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 Accounting

Bruce Bertram

Manager, Events and Visitor Programs

Patrisia Brunello

Administrative Assistant/Workshop Coordinator

Ronda Butler-Villa

Director of Publications, Facilities, and Personnel

Casey Cox

Coordinator, Business Network

Nancy Deutsch

Vice President, Advancement

John German

Director of Communications

Mark Graham

Handy Man

Ginny Greninger

Manager, Office of the President

Laurie Innes

Assistant to Dr. Murray Gell-Mann

Elisabeth V. Johnson

Director, Sponsored Research Planning and Administration

Sponsored Research

Lori Kam

Sponsored Research Assistant

Aubrey Klingelhofer

Santa Fe Institute, Accounting

Joy Lecuyer

Library Assistant

Juniper Lovato

Program Coordinator, Education and Outreach

Elizabeth Martinez

Constituent Relations and Technology Manager, Advancement

Nate Metheny

IT Group Leader

Atty Mullins

Information Architect and Content Manager

Richard Murray

Director of Finance

Paige Prescott

Project GUTS Program Manager

David Reed

Administrative Analyst, Advancement

Ginger Richardson

Vice President of Education and Institutional Outreach, Education

Jeremy (Jerry) A. Sabloff

President, Santa Fe Institute

Julie Shin

Administrative Assistant, SFI, Personnel, Facilities & Publications

Hilary Skolnik

Program Assistant to the Postdoc's & Personal Assistant to Distinguished Professor Geoffrey West

Kelly Stark

Accounting Assistant

Elizabeth Suoranta

Learning Lab Assistant, SFI, Guts Y Girls

Lindy Teresi

Visitor & Housing Coordinator

Santa Fe Institute, Events & Housing

Della Vigil

Administrative Specialist, Office of the Vice President for Science

Scott Wagner

Santa Fe Institute, I.T

Chris Wood

Vice President, Administration and Director, Business Network

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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Bruce Bertram

Manager, Events and Visitor Programs

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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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Casey Cox

Coordinator, 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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Nancy Deutsch

Vice President, Advancement

Nancy Deutsch joined SFI in September 2009.  She brings a successful track record in corporate, foundation and major gifts fundraising to SFI.  Although she began her fundraising career at WETA in Washington, DC in the late 1970’s, the bulk of her success has been in support of higher education at UCLA, Loyola Marymount University and UC Irvine.  As Vice President for Development and Corporate Relations, Nancy is responsible for raising funds from individuals and family foundations in support of SFI’s three key priorities – annual giving, the Omidyar Challenge and the varied education and outreach programs conducted each year.  Further, she oversees the Business Network corporate affiliates program that draws the active engagement of corporations from around the world into the research programs undertaken by SFI. 

With more than 60% of SFI revenue coming from private sources, Nancy and her fundraising team are ready to show how an investment ...

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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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Mark Graham

Handy Man

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Ginny Greninger

Manager, Office of the President

Ginny Greninger joined the Santa Fe Institute in February 2000. Ginny held the position of Manager, Office of Academic Affairs working with SFI Vice Presidents and on education and outreach efforts.   In 2005 Ginny was appointed Manager, Office of the President, assisting the SFI President, and working with Vice Presidents, the Board of Trustees, Science Board, External Faculty and Science Steering Committee.  Ginny is a native Chicagoan, lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for ten years, and moved to Santa Fe in 1998. Ginny received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Loyola University, Chicago.

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Laurie Innes

Assistant to Dr. Murray Gell-Mann

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Elisabeth V. Johnson

Director, Sponsored Research Planning and Administration

Sponsored Research

Elisabeth V. Johnson is Director, Sponsored Research Planning and Administration, at the Santa Fe Institute, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In this role she is responsible for research development and strategic planning for Institute-wide research programs, assisting faculty with identifying funding sources for their individual research projects, preparing and submitting proposals, and managing the post-award administration of sponsored research programs. She also handles federal and state government and foundation relations for the Institute. Prior to this, Elisabeth was Director, Corporate, Foundation and Research Relations for the Professional Schools at UCLA. In this capacity, and within UCLA Development, she was responsible to develop and bring to fruition philanthropic relationships between corporations / foundations and the Professional Schools and to represent Professional Schools’ priorities during development and implementation of campus-wide development strategies for the University’s most important foundation and corporate partners. Earlier, Elisabeth directed the North Campus Strategic Research Initiatives, a program ...

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Lori Kam

Sponsored Research Assistant

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Aubrey Klingelhofer

Santa Fe Institute, Accounting

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Joy Lecuyer

Library Assistant

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Juniper Lovato

Program Coordinator, Education and Outreach

Juniper Lovato has been a northern New Mexico resident her entire life. She is currently the Program Coordinator for Education and Outreach and Social Media Specialist at the Santa Fe Institute (SFI). 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 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. Currently, she holds positions as a Board Member for the Santa Fe Railyard Community Corporation, the Santa Fe Alliance for science, the Mandela International Magnet School ...

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Elizabeth Martinez

Constituent Relations and Technology Manager, Advancement

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Nate Metheny

IT Group Leader

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 since his move back to New Mexico in 1998.

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Atty Mullins

Information Architect and Content Manager

Atty Mullins is a graduate of Stanford University and the MIT Media Lab. His interests include computational linguistics, speech recognition, content management systems and search. Prior to joining SFI, Atty was employed by Tellme Networks (now owned by Microsoft) and Xerox PARC.

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Richard Murray

Director of Finance

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Paige Prescott

Project GUTS Program Manager

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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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Ginger Richardson

Vice President of Education and Institutional Outreach, Education

Ginger Richardson is Vice President for Education and Institutional Outreach at the Santa Fe Institute. She joined the Institute in 1986, SFI’s second hire. During her tenure Ginger has been responsible for development and implementation of educational programs ranging from middle school to postdoctoral levels, including the Complex Systems Summer Schools, high school and undergraduate student internships and research experiences, and domestic and international program fellowships.

Prior to her association with SFI, Ginger held management positions at the College of Santa Fe and the University of California (UC) at Berkeley. She is co-founder/past board member of Recursos de Santa Fe, current Executive Committee member on the LANL Foundation Board, and past Board President of High Tech High in Albuquerque.

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Jeremy (Jerry) A. Sabloff

President, Santa Fe Institute

JEREMY ARAC SABLOFF (B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1964; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1969) is the President of the Santa Fe Institute (2009 - ). Before coming to the Santa Fe Institute, he taught at Harvard University, the University of Utah, the University of New Mexico (where he was Chair of the Department), the University of Pittsburgh (where he also was Chair), and the University of Pennsylvania (where he was the Williams Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum from 1994-2004 [and Interim Director, 2006-2007] and Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Anthropology).

He also was an Overseas Visiting Fellow at St. John's College, Cambridge, England. He is a past President of the Society for American Archaeology, a past Chair of Section H (Anthropology) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and past Editor of American Antiquity. He served as Chair of the Smithsonian Science Commission and currently is ...

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Julie Shin

Administrative Assistant, SFI, Personnel, Facilities & Publications

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Hilary Skolnik

Program Assistant to the Postdoc's & Personal Assistant to Distinguished Professor Geoffrey West


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 Silver Life Master in bridge and has competed in many regional and national tournaments.

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Kelly Stark

Accounting Assistant

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Elizabeth Suoranta

Learning Lab Assistant, SFI, Guts Y Girls

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Lindy Teresi

Visitor & Housing Coordinator

Santa Fe Institute, Events & Housing

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Della Vigil

Administrative Specialist, Office of the Vice President for Science


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Scott Wagner

Santa Fe Institute, I.T

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Chris Wood

Vice President, Administration and Director, Business Network

Chris received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1973. Following a postdoctoral appointment at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington DC, he returned to Yale as a faculty member with joint appointments in the Departments of Psychology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery. Chris left Yale in 1989 to lead the Biophysics Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory, a position he held until becoming the Santa Fe Institute's Vice President in 2005. At Los Alamos, Chris' group was responsible for a wide range of biophysical and physical research, including protein crystallography, quantum information, and human brain imaging. During 2000-2001, Chris served as interim director of the National Foundation for Functional Brain Imaging, a collaboration involving Harvard / Massachusetts General Hospital, University of Minnesota, and a number of academic and research institutions in New Mexico devoted to the development and application of advanced functional imaging techniques to mental disorders. Chris' research ...

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