Carolyn Thomas, President Carolyn has been a teacher and administrator for 30 years and a student for even longer. She currently teaches in the philosophy department at University of New Mexico. Carolyn has degrees from Duke, Stanford, St. John’s College, and University of New Mexico. She loves books, ideas, conversation, and learning. She’s also a member of the Studebaker Drivers Club and enjoys tinkering with old cars and trucks.
Bruce Miller, Vice President. Bruce received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He has worked in the field of corporate finance for over 30 years and currently is working as a finance executive with three technology companies in Santa Fe and also serves on the board of directors of the Santa Fe Business Incubator. Bruce’s two daughters are graduates of the Santa Fe Girls’ School.
Sheila Jael Vaughn, Vice-President. Sheila is a psychologist who spent 30 years in private practice in southern California, where she specialized in working with adolescents. She was an adjunct professor at the University of California, Irvine, where she taught developmental psychology. Sheila’s activities, since her recent move to Santa Fe, include board member at Girls’ Inc., developing her consulting business, and hiking with her retriever.
Cindy Onore, Secretary. Cindy is an Emeritus Professor of Education at Montclair State University in New Jersey. She holds a MA in English and a Ph.D in English Education from New York University. Cindy taught junior and senior high school English in Newark, NJ and in New York City before serving as a faculty member in teacher education at several universities in the New York area including the New School University and Columbia University Teachers College. For over 30 years, Cindy’s work in teacher preparation and professional development has focused on urban education. She is the author of two books and numerous articles and, although retired, she continues to write and publish scholarly work. Cindy moved to Santa Fe in 2012. She loves to dance, hike, and run.
Melissa Benedict, Treasurer. Melissa is a graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, earned a masters degree in psychology from the Goddard Graduate Program and studied accounting at the Anderson School at UNM. She has many years of experience in accounting and management for not for profit organizations, including seven years as finance director for a private school. She has volunteered for political action groups, music organizations and several Santa Fe schools.
Lee Lewin is a co-founder of the Santa Fe Girls’ School and a professional educator. She serves as the educational director for the School. She is licensed by the state of New Mexico to teach grades K through 8 and has earned the state’s bilingual education endorsement. She holds two undergraduate degrees, one in Russian language and literature and the other in education. Lee devotes volunteer time to the community in the area of civic affairs.
Janet Graham is the school’s administrative director. She has over 30 years of teaching and administrative experience. She earned her undergraduate degree in education from Colorado State University and holds a graduate degree from St. John’s College.
Joan Brooks Baker is a photographer, and a native New Yorker, who has lived in Santa Fe for almost 30 year. She is a devoted member of the community of Santa Fe, not only for its beauty and energy, but for its enthusiastic blend of three cultures and a unique appreciation of its core place in the creative world. Joan’s fascination for the past several years with the history and presence of the Black Madonna has resulted in a current slide presentation of Black Madonnas and her portraits of women.
Elaine Sullivan received her master’s degree in Education at Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, and her master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science at the Leadership Institute of Seattle. She has retired from 25 years in corporate consulting and training and now does part-time marketing and human resources work in a local medical acupuncture practice. She was a co-founder of the Santa Fe Chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and of the Santa Fe Alliance, which works to support locally-owned businesses and to educate Santa Feans about the value of keeping our dollars circulating in our own community.
Bettina Lancaster attended an all-girls school for all of her grade school years in New York City, at the Spence School. She raised two children, while pursuing a BFA in painting at the College of Santa Fe. After her eldest child went to college, Betting opened a studio/gallery on Canyon Road, called the Flying Fish Gallery, where she hosts many types of creative events and workshops. She recently completed yoga teacher training, and is working on a book about creativity.
The School, though small, does an amazing job. I have been teaching there 15 years and seen class after class of girls change into their own womanhood and power. It is the most thoughtful staff and curriculum I have ever encountered.Joan Logghe, Poet-in-Residence/ President, NM Literary Arts
The school’s standard for excellence is what prepared me most for high school. The most important thing the staff does is teach their students a work ethic. Among other things, they stress that the only one who can learn for you is you. Your teachers respect and help you and expect you to behave respectfully and help keep the classroom a place to learn.Alexandra Gentsh, Graduate, student at St. John's College
Santa Fe Girls’ School over-prepared me for any school, if there is such a thing. Even more important, they gave me the confidence to excel!Moriah Major, Graduate, student at University of San Francisco
It is a girl-only school for 6, 7 and 8 graders that focuses on rigorous learning and as importantly, self-esteem and giving girls the inner tools they need to negotiate life without sacrificing who they are. I was so inspired by the dedication and focus of the teachers, but more importantly, the passion and expression of the girls left me awestruck. We need more strong women in our world!Katrina Godshalk, Community Member
During my time at the Santa Fe Girls’ School I began to discover my passion while gaining the tools I needed to be successful. My experience with the unique, hands-on environmental program inspired me to pursue a degree in Watershed Science. Even more importantly, the school provided an incredible base for developing my confidence both inside and out of the academic world.Melissa Miller, student at Colorado State University, Watershed Science with a minor in Spacial Information Management