Staff Directory

President’s Office • (505) 954-7200 • info[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.
Jeremiah MillerJeremiah MillerExecutive Assistant • 2013–Present • jeremiahmiller[at]

Business Administration • (505) 954-7204 • busadmin[at]
SAR LogoSharon TisonVice President for Finance & Administration • 1994–Present • tison[at]sarsf.orgSharon 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 LogoBob LujanFull-Charge Bookkeeper • 2012–Present • lujan[at]sarsf.orgBob Lujan recently joined SAR as the 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.orgCarol, as Personnel Director, manages all functions involving personnel, payroll and benefits administration, and government compliance.

Development • (505) 954-7238 • development[at]
Elizabeth Slocum BrandoElizabeth Slocum BrandoVice President for Development • 2014–Present • brando[at]sarsf.orgElizabeth Brando is an executive nonprofit leader with more than 16 years’ experience in cultural institutions of varied sizes. She most recently served as the associate director for institutional advancement for the Paleontological Research Institution and its two public venues for education, the Museum of the Earth and the Cayuga Nature Center, where she successfully completed the institution’s $1.175 million anniversary campaign.
SAR LogoFlannery DavisStaff Writer & Editor/Development Coordinator • 2011–Present • davis[at]sarsf.orgFlannery 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.
SAR LogoJanie MillerPublic Programs Assistant • 2006–Present • jmiller[at]sarsf.orgJanie is the Public Programs Assistant working with Development. She is responsible for planning and implementing the SAR member field trips; the Sparks lecture series; and coordinating the volunteer program at SAR.
SAR LogoJean SchaumbergMembership Associate • 2001–Present • schaumberg[at]sarsf.orgJean, 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.

Guest Services • (505) 954-7258 • info[at]
SAR LogoLeslie ShipmanDirector • 1999–Present • shipman[at]sarsf.orgAs 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 LogoKathleen ClendeninCulinary Assistant • 2008–Present
SAR LogoNidia CorderoSeminar House Assistant • 2008–Present
SAR LogoKatie CrosmanCulinary Assistant • 2006–Present
SAR LogoElizabeth CrosmanCulinary Assistant • 2008–Present
SAR LogoCarla TozcanoAssistant • 1997–Present • tozcano[at]sarsf.orgCarla, 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.

Indian Arts Research Center • (505) 954-7205 • iarc[at]
Laura ElliffLaura ElliffActing Director/Collections Manager • 2008–Present • elliff[at]sarsf.orgLaura joined the SAR staff at the Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) in July of 2008. Laura is originally from Oklahoma and a member of the Choctaw Nation but considers her “home” to be central Illinois where she primarily grew up. In 2003, she received a BA in anthropology from Illinois State University.
SAR LogoJennifer DayRegistrar • 2005–Present • day[at]sarsf.orgJennifer 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.
SAR LogoDaniel KurnitAdministrative Assistant • 2001–Present • kurnit[at]sarsf.orgDaniel 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.
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]sarsf.orgElysia 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.

Information Technology • (505) 954-7220 • info[at]
Douglas DeardenDouglas DeardenDirector • 2002–Present • dearden[at]sarsf.orgDoug 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.

SAR Press • (505) 954-7206 • press[at]
Lynn Thompson BacaLynn Thompson BacaDirector • 2005–Present • baca[at]sarsf.orgLynn became an anthropologist at the very young age of seven. Her evenings were spent in her father’s seventh 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.orgCynthia’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.orgAfter 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.
John NoonanJohn NoonanWarehouse Manager/Customer Service • 2008–Present • noonan[at]sarsf.orgJohn 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.
Lisa PachecoLisa PachecoManaging Editor • 2009–Present • pacheco[at]sarsf.orgLisa 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.
Cynthia SeleneCynthia SeleneBookkeeper • 2009–Present • selene[at]sarsf.orgCynthia 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.

Physical Plant • (505) 954-7200 • info[at]
SAR LogoLeon HarmsDirector • 2014–Present
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.

Scholar Programs • (505) 954-7201 • scholar[at] • seminar[at]
Nicole TaylorNicole TaylorDirector • 2011–Present • taylor[at]sarsf.orgDr. 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. After graduating from the University of Arizona, Dr. Taylor worked for two years in the non-profit sector conducting applied research and program evaluation in the areas of substance abuse prevention, HIV/AIDS awareness, secondary school dropout prevention, and post-secondary education promotion for low-income, minority youth.
Cynthia GeogheganCynthia GeogheganProgram Coordinator • 2011–Present • geoghegan[at]sarsf.orgCynthia 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.
Nancy Owen LewisNancy Owen LewisScholar in Residence and Grant Writer • 2013–Present • lewis[at]sarsf.orgNancy Owen Lewis, formerly SAR's Director of Scholar Programs for thirteen years, received her PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of Massachusetts and subsequently taught anthropology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and the University of Arkansas.
SAR LogoMaria SprayAdministrative Assistant • 2014–Present

Catherine McElvain Library • (505) 954-7234 • library[at]
Laura HoltLaura HoltLibrarian • 2003–Present • lholt[at]sarsf.orgLaura 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.