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.
Suzanne GraysonSuzanne GraysonExecutive Assistant to the President • 2016–Present • grayson[at] 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]
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]

Lindsay 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.

Maureen AyersMaureen AyersMembership Manager • 2016–Present • ayers[at]

Brooklyn native Maureen Ayers graduated with a BA in anthropology from Hunter College, CUNY. Starting her development career at the American Museum of Natural History, she then moved to Santa Fe in the 90s to work for the United Way. Later, starting a family in Boise, Idaho, she worked for several non-profit organizations, such as the American Cancer Society and the Good Samaritan Society until 2016. Thrilled to return to Santa Fe, she is eager to continue the next step of her career at SAR.

SAR LogoFlannery DavisCommunications Coordinator • 2011–Present • davis[at] 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] 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.

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]
Maria Spray, Program Coordinator, Scholar ProgramsMaria 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.
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] 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.
SAR LogoCarol 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. 
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.
Ed RodriguezEduardo (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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