Santa Fe Prep Magazine - Fall 2021

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Seeing Ourselves; Seeing Others


Santa Fe Prep community members reflect on how their identity has been shaped by their time at the school, and how they have come to appreciate different perspectives



Elicia Montoya, Chair Jenny Cohen Kaufman ’94, Vice Chair Phil Murray, Treasurer Fred Nathan, Secretary Kristina Alley Stephen Badger Liz Bremner Alejandra Castillo Josiah Child Randy Dry Edward Gale Dominic Garcia David Kocon Miquela Korte Christine Lehman, Emerita Thao Marquez Suzanne Moss, Emerita Carol Romero-Wirth, Emerita Jenna Scanlan Leah Swanson Warren Thompson ’72, Emeritus SANTA FE PREP ALUMNI BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Elege Simons-Harwood ’94, President Jenny Kaufman ’94, Immediate Past President Alicia Bertram ’09 Amalia Bertram ’14 Julia Bertram ’11 Reed Bienvenu ’01 Chris Chakeres ’94 Lucy Gent Foma ’05 Matthew Harland ’79 L. Noel Harvey ’87 Adelma Hnasko ’92 Kate Kennedy ’05 Todd Kurth ’81 Erik Litzenberg ’90 Willy Richardson ’92 Josh Rubin ’96 Laurel Seth ’70 Cass Thompson ’08 Peter White ’82 SANTA FE PREP ADMINISTRATION:

Aaron Schubach, Head of School Jessyca Lucero-Flores, Associate Head of School and Head of Upper School Chris Chakeres ’94, Head of Middle School Dieu Ho, Director of Breakthrough Santa Fe Todd Kurth ’81, Director of Athletics & Facilities Mary Little, Director of Admissions & Marketing Catherine McKenzie, Director of Library Services Michael McNeill, Director of Advancement Sam Ritter, Director of Davis New Mexico Scholarship Bruce Sachs, Director of Finance John Utsey, Director of Technology Matt Ybarra, Director of College Counseling

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Letter From the Head of School

Contents W I N TE R 2 0 2 1



04 Santa Fe Prep is engaged in a period of introspection as


we chart our course forward for the next 60 years and beyond. AROU N D T H E QUA D S

06 There’s always something exciting happening on campus and beyond.


On June 4, the Santa Fe Prep Class of 2021 enjoyed a beautiful socially distanced Commencement ceremony on Brennand Field under the sunny New Mexico skies



18 Santa Fe Prep community members reflect on how their identity has been shaped by their time at the school, and how they SEEING OURSELVES; SEEING OTHERS

have come to appreciate different perspectives.

2020-2021 AN NUAL REPORT

32 Giving thanks to the alumni, parents, PREP’S HONOR ROLL OF DONORS

grandparents, faculty and staff, and other generous supporters of Santa Fe Prep ALUMN I U PDATES

30 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice are important aspects of the Santa Fe Prep experience; Together, we are building a school CREATING A COMMUNITY WITH INTENTION

environment that we all want to be part of.


Ivan Kraljević ‘94 receives his longawaited Santa Fe Prep diploma 59 CLASS NEWS

Stay connected with your alma mater and with each other



Over the course of her more than 30-year career at Prep, Rennae Ross has touched thousands of people’s lives. Our gratitude and respect for her are boundless.


Santa Fe Prep alums make their marks in the world



Fall Sports Roundup, Scholar-Athlete Standouts, Coach of the Year Honors, and New Athletics Website Unveiled.




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Letter From the Head of School

Reflecting on Who We Are; Looking Ahead: What Will the Next 60 Years Hold? Santa Fe Prep is engaged in a period of introspection as we chart our course forward for the next 60 years and beyond


N PREPARATION FOR OUR 60th anniversary celebration in 2023, our school is intentionally entering a period of reflection—gazing through both new windows and many mirrors. (You can read more about this in our cover story on page 18.) Through the process of earning our fifth accreditation from the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest and the National Association of Independent Schools, we are reflecting on our sources of historical strength. These include a deep connection and commitment to the place and people of Santa Fe, meaningful outdoor education and service-learning opportunities, a commitment to active discourse in every class, and a broad array of fine and performing arts and competitive athletic offerings. As we reflect and make choices that influence Santa Fe Prep’s next 60 years, we know that your voice and viewpoint can teach us a great deal. This fall, we have been surveying our students, parents, alumni, and faculty and staff with the hope that their “windows and mirrors” on Prep and their experiences here can help us improve as an institution. It is not too late to reach

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out to us and be heard. These reflections and vistas give us the opportunity to think about the school’s evolution over time, including Jim Leonard’s impactful leadership and the deep sense of excellence and public purpose that he wove into the fabric of the school. Breakthrough Santa Fe, the Davis New Mexico Scholarship, and the legacy of enhanced tuition assistance—culminating in the growing and much-needed Leonard family Scholars Endowment—are only a few of Jim and Story Leonard’s many positive influences on this fine school. At Santa Fe Prep, we know that a deep education can set students up for a lifetime of clear vision and reflection— factors that can contribute to both happiness and success in later life. As we prepare our youngest students to exit their undergraduate education in 2031, we have begun working with Greg Bamford and his organization, Leadership and Design, on a new Portrait of a Graduate. This document will serve as a road map for instructional design and curricular innovation at Prep, and it will help us clearly articulate our core values. Look for an update on this project in the spring.

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Thank you for staying engaged with Prep and for reading this magazine. We hope that in the course of the following pages, you will see faces and hear voices that offer you new vistas and feel familiar to your experience as a Blue Griffin. And please make plans to come home to campus soon. We look forward to seeing you at our annual Alumni Holiday Party in December and Alumni Weekend in June (details on page 63.) I look forward to reflecting with you and learning more about your personal window into Prep. My best and thank you,

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Campus News

Students Set the Tone for Exciting Year School leaders blaze new trails while bonding and building community Before the start of school this fall, a group of 36 Student Council members, Ambassadors, Peer Mentors, and Athletic Captains camped up in Hyde Park for an inaugural Student Leadership Retreat, where they spent time reflecting on personal leadership styles, collaborating, and planning for the year ahead. Of course, there was also much fun to be had, with plenty of s’mores making and a massive game of volleyball. These impressive school leaders set just the right tone to launch the 2021-2022 school year with energy and enthusiasm.


THE QUADS Prep Proves Prowess in Speech & Debate Five Upper Schoolers make their marks in district tournament In the 2021 New Mexico District Speech & Debate National Qualifying Tournament this spring, Santa Fe Prep had one of its best showings to date. Prep’s participants in the National Tournament were Joaquin Bas ‘22 in International Extemporaneous, and Marina Garcia ‘22, Reilly Brislawn ‘22, Noah Burdick ‘24 in World Schools Debate. Additionally, Max Shapiro ‘23 qualified as Second Alternate in Program Oral Interpretation, and Noah Burdick earned First Alternate in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Congratulations to all of these qualifiers, and cheers to the team’s amazing coaches, all of whom are Prep alums—Head Coach Ambrose Ferber ‘93, and Assistant Coaches Abbie Francis ‘20 and Giacomo Coppola ‘18.

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Did You Know?

Campus News

In July, TIME Magazine officially recognized what we already know: Santa Fe is one of the “World’s Greatest Places,” calling our beautiful home a “Monument to the Southwest.” We couldn’t agree more.

Prep Students Explore and Experience the World Beyond Campus Service Learning TAP, ExEd, and Outdoor Ed programs under way Santa Fe Prep launched our 2021-2022 Experiential Education days with schoolwide excursions on November 15. Students in grades 7-11 enjoyed this, the first of four ExEd days for the year, while seniors participated in a day of college application workshops. November ExEd trips allowed for curricular opportunities at locations such as the Albuquerque Zoo, Bandelier National Monument, Santuario de Chimayo, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Taos, and Vista Verde Trailhead. Students also elected the service learning groups they wish to participate in through Prep’s signature Teen Action Program (TAP). Immersive programming on December 6 focused on areas such as adaptive riding, food bank assistance, helping older Santa Feans with technology, and more. Outdoor Education opportunities allow for the immediate hands-on, sensory experience of spending time in nature, and Prep considers it a crucial part of our school’s offerings. In addition to the orientation camping trips that took place at the start of the semester, Middle School students will experience Winter Wonder Days in January and February, and additional gradelevel and optional trips are slated for this coming spring. Questions about any of these Prep programs may be directed to Director of TAP and Experiential Education Eric Wynn at

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Campus News

Five Prep Seniors are National Merit Scholars Four members of the class are National Merit Semifinalists, and another is a National Merit Commended Student. Congratulations to National Merit Semifinalists Joaquin Bas, Sarah Boyle, Reilly Brislawn, and Isabel Voinescu, and National Merit Commended Student Olivia Wohlberg. National Merit Commended Students placed among the top scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2022 competition by taking the PSAT/NMSQT. Only 16,000 high school seniors across the country are named National Merit Semifinalists, and the list is comprised of the highestscoring entrants in each state, meaning that Joaquin, Sarah, Reilly, and Isabel are among less than one percent of New Mexico’s high school seniors in achieving this recognition. Of the Semifinalists, 7,600 students will advance as Finalists and compete for more than $30 million in National Merit Scholarships. More than 90 percent of Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship and earn the Merit Scholar title.

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Uphill Battle This Sisyphus sculpture that is now housed in the Adesso Archives could be found in longtime faculty member Bob Kurth's office. The piece served as a metaphor for the way some students may have felt in Bob's Humanities class. We know that it was created by a Prep student sometime in the 1980s, but we seem to have lost track of the artist. We’d love to give credit where it’s due. If you are the sculptor of this classic piece or if you can identify who is, please email

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Mullins is a Medalist The National Scholastic Art Awards recognizes outstanding student visual artists and their teachers Visual Arts Department Chair Matt Mullins received the Educator's Award Medal in this year's National Scholastic Art Awards. This honor is awarded to teachers whose students earn National Medals—a requirement that fills Matt with enormous satisfaction. "I am a proud teacher,” he shares. “Two of my high school students earned National Gold Medals in this year’s National Scholastic Art Awards. Their pieces were in the top .3% of the 230,000 pieces submitted. For me, this award hits harder than anything I’ve received for my own artwork. I’m so proud of my students and am incredibly grateful that I get to work with young artists."

Counselors that Change Lives In early 2021, Allie Cooper, Sam Ritter, and Matt Ybarra were honored for their tireless efforts to positively affect students’ lives “Counselors That Change Lives” awards are granted each year by Colleges That Change Lives, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the ideal of a student-centered college search. Admission officers at CTCL-member colleges and universities nominate counselors who are dedicated to students and their success, not only during the college search but throughout their entire high school career and beyond. “By helping students frame their search beyond the ratings and rankings to find a college that provides the foundation for a successful and fulfilling life,” CTCL describes, “these counselors change lives.” Allie Cooper spent eight years working at Breakthrough Santa Fe—most recently as director—before leaving to pursue a Master’s degree in Spain this summer. Breakthrough Santa Fe is a tuition-free academic and experiential program that serves students from under-resourced schools and communities throughout northern New Mexico, supporting them from sixth grade through college. Many of these students are the first in their families to attend college. Sam Ritter is the Director of the Davis New Mexico Scholarship Program, which creates and strengthens pathways to higher education for all first-generation college-going students and supports them as they earn bachelor’s degrees and become economically self-sufficient. Matt Ybarra is Santa Fe Prep’s Director of College Counseling. In this role, he often collaborates with College Horizons, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Questbridge, and other programs that improve college access and retention for students from low-income, first-generation, and minority backgrounds. Allie, Sam, and Matt are the only 2021 Counselors That Change Lives award recipients from the same school. We are abundantly proud of their accomplishments.

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FALL 2021 SPORTS ROUNDUP > The BOYS VARSITY SOCCER team closed a brilliant season with a 12-3-1 record, including an undefeated District Championship. The team earned a #2 seed in the State Tournament and lost a heartbreaker in the Semifinals. Congratulations to Jack Tiegler '22 for earning District Player of the Year.

Blue Griffins Bulletins

The GIRLS VARSITY SOCCER team finished with an overall record of 5-11, with a third place finish in one of the toughest districts in their classification.

When public health orders finally allowed for interscholastic competition as last school year drew to a close, the Blue Griffins rallied through compressed sports seasons that brought them to the pool, the court, the course, and pitch over the course of several weeks in the spring. That was just enough time for Prep athletes to showcase their hard work, tenacity, and talent. And to make some important entries into the record books.

Scholar-Athlete Standouts Prep Upper School students make a name for themselves in New Mexico Tennis state champion and Track star Isabel Voinescu '22 was the Albuquerque Journal’s North Female Athlete of the Year, and she earned The Santa Fe New Mexican’s 2021 Female Athlete of the Year designation as well. Among her amazing accomplishments: She won the Class 1A-3A girls singles 10 | PR E P

The BOYS AND GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY teams both earned District Titles for the first time since 2013. Josh Abeyta '22 and Sophia Bair '26 led the charge for their respective teams, with second place finishes. Coach Laura LewAllen earned Coach of the Year honors for both squads. In the State Championships, Prep's girls finished as 3A State Runner-Up, while the boys took home a sixth-place finish. The VOLLEYBALL team earned the #9 seed in the State Tournament, capping a terrific season that included many highlights, including two great performances in mid-season tournaments, winning the eighth annual Wolf Tournament, and finishing fourth in the Silver bracket of the Santa Fe Indian School Tournament. The FENCING team sent three representatives to the Regional Junior Circuit competition in Denver in November, and Reilly Brislawn '22 was the overall champion for his division.

title on June 12 at Albuquerque Academy, then returned to the city a week later for an encore performance. Voinescu won the long jump and 100 meters, finished second in the triple jump and scored 23 points to earn the high-point honor at the Class 3A state meet June 19. It was those championship-worthy efforts that led The New Mexican to recognize her as the NorthStars Female Athlete of the Year for the abbreviated WI NTER 2021

2020-21 season. She also is the second straight Prep athlete to earn the award, following in the footsteps of fellow track star Hayden Colfax, who won the honor in 2019. Three cheers for Sophia Gossum '22, a member of Prep's threepeat state champion Swimming & Diving team, and The Santa

Fe New Mexican 2021 Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Year. Sophia was given the honor because, among other things, she was "a one-woman wrecking crew" as she helped the Blue Griffins to a third straight small-school swimming and diving title. She scored 32 of her team’s 44 with a second-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle and a fourth in the 100 free. Gossum also was a part of the team’s 11th-place 200 freestyle medley relay team that scored 10 points.

Congratulations to Blue Griffin Karen Tian '23 on her historic championship win at the State Golf Tournament this spring—a first for Santa Fe Prep. We look forward to watching Karen continue to grow as she takes to the green during her junior year.

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Prep sophomore Yuto Oketani was The Santa Fe New Mexican Boys Soccer Player of the Year for 2021. He represented the Blue Griffins well on the pitch, where his "quickness and instincts were unmatched.”

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The Blue Griffins Have a New Home Online Visit for up-to-date news on all your favorite sports teams! The Athletics Department is proud to have recently launched, the definitive source for sports news, highlights, and more. In addition to team rosters and schedules, you can find coaches’ bios, video highlights, photo galleries, and more for each of Prep’s 20 athletics programs. Middle and Upper School teams are included on the site, and visitors can sign up for Alerts to receive up-to-date real-time notifications about their favorite teams. Check back often as additional features are added to the site.

Athletics Accolade Two times, two teams: Dave Caldwell makes a splash as a winning coach Cheers to Prep's Assistant Athletic Director Dave Caldwell, who coached the Griffins boys and girls Swimming and Diving teams to state championship wins in both 2020 and 2021. He was honored for his achievements on Sunday, July 25, at the Bobby Gibbs Awards program sponsored by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.

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Letter From the Head of School

Spectacular Sendoff On June 4, the Santa Fe Prep Class of 2021 enjoyed a beautiful socially distanced Commencement ceremony on Brennand Field under the sunny New Mexico skies


N HIS KEYNOTE REMARKS to the Santa Fe Prep Class of 2021, Stephen Badger, Board Director of Mars, Incorporated, offered the graduates leadership advice and emphasized the importance of listening to your inner voice. He also congratulated the class and shared some important perspective: "... in terms of the miles you’ll walk in a lifetime, this next step is a milestone that marks the beginning of a life of your own making, at a whole new level from what you might have already undertaken, and you’ve done it in the face of a global meltdown," he said. "You’ve chosen the next step of what school or path to take next year despite the pandemic, and you now have a real and new data point that speaks to your ability to care for and manage your life."

Class speaker Anna Swanson ’21 also had some inspiring reflections and inspiration to share with her fellow graduates. Below are some excerpts. Our class’s community is not a material or physical place, but rather a feeling. A feeling of belonging amongst others. A feeling that celebrates the diversity of interests and the successes of the collective. It is listening, supporting, learning, and understanding. It is the feeling of having 51 shoulders to lean on. It is shaking away the barriers of friend groups, clashing interests, and the stress of classes to be there for one another. … Even during the pandemic, a time in which people felt further apart than ever and the idea of community was in jeopardy, our class continued to listen, appreciate, and understand the hardships that each individual was experiencing. … If this year has taught me anything, it’s how to make the best out of a strange situation, a quality I have learned from those around me. I have been fortunate enough to witness my classmates, teachers, and family members strive to create community by giving back to others. Congratulations, Class of 2021. We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you.

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A WORLD OF POSSIBILITIE S AWAITS. OUR GR ADUATE S ARE RE ADY. C O N G R AT U L AT I O N S , S A N TA F E P R E P C L A S S O F 2 0 2 1 The Santa Fe Prep Class of 2021 is one for the history books. These 51 young men and women persevered through a global pandemic, remote and hybrid education, and a college admissions process unlike any before. And yet, they are finding their way to 43 different colleges and universities all across the United States and abroad, where they will pursue their individual interests in an array of subjects. In a year when community need has never been higher, the Class of 2021 left their mark by giving of themselves and making a lasting impact in the broader Santa Fe community. The class will depart with the legacy of contributing more than 2,000 combined service hours. We applaud our seniors on such an extraordinary effort and know they will continue to make an impact wherever their journeys take them. HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE CLASS OF 2021 • Four National Merit Finalists • Four Davis New Mexico Scholars • Three LANL Foundation Scholars • Athletic Recruitment: D1 Women’s Soccer at Wake Forest, DIII Women’s Volleyball at Cornell College, DIII Men’s Lacrosse at Randolph College • Arts Programs: Science & Art Interdisciplinary Program at Carnegie Mellon, Tisch Performing Arts at NYU, School of the Art Institute of Chicago • 71% of all early action applications accepted • Total amount of all college-based grants per year: $2,375,959 • 65% of the class was awarded merit or need-based scholarships for college. $35,205 is the average grant awarded per student/per year at the school each chose to attend.

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O U R G R A D U AT E S A R E AT T E N D I N G : Barnard College Bates College (2) Boston University Butler University Carnegie Mellon University Colorado College Colorado State University Fort Collins (2) Cornell College Cornell University Dartmouth College Franklin & Marshall College Grinnell College Middlebury College New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology New York University Northwestern University Oregon State University Pace University PG Year Berkshire Academy Pitzer College (2) Randolph College Reed College (2) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Saint Edward’s University School of the Art Institute of Chicago Seattle University (2) Skidmore College Stanford University Tufts University University of British Columbia University of California Davis University of Colorado Boulder (2) University of Denver (2) University of New Mexico (3) University of Portland University of Puget Sound University of Utah Vanderbilt University Wake Forest University Whittier College Willamette University Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Faculty Spotlight

Difference Maker Over the course of her more than 30-year career at Prep, Rennae Ross has touched thousands of people’s lives. Our gratitude and respect for her are boundless.


VERYWHERE SHE GOES, Rennae Ross brings her whole self with her. A teacher, coach, caretaker, colleague, friend, and committed community member, she has dedicated her own life to making a difference in the lives of others. Rennae serves both as chair of Santa Fe Preparatory School’s physical health department and as school health coordinator—each particularly challenging roles to fill in the time of a global pandemic, yet Rennae brings her signature attention to detail and good cheer to her job every day. While these professional positions are important to describing what Rennae brings to the community, they do not even begin to define or describe the way she has dedicated her life to going above and beyond to make a difference here at Santa Fe Prep and across northern New Mexico. The SFP Class of 2021 created a full spread in their school yearbook to dedicate the publication to Rennae, noting that with “her overflowing generosity, genuine care, and strong commitment, faculty member Rennae Ross is the unsung hero of the Prep community, especially in times of adversity.” Rennae began her career at Santa Fe Prep in 1990. In the three decades that have transpired since, she has been a driver’s ed instructor, soccer coach (a position she returned to this year after a 13-year hiatus), a dance coach, and a competition official for the sports

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of swimming, track and field, and spirit (drill team, cheerleading, and dance). She also has added martial arts and archery to the school’s physical education curriculum. Early in her career, Rennae spearheaded efforts to establish an independent soccer league for girls in New Mexico, giving more scholar-athletes the opportunity to compete and find success on the pitch. This initiative resulted in 12 new girls’ high school soccer programs being established in the state. Outside of SFP, she has been involved in New Mexico soccer for 33 years. She is a past president of the Northern New Mexico Soccer Association (now called Northern Rio Rapids Soccer), and she is currently the presidentelect of the New Mexico Youth Soccer Association. Rennae is a strong believer that children and adolescents benefit from the camaraderie that comes from participating in a team sport. Off the field, Rennae is an ally and an advocate for young people, especially those who identify as LGBTQ+. “As a coach, Rennae develops close relationships with kids that endure through the years, even long after they graduate from high school,” says SFP Director of Athletics Todd Kurth ’81. “And as a faculty advisor, she has an uncanny way of connecting with students who need an adult champion. She is skilled at knowing individuals in the truest sense. She sees each person for who they are.” Jean Kithil—who Rennae succeeded

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as physical education department chair at SFP and who remains a close friend—agrees. “Rennae’s contribution to LGBTQ acceptance at school and in the community has been a model for all of us,” Jean says. While the pandemic really put Rennae’s proactive skills to the test as she developed systems to keep students, faculty, and staff healthy and well on campus, she has consistently prioritized health and wellness for the broader community too. A certified EMT for more than 20 years who has been a member of the Ilfeld Volunteer Fire Department, she also has taken the initiative to establish blood drives at SFP, along with flu shot clinics, and even a COVID vaccination clinic that was open to the public and drew scores of people to campus from across the region. Additionally, she purchased enough bolts of fabric to personally hand-sew more than 1,000 face masks that she has donated to shelters and other charitable organizations serving the homeless, members of the Navajo Nation, and her SFP colleagues, friends, relatives, and students. As a faculty advisor, Rennae saw how expensive prom dresses and suits could be, and she wanted to make sure that every young person who had the desire to attend a formal dance could enjoy the experience, regardless of their financial circumstances. This motivated her to establish a Prom Closet, stocked with donated items and open for local students to “shop” an array of formal

Letter From the Head of School "...Rennae does all she can to ensure that the home she cherishes welcomes, embraces, and fortifies everyone."

wear, jewelry, shoes, and accessories so they could participate in this high school rite of passage without worry, since they were taking the items with them free of charge or for a nominal rental fee. The Prom Closet remained operational at SFP for more than 10 years, and the items still in inventory at the start of the pandemic were donated to other organizations. An active member of 100 Women Who Care Santa Fe, a philanthropic group-funding initiative that has supported nearly 50 important area nonprofits, Rennae believes in committing her time, talent, and financial resources to make the community more just, equitable, and inclusive. Rennae does all of this volunteer work not for personal notoriety, but because she believes in celebrating and uplifting others. In her coaching career across all sports, she has amassed five district championships, two regional championships, 11 state tournament berths, and five state championship titles. And she can tell you the name of every athlete who was a member of those teams. In 1991—her first year at the helm of the SFP girls’ soccer program—she was named Coach of the Year for her amazing acumen in celebrating and inspiring players to see themselves as true winners who have much to contribute on and off the field. Thirty years later, she hasn’t slowed down. Rennae Ross has devoted herself

to finding new and vital ways to give back. She is an outstanding example of kindness and selflessness, and her love for her community and its people is extremely uplifting and motivating. A proud lifelong resident of New Mexico, Rennae does all she can to ensure that the home she cherishes welcomes, embraces, and fortifies everyone. We are proud to be part of her team.


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Cover Story

Seeing Ourselves; Seeing Others Santa Fe Prep community members reflect on how their identity has been shaped by their time at the school, and how they have come to appreciate different perspectives

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HEN SHE CO-FOUNDED THE National SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) project in the late 1980s, EMILY STYLE wrote an essay called “Curriculum as Window and Mirror,” which has become influential in guiding the way that educators think about the way they address their school communities and provide academic offerings. A Window offers a view into someone else’s experience, while a Mirror reflects your own experience. With this notion of Windows and Mirrors in mind, we asked members of the Santa Fe Prep community to consider how their personal experience at Prep has helped them to see differently and to reflect on their own identities. Here, students and faculty members share their thoughts about the Windows and Mirrors they’ve been able to gaze into at Santa Fe Prep.

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This summer, I had the good fortune to have a brief conversation with Ryan LoRusso, Prep class of 2020, as he prepared to teach in the Breakthrough Santa Fe program. In an effort to get his students to see and feel the size of the solar system, Ryan made a scale model on our campus (from the back of the Middle School to the Meem) to represent 3 billion miles, the distance from the sun to the farthest planet Neptune. Then on the first day of class, he challenged his Breakthrough Middle Schoolers to walk the distance and calculate the number of miles they moved in each step. The goal of the lesson was to literally offer our students a new window into the world—a mental vista in which they can see and visualize something beyond the scope of their previous imagination and vision—in this case, on the vast physical size of the solar system that we inhabit. It immediately occurred to me that a Prep education offers our students and all of us in the community many vistas and insights into nearly all subject areas, including ourselves. Even pervasive challenges can give the gift of sight and reflection; the ongoing pandemic and the many vigorous movements for greater social justice inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement made us grateful for Prep’s historic commitment to diversity; it inspired us to recommit to more ambitious goals of representation, inclusivity, social justice, and belonging on our campus and in the world. Last year we were proud to charter a faculty and staff-led diversity, equity,

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inclusivity, and justice committee and faculty and staff reading group devoted to naming and confronting systemic racism and inequality. This year, their work has led to a multi-phasic inquiry into how implicit biases play out in classrooms and schools. And though the isolation caused by the pandemic was very challenging for teachers and students, the Prep community made the most of the many opportunities, seeking new ways to implement collaborative teaching and reflecting on the value of in-person learning last spring and this year. This year, we used this same spirit to redesign and relaunch our Teen Action Program (TAP)- a program that has operated at Prep since 1987 and is deeply meaningful to many of our graduates. In doing so, we partnered with our best resource—our students—to empower their voices. Going forward, we will continue to design programs that impart a sense of agency and purpose in our students in addition to serving our local communities. These are just a few examples of the windows and mirrors that shape the life of our school, and it is an exciting time to be part of the Prep universe.

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I have changed school systems three different times. The biggest change out of those three was moving from Massachusetts to New Mexico. This cross-country voyage nudged me into the unknown and left me knowing nothing around me. Coming to school on the first day at Prep, I already felt like I had been a part of this community for years. Students of all ages spoke to me and made an active effort to welcome me, and before school started, they got lunch and coffee with me so I would have friends on the first day. We are not only a school, but a family. I feel safe and encouraged by everyone around me, and this is a unique experience I never had. This led me to start helping people feel comfortable in a new place, having

Seeing Ourselves; Seeing Others experienced the “new person feeling” numerous times myself. Seeing how welcomed I was to Prep, I now make an active effort to take new Prep transfer students to coffee before school starts. This way, our new students now have a friendly face on campus, and I also have a new friend. Because of this love of community building Prep sparked, I joined a student support group called Peer Mentors. This group focuses on creating safe spaces for all students, including new students in our community. This program has encouraged me to continue these efforts of inclusivity with full support from the school and has shown me what type of person I want to be. Reflecting on the years ahead as a senior at Prep, I hope to take this spirit with me wherever I go, encouraging everyone around me to take one new person to coffee.


As a recipient of a public school education and longtime public school educator, my relatively recent arrival at Santa Fe Prep has allowed me to see the opportunities an independent school offers a smaller student body. Beyond the obvious academic advantage a small student-to-teacher ratio provides, what impresses me is Prep’s commitment to TAP and ExEd and how much value these programs offer to help students expand their social awareness, world view, and leadership potential. Because I am working in an administrative support role and no longer “in the trenches” as a teacher, my time at Prep has enabled me to broaden how I think about education administration in general and the organization of a small, independent school in particular. The emphasis on relationshipbuilding I have observed at Prep has confirmed my belief that kids thrive best when they are known, seen, and cared for by the adults who surround them.


Prep has given me so many opportunities to discover myself. I have grown into the young woman that I am today because of how Prep has shaped my experiences and perspectives. I have grown into an independent leader who loves challenges in Prep’s environment. I am extremely grateful that Santa Fe Prep has given me obstacles and assets from which I will carry lessons with me for the rest of my life.


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I have been a student at Santa Fe Preparatory since seventh grade. Looking back at the last five years, my teachers have done an amazing job at ensuring our learning environment is academically intense with materials and conversations that engage students through history, facts, critical thinking, and art. Prep has exposed me to a variety of educational experiences that help me view the world differently.

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(McCurdy), Jemez Springs (Jemez Valley), Tierra Amarilla (Escalante), Penasco, Ojo Caliente (Mesa Vista), Mora, and Springerville, Arizona (Round Valley) to play basketball served as both a window and a " mirror for me during my high school ...TO LEARN THE years. STEREOTYPES AND Having Alfredo Lujan as my guide, DISPEL THEM, CREATE historian, and coach RIVALRIES AND for these adventures was instrumental FRIENDSHIPS, AND in helping a white kid from Santa Fe UNDERSTAND THE find his place in a RICH AND NUANCED region with such rich history and HISTORY OF tradition. Al helped THIS PLACE... me understand not only what we were " experiencing, but also the codes and connotations that accompanied the different small communities to which we traveled. For instance, we learned how to stay warm on a cold day near a CHRIS CHAKERES ’94, sunlit adobe wall, the proper Spanish HEAD OF MIDDLE SCHOOL retort if we were told we made a lucky shot, and why we should respect the history and contributions of the Buffalo Soldiers. Being able to learn the stereotypes Former Athletic Director Chuck and dispel them, create rivalries and Chirieleison used to talk about the friendships, and understand the rich value of the athletic program, but not and nuanced history of this place so in terms of wins and losses. Rather, many of us love helped me to more he felt that true education took place truly know myself and the ganas of when Prep teams traveled around New those around me. Ultimately, I am Mexico, and especially into Northern forever grateful for my mentorship New Mexico, to put two zeros up on and these opportunities—my mother the scoreboard and let the competition was always quick to remind me that at play out. For me, traveling to Gallina Santa Fe High, I likely wouldn't have (Coronado), Pecos, Questa, Santa Cruz made the team.

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The teachers and community here really helped me to stand up for myself. I have become more confident in myself and my abilities as a student. My identity has been strengthened. I now know that I am a strong, kind, knowledgeable, smart young woman. Having a mirror that Prep created has given me the ability to look at others’ identities and see the importance of having an identity of my own.

My English class this semester was assigned a book called Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera. This book attempts to answer and define the meaning of identity. It follows a young girl traveling across the U.S-Mexico border, probably one of the hardest journeys. She struggles with her identity in America, as many immigrants have. The concept of identity is very complicated. Through reading this novel, I have learned that there isn’t one definition of identity, but many. We are all unique and our identities matter so much.


I have embarked upon many opportunities in classes, sports, and friendships throughout my years at Santa Fe Prep. The Prep academics are rigorous, but manageable. However, to gain an understanding for success, these challenges that I have faced so far lead to something more meaningful for answering who I am. These challenges allow me to open doors into my personality, showing myself and others who I appear to be when faced with challenges. Knowing when I am stuck, the process to break through is one of the most significant accomplishments a student and athlete can find. Learning how to find a deeper meaning for why I feel challenged gives me knowledge on how to approach the next challenges. Using my mirror has made me able to reflect on my identity and build on it. This has made me a more well-rounded person in the community. PREP | 23

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When I think of windows at Prep, I immediately imagine my current junior year English class. While discussing the current book we’re studying, our teacher sometimes poses a large philosophical question, such as "Is love infinite?" or "Is happiness conditional?" The next 20 minutes of class (it always takes longer than originally expected because we all have so much to say) are spent debating the question. Everyone in the class

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takes the position they believe in, and we are asked to explain our views. It is a very interesting exercise, and the question almost always appears more complex at the end than it did in the beginning. The inquiring spirit of these discussions is reflected all over campus. In history classes, there is emphasis on insights outside of the traditional understanding of events. Even in chemistry, we are encouraged to explore our own interests with the Chemistry in the News assignment, and then we have the opportunity to explore others' research and interests, leading each of us to ask new questions and consider other perspectives. The teachers at Prep do so much more than instruct; they help us to discover new passions. I was drawn to the magical world of chemistry and inspired by all of the amazing stories hiding throughout history. I never knew how important these subjects would be to me before I was introduced to them in such a compelling way. I have also learned about areas I already knew I was passionate about: I have always loved to write, but I had no idea that rhyming poetry and songwriting would become more than a hobby and instead a form of connection and my most valuable creative outlet. From my peers and role models at Prep, I have learned what kind of person I want to be. Students spend their most formative teenage years at Prep, and the opportunities offered and incredible teachers allow for this time to be not only lifechanging and perspectivealtering, but full of wonder.

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Because of Santa Fe Prep, I’ve been able to see a very unique window of opportunity for learning. All the teachers want to see you succeed and live up to your full potential, which is so meaningful. Before coming to Prep, I often had trouble connecting to my teachers and reaching out when I needed help. However, at Prep there's this sense of transparency and I think that it's a super unique viewpoint and lens that students at Santa Fe Prep are given. An amazing aspect of attending Prep is that the community reflects not your mistakes but instead is able to reflect your growth. If the energy that you are putting into the Prep community is negative, the energy that you receive back will reflect that. However, when you are able to show your willingness to learn and grow from mistakes you may have made, the community fully supports you and reflects that positive energy. I’ve learned that even through difficult times, there is always going to be someone at Prep who cares about you and understands what you’re going through. There is always someone willing to be your mirror and see the good in you before you can.

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The first hallway that a visitor to Santa Fe Preparatory School’s campus would come across is adorned with infographics covering the school’s history from founding to present. While the layout of the wall itself is noticeably influenced by the somewhat carefree visual design principles of the late 2000s, the graphics vary in age all the way back to the period of American history where The Great War might be a serious topic of daily conversation. One afternoon, with the myriad goings-on about campus, I happened to encounter a letter reprinted on the graphic wall that contained a bold proclamation of intent by a founder of this upstart Santa Fe institution of education: That the purpose of Santa Fe Preparatory School was to prepare youth with a strong education, molded in Judeo-Christian ideals. I was taken aback. My classes, if anything, have pushed me to see perspectives outside of a traditional, westernized idea-framework. I took that

in, thought about it for a moment, then continued about my day. Years later, I encountered a senior administration figure at Santa Fe Preparatory School in the very same hallway. We chatted for a moment, and they brought up the images surrounding us. Seeing an opportunity to use that kernel of conversational interest I had stored all those months ago, I eagerly informed them of the letter of intent. After a brief pause to think, they helped me rediscover the letter while engaging with me about the issue. We talked about whether or not schools, or even institution can change from their founding principles, about the pros and cons of such worldviews, about how being aware of how history can affect the present, and about the power of iconography. In my opinion, Santa Fe Preparatory School is at its best as an institution full of brilliant and extremely differentminded people who love to talk about their ideas. Students, teachers, administrators, staff, and people who play into the romantic ideal of renaissance perfection, while often actively debating such concept’s application. I have gone from classroom to classroom and marveled at the sheer differentiation of thought and passion that is on display without fear. I can’t wait until one day that can be put on a wall all its own.

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I’m writing this response as my 1-year-old granddaughter is trying crawl into my lap. My daughter, Christy, is giving me hints as to how to proceed. She has a vision of me standing out on the playing field with whistle in hand. The big green field is surrounded by Sun Mountain close by and Deception Peak in the distance. The sky is deep blue as the sun sets bright oranges and pinks on the western horizon. One of the players on my field hockey team stops the game. "Everyone look at those colors!" And we do. We are so lucky to be on this field at Prep and we are New Mexicans! I think to myself, "Would there ever be a better place in the whole world to be than right here at Prep campus with these kids?" I have spent years outdoors on this campus which is where my heart wants to be. I have been given freedom to build a program using all my interests and skills. I loved coaching sports that weren't traditional in this part of the world: field hockey, lacrosse, frisbee, snowshoeing, snow cave building, backpacking, as well as the coaching of basketball and swimming. I’ve taken groups on trips to Havasu Canyon, to yurts and huts in the Rockies, backpacking along the Rio Grande, into the Pecos wilderness, and even taking a group to the desert of the Superstition Mountains in Arizona where we hiked from one mosquitoinfested water hole to another each day to pump the only water available. I have 40-year-old plants that field hockey teams from Colorado gave me as thanks for sleeping on the floors and couches at my house. And in turn, we slept on floors at homes in Denver, PREP | 25

Cover Story Colorado Springs and Fort Worth,Texas. We flew as a team to play in a tournament in California—an all-boys SFP team, against men's clubs from all over the West. And how did we make money for travel? With a self-designed raffle of amazing arts and crafts the boys came up with (thanks to the many talents of their parents). The students, of course, have contributed to my growth—as challenging, loving, and sometimes brutally honest—as they were. I have been touched by hundreds, maybe thousands, of kids' lives over the years. And who am I today? I am "Parka" to everyone. People who call my name from across the plaza, or in an airport, or even in a lighthouse in the far north of Scotland bring back the Prep experience. "Parka, is that you?" is a common refrain, and an entrance into fond memories between students, alums, and me! Nowadays my statement to present students is, "Oh, I knew your mom/dad and boy did we have fun!" My story is long, since I’ve been here both part and full-time for 48 years. At this point, I could write a book, and maybe I have done so as a self-appointed sports archivist of "The Incomplete History of Sports And Athletics at Santa Fe Prep" spanning from 1963-64 to 2021-22. Yes, SFP was a window to my growth as a teacher and as a person. Hopefully I have also helped in the growth of Prep.


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My experience at Santa Fe Prep has given me the opportunity to see some of its athletic programs differently. When I look through the Cross Country window, I no longer see a group of kids running around Brennand Field, but a group of individuals where the only thing stronger than their love of running is the love for their team. The Cross Country team has a strong bond where you don't see your fellow peers on the team as teammates, but as close WI NTER 2021

friends. The team jokes around and has fun, yet is competitive and almost always brings back a trophy to present to the Head of School every Monday at assembly. When I look through the Basketball window, I see a program with a new coaching staff rebuilding and athletes passionate about the game. Throughout the years, the Basketball team has been working on making a name for itself in a competitive new district and class. Looking through the Track and Field window, I see a successful team with a high bar of excellence that was set by former head coach Tove Shere and continues to be set by Douglas Turco. The Track team is bound every year to bring back hardware in May from the State Meet. My experience at Prep has allowed me to see myself differently. When I came to Prep as a seventh grader, I looked in the mirror and saw myself as only "Dillon’s little brother." In eighth grade, I was presented with the opportunity to join the Track team, and I discovered that I had a love for running. This ultimately led me to joining the Cross Country team in ninth grade. Throughout high school, I have been a three-sport athlete, and now as a senior I no longer see myself as Dillon's brother, but as Joshua Abeyta, a multisport athlete and student leader.

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I started attending Santa Fe Prep in seventh grade and am currently a sophomore. During these four years my education and the people I have met here have helped me learn and reflect upon the stories of others and my community members. I have been given opportunities to learn about myself and see myself represented. I entered this school struggling with my identity and mental health. Despite that, my teachers and classmates worked to make me feel comfortable and supported. What drew me to Prep was the phenomenal education I would receive but I didn't predict that my school’s community would teach me just as much. In classes, we learned about and discussed people’s lives, cultures, and experiences to see the themes of humanity. Simultaneously, I learned how to apply that knowledge by explaining it to others, experiences in nature, and how to care for my community. William Faulkner once said, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” This is a lesson I truly have begun to appreciate during my time here at Prep. I think one of the most valuable things I’ve learned is that people’s lives and stories can’t be summed up with one simple fact. You have to understand the entire context of the situation. You have to understand the land and geography of the place. You have to understand the society and culture. Then you have to know about big events that have occurred. That is when you can start to understand what is happening now. This has helped me to look at

people’s stories and change my mind because everyone has something to teach you. Then after you learn you can help create change in the present. The friends I have made here at Prep have changed my life in a way that is difficult to describe. They have taught me that I deserve good things and what a friend truly is. They see all of me and are always there to show me who that is when my brain has made a story about myself that is very distorted from reality. My teachers give me accommodations and hold me accountable to what they know I’m capable of. I fall and people are there to support me as I get better. I’m disabled and I still am able to succeed. I’m mentally ill and I am able to be happy and alive. I’m queer and I still am loveable. I’m young and still have a voice. I used to not believe any of those things. Sometimes it’s hard to remember, but now I know all of that is true because I have been shown who I am. The past’s never dead, and as I finish my years here at Prep and begin adulthood, I will be thankful that I am a person who was shown what is out there.

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I moved to Santa Fe from New England about 15 years ago. When I returned home during those first years for vacation, friends and family started to note how much calmer I seemed and how I spoke less than I used to. I feel like living in Santa Fe and working at Santa Fe Prep has taught me to listen in a way I had not before. It is one of the things I value most about being a member of the larger Santa Fe community and about working with students and colleagues at Prep. The history and culture of northern New Mexico feels integral to this listening, and I appreciate all of the people who have come before me and whom I interact with in the present, and from

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Seeing Ourselves; Seeing Others whom I learn. I appreciate the way Santa Fe strives to not erase history, to not always value progress over tradition and culture, and to value all perspectives. I appreciate the ways we at Prep try to stop and listen to our students' needs and our community's needs to give us directions for how to grow. I grew up in a village between two mountain ranges, and one of the reasons that Santa Fe and Prep has always felt like a home to me is because it is also between two mountain ranges. Being "in place" is incredibly important to my identity because it gives me the grounding necessary to explore my identity. Feeling grounded has enabled me to explore literature and writing with my students and to take risks in that exploration. It is important to me that my students find their voices through our work together, that they take risks, embrace discomfort, and grow in large and small ways. My hope is that through our work and through other experiences and relationships in their lives, my students also discover where they feel "in place" and use that as their grounding to grow, learn, and thrive.


One of my favorite aspects of my Prep experience has been the opportunities we've received to learn about and to connect with other students from different parts of the country or the world. For example, in seventh grade, I was part of an exchange program during Spring Break with students at a school in Seattle, Washington, and in tenth grade, my TAP was to help coordinate the Tanzania Pen Pal Program, in which all Prep students could correspond with a student from Tanzania via handwritten letters. These programs, especially the Pen Pal initiative, are fairly unique to Santa Fe Prep, and they have given me the chance to learn about the differences and, perhaps more importantly, the similarities between me and other students my age around the world.


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It can be easy to see the process of learning as linear at times—where the only goal is to memorize information. At Prep, through hands-on learning and the discussion-centered classes, I have realized how at its core, learning is a creative endeavor. Before coming to Prep, I had consistently struggled trying to apply my creativity in the real world. But through the classes at Prep, I have learned the value of my creativity when it comes to solving problems and formulating ideas. This experience invoked in me a passion to utilize my unique perspective to “create.”


While nothing is quite predictable in life, this distinguished school has prepared me to adapt and paint the picture of my journey according to any new circumstances and opportunities. Peering through the window, imagining the long path of my life ahead, I feel competent in my abilities to continue to fluidly paint my way into the future. With every paint stroke and step, I will remind myself to look into the mirror and analyze the new person that I become each day.

While not every aspect of my individuality is visible in the reflection of a mirror, it can prevail and ultimately radiate through. The education I have received helps me glance at each window, even though it may depict an obstacle or a quandary. Regardless of the situation, I feel equipped to approach what lies ahead, and I see my reflection with a smile of confidence on my face. Santa Fe Prep, as a place of discovery and caring community, frames my present life in the same way that the sunny hills and the charming city of Santa Fe cradle our school campus.


I think my education at Prep gave me some foundational skills and habits that have served me throughout my life. English teachers like Lisa Fisher and Christina Griffith really shaped how I was able to put the world around me and my experiences into words, and I think this, in turn, shaped the way I see the world—almost as if having more words makes more visible. Science

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" ...I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE SAFETY AND SUPPORT THAT ALLOWED ME TO START TO DISCOVER MYSELF. " teachers like Jay Shelton taught me how to see and ask the right questions of data and evidence, and to be skeptical, in the best sense of the word. I use these skills every day and I am grateful for the caring teaching and mentoring that helped nurture them. Many will say that Prep (and really any small school) can be a bit of a bubble, and while that term is often used pejoratively, there are benefits to that bubble quality as well. I think I was able to develop real confidence in myself and my abilities because of that very small and nurturing community at Prep. I also think I was able to explore new interests and try new things because I felt safe in the Prep community. Leaving the Prep bubble was also incredibly important in understanding my own identity, but as I look back at those formative years, I am grateful for the safety and support that allowed me to start to discover myself.

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Creating a Community with Intention Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice are important aspects of the Santa Fe Prep experience; Together, we are building a school environment that we all want to be part of


IVERSITY AT PREP MEANS A commitment to creating an inclusive and safe school environment in which members with a variety of identities (including ethnicity, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, political beliefs, physical and learning disability, socioeconomic level, age, and religion) can thrive. Diversity is integral to Santa Fe Prep’s academic program and improves all aspects of our students’ education by fostering multiple perspectives and encouraging students to challenge their assumptions, improve critical thinking, and consider new perspectives. We intend for all members of the Prep community—adults and students—to welcome, honor, and value people who are different from themselves. These skills are essential preparation for our students to live in a multicultural, pluralistic world. The 2021-2022 Santa Fe Prep Diversity Equity Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) committee’s charge is to anchor the Prep community in ongoing conversations about the intersection of DEIJ and community membership. The committee is helping to guide faculty and staff as we all practice actively reflecting on our beliefs and actions within a DEIJ framework, tracking toward a collective fluency that helps foster a more inclusive teaching, learning, and work environment. 30 | PR E P

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Elicia Montoya, Chair Jenny Cohen Kaufman ’94, Vice Chair Phil Murray, Treasurer Fred Nathan, Secretary

Aaron Schubach, Head of School Jessyca Lucero-Flores, Associate Head of School and Head of Upper School Chris Chakeres ’94, Head of Middle School Dieu Ho, Director of Breakthrough Santa Fe Todd Kurth ’81, Director of Athletics & Facilities Mary Little, Director of Admissions & Marketing Catherine McKenzie, Director of Library Services Michael McNeill, Director of Advancement Sam Ritter, Director of Davis New Mexico Scholarship Bruce Sachs, Director of Finance John Utsey, Director of Technology Matt Ybarra, Director of College Counseling

Kristina Alley Stephen Badger Liz Bremner Alejandra Castillo Josiah Child Randy Dry Edward Gale Dominic Garcia David Kocon Miquela Korte Christine Lehman, Emerita Thao Marquez Suzanne Moss, Emerita Carol Romero-Wirth, Emerita Jenna Scanlan Leah Swanson Warren Thompson ’72, Emeritus

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From the Head of School For nearly 60 years, Santa Fe Preparatory School has prided itself on our commitment to building and nurturing a diverse learning community dedicated to active discourse. Here, we cultivate qualities of character, scholarship, and citizenship in our students that inspire them to act responsibly and compassionately at home, at school, and in the world. All of this is possible because of generous supporters like you. DEAR SANTA FE PREP COMMUNITY,

Thank you for your gifts to this incredible school. In 2020-2021, the remarkable Griffin spirit carried us through a school year unlike any other, and your financial contributions allowed us to bring some amazing initiatives to life, including the Adesso Archives, the Strategic Impact Fund and the Endowment. Your gifts to the Annual Fund also helped us underwrite some of the school’s most important efforts as we navigated COVID and continued to offer students the signature Prep experience in virtual, hybrid, and in-person settings. With gifts totaling $526,000 from 441 donors, including alumni, school parents, grandparents, faculty and staff, and other friends of Santa Fe Prep, we were able to ensure that our classrooms were properly outfitted, and that all students were supplied with the right technology for various learning modalities employed

Aaron Schubach, Head of School and Elicia Montoya, Board Chair

throughout the year. We also installed air filtration systems and other COVID-compliant safety features across campus so that students could learn in person as much as possible. The Annual Fund is critical to the success of Santa Fe Prep, and it allows us to offer personalized educational opportunities for our students, delivered by the best faculty you will find anywhere. Your gifts help us attract and retain outstanding educators who are expert practitioners

in their respective fields. Through our robust financial assistance offerings, the Annual Fund also allows us to make a Prep education possible for qualified students throughout northern New Mexico, regardless of financial circumstance. Prep’s values are on full display through our partnership with Breakthrough Santa Fe and the Davis New Mexico Scholarship, and the Annual Fund strengthens those symbiotic relationships as well.

Even in the midst of global uncertainty, the Annual Fund has allowed Prep to thrive. For that, we can never thank you enough. With gratitude,

Aaron Schubach Head of School


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Advancement at Santa Fe Prep


ADVANCEMENT COMMITTEE Adelma Hnasko ’92, Chair Stephen Badger Liz Bremner Alejandra Castillo Edward Gale Elicia Montoya Jenna Scanlan Aaron Schubach Leah Swanson

Advancement Committee Report IN A YEAR UNLIKE ANY OTHER, you revealed your commitment to our school through your generous philanthropic support. Thank you, Prep community, for rising above the intense challenges of 2020-2021 and demonstrating the strength and resilience of our school.

Together, we raised $526,000 through the Annual Fund. Together, we reached our fundraising goal for the Adesso Archives, and will now be sharing this invaluable resource with students, faculty, and alumni. Together, we contributed 140 gifts to our school on Giving Tuesday, surpassing our participation goal by 40 percent! Together, our community responded to a $20,000 matching gift challenge and grew that contribution to almost $60,000. The ethic of care with which Santa Fe Prep’s founders built the school 60 years ago remains strong today. It was a small group of parents and community leaders—much like you—who came together to create this school. Today, our Santa Fe Prep family remains as vital and engaged as ever. Adelma Hnasko ’92 Advancement Commitee Chair

IN JULY 2021, Santa Fe Prep welcomed Director of Advancement Michael McNeill to the school community. Michael holds an MA and PhD in French literature from Princeton University, as well as a BA from Colgate University. He has vast experience in independent schools as a teacher of French and Latin both in New York City and in Denver, Colo., where he served as World Languages department chair at Kent Denver School. Michael became the Director of Development at Kent Denver in 2006 and he grew a successful career as an advancement professional and nonprofit fundraiser for The American School in Paris, The Denver Museum of Nature & Science, The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, and La Napoule Art Foundation. He has also served on many nonprofit boards, including Breakthrough Kent Denver, The Art Students League of Denver, The Anchor Center for Blind Children, and The Joshua School for Autistic Children. When he’s not at work, Michael enjoys cooking and baking, playing classical piano, and doing crossword puzzles with his two standard poodles, Walter and Bill.

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Thank You Donors! LUMINARIA $25,000+

Stephen Badger City of Santa Fe Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund, Inc. Edward E. Ford Foundation Gale Family Foundation Edward and Maria Gale Carl Kawaja ‘82 and Gwendolyn Holcomb Jacqueline Mars Fred and Arlyn Nathan Adrienne Pieroth and Bob Borden Mrs. Louise Reed Santa Fe Hestia Fund Wilson and Jenna Scanlan Steele Family Foundation Stranahan Foundation Thornburg Foundation


Santa Fe Preparatory School Annual Report on Philanthropy to the many, many generous donors who supported Santa Fe Preparatory School during the 2020-2021 school year. The lists included on the following pages encompass gifts made to the school’s Annual Fund, Adesso Archives project, and Strategic Impact Fund 2.0 from July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021. The information is divided here into Giving Level* designations, which have been determined by donors’ cumulative contributions during that timeframe. We have made every effort to ensure that these lists are as accurate as possible. Any errors or omissions are unintentional and do not diminish the gratitude we have for each of our donors. Questions or concerns may be directed to Director of Advancement Michael McNeill at 505 795 7526 or


ATALAYA $10,000-$24,999

Anonymous Leah Bershad ‘97 Stephen and Karen Bershad Family Fund Julia Boaz Cooper and Patrick Coughlin Ms. Liz Bremner and Ms. Karen Crow Dr. Josiah Child and Mary Nell Wagner Lally Clark ‘05 and Douglas Clark Justin Conway ‘03 and Jess Conway Willa Conway ‘06 William and Amy Conway Davis New Mexico Scholarship Hannah Hefkin ‘08 Josh Klinefelter ‘93 and Kelsey Klinefelter La Luz Foundation LANL Foundation Rebecca Lucia McGinn, Montoya, Love & Curry, PA Patrick McQuitty Mr. Alexander F. Milliken Phil and Julie Murray Mr. Michael Nelson Nelson Foundation New Cycle Foundation Fund Douglas Peterson Lee and Joohee Rand Santa Fe Community Foundation Santa Fe Prep Booster Club Santa Fe Prep Parents’ Association Antoinette Silvey ‘82 Mr. Walter J. Smoyer Daniel Van Essen ‘12 Joel Van Essen ‘09 Owen and Katherine Van Essen

Kappy Wells Adam Weyhrauch ‘16 James Weyhrauch ‘03 Jim and Amy Weyhrauch Ms. Nancy Meem Wirth Richard Yates and Madeline Feijoo

ELRINGTON BELL $5,000-$9,999

Albuquerque Community Foundation Breakthrough Collaborative Mr. Connor Browne and Dr. Christina Price Cudd Foundation Andrew Duettra ‘83 and Bonnie Duettra Mr. Scott England and Ms. Jennifer Windham William and Meg Feldman Ms. Susan Foote and Mr. Stephen Feinberg Alexander and Karen LoRusso Ms. Elicia Montoya and Mr. Kurt Gilbert Polly O’Brien and Barrett Toan Dr. and Mrs. Barry Ramo Joseph and Angélica Schepps Ms. Nancy Schwanfelder Sloan and Leah Swanson Peter and Wendy Trevisani Andrew Wallerstein and Mary Sloane Mr. and Mrs. Peter Westen

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GRIFFIN CLUB $2,000-$4,999

Anonymous (2) Brant and Rebecca Bair Marc D. Bertram ‘78 and Cathryn Bertram Marisa Bodell ‘98 and Wyeth Gubelmann Molly Boyd Thomas and Sara-Jo Boyle Thomas and Erin Bunkley Dr. Thomas Burdick and Dr. Lara Goitein J.P. Dahdah G.S. ‘93 Matthew and Elisabeth Desmond W. Houston Dougharty ‘79 and Kimberly Dougharty Randy Dry and Ocean Munds-Dry Greg and Alice Dunn Laura Ellis Anne Fredericks and Marc Fasteau Garfield Street Foundation Van and Sandra Gilbert Robin and Evelyn Gossum The Gubelmann Family Foundation George Gundrey ‘86 and Sally Gundrey Hillary Hale ‘10 and Cass Thompson ‘08 Harry’s Roadhouse Adelma Hnasko ‘92 and Thomas Hnasko Ms. Jenny Cohen Kaufman and Justin Kaufman David and Amanda Kocon Elizabeth Lawrence and Andrew Montgomery Michael and Carole Lawrence Jonathan and Christine Lehman Jim and Story Leonard Gregg and Diana Lowe Drs. Steve and Meredith Machen Samuel and Thao Marquez Meade P. Martin ‘72 and Robin Martin ‘70 Nancy Ann Mellen Foundation The Noe Family Joel and Abigail Olson Russell T. Olson and Frances Parker Cynthia Onore and Stanley Karczewski Len and Barbara Rand Bruce Roscherr and Susan Kurien Rennae Ross and Patrick Foy Pablo Sanders ‘95 and Rochi Cantu Richard Sanders ‘94 Gary and Judy Schall Jay and Katherine Shelton

Ron and Joan Sheppard Bryan and Leslie Smith Philip and Jessica Smucker Peter A. Spier ‘94 and Stacey Spier Thomas J. Spier ‘96 and Stephanie Spier Leland Thompson ‘07 Warren Thompson ‘72 and Mickey Thompson Mr. Christopher Watson and Mrs. Nicola Heindl-Watson Danny Winokur and Pam Cowan

BLUE & WHITE $500-$1,999

Derek Adesso ‘00 Jan and Richard Adesso Kyle Adesso ‘06 Mark and Martha Alexander Mrs. Elisabeth Alley Mr. James B. Alley III ‘84 Ms. Kristina E. Alley and Timothy Farrell Karen S. Andersen ‘95 and Alex Hlavacek Eric Anderon ‘87 and Cameron Anderson Apple Inc. Ms. Betsy Armstrong Avalon Trust Ms. Connie Axton Ryan K. Bailey ‘94 and Melanie Maxon David and Patricia Baker Rutgers and Leslie Barclay Letty Belin Jamie A. Berg ‘91 and Ethan Berg Russ and Carol Bixby Bruce and Cynthia Bolene George and Norma Jean Bosiljevac Mr. and Mrs. James Brockmann Julie Campbell ‘75 Frank and Sue Cannon Linda Carey Andrew Carpenter ‘84 and Rebecca Carpenter Sarah Carswell ‘92 and Richard Stump Alejandra Castillo and Charles Roth Chris Chakeres ‘94 and Sheena Chakeres Mr. Cyril Christo and Ms. Marie Wilkinson Andrew and Roxanne Connan Sally Corning and Edison Buchanan Mr. Charles Dale and Ms. Leigh Moiola Gregory and Vonda Davis Mr. Steven J. Dayton and Ms. Carol Norton

David DePolo Bobby and Chrystal Dominguez Mark Donatelli and Anne Pedersen Eric Enfield ‘77 and Kelly Sue Enfield Enterprises International, Inc. Mrs. Dee Fesenmyer Donald and Andrea Fineberg Katya Franzgen Dr. Carl and Sandra Friedrichs Dylan Fuge ‘97 and Alexis Kingham Gallagher Insurance Girish Ganesan and Sampreetha Govindankutty Evan Geisler and Denise Ip Barbara Gorham ‘79 and Robert Gorham Mr. and Mrs. Clemens Gunn Dan and Lisa Guttmann Will Halm and Dr. Marcellin Simard Stephen and Dana Hardy Elege Simons Harwood ‘94 and Kyle Harwood Morgan and Kathryn Hees Ward and Clara Hendon Jim and Jay Heneghan Robb and Numi Hirsch Zach and Jessica James Stephen and Madeleine Kaufman Michael and Peggy Keleher Susan E. Kelly ‘72 and Christy Stanley Karl Kilborn ‘86 Michael and Lea Ann Knight Kevin and Miquela Korte Simone and Laura Koutsouflakis Paul and Ruth Kovnat Evan and Amy Land Lannan Foundation Aeryn Lee Kelsey Leonard ‘11 Molly Leonard ‘12 Richard and Carol Lieberman Bill and Marcia Litzenberg Mike Loftin and Susan Matteucci Shogo Oketani and Leza Lowitz Anthony Lyon Stacy Lytle Robert and Jennifer MacDonald Andrew McAlpin Joanne and Joe McClaugherty Sidway A. McKay ‘69 and Bev Nelson Frances Milliken ‘05 Ms. Sharon O. Mitchell

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Michael Multari Anthony and Andrea Perlak Mr. and Mrs. Greig Porter Shobhan Porter ‘88 and Joel Rowland Mrs. Karl E. Rippel Karl and Natasha Rippel Sam Ritter and Kat Keener Thomas Ritter and Christine Keller Catherine Rogers ‘85 Dennis Romero Stephanie Rosen Rotary Club of Santa Fe Foundation, Inc. Joshua Rubin ‘96 and Katie Rubin Miguel Sandoval ‘69 and Linda Sandoval Nancy Scanlan Michael and Miriam Schechter Gracie Schild ‘78 Phil and Jody Schiliro Aaron L. Schubach and Anna Sass Nathan and Lisa Schwade Robert Schwarz and Kathy Fennema Bimal and Hemali Shah Mr. and Mrs. Paul Shapiro Jay and Katherine Shelton Ivelisse Simon Mr. Kim Straus and Mr. Jakob Lain George Strickland and Anita Ogard Tom and Hilda Sydorick John and Andrea Teague Thornburg Investment Management, Inc. Thomas and Karen Tiegler Frans and Deborah Trouw UBS Employee Giving Programs Nancy Udell Ulrich Consulting Group, LLC John Valdez Kathy Wagner Gordon and Nicole Whitten Michael Wiese and Margaret Hennessey Alex Wirth ‘11 Nick and Hannah Wirth Porter Yates ‘00


Anonymous Paige Aarniokoski ‘04 The Abeles Foundation Richard and Kathleen Abeles Paul Abrams and Abigail Adler John and Laura Addison

Gary Adesso Ashley Alexander ‘97 David and Margaret Alexander Rebecca Allahyari Anne Alley ‘82 Christi Alsop Dr. David Amarel and Ms. Martha Crawford Amazon Smile Foundation Rebecca and Chris Anderson Tracy Archuleta Doug Arnwine Arroyo Studio Scott T. Askey and Amanda M. Vesey-Askey Marisol Atkins Summar Aubrey ‘00 Caleigh Azumaya Sam Baca and Rita Rios-Baca Maurizio and Jennie Baccante Laura Bair ‘82 Roger and Sally Bair Stephanie Barks ‘71 John W. Barton ‘73 and Polly Barton Jesús Bas Canton and Leah Becker Nicole Beder Eduardo Beltran Dustin Belyeu ‘95 and Brooke Belyeu Charles Bertel Alicia Bertram ‘09 Amalia Bertram ‘14 Julia Bertram ‘11 Bryan and Jennifer Biedscheid Reed Bienvenu ‘01 and Rosalind Bienvenu Mark Bixby Philip Lowit and Jodi Blecker David Blick and Suzanne Thornton Tyler Bodine Judith Bonem Maria and Bob Borden Jordan Bosiljevac Ms. Elizabeth Bradley and Mr. Dan Merians Christopher and Kristi Brislawn Elena Brower Justin Brown ‘00 Tarrie Burnett Dan and Amanda Burns Luis Burrola

Mr. Clinton Caldwell and Mrs. Elizabeth Ortiz Patricia Caldwell Josh Carswell ‘89 and Cristy Carswell Linnea and Courtney Carswell Marion Wood Carter Mr. Thayer Carter & Ms. Judy Goldberg Paula Castillo and Terry Mulert Lisa Cat Thomas F. Catron ‘95 and Janette Catron Gabriel Chacon Sally Chappell ‘81 Marissa Chrysler Larry and Melissa Cicci Mrs. Johanna Cinader Jacob Cisneros Christie Cochrell ‘73 Dr. and Mrs. Larry Cohen Sarah Cohen ‘92 Daniel and Juliana Coles Jocelyne Comstock Frederica Conroy Ellee Cook ‘09 Mr. Matthew Cook and Ms. Sherry Kelley Allison Cooper Judi Davis-Heidenberger David DePolo John and Martha Desmond Stephanie DiLorio Mr. Jonathan Dunn Joe Durr Kate M. Earnest ‘87 and Brent Earnest Ms. Margie Edwards and Ms. Ellie Edeist Brian F. Egolf ‘95 and Kelly Egolf Pamela Emsden and Dale Lyons Lisa Enfield ‘75 Tim Enfield ‘09 Susan Erdakos John Ericksen Fern Evans ‘76 Dr. Zander Evans and Dr. Emily Haozous Bradford Fairbanks and Karen Burbank Jeb Feldman ‘92 Ambrose Ferber ‘93 and Rebecca Ferber ‘96 Mr. Richard Ferber and Ms. Polly T. Ferber Kenneth and Andrea Ferjancic Henry and Jolonda Field Ms. Maureen Field William and Donna Fishbein Kristina Fisher ‘98

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Richard and Lisa Fisher Megan J. Fonseca ‘97 and Jeremy Fonseca Tannis Fox and Galen Buller WIlliam and Louisella Frank Liz Friary Grace and Don Friary Melissa and Andrew Fricek Benjamin Friedman ‘91 and Rocio Alvarez Camila Friedman-Gerlicz ‘06 and Todd Volz Atsuko Fukue Christine and Richard Furlanetto Michael and Cynthia Furlanetto Nicolai Gamrasani Dominic and Celia Garcia James and Robin Gavin Linnea J. Geiss Gallagher ‘96 and Wade Gallagher Wayne and Deborah Gilbert Nicholas Merrick and Shaun Gilmore-Merrick Anita and Joseph Ginocchio Marian Giraldez Elizo Give Lively Foundation Inc Sarah Glicken ‘88 Theodore and Shirley Goering Arthur and Andrea Gonzales Joseph Gonzales Melesio Gonzales MacDonnell Gordon ‘69 and Charlene Shildmyer Natalie Graber ‘00 Christopher Graeser and Alexandra Ladd Manuel Granillo and Ventura Hernandez Edward Grant ‘81 Anika Gusterman Amon ‘97 and Mark Hosenfeld Mr. Peter J. Hagen and Ms. Lindsay Faulkner-Hagen Katie Handler ‘88 Matthew F. Harland ‘79 and Katie Harland Scott and Tina Hartzell Robert and Anna Hastings James Heidenberger Kris and Virginia Hendricks Mr. David S. Henkel and Mrs. Cleo J. Griffith Duane Henry and Yongtae Kim-Henry Jacqueline Herrell

Olga Herrera Aragón Cynthia Hoeft ‘87 and Scott Hoeft Mr. Kevin Holladay and Ms. Audrey Walker Thomas and Nohemi Hughes Thomas Imperiale Chris and Carrie Ishee Mr. Mauricio Jaime-Andrade and Mrs. Maria Horta David and Tracie Jansen Dina and Douglas Jansen Dr. Christopher Johnson and Jennie Crystle Breshaun Joyner and Ralph Bolton Kristin Kalangis Victoria Kamerzell ‘99 and Ryan Kamerzell Eric Keller David Kice and Rebecca Kilburn Mr. and Mrs. Philip W. Kithil John and Sati Kohn Robin and Fred Koval Mrs. Carol Kurth Todd Kurth ‘81 and Kendel Fesenmyer Pen La Farge ‘69 Earl and Jessica Lawrence Zoe Ledbetter Madonna Lee Benton Lehman ‘18 Luke LeJeune ‘12 Marcia and Tim Lenihan William and Ilene Leslie Hanna Levin Brian Lewis ‘11 Laura Lichtenstein Patricia Liechti Brooke E. Little ‘19 Mary and Kent Little Erik J. Litzenberg ‘90 and Melissa Gonzales Jenna Lock Matthew and Tammy Logghe Mr. Chris Long and Ms. Yuki Murata Dr. Clea L. Lopez ‘96 and Edward Huyck Nicola López ‘93 Los Alamos National Laboratories Kevin Lowe ‘11 Liza Abeles Lutzker ‘97 and Bobby Lutzker John and Robin Lyle Holly Lynton Ms. Marilyn M. MacLeod Rob Madril and Gail MacQuesten

Tara Maestas Michael and Maddy Mahony Tony and Gayatri Malmed Mr. and Mrs. Dominic Mandel David Marion and Sandra Luces Marion Tony and Johnna Marlow Laura Martin ‘06 Susan Matthews and Catherine McKenzie Sid and Carolyn Maxwell Jonathan and Teresa McHorse Kathryn L. McKernan ‘84 and Stuart McKernan John P. Meade Michael Meade ‘06 Ismael Mena and Francie Healey Donna and Dave Mendelsohn Griffin Merians ‘13 Karen Michael ‘69 Fred and J.J. Milder Anna Mirabal-LeJeune and Michael LeJeune Elizabeth Mitchell ‘80 Mike Mitchell ‘79 Peter R. Mitchell ‘82 and Melissa Mitchell Toner Mitchell ‘81 and Cullen Curtiss Seth E. Montgomery ‘12 Mr. John G. Montoya Brent and Mary Ann Moore Mr. David Moore and Ms. Marci Riskin Donald R. Moseley and Mary Jane L. Parks Suzanne and Philip Moss Laura Moya Paula Castillo and Terry Mulert Matt and Annie Mullins Megan Mulry Anna Multari Mr. Chris Long and Ms. Yuki Murata Dan Murray and Kim Davis Sara Naegelin ‘01 Neil Lyon Group and Sotheby’s International Realty Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Neill Marvin Nogueda Lisa Nordstrum Jebb Norton ‘09 Martha Noss Wilder ‘76 and Richard Wilder Sarah Noss ‘78 Jane Oakes Leslee and Robert Oaks

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Dr. Tudor Ocneanu and Dr. Catalina Voinescu Maryann Odai Jose and Kay Ofman L. Anne Ortiz Kathleen Osborne and Steve Gleydura Thomas and Deeda Osgood Hisa and Kris Ota Alejandra Palos Flores Aiyana and Stuart Pendleton Andrei Pesic ‘03 and Angèle Christin Pesic Larry and Rose Petry Karen Phillips ‘98 and Kyle Olmon Alfredo and Angelica Pichardo Tony Pinkerton ‘91 Greg Pollak ‘68 Elizabeth Pope ‘83 and Christopher Pope Katy Power Sophie Quay-de la Vallee ‘12 Victoria Quijada ‘68 Danny Quinn ‘12 Mr. Gilbert Quintana and Mrs. Eva De Andrés Presa Dr. and Mrs. Elliot Rapoport Joseph and Amy Reich Raymond Newell and Adriana Reyes Newell Marc and Julie Reynolds Stephanie Reynolds ‘85 Willy Richardson ‘92 and Kim Richardson Mia Richkind ‘96 John Ritter Penn J. Ritter and Robin Kipnis Mr. James I. Rivera and Ms. Carla Montoya-Rivera Mr. Jesse D. Roach ‘90 Andrew and Anna Roberts Mitchell Rocha Louise Rogers ‘84 Claire Romero and David Bomse Gabby Romero ‘15 Richard Rotto and Deki Dolkar Amber Rougemont Eric Rounds

Mark Rudolph Andra Russek Janet Russek and David Scheinbaum Mr. Bruce Sachs and Denise DuPont Amy H. Sanders O’Rourke ‘99 and Beto O’Rourke John and Lillie Sandoval Sky Sartorius ‘04 Ed and Kathy Sceery Allie Schechter Matt Scholder ‘00 and Liz Scholder Darcy Scholts ‘73 Fred Schott Alessa Seawright ‘91 James Selby and Leslie Smith Hugo Sena and Rachel Gersh ‘89 Brian and Eliza Serna Jeremy Shelton ‘91 Daniela Silverstein ‘92 and Seth Silverstein Thomas and Susan Simons Michael Sloane and Nancy Desiderio Darleen and Todd Sluzas Glenn and Karen Smith Jaime Smith and Dr. Karin Thron Morgan Smith Joseph Spinden Caroline Stanley ‘13 Sarah Stark Wendy Steinberg Kristen Sweeney ‘68 and Phillip Sweeney Jane Tanner Tim Terell Ms. Patty Terrell Bill and Ingrid Thompson Caleb and Mina Thompson Robert and Karla Treasure John and Jackie Utsey Christella Velarde and Joe Adams Frederic and Andrea Verswijver Jeff and Dawn Vivian Drew and Kevin Walker Michael Wall and Rebecca Entwisle Dr. Edward Walpin and Dr. Cynthia Melugin Liwu and Min Wang

Ashley Watson Alan Webber and Frances Diemoz Christian and Christie Weichsel Anna Westen ‘97 Carla Westen ‘94 and Eugene Flores John and Julia Wheeler Lloyd and Jean White Mrs. Marie White Peter D. White ‘82 and Tina White Elizabeth Whiting ‘17 Mr. Anthony Whitman and Ms. Jacqueline Berg Michael Wiese and Margaret Hennessey Dr. and Mrs. William Wiese Jalice Wiest ‘67 Dr. and Mrs. Mark Wightman William Siegal Galleries Joel Wilson ‘97 Marilyn Winokur Talia Winokur Elena Wirth ‘15 Morgan Wurzburger ‘99 and Karen Wurzburger Mr. David Wynne Mr. Matt Ybarra and Linda Serrato Ybarra Stephen and Lisa Young Matthew C. Young ‘86 and Kara Baker Ms. Bette Yozell and Mr. Richard Epstein Douglas and Katherine Zang Richard Zierman ‘89

* Giving Levels for gifts made to Santa Fe Preparatory School have been updated for the 2021-2022 school year and beyond. In the future, these levels will be noted as follows: Founders = $25,000+; Elrington Bell Society = $10,000-$24,999; Head of School’s Circle = $5,000-$9,999; Griffins = $2,500-$4,999; Sun Mountain = $1,000-$2,499; Prep Friends = $5-$999.



Griffin Merians ‘13 Karen Michael ‘69 In honor of Jan Adesso Frances Milliken ‘05 Derek Adesso ‘00, Kyle Adesso Ms. Sharon O. Mitchell ‘06, & Richard V. Adesso Megan Mulry Gary Adesso Sara Naegelin ‘01 Rebecca and Chris Anderson Martha Noss Wilder ‘76 and Ms. Connie Axton Richard Wilder Marc D. Bertram ‘78 and Karen Phillips ‘98 and Cathryn Bertram Kyle Olmon Marisa Bodell ‘98 and Dr. Catherine Rogers ‘85 Wyeth Gubelmann Louise Rogers ‘84 Molly Boyd Miguel Sandoval ‘69 and Justin Brown ‘00 Linda Sandoval Larry and Melissa Cicci Wilson and Jenna Scanlan Christie Cochrell ‘73 Joseph and Angélica Schepps Sally Corning and Matt Scholder ‘00 and Edison Buchanan Liz Scholder David DePolo Ms. Patty Terrell W. Houston Dougharty ‘79 and Warren Thompson ‘72 and Kimberly Dougharty Mickey Thompson Bradford Fairbanks and Owen and Katherine Van Essen Karen Burbank Mrs. Marie White Laura Ellis Peter D. White ‘82 and Pamela Emsden and Dale Lyons Tina White Lisa Enfield ‘75 Dr. and Mrs. Mark Wightman Eric Enfield ‘77 and Alex Wirth ‘11 Kelly Sue Enfield Elena Wirth ‘15 Ms. Maureen Field Porter Yates ‘00 Donald and Andrea Fineberg Ms. Bette Yozell and Richard and Lisa Fisher Mr. Richard Epstein James and Robin Gavin Arthur and Andrea Gonzales In honor of Barbara Gorham ‘79 and Amalia Bertram ‘14 Robert Gorham Julia Bertram ‘11 Natalie Graber ‘00 In honor of Marc Bertram Matthew F. Harland ‘79 and Amalia Bertram ‘14 Katie Harland Ms. Jenny Cohen Kaufman In honor of Lila Brooks ‘15 and Justin Kaufman Rebecca Allahyari Elizabeth Lawrence and In honor of Andrew Montgomery Joshua and Sasha Cantrell Marcia and Tim Lenihan Matthew and Elisabeth Jim and Story Leonard Desmond William and Ilene Leslie Bill and Marcia Litzenberg In honor of Gregg and Diana Lowe Wyeth Carpenter ‘15 Mr. and Mrs. Dominic Mandel Tannis Fox and Galen Buller Sidway A. McKay ‘69 and In honor of Freddie Conroy Bev Nelson W. Houston Dougharty ‘79 and Michael Meade ‘06 Kimberly Dougharty

In honor of Allison Cooper

Arthur and Andrea Gonzales In honor of Lis Desmond and Helen Desmond ‘25

In honor of Carol Romero-Wirth

Fred and Arlyn Nathan In honor of Allie Schechter

John and Martha Desmon

Michael and Miriam Schechter

In honor of Reverend B.W. Dougharty

In honor of Aaron Schubach

Elege Simons Harwood ‘94 and Kyle Harwood W. Houston Dougharty ‘79 and Thomas and Susan Simons Kimberly Dougharty Bill and Ingrid Thompson In honor of Owen and Katherine Van Essen Molly Rapaport Duane ‘04

Dr. and Mrs. Elliot Rapoport In honor of Ben and June Ferber

Mr. Richard Ferber and Ms. Polly T. Ferber In honor of HeathFront

Thomas and Karen Tiegler In honor of Breshaun Joyner

Anne Fredericks and Marc Fasteau In honor of Henry Kaufman ‘25

In honor of SFP Advancement Team

Kathleen Osborne and Steve Gleydura In honor of SFP Class of 2021

Matthew and Sandra Noe In honor of SFP Faculty and Staff

Rebecca Lucia In honor of Harry Shapiro

Paul Abrams and Abigail Adler In honor of Paul Shapiro

Stephen and Madeleine Kaufman

W. Houston Dougharty ‘79 and Kimberly Dougharty

In honor of James W. Leonard

In honor of Donald Tishman

Pamela Emsden and Dale Lyons Eric Enfield ‘77 and Kelly Sue Enfield Molly Leonard ‘12 Katy Power Dr. and Mrs. Elliot Rapoport Joseph and Angélica Schepps

Victoria Kamerzell ‘99 and Ryan Kamerzell

In honor of Leza Lowitz

Donna and Dave Mendelsohn In honor of Joe McClaugherty

In honor of Talia Winokur

Ms. Margie Edwards and Ms. Ellie Edeist Danny Winokur and Pam Cowan In honor of Nick Wirth

Seth E. Montgomery ‘12

Dan and Lisa Guttmann

In honor of Devon and Zachary

In honor of Ralph Parks

Katie Handler ‘88

Donald R. Moseley and Mary Jane L. Parks In honor of Ann Reichel

Patricia Liechti


IN MEMORY In memory of Michael Amrine ‘67

Greg Pollak ‘68 In memory of Jeremy Brooks ‘14

Rebecca Allahyari In memory of Judi Brower

Elena Brower Anthony Lyon In memory of Mona Enfield Coffield

Lisa Enfield ‘75 In memory of Quincy Brave Conway ‘17

Scott T. Askey and Amanda M. Vesey-Askey Frank and Sue Cannon Holly Lynton In memory of Connie Dillon ‘68

Miguel Sandoval ‘69 and Linda Sandoval

Fern Evans ‘76

Being You Josh Carswell ‘89 and Cristy Carswell Sarah Carswell ‘92 and Richard Stump Darcy Scholts ‘73 Century Bank In memory of City Different Investments Phyllis Martinez The Desmond Group Frank and Sue Cannon Egolf+Ferlic+Martinez+Harwood Darleen and Todd Sluzas Elevation Financial Enterprise Bank & Trust In memory of Sam Mott ‘06 Gallagher Insurance Michael Meade ‘06 Hinkle Shanor LLP In memory of Donna Murray The Jones Firm Dan Murray and Kim Davis McGinn, Montoya, Love & Curry, P.A. The Noe Family In memory of Positive Energy Solar Dr. Patrick Quinn, MD Santa Fe Advisors Mark and Martha Alexander Santa Fe By Design Charles Bertel Marc D. Bertram ‘78 and The Simons Firm, LLP Sotheby’s International Realty Cathryn Bertram Taylor Roth & Co. Thomas Imperiale Thornburg Investment Management Jim and Story Leonard Veterinary Cancer Care Danny Quinn ‘12 George Strickland and Anita Ogard In memory of Danny Maas ‘87

In memory of Peggy Dover

In memory of Leland Thompson, Jr.

Shogo Oketani and Leza Lowitz

Warren Thompson ‘72 and Mickey Thompson Cass Thompson ‘08 Leland Thompson ‘07

In memory of Patricia Duettra

Andrew Duettra ‘83 and Bonnie Duettra In memory of Brig General Mordaunt Elrington

In memory of Alyssa Trouw

Frans and Deborah Trouw

Christie Cochrell ‘73 In memory of Ms. Irene Epp

Matthew C. Young ‘86 and Kara Baker In memory of The Hon. Judge Joe H. Galvan

Jim and Jay Heneghan In memory of Bud Kelly

Susan E. Kelly ‘72 and Christy Stanley In memory of Marilyn Koch ‘69

Karen Michael ‘69


In memory of Robert Kurth

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Santa Fe Prep Report of Finances Report from the Finance Committee meets once a month to review the school’s income and balance statements as prepared by Director of Finance Bruce Sachs and his staff. The committee is charged with creating and maintaining the school’s budget based on community needs and recommendations made by the Head of School. The committee additionally determines annual tuition increases, payroll increases for faculty and staff, and overall fundraising needs. All budget recommendations are presented to the full Board of Trustees for approval.


Making updates to tuition costs and staff salaries (based on enrollment projections and other factors) is certainly the most visible duty of the Finance Committee. In recent years, percentage increases in staff pay have exceeded increases in tuition, thanks to increasing enrollment and larger allocations from Prep’s endowment funds. In addition, Santa Fe Prep’s strong financial position and well-managed budget have allowed the school to remain debt free for many years. Phil Murray Finance Commitee Chair


75% 6% 11% 8%

Tuition and Fees Annual Fund Endowment Draw Incidental Revenues


69% 17% 14%

Salaries and Benefits Tuition Assistance Buildings/Instructional Expense

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Statement of Financial Position AS OF JUNE 30, 2021

ASSETS Cash and Equivalents

REVENUES $ 10,762,662

Investments Equities and Fixed Income Securities


Accounts Receivable Tuition and Fees Pledges Receivable

121,958 45,937,604

Tuition and Fees (net)

$ 8,148,097

Gifts and Grants (net)


Special Events Interest and Dividends


Oil and Gas Royalties


Rents and Other

Other Receivables


Net Realized and Unrealized Gains

Prepaid Expenses


Net Revenues

PP & E Endowment Land and Art


Cash Value of Life Insurance


Financial Aid

Other Tangible Assets



Total Assets

270,000 $ 93,059,193


$ 653,418

Deferred Revenue and Other


Scholarships Payable Total Liabilities

500,000 4,172,208 $ 7,823,072

NET ASSETS Unrestricted

$ 4,700,893

Temp Restricted


Permanently Restricted


Total Net Assets


Total Liabilities and Net Assets

Fundraising and Development

4,781,749 $ 71,807,121

$ 93,059,193

$ 1,557,709 4,470,848 319,133



Davis Scholarships


Plant Operation and Depreciation

Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses

Other Liabilities


9,464,085 14,700

Other Art


Total Expenses

2,065,257 $ 19,204,676

Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets


Beginning Net Assets


Ending Net Assets

$ 93,059,193

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Endowments at Santa Fe Prep

Report from the Endowment Committee THE FINANCIAL STRENGTH AND CONSISTENCY

of long-term endowment funds gives Santa Fe Prep students and the school options to look forward to and build upon after a year of unprecedented challenges. The generosity of donors has laid the foundation upon which the portfolio has grown and become an increasing source of support to the school. Our endowment funds have grown to $25,505,434 as of June 30, 2021. The endowment consists of more than 40 permanent funds that provide need-based scholarships, faculty professional development, and support for the school. The annual draw from the endowment funds is approximately 4 percent. The Endowment Board, which consists of financial professionals who donate their time and expertise, oversees the endowment funds. Kristina Alley Endowment Commitee Chair


Endowment Funds AS OF JUNE 30, 2021

Breakthrough Operating Fund $1,130,727 Buckman Scholarship $323,806 Davis Breakthrough Scholars $1,745,561 Doris Bry Scholarship Fund $924,248 EE Ford Summer Teachers Colloquium $334,650 James and Elisabeth Alley Scholarship Fund $98,518 Joe McClaugherty Endowment for Prep Baseball $42,954 Kathryn Wasserman Davis 20th Century History Chair $971,555 Permanent Endowment Fund Trust $3,368,274 Spirit of Santa Fe Prep Endowment $599,408 The Arlene LewAllen Artist Outreach Endowment Fund $30,090 The Board of Trustees Summer Fellowship Account $106,791 The David Ginocchio Endowed Scholarship Fund $393,797 The Edward E. Ford & Margaret P. Driscoll Endowment Fund for Upper School Faculty Summer Study $237,953

The EE Ford/Conway Faculty Growth & Enrichment Initiative Endowment $289,039 The Elias Farmer Memorial Scholarship Fund $410,735 The Endowment for Faculty Compensation and Development $970,309 The Faculty Professional Development Fund $311,755

The Mary and Ramsay Harris Endowment $3,758 The Minority Scholarship Endowment Fund $942,666 The Mordaunt Elrington Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund $60,027 The Parents’ Association Endowment for Tuition Assistance $228,275

The Goodwin Family Scholarship $876,971

The Quincy Brave Conway Scholarship Endowment $79,389

The Griffin Chair for Inspirational Teaching $451,839

The Robert W. Kurth Endowment $142,619

The Headmaster’s Scholarship Fund $950,718

The Sage Fund $510,029

The J. Burchenal Ault Library Fund $345,110

The Sage Endowment 50th Campaign $129,660

The Jenny and Alice Lee Memorial Scholarship Fund $149,343

The Santa Fe Preparatory Class of 1988 Scholarship Fund $11,050

The Kathryn O’Keeffe Endowment for Native American Students $1,098,320

The Tamsin F. Bemis ’84 Memorial Scholarship Fund $492,463

The Leland Thompson Founders’ Endowment Fund $324,313

The William H. Borchers Fund for Teacher Professional Development $97,835

The Leonard Family Scholars Endowment $2,369,236

Tuition Assistance 50th Capital Campaign $815,286

The M.A. Healy Chair for Teaching Excellence $699,175 The Malone Family Foundation Endowment $2,437,277



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Associated Programming Report from the Parents’ Association THE SANTA FE PREP Parents’ Association experienced an atypical, yet successful year, meeting online to connect speakers with an engaged audience, create community, and facilitate innovative networking opportunities for parents. Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, the PA gathered virtually—with record attendance. The association’s leadership team offered a diverse panel of educators and expert guests, who spoke to issues throughout the year, addressing topics including athletics, fine and performing arts, college counseling, emotional resilience in young people, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. All school parents are part of the Prep Parents’ Association, and the PA would not be successful without the dedication of Class Reps and other parent volunteers. In 2020-2021, the PA virtually and generously recognized our educators and staff during Prep Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day; held the PA’s second Community Book Read; supported New Parent Orientation, Prep’s Admissions Open House and Parent Open House; and many of the Class Reps organized special online or outdoor events to build community among parents in each grade level.

Each year, the Prep Parents’ Association hosts major fundraising events and an annual Rummage Sale (which was put on hold during 2020-2021). Through the tireless efforts of Prep parents Ocean Munds-Dry, who served as Gala Chair, and Creative Director Jocelyn Jansons, we celebrated a reimagined Spring Gala in 2021 with a virtual Lip Sync Battle that put on full display the talent, creativity, and enthusiasm of the Prep community. The Hollywood-themed evening included elegant individual boxed dinners provided by Adobo Catering. The video each contestant team created was beautifully and professionally produced and highly entertaining. Gala attendees tuned in from 270 different households all over the country—from Massachusetts, New York, Texas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Virginia, Vermont, Montana, North Carolina, Michigan, Ohio, and New Mexico. When all was said and done, the Parents’ Association raised approximately $90,000 for Breakthrough Santa Fe and tuition assistance at Santa Fe Prep through this dynamic virtual event. Chris Nordstrum 2020-2021 Co-President

Mary Jane Parks 2020-2021 Co-President

Report from Breakthrough Santa Fe Dieu Ho Director BREAKTHROUGH SANTA FE is a six-year

comprehensive college preparatory program that supports motivated students academically and socially through a range of services—from summer programs to after-school tutoring, supplemental Saturday instruction, and comprehensive college and financial aid counseling. Our program serves just over 200 students in grades 7-12 in Santa Fe who meet at least two of five need criteria that are known to correlate with dropping out of high school. These criteria include residing in a single-parent household, being the first in the family to attend college, being an English language learner, being a first-generation student, and being a student of color. Breakthrough Santa Fe has been hosted by Santa Fe Prep since 2004, and we belong to a network of 25 Breakthrough sites across the U.S.


Many of our students agree, Breakthrough students enter in the summer and the data demonstrates after sixth grade, when they participate in our success. a six-week rigorous academic program at Santa Fe Prep. Our summer program employs “Breakthrough has shown exceptional high school and college students me that I am someone in to teach classes, creating a dynamic near-peer this world and that I do learning environment. With only six students have a positive impact on “Teaching at BT is, hands per class, there are lots of opportunities for the lives of others. Also, down, the best experience hands-on learning. Many of our summer they have taught I have ever had. I will take Teaching Fellows go on to become career me academic skills that everything I learned at teachers or educational equity advocates, due have helped me get Breakthrough with me into in part to their experiences with us. my first year of teaching.”

This last summer, Breakthrough’s Executive Director, Allie Cooper, stepped down to attend graduate school after 10 years serving multiple roles at Breakthrough Santa Fe. As a first-generation college student from an immigrant family, it has been my honor to succeed Allie in this role. I was drawn to Breakthrough Santa Fe because I believe students from traditionally marginalized communities should have every opportunity to attain their college dreams, while also finding joy in learning. Breakthrough is successful because of its families and its supporters and I am thrilled to be part of something that is so grounded in the Santa Fe community.

- Teaching Fellow Alum 2019

through high school.”

- Breakthrough Student Class of 2022

“I have seen a significantly positive change in my child both academically and in confidence. The program has helped her feel so much more confident in her schoolwork and that has helped her excel and be placed in advanced classes.” - Breakthrough Parent Middle School

Facts and Figures: 100% of our middle school students agree that they feel safe and

supported at Breakthrough 97% of students from the class of 2021enrolled in college 10 graduating seniors per year will receive the

Davis New Mexico Scholarship 90% of our students are students of color 91% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch at school 95% of students will be the first generation in their families to attend college 77% of students speak a language other than English at home 26% of students come from a single-parent household


Report from the Davis New Mexico Scholarship NEARLY 10 YEARS AGO, philanthropist Andrew Davis founded the Davis New Mexico Scholarship to prove what he knew to be true: First-generation collegegoing New Mexican students would thrive at college if given the chance. In 2020, in a groundbreaking affirmation of this vision and the scholarship program he created, Mr. Davis has reaffirmed his commitment to the young people of New Mexico, granting up to $60 million to support the Davis New Mexico Scholarship program over the next six years. “We’re trying to make real progress on access to college for first-generation college-going New Mexicans,” says Davis, a longtime Santa Fe resident who now lives primarily in New York. “I want to be sure that young people in New Mexico believe that if they reach for college, higher education is something attainable for them and their families.” Reflecting on the scholarship’s trajectory over the last decade, Davis remarked: “We set out to prove that with the right resources and support, dedicated students from New Mexico can compete with their peers nationwide. Giving New Mexican students the opportunity to grow and learn alongside students from around the country will ultimately benefit every New Mexican.” Nationally, fewer than 0.1% of scholarships award more than $25,000 per year of funding, and most of those awards go to students who are not low income or first generation, according to the National Scholarship Providers Association and The Davis New Mexico Scholarship flies in the face of that national trend. With an acceptance rate of nearly 25 percent and a guarantee of full

financial support, the scholarship is making a college education possible for a significant number of students who would not otherwise have a pathway to a college degree. The Davis New Mexico Scholarship program was created as an extension of Breakthrough Santa Fe, a collegepreparatory program that has an impressive track record of successfully helping low-income and first-generation Santa Fe students achieve their dreams of going to college. In 2014, the Davis New Mexico Scholarship officially became a full-ride scholarship, offering five students each year the opportunity to go to college out of state at no financial cost to them. Since then, the scholarship has grown to over 150 students and distributed more than $10 million in scholarship funds. This new level of support from Mr. Davis will enable the scholarship to support over 200 students—50 each year—for the next four years. “I am proud to have been a Davis New Mexico Scholar. The scholarship helped me tremendously to and through college and has propelled me into a career working with young people,” says Yesenia Bermejo, a 2019 graduate of St. Edward’s University and a site coordinator with Communities in Schools at Nina Otero Community School. She now works with elementary school students, many of whom remind her of herself when she was young: “The Davis New Mexico Scholarship, together with my time at Breakthrough Santa Fe, showed me that it was possible for me to earn a degree away from home and

then support myself helping others here in Santa Fe,” she says. This extraordinary funding from Mr. Davis comes on the heels of the success of the Davis New Mexico Scholarship program. The scholarship boasts a four-year graduation rate of 93 percent, compared to less than 20 percent nationwide for first-generation college students, according to the Center for First Generation Student Success. The drive of our students to earn a degree is what keeps the scholarship going strong. Through the combination of the resilience of New Mexican students, the dedication of staff at the colleges and local college access affiliates we work with, and the extraordinary financial commitment from Andrew Davis, we discovered a combination that overwhelmingly enables students to be successful in their pursuit of a college degree. “Without the Davis New Mexico Scholarship, I never would have dreamed of going away to college,” says Gabriel Alarcón Macías, a 2020 graduate of Monte del Sol Charter School who is now a student at the University of Denver. “Between all of the help and support I received during high school, and the way the scholarship has stuck with me, I’ve been able to focus on my classes, even with all the challenges of starting college during a pandemic.” Sam Ritter Director


Report from the Booster Club THE SANTA FE PREP Booster Board is a separate 501(c)(3) organization created by a group of Prep parents in 1983 to raise funds exclusively for the SFP Athletics Department. In addition to financial contributions, the Booster Board donates more than 150 volunteer hours annually to the school. Whether they’re motivated by camaraderie or competitiveness, exercise, entertainment or the pursuit of excellence, many Santa Fe Prep students find value in playing on one or more of the school’s 16 varsity and junior varsity interscholastic sports teams.

Despite fundraising challenges over the past year, the Boosters were still able to raise more than $14,000 through volleyball and basketball gate entry fees, sportswear sales, club memberships, and sponsorships. The generosity of donors allowed us to make a large annual gift to the athletic department for designated purposes, including purchasing uniforms, equipment, and supplies. In past school years, the Boosters contributed $100,000 toward the purchase of Sun Mountain Field, $9,000 for a new bus, $6,400 for weight room renovations, and $12,000 for gymnasium upgrades. In 2020, the Boosters raised $20,000 to help fund the Adesso Archives athletic boards that are on display in the gym lobby. These graphic installations highlight Prep student-athletes’ remarkable accomplishments throughout our school history. The Booster Club is a vital part of the Prep sports experience, and we are incredibly grateful for your ongoing support. Rebecca Bair 2021-2022 Booster Club President

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The Caritas Society, established by Santa Fe Preparatory School’s Board of Trustees in 2003, recognizes those who wish to remember Santa Fe Prep by testamentary provision in their will or estate plan. The Society, which is an honorary organization, recognizes those individuals who have made a deferred gift to Santa Fe Prep. Besides enabling the school to thank these donors, it encourages them to tell us of their plans and encourages others to make similar gifts to ensure Prep’s future. Membership in the Caritas Society is open to those who have made bequest provisions or planned gifts in the form of charitable trusts, real estate, or life insurance. Membership in the society is for life. If you are interested in more information, please contact Director of Advancement Michael McNeill at 505.795.7526 or

Anonymous (4) David and Margaret Alexander Cathryn and Marc Bertram ‘78 Ms. Julie A. Campbell ‘75 Dr. and Mrs. Larry Cohen William and Amy Conway Anita and Joseph Ginocchio Katie and Matthew Harland ‘79 Brad and Lauren Hunt Jim and Story Leonard Gregg and Diana Lowe Drs. Steve and Meredith Machen Fred and Arlyn Nathan Karl and Lisa Ray Jay and Katherine Shelton Mickey and Warren Thompson ‘72 Jim and Amy Weyhrauch


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Leonard Family Scholars Endowment and Strategic Impact Fund 2.0 Explained The Leonard Family Scholars Endowment (LFSE) reflects and underscores the deep commitment of former Head of School Jim Leonard and his family to the broader Santa Fe community. It is designed to serve “students with an extraordinary appetite for the full life of the school and demonstrated financial need who will add measurably to the vibrant culture of Prep.” The intention of the endowment is to help sustain a high level of tuition assistance to 35-40 percent of our students. Because we do not want families and students to miss their opportunity to attend Prep until we have increased our endowment, we created the Strategic Impact Fund 2.0 program (the name stems from an impact campaign for the school’s 50th anniversary) as a virtual endowment or “bridge” to a fully funded LFSE. To support new families who need some sort of financial assistance now, we seek multi-year commitments of $10,000 per year for six years, the length of Prep’s grade 7-12 education. Peer schools across the country typically have 80 percent full-pay families and 20 percent tuition assistance families—and that was our model as well, until about 10 years ago. At that point, we committed to serving the diverse community of Santa Fe more directly. In 20212022, approximately 40 percent of families receive tuition assistance, which is roughly double the national average. This aspirational goal affords all students who attend Prep—full pay and those receiving financial assistance alike—a more enriching and dynamic school experience. FUNDRAISING UPDATE:

We have nine donors who have committed to SIF 2.0. All of these contributions are being used now to support students as they journey through Prep. 14 students are currently being supported by SIF 2.0. Tuition assistance grants range from $5,000 to $23,400. The average tuition assistance grant at Prep is $13,500. For more information or to make a commitment to SIF2.0, please contact Director of Advancement Michael McNeill at 505.795.7526 or

Adesso Archives Update The conditions for a $90,000 matching funds grant awarded to Santa Fe Preparatory School by the E.E. Ford Foundation were met in December 2020, and The Adesso Archives— named for Jan Adesso, whose faculty tenure at Prep spanned more than four decades—gained an official home on the ground floor of the school’s state-of-the-art library facility. Jan retired from her post at Prep in June 2021. The Adesso Archives serves as the institutional memory of the school and provides information and support to the Santa Fe Prep community. The archives project gathers, preserves, and makes accessible the primary source materials of enduring value that document Santa Fe Prep’s history and organization from its beginning in 1961 to the present. Our collection includes student and school publications, photographs, oral histories, correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, curricula, event programs, video recordings, athletic history, and more. Thousands of documents, audiovisual elements, textiles and memorabilia, and other items from Santa Fe Preparatory School’s nearly 60-year history have been catalogued and preserved. We look forward to opening The Adesso Archives to the Prep community during the 2021-2022 school year.

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Santa Fe Prep By The Numbers

38% $14,973 students who receive tuition assistance

$25 MILLION value of endowment (AS OF JUNE 30, 2021)

1967-2021 span of class years for alumni donors to the Annual Fund

average grant awarded in 2020/2021

100% faculty and staff made gifts to the Annual Fund in 2020-2021


volumes in the Prep library



states logged in

households tuned in to the 2021 Spring Gala Lip Sync Battle



votes cast for viewers’ favorite performers

items preserved in The Adesso Archives



faculty to student ratio

SOLAR PANELS 120+ Installed


New Mexican students receive full Davis New Mexico Scholarships to college each year



$27K in energy cost savings

Prep alumni who are part of the school’s faculty and staff

Prep sports state championships in 2020-2021 (boys and girls Swimming & Diving)


acres spanned by Prep’s campus in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains


Megawatt Hours Generated/ Year

43 colleges and universities members of the Prep Class of 2021 are attending across the U.S. and abroad

students served by Breakthrough Santa Fe since its establishment at Prep in 2004


Honoring a Milestone Ivan Kraljević ‘94 receives his long-awaited Santa Fe Prep diploma


N THE EARLY 1990S while his home country of Yugoslavia was embroiled in a civil war, Ivan Kraljević '94 had the chance to pursue a scholarship opportunity and complete his secondary school education at Santa Fe Prep, far away from the violence and strife. Ivan considers his Prep experience to be one of the best parts of his life. Here, he formed lasting friendships and honed his talents in Track & Field, even earning the New Mexico State Champion title in shot put during his senior year. But something was missing. Due to technicalities in course credit transfers from Yugoslavia to the United Sates, Ivan was not awarded the traditional diploma upon his graduation from Prep in 1994. Instead, he received a Certificate of Completion. So that he could continue his studies in college, he took the GED and passed it in one sitting. He then went on to earn a college degree and he subsequently began a career pursuing his childhood dream of filmmaking. Now living in California, Ivan has produced and

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directed numerous movies, television shows, and other projects. This summer, his work brought him back to New Mexico on assignment for Netflix. He used the moment to reconnect with his alma mater, visiting Santa Fe Prep and reminiscing with some of his former classmates and teachers, including Middle School Director Chris Chakeres '94 and Physical Education Department Chair Rennae Ross, who has been a member of the Prep faculty since 1990. He also asked Head of School Aaron Schubach if it would be possible to receive a Prep diploma, because having such a document symbolized so much. Even 27 years later, a Prep diploma would officially underscore for Ivan what he had accomplished while he was a young man who had fled a war-torn country. On September 7, 2021, surrounded by friends, Ivan met with a small group of school administrators in the Prep library, where he finally was handed the diploma he had come so far to receive. Aaron Schubach praised Ivan for his perseverance and drive

and wished him continued success as he presented him with a diploma packaged inside a leather portfolio embossed with the school's name. Although the ceremony was brief and informal, it was incredibly moving. Ivan says it was a

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moment he will never forget, as it brought "wholeness" to his Santa Fe Prep experience. Congratulations, Ivan. We're proud to count you as an alumnus of Santa Fe Prep.


Class News Stay connected with your alma mater and with each other by submitting Class News information for us to include in Prep magazine. To share your details about what you’ve been up to since you left Prep, please visit and follow the link to complete the Class News form. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS PROVIDED TO SANTA FE PREP’S ALUMNI OFFICE THIS FALL.


Noel Harvey is an artist and a jeweler who also is involved in producing films, and she focuses on the design side of theater. After Prep, she attended Willamette University and Semester at Sea, and she earned a BFA from CCAC in Painting, Printmaking, and Jewelry/ Metal Arts. Noel has two children: Holden, a new Prep student, and Simone, who is in the fifth grade at Rio Grande School. They have three dogs: Ruby (a Labradoodle), Max (Jack Russell Terrier), and Enzo (a Labrador). “My son just started seventh grade at Prep and he LOVES it,” Noel says. “I am very impressed with the school and I am excited to be back in the Prep community.”

Would you like to be a class ambassador who gathers news and notes for Prep magazine? We’d love your help. Email to volunteer. Thank you!


Erik Litzenberg is the owner of Liderazgo, LLC, where he serves as a Public Safety/Leadership Consultant. He also is a PhD candidate in Sports Administration at the University of New Mexico. He holds a BA in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado, an MPA from the University of New Mexico, and an MA in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School. His spouse is Melissa Gonzales, and his children are Marissa ’12, DJ ’14, Bianca ’16, Cole ’25, and Mazen (Rio Grande School 2022).


Santa Fe Prep’s Head of Middle School Chris Chakeres holds a BS from the University of New Mexico and an MAT from Johns Hopkins University. He and his wife, Sheena, and their 5-yearold son, Aris, welcomed River Luan George Chakeres to their family on September 14, 2021.


Ambrose Ferber attended Kenyon College and Colorado State University, where he received a BFA after his graduation from Prep. He has been a graphic designer, art director, web developer, user experience designer and developer, actor, and stuntman, and he is currently a member of the Prep faculty, where he is the Associate Director of Technology, teaches Technology and Engineering, and is the Head Speech and Debate Coach. He is married to Rebecca (Polan) Ferber ’96, and his children Fiona ’23 and Sam ’26 are Prep students. The family has three dogs: Ta-Molly, Alys, and Perry; two cats: Purrdita and Jezebel; and seven chickens. WI NTER 2021

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Lucy Gent Foma lives in Santa Fe with her husband, Okwen, and their two daughters, Elise Edang (born 2014) and Frances Sonkway (born 2017). Lucy works in the Planning Division of Santa Fe County. She also has worked as a Microfinance Fellow (2008), Rotary Scholar (2010-2011), Fulbright Fellow (2010-2011), Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholar (2012-2013), and National Park Foundation Scholar (2013-2016). Her grandmother, her parents, and her brother and his wife (and their three kids) all live in Santa Fe just around the corner from Lucy and her family.


Camila Friedman-Gerlicz is an Upper School Math teacher at Santa Fe Prep. She holds a BA from Claremont McKenna College, an MA from the University of Texas Austin, and a BFA from the University of Colorado. Her partner, Todd Volz, teaches Ceramics at Prep.

Send us your Class Notes! We’d love to hear from you! Email with your news and photos or go online to sfprep. org/alumni.

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Alicia Bertram graduated from Colorado College and UNM after she left Prep. She reports: “I majored in Art History with a minor in Italian and fell in love with the Italian culture, art, and architecture after having studied abroad my junior year in Viterbo, Italy. After college I returned to Europe and received my TEFL Teaching Certificate in Florence, Italy. After some time there the Land of Enchantment called me home and I have been working for my family business ever since (almost eight years now). We work primarily in commercial real estate in the Santa Fe and Albuquerque areas focusing on brokerage, development, multifamily housing, historic renovations and have most recently branched out into hospitality with Hotel Parq Central and AdobeStar Properties. Having my two sisters join my mother and my father over time has been amazing and we are lucky enough to work together and hang out every day with our father and fellow prep alum Marc Bertram. I continue to remain involved in my community and also serve on the Commission on the Status of Women for New Mexico, the Board of Growing Up New Mexico, Commercial Council and Women's Council of Realtors.”

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Jackson Buckley earned a BA in English with a minor in Philosophy from Colorado College, along with an MS in Curriculum and Instruction from UW-Madison. He has returned to Prep as a teacher of junior-year English.


Still at Home at Prep

Blue Griffin Bundles of Joy

Ten members of the Santa Fe Prep faculty and administration are alumni of the school. We're so grateful to have these outstanding representatives of our institution on our team!

Do you have a new baby Griffin in the family? If so, we'd love to welcome your little one to the Prep community and outfit your bundle of joy in style. Please let us know about your new arrival and we'll send an SFP onesie your way. Email Prep's Alumni Office at with your address, child's name, and date of birth and we'll have our Griffin courier fly a welcome gift to your door with our congratulations.

Pictured above, from left to right: Front Row: Director of Athletics and Facilities Todd Kurth ’81, Associate Director of Admissions Summar Aubrey ’00, Upper School Math Teacher Camila Friedman-Gerlicz ’06; Back Row: Director of Middle School Chris Chakeres ’94, Upper School English Teacher Jackson Buckley ’09, Upper School Science Teacher Ellee Cook ’09, Middle School Foreign Languages Teacher Carla Westen ’94, Upper School History Teacher Jebb Norton ’09. Not Pictured: Associate Director of Technology and Speech and Debate Coach Ambrose Ferber ’93, Language Department Chair Anna Westen ’97.

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Alumni Accolades We tracked the following news items related to Prep alums. Have some good news to share? Email

Climate and community activist Jade Begay '08 was appointed to the newly created White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council. “I really attribute what I do and who I am right now to being a Pueblo kid, growing up in that community, really immersed in my culture, really immersed in my traditions,” said Begay, climate justice campaign director for NDN Collective, an Indigenous rights group. Congratulations to Jennifer O'Brien '83, whose book, “The Hospice Doctor's Widow: A Journal,” earned a Silver Award in the "Death & Dying/Grief & Loss" category of this year's Nautilus Book Awards. In the book, O’Brien chronicles her 22-month journey caring for her husband, Bob Lehmberg, MD, who died of cancer in 2017. She takes readers through a personal and frank conversation about her own reality—the same reality facing millions of caregivers daily—through art and journaling.

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PaaWee Rivera ’09 has been installed as an official member of President Biden’s administration, serving the country as Director of Tribal Affairs and Senior Adviser to the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. The latest Young Adult novel from Alex Richards '97, "When We Were Strangers," was published by Bloomsbury YA in July. Alex's previous novels are "Accidental" (2020) and "Back Talk" (2007). "When We Were Strangers" tells the story of 17-year-old Evie Parker, who lives in Santa Fe, and how she deals with the fallout from her father's sudden death. Brava to Rafaella Fiore Mark '21, one of Prep's newest alumni who is now studying at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. As a Prep senior, Raffie earned a semifinalist spot in The Jimmy Awards—the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, placing her among the top eight high school actresses for 2021.

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Prep alumni Kyle Burns '00, President of The Rikoon Group, and Dayan Hochman-Vigil '02, Principal at DHV Law, LLC both are part of Albuquerque Business First's 2021 class of "40 Under Forty" honorees who are making significant contributions in their fields.


Upcoming Alumni Events Santa Fe Prep alumni of all class years are invited to join us on campus for the following festive occasions. Check your inbox for formal invitations and additional information. Gather your classmates and make plans to come home to Prep! Questions may be directed to

DECEMBER 23, 2021:

Alumni Holiday Party Meet and mingle with fellow alums in the Prep Library, where you can enjoy refreshments and learn about Prep today.

JUNE 3-5, 2022:

Alumni Weekend Spend a few days reconnecting with your classmates and your alma mater. Featuring campus tours and mini classes, along with class reunion celebrations and other special events.

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