Staff Directory

President’s Office • (505) 954-7200 • info[at]
Michael F. BrownMichael F. BrownPresident • 2014–Present • mfbrown[at] or 505-954-7211Raised 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 LogoLorraine A. ClevelandExecutive Assistant to the President • 2014–Present • cleveland[at] or 505-954-7211Prior to her move to Santa Fe, Lorraine worked as an executive staff assistant in the Cornell University Audit Office, Office of the President, and as an administrative manager for Cornell Cooperative Extension administration in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Scholar Programs • (505) 954-7201 • scholar[at] • seminar[at]
Nicole TaylorNicole TaylorDirector • 2011–Present • taylor[at] 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.
Cynthia GeogheganCynthia GeogheganProgram Coordinator • 2011–Present • geoghegan[at] 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.
Maria SprayMaria SprayAdministrative Assistant • 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]
SAR LogoBrian D. ValloActing Director • 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.
SAR LogoJennifer 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 LogoDaniel 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.
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).
SAR LogoElysia PoonProgram Coordinator • 2007–Present • poon[at] or 505-954-7279Elysia was born and grew up in Los Angeles, California. A few years after receiving her BA in art history and criticism from the University of California, San Diego, she moved to New Mexico in 2003 to pursue her MA in art history at the University of New Mexico.

SAR Press • (505) 954-7206 • press[at]
Cynthia DyerCynthia DyerDesigner and Production Manager • 1999–Present • dyer[at] or 505-488-2062Cynthia Dyer’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, print management, and developing e-books for online distribution.
Ellen GoldbergEllen GoldbergEditorial Assistant • 2009–Present • goldberg[at] or 505-954-7277Although Ellen left her native New York City in 1985, she still thinks of herself as a New Yorker. Since landing in Santa Fe in 1993, she has worked in many fields, including food service, theatre, music, writing and editing, book and magazine publishing, to name a few.
John NoonanJohn NoonanWarehouse Manager/Customer Service • 2008–Present • noonan[at] 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. Among his employers were Data General, Fairchild Semiconductor, and the Maine Audubon Society.
Cynthia SeleneCynthia SeleneBusiness Manager • 2009–Present • selene[at] 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.
SAR LogoSarah SolizInterim Managing 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.

Development • (505) 954-7238 • development[at]
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, but with nearly as many hours in her English minor.
SAR LogoJaime K. GaskinDevelopment Associate, Institutional Giving • 2014–Present • gaskin[at] or 505-954-7250Jaime 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.
Janie MillerJanie MillerDevelopment Events Associate • 2006–Present • jmiller[at] (505) 954-7230Janie is responsible for planning and implementing SAR member field trips; the Sparks lecture series, educational outreach programs, and coordinating the volunteer program at SAR.
SAR LogoJean SchaumbergDevelopment Associate • 2001–Present • schaumberg[at] or 505-954-7245Jean is a Santa Fe native, graduating from New Mexico Highlands University with degrees in history and library science.

Business Administration • (505) 954-7204 • busadmin[at]
SAR LogoSharon 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.
SAR LogoBob 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 • info[at]
SAR LogoLeslie ShipmanDirector • 1999–Present • shipman[at] 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 LogoNidia CorderoSeminar House Assistant • 2008–Present
SAR LogoElizabeth CrosmanCulinary Assistant • 2008–Present
SAR LogoCarol TapkeCulinary Assistant • 2015–Present 
SAR LogoCarla 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]
Douglas DeardenDouglas DeardenDirector • 2002–Present • dearden[at] or 505-954-7220Doug 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) 954-7200 • info[at]
SAR LogoIsidro 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 LogoRandy MontoyaAssistant • 2001–PresentRandy was born in Santa Fe and has lived here all his life. His duties at SAR include maintenance of the indoor and outdoor facilities.

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