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.

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.

Development • (505) 954-7238 • development[at]
Elizabeth Slocum BrandoElizabeth Slocum BrandoVice President for Development • 2014–Present • brando[at] or 505-954-7238Elizabeth 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 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.
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.

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 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] 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.

Indian Arts Research Center • (505) 954-7205 • iarc[at]
Laura ElliffLaura ElliffActing Director/Collections Manager • 2008–Present • elliff[at] or 505-954-7270Laura 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] or 505-954-7275Jennifer 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] 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.

Information Technology • (505) 954-7220 • info[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.

SAR Press • (505) 954-7206 • press[at]
Lynn Thompson BacaLynn Thompson BacaDirector • 2005–Present • baca[at] or 505-954-7260Lynn Baca tells people she became an anthropologist when she was “seven years old, watching National Geographic newsreels of Jane Goodall’s seminal work on the chimpanzees of Gombe in my father’s seventh-grade classroom.”
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.
Lisa PachecoLisa PachecoManaging Editor • 2009–Present • pacheco[at] or 505-954-7261Lisa Pacheco is a native of New Mexico. She was born in Las Cruces and raised in Albuquerque, and has worked in our state’s scholarly publishing industry since 2003.
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.

Physical Plant • (505) 954-7200 • info[at]
Leon HarmsLeon 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] 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.
Nancy Owen LewisNancy Owen LewisScholar in Residence • 2013–Present • lewis[at] 505-954-7212Nancy Owen Lewis is currently a scholar in residence after having served as director of SAR’s Scholar Programs for thirteen years.
Maria SprayMaria SprayAdministrative Assistant • 2014–Present • spray[at] or 505-954-7237Maria grew up in Santa Fe. Though she loves living here now, as a teenager and young adult, she did not have a great appreciation for the charms of its beautiful weather, multi-cultural experiences, and quiet lifestyle.

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.