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President’s Office • (505) 954-7211 • email@example.com
Michael F. Brown
Dr. Brown, an expert in cultural anthropology, Latin American studies, and indigenous intellectual property, has been president of the School for Advanced Research since 2014. His research covers 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 and appropriation. He has an AB degree from Princeton and a PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of Michigan and 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. Prior to his appointment as SAR president, Brown served on the faculty of Williams College for 34 years.
In addition to numerous 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 articles and reviews in publications including Natural History, Smithsonian,The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Times Literary Supplement, and the New York Times Book Review.
Executive Assistant to the President
Liv Turner earned her B.A. in English Literature from the University of California-Berkeley and her J.D. from the John F. Kennedy Law School. She also studied at the Universidad de Granada, España. During her academic career her focus of studies was Native American, African American, Feminist, and Spanish literatures, in addition to Islamic, Judaic, and Spanish literature, history and culture. She served for seven years assisting the Director of the Joint Stanford/U.C. Berkeley Center for African Studies. Before arriving to SAR, she served for 11 years at the Judicial Council of California in a variety of roles, including payroll and benefits, procurement and purchasing, and administration. She recently relocated from Sacramento to Santa Fe with her husband David Maestas, a native Santafesino, her mother, and their teenage son. She’s a Board member at the New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding, and a member of the Santa Fe Women’s Club and the 100 Women Who Care. In her free time she likes to work out, spend time with horses, garden, read, dance, and knit.
Director of Public Programs and Communications
2018-Present • 505-954-7223 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Originally from Albuquerque, Meredith Davidson returned to New Mexico after spending a number of years on both coasts. She earned a B.A. in Curatorial Studies from Whittier College and an M.A. in Humanities, with an emphasis on Public History, from New York University. Prior to joining SAR, she served as curator of 19th and 20th century Southwest collections at the New Mexico History Museum and as an exhibition manager at the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York.
Lila Romero is a sixth generation New Mexican from Albuquerque. She received a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication with concentrations in Advertising and Art from the University of New Mexico. After graduating, she spent several years working for the University of New Mexico as a contract administrator and book designer. She has designed more than 120 books to date which span literary genres such as art, anthropology, archaeology, children’s books, indigenous studies, poetry, and history. She moved to Santa Fe in 2017 to appreciate the beauty, art, and cultural history of her home state.
Development • (505) 954-7238 • email@example.com
Laura T. Sullivan
2015–Present • firstname.lastname@example.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.
Donor Relations Manager
2016–Present • email@example.com
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 seven years including the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.
Originally from Connecticut, Donna Ruscavage relocated to Santa Fe in 2014. With over twenty-five years of experience in grants management and grant writing, she has worked as a development consultant with nonprofit organizations in New Mexico and across the country. Donna has also served on grant review committees for the federal government and other grant-making institutions. She has extensive experience in program development and evaluation and strategic planning. Donna holds a master’s degree in social work administration from the University of Maryland and a BS from the University of Connecticut
2016–Present • firstname.lastname@example.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
2016–Present • email@example.com
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. Read more…
Program Coordinator, Scholar Programs
2014–Present • 505-954-7237 • firstname.lastname@example.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 • email@example.com
2015–Present • 505-954-7271• firstname.lastname@example.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
2015–Present • email@example.com
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.
2005–Present • 505-954-7275 • firstname.lastname@example.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.
2017–Present • 505-954-7243 • email@example.com
Lily is a member of the Seneca Nation, based in Western NY, and first came to SAR as an Anne Ray Intern in 2014. She has a BA in Native Studies from Colgate University, and has held positions previously at the Longyear Museum, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and most recently the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum.
2001–Present • 505-954-7272 • firstname.lastname@example.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.
Curator of Education
2007–Present • 505-954-7279 • email@example.com
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.
Registrar for Cultural Projects
2017–Present • firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie, a member of the Pueblo of Acoma tribe, received her BA in anthropology with an emphasis in cultural anthropology and museum studies from New Mexico State University. Prior to joining IARC, she worked for several years at the Sky City Cultural Center & Haakú Museum and at the New Mexico State University Museum. She has also completed a residency at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in collections management. Thanks to previous projects she has been involved in, Stephanie has become passionate about learning and sustaining traditional pottery-making practices.
SAR Press • email@example.com
Catherine McElvain Library • (505) 954-7234 • firstname.lastname@example.org
2003–Present • 505-954-7234 • email@example.com
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 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon K. Tison
Vice President for Finance & Administration
1994–Present • 505-954-7222 • email@example.com
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.
2012–Present • 505-954-7222 • firstname.lastname@example.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.
1984–Present • 505-954-7221 • email@example.com
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 • firstname.lastname@example.org
1999–Present • (505) 954-7258 • email@example.com
Guest Services Assistant
1997–Present • 505-954-7225 • firstname.lastname@example.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 • email@example.com
2002–Present • 505-954-7220 • firstname.lastname@example.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 • email@example.com
Robert E. Lujan
Physical Plant Director
2015–Present • 505-954-7233 • firstname.lastname@example.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 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.