Staff Directory

President’s Office • (505) 954-7200 • info[at]sarsf.org
James F. Brooks, President and CEOJames F. BrooksPresident & CEO • 2005–Present • jfb[at]sarsf.orgAn 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....
SAR LogoJessica CalzadaExecutive Assistant • 2011–Present • calzada[at]sarsf.orgJessica Calzada was born and raised on California's Monterey Peninsula. At an early age she became captivated by an autographed book on the coffee table of her home entitled, Ansel Adams: Portfolios—thus began her journey as an explorer of light and tonality....
SAR LogoM. Sharon RussellExecutive Assistant • 2010–2011
Academic & Institutional Advancement • (505) 954-7200 • info[at]sarsf.org
John KantnerJohn KantnerVice President for Academic & Institutional Advancement • 2006–Present • kantner[at]sarsf.orgJohn 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....
SAR LogoFlannery DavisAdministrative Assistant/Receptionist • 2011–Present • davis[at]sarsf.orgFlannery was born and reared in South Carolina and graduated from the original USC with a BA in psychology....
Elizabeth LeeElizabeth LeeProspect Research & Management Associate • 2010–Present • lee[at]sarsf.orgElizabeth has spent more than 30 years in the communications field. She moved quickly from her first job in advertising to more engaging (though less lucrative) work in journalism and freelance writing, covering diverse activities, organizations, and cultures around the world....
Jon LewisJonathan A LewisMultimedia Programmer • 2002–Present • jlewis[at]sarsf.orgJonathan 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.....
SAR LogoJanie MillerPublic Programs Assistant • 2006–Present • jmiller[at]sarsf.org (505) 954-7230Janie 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....
Jason S. OrdazJason S. OrdazMultimedia Designer • 2002–Present • ordaz[at]sarsf.orgJason Ordaz, who is a native of East Los Angeles, moved to Santa Fe in January of 2000. Ordaz began studying music with his grandfather, Al from Al and the Velvets, in 1983....
SAR LogoJean SchaumbergMembership Associate • 2001–Present • schaumberg[at]sarsf.org or 505-954-7245Jean, 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....
Scholar Programs • (505) 954-7201 • scholar[at]sarsf.org • seminar[at]sarsf.org
Nicole TaylorNicole TaylorDirector • 2011–Present • taylor[at]sarsf.org or 505-954-7244Dr. Nicole Taylor holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Arizona, with a major in linguistic anthropology and a minor in medical anthropology....
Nancy Owen LewisNancy Owen LewisDirector • 1998–2011
SAR LogoCynthia GeogheganAssistant • 2011–Present • geoghegan[at]sarsf.org or 505-954-7244Cynthia 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....
Guest Services • (505) 954-7258 • info[at]sarsf.org
SAR LogoLeslie ShipmanDirector • 1999–Present • shipman[at]sarsf.org or 505-954-7258As director 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....
SAR LogoCarla TozcanoAssistant • 1997–Present • tozcano[at]sarsf.org 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....
SAR LogoNidia CorderoSeminar House Assistant • 2008–Present • no e-mail
SAR LogoElizabeth CrosmanCulinary Assistant • 2008–Present • no e-mail
SAR LogoKatie CrosmanCulinary Assistant • 2006–Present • no e-mail
SAR LogoCarol TapkeCulinary Assistant • 2005–2011
Business Administration • (505) 954-7204 • busadmin[at]sarsf.org
SAR LogoSharon TisonVice President for Finance & Administration • 1994–Present • tison[at]sarsf.org 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 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....
SAR LogoCarol SandovalPersonnel Director • 1984–Present • sandoval[at]sarsf.org or 505-954-7221Carol, as Personnel Director, manages all functions involving personnel, payroll and benefits administration, and government compliance....
SAR LogoBob LujanFull-Charge Bookkeeper • 2011–Present • lujan[at]sarsf.org or 505-954-7222Bob’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....
SAR LogoKent OwensBookkeeper • 2002–2012
Indian Arts Research Center • (505) 954-7205 • iarc[at]sarsf.org
Cynthia Chavez LamarCynthia Chavez LamarDirector • 2007–Present • chavez[at]sarsf.orgCynthia 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....
SAR LogoJennifer DayRegistrar • 2005–Present • day[at]sarsf.org or 505-954-7275After 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....
Laura ElliffLaura ElliffCollections Manager • 2008–Present • elliff[at]sarsf.org or 505-954-7270Laura joined the SAR staff as collections manager at the Indian Arts Research Center in July of 2008. Laura is originally from Oklahoma but considers her 'home' to be central Illinois where she primarily grew up....
SAR LogoLeisha JohnsonData Entry Clerk
SAR LogoDaniel KurnitAdministrative Assistant • 2001–Present • kurnit[at]sarsf.org or 505-954-7272Daniel 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....
SAR LogoDena Hunt LewisData Entry Clerk
Sylvanus PaulSylvanus PaulCollections Assistant • 2007–Present • paul[at]sarsf.orgSylvanus 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)....
Elysia PoonElysia PoonProgram Coordinator • 2007–Present • poon[at]sarsf.org or 505-954-7279Elysia 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.....
SAR LogoBrandon WilliamsData Entry Clerk
Information Technology • (505) 954-7220 • info[at]sarsf.org
SAR LogoDouglas DeardenDirector • 2002–Present • dearden[at]sarsf.org or 505-954-7220Doug 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....
Catherine McElvain Library • (505) 954-7234 • library[at]sarsf.org
SAR LogoLaura HoltLibrarian • 2003–Present • lholt[at]sarsf.org 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....
Physical Plant • (505) 954-7200 • no e-mail
SAR LogoRaymond SweeneyDirector • 1978–Present • rsweeney[at]sarsf.orgRay 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....
SAR LogoIsidro GutierrezGroundskeeper • 2004–Present• no e-mailIsidro is responsible for maintaining much of the landscaping on campus and takes a great deal of pride in his work....
SAR LogoRandy MontoyaAssistant • 2001–Present • no e-mailRandy was born in Santa Fe and has lived here all his life. His duties at SAR include maintenance of the indoor and outdoor facilities....
SAR Press • (505) 954-7206 • press[at]sarsf.org
Lynn Thompson BacaLynn Thompson BacaDirector • 2005–Present • baca[at]sarsf.org or 505-954-7260Lynn 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....
Cynthia DyerCynthia DyerDesigner and Production Manager • 1999–Present • dyer[at]sarsf.org or 505-488-2062Cynthia'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....
Ellen GoldbergEllen GoldbergEditorial Assistant • 2009–Present • goldberg[at]sarsf.org or 505-954-7277After 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....
John NoonanJohn NoonanWarehouse Manager/Customer Service • 2008–Present • noonan[at]sarsf.org or 505-954-7210John 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....
Lisa PachecoLisa PachecoManaging Editor • 2009–Present • pacheco[at]sarsf.org or 505-954-7261Lisa 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....
Cynthia SeleneCynthia SeleneBookkeeper • 2009–Present • selene[at]sarsf.org or 505-954-7262Cynthia 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. ...
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