’s outside activities center around the performance arts. Since earning her B.A. in theatre at New York City’s Queens College, she has performed onstage as an actress, as well as done stage managing, house managing, box office management, and lots more at theatres in New York, Los Angeles, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Santa Fe. She has been singing with the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus since 1999 and has written occasional articles for local publications.

Isidro Gutierrez

Maintenance Staff, Physical Plant

Isidro 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.

Isidro is married and has two children.

Laura Holt

Librarian, Scholar Programs

Laura 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. During her tenure, she developed a respected collection of Southwest anthropology and created a computerized catalog and specialized databases to provide systematic access to the information.

She completed the Modern Archives course in archives and records management under a grant from the New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board, which is important in managing the SAR records and archival collections in the Catherine McElvain Library.

Laura is also a book indexer with a specialty in Southwest and anthropological publications.

Nadine Koenig

Administrative Assistant, Scholar Programs

Nadine was born and raised in northern California and came to New Mexico in 1967 with her husband and two small sons. During her time as an “at-home mom” she learned the art of batik-making and practiced it for a number of years, showing in and around Los Alamos and Santa Fe, as well as at arts and crafts shows throughout the state of New Mexico.

She is currently enjoying the return of her sons, Mark and Chris and their families to reside in the Santa Fe area after living in other parts of the country since graduating from Santa Fe High School in the early ‘80s.

A 34-year resident of Santa Fe, Nadine has enjoyed secretarial/office management/bookkeeping employment in many Santa Fe businesses and concurrently manages her own “word-processing” business, called WordMagic, from her home office. She spends her SAR time in the lovely Catherine McElvain Library building.

Daniel Kurnit

Administrative Assistant, IARC

Daniel was hired as Administrative Assistant for IARC in 2001. His responsibilities range from record keeping and general administrative duties to organizing tours and events for IARC.

Daniel was born in Boston but is a long-time resident of Santa Fe. After graduating from Santa Fe High School, he earned a B.A. from Bard College in Annandale, N.Y.

Prior to joining SAR, he worked for several local businesses, including the Eldorado Hotel, the Santa Fean, and the New Mexican.

Elizabeth Lee

Prospect Research and Management Associate, Academic and Institutional Advancement

Elizabeth Lee

Elizabeth (Liz), who joined SAR in July 2010, has spent more than 30 years in the communications field (including advertising, journalism, freelance writing, and fundraising) covering diverse activities, organizations, and cultures. She moved to Santa Fe 16 years ago, and has spent the past six years dedicated to nonprofit fundraising.

She lived in Turkey, Germany, and Canada before she was eight years old, and has traveled to and worked in many different countries, including Madagascar, Morocco, Bolivia, Brazil, Jordan, Thailand, and Nepal. Many years after receiving her B.A. from Colgate University in English Literature, she began taking courses in anthropology and continues to be fascinated by the field.

Nancy Owen Lewis

Director, Scholar Programs

Nancy Owen Lewis

Nancy received her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Massachusetts. After teaching anthropology at the University of Arkansas, she moved to Santa Fe to accept a position at the District Attorney’s Office as director of witness security for the prison riot prosecution. She was later named director of special court services for the Santa Fe Municipal Court.

In 1994 she received the Outstanding Leadership in Health Promotion Award from the New Mexico Department of Health for her work in the field of drunk driving. Two years later, she received a fellowship from The Lovelace Institutes, which resulted in a publication on drive-up liquor windows. More recently, she presented a paper on DWI at the 2008 meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology and co-chaired an SAR seminar on “Policy Under the Influence: Addressing Substance Abuse in New Mexico.”

Her recent publications include A Peculiar Alchemy: A Centennial History of SAR, co-authored with Kay Hagan (SAR Press, 2007); “Our Lady of Light: The Loretto Chapel,” Public Historian, Fall 2007; and “Chasing the Cure in New Mexico: The Lungers and their Legacy,” El Palacio, winter 2008. She recently received funding from the New Mexico Office of the State Historian and the Historical Society of New Mexico to examine the impact of tuberculosis on the culture of New Mexico. She plans to write a book on this topic.

Jonathan Lewis

Multimedia Programmer, Academic and Institutional Advancement

Jonathan A Lewis

Jonathan was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He joined SAR in the spring of 2002. After working in the Information Technology (IT) division helping with computer problems, he started working with the SAR Press, where he maintained the warehouse and shipped/received books. He now works with Institutional Advancement, where he programs and maintains websites, prints photographs, and helps with graphic design. He also acts as the backup for the Director of Information Technology.

When not buried in lines of code, Jonathan pursues his interest in photography. He prefers using film and alternative photographic processes and is one of fewer than 100 people in the world currently making daguerreotypes.

Janie Miller

Public Programs Assistant, Academic and Institutional Advancement

Janie is the Public Programs Assistant working with Institutional Advancement. She is responsible for planning and implementing the SAR member field trips; the Sparks lecture series; and coordinating the volunteer program at SAR. She also provides leadership and coordinates SAR educational outreach programs, and assists with preparation of written information for the SAR website, membership mailings, and community calendar listings in the local media. Prior to coming to SAR, Janie directed community-based education programs with Community Partnerships, a program of Partners in Education; directed education programs at the Randall Davey Audubon Center; and was an interpretive ranger with the United States and New Zealand National Parks. She has an M.S. in Environmental Interpretation from Colorado State University.

Randy Montoya

Maintenance Staff, Physical Plant

Randy was born in Santa Fe and has lived here all his life. His duties at SAR include maintenance of the indoor and outdoor facilities.

He takes great pride in the academic and athletic accomplishments of his children. His hobbies are camping, fishing, boating, hunting, dancing, and bowling.

John Noonan

Customer Service/Shipping and Receiving Clerk, SAR Press

John Noonan

John was born and grew up on the coast of Maine where he spent seven years as a volunteer firefighter and worked in a variety of fields. Among his employers were Data General, Fairchild Semiconductor, and the Maine Audubon Society.

Moving west in 1994, he lived in Crested Butte, Colorado and subsequently moved to Tesuque, New Mexico in 1995.

John enjoys many outdoor activities including, hiking, camping, backpacking, ice skating, and, lately, star gazing.

Jason S. Ordaz

Multimedia Designer, Academic and Institutional Advancement

Jason S. Ordaz, Multimedia Designer

Jason, who is a native of East Los Angeles, moved to Santa Fe in January of 2000. Jason began studying music with his grandfather, Al from Al and the Velvets, in 1983. He has performed extensively throughout the United States while promoting airplay on MTV as well as on several National Public Radio stations. His love of music has led him to study many diverse musical traditions including Persian and Arabic Classical music.

Stereoscopy (3-D photography) is another of Jason’s creative interest. He travels throughout the American Southwest in search of ruins as subjects for his twin lens 3-D stereo cameras. His eventual goal is to produce a book on the American Southwest in the third dimension. Jason’s 3-D photographs have been published in several magazines and publications both Nationally and Internationally. View Jason’s 3-D Anaglyph slideshow on Flickr® (red/cyan glasses required).

He brings these passions to his work at SAR as Multimedia Designer and project manager for the NEH-sponsored educational website project, Southwest Crossroads: Cultures and Histories of the American Southwest, and the SAR website.

Jason and his family live in Evergreen, a Homewise community, where he has served as President of the Homeowners’ Association since 2007.

His complete joy is raising his daughter, Fae, with her mother, Sitara Schauer.

Kent Owens

Bookkeeper, Business Administration

Kent Owens

Kent earned a Bachelor of University Studies in Accounting from the University of Albuquerque. After high school, he attended the University of New Mexico majoring in Physical Education and Health. While attending University of New Mexico, Kent married his high school sweetheart, had two children, and worked full time at night with GTE Lenkurt. After eleven years with GTE, Kent took his recently earned accounting degree and went to work as a Senior Accountant for Sperry Flight Systems (now Honeywell). Layoffs resulted in Kent finding work at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro as a Contract Accountant for EMRTC, overseeing contracts for their 32-square-mile explosive-testing facility.

Ten years later, Kent and his wife moved to Santa Fe. Kent worked at a variety of bookkeeping and accounting jobs before becoming a Sr. Accountant with the Tribe of Cochiti, where he worked for five years. Kent feels that “along with the wonderful working conditions here at SAR, I like the continuous cultural learning environment.”

Lisa Pacheco

Managing Editor, SAR Press

Lisa Pacheco

Lisa is a native of New Mexico. Born in Las Cruces and raised in Albuquerque, she has worked in our state’s scholarly publishing industry since 2003. She holds an M.A. in anthropology with an emphasis in ethnology and linguistics from the University of New Mexico, and a B.A. in English/Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida.

Before joining SAR Press in July 2009, Pacheco acquired books for the University of New Mexico Press in anthropology, archaeology, and religious studies. Besides adding books to University of New Mexico Press’s core lists in these subject areas, she also expanded its Southwest Borderlands studies and American Indian studies lists. Prior to being promoted to acquisitions editor from an internship as assistant editor, Pacheco served as editorial assistant for the Journal of Anthropological Research, published by University of New Mexico’s Department of Anthropology. Before returning to Albuquerque to attend graduate school, Pacheco lived in Orlando, Florida, where she was the assistant managing editor for a small publisher of law books. She was also a senior writer and editor for Hard Rock Cafe’s corporate website,

At SAR Press, Pacheco has transitioned to project management from project development. She continues to have strong interests in language revitalization, anthropologists’ collaboration with Native communities, and applied anthropology. Her unique academic and professional background has prepared her well for a career specializing in anthropology books.

Sylvanus Paul

Collections Management Assistant, IARC

Sylvanus Paul

Sylvanus is a Navajo (Dine’) graduate from Pine Hill Schools on the Ramah Navajo Reservation. His traditional way of introducing himself is by first introducing his Diné clans, which are Tsé’naabiłnii (Sleeping Rock Clan), born for the Tódiichii’nii (Bitter Water Clan).

Sylvanus attended Diné College on the main campus in Tsaile, AZ, where he received his Associate of Arts Degree in Diné Studies. Continuing his pursuit in Native American Studies, Sylvanus received his Bachelor’s Degree in American Indian Studies and Southwest History at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. While attending Fort Lewis, he worked under an internship at the Delaney Research Library for the college’s Center of Southwest Studies. There he was accepted for an internship at Mesa Verde National Park. After completion of the Mesa Verde internship, Sylvanus continued to work for the Park Service with the collections at Chaco Canyon Historical Park. He has also worked as a museum technician at Chaco Canyon and at the Lab of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

After completing his contract with Chaco Canyon, he now works for the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in the Indian Arts Research Center (IARC). At SAR, Sylvanus works with the Southwest Native textiles, where his knowledge in Diné Studies and Southwest history, as well as Native American studies, benefits the care and interpretation of the collections.

Elysia Poon

Program Coordinator, IARC

Elysia Poon

Elysia was born and grew up in Los Angeles, California. A few years after receiving her B.A in Art History and Criticism and minor in African American music from the University of California—San Diego, she moved to New Mexico in 2003 to pursue her M.A. in Art History at University of New Mexico. Prior to coming to SAR, Elysia worked for the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Autry National Center in Los Angeles, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture in Santa Fe, and Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Since 2007, she has been the IARC Program Coordinator, where her responsibilities include IARC public programming; education; and overseeing the Native artist, intern, and volunteer programs.

Sharon Russell

Executive Assistant to the President

Sharon Russell

Sharon joined the staff of SAR as Executive Assistant to the President and Vice President for Academic and Institutional Advancement.

Prior to her arrival at SAR, she was Assistant to the Director of Institutional Advancement at Santa Fe Preparatory School; Assistant Gallery Manager and Registrar at Scheinbaum & Russek Ltd.; and, most recently, Registrar at Charlotte Jackson Fine Art.

Sharon studied art at the University of Alabama. She is a painter and an art enthusiast.

Carol Sandoval

Personnel Director, Business Administration

Carol, as Personnel Director, manages all functions involving personnel, payroll and benefits administration, and government compliance.

Hired in 1984 as the Accounts Payable Clerk in the School’s Business Office, Carol served in different capacities before taking over the personnel function in 1992.

A native Santa Fean, Carol is a member of the National Society for Human Resource Managers (SHRM).

She attended the University of New Mexico and is a Certified Professional in Human Resources through the Robert O. Anderson School of Management at University of New Mexico and SHRM.

Jean Schaumberg

Membership Associate, Academic and Institutional Advancement

Jean, born and raised in Santa Fe, has been in the book business (libraries and bookstores) since 1974. From acquisitions librarian at the Santa Fe Public Library to bookstore owner, she is an avid reader. Currently she is co-owner of WORDHARVEST. Along with business partner Anne Hillerman, she organizes writers’ workshops and conferences for writers of all abilities.

Jean graduated from New Mexico Highlands University with degrees in History and Library Science.

Cynthia Selene

Customer Service/Bookkeeper, SAR Press

Cynthia Selene

Cynthia has lived on both coasts while enjoying jobs in the areas of psychosocial research, computer programming, royalty management, and accounts payable at institutions including Brown University, University of Washington, and Ithaca College. Seeking blue skies and open spaces, she moved to Taos in 1998 and fell in love with the area. Determined to stay and experience living off-the-grid, Cynthia took whatever jobs were available such as seamstress, jewelry-maker, hot-air balloon crew member, and musician. She moved to Santa Fe in 2008 and is very pleased to be in the scholarly environment of SAR using her financial skills once again.

Leslie Shipman

Director, Guest Services

As manager of the Guest Services Division, Leslie and her staff oversee the operations of the Reception Center, the Seminar House, and the eight scholar/fellow apartments and offices.

Prior to joining the SAR staff, she stayed at home with her three children, volunteering for various community organizations and working as a part-time substitute teacher in the Santa Fe Public Schools. With two daughters in college and a son “almost there,” her family, along with reading, gardening, and culinary experiments continue to be her main interests beyond life at SAR.

Leslie was raised in Santa Fe and is married to Pojoaque native Nat Shipman.

Raymond Sweeney

Director, Physical Plant

Ray is a native of Santa Fe. He has been a member of the Physical Plant staff since 1978, continuing the family tradition. He started as Physical Plant Assistant and was promoted to Physical Plant Supervisor in 1989. Over the years, in a number of different positions, he has accumulated comprehensive knowledge in many areas, including electrical and mechanical systems, plumbing, security, water, and other systems.

Carol Tapke

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant, Executive Services

Carol is originally from upstate New York where she attended the State University of New York at Buffalo.

After her collegiate experience, she moved first to Michigan before settling in Arlington Heights, a suburb of Chicago. Her work experience includes 27 years in various positions with the Daily Herald, the third-largest newspaper in Illinois. The last 17 years at the Daily Herald were spent as the Customer Service Manager.

Carol and her husband Steve enjoy traveling. After a number of vacations to Santa Fe, which brought about a deep interest in the art and cultures of Santa Fe and New Mexico, they made Santa Fe their permanent home in September 2004.

Carol really enjoys gardening and landscaping, although gardening in the Southwest offers far different challenges than the Midwest.

Carla Tozcano

Assistant, Guest Services

Carla, 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.

Carla enjoys being a mom and spending time with her daughter Arely.

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