Staff Directory

President’s Office • (505) 954-7211 • grayson[at]sarsf.org
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.
Suzanne GraysonSuzanne GraysonExecutive Assistant to the President • 2016–Present • grayson[at]sarsf.org or 505-954-7211

Suzanne is a seventh-generation Californian who has enjoyed living in Santa Fe since 2006. She received her bachelor of arts degree with a concentration in arts management from the University of the Pacific. She has worked for museums and nonprofit organizations in both Los Angeles and Santa Fe including the Museum of New Mexico Foundation for eight years.


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

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.

SAR LogoFlannery DavisCommunications Coordinator • 2011–Present • davis[at]sarsf.org or 505-954-7264Flannery is from South Carolina and graduated from the original USC with a BA in psychology.
Jaime GaskinJaime K. GaskinDevelopment Associate, Institutional Giving • 2014–Present • gaskin[at]sarsf.org 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.

Jean SchaumbergJean SchaumbergMembership Associate • 2001–Present • schaumberg[at]sarsf.org or 505-954-7245Jean is a Santa Fe native, graduating from New Mexico Highlands University with degrees in history and library science.

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 brings an academic background that spans social sciences and humanities as well as prior experience as an applied researcher and administrator in nonprofit organizations to her position as director of Scholar Programs at the School for Advanced Research.
Maria Spray, Program Coordinator, Scholar ProgramsMaria SprayProgram Coordinator • 2014–Present • spray[at]sarsf.org 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]sarsf.org
Brian D. ValloBrian D. ValloDirector • 2015–Present • vallo[at]sarsf.org 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]sarsf.org 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.
SAR LogoJesse Dutton-KennyCollections Assistant • 2016–Present

Jesse joins SAR from Boulder, CO where she had been working in the Anthropology collections at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History. She received her M.S. in Museum and Field Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a focus on collections management and an even more specific focus on basketry collections and contemporary Native arts.

Daniel KurnitDaniel KurnitAdministrative Assistant • 2001–Present • kurnit[at]sarsf.org 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]sarsf.org 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]sarsf.org
Sarah SolizSarah SolizAcquisitions Editor • 2015–Present 

Catherine McElvain Library • (505) 954-7234 • library[at]sarsf.org
Laura HoltLaura 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.

Business Administration • (505) 954-7204 • busadmin[at]sarsf.org
Sharon TisonSharon 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 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]sarsf.org 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.
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.

Guest Services • (505) 954-7258 • shipman[at]sarsf.org
Leslie ShipmanLeslie ShipmanDirector • 1999–Present • shipman[at]sarsf.org or 505-954-7258
Carla TozcanoCarla TozcanoGuest Services Assistant • 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. 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]sarsf.org
Doug DeardenDouglas DeardenDirector • 2002–Present • dearden[at]sarsf.org 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]sarsf.org
Robert E. LujanRobert E. LujanPhysical Plant Director • 2015–Present • rlujan[at]sarsf.org 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. 
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.
SAR LogoEduardo (Ed) RodriguezAssistant • 2016–Present

Eduardo comes to us after 12 plus years from the NM Department of Public Safety. As an Advance Maintenance staff member, his duties included plumbing, electrical, small construction jobs and welding. Eduardo also worked at the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) as a mechanic for 12 years.


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