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

Casey Cox

Coordinator, Business Network

Nancy Deutsch

Vice President, Advancement

John German

Director of Communications

Mark Graham

Handy Man

Ginny Greninger

Senior Manager, Office of the President

Russ Hume

Landscaper

Laurie Innes

Assistant to Dr. Murray Gell-Mann

Elisabeth V. Johnson

Director, Sponsored Research Planning and Administration

Lori Kam

Grant Analyst

Beth Kiyosaki

Hospitality Assistant

Aubrey Klingelhofer

Financial Accountant

Irene Lee

Director, Learning Lab

Juniper Lovato

Manager, Schools, Residencies, and Community Outreach

Susan MacDonald

Library Assistant

Jenna Marshall

Communications Assistant

Santa Fe Institute

Elizabeth Martinez Archuleta

Community Relations and Technology Manager, Advancement

Nathan Metheny

Director, Information Technology

Melanie Mitchell

Science Board, External Professor and McKinnon Family Vice President for Education and Outreach

Professor, Portland State University, Computer Science

Atty Mullins

Information Architect and Content Manager

Connor O'Neil

Administrative Assistant, Education & Institutional Outreach

Valerie Plame

Director of Community Relations

Paige Prescott

Project GUTS Program Manager

Tom Rael

Visitor and Housing Coordinator

David Reed

Administrative Analyst, Advancement

Jeremy (Jerry) A. Sabloff

President, Santa Fe Institute

Julie Shin

Administrative Assistant, SFI, Personnel, Facilities & Publications

Hilary Skolnik

Program Manager, Postdoctoral Fellows Program, & Assistant to Distinguished Professor Geoffrey West

Kelly Stark

Accounts Payable Specialist

Della Vigil

Manager, Office of the Vice President for Science

Scott Wagner

IT Support Technician

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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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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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

Senior 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, and lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for ten years. She moved to Santa Fe in 1998. Ginny received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Loyola University, Chicago.

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Russ Hume

Landscaper

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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

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

Grant Analyst

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Beth Kiyosaki

Hospitality Assistant

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Aubrey Klingelhofer

Financial Accountant

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Irene Lee

Director, Learning Lab

Irene Lee is the Director of the Learning Lab at Santa Fe Institute. She is the Principal Investigator of GUTS y Girls (NSF-ITEST #10-31421), New Mexico Computer Science for All (NSF-CE21, #1240992), and Program Director of Project GUTS: Growing Up Thinking Scientifically (NSF-AYS #639637). She is also the subaward PI on various projects including NIH-MIDAS MRSA in the Community education supplement (University of Chicago/Argonne), GUTC: Growing Up Thinking Computationally (NM EPSCoR), Computational Thinking STEM Professionals Workshop (EDC), and CAREER: Social Closeness (University of Arizona).

Irene received a bachelor’s degree in Pure Mathematics from the University of Chicago and a Master’s degree in Technology in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Recently she served as a member of the ACM-CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards writing team. Previously, she designed and developed educational and video games for Electronic Arts and Theatrix Interactive and worked in informal education as ...

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Juniper Lovato

Manager, Schools, Residencies, and Community Outreach

Juniper Lovato has been a northern New Mexico resident her entire life. She currently works as the Manager for schools, residencies, community outreach 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 ...

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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, Advancement

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, Information 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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Melanie Mitchell

Science Board, External Professor and McKinnon Family Vice President for Education and Outreach

Professor, Portland State University, Computer Science

Melanie Mitchell is Professor of Computer Science at Portland State University, and External Professor and Member of the Science Board at the Santa Fe Institute. She attended Brown University, where she majored in mathematics and did research in astronomy, and the University of Michigan, where she received a Ph.D. in computer science, Her dissertation, in collaboration with her advisor Douglas Hofstadter, was the development of Copycat, a computer program that makes analogies. She has held faculty or professional positions at the University of Michigan, the Santa Fe Institute, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the OGI School of Science and Engineering, and Portland State University. She is the author or editor of five books and over 70 scholarly papers in in the fields of artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and complex systems. Her most recent book, Complexity: A Guided Tour, published in 2009 by Oxford University Press, is the winner of the ...

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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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Connor O'Neil

Administrative Assistant, Education & Institutional Outreach

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Valerie Plame

Director of Community Relations

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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Paige Prescott

Project GUTS Program Manager

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Tom Rael

Visitor and 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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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 Manager, Postdoctoral Fellows Program, & 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 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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Della Vigil

Manager, Office of the Vice President for Science


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Scott Wagner

IT Support Technician

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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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