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President’s Office • (505) 954-7211 • grayson@sarsf.org

Michael Brown

Michael Brown

President

2014-Present
Raised 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. He has been awarded research fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Institute for Advanced Study. At SAR, he has been a resident scholar and a participant in two advanced seminars.

In addition to scholarly articles, Brown is the author of six books, including The Channeling Zone: American Spirituality in an Anxious Age (1997), Who Owns Native Culture? (2003), and Upriver: The Turbulent Life and Times of an Amazonian People (2014). He has also published general-interest articles and reviews in Natural HistorySmithsonianThe Chronicle of Higher Education, and the New York Times Book Review. A list of his publications, many downloadable as full-text PDF files, is accessible here.

Suzanne Grayson

Suzanne Grayson

Executive Assistant to the President

2016-Present
Suzanne, a seventh-generation Californian, has worked for museums and nonprofit organizations in both Los Angeles and Santa Fe for over twenty years. She has a BA degree with a concentration in arts management.

Development • (505) 954-7238 • development@sarsf.org

Laura T. Sullivan

Laura T. Sullivan

Director

2015–Present • sullivan@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. For the past nine years, she served as director of development at the International Folk Art Alliance. Previously, she was director of education for seven years at the Museum of International Folk Art. Other professional positions include director of the Museum on Wheels, an educational outreach program of the Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art; executive director of the Doña Ana Arts Council in Las Cruces, New Mexico; and development consultant for the New Mexico State University Foundation. She holds a MA from the University of California Santa Cruz with a cross-disciplinary degree in Education, Anthropology, and Art History and a BA from Middlebury College.

Lindsay Archuleta

Lindsay Archuleta

Donor Relations Manager

2016–Present • archuleta@sarsf.org
Lindsay grew up in Taos, New Mexico. She received her master of business administration from Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico. She began her career working in international development and with indigenous cultures in Kenya and Brazil before settling back in New Mexico. She 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.

Flannery Davis

Flannery Davis

Communications Coordinator

2011–Present • 505-954-7264 • davis@sarsf.org 
Flannery is from South Carolina and graduated from the original USC with a BA in psychology. She worked as managing editor for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) in Annapolis, MD, for five years where she was responsible for writing, editing, and supervising design of all publications for six CBF offices across three states and the District of Columbia. After starting her own business, To the Point Publications, she continued as a freelance writer for CBF and the Chesapeake Bay Trust, focusing on toxic chemical water pollution and the effectiveness of the Clean Water Act.

After moving to Bell Buckle, TN, she served as director of alumni programs and public affairs at Webb School, a preparatory boarding and day school. While in Tennessee, she also wrote for Walking Horse ReportSaddle Horse ReportHorse World, and Nashville Woman magazine. After moving to Santa Fe, she worked as a freelance editor and completed work on two books by New Mexico authors before joining the staff at SAR.

Jaime K. Gaskin

Jaime K. Gaskin

Development Associate, Institutional Giving

2014–Present • 505-954-7250 • gaskin@sarsf.org
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 with focus areas in linguistics, Indigenous cultures and language revitalization, and federal Indian law and policy; she hopes to eventually finish her dissertation research on colonial suppression of southwest tribal languages and religions.  Previously with the Native Peoples Technical Assistance Office at UA, and the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, Jaime says, “I am at heart and by training an educator, social scientist and researcher, but I learned the fine art of writing grants in order to sustain important programs on which I was working. I am thrilled to have finally come to SAR, an academic and scholarly environment I’ve admired since I was a very young anthropology student.”

Jane Thomas

Jane Thomas

Database Manager

2016–Present • thomas@sarsf.org
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@sarsf.orgseminar@sarsf.org

Paul Ryer

Paul Ryer

Director

2016–Present • ryer@sarsf.org
Dr. Paul Ryer received his PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of Chicago. Professor Ryer has conducted long-term research in Cuba–where he was affiliated with the University of Havana–and its diasporas. Before coming to SAR, he taught at both Williams College, Mount Holyoke College, and UC – Riverside.

Maria Spray

Maria Spray

Program Coordinator, Scholar Programs

2014–Present • 505-954-7237 • spray@sarsf.org
Maria 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. Consequently, she left New Mexico as soon as possible to explore the world. Undergraduate coursework came first with studies pursued in Colorado, New York, and Las Cruces, New Mexico. After a few years of work in the retail business, Maria continued the family tradition of service and joined the Peace Corps teaching English in Estonia. This experience opened up a whole new world to her and led to other overseas teaching stints in South Korea, Taiwan, and Mexico. Finally gaining a greater appreciation for her hometown, Maria settled down in the home she grew up in 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. In her capacity as the Scholars Program assistant, Maria brings experience as an academic administrator to her position.

Indian Arts Research Center • (505) 954-7205 • iarc@sarsf.org

Brian Vallo

Brian Vallo

Director

2015–Present • 505-954-7271• vallo@sarsf.org
A 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. A painter, Brian enjoys experimentation with natural and recyclable materials he discovers on the New Mexico landscape to create mixed media works that celebrate aspects of Acoma material culture and symbolism.

Brian indicates that his direct involvement during the early years of NAGPRA influenced his work in historic and cultural preservation. He attended New Mexico State University where he studied Business Administration and Marketing and later studied Anthropology at the University of New Mexico.

Lisa Hsu Barrera

Lisa Hsu Barrera

Collections Manager

2015–Present • barrera@sarsf.org
Lisa 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. She received her BA in anthropology with an emphasis in archaeology from the University of California at Berkeley and is currently completing her MA in museum studies. She has completed internships at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American History, the American Museum of Natural History, and through the U. S. Embassy in Peru.
Photograph by Marie Barrera.

Jennifer Day

Jennifer Day

Registrar

2005–Present • 505-954-7275 • day@sarsf.org
Jennifer 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. She has a passion for organizing collection data and making it easily accessible for staff and researchers; her mantra is that “A database is only as good as the information it contains.” Jennifer particularly enjoys working with members of Native American communities to improve documentation of items housed in the IARC collection and also designing database reports.

Daniel Kurnit

Daniel Kurnit

Administrative Assistant

2001–Present • 505-954-7272 • kurnit@sarsf.org
Daniel 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. Prior to joining SAR, he worked at a number of local businesses, including the New Mexican and the Santa Fean. His writing and editing skills now come in handy for the various brochures, flyers, and other printed materials that the IARC regularly creates. His other responsibilities include record keeping, organizing mailings, and arranging tours and special events. He is also the point of first contact and answerer of questions for most visitors to the IARC.

Daniel received a BA, with a concentration in American History, from Bard College in Annandale, New York, and visits friends and family on the East Coast often.

Elysia Poon

Elysia Poon

Curator of Education

2007–Present • 505-954-7279 • poon@sarsf.org
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. Prior to coming to SAR, Elysia worked for the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Autry National Center in Los Angeles, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture in Santa Fe, and Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Her responsibilities include IARC public programming; education; and overseeing the Native artist, intern, and volunteer programs.

SAR Press • press@sarsf.org

Sarah Soliz

Sarah Soliz

Acquisitions Editor

2015–Present

Catherine McElvain Library • (505) 954-7234 • library@sarsf.org

Laura Holt

Laura Holt

Librarian

2003–Present • 505-954-7234 • lholt@sarsf.org
Laura 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. During her tenure, she developed a respected collection of Southwest anthropology and created a computerized catalog and specialized databases to provide systematic access to the information.

She completed the Modern Archives course in archives and records management under a grant from the New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board, which is important in managing the SAR records and archival collections in the Catherine McElvain Library.

Laura is also a book indexer with a specialty in Southwest and anthropological publications.

Business Administration • (505) 954-7204 • busadmin@sarsf.org

Sharon K. Tison

Sharon K. Tison

Vice President for Finance & Administration

1994–Present • 505-954-7222 • tison@sarsf.org
Sharon 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. She was a founding partner in LizardTech, a computer software firm that is now located in Seattle, Washington. Sharon currently serves on the Board of Directors of La Familia Medical Center.

Sharon holds a BS in mathematics and education from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. She received her accounting education at Santa Fe Community College and passed the CPA exam in 1989.

Bob Lujan

Bob Lujan

Full-Charge Bookkeeper

2012–Present • 505-954-7222 • lujan@sarsf.org
As 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. Bob retired from the State of New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department after twenty-six and a half years in the field of accounting and financial management. He has a bachelor of arts in accounting from New Mexico State University.

Bob is a native Santa Fean. He and his wife, Paula, have a son in college and a young daughter in elementary school.

Carol Sandoval

Carol Sandoval

Personnel Director

1984–Present • 505-954-7221 • sandoval@sarsf.org
Carol, as Personnel Director, manages all functions involving personnel, payroll and benefits administration, and government compliance.

Hired in 1984 as the Accounts Payable Clerk in the School’s Business Office, Carol served in different capacities before taking over the personnel function in 1992.

A native Santa Fean, Carol is a member of the National Society for Human Resource Managers (SHRM).

She attended the University of New Mexico and is a Certified Professional in Human Resources through the Robert O. Anderson School of Management at University of New Mexico and SHRM.

Guest Services • (505) 954-7258 • shipman@sarsf.org

Leslie Shipman

Leslie Shipman

Director

1999–Present • (505) 954-7258 • shipman@sarsf.org

Carla Tozcano

Carla Tozcano

Guest Services Assistant

1997–Present • 505-954-7225 • tozcano@sarsf.org
Carla, 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.

Carla enjoys being a mom and spending time with her daughter Arely.

Information Technology • (505) 954-7220 • dearden@sarsf.org

Doug Dearden

Doug Dearden

Director

2002–Present • 505-954-7220 • dearden@sarsf.org
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. In that position, Doug managed all of the computer systems at the bank, including network and mainframe operations.

Doug attended seven colleges sporadically over a span of twenty years, finally earning his AS in computer science from the Santa Fe Community College in 1993. His colleague Lynn Baca refers to this as a gradual degree. Doug enjoys the constantly evolving challenges that our technological world brings to his job. He finds that being flexible and able to learn new things is the essential characteristic essential to his job at SAR. His ability to research new ideas and solutions to technical issues enables him to assist the wide variety of computer users at the school, both staff and visitors.

Physical Plant • (505) 954-7233 • rlujan@sarsf.org

Robert E. Lujan

Robert E. Lujan

Physical Plant Director

2015–Present • 505-954-7233 • rlujan@sarsf.org
Robert 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. Robert is a native Santa Fean. He enjoys spending time with his wife, daughters and grandchild.

Isidro Gutierrez

Isidro Gutierrez

Groundskeeper

2004–Present
Isidro 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.

Isidro is married and has two children.