Santa Fe Institute

Staff

A permanent staff manages the operations of the institute and is, responsible for academic programs, computing, publications and development activities.

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Margaret Alexander

Librarian

Marcella Austin

Director of Finance and Accounting

Gabby Beans

Program Manager of Online Education

Robin Berry

Financial Accountant

Bruce Bertram

Manager, Events and Visitor Programs

Rebecca Bradshaw

Buildings and Grounds Coordinator

Patrisia Brunello

Administrative Assistant/Workshop Coordinator

Ronda Butler-Villa

Director of Publications, Facilities, and Personnel

David Colon

Buildings & Grounds

Casey Cox

Manager, Business Network

Jennifer A. Dunne

Professor, Santa Fe Institute

Vice President for Science, Santa Fe Institute

Suzanne Fuqua

Payroll and Accounting Specialist

Santa Fe Institute

John German

Director of Communications

Russ Hume

Landscaper

Elisabeth V. Johnson

Director, Sponsored Research Planning and Administration

Lori Kam

Grant Analyst

Beth Kiyosaki

Hospitality Assistant

David Krakauer

President and William H. Miller Professor of Complex Systems, Santa Fe Institute

Michael Laemmle

Communications and Operations Associate

Juniper Lovato

Director of Education

Susan Macdonald

Library Assistant

Jenna Marshall

Communications Assistant

Santa Fe Institute

Elizabeth Martinez Archuleta

Community Relations and Technology Manager, Strategic Partnerships

Nathan Metheny

Director for Technology

Francesca Moradi

Administrative Assistant, Publications, Facilities and Personnel

Valerie Plame

Talent Scout

Tom Rael

Visitor & Housing Coordinator

David Reed

Data Systems Manager, Strategic Partnerships

Carla Shedivy

Education Program Assistant

Hilary Skolnik

Program Manager, Postdoctoral Fellows Program

Kelly Stark

Accounts Payable Specialist

Laura Steward

Santa Fe Institute

Tim Taylor

Manager, Office of the President

Laura Egley Taylor

Design Coordinator

Della Vigil

Manager, Office of the Vice President for Science

Scott Wagner

Technology Associate

Margaret Alexander

Librarian

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Marcella Austin

SFI's Founding Controller, Marcella D. Austin, returned to the Institute in 2012 as the Director of Accounting.  She received her B.B.A. in Accounting and Finance from the University of New Mexico in 2005 and became a CPA in 2010.  Marcella previously worked for CliftonLarsonAllen LLP in its Assurance Department and she brings a broad range of experience in financial administration and auditing to SFI.

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Gabby Beans

Program Manager of Online Education

Gabrielle came to Santa Fe in the Fall of 2013 and has settled in quickly, getting to know the local community, the hiking paths, and quirks of this beautiful city. She is excited to be at the helm of the Santa Fe Institute’s Complexity Explorer Online Education platform, helping to extend knowledge of complexity science worldwide.

Previously she worked as a curriculum developer and facilitator with the Santa Fe Institute’s Project GUTS and was involved with the nationwide expansion of the middle school computational science program, in collaboration with Code.org. She also coordinated the Santa Fe Watershed Association’s Adopt the River program, getting the community involved with the restoration of the Santa Fe River.

Before coming to Santa Fe Gabrielle lived in New Zealand, where she carried out her doctoral research on the genetics of ancient and modern Adélie penguin populations at Massey University. Prior to ...

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Robin Berry

Financial Accountant

Robin Berry grew up in Oklahoma City and lived in California, Colorado and the U.S. Virgin Islands before moving to Santa Fe in 1992.

While working in the legal and hospitality fields, she earned her B.A. and became a CPA in 2000. She worked several years as a VP of Finance and HR for a growing software development firm while earning her MBA from the College of Santa Fe.

Before joining Santa Fe Institute, Robin worked as a Controller for a private equity firm and Accounting/HR Manager for a manufacturing company.

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Bruce Bertram

Manager, Events and Visitor Programs

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Rebecca Bradshaw

Buildings and Grounds Coordinator

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Patrisia Brunello

Administrative Assistant/Workshop Coordinator

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Ronda Butler-Villa

Director of Publications, Facilities, and Personnel

Ronda received her B.S. in Anthropology from the University of California, Riverside. She spent five years at Chevron Corporation in San Francisco in various production and management positions within General Services before moving to New Mexico. She joined the SFI administrative staff in 1987. She has been part of the SFI publications program for 20 years, and assumed human resources and facilities responsibilities in 1996.

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David Colon

Buildings & Grounds


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Casey Cox

Manager, Business Network

Casey moved to Santa Fe in 1998 from a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. She spent her undergraduate years at both Syracuse University and College of Santa Fe, majoring in Film Production. Although Santa Fe was supposed to be a stop along way to fame and fortune in New York City, she fell in love with the stunning New Mexico sunsets and vast, polka-dotted landscape. Casey previously worked on various films in Santa Fe and surrounding areas until she stumbled upon the Santa Fe Institute and began wrangling scientists instead of actors – and finding it more of a challenge! When she’s not at SFI, Casey can be found playing with her two dogs, reading a great book, going on epic drives, and scouring various sources for new music.

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Jennifer A. Dunne

Professor, Santa Fe Institute

Vice President for Science, Santa Fe Institute

Jennifer A. Dunne is the Vice President for Science at the Santa Fe Institute, where she has been on the faculty since 2007. Jennifer received an A.B. from Harvard where she studied philosophy, an M.A. in biology from San Francisco State University, a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley, and an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biological Informatics. As Vice President for Science, Jennifer manages all science-related activities at SFI, including the resident and external faculty, postdoctoral programs, seminar series, scientific visitors, working groups and workshops, sponsored research, and communications.

Jennifer’s research interests are in analysis, modeling, and theory related to the organization, dynamics, and function of ecosystems. Much of this work focuses on ecological networks, in particular food webs, which specify the complex feeding interactions among species in a given habitat. Food webs provide a way to track and quantify the flow of energy ...

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Suzanne Fuqua

Payroll and Accounting Specialist

Santa Fe Institute


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John German

Director of Communications

As the birthplace and world nexus of complexity science, the Santa Fe Institute shapes the scientific and popular dialogue about the interconnected and adaptive complex systems most critical to our future – economies, living systems, human institutions, and the global condition.

John German directs the Institute's communications program, responsible for its science communications, website, social media, multimedia, and publications. He also serves as the Institute’s liaison with the local, national, and international news media and manages SFI’s prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Complex Systems Science.

Previously he was a science writer, spokesperson, speechwriter, and communications advisor at Sandia National Laboratories, where he led the corporate communications and media relations teams, edited lab publications, and developed numerous new online, interactive, and multimedia communication tools.

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Russ Hume

Landscaper

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Elisabeth V. Johnson

Director, Sponsored Research Planning and Administration

Elisabeth Johnson, who joined SFI in 2007, is Director of Sponsored Research Planning and Administration, responsible for planning and developing Institute-wide research programs, identifying funding for faculty research projects, preparing proposals, and managing post-award administration. She handles ongoing relations with federal and state funding agencies, as well as private foundations. Elisabeth came to SFI from UCLA, where she was Director of Corporate, Foundation and Research Relations for the Professional Schools. Prior to that, she directed the university’s Strategic Research Initiative to expand research funding for faculty in the humanities, social sciences, and arts.

Since coming to Santa Fe, Elisabeth has not looked back. Aside from enjoying her work at the Institute, she volunteers with the Santa Fe Master Gardener’s Association on the historic El Zaguán garden restoration project and on the Santa Fe Native Plant Project. She satisfies her interest in cooking through participation in the local Slow ...

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Lori Kam

Grant Analyst

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Beth Kiyosaki

Hospitality Assistant

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David Krakauer

President and William H. Miller Professor of Complex Systems, Santa Fe Institute

David’s research focuses on the evolutionary history of information processing mechanisms in biology and culture. This includes genetic, neural, linguistic and cultural mechanisms. The research spans multiple levels of organization, seeking analogous patterns and principles in genetics, cell biology, microbiology and in organismal behavior and society. At the cellular level David has been interested in molecular processes, which rely on volatile, error-prone, asynchronous, mechanisms, which can be used as a basis for decision making and patterning. David also investigates how signaling interactions at higher levels, including microbial and organismal, are used to coordinate complex life cycles and social systems, and under what conditions we observe the emergence of proto-grammars. Much of this work is motivated by the search for 'noisy-design' principles in biology and culture emerging through evolutionary dynamics that span hierarchical structures.

Research projects includes work on the molecular logic of signaling pathways, the evolution of genome organization ...

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Michael Laemmle

Communications and Operations Associate


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Juniper Lovato

Director of Education

Juniper Lovato has been a northern New Mexico resident her entire life. She currently works as the Director of Education at the Santa Fe Institute. At SFI she works across generations and geographical limits to make resources and knowledge on cutting edge complexity science more accessible to those with a hunger and curiosity for learning and exploration.

Lovato received her Master’s Degree in the Western Classics from St. John’s College in 2013 where she completed a thesis on the nature of pleasure in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. She received a B.A. from the College of Santa in Business Administration and Political Science in 2009.

Lovato likes to think of herself as an active community member. She holds Board positions at the Santa Fe Railyard Community Corporation, the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, the Mandela International Magnet School, and is a member of the Santa Fe Public Education ...

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Susan Macdonald

Library Assistant

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Jenna Marshall

Communications Assistant

Santa Fe Institute

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Elizabeth Martinez Archuleta

Community Relations and Technology Manager, Strategic Partnerships

Elizabeth joined the Santa Fe Institute in November 2007. She worked a few years in the computing department supporting our staff and researchers with their various computer woes. She joined the Office of Advancement full time in 2012 and is enjoying being responsible for community relations and for managing their database(s) and web applications. Elizabeth is a native New Mexican who is enjoying living in beautiful Santa Fe. She is a graduate of ITT Tech where she received her AS in Computer Networking and her BS in Information Systems Security.  She is also a graduate of the 2015 Leadership Santa Fe class. Before coming to the Institute, she worked for the State of New Mexico as a Content Manager and Network Specialist. In her spare time you can find her outdoors hiking the trails or skiing the mountain.

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Nathan Metheny

Director for Technology

Nate Metheny was trained in classical violoncello performance and attended Indiana University for solo performance studies. Nate has been using computers since the age of 5 and has held full-time positions in Information Technology since the age of 16 after his early graduation from high school at age 15. Nate has worked on the computing infrastructure at the Santa Fe Institute since 2004 and prior to that worked for several start-up companies in and around the Santa Fe area.

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Francesca Moradi

Administrative Assistant, Publications, Facilities and Personnel


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Valerie Plame

Talent Scout

A former career covert CIA operations officer, Valerie Plame worked to protect America’s national security and prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, in particular nuclear weapons. 

Valerie is the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House, which was released as a major motion picture of the same name starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts. Her first fictional spy thriller written with Sarah Lovett, Blowback, was published by Penguin in the fall of 2013. The second book in the series, Burned, came out in late 2014.

Valerie narrated and appeared in the critically acclaimed documentary on the dangers of nuclear proliferation, Countdown to Zero, and is an active member of the Global Zero Leadership board. 

Valerie has done extensive public speaking throughout the country and internationally on issues including nuclear proliferation, women in intelligence ...

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Tom Rael

Visitor & Housing Coordinator


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David Reed

David received his B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John's College in 2009 and an M.A. in Ancient Greek from Florida State University in 2011. He joined SFI in 2012. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, David has previously worked in the libraries at Emory University and St. John's College. He is interested in ancient languages and Greek philosophy.

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Carla Shedivy

Education Program Assistant


Carla Shedivy works for the Santa Fe Institute supporting their education programming and a variety of activities. She came to SFI shortly after moving to Santa Fe, which she fell in love with during a motorcycle trip through the Southwest. She has a marketing degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She previously worked as Projects and Office Manager for the Wisconsin Association of Family and Children’s Agencies, supporting the work of member agencies to improve the lives of children and families. This included managing trainings for agency staff and coordinating executive meetings held throughout the year, as well as marketing activities.

Carla's interests include photography, songwriting, travel and the outdoors. She is happy to bring her talents to SFI to support their mission. New to New Mexico, she finds herself enchanted by its interesting history, rich culture, fascinating art, and inspiring natural beauty.

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Hilary Skolnik

Program Manager, Postdoctoral Fellows Program


Originally from the UK, Hilary Skolnik lived in California and New York before moving to Santa Fe in 2005. She attended University in England and received her degree in Economics and Business. Her business experience has been in advertising, commercial printing, real estate and cosmetics and has owned and operated her own company. A keen Scrabble and bridge player she recently became a Gold Life Master in bridge and has competed in many regional and national tournaments.

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Kelly Stark

Accounts Payable Specialist

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Laura Steward

Santa Fe Institute

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Tim Taylor

Manager, Office of the President

Tim holds degrees from UCSD, St. John's College, and Brown University. He has been with SFI off-and-on since February 2000, including a recent several-year stint at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. He's specifically intrigued by non-received forms in literature, and his writings can be explored here: www.timramick.net

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Laura Egley Taylor

Design Coordinator


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Della Vigil

Della has worked at the Santa Fe Institute since 1988. She works closely with the Vice President for Science, foreign and domestic Nobel Laureates, Fellows, and Jr. and Sr. Scientists providing administrative, technical, research and grant support.

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Scott Wagner

Technology Associate

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