Board of Trustees
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 received her Masters of Arts in psychology from Goddard College Graduate Program and her Bachelors of Arts in liberal arts from St. John’s College, Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has many years of experience in accounting and management for non-profit organizations, including seven years as the finance director, business manager and human resources/payroll manager at a private school. Melissa has actively volunteered her time in political action groups, music organizations and Santa Fe Public Schools.
Lee 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 is the school’s administrator. 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
Joan 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.
Steve is a Registered Architect, certified through the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in Liberal Arts and received a Master of Architecture from Yale University. He has a wide range of experience working with private clients, public agencies and academic institutions. His major local projects include the GeraldPetersGallery, AwakeningMuseum and Rio Chama Restaurant. Steven is the author of the book, The Energy Efficient Home. This book focuses on water and energy conservation along with the use of solar, wind and wood power. In the Santa Fe community, Steve is currently serving as president of the Santa Fe Railyard Community Corporation and has served on the Board of Directors Advisory Council of 1000 Cornerstones Community Partnerships.
Elaine 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.