Santa Fe Prep Magazine Winter 2022

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Portrait of a Graduate

What does it mean to be a graduate of Santa Fe Prep? Current students and alumni reflect. p. 17




Elicia Montoya, Chair

Jenny Cohen Kaufman ’94, Vice Chair

David Kocon, Treasurer

Leah Swanson, Secretary

Sara April

Stephen Badger

Liz Bremner

Alejandra Castillo

Josiah Child Randy Dry Edward Gale Dominic Garcia Estevan Gonzales Miquela Korte

Christine Lehman, Emerita Thao Marquez

Suzanne Moss, Emerita Joohee Rand Carol Romero-Wirth, Emerita Jenna Scanlan Warren Thompson ’72, Emeritus


Elege Simons-Harwood ’94, 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 Jenny Kaufman ’94 Kate Kennedy ’05 Todd Kurth ’81 Erik Litzenberg ’90 Willy Richardson ’92 Laurel Seth ’70 Cass Thompson ’08 Peter White ’82


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

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

Nick Stofocik, Director of Facilities

John Utsey, Director of Technology

Matt Ybarra, Director of College Counseling

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A Portrait of a Graduate intends to define a clearer picture of our work, our graduates, and our institution’s place in the community and world.



From TAP to the performing arts, there’s always something exciting happening within the Santa Fe Prep community.



Scholar-Athlete standouts, the 2021-2022 Nusenda Director's Cup, Alumni coaches on campus, and more.



On June 3, the Santa Fe Prep community gathered on Brennand Field in celebration of the Class of 2022 and the school's 55th Commencement ceremony



2022 offered members of Santa Fe Prep’s faculty and staff rich opportunities for professional development and adventure.



What does it mean to be a graduate of Santa Fe Prep? Current students and alumni reflect on the transdisciplinary qualities and transferable skills our school aspires to develop in its students for life at Prep and beyond.



We give thanks to the alumni, parents, grandparents, faculty and staff, and other generous supporters of Santa Fe Prep.


58 CLASS NEWS Stay connected with your alma mater and with each other.

60 ALUMNI WEEKEND 2022 Prep kicks off a new tradition with its first all-class alumni reunion weekend.

63 UPCOMING ALUMNI EVENTS Join us for the 2022 Alumni Holiday Party & Alumni Weekend 2023!


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Magazine Photos by Nicole Moulton, Anne Staveley, Melissa Fricek and David Moore

Portrait of a Graduate: Keeping Students at the Center of Our Decision-Making

DEAR GRIFFINS, As we all know, birthdays and anniversaries, particularly the milestones, are opportunities for deep reflection. Individuals often ask themselves if they are on the right track, assess their habits and make resolutions. I can relate– this year I am fortunate to celebrate 20 years of marriage and 50 years on the planet. It is no different for institutions. In celebration of our upcoming 60th anniversary, and in response to both the temporary and long-lasting opportunities and challenges associated with the climate crisis, social justice movements, and an increasingly complex and interrelated world, the Santa Fe Prep Board of Trustees commissioned a group of Prep’s teachers and leaders to design a Portrait of a Graduate with the goal of creating a clearer picture of our work, our graduates, and our institution’s place in the community and world.

Prep’s Portrait of a Graduate is an expression of the intellectual habits, skills, and mindsets students gain from their Santa Fe Prep experience. Naming these traits helps us keep students at

the center of our decision-making and plan backward from a shared vision of traits that are interdisciplinary, assessable, relevant at every grade level, and transferable to life beyond Santa Fe Prep. Think of it as a compass or a GPS that helps our school navigate complicated terrain and stay on the strong course plotted by our founders and past leaders. Just like the reflection in which individuals engage, it is both realistic and aspirational. It describes how we do what we do, but it also speaks to why what we do matters for our students and for the larger world.

Our intrepid committee, composed of Jessyca Lucero-Flores, Chris Chakeres ’94, Liz Friary, Mark Bixby, Matt Ybarra, Eric Wynn, Kendel Fesenmyer, Mary Little, Ambrose Ferber ’93, Kathleen Osborne, Carla Westen ’94, Marc Reynolds, Greg Bamford (facilitator), and me, began the Portrait project with several points of curiosity:

• What are the essential elements of a Santa Fe Prep education that have served our nearly 2,150 graduates and our current students so well over our first 59 years of existence?

• How can we retain and evolve our culture as we welcome new students and teaching professionals to Santa Fe Prep? As business author Jim Collins would say, how can we build clocks for all to see instead of having an individual tell us the time?

• What skills and habits do young people need to navigate a new intellectual and professional landscape that emphasizes critical thinking, quantitative literacy, cooperation, and inclusivity over lone work, memorization, and repetitive tasks?

In beginning this work, we knew that the calling cards of a Santa Fe Prep education historically are also the skills and aptitudes that young people most need going forward: writing, interpersonal skills, quantitative literacy, and intellectual humility. We were consciously inspired by current and past faculty members and leaders such as Lisa Fisher, Nick Wirth, Jay Shelton, Fred Maas, Ilene Leslie, Anita Ginnoccio, and Tove Shere to name only a few. In addition, we were seeking to retain the culture and legacy created by Stephen Machen and Jim Leonard, whose vision and leadership transformed Prep as a school and whose humility and humor positively impacted the lives of our graduates during their headships from 1987 to 1999 and 1999 to 2020, respectively. As you might imagine, in a school that prizes active discourse, our conversations were robust, and with each iteration of the Portrait, the picture came into sharper focus.

The Portrait capacities are listed here and throughout our cover story.

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Letter From the Head of School


An intentional craftsperson explores both technical and ambitious challenges in all disciplines with agency and resilience, working individually and in teams. Open to making mistakes and with a strong sense of ownership, they craft and test their work and ideas and seek feedback with the goal of personal growth and progress.


A culturally aware and responsive citizen relates to people with different perspectives and life experiences. They compare and contrast cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs in order to celebrate differences and create a more just world.


Because the Portrait of a Graduate work yielded a rich array of data on non-academic skills and attitudes, habits of the heart as opposed to the mind, the committee also identified five core values that we attempt to inculcate and that our students and graduates routinely demonstrate. These core values are courage, curiosity, respect, resilience, and integrity. The core values reflect some of the critical conversations that our community has had in recent years around the wide variety of emotional responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and modern events and to the history of inclusion, mentorship, and high expectations at our school. Although only one member of our current school community (Todd Kurth) had the opportunity to know General Elrington, we get the strong sense that the General would have approved of these values and would appreciate our attention to character and leadership skills.

Simultaneously, and living up to the tradition of strong student leadership at Prep, the student council developed


A critical and creative thinker takes time to activate prior knowledge, acknowledge multiple perspectives, and look for patterns that can explain the world or reveal new possibilities. They apply a critical lens across disciplines as a lifelong learner and have the courage to express their originality.


A steward has a reflective awareness of themselves and their connections to the larger world, which results in actions and behaviors that make them proactive caretakers of the natural world, their communities, and their relationships.

an honor code with support from Jessyca Lucero-Flores, Assistant Head of School and Upper School Head. It reads as follows: As a Griffin, I choose to respect others and act with integrity because I value the trust of the community. The congruence between the core values and the honor code let us know that we are on the right track.

This has been a labor of love, but it also is a very practical project as we use the Portrait as a guide to our curricular decisions. Our new STEM electives—economics and financial literacy, anatomy and physiology and other advanced science courses—have been influenced by the Portrait. Student leadership groups, including Student Council (Stu Co), Student Ambassadors, SFP Stewards, Sports Captains, Student Diversity Leaders, the Council on Community Expectations (CCE), and Peer Mentors have had time to process and reflect on the honor code and Portrait during the 2022-2023 school year. As we look forward to celebrating the 60th anniversary of Santa Fe Prep, we believe the Portrait will be helpful in our


An effective communicator listens before responding and articulates their ideas clearly through written, spoken, visual, or physical languages. They engage in active discussion thoughtfully and respectfully using data and opinion.


A balanced person makes the most of their mental, emotional, and physical selves to be healthy, aware, and grounded. In doing so, they utilize their talents and skills to engage in the world with care and purpose.

ambitious plans to optimize financial access to Prep and improve our physical structures and academic environment so we can challenge and support the Griffins of the future.

When we have had opportunities to share the Portrait and core values with graduates of the school, as we did at our reunion last year and with the alumni board, the feedback has been encouraging. Graduates, we welcome your feedback and hope you'll see the connection between our past and present programs and the school you knew and loved and our work today. We hope you'll enjoy perusing this magazine and learning more about the Portrait and the accomplishments and interests of Prep’s talented graduates and community members.

With deep appreciation,

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Visual Arts Department Receives Honors

Over the past two years, three Prep students have earned medals in the National Scholastic Art Awards, the longest running and most prestigious art awards for high school students. In 2021, Weston Keller ’23 and Aviva Nathan ’23 earned Gold Medals with special National Distinction for their photography, the most prestigious awards given—only the top 100 pieces (out of some 230,000 submitted by 90,000 student artists across the country) earn this award. Past recipients include Andy Warhol! In 2022, Emma Anderson ’22 received a Silver National Medal as well as the American Visions Award for Painting. Weston, Aviva, and Emma’s pieces were shown as part of exhibitions in New York City.

These past two years have also yielded Outstanding National Art Educator awards for our own Matt Mullins—a gold medal in 2021 and a silver in 2022, which now hang in the 2D Studio at the Meem.

Five Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Congratulations to seniors

Fionnuala Moore, Katherine Bair, Max Shapiro, and Alexandra Walpin, Jacob Entwisle on the accomplishment of being named semifinalists in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program.

16,000 semifinalists across the country qualify based on success on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. 95 percent will achieve finalist standing by fulfilling application requirements, and nearly half will earn National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million, to be offered next spring.

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Campus News


Camila Carreon ’26 placed second out of 44 students at the 2022 New Mexico state-wide spelling bee, following victories in the Santa Fe Prep bee—a 20-round competition which she ultimately won by correctly spelling ad hoc—and the Santa Fe County bee.

Student Leadership Groups Work Together to Build Community

We are proud to announce that in the 2022-2023 school year, nearly 60 students are members of leadership groups, between Peer Mentors, Prep Ambassadors, Student Council, DEIJ, Athletic Captains, and Stewards (new this year).

In addition to individual group initiatives and projects, a Student Leadership-wide 9th grade buddy program is in its inaugural year. Conceived and developed by students and faculty, the program pairs a student leader with a 9th grader to offer valuable support and guidance in the transition from middle school to upper school. Buddy pairs meet weekly for casual check-ins and monthly for more formal check-ins, focusing on organization, getting to know community activities, and final exam tips.

Performing Arts Get Back to (Semi-)Normal

Prep’s Performing Arts department returned to a sense of normalcy throughout the 2021-2022 school year, with inperson performances taking place both on and off campus. In the winter, Abby Furlanetto ’24 (viola), Weston Keller ’23 (violin), Anna Perlak ’23 (cello), and Yangchen Rotto ’22 (viola) were selected to play in New Mexico’s All-State Orchestra, though the 2022 program was ultimately canceled due to Covid concerns. We are happy to report that Abby, Weston, and Anna will audition for All-State again this year and will be joined by fellow Prep string musicians Alisa Goorley ’25 (cello), Gabriel Ingliss ’25 (violin), Coriandra Ladas ’25 (violin), Luke Rand ’25 (violin), Rinchen Rotto ’24 (viola), and Keaton Verswijver ’25 (violin). Sebastian Bharat ’23 will audition in vocal performance and 7th grader Jasper Lee will audition for the Middle School Choir.

Last spring’s much-celebrated production of 9 to 5 the Musical received five Enchantment Award nominations, including Best Production and Best Director for Brad Fairbanks and Chris Ishee. At the equivalent of the Tony Awards for New Mexico high school musical theater, Lauren Hartzell ’22 and Michael Vimont ’22 were nominated for Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively, and had the honor of performing solos onstage at UNM’s Popejoy Hall. Seniors Mahko Haozous ’22 and Hugo Underwood ’22 also received a joint Spotlight Award nomination for their stage management of the production.

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Outdoor Education Kicks

Off the Year

This fall saw a true return to fall orientation trips. While the seniors stayed on campus for college application workshops, the rest of our students traveled far and wide to camp, fish, hike, and explore. Some freshmen summited Wheeler Peak while others created art in nature. The full sophomore class traveled to Santa Barbara Campground where—when not hiking and playing games—they worked in small groups to cook for one another. Juniors fanned out from Chaco Canyon to Ghost Ranch to the Pecos for fly fishing, horseback riding, and even watercolor painting. In the middle school, all 7th and 8th grade students traveled to the 100 Elk Outdoor Center in Buena Vista, Colorado for three days of canoeing, ropes course traversing, and other outdoor activities.

In the new year, all upper school students will have the opportunity to join the annual Wolf Creek Ski Trip, while middle schoolers will participate in Winter Wonder Days at the Santa Fe Ski Basin in January and February.

The main event for the seniors will come in the spring when the entire class will embark on a five-day rafting trip on the Green River in southern Utah. This annual trip down Desolation Canyon is beautiful both in terms of scenery and in the opportunity for seniors to begin to say goodbye to one another, with graduation following right on the heels of the trip.

Questions about these trips or Prep’s outdoor education program may be directed to Eric Wynn, Director of TAP and Experiential Education, at

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Blue Griffins Bulletins

Scholar-Athletes Celebrated by Athletics Department

Before she left Santa Fe to swim for Washington University in St. Louis, the Athletic Department honored Sophia Gossum ’22 by retiring her suit. Throughout her time at Prep, the two-time Santa Fe New Mexican Female Swimmer of the Year set 35 school records, was named district champion nine times, and helped lead the girls swim team to the state championship title every year between 2019 and 2022.


On the tennis court, Isabel won the doubles competition at the New Mexico state championship as an 8th grader. She regularly appeared at state competitions throughout the rest of her career at Prep, winning the state championship singles title her junior year before tearing her ACL midseason her senior year. In track and field—where she competed in long jump, triple jump, and hurdles—she consistently placed in the top three at state meets. In 2021, Isabel was named Female Athlete of the Year by both the Albuquerque Journal and the Santa Fe New Mexican.

Michael was a three-season athlete during his senior year. In the fall, he co-captained the boys varsity soccer team, helping lead the team to a district title and the state championship playoffs. He captained the boys diving team in the winter, having qualified for state championships four out of the five years that he dove for Prep and winning the title in his junior year. In the spring, he helped lead the boys golf team to a district championship—while also starring in the school musical!

At the 2022 upper school awards ceremony, Katherine Bair ’23 and Gabe Cordova ’23 were honored with the Charles R. Chirieleison Sportsmanship Award. Katherine is captain of the girls soccer and basketball teams and a cocaptain of the track team. Combined with her impeccable academics, she exemplifies a leader of our school. In addition to running track, Gabe is captain of the boys cross country and basketball teams. He has demonstrated leadership and sportsmanship throughout his years at Prep, leading the basketball team to the state playoffs last year and helping the cross country team win a district championship.

Prep Earns School-Wide and

Individual Accolades

Santa Fe Prep won 3rd place in the 2021-2022 Nusenda Director's Cup. The Director's Cup is an award presented by the New Mexico Activities Association based on sportsmanship, success in activities such as chess and Model UN, and athletic achievements like district and state championships. This is a major accomplishment considering how competitive Prep’s AAA classification is.

In July, Dave Caldwell received a lifetime achievement award from the New Mexico High School Coaches Association in honor of his years spent coaching girls swimming at Santa Fe Prep. The award recognizes the state’s most accomplished coaches and notes the tremendous impact a coach can have on the life of a student. Congratulations, Dave!

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the spring, the Athletics Department named Michael Vimont ’22 and Isabel Voinescu ’22 Prep’s Athletes of the Year.

Junior Signs with New Mexico United’s Youth Program

This past summer, Yuto Oketani ’24 was named to the New Mexico United Academy roster, a youth program of the United’s professional soccer team. The program offers training and professional learning opportunities with the New Mexico United first team, including culture, style and system of play, and club language, while allowing Academy members to maintain their amateur status for NCAA eligibility. In 2021, Yuto helped lead the Blue Griffins to a district title.

Prep Alumni Return to Prep… In a New Capacity

Throughout the 2022-2023 school year, nearly a dozen Prep alumni will be back on campus coaching or assisting with various athletic teams. Several are current faculty members, while others were enticed to return to their alma mater in a coaching capacity in part because of their history with P.E. Department Chair Rennae Ross, who has herself been coaching Blue Griffins since the early 1990s. One such former player is Adelyn Smith ’07, who is teaming up with current Prep math teacher Camila Friedman-Gerlicz ’06 to coach the girls soccer team. Both won state championships in the sport as players in 2003 and 2005 under Coach Rennae. On the boys side, Diego Perea ’14 has taken on the role of goalkeeper coach.

Kelsey Currier ’12 ran into Rennae running errands last spring while Rennae was in the process of trying to line someone up to head the school’s newly reinstated dance team—a team with whom Kelsey herself won a state championship in 2010, coached by (who else?) Rennae. With Kelsey now in the coaching position, dance returns to Prep this year for the first time in eight years.

Elsewhere on campus, science teacher Ellee Cook ’09 and Director of Athletics Todd Kurth ’81 have teamed up to coach upper school volleyball. In the winter, Camila will move from the soccer pitch to the basketball court to coach the girls team alongside Anika Amon ’97 Jerome Roybal ’20 will be working with both the upper and middle school boys basketball teams. Also in the middle school, Jesse Roach ’90—whose retired jersey hangs in the Commons—is assistant coaching soccer, Jesse Wood ’90 is coaching fencing, and Nathan Rubinfeld ’08 is coaching cross country. And in the spring, Nils Gould ’04 will coach upper school tennis. Our school is grateful to have these alumni leading our teams, and our student athletes are fortunate to have them as mentors on the pitch, the court, and the course.

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Graduates Reflect… and Look to the Future

On June 3, the Santa Fe Prep community gathered on Brennand Field in celebration of the Class of 2022 and the school's 55th Commencement ceremony

SURROUNDED BY THEIR FAMILIES, FRIENDS, AND TEACHERS, the 57 graduating seniors were treated to a series of stirring speeches and an exciting moment of musical theatre, when Lauren Hartzell ’22 took the stage to perform "Vanilla Ice Cream"—a welcome notion on the warm summer day.

A theme shared by each of the morning's speeches was the lasting influence Santa Fe Prep has on its graduates. Head of School Aaron Schubach remarked, "Experience tells me that Prep is likely to be the most formative institution in your life. Education is a fascinating concept: it's invisible, slow-acting, long-lasting, portable, and durable. What you learned here is meaningful; take it with you. And come back and share what you learn out in the world.”

Yangchen Rotto, recipient of the Douglas Schwartz Class Speaker Award, echoed this sentiment when she spoke about the archived memories of Prep that have become books in the metaphorical libraries of her life and the lives of her classmates. The focus of Valedictorian Olivia Wholberg's speech was the butterfly effect—the theory that the future is always in flux and that small events and moments from the Class of 2022's collective history at Prep will continue to shape that future long after their time as students has ended.

In his keynote address, alumnus Alexi Horowitz-Ghazi ’08—a reporter and producer for National Public Radio— looked toward this same in-flux future as he spoke about following one's sense of genuine curiosity and not being afraid to wander from the expected path.

"You have to pay very close attention to the things that perk up your ears or stir your heart. You have to pay attention to the little sparks that set you on fire… Pay attention to the people whose work or approach to life you love and deeply respect... You will become yourself in your attempt to become whatever it is that you love."

Congratulations and best of luck on your paths, Class of 2022! We can’t wait for you to come back and share with us what you learn!

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What I love about Santa Fe Prep is that all the teachers are dedicated to helping students succeed as well as have fun learning in the classroom. This supportive community of faculty and peers prepared me to move on to college because it encouraged me to grow in different areas. Additionally, Santa Fe Prep taught me that no challenge, academic or other, is too hard to overcome because I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.


• Four National Merit Finalists

• Two Davis New Mexico Scholars

• Three LANL Foundation Scholarship recipients

• Two National Hispanic Scholars

• Two National Indigenous Scholars

• 77% of all early action applications were accepted

• Average ACT score is 28, placing the class average in the 90th percentile nationally.

• Over 85% of the class was awarded merit or need-based scholarships for college.

• $31,202 is the average grant awarded per student/per year at the school they chose to attend.

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Amherst College School of the Art Institute of Chicago Bowdoin College

California State University, Dominguez Hills Colgate University College of Charleston (2) College of Holy Cross Colorado College Colorado State University Columbia College Chicago Connecticut College Dartmouth College University of Denver (2) Dominican University of California Drexel University Grinnell College Lafayette College Lewis & Clark College Linfield University Massachusetts Institute of Technology Montana State University University of New Mexico (5)

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Occidental College (3) University of Oxford Pace University University of Puget Sound University of Richmond San Diego State University Santa Barbara Community College Southern Methodist University St. Edward's University St. Mary's College of California Swarthmore College University of Southern California University of Utah (2)

Utah State University University of Washington (2) Washington University in STL (2) Wesleyan University Willamette University College of William & Mary University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Photo Credit: Anne Staveley

Prep Educators Shine

With travel restrictions lifted and the world beginning to again meet in person, 2022 offered members of Santa Fe Prep’s faculty and staff rich opportunities for professional development and adventure. From helping to shape statewide curricula here at home to traveling thousands of miles across the globe, our educators took full advantage.

This past summer, physics and earth sciences teacher Jocelyne Comstock was selected to participate in Project Atmosphere—an online and inresidence professional development course specifically designed for K-12 teachers who include weather content in their curriculum.

Jocelyne and her cohort of more than 20 elementary and secondary teachers spent a week at the National Weather Service Training Center (NWSTC) in Kansas City, Missouri. As an American Meteorological Society Certified Atmosphere Teacher (CAT), the experience offered Jocelyne the opportunity to increase her knowledge in the field of meteorology and its scientific practices through practical application studies of online resources and physical lab experiments that can be performed with students in the K-12 realm.

Ellee Cook ’09 (“Dr. E,” as her upper school science students call her) was selected to participate in the Klingenstein Center's Summer Institute for Early Career Teachers, which took place over two weeks at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut. Her days were spent attending seminars on teaching strategies, learning, and grading. She worked closely with different faculty groups, including a cohort of high school science teachers, a DEIJ group, and a Critical Friends Group, which brought together four faculty from different specialties to workshop activities together.

Ellee’s final project piece—titled Why do you do what you do?—focused on personal reflection and allowed her to take intentional stock of her own practices in an attempt to make the most rewarding experience for her students.

Lisa Nordstrum, Prep’s New Mexico History teacher, has modified her curriculum over the past decade to be more expansive, enabling students to connect more deeply with the stories of all New Mexicans. While searching for information about unique, lesserknown women instrumental in the state’s history, she discovered the New Mexico Historic Women Marker Program’s “She Who Shaped New Mexico” website, which highlights and celebrates the contributions of New Mexican women in the arts, education, business, government, science, healthcare, and the military.

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Faculty and

During the 2021-2022 school year, Lisa developed and taught a women’s history honors course for Prep seniors, using the website as a primary source. The course culminated in a two-part capstone project. First, students conducted research in local archives and libraries to write a short biography of a woman not previously included on the website. Then, inspired by Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party, students used a multitude of craft materials to create a place setting representing their chosen subject’s life. The resulting exhibition, Fiesta y Cena, is a creative imagining of six women from New Mexico history sitting down to share a meal and spirited conversation, stories of their journeys, and wonderings about the future of our state.

Through the efforts of the New Mexico chapter of the International Women’s Forum and the support of the New Mexico Legislature and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, funding was provided via the Department of Cultural Affairs to support the New Mexico Historic Women Marker Program and the development of a K-12 history curriculum meant to teach students across New Mexico about the historic women who shaped the very fabric of our state—which Lisa was selected to write! This curriculum will be aligned to the NMPED Social Studies and Humanities Content Standards for use by educators, students, and the general public, and will bring intentional inclusion of women’s roles to the forefront of teaching. Look for the New Mexico Historic Women Marker Program to be showcased in the March edition of New Mexico Magazine and spring edition of El Palacio in honor of Women’s History Month. Portions of the curriculum will also be accessible this spring through the She Who Shaped New Mexico website.

Visit to learn more.

Over the summer, middle school science teacher and Science Department Chair Robin Koval was able to make her dreams of traveling to South Africa and Botswana a reality via the Conway Family Summer Sabbatical grant. Joined by her son Graham, Robin was eager to embark on a new adventure and her first major trip since 2020. Their 20-hour flight from Denver to Johannesburg was followed by a sixhour drive north to Kruger National Park.

On their first evening, Robin and Graham were treated to a ranger-guided sunset tour. Over several hours they witnessed wild dogs, white rhinoceros, leopards, water buffalo, lions, zebras, giraffes, hippos, elephants, impala, hyenas, warthogs, kudu, vervet monkeys, blackbacked jackals, and more. Robin was amazed by the beauty of these animals in the wild.

Their next stop was Blyde River Canyon, where they experienced a completely different ecosystem. Their 10-mile hike of Leopard Trail (so-named despite the fact that there are no leopards in the area) offered outstanding views of mountains, waterfalls, and wetlands.

Additional family members joined Robin and Graham in Botswana where they visited a 76,000-acre game reserve—home to cheetah, lion, and leopard families, hyenas, honey badgers, aardvarks, bat-eared foxes, herds of elephants, and many species of birds. Their favorite sighting came when they witnessed young

adult cheetahs learning to hunt, both successfully and unsuccessfully.

A major goal of the trip for Robin was to learn more about using her camera, and specifically to improve her ability to take animal portraits using her telephoto lens. Graham, an expert, was a patient teacher, and she improved greatly over the course of the trip. She is grateful to have been able to capture photos of these animals in their natural habitats, and for the stories and wisdom shared by their experienced guides in both South Africa and Botswana. And our middle school students, in turn, were grateful to Robin for sharing her own stories and photos upon her return.

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Faculty and Staff Highlights

Former Prep photography teacher— and wife of Chris Chakeres ’94, Head of Middle School—Sheena Chakeres was awarded the Conway Family Summer Sabbatical grant pre-pandemic. After welcoming their second son, River, in September 2021, the family’s initial plan was to visit Ireland, where Sheena has deep roots in Galway and traces her lineage back to the Joyce family. When that trip was thwarted by Covid

restrictions, Sheena and Chris were invited by dear friends Nora and Hamza to visit them in Morocco, a country they both spent time exploring separately before meeting in 2013 and to which they were eager to return with their young family. Fortunately, Morocco reopened its borders to international travelers only a few weeks before their March trip!

In Morocco, the Chakeres family visited the famous Marrakech market, went for camel rides on the Essaouira beach, and hiked with locals in the Atlas Mountains. Their older son Aris played soccer with a local team. They enjoyed flavorful tagines and warm mint teas and visited beautiful riads, traditional Moroccan homes built around an inner

courtyard. But Sheena notes that the best aspect of the trip was the chance for the close friends and their two young families to spend authentic, quality time together. They visited Hamza’s language school as well the Amal Center, Nora’s nonprofit organization that empowers disadvantaged women via a six-month restaurant training and job placement program. Sheena was even given the opportunity to photograph some of these women.

Over the course of their visit, the sound of the adhan—the Islamic call to prayer—became a comfort; the Chakeres family connected deeply to the power of pausing five times daily and the reminder to check in with the divine. They miss those daily periods of reflection almost as much as they miss their friends in Morocco, and look forward to seeing them again soon.


Welcome to the eleven new members of Prep’s faculty and staff who joined us in the 2022-2023 school year.

Back Row: Anna Hastings, Co-Front Office Manager Udell Chavez, Spanish Chris Border, Mathematics Department Chair Nick Stofocik, Director of Facilities

Front Row: Mark Prochaska, Upper School Science Adam Lowenstein, Upper School English Ben Sleeman, Math and Economics Yadinir Sabir, Language Department Chair

Not pictured: Tamara Benally, Davis New Mexico Scholarship ROCA (Rural Opportunities for College Access) Program Fellow Debra Gonzales Co-Front Office Manager Tom Mix Hill, World History Rebecca Sam, Middle and Upper School Science

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of a Graduate

What does it mean to be a graduate of Santa Fe Prep? Current students and alumni reflect.

GREG BAMFORD , of Leadership + Design, works with independent schools to create shared visions of the skills and characteristics schools wish to instill in their students. During the 2021-2022 school year, a team of Santa Fe Prep administrators, faculty, and staff members collaborated with Bamford on Santa Fe Prep’s Portrait of a Graduate, comprising six primary tenets and five additional core values.

We asked Santa Fe Prep alumni and members of the current student body to reflect on their education and experiences at Prep through the lens of the new Portrait of a Graduate. Through their contributions, we are not only able to celebrate the tenets of the Portrait coming to life, but can also see our core values of courage, curiosity, respect, resilience, and integrity in full force. Whether it be in the classroom, the lunchroom, or on the athletic field, it is evident that these defining principles have been intrinsic to a Prep education and to Prep as an institution throughout its history.

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For myself, I think the core value at Prep is curiosity. We are given significant academic freedom, which really pushes students to take control of our education and take classes in which we are interested. At the same time, the necessary academic credits push students to take classes that may awaken an interest they never knew they had. The greatest example of the ways we are pushed to be curious is in the history department. From tenth grade, students are tasked with researching and writing an extremely in-depth essay on a topic completely of their choice. Through these essays, I have developed not only my writing skills but also niche interests that have helped me figure out what I would like to study in college. Additionally, we are taught the perspectives of those whose voices have historically been ignored. We are encouraged to express our opinions inside and outside of the classroom. Curiosity is directly related to productive dialogue which all humanities classes aim to foster. Overall, curiosity is encouraged in all areas of life at Prep.


My education and experiences at Prep have taught me to be able to go out of my comfort zone while still being respected by my peers. This has been a very important idea for me because I have often struggled with this, feeling like my opinions do not matter. But at Prep, having this support really allows me to push myself in different ways while still feeling valued. Prep really has a huge sense of community, causing me to always want to try my best to be inclusive while building up communication skills to build more inclusivity and relationships. Having the courage to feel valued really can help to pave the way for building up skills to apply later in life, as well as right now.


Will Clift ’97 is a sculptor and the current recipient of the Henry Clews Prize—a one-year artist residency at the Chateau de la Napoule outside Cannes, France. The Portrait’s concept of critical and creative thinking brought back a distinct memory from his senior physics class with teacher Jay Shelton. “I remember Jay encouraged us not just to solve problems, but to put forth questions.” Will remembers wondering what force would be needed on either side of a string to make it completely straight. Rather than reveal the solution, Jay simply replied, “The answer might surprise you.” Coming to the answer himself and really thinking through the problem is a lesson that Will internalized at the time and still carries with him to this day, whether problem solving with his own children or in his personal work as a sculptor.

“I never wanted to be an artist when I was at Prep. In fact, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do, and I felt a lot of angst about that not knowing. I feel that Prep helped me have the ability to always take a step back, to question assumptions and conventional wisdom in order to recognize that the world of learning went beyond isolated silos and static disciplines. It was at Prep where I started to see that there were rich crossovers between these disciplines.”

After a gap year following his graduation from Prep, Will took these notions with him to Stanford, where he continued to develop his fascination with the interstitial space between disciplines to really maximize the benefit of interdisciplinary thinking. With a newly open mind, Will crafted his own major at Stanford, combining Psychology, Design, and Engineering, and eventually spent six months in Japan working with a team of global learners to rethink the relationship between design, engineering, and sustainability. He acknowledged that when you’re in school, it’s hard to believe it when adults tell you that you don’t need to decide on a path or career goal or major; he himself didn’t believe these platitudes as a high school student, or even when he got to Stanford. But with the virtue of hindsight, Will would offer Prep students this bit of simple advice: “Don't be afraid to create your own path if none of the existing paths feel right for you. That's where you'll find a creative life.”

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Prep is a hard school, there’s no question about that. Every year is harder than the last—either there is more work or you have to do the same amount faster. So it is no wonder that Prep has taught me to hold my own in almost every situation. Because of the challenge that Prep put me through, I have learned skills that I will use for the rest of my life. I now know when to work hard, and when to hardly work; how to put in the effort to get the result that I want, and how to do truly meaningful work.

I am currently working on my personal statement—an essay about myself that will be sent out to all the colleges I apply to—and in it I am writing about how curiosity has motivated and shaped my life. Without Prep, I would not be writing this essay or have that curiosity in the first place. For me, Prep does not make learning fun, it makes it valuable. Without Prep, my life would be easier, but it would also feel much less important, and I know which of those I would rather have.


Prep is a learning ground not just for academics but also for essential grounding principles such as courage, curiosity, respect, and resilience. These core values are constantly encouraged and enforced in the classroom and on the sports field. I am, by nature, curious. I love to ask questions and ponder ideas. When I ask questions in a Prep classroom, my teachers are excited to answer and are genuinely interested in the topic. This value of curiosity has made me want to explore ideas even when I am away from school. The curiosity-centered classrooms at Prep have also helped grow my confidence. Because questions and guesses are integral to a Prep education, I always feel confident when I raise my hand to answer a question. This courage to try, even if I think I might not be correct, has helped me in school and the real world. I have the courage to try

new things even if I might not be amazing at them (yet!). I have the courage to say hi even if I don’t know someone well.

I am a child of COVID. I celebrated my 6th grade graduation and started 7th grade at Prep online. If you were at our 8th grade graduation last year, you might know from the speeches that our class initially struggled to build community. I think this happened at many schools. Imagine becoming a teenager and having to deal with COVID. But I am happy to report we have turned it around. How did we do it? Our resilience. We did not give up on our community; our teachers and administration didn’t let us. They made us work to fix our community with the promise of a better one. I am so excited they were right. Chatter and laughter fill our classrooms before class; the best part is that it’s so many of us. We aren’t just talking within our groups but interacting with everyone.

Throughout my education at Prep, I have learned to respect others and myself. Respecting my teachers is easy; I know it goes both ways. In almost every interaction, I feel valued. While the workload has been challenging, our teachers are in our corner, helping us break up large projects so we don’t feel overwhelmed. Learning to respect myself has been even more critical. Self-respect is prominent in my interactions on campus. We are encouraged to advocate for ourselves. My teachers understand when I ask for an extension on an assignment because of a volleyball game. Respecting our classmates doesn’t always come easy to teenagers, but our community has rallied around a commitment to do just this, and so far, we’re winning.

I have loved my time at Prep. I have made wonderful friends. I have interacted with the most amazing teachers and coaches. I am encouraged to be curious. I have been resilient. And I work hard to respect myself and others. Prep will prepare me for the academic challenges of college and any other challenges I may face along the way. The only question that remains… will my parents be ok without me?

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After pursuing a career in engineering in Los Angeles and New York City, Kelsey Daly Brown ’82 returned to Santa Fe in the early 2000s to raise her children and pivoted to the arena of development. She is currently the Executive Director of The Witter Bynner Poetry Foundation, which strives to perpetuate the art of poetry through grants and expand the awareness of the positive effects poetry has on our society. She also founded the Santa Fe Youth Poet Laureate Program, about which she says, “Working with youth across northern New Mexico has been the most fulfilling role in my career. Seeing the artistic and creative voices of the next generation gives me great hope for our future.”

It was during her middle and high school years at Prep that Kelsey learned the value of effective communication and critical and creative thinking, guided by humanities teachers


An intentional craftsperson explores both technical and ambitious challenges in all disciplines with agency and resilience, working individually and in teams. Open to making mistakes and with a strong sense of ownership, they craft and test their work and ideas and seek feedback with the goal of personal growth and progress.


A critical and creative thinker takes time to activate prior knowledge, acknowledge multiple perspectives, and look for patterns that can explain the world or reveal new possibilities. They apply a critical lens across disciplines as a lifelong learner and have the courage to express their originality.


An effective communicator listens before responding and articulates their ideas clearly through written, spoken, visual, or physical languages. They engage in active discussion thoughtfully and respectfully using data and opinion.


A culturally aware and responsive citizen relates to people with different perspectives and life experiences. They compare and contrast cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs in order to celebrate differences and create a more just world.


A steward has a reflective awareness of themselves and their connections to the larger world, which results in actions and behaviors that make them proactive caretakers of the natural world, their communities, and their relationships.


A balanced person makes the most of their mental, emotional, and physical selves to be healthy, aware, and grounded. In doing so, they utilize their talents and skills to engage in the world with care and purpose.


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like Bob Kurth and mathematics teachers like Fred Maas and David Brown, who saw potential in Kelsey she hadn’t yet seen in herself and supported her love of math, setting her on her path to becoming an engineer.

This past summer, Kelsey and her fellow classmates celebrated their 40th reunion, during which they marveled that the bonds and relationships they formed at Prep decades ago are still intact today, a testament to the strength of this community. It is with that sense of community in mind that she advises current Prep students: “Take time to get to know everyone in your classes and strive to be inclusive of everyone. You never know who will cross your path and be in your life forever. Enjoy these years, they are precious and fly by!”


Through my education at Prep, I gained the courage to speak out in class, even when my view contradicts what many of my classmates are saying. The STEM classes at Prep have allowed me to discover a love for physics and calculus. I also have strengthened my resiliency by struggling through a test, doing corrections on it, and coming back even stronger— especially on Nucci’s circle test (8th grade)! Additionally, everyone respects each other’s beliefs, making class and lunchtime discussions much more lively and fun. As a TAP leader, I experienced first-hand the teamwork and community that flows through Prep.

While my sport occurs in an arena instead of on an athletic field, I have found that many of Prep’s core values apply. As an equestrian who competes in eventing, courage and resilience are key because I face solid jumps at a gallop, hoping my position is perfect so my horse will jump instead of screeching to a hard stop. And if stops do occur, I have to be resilient and try again. My sport also creates a deep respect for our horses, fellow competitors, coaches, and judges as we all know how hard the sport is and how much effort everyone puts in to bring their best to the shows. Prep has allowed me to pursue both my eventing goals and my curiosity for STEM while supporting my core values as an equestrian, passionate STEM student, and Prep community member.


I was caught off guard when I was asked if I felt like Santa Fe Prep impacted how I think about and express the values of the school. I mean, yes, obviously, I wouldn’t be here if it didn’t. But I’m my own person with more outside influences than I can recognize, and I can’t trace what taught me these things to a single moment. Did my high school teach me courage and curiosity? Was this more than the place I learned how to find a derivative and have a conversation in American Sign Language? I thought maybe it was some sort of right place, right time situation; that Prep had been present in the part of my life where I learned how to be a person and then a good person, so of course I learned these things as a Prep student. But even if that’s true, I was still in the right place—where I was led in a moral direction while I formed and found out who I was.

I have the same teacher for my senior year history class that I had for 8th grade global studies. And while I had heard the tales from previous seniors about Mr. Murray being a harsh grader, all I remembered from 8th grade was the support and his lowering of the academic bar to meet me where I was. Taking his class again felt like a benchmark for proving I had grown. In 8th grade, I was given three playing cards at the start of every global studies class. I only had to talk three times, once per card that I could then place on the desk, and that was enough for my participation. After my three comments or questions, I went back to focusing all my energy on trying to disappear. Today, I will still try to sit in the corner or the back of the classroom, but I don’t need the six of clubs to tell me it’s time to speak. I don’t count the words that fall out of my mouth so overthought they are indecipherable. I don’t measure the amount of space I take up. I talk when I think I know the answer, when I have my own questions or something to say. Even the occasional, and formerly humiliating, “could you go back a slide?” The truth is, I need things like the corner because I am still hit with anxiety every time I share an opinion or express a need. Raising my hand still makes me instantly self-conscious. But I got to move up levels of practice until my presence in the classroom felt habitual, then enjoyable. It barely feels brave to me anymore.

I’m very hard to please. If I do poorly on a test, I get frustrated because I studied and worked hard. I stayed up late

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and took furious notes until my hand went almost numb. And it still spit out a test that needed corrections. Recently, I am more likely to be caught expressing the hippocratic frustration towards having test corrections, because I wanted my higher marks to look better compared to my peers; the part of my brain that remembers when my grades weren’t as good hides behind the size of its ego. I desperately needed the slightly awkward conversation with my step-dad, where he explained I was helping figure out what my brain needs to reach and retain information. That the emphasis was being moved from a number or letter grade that I felt summed up my whole being, to the actual learning of concepts— “learning how to learn.”

I’m pretty sure the importance of learning how to learn was something that Prep emphasized from my very first day of 7th grade. I felt like this was something I must already know, because who doesn’t know how to learn? The answer is Emma Meyers circa when she asked this question. Curiosity thrives when you are not afraid of failure. When you can make multiple mistakes and attempts and challenge yourself because there is the understanding that not knowing is not inherently bad. It’s the internal and external motivation to keep doing something because you want to and you know why it’s important. It is about making sure you want to learn. It is about making sure you still want to learn tomorrow.


"I had more teachers than not who drastically and profoundly impacted both the events of my life as well as the ideology with which those events were conducted," states Ambrose Ferber '93 when asked to consider a specific experience or lesson from his time at Prep that still resonates with him today. It's easy to see why—his teachers included such Prep luminaries as Bob Kurth, John Schiff, Jay Shelton, and David DePolo. Prep was where Ambrose learned that life is more about what you put in than what you take out, and that it is not a prescribed path. "It's a forest, with many reticulated paths, and well worth exploring." Case in point: his decision to join Parka Kithil's coed field hockey team on an "adolescent" whim ultimately led to a run at the Olympics.

Inspired by his late father—whose own life included time

spent in the Navy and painting houses in San Francisco before he settled into a career as an ER doctor—Ambrose knew from an early age that he wanted to be able to look back and know that he had been part of many different communities, had tried his hand at many different things, and had amassed many different skills. The path of Ambrose's life has similarly meandered since he graduated (though it ultimately led him back to Prep): he has spent time as a singing busser at La Casa Sena's Cantina, studied theatre at Kenyon College for a year, earned a degree in graphic design from Colorado State, spent several years in the company of Openstage Theatre in Fort Collins, worked in enterprise web development, served on multiple Search and Rescue teams, received his Screen Actors Guild card, and not only coached fencing at Prep but also taught stage fencing as well as combat, stunts, and clowning for numerous performing arts productions. Since returning to Prep full-time as a teacher and technology administrator in 2015, he has also taken on the role of Speech and Debate coach. During his tenure, Prep has been awarded State Debate School of the Year three times and has won six State Championship 1st Place awards; Ambrose himself won State Debate Coach of the Year in 2022. At the 2022 Prep Commencement ceremony, he was recognized for his contributions to Prep with the Jay Shelton Grant for Teaching Excellence, an award that celebrates inspiring and outstanding teaching and includes a grant of $10,000. Of the moment he received the award, Ambrose says, “It was the most amazing thing that's ever happened to me professionally. It was a real stunner.” That same summer, he returned to acting—and Openstage—taking on his personal bucket list role, the title character in a production of Cyrano de Bergerac

In addition to his father's influence, Ambrose credits the Prep environment of his school days—in which engagement in varied activities was valued and encouraged—for his widely diverse interests and life experiences over the past several decades. While he strongly identifies with the tenets of a critical and creative thinker and an intentional craftsperson, he also credits Prep with instilling in him the importance of being a balanced and active person. "It's hard to balance all of the activities and requirements and expectations, but I think this is where I really discovered the joy of being a multi-faceted human, and how much I wanted not to be onedimensional."

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With this perspective in mind, Ambrose would leave Prep students with a single word of advice: participate. "You have to be willing to participate, and you have to realize that participation takes work and resilience… You can spend your whole life waiting for things to happen, and perhaps never realize that almost never do things just happen. Someone was there when a moment occurred, participated in that moment, fought through every obstacle, and found themselves someplace interesting."


When I was younger, I was diagnosed with dyslexia. Throughout elementary school, there weren’t any assignments that I needed accommodations for, but that changed once I got to Prep. The first semester of 7th grade was especially hard and I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to handle my assignments and keep myself organized. Then during the second semester of my 7th grade year, we went online because of Covid. I was really struggling. My middle school teachers helped me find ways to get the help I needed to learn my best—they helped me understand the importance of resilience during a really difficult time. Ms. Z especially helped me discover how I wanted to present myself in my academic life as I moved into high school, and has been an important role model of integrity for me. In return, I aspire to share these lessons of resilience with my classmates as a member of Peer Mentors. As a group, we work on community outreach projects focused on mental health, and I’m paired one-on-one with a 9th grade buddy to offer advice on school work, organization, and life in general.


Since leaving Prep, Toner Mitchell ‘81 has studied biology at Williams College, worked on Capitol Hill, served as an environmental consultant specializing in hazardous waste and pollution throughout the West, practiced arboriculture for a company owned by former Prep ecology teacher Joe Lamb, and guided fly-fishing trips in Alaska, California, Montana, and New Mexico. For the past decade, he has worked for Trout Unlimited, a national

NGO dedicated to protecting and restoring trout habitat and recovering native trout species. “As someone who fell in love with fishing at a very early age, I’ve always been drawn to stewardship and tending to at-risk ecosystems. It’s been my experience that effective stewardship doesn’t happen without critical and creative thinking; especially in the natural world, things aren’t always as they appear.”

As the New Mexico Water and Habitat Program Manager for Trout Unlimited, Toner knows that success in trout conservation—which depends in large part on water quality as well as water quantity—it’s critical to develop trust-based relationships in rural communities. In New Mexico, these are places like Questa, Chama, Cimarron, and Vallecitos, where trout fishing ranks justifiably low compared to more pressing existential concerns. “Pursuing common ground, mostly around water and land management, is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job, especially since doing so requires travel to the most beautiful places in New Mexico.”

Toner credits his Prep education with teaching him the importance of writing and expressing oneself and one’s ideas clearly, and encourages current Prep students not to be afraid of ideas or the expression of one’s thoughts. “All ideas should be confronted rigorously, then accepted or rejected according to their merits and, ideally, their utility to a society that’s free, productive and peaceful.”


I believe the support I received at Santa Fe Prep from my teachers and advisors really has given me the courage to take on new challenges. Whether in academics or athletics, I feel that I have the courage and tools to work around the puzzles that life presents me. One experience that I feel Prep helped prepare me for is the semester I spent at the Island School in the Bahamas during the fall of my junior year. The curriculum included marine ecology, history of the Bahamas, and Bahamian literature; we also swam every morning as training for a 4-mile open water swim. Away

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from the academic environment of Prep, I felt more prepared particularly as a writer than many of the other 50 students in my class. Thanks to the Prep workload and my experiences in athletics, I also felt I was better with my time management than my peers. When I returned to Prep, I was inspired by my time at the Island School to take classes like the Geoscience elective. Now in my senior year, I feel that my six years at Prep and this experience away from it have given me the courage to follow my passions and values, and given me the confidence that I will make the next right step for myself.


Life since Prep has taken Adelma Hnasko ’92 to the Patagonia region of Argentina with the Rotary Youth Exchange program, to Stanford University where she received a BA in Cultural Anthropology and an MA in Education, and to Jalisco, Mexico before returning to Santa Fe in 2000. Her work in foundations and nonprofits has centered on supporting youth learning in and through the arts—she helped start ArtWorks and NMSA, served as an Arts Commissioner for the City of Santa Fe, and founded Resolana Farms, a creative residency program at her family’s ranch in northern New Mexico.

Adelma, who has remained connected to Prep via her sons Xander ‘21 and Cyrus ‘25, credits the school with kindling in her a responsibility to be a steward of her community and to find ways to give back to the people and places that have supported her in her own growth. “I was able to attend Prep because of the generosity of others; I return my thanks to the school today by supporting its tuition assistance program (which has more than doubled since my time as a student!).”

A moment of epiphany that Adelma recalls from her days as a student at Prep came in Bob Kurth’s capstone humanities course her senior year. When his introduction of the concept of Yahweh—the ancient Hebrew concept for the divine spirit of being, a force of existence so huge that it couldn’t even be put into spoken form—was met by the silence and blank stares of Adelma and her classmates, Mr. Kurth asked them to instead recall an amazing sunset they had witnessed, one that had left them so overwhelmed by its beauty that they had been left without words before instinctively needing to find someone to share it with, explaining that that moment before words is Yahweh

“Mr. Kurth’s lesson taught me two things. First, how the school’s faculty use different points of entry to bring the material to life for their students. Mr. Kurth gave us the sunset. Our other teachers complemented lessons with passions and applications beyond the classroom… Second, Mr. Kurth’s story of Yahweh also highlights how Prep taught me to soak in all the opportunities the school provided, and then find someone to share it with.”

It is with these lessons in mind that Adelma encourages her own children and indeed any Prep students to stay curious and willing to try new things, whether it be a new modality, medium, or language. “Our society places emphasis on ‘expertise,’ but I think it’s best to be an eternal beginner.”


Prep has made me resilient. I moved here from Atlanta in the middle of the pandemic, and my first day of seventh grade was in a 1 inch zoom square with my full name in the bottom left-hand corner. Middle school is never easy, but it was especially hard when we weren’t able to have an in-person experience. Despite this challenge, the teachers at Prep worked hard to create connections in the classroom—even when the classroom was a computer. Their resilience supported ours. Now a freshman and back in the physical classroom, I’ve learned that every day at Prep offers a new challenge, whether it’s a Biology test or a History essay. Teachers may push you, but they do that because they believe in you. There have been times when I have not felt satisfied with my work in class, and I’ve learned it’s important to have an optimistic mindset and problem-solve with my community. When discouraged, I’ve found that communicating with people at Prep is the way to pop back up and thrive.

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Prep considers some of its core values to be courage, curiosity, respect, resilience, and integrity. We don’t always embody these values in great actions, but in small, everyday moments. Courage and resilience are found in so many places in our lives, and many times we don’t even realize it. Overcoming a personal challenge or barrier takes courage. Starting and completing an assignment or project you've been dreading takes courage and resilience. Asking for help and being vulnerable with someone are two of the bravest things a person can do. We show respect and integrity in our everyday lives, even if it sometimes feels like we aren’t making much of a difference. Treating every person you meet with the same amount of respect as someone you’ve been good friends with your whole life is one way to show respect and integrity in our lives. Even just putting down what we are doing to give someone our full attention when they are talking to us is a great way to be respectful.

In my personal journey at Prep, I have learned a lot about what these core values mean. This really got me thinking about how I have embodied these five core values so far this year. I have been taking the heritage speaker Spanish class, and I speak Spanish at home with both my parents, but it has still been hard for me. There are many areas of the language that the other students in the class are much more experienced and comfortable in than I am. I often have to get help to do the homework, but I am already improving. I know so much more than I did at the beginning of the year, and I know that if I hadn’t decided to do this class and instead gone with the easier option, I wouldn’t be in the place I am with Spanish, and I wouldn’t have had this experience. It takes courage to try something harder, and resilience to stick with it even if it’s hard for you.

Another one of these core values is curiosity. It’s something that I believe is both natural to humans and something that is hard for us. We want to know more about the world, but at the same time if we are told something, we aren’t likely to question it. At Prep, I have learned to be inquisitive, and to question. I have learned how to check a website or source for reliability, and to research more about a topic that I find interesting in my own time. To not believe all the information I

am given, but to question it until I have proof it’s true.

An equally important place for these values is the athletic field, where sometimes they don’t show up as often as they should. I am an athlete. I play tennis, run track in the spring, and occasionally I swim. I know that when the game becomes too intense, and gets too pressured, people forget that their opponent is just another person, experiencing the same pressure, a person who deserves the same amount of respect that I deserve. At the end of the day, a sport is often just a game, and your opponent is just someone else playing it. Just like you. Even if you’re losing, it doesn’t mean that you should get frustrated and be disrespectful to your opponent, the officials, or the crowd. It takes resilience to hold your head high when you’re losing, and courage to go up to your opponent after a match and say: “Good game, well played.”

Prep and my experiences outside of the school have taught me about the importance and meaning of these five core values. Being brave, resilient, and confronting a problem head on. Treating every person with the same amount of respect and integrity they deserve, and that I would like to receive. Being curious, questioning, and inquisitive. These five words can feel abstract and far away, but in reality, they are things we hold close and do every day. If every day we went through life not being brave, resilient, and curious, not treating everyone with respect and integrity, we would go through life in a less meaningful way.


“Before attending Prep, I didn’t fully understand how much a school could embrace and nurture a student,” says Hannah Hausman ‘94, who credits the supportive nature and familylike atmosphere of the school, its faculty, and her classmates with helping her to blossom as an athlete, performer, and student.

After graduation, Hannah traded in the mountains of northern New Mexico for the sandy beaches of Florida and the University of Miami. Her first job out of college was with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami where she found a nonprofit work environment that would shape her career path and life. This first step in her career was itself inspired by her time at Prep: “I was an active TAP volunteer, engaging in projects at La Residencia Nursing Center, The Rape Crisis Center, and The Santa Fe Animal Shelter… All of these experiences were inspirational, and they

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became part of my adult life and work.” Hannah went on to work at many different nonprofits in the Florida region, including United Way of Miami-Dade, Miami Children’s Museum, and Young At Art Museum, before life brought her and her family back to Santa Fe three years ago. She now proudly serves as Executive Director of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum.

Hannah is honored to be working in her hometown, helping to make Santa Fe a better place to live, work, and play. A true steward of her community, she strives to bring the compassionate, cultural awareness and responsive citizenry first instilled in her as a teenager at Prep to her life’s work. “Today, I feel a deep responsibility to educate donors, community leaders, and organizations on important issues affecting children and families. All of this began at Prep. Now I lead community-wide projects with over 3,000 volunteers that have changed lives and transformed communities.”

To current Prep students, who might be feeling the pressure of assignments, tests, extracurriculars, and everyday life, Hannah offers the following advice: “Nobody is perfect. Have grace with yourself and others. We all make mistakes, and sometimes those mistakes open a new door and lead you to the answer you were looking for.”


When I joined Santa Fe Prep, I couldn't have fully known what I was getting into. But it was everything and more than I could’ve wanted. Prep, I have experienced so far, has brought out a lot in me, curiosity being one of the more prominent characteristics. When learning at Prep, you get a varied education that is thorough and customized for the individual student. For example, the Physical Education staff puts a lot of effort into providing fair and equally challenging courses for each student. The sports that can be chosen by the student are also built to give that very student an equal opportunity to find their inner strengths. It's really special to see this all at work and to feel like you don't have to work to accomplish someone else's goals, and instead work hard to complete your own.

Another incredible thing provided by Prep is the relationship between student and teacher. This special bond created between the two is almost a friendship, where you trust them and can talk to them about anything you might have an issue with. They are there for you for emotional,

physical, or educational issues. You can set up personal meetings with a teacher if you have an issue, and can talk with them one on one for them to understand your complication more fully and help you individually.

Joining Prep, I had interests in debate and writing, and Prep had the exact ingredients to help me develop them. English is by far one of my favorite classes, with all the resources to help me find my strengths and work to develop and work on my weaknesses. Many assignments in English class reflect these interests and give me experience and practice with skills I will use in the future. At the end of the day, I have nothing bad to say about Prep. It has already given me a custom education and a huge social life. I have made many friends here! In the future, I am eager to learn more and work hard. Being a Griffin is such a special experience.


Resilience has been an important value for me throughout my time at Prep, both in the classroom and as part of a sports team. I had never considered myself a runner when I joined the crosscountry team, but I was going to try my best regardless. Throughout my first race, I had several moments when I doubted my ability to complete it. During the last half mile, I was both physically and mentally exhausted, yet I continued to push through the discomfort. I had set a goal for myself to finish the race, and I was determined to accomplish my goal by continuing to put one foot in front of the other. I managed to finish, and I achieved my personal record by a significant amount of time. Though running in races throughout the season has been difficult, with the support of my teammates and coaches I have found a supportive atmosphere where I am encouraged to do my best. I believe this environment to be reflected within the classroom as well. Although some courses are challenging and require going the extra mile to succeed, this is an environment where I feel comfortable asking questions and putting in the work to do well. I have learned that overcoming adversity is a part of the learning process, and I feel the obstacles I have overcome at Prep have made me a better student.

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TAP has long been an influential program for Santa Fe Prep students, and Nicole Ault ‘94 is no exception. The culture of service and volunteerism she first learned as a teenager, combined with an emphasis on history and the humanities in the classroom, has helped Nicole realize the value of seeing others for who they are and understanding the needs of her community.

Looking to set herself on a new and proactive path, Nicole earned a Master’s degree in social work in 2014. With a history of hospital-based intensive case management of high needs patients, she founded her own mental health consulting LLC. One of her major clients is the City of Santa Fe Fire Department. As Behavioral Health Director, Nicole provides clinical oversight and guidance for our follow-up case management and the SFFD’s Alternative Response Unit. “I have become very dedicated and interested in public safety. The work I do involves critical and creative thinking and problem solving, strong communication skills, cultural awareness, and stewardship. It is challenging and very rewarding.” Indeed, through her forward-thinking work with the SFFD, Nicole and her team are reimagining public health, public safety, and healthcare as they strive to improve the health of the community and its citizens.

In the spirit of working together for the betterment of our entire community, Nicole encourages today’s Prep students to work to find connections and similarities rather than division. “Seek what connects you to other's humanity and foster that.”


Prep has given me so many opportunities to discover myself. Thanks to this school I have realized how important it is to have core values. Everyone at the school has taught me the importance of courage, curiosity, respect, resilience, and integrity. I now use and aspire to these values as I move through my daily life, whether it be in school, on a sports team, or outside of school. Thanks to Prep I have become more confident in my studies and have become an even stronger learner. These values will continue to affect my life moving forward and it's something that I will never forget. Prep has taught me how to adapt and take on new challenges every day.


A love of Santa Fe Prep runs deep in the Bertram family. If you’ve had the chance to meet any of them over the years, you almost certainly already know that Marc’s (class of 1978) blood runs Griffin blue. Between participating on the Board of Trustees, the Booster Club, or simply being an enthusiastic soccer dad to his three daughters who also attended and graduated from Prep—Alicia ’09 Julia ’11 and Amalia ’14—it was inevitable that he would become a steward within the local community for Santa Fe Prep and the values that this wonderful community holds. It is that strong sense of community that the Bertrams continue to find so special about Prep as an institution.

As a family, the Bertrams play a busy and active role in the northern New Mexican real estate and philanthropic communities. Marc is a well known and successful real estate developer, investor, and owner in the state. In addition to sitting on the boards of Santa Fe Women’s Council of Realtors and Commercial Council, Alicia is also co-Chair-Elect (with fellow Griffin Brian Lewis ’11) of Growing Up New Mexico (formerly the United Way), and has served on Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Commission on the Status of Women for New Mexico. Amalia has recently joined the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Julia focuses largely on sustainability efforts and the ways the group can help make a difference within the local community at a commercial and residential level. All three sisters sit on the Santa Fe Prep Alumni Board.

As children of a Prep graduate, Alicia, Julia, and Amalia were fortunate enough to absorb many of the qualities and values that had been instilled in Marc via his Prep education throughout their own formative years, particularly the importance of intentionally leading a healthy, balanced, and active life—a lesson they learned anew when they themselves became Prep students. “It was always important to remember that in order to have a full and fulfilling life, we must strike a balance between school work, sports, friends, family and community service,” Alicia states, noting that this lesson is one they’ve carried with them into their adult

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lives. As for Marc—who gained admittance to Prep through scholarship and did his best to seize every opportunity available to him—he attributes much of his real estate empire success to the education he received and the community relationships he built at Prep. The sisters are proud to have followed in their father’s footsteps to each become stewards of their community.

To current Griffins, the Bertram family notes the importance of diversifying one’s interests, citing their own unique interests, strengths, and educations that have combined to allow them to build their family businesses. “The more subjects or areas you become interested in, the more potential you will have to turn those passions and dreams into reality or even a future job. Always surround yourself with people who know more than you do about a subject you might be interested in and absorb as much as you can. Ask questions, embarrass yourself because you’ll never succeed if you’re too afraid to fail.”


Santa Fe Prep has influenced me in specific ways, particularly in how I interact with others and the basic societal tenet of empathy. Using empathy as a foundation, I feel that I have not only learned a lot about myself, I have also been able to translate these experiences into everyday core values. Respect and empathy are fairly basic social mores, however— and unfortunately—they are becoming increasingly rare. As humans sharing a common space, ensuring that I respect everyone correlates directly to my own integrity. Santa Fe Prep is a tight knit community, and in getting to know folks, I am able to grow in my compassion and understanding of other viewpoints. This also correlates into my curiosity and my thirst for knowledge; by seeking more knowledge and taking the opportunities that I am given on this path, they work symbiotically in constructing future real-world knowledge. I believe that the core values at Santa Fe Prep are ultimately integral to who we are as a school and as a community. We are unique and special in that I feel that I am more aware of the people around me and the connections I’ve been able to make outside of even my own grade level. Oftentimes, schools and respective grade levels can be very insular and I have not felt that applies to Prep, unlike what friends and acquaintances who attend other schools experience.


“That any individual may have a unique strength, or a different perspective, or information I don't have is a lesson that was first taught to me at Prep and that I try to hold on to,” says Jesse Roach ’90, who attributes this lesson to the school’s small class sizes and balanced approach to academics, the arts, and athletics. In Jesse, this environment inspired a balanced and active lifestyle and offered him the opportunity to develop his critical and creative thinking skills.

While he temporarily gave up the mountains of his native northern New Mexico after graduating to attend Stanford University, the stark contrast between Santa Fe and the large metroplex of the San Francisco Bay Area is what eventually steered him toward a study of the relationships between humans and the natural systems they depend on to survive and thrive.

After completing a degree in environmental engineering as well as a Master of Science at Stanford, Jesse spent time as a river guide on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon where he became fascinated with water in the West. He returned to school, this time at the University of Arizona, to earn a PhD in Hydrology and Water Resources. A project he started while at UA—modeling the Rio Grande system to incorporate understandings of surface water, groundwater, and human behavior into a single platform for running water use scenarios—continued when Jesse returned to New Mexico and transitioned to a position at Sandia National Laboratory. For the past three years, Jesse has served as Water Division Director for the City of Santa Fe, a position he describes as a mix of infrastructure maintenance and development, cutting edge conservation and water resources development, and teamwork towards a shared goal of providing a safe, reliable, and resilient water supply to meet the community's needs.

In reflecting on the education he received at Prep and the influence it continues to have on him today Jesse notes that he would likely would not have made it to or succeeded at Stanford and beyond without that foundational experience. With that in mind, his advice for current Prep students might be especially tantalizing for seniors, encouraging them, if possible, to take a gap year before beginning college and immerse themselves in a less privileged community. “It is hard to recognize the great opportunity you possess, and scary to shoulder the responsibility that comes with that. A year off might offer some perspective on both.”

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Prep’s core values are shown everywhere throughout the school. From the teachers to the students, to the curriculum and extracurricular activities that are presented, the core values have been incredibly important to the process of learning for me. When I came to Prep in the 20192020 year, I was filled with ideas and curiosity, and even when I would get answers wrong, the teachers were supportive, keeping me resilient, and I have only become more curious and confident with my explorations within the classroom over the past several years. I know that the core values of Prep will be applied throughout my life in various situations, and I feel that because of how important to the curriculum the core values are, I will have no trouble using them and expanding to new horizons with them throughout life. The values of Prep have made me a kinder, more thoughtful person and a better citizen, both inside the small Prep community and outside in the wider world. That, simply put, is how the core values have influenced my life; I’ve taken them and tried to implement them throughout my life; honesty, curiosity, not giving up, being unafraid of trying new things, and respecting others have allowed me to grow as a student and a person.

To whoever is reading this: take these core values, even if you aren’t going to Santa Fe Prep, and implement at least one of them into your life. They are some of the most important parts of being a well-liked and kind person.


“I have Prep to thank for igniting my servant heart,” states J.P. Dahdah ’93, whose experiences participating in the TAP program have had a lasting impact on him, teaching him the importance of being intentional about giving back and being of service to others and shaping the trajectory of his life. The lessons he learned beyond academic curriculum instilled in him the value of culturally aware and responsive citizenship. In 2008 he founded Advance Guatemala, a non-profit organization that focuses on improving the lives of impoverished citizens of his

native Guatemala by giving them a hand up, not a hand out.

J.P.’s entrepreneurial journey began when he founded the investment advisory firm Dahdah Global Wealth Management at age 23. With the value of serving others still in mind, he started Vantage Retirement Plans, LLC in 2004, a self-directed IRA custody firm that administers over $2.5 billion in retirement assets for individuals looking to invest their IRA savings outside the stock market.

Grateful for the experiences at Prep that imparted a set of personal core values that have enabled him to live a more fulfilling life, J.P. encourages his fellow Griffins to develop their own level of self-awareness. “Learn to inquire within yourself to identify your greatest strengths and unique abilities, then live intentionally to share them with the world.


Prep has provided me with lots of opportunities to build up my courage. When I first came as a middle-schooler I feared doing presentations, but after plenty of support and practice I am now much more confident in my abilities. Prep also encourages me to explore topics that really interest me and pique my curiosity. In history class, for example, I’ve gotten to study many African kingdoms and cultures. The Prep community is full of respect, and is one of the things that makes you feel at home. The students show respect to their teachers and our teachers do the same.

I believe this is one of many reasons why we are such a close-knit community. My education at Prep has also taught me to become more resilient—to be able to get a bad grade and work with my teacher to do better the next time, or push myself and strive to be better in athletics when I haven’t done my best on a first try. I have also learned how important academic integrity is. Prep helps you create a clear boundary between helping out a friend and committing academic dishonesty. These five values are what have made my experience at Prep so enjoyable, and helped me become a better person.

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When I was little, I was often on Santa Fe Prep’s campus with my auntie and older sisters, and I would tell them, “This is going to be my school, too.” I cheered on my sisters at their volleyball and basketball games with “Let’s Go, Griffins!” Now that I’m a Griffin, I am learning how to manage my time wisely with school, extracurricular activities, and my personal life. What's great about Prep is that they host Breakthrough, and I make a commitment to attend Super Saturdays because I know how study skills and leadership activities will help me in the future. Sometimes these extracurricular activities conflict with my Pueblo’s traditional activities. When this happens, I’ll attend Breakthrough in the morning and return to my Pueblo to tend to my community responsibilities. I appreciate that my teachers at Prep respect and understand when I need to be a part of Tesuque Pueblo, my home. Countless Pueblo people before me have learned to manage their lives in the same way, making us some of the most adaptive and resilient people. Since there are so few Pueblo students at Prep, I use my voice to educate others about our ways of life. Learning to speak up for myself helps me do the same for others who have the desire to be heard.

I really enjoy the way that Prep encourages me to be curious. In 7th grade, I joined the Chess Team only to realize that it wasn't for me; no one judged me for trying and I still play at home. This year, I joined volleyball and I enjoy it! We haven’t won many games, but being part of this team’s persistence and improving my athletic skills have all been worth it. My Art class at Prep affirmed my love of drawing and painting, which I have always done at home. Last year, I was able to combine my art with my writing in English when we were asked to create a booklet. I also grew more curious about my family background when I studied the Indian Boarding Schools for New Mexico History. I loved that my grandma was able to attend one of my presentations, and she even brought my class cookies!

Our school is academically challenging, which is why my family continues to encourage me to embrace my intelligence and social experiences as a Griffin. I’m also grateful to my group of friends, who make being at school amazing. One

of the things I admired about us this year was how we were like an amoeba of seven, who gradually extended our arms to accept more friends into our group. Accepting this opportunity to share my experience at Prep allows me to be courageous. Santa Fe Prep has allowed me to be more independent while also working with my peers in a group. Prep teaches us these many skills early, so we know how to navigate similar challenges later in our lives. As Griffins, we are given firm grounding from which we plant our lion paws, spread our eagle wings, and fly!


Throughout my experience at Prep, I have learned to value every moment and embrace anything that comes my way, good or bad. I’ve found that being curious and opening new doors in my community can help me branch out of my comfort zone, especially in the clubs aspect of Prep. Choosing a new club to be a part of helps me not only connect with my peers, but it allows me to learn more about myself, which I can then adapt to my classroom learning.

Athletics is a really exciting part of the Prep community. I’ve made so many lasting memories during sports and P.E. classes that have taught me alot about respect and integrity. I’ve learned to work hard and play with my teammates in intense situations like a final game, but also laugh off mistakes in practice. Having integrity while playing a sport helps me work towards my goals and believe in myself.

Coming out of the pandemic, I found the academic aspect of school harder than ever. My peers and mentors at Prep helped me get back on my feet and find consistency in my learning. The responsibility it took to manage my work was not easy to learn, but the support I found at Prep helped me have courage and believe in myself.

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Portrait of a Graduate


“I feel so blessed to wake up every day on Garcia Street and work on my dissertation back in a place I love so much,” Robert Weiner ‘12 says of his current home at the School for Advanced Research—just a mile down the road from Prep’s campus— where he is the 2022-2023 Paloheimo Fellow. Following his graduation from Prep, Rob earned concurrent BA-MA degrees at Brown University in Archaeology and Anthropology. The University of Colorado Boulder brought him back to the West and he is currently finishing his PhD in the school’s Anthropology Department. The focus of his dissertation is Chaco Canyon and its monumental roads, demonstrating through on-the-ground research that these roadways differ greatly from our contemporary understandings of highways, but instead once led to watery places, striking landforms, sites that were uninhabited (“ruins”) at the time the road was built. In short, they were something like ceremonial processional avenues leading to sacred places.

Recalling a moment in his 8th grade English class when he was first exposed to the concept of true, unconditional love (agape) apart from a more constrained attachment, Rob credits Prep with instilling in him the importance of effective communication and critical and creative thinking. “Prep offered me the space and support to engage directly with big questions—the ‘why’ questions—to explore ideas through conversation, be challenged by teachers and peers, and learn to back up my ideas with evidence and reason. Prep also taught me to write with clarity, directness, and specificity—skills that are crucial to my career.” When asked to reflect on what piece of advice he might give to current students at Prep, Rob cites a phrase he first learned from Coach Chris Chakeres during a 7th grade Life Science class: temporary inconvenience for permanent improvement “There are times school will be very challenging, but by putting in the work you will reap the rewards of greater knowledge, a disciplined work ethic, and the sense of accomplishment and fulfillment that comes from not giving up.”


My journey through Prep has been a huge part of my life, and has played a large role in shaping who I am. I am now a more confident person than I was even just a few years ago, and immensely more comfortable with who I am than I was when I entered Prep in seventh grade. For me, the biggest part of my Prep experience was the people I interacted with every day I was here. I firmly believe that every single teacher at Prep has wanted to see me succeed, and all of my interactions with them have been positive. I speak with many of them outside of class, and in addition to their phenomenal knowledge and insight, they are also people I enjoy talking to, role models, and friends. My classmates are another example of the fantastic community here. Every one of my closest friends are people who I have met at Prep, and I believe that is no accident. Each one of them is incredibly hard-working, resilient, and very smart. They constantly push me to better myself, and I think that is the most valuable thing Prep has given me.

As I move away from Prep, and toward the rest of my life, what I will take with me is not the knowledge from any one class, but the recognition that the people you choose to be around will be the most important aspect of your life, and I fully intend to find people who are as hard-working, curious, and courageous as the friends I have at Prep. I believe that all of these values are incredibly important to success, however you may define it, and that being around other people who exemplify these qualities will make you strive to further develop them within yourself.

WHAT DO YOU THINK? Tell us what the Portrait of a Graduate means to you and keep the conversation going.


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Elicia Montoya, Chair Jenny Cohen Kaufman ’94, Vice Chair

David Kocon, Treasurer Leah Swanson, Secretary

Sara April Stephen Badger

Liz Bremner

Alejandra Castillo

Josiah Child

Randy Dry

Edward Gale

Dominic Garcia

Estevan Gonzales

Miquela Korte

Christine Lehman, Emerita

Thao Marquez

Suzanne Moss, Emerita

Joohee Rand

Carol Romero-Wirth, Emerita

Jenna Scanlan

Warren Thompson ’72, Emeritus


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

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

Nick Stofocik, Director of Facilities

John Utsey, Director of Technology

Matt Ybarra, Director of College Counseling

Santa Fe Preparatory School

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From the Head of School

I could not be more grateful. As I begin my third school year as Head of School (easily the most “back to normal” of the three!), I truly feel fortunate. One of the great pleasures of my job is to greet Santa Fe Prep students and faculty each morning, and wave to parents and guardians at drop off, knowing that so many in our community place their trust in us and give us the opportunity to nurture and guide young minds. The quality of a Santa Fe Prep education is well known in the greater community, and we strive to keep our promise to prepare, inspire, and motivate our students to be the best they can be in mind, body, and spirit.

Going above and beyond what other schools can do means that Prep, like all other independent schools, must maintain a robust fundraising program, and if you are reading this, you likely already understand the importance of giving that supports our common purpose. In the pages that follow, we have an opportunity not only to recognize your support, but also to show you how we have been hard at work maximizing

the impact of every dollar. A gift to Prep goes far beyond keeping the lights on. Thanks to you, we were able to sustain an incomparably high level of tuition assistance, can support on-campus programs such as Breakthrough Santa Fe and the Davis New Mexico scholarship program, support new initiatives by faculty and staff, maintain our beautiful campus, and grow an endowment that assures our future.

In the 2021-2022 school year, we raised $617,000 for the school’s annual fund and an additional $246,000 for tuition assistance under the Strategic Impact Fund. 100% of our Board, 100% of our Faculty and Staff, and

83% of our current parents participated in annual giving—an all-time record that demonstrates a high level of satisfaction with our programs and mission-based initiatives. Thanks to these efforts as well as a generous draw from our endowment, the average tuition award was $14,260 which went to 31% of our families. As we continue to diversify our student body and embrace the initiatives of our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice program, Prep offers a fine education that increasingly reflects the world we live in.

As we read the news each day and reflect on a world that is increasingly difficult for young people to navigate,

we are given added incentive to do our jobs well. Thank you again for believing in us, in our mission, and in the wonderful faculty and staff that make it all happen.


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Gratefully Aaron
Aaron Schubach,

Advancement at Santa Fe Prep



Leah Swanson, Chair

Stephen Badger

Liz Bremner

Erin Bunkley

Alejandra Castillo

Randy Dry

Adelma Hnasko ‘92

Michael McNeill

Elicia Montoya

Jenna Scanlan

Aaron Schubach

Advancement Committee Report

THIS WAS AN AMAZING YEAR for annual fundraising at Santa Fe Prep! Widespread community support demonstrates a strong belief in our school. Thanks to the help of 17 parent ambassadors, 83% of our current parents participated in our annual fund—more than ever before! 100% of our Board of Trustees and 100% of Prep’s Faculty and Staff participated in annual giving, and their willingness to support our school with their time, expertise, and resources is nothing short of heartwarming.

Together, we raised $617,000 in 2021-2022 for the Annual Fund, and we raised an additional $246,000 in new gifts for tuition assistance. Making a Prep education available to as many students as possible is a clear motivating force for donors to the school. In the spring, thanks to a challenge grant from an alumnus, we were able to raise enough to cover one full tuition at Prep from alumni donations alone.

As the world started to unmask, we were delighted to host three in-person donor recognition events in the spring as well as our first-ever all-class reunion weekend, during which our alumni took classes with Prep teachers, visited the Adesso Archives, toured campus, met with Head of School Aaron Schubach, and enjoyed live music and lunch on Brennand Field.

We could not be more grateful, and we hope you enjoy reading about the many ways in which we are putting your donations to good work.


Santa Fe Prep Annual Fund Donor Recognition 2021-2022

THANK YOU so much to the following donors who, through their annual gifts to Prep, or to scholarship funds, help make so many great things happen for our students.



Anonymous Stephen Badger

Stephen and Karen Bershad Jacqueline Mars

Santa Fe Prep Parents' Association Steele Family Foundation



Thomas and Erin Bunkley

Josiah Child and Mary Nell Wegner

Jenny Cohen Kaufman '94 and Justin Kaufman

Edward and Maria Gale

Josh Klinefelter '93 and Kelsey Klinefelter Alexander Milliken

David Paradice and Claire Pfister

Santa Fe Prep Booster Club

The Scott Family Jay and Katherine Shelton

Antoinette Silvey '82 Nancy Meem Wirth



Daniel and Sara April Julia Boaz Cooper and Patrick Coughlin

Connor Browne and Christina Price

Peter and Jennifer Dent

Randy Dry and Ocean Munds-Dry Andrew Duettra '83 and Bonnie Duettra

Jessica Evans David and Amanda Kocon Evan and Amy Land Alexander and Karen LoRusso Los Alamos National

Laboratory Foundation

Lavi and Armine Malhotra

Samuel and Thao Marquez

Elicia Montoya and Kurt Gilbert Fred and Arlyn Nathan Rachel O'Keefe and Steven Bohlin Dave and Elizabeth Parker Greig and Helga Porter

Shobhan Porter '88 and Joel Rowland Lee and Joohee Rand Leslie A. Ross and Adriana E. Molina Wilson and Jenna Scanlan

Nancy Schwanfelder

Thornburg Investment Management Peter and Wendy Trevisani Van Essen Family Foundation Todd Vaziri and Kearsley Higgins



Brant and Rebecca Bair

Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson W. Houston Dougharty '79 and Kimberly Dougharty

Greg and Alice Dunn Egolf Ferlic & Day LLC

William and Ariana Feinberg Van and Sandra Gilbert Michael and Ping Hogan

Laird Norton Family Foundation

Michael and Carole Lawrence

Jonathan and Christine Lehman Donald R. Moseley and Mary Jane L. Parks

Phil and Julie Murray Len and Barbara Rand Carol Ann Sass John Scanlan Aaron Schubach and Anna Sass Philip and Jessica Smucker Christopher Stanek and Kate Ferlic Sloan and Leah Swanson Bruce Thayer David Veenstra and Anne Wrinkle Veenstra The Walt Disney Company



Ryan K. Bailey '94 and Melanie Maxon Jamie A. Berg '91 and Ethan Berg Russ and Carol Bixby Guillermo Bleichmar and Catherine Dry Thomas Burdick and Lara Goitein

Alejandra Castillo and Charles Roth Sally Chappell '81

Steven J. Dayton and Carol Norton David DePolo

David and Deborah Douglas Dylan Fuge '97 and Alexis Kingham Girish Ganesan and Sampreetha Govindankutty Estevan and Adi-Risa Gonzales Robin and Evelyn Gossum

Anne and Phil Hale

Sean and Rebecca Healy

Michael Heath

Adelma Hnasko '92 and Thomas Hnasko Kate Klein Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation Michael and Lea Ann Knight

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Kevin and Miquela Korte

Jack and Adrienne Ladd

Jim and Story Leonard Richard and Carol Lieberman

Stephen and Meredith Machen

Sequoia Madan and Monthira Lumphoo

Michael McNeill

Joel Meyers

Frances Milliken '05

Nancy Ann Mellen Foundation

Russell T. Olson and Frances Parker

Eric Riebsomer

Karl and Natasha Rippel

Thomas Ritter and Christine Keller

Bruce Roscherr and Susan Kurien

Nancy Scanlan

William Scarborough

Gracie Schild '78

Janet and Steven Schwarz The Shed

Elege Simons Harwood '94 and Kyle Harwood

John and Andrea Teague

Warren Thompson '72 and Mickey Thompson

Michael Wiese and Margaret Hennessey

Sadie Wiese '17



Liza Abeles Lutzker '97 and Bobby Lutzker

John and Laura Addison Jan and Richard Adesso

Meghan Agresto '92

Tina Alarid

Christian Alexander '02

Rebecca Allahyari

Kristina E. Alley and Timothy Farrell

David Amarel and Martha Crawford

Amazon Smile Foundation

Karen S. Andersen '95 and Alex Hlavacek

Eric Anderson '87 and Cameron Anderson

Christian and Maggie Andersson

Tracy Archuleta

Philip and Courtney Asprodites

James Attlesey and Katie Macaulay

Summar Aubrey '00

Paul and Katharina Babcock

Roger and Sally Bair

David and Patricia Baker

Pat and John Baker

Valli and Michael Baron

Jesús Bas

Canton and Leah Becker

Letty Belin

Dustin Belyeu '95 and Brooke Belyeu

Michael Benanav and Kelly Wolpert Alicia Bertram '09

Vishal Bharat and Jessica Boyd Bryan and Jennifer Biedscheid Mark Bixby

David Blick and Suzanne Thornton

Tyler Bodine Bruce and Cynthia Bolene

Jordan Bosiljevac

Lawrence and Rebecca Boyd

Liz Bremner and Karen Crow Christopher and Kristi Brislawn

Jim and Elizabeth Brockmann Will and Melinda Browning Jackson H. Buckley '09

Julian Buetens '90 and Amy Buetens

Hayley Burke

Hannah Burnes

Grove Burnett and Jenny Parks Tarrie Burnett

Dave Caldwell and Elizabeth Ortiz

Patricia Caldwell

Julie Campbell '75

Linda Carey Andrew Carpenter '84 and Rebecca Carpenter

Frances and Carlos Carreon Sarah Carswell '92 and Richard Stump Chris Chakeres '94 and Sheena Chakeres

Nathaniel Chakeres '98 and Almea Matanock '99 Stewart Chritton '76 and Laura Chritton Marissa Chrysler

Robert Chuinard

Larry and Marilyn Cohen

Jocelyne Comstock

Ellee Cook '09

Matthew Cook and Sherry Kelley Lee Decker '83

Elisabeth and Matthew Desmond Josh and Mitra Devon Zachary Dillenback

Stephanie DiLorio Charles and Erin Doerwald Timothy and Nora Dolan Bobby and Chrystal Dominguez

Jennifer A. Dryfoos

Jonathan Dunn

Joe Durr

Jacek Dziewinski and Krystyna Dziewinska Brian F. Egolf '95 and Kelly Egolf Tim Enfield '09

Zander Evans and Emily Haozous Bradford Fairbanks and Karen Burbank Andras C. Fehervary '82 and Carlotta Fehervary Abby Feldman '95

Kathy Fennema Ambrose Ferber '93 and Rebecca Ferber '96 Kenneth and Andrea Ferjancic Henry and Jolonda Field Eliot Fisher '01 and Erica Gionfriddo Richard and Lisa Fisher Kenneth Francis Liz Friary Melissa and Andrew Fricek David Friedland and Sarah Davis Tom and Sandy Friedland Benjamin Friedman '91 and Rocio Alvarez Christine and Richard Furlanetto Michael and Cynthia Furlanetto Dominic and Celia Garcia Dan and Kristin Gasteazoro Lisa Gavioli Roach Lou and Lynda Gavioli Federico Giannelli Anita and Joseph Ginocchio Marián Giraldez Elizo Tim and Darlene Goering

Joseph Gonzales Leo and Debra Gonzales

Andrea and Arthur Gonzales Melesio Gonzales MacDonnell Gordon '69 and Charlene Shildmyer

Christopher Graeser and Alexandra Ladd Manuel Granillo and Ventura Hernandez Michael and Elizabeth Grover Anika Gusterman Amon '97 and Mark Hosenfeld Heather Gutierrez Lori Gutierrez

Peter J. Hagen and Lindsay Faulkner-Hagen Katie Handler '88 Stephen and Dana Hardy

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Scott and Tina Hartzell

Chris and Sally Harvey

Noel Harvey '87

Robert and Anna Hastings

James Heidenberger

Kris and Virginia Hendricks Jim and Jay Heneghan

David S. Henkel and Cleo J. Griffith

Jacqueline Herrell

Olga Herrera Aragón

Cory Hirsch and Martha Arnett Robb and Numi Hirsch

Dieu Ho

Kevin Holladay and Audrey Walker

Thomas and Nohemi Hughes

Bradford and Lauren Hunt

Robert Ingliss and Yuko Shimokawa

Carolyn Ingram

Chris and Carrie Ishee

Keren James

Zach and Jessica James Dina and Douglas Jansen

Hadley and Madeleine Johnson

Breshaun Joyner and Ralph Bolton

Kristin Kalangis

Kristen Kanelos

Yesh Kattegummula and Radhika Malipeddi Michael and Peggy Keleher

Jeannette Kelly

Susan E. Kelly '72 and Christy Stanley David Kice and Rebecca Kilburn

Karl Kilborn '86

Simone and Laura Koutsouflakis Robin and Fred Koval

Daniel Kovnat

Michael Kovnat and Holly Morris Carol Kurth

Todd Kurth '81 and Kendel Fesenmyer

Pen La Farge '69

Pamela Ladas

Lannan Foundation

Earl and Jessica Lawrence

Zoe Ledbetter

Molly Leonard '12

Hanna Levin

Jesse A. Levin '98 and Shane Plossu '96

Renny and Maria Levy

Brian Lewis '11

Mary and Kent Little

Erik J. Litzenberg '90 and Melissa Gonzales

Chris Long and Yuki Murata

Nicola López '93

Los Alamos National Laboratory Cindy and Neil Lyon

Stacy Lytle

Robert and Jennifer MacDonald Lee and Susan MacLeod Tony and Gayatri Malmed David Marion and Sandra Luces Marion Tony and Johnna Marlow Sid and Carolyn Maxwell

Andrew McAlpin

Ross and Rebecca McDonald

Sidway A. McKay '69 and Bev Nelson

Catherine McKenzie

Larwin Measeles '69

Ismael Mena and Francie Healey

Nicholas Merrick and Shaun Gilmore-Merrick

Anna Mirabal-LeJeune and Michael LeJeune

Sharon O. Mitchell

Toner Mitchell '81 and Cullen Curtiss Shawne Mohoric

Seth E. Montgomery '12

Laura Montoya '70 and Andrew Montoya Mario and Nadine Montoya Sam Montoya and Leah O'Shell Brent and Mary Ann Moore David Moore and Marci Riskin Laura Moya Matt and Annie Mullins

Dan Murray and Kim Davis Robert and Townley Neill Matthew Nerzig and Sharman Leventon David Nicholaeff

Marvin Nogueda

Chris Nordstrum and Rich Brown

Lisa Nordstrum

Jebb Norton '09

Martha Noss Wilder '76 and Richard Wilder

Leslee and Robert Oaks

Tudor Ocneanu and Catalina Voinescu

Shogo Oketani and Leza Lowitz

OpenEye Scientific Software Inc.

Hisa and Kris Ota

Barbara Park Aiyana and Stuart Pendleton

Owen Perillo

Anthony and Andrea Perlak

Vaughn and Mary Jane Peterson

Larry and Rose Petry

Karen Phillips '98 and Kyle Olmon

Tony Pinkerton '91

Greg Pollak '68

Katy Power

Sophie Quay-de la Vallee '12

Victoria Quijada '68

Elizabeth Quirante

Suzanne Rasic '95 and Marc Rasic

Joseph and Amy Reich

Marc and Julie Reynolds

Stephanie Reynolds '85

Willy Richardson '92 and Kim Richardson

Sam Ritter and Kat Keener

James I. Rivera and Carla Montoya-Rivera

Jesse D. Roach '90

Andrew and Anna Roberts Catherine Rogers '85

Louise Rogers '84

Claire Romero and David Bomse Joel and Patricia Rosen

Stephanie Rosen Rennae Ross and Patrick Foy

Richard Rotto and Deki Dolkar

Bruce Sachs and Denise DuPont John and Paula Salazar John and Lillie Sandoval

Peter Sarkisian '84 and Lisa Wynne '93 Ed and Kathy Sceery Christopher Schiano and Michelle Gallagher Roberts

Michael Schriber and Christina Alfieri Nathan and Lisa Schwade

Marco Sella

Hugo Sena and Rachel Gersh '89 Brian and Eliza Serna

Shell Oil Company Foundation

Jeremy Shelton '91

Daniela Silverstein '92 and Seth Silverstein Michael Sloane and Nancy Desiderio Jaime Smith and Karin Thron

Marcia and Fred Smith Thomas and Ria Spier Russell Spinney and Nicole Stern Sarah Stark

Wendy Steinberg

Owen J. Stenzel and Awbrey Willett Michael and Jami Stern


Kim Straus and Jakob Lain

Robin and Jodi Stumbo

Craigie Elizabeth Succop Michael and Reena Szczepanski

Melissa Talachy and Mateo Romero William and Leslie Talbot

Jane Tanner

Greg Throne '10 Thomas and Karen Tiegler Jillian Tomlinson Ulrich Consulting Group, LLC Ryan and Raquel Underwood Mark and Jodi Urbanak

John and Jackie Utsey

Christella Velarde and Joe Adams

Stephen Velie and Hannah McCaughey Frederic and Andrea Verswijver

Alex Vidal

Aaron Villa and Melanie Garcia Jeff and Dawn Vivian

Kathy Wagner Drew and Kevin Walker

Michael Wall and Rebecca Entwisle

Edward Walpin and Cynthia Melugin

Ashley Watson Christian and Christie Weichsel

Anna Westen '97

Carla Westen '94 and Eugene Flores John and Julia Wheeler Lloyd and Jean White Gordon and Nicole Whitten William and Janislee Wiese Jalice Wiest '67 Grey Wilburn '10 William and Jemima Winkler

Bob Witsenhausen

Eric and Amy Wynn

Stephen Yadzinski and Susanna Space Matt Ybarra and Linda Serrato Ybarra Fred and June Yoder

Stephen and Lisa Young Douglas and Katherine Zang Richard Zierman '89 Ellen Zieselman


In honor of Marc Bertram '78 Alicia Bertram '09

In honor of Mark Bixby Seth E. Montgomery '12

In honor of Elijah Boyd '22 Lawrence and Rebecca Boyd

In honor of Lila Brooks '15 Rebecca Allahyari

In honor of Lisa Fisher Eliot Fisher '01 and Erica Gionfriddo

In honor of Anne and Reese Fullerton Elege Simons Harwood '94 and Kyle Harwood

In honor of Meehan Heneghan '22 Jim and Jay Heneghan

In honor of Lawrence Ingram Carolyn Ingram

In honor of Jean Jacobs '75 Julie Campbell '75

In honor of Dorothy Kirschner Vaughn and Mary Jane Peterson

In honor of Todd Kurth '81 Sharon O. Mitchell

In honor of Jim and Story Leonard Christian and Maggie Andersson Molly Leonard '12 Katy Power

In honor of Susan Matthews Michael Sloane and Nancy Desiderio

In honor of Michael McNeill Grove Burnett and Jenny Parks

In honor of Ella Lhea Meyer '23 Wendy Steinberg

In honor of Ella Plaskoff '22 Michael and Jami Stern

In honor of Rennae Ross Shawne Mohoric

In honor of SFP Faculty and Staff Jeannette Kelly Renny and Maria Levy

In honor of Emily Talbot '12 William and Leslie Talbot

In honor of Ayla Taylor '22 Tarrie Burnett

In honor of Alex Traube Richard Zierman '89


In memory of Jeremy Brooks '14 Rebecca Allahyari

In memory of Connie Dillon '68 Greg Pollak '68

In memory of Ike Kalangis Kristin Kalangis

In memory of Robert Schwarz Kathy Fennema

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Endowment Fund Donors


Gregg and Diana Lowe

Jacqueline Mars Ralph J. Tingle and Judy Broughton


Carl Kawaja '82 and Gwendolyn Holcombe

Phil and Julie Murray

Fred and Arlyn Nathan Blair and Trey Naylor Jim and Amy Weyhrauch

$5,000-$9,999 William and Amy Conway Steven J. Dayton and Carol Norton


James B. Alley III '84

SANTA FE PREP RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF A ROBUST ENDOWMENT TO ASSURE THE SCHOOL'S FUTURE. We give particular thanks to the donors who have contributed to our endowed funds during the fiscal year 2021-2022.

Martina Ferris

William and Louisella Frank

Kristina E. Alley and Timothy Farrell Frank and Sue Cannon Russell T. Olson and Frances Parker


Anne Alley '82

Elisabeth Alley

Susan Armijo and Roger Miller Samson and Becca Benen

Alexa Beutler and Brian Stonecipher

Dorothy Beutler

Eric and Xiaoli Beutler

Erica Beutler and Ben Marden

Bright Funds Foundation

Kristi Carlson and Bruce Mazur

Daniel Corwin

Susan Erdakos

Morgan and Kathryn Hees

Christy Hengst and Helmut Hillenkamp

Jennifer Hershey

Richard and Karen Hubble

Maureen Hyland

Carol Kurth

Cindy Lange-Kubick

Holly Lynton

Jody and Ron Miller

Kim Read Chris Santacroce Allison Saxe

Susan and Clayton Streich Linda Vincent Karen West John Zwack


CONTRIBUTED GENEROUSLY IN SUPPORT OF STUDENT TUITION ASSISTANCE in 2021-2022. Thanks to donations to this effort in the past two years, 24 students received tuition assistance that made a Prep education possible. This year's impactful commitments represent close to $250,000.

Stephen and Karen Bershad

Liz Bremner and Karen Crow

Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund

Josh Klinefelter '93 and Kelsey Klinefelter Lee and Joohee Rand

Jenna and Wilson Scanlan

Peter A. Spier '94 and Stacey Spier

Thomas J. Spier '96 and Stephanie Spier

Steele Family Foundation

Thornburg Foundation

Strategic Impact Fund Donors Thank you to everyone for their 2021/22 participation! If you would like to make a gift or pledge please visit: or scan: Questions? Email us at the Advancement Office or

Santa Fe Prep Report of Finances Finance Committee Report

SANTA FE PREP MAKES EVERY POSSIBLE EFFORT practices. Throughout the school year, the finance committee meets once a month to review the school’s income and balance statement as prepared by Director of Finance Bruce Sachs and his staff. The committee is also charged with proposing the school’s annual budget based on community and facility needs and prioritizations as agreed upon by the Board of Trustees and Head of School. Thoughtful fiscal management takes a lot of work, and Prep is proud of the team of people whose expertise assures our institutional health and sustainability.

Decisions regarding tuition costs and staff salary increases based on revenue projections (fundraising and enrollment) is by far the most visible duty of this committee. Despite significant inflation, we were delighted to have increased salaries this year by 4.5%, and remained thankful for a strong endowment, increased revenue from donations, and increasing enrollment. The school also remains debt free thanks to continued strong stewardship of funds.

REPORT 75% Tuition and Fees 6% Annual Fund 11% Endowment Draw 8% Incidental Revenues REVENUE SOURCES 69% Salaries and Benefits 17% Tuition Assistance 14% Buildings/Instructional Expense EXPENSES 2021 / 2022 FINANCE COMMITTEE Phil Murray, Chair Kristina Alley Edward Gale Dominic Garcia David Kocon Michael McNeill Elicia Montoya Bruce Sachs Aaron Schubach Leah Swanson
Statement of Financial Position SF PREP ANNUAL REPORT 2021/2022 | 45 ASSETS Cash and Equivalents $ 4,414,387 Investments Equities and Fixed Income Securities 26,079,323 Accounts Receivable Tuition and Fees 50,872 Pledges Receivable 32,018,447 Other Receivables 112,471 Prepaid Expenses 164,703 PP & E 8,996,252 Endowment Land and Art 14,700 Cash Value of Life Insurance 0 Other Tangible Assets 40,000 Other Art 249,848 Total Assets $ 72,141,003 LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses $ 674,059 Deferred Revenue 2,519,288 Other Liabilities 250,000 Scholarships Payable 14,754,309 Total Liabilities $18,197,656 NET ASSETS Unrestricted $ 4,502,695 Temp Restricted 11,083,611 Permanently Restricted 27,286,230 Davis Scholarships 11,070,811 Total Net Assets 53,943,347 Total Liabilities and Net Assets $ 72,141,003
Tuition and Fees (net) $ 9,013,572 Gifts and Grants (net) 1,138,855 Special Events 0 Interest and Dividends 344,798 Oil and Gas Royalties 767 Rents and Other 6,255 Net Realized and Unrealized Gains - 4,082,359 * Net Revenues $ 6,421,888 EXPENSES Financial Aid $ 1,449,586 Instructional 5,430,368 Fundraising and Advancement 342,566 Administration 1,991,398 Davis Scholarships 2,188,125 Plant Operation and Depreciation 1,337,052 Total Expenses $ 12,739,095 Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets - 20,918,190 ** Beginning Net Assets 93,059,193 Ending Net Assets $ 72,141,003 AS OF JUNE 30, 2021 *reflects endowment investment losses (realized and unrealized) ** this amount reflects significant pledges made to the Davis New Mexico Scholarship by scholarship founder, Andrew Davis, in the prior fiscal year

Endowments at Santa Fe Prep

Endowment Committee Report

SANTA FE PREP IS PROUD to have established and grown a significant endowment that allows us to provide future stability for the school through investment revenue. Through most of the school’s fiscal year, the endowment experienced significant growth that put us in an impressive position compared with other schools our size. As of June 30, 2022, our endowment funds reached a total of $21,665,234. Our more than 40 permanently endowed funds provide need-based scholarships, faculty professional development, and general operating support for the school. The annual draw from endowment funds is approximately 4%. The endowment board consists of financial professionals and Board members who lend their expertise to assure responsible and thoughtful stewardship of our investments. In this past year, the committee also worked to fine-tune investment policies and review performance based on benchmarking.

2021 / 2022 ENDOWMENT COMMITTEE Kristina Alley, Chair Connor Browne Dominic Garcia Morgan Hees David Kocon Michael McNeill Elicia Montoya Phil Murray Aaron Schubach George Strickland Wendy Trevisani

Endowment Funds

AS OF JUNE 30, 2022



Breakthrough Operating Fund $935,210

Buckman Scholarship $267,820

Davis Breakthrough Scholars $1,443,912

Doris Bry Scholarship Fund $764,700

EE Ford Summer Teachers Colloquium $279,746

James and Elisabeth Alley Scholarship Fund $102,807

Kathryn Wasserman Davis 20th Century History Chair $803,563

Permanent Endowment Fund Trust $2,786,820

Spirit of Santa Fe Prep Endowment $497,041

The Arlene LewAllen Artist Outreach Endowment Fund $24,866

The Board of Trustees Summer Fellowship Account $88,325

The David Ginocchio Endowed Scholarship Fund $325,708

The Edward E. Ford & Margaret P. Driscoll Endowment Fund for Upper School Faculty Summer Study $196,808

The EE Ford/Conway Faculty Growth & Enrichment Initiative Endowment $239,061

The Elias Farmer Memorial Scholarship Fund $338,240

The Endowment for Faculty Compensation and Development $802,531

The Faculty Professional Development Fund $257,849

The Goodwin Family Scholarship $769,561

The Griffin Chair for Inspirational Teaching $373,711

The Headmaster’s Scholarship Fund $786,328

The J. Burchenal Ault Library Fund $285,437

The Jenny and Alice Lee Memorial Scholarship Fund $123,520

The Kathryn O’Keeffe Endowment for Native American Students $908,463

The Leland Thompson Founders’ Endowment Fund $268,236

The Leonard Family Scholars Endowment $2,587,726

The M.A. Healy Chair for Teaching Excellence $578,280

The Malone Family Foundation Endowment $1,919,350

The Mary and Ramsay Harris Endowment $3,108

The Minority Scholarship Endowment Fund $779,669

The Mordaunt Elrington Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund $49,648

The Parents’ Association Endowment for Tuition Assistance $188,804

The Quincy Brave Conway Scholarship Endowment $68,573

The Robert W. Kurth Endowment $119,019

The Sage Fund $421,840

The Sage Endowment 50th Campaign $107,249

The Santa Fe Preparatory Class of 1988 Scholarship Fund $9,139

The Tamsin F. Bemis ’84 Memorial Scholarship Fund $407,311

The William H. Borchers Fund for Teacher Professional Development $80,918

Tuition Assistance 50th Capital Campaign $674,314


Associated Programming

Report from the Parents’ Association

EVERY PARENT AT SANTA FE PREP is considered a member of the Parents’ Association. Each year, class representatives are charged with inspiring other parents to participate in community activities and volunteer for events, promoting open dialogues about issues of common interest, and hosting social events that bring parents and other Prep community members together. This year, despite (or thanks to?) nearing the tail end of pandemic restrictions, was a successful one for the Parents Association. Highlights include:

1. A return to in-person Parent Open House and Admissions Open House

2. Community book read of There There by Tommy Orange, led by Jackson Buckley ‘09

3. Annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day

4. 13 social events outside of school, hosted by class reps

5. Weekly dog walks and hikes

6. Monthly meetings, featuring presentations and conversations with Prep community members

7. Close-to-back-to-normal Promotion, Baccalaureate, and Commencement events

Each year, the Parents’ Association hosts a major fundraising event. This year’s Rummage Sale, led by Julie Murray with a strong team of parent volunteers, raised over $40,000 in support of Breakthrough Santa Fe and Tuition Assistance. Many thanks to an anonymous donor who matched the proceeds and helped make this event such a success! The year culminated in a spring happy hour event on the Upper School Quad—there was much to toast to, and much hope for the opportunity for more social gatherings (and fewer restrictions) in the year ahead.

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“I learned a lot of new things and met a lot of people this summer, and I think that my mind will continue growing the longer I’m in Breakthrough.”

- Middle School Student Summer 2022

“Breakthrough showed me how intelligent and talented middle-school students can be. Consequently, it made me care so much more about wanting to help ensure that the opportunity gap will not stand in the way of these students getting the education they deserve. In addition, although I have never considered becoming a teacher before, I am now open to entertaining this idea and considering teaching as a possible career path.”

- Teaching Fellow Summer 2022

“Our child had a great experience at Breakthrough. She made a lot of friends, she was very surrounded and supported, and she learned new things, every day.”

- Middle School Parent Summer 2022

Report from Breakthrough Santa Fe

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 over 200 students in grades 7-12 in Santa Fe who meet at least two of five need criteria correlated with high school dropout. 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. We have been hosted by Santa Fe Prep since 2004, and we belong to a network of 25 Breakthrough sites across the U.S.

Breakthrough students enter the program the summer after 6th grade, when they participate in a 6-week rigorous academic program at Santa Fe Prep. Our summer program employs exceptional high school and college students to teach classes, creating a dynamic near-peer learning environment. With only 6 students per class, there are lots of opportunities for hands-on learning. Many of our summer Teaching Fellows go on to become career teachers or educational equity advocates, due in part to their experiences with us.

This last summer, we welcomed 36 new seventh-grade students to Breakthrough and completed yet another in-person summer with Covid protocols in place and a few new innovations. In their reading classes, seventh-grade students saw themselves in The Last Cuentista, a new book featuring a Latina protagonist from Santa Fe. For the first time, heigh school seniors got to experience a seminar college class for themselves at St. John’s College, and we brought on a part-time mental health counselor to support students and teachers. In the ongoing wake of the pandemic, Breakthrough remains prepared to serve students as they return to school in the new normal.

Facts and Figures:

100% of our middle school students agree that they feel safe and supported at Breakthrough

100% of Teaching Fellows from 2022 agreed that they deepened their leadership abilities at Breakthrough 100% of middle school students from 2022 agreed that they felt more prepared to learn at school this fall 13 members of Class of 2022 received the Davis NM Scholarship and attended at no cost to themselves 98% of our students are students of color 90% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch at school 95% of students will be the first generation in their families to attend college 78% of students speak a language other than English at home 24% of students come from a single-parent household


Breakthrough Santa Fe Donors


City of Santa Fe

Santa Fe Prep Parents' Association


Celia Lipton Farris and Victor W. Farris Foundation Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation

Las Campanas Community Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation

New Cycle Foundation Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation

Next Gen Giving Circle, Santa Fe Community Foundation Santa Fe Hestia Fund

Richard and Rachel White


William and Meg Feldman Gale Family Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation La Liga

Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation Polly O'Brien and Barrett Toan


Anonymous Rutgers and Leslie Barclay Harry's Roadhouse

Cynthia Onore and Stanley Karczewski

Jenna and Wilson Scanlan Steele Family Foundation

Andrew Wallerstein and Mary Sloane Peter and Marianne Westen


Avalon Trust Harris Ho

Elizabeth Lawrence and Andrew Montgomery

Stephen and Meredith Machen Meade P. Martin '72 and Robin Martin Susan Matteucci and Mike Loftin Joe and Joanne McClaugherty

Michael Multari

Anita Ogard and George Strickland Michael and Miriam Schechter

Shaggy Peak Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation

Paul and Carolyn Shapiro

Paul and Missy Stockton

Susan and Conrad De Jong Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation

Tim Terell

Frans and Deborah Trouw Owen and Katherine Van Essen

Christopher Watson and Nicola Heindl-Watson

Nancy Meem Wirth


Paul Abrams and Abigail Adler Elizabeth Armstrong Sam Baca and Rita Rios-Baca Marc Bertram '78 and Cathryn Bertram Boston Consulting Group Inc. Liz Bremner and Karen Crow

Justin Brown '00

Judith Bonem Edison Buchanan and Sally Corning Dan and Amanda Burns Allison Cooper Michael and Ann Cooper Elisabeth and Matthew Desmond George Duncan and Sherry Kelsey George Economo

Margie Edwards and Ellie Edelstein

William and Donna Fishbein Eliot Fisher '01 and Erica Gionfriddo

Madeleine Fort '13

Marvin Godner

MacDonnell Gordon '69 and Charlene Shildmyer

Matthew Hecht and Mary Olson Robb and Numi Hirsch

Kenneth Johnson Leslie and Hervey Juris Robin Kipnis and Penn J. Ritter

Jack Kotz

Claire Lichtenstein and Michael Gold

Marcia and Tim Lenihan

Heather Lenz

Jim and Story Leonard Robert and Mei Levin

Jenna Lock

Gregg and Diana Lowe John and Robin Lyle Lee and Susan MacLeod

Rob Madril and Gail MacQuesten

James Martin

Sam McMillan

Michael McNeill

Fred and J.J. Milder

Ursula Moeller

Fred and Arlyn Nathan Jane Oakes

Gary and Kirsten Oakley Jose and Kay Ofman

Anne Pedersen and Mark Donatelli Rachel and Richard Prince David and Susan Pulling

Rev. Moses J. Silverman Memorial Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation

John Ritter

Martha Ritter

Sam Ritter and Kat Keener

Mitchell Rocha Claire Romero and David Bomse

Mark Rudolf

Janet Russek and David Scheinbaum

Emily Sanders

Marni Sandweiss and Bob Horowitz

Santa Fe Community Foundation

Allie Schechter

Stephanie Schlanger and Randy Bos

Morgan Smith

Kathy Wagner

Alan Webber and Frances Diemoz

Carla Westen '94 and Eugene Flores

William and Janislee Wiese

Marilyn Winokur


Davis New Mexico Scholarship Alumni Report

IN 2022, the Davis New Mexico Scholarship celebrated its largest class ever to graduate from college. In May and June, nearly 30 first-generation college going students from Northern New Mexico became the first in their families to earn their college degrees, putting their own grit and determination to work alongside Andrew Davis’ groundbreaking philanthropic commitment for young people in our state. These Davis New Mexico Scholars joined a diverse and growing scholar alumni community, one that is already making an impact in our community.

This spring, the scholarship also conducted its first ever alumni survey to try and understand the post-graduation experiences of our growing pool of alumni. Happily, we found that over 2/3 of our scholars have elected to return to New Mexico where they are at work in fields from accounting to healthcare to hospitality. The largest sector in which Davis New Mexico alumni are employed, however, is in education: Many Davis New Mexico Scholars want to return to their communities to help others as they were helped.

Below, we’ve highlighted two groups of alumni starting their careers in education, where they will open doors to higher education and future success for those students who are coming next.

The largest employer of Davis New Mexico Scholar alumni is Communities in Schools of New Mexico. CIS provides essential services to students in Santa Fe Public Schools, connecting young people at risk of dropping out to services from mental health to food pantries. By connecting SFPS students to wraparound services, Communities in Schools fills the essential role of tying together the existing support networks for students and families. For more information, see

Odalys and Abril work for Hacia: Toward the University, a college access program in Albuquerque. Hacia is a part of Southwest Creations Collaborative, a women’s empowerment and community investment enterprise. In their roles, Odalys and Abril support high school students with essential “college knowledge” and financial aid workshops, including helping students take advantage of New Mexico’s new Opportunity Scholarship. For more information, see


Report from the Booster Club

THE SANTA FE PREP BOOSTER CLUB is a separate 501(c)(3) which raises funds exclusively for the Athletic Department. The Booster Board was started by a group of Prep parents in 1983. In addition to raising money, the Booster Board donates over 150 volunteer hours annually to the school. Whatever the reason–camaraderie or competitiveness, exercise, entertainment or the pursuit of excellence–numerous Santa Fe Prep students find value in playing on one or more of the school's many sports teams.

The Booster Board raises funds through volleyball and basketball gate entry fees, Griffin Gear sales, Booster Club memberships and sponsorships. Time and time again, we have seen you, the Prep Booster family, rise to meet the moment, facing opportunities and challenges head-on. With your help, the Booster Club raised over $52,000 over the past year!

The value of the Booster Club to the school is indisputable. Your generosity has allowed us to make a large annual gift to the athletic department for designated purposes like purchase of uniforms, equipment and supplies. In the past, we contributed $100,000 toward the purchase of Sun Mountain Field, $9,000 toward a new bus, $6,400 toward weight room renovations and $12,000 toward gymnasium upgrades. In 2020 we contributed $20,000 toward the Adesso Archives athletic boards in the gym lobby. In 2022 we purchased a new high jump pit for the Athletic Department.

As you watch our student athletes in action, know that the Booster Club is a vital part of the Prep sports experience-and we are incredibly grateful for your ongoing support. For more information or to become a member, visit: parents/booster-club

2021 / 2022



Rebecca Bair, President

Kurt Gilbert, Vice-President Andrea Ferjancic, Treasurer Kristin Gasteazoro, Secretary

Dustin Belyeu

Karen Crow

Debra Gonzales

Sean Healy

Tom Hnasko

Justin Kaufman

Alexandra Ladd Toner Mitchell Ocean Munds-Dry Anna Sass Christie Weischel


Booster Memberships

Many heartfelt thanks to the following fans in the stands, who purchased memberships or sponsored us for the 2021-2022 school year as well as our lifetime members, whose commitment is unparalleled.


James Babcock

Aimee and Sean Putnam

Beth Succop


Sara and Dan April

Sara Boyle

Daniel and Juliana Coles

Cullen Curtiss

Alice and Greg Dunn

Andrea Ferjancic

Nina and Michael Furlanetto

Anna and Robert Hastings

Jennifer and Robert MacDonald

Carla Montoya-Rivera

Leah O'Shell and Sam Montoya

Rebecca Parish and Michael Roanhorse

Adriana and Raymond Reyes-Newell

Marci Riskin and David Moore

Brian and Eliza Serna


Kristina Alley and Timothy Farrell

Elizabeth and Jim Brockmann

Melinda and Will Browning Erin and Charles Doerwald

Sandra and Van Gilbert

Estevan and Adi Gonzales

Alexandra Ladd and Christopher Graeser

Jon and Christine Lehman

Brent and Mary Moore

Anna Sass and Aaron Schubach

Michael and Jami Stern

Robin and Jodi Stumbo

Leah and Sloan Swanson

Marie Wilkinson

Douglas and Katherine Zang


Justine Bianco and Josh Bingham

Connor Browne and Christina Price

Matt and Lis Desmond

Mitra and Josh Devon Kristin and Dan Gasteazoro Leeann Knight


Architectural Alliance

Blue Water Solutions

Nedra Matteucci Gallery

Sage Advice NM

Stein and Brockmann Attorneys Thornburg Investment Management


Hinkle Law Firm Hunt Modern We Do Windows


AdobeStar Properties Oral Surgery and Dental Implants of Santa Fe


Mark and Martha Alexander

Cameron and Eric Anderson

Christian and Maggie Andersson

Sara and Dan April

Brant and Rebecca Bair

Marc and Cathryn Bertram

Boys and Girls Club

Leigh Anne and David Brown

Connor Browne and Christina Price

Karen Crow and Liz Bremner

Ocean and Randy Dry

Kate Ferlic and Chris Stanek

Kurt Gilbert and Elicia Montoya

Liz and Michael Grover Sean and Rebecca Healey

Jenny and Justin Kaufman

Jeannette Kelly

Henry and Tina Lanman

Marcia and Tim Lenihan Neil and Cindy Lyon Lee and Susan MacLoud Samuel and Thao Marquez

Fred and Arlyn Nathan Patrick and Stacy Quinn

Wilson and Jenna Scanlan

Jules and Devon Stokof de Jong Mark and Jamie Stone

George and Anita Osgard Strickland Peter and Wendy Trevesani

Owen and Kathy Van Essen

Cindi Vernold and Mark Hopkins

Mary Vickers

Michael and Debbie Whiting

Sasha Wilcoxon

Peter and Carol Wirth

Douglas and Katherine Zang



Adesso Archives Update

As architectural plans for a new library on campus began to take shape in the early 2000s, a Library Design Committee was established to brainstorm ideas for the best use of the space. Head librarian Jan Adesso—whose team was already collecting yearbooks, Skirmisher issues, recordings of plays and baccalaureate presentations, and other materials— suggested an archive to house the school’s records.

By the time Lisa Nordstrum joined the Prep faculty in 2012, this “archive” had served for more than a decade as a place for anyone in the school community to deposit materials, all of which had amassed in the library basement waiting to be utilized. Lisa—who had spent time in libraries and archives in Santa Fe and Washington, DC as a contract researcher—collaborated with Jan on many librarybased projects, from lessons on the Dewey Decimal System and source citations to working to enlarge the Southwest-themed book collection. In the lead-up to the celebration of the school’s 50th anniversary, both women sat on the committee that reviewed and edited drafts of the history panels now adorning the walls of the administration building. It was through these projects and their partnership that Lisa’s interests in the Prep archive initiative were kindled.

In 2019, after announcing her intention to retire in two years, Jan initiated the Adesso Archives project as an effort to bring order and organization to the sheer volume of materials the archives held. That first year, Lisa took her 7th grade New Mexico history students on a field trip to the library basement where Jan told the story of General Elrington and they were introduced to the workings of the archive as a research tool and the concept of primary sources.

Now the current archivist managing the collection, Lisa is working to add key primary sources to the database and digitize as many resources as possible for better research access. Moving forward, the hope is for the archives to be utilized by teachers and students in every department as a part of their curriculum interests. Increasing the historic knowledge base of our Prep community through documents and artifacts from the past 60 years is a true communitybuilding endeavor. As these connections develop, everyone in the community may experience a stronger sense of belonging. As students learn more about Prep’s past, they begin to see how they fit into its present and develop a sense of place.

Stained Glass Door

Bette Yozell’s stained glass class worked collaboratively on this door and presented it to the school in 1988. It is now displayed in our library.

Elrington Bell

General and Peggy Elrington brought this 16th century bell, La Dona de Mexico, from Mexico to Prep in 1972. We now ring it to begin the school year and to celebrate the ending of the school year.

Cottonwood Tree on Brennand Field

General Elrington and Fred Maas (Maas began teaching science at Santa Fe Prep in 1969) planted this “broomstick of a tree” in 1976. No one thought it would grow so magnificently.


Over the years Santa Fe Prep has had several signs to welcome students, families, and guests to our campus. This sign for Santa Fe Prep from the mid 1970’s hangs in our archives!!

Diorama of the Cruz Blanca Property

Architect Philippe Register’s mock-up of the new school on the Cruz Blanca property. Presented to the Santa Fe Prep Board July 2, 1969.

A digitized collection of Prep yearbooks, presented by the Adesso Archives, may be found at: BOOKCASE.YEARBOOKSCANNING.COM/BOOKCASE/SHOZC

Firsts At


First Headmaster (Douglas McClure) - 1962

First Headmaster on campus (Francis Bloodgood) - 1963

First Day of School - 1963

First Skirmisher - 1963

First Soccer and Swimming teams formed - 1963

First Ski Team formed - 1964

First Student Council established - 1964

First Cheerleading squad formed - 1964

First play written by a student in the drama club and performed - 1964

First weekly ski program started - 1964

First political article “Selling Wheat to Russia” in the Skirmisher - 1964

First Model UN and Debate Club formed - 1964

First Graduating Class and Yearbook - 1967

First School Name Chosen - 1968

First 7th grade class to graduate - 1969

First Humanities class - 1969

First Variety show - 1969

First Head on Cruz Blanca Campus (Dave Jackson) - 1969

First Kent Denver/ SFP Field Hockey exchange - 1970

First State Field Hockey Championship - 1973

First State Boys Soccer Championship - 1974

First year both Upper and Middle School on Cruz Blanc campus - 1975

First State Track Championship - 1977

First Terry Fox/Dan Maas Run - 1981

First season in the new gym - 1981

First mascot (Blue Griffin) chosen - 1981

First TAP (Thursday Afternoon Program / Teen Action Program) - 1988

First Booster Club established - 1988

First English Department sponsored Faculty reading - 1991

First Elastic Babble (upper school student reading) - 1995

First State Girls Soccer Championship - 1996

First OOOM (Middle School student reading) - 1996

First SIP (Student Independent Project) - 2001

First Breakthrough class on campus - 2004

First Gold certified Leed building from the ground up in New Mexico - SFP Library - 2006

First State Dance Championship - 2010

First State Girls Lacrosse Championship - 2013

First State Boys Lacrosse Championship - 2014

First State Swimming Championship - 2019

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

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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

56 | SF PREP ANNUAL REPORT 2021/2022 Santa Fe Prep By The Numbers $21,665,234 Endowment Total (AS OF JUNE 30, 2022) 1961 1963 31% $15,352 average tuition assistance grant awarded 100% faculty and staff made gifts to the Annual Fund 500+ Santa Fe Public School students supported by Breakthrough Santa Fe since 2004 45 athletic teams 90% Breakthrough Students that directly enroll in college each year 1273 SAT average for Santa Fe Prep students students receiving tuition assistance grades 7-12 Santa Fe Prep school was established first day of classes held on September 2 344 students currently enrolled 7TH: 55 8TH: 66 9TH: 66 10TH: 61 11TH: 45 12TH: 51
83% of current parents participated in annual giving BY THE NUMBERS | 57 1:8 faculty to student ratio 41% 28 current parents are Prep alumni 70% of academic faculty hold advanced degrees Prep athletic state championship in 2021-2022 (girls Swimming & Diving) 50 first-generation New Mexican students received full college scholarships from the Davis New Mexico scholarship program housed at Prep 55 colleges and universities members of the class of 2022 are attending across the US and abroad 1 schools in New Mexico (Prep alone!) that received the Malone Scholarship Grant of $2M 14 average class size 40% students of color currently enrolled students in the incoming 7th grade class receiving tuition assistance IN 2022-23: 21% increase in applications 88 new students $1,664,198 in need-based aid granted


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.


Douglas Davenport ’72 is a retired ER doctor, having spent his career in Hawaii. He has three children and three grandchildren. Doug now splits his time between Honolulu and Volcano on the island of Hawaii, and was recently in Santa Fe visiting with fellow class of 1972 alumna Susan Kelly.


Melora Peters Mennesson ’81 lives in New Preston, CT. After 20 years of teaching in Montessori schools in Connecticut and Virginia, she started her own tutoring business. Prior to Covid, she spent a year back in Santa Fe after too many decades away to count, where she taught at the excellent Rio Grande school, an experience that she loved. While back in New Mexico, she spent fun hours with Sarah Tuttle, Toner Mitchell, Lisa Wenrick, Susan Kelly-Stanley, Pamela Kelly, and Cricket and Noel Harvey. Melora and her exhusband Michel Mennesson have two sons—Emmanuel who just graduated from McGill University with a degree in computer science and Gabriel who graduated from NYU’s Stern School of Business and now works for Ribbit Capital. They all try to spend time in New Mexico whenever they can, visiting lifelong friends and making a beeline for The Shed to get their chile fix.

Claude Silver ’87 is VaynerMedia's (and the world's) inaugural Chief Heart Officer, Second in command to entrepreneurial and social media

influencer, Gary Vaynerchuk. At VaynerMedia, Claude champions empathy-driven leadership for over 1800 employees globally. As a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies with a BA in Transpersonal Psychology & Human Development, and additional certifications in various psychology and spiritual teachings from other institutes in Northern California, Claude has a unique perspective on corporate leadership and team building techniques. Claude considers herself an all-rounder - shes's a natural coach, team player, and cheerleader. She believes in people and sees the good in every day by leading with humanity. Fun fact, Claude founded and ran an outdoor adventure & surf company in San Francisco where she was in the cold Pacific Ocean coaching 275 days a year. She enjoys playing with her 2 little girls, making playlists, getting lost on adventures, and hanging with her brother Caleb and his girls in NYC.

Eli Goodman ’88 lives in Santa Fe with his family on a small horse ranch. Eli co-founded Best Daze Cannabis Company in 2015 to provide highquality medicinal cannabis to Northern New Mexico. Well known for quality and consistency of both products and customer service, on April 1, 2022, Best Daze expanded its operation to include recreational cannabis sales. They have three locations in Albuquerque, three in Santa Fe, one in Espanola, and another in Las Vegas. Check them out. Eli is also a television and stage actor whose

career spans over thirty years in the entertainment industry.

After spending 20 years in the Bay Area working in the tech and restaurant industries, Ted Razatos ’88 and his wife Ami, who also grew up in New Mexico, moved back to Santa Fe with their two kids Salvador (13) and Eleni (9). Ted is currently working with Eli Goodman in the cannabis industry, focusing on business development and marketing.

Caleb Silver ’88 has worked in business journalism for the past 25 years, first at Bloomberg and then CNN. For the past seven years, he has served as the Editor in Chief of Investopedia, the largest online finance and investing education platform. He is also the host of two podcasts—The Investopedia Express and The Green Investor—and is a frequent guest and contributor on MSNBC, CNBC, NBCNews, Yahoo Finance, and ABC Radio, where you can see or hear him talking about markets, the economy, and personal finance. Caleb, who previously worked as a cameraman and documentary filmmaker, restarted his production company in 2014. In the past two years, he has served as an executive producer on two short films in New Mexico written and directed by Kristin Goodman, wife of Eli Goodman ’88. Caleb currently lives in New York City with his wife Ana, whom he met in Uruguay 28 years ago while traveling throughout South America filming environmental documentaries. Ana is a conservation biologist and leads one of the research centers at the Museum of Natural History. They have two amazing teenage daughters and love coming back to Santa Fe every year to eat breakfast burritos and hang out with Caleb’s parents, who live in Nambe.

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Email Jillian or Michael in the Advancement Office jtomlinson@ or with your news and photos.


Elege Simons Harwood ’94 is the proud parent of two Santa Fe Prep students, Steck ‘26 and Meyer ‘28, and a hopeful future Griffin, Archer. She lives with her boys and husband, Kyle in La Cienega on a compound with her parents Tom (a former Prep Trustee) and Susan Simons, siblings Quinn ‘92 and Frieda ‘00, sister-in-law Veree ‘94, and their families. This past June, in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary, Tom and Susan took the whole family to Tanzania for an amazing trip. Elege practices family law, specializing in mediation and working alongside her dad and siblings. She also remains busy at Prep, where she serves as the current president of the Alumni Board and co-president of the Parents’ Association.

After Prep, Abby Feldman ’95 left Santa Fe for college at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where she discovered landscape architecture. In total, she was away from New Mexico for about twenty years, including time spent doing graduate work at Harvard and living in a variety of cities including Berlin, Mexico City, New York, New Orleans, and most recently Los Angeles. In LA, she had her son Felix (now age 6) as a Single Mom by Choice, before returning home to Santa Fe about 5 years ago. Her family has since grown to include her partner, Christopher Hall. Most of her travels were led by her career in landscape architecture, and she feels incredibly fortunate to now

work at a great firm in Santa Fe called Surroundings. She’s very proud of her public projects, the most recent being the International District Library on Central Avenue in Albuquerque.


Lucy Gent Foma ’05 works with the state of New Mexico as the Alternative Fuels Program Manager, helping plan and manage federal funding for alternative fuels and alternative transportation, including the New Mexico Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plan. Her husband, Okwen, has been in the accounting department of Positive Energy Solar for 6+ years. Their girls, Elise and Frances, are building their resumes to apply to Prep—hopeful future graduating classes of 2032 and 2036!


To kick off his gap year, Meehan Heneghan ’22 spent four months living in Barcelona, Spain, where he

attended a Spanish language school while working remotely as a healthcare billing specialist. He was lucky enough to be in the country for the famous Festa Major de Gracia, when every block is decorated with papier mache statues and lanterns, and each plaza holds its own music festival.

Newest Griffins!

Several future Griffins joined the extended Prep family this year, as members of Prep’s faculty and staff welcomed new babies!

On February 23rd, Xiomara was born to Director of College Counseling Matt Ybarra and his wife Linda, joining older sister Alma.

Associate Director of Admissions Summar Aubrey ’00 and her husband Julian (and older brother Kallen) welcomed Silas on June 1st.

And on October 1st, art teacher Matt Mullins and his wife Annie welcomed Elijah, who joins older brother Sage.

Congratulations to all!

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Class of 1992

Alumni Weekend

Following the 2022 Commencement festivities, Santa Fe Prep hosted its first all-class alumni reunion weekend!

On Friday evening, alumni from the class of ’72 celebrated their 50-year reunion at the home of Susan Kelly ’72 with the help of fellow alumna, Peggy Catron ’72. Good cheer was shared all around as the alums recounted stories of the early days of Prep, even one memory of riding to school on horseback! Peggy writes: “Reuniting with our classmates felt comforting and joyful. At a certain place in life, it's

good to celebrate accomplishments and interests, but it felt even better to realize how much I still really like my classmates. No one has stood still; everyone has grown and emerged more caring and playful; and I realized I was lucky to be part of this group, as awkward as I felt at that time.” Frank Spencer ’72 recalls the small bus that brought students up Acequia Madre and Canyon Road to the original school

on the bank of the Santa Fe river. “In one of those small classrooms we reviewed the classic novels while Bob Kurth performed my favorite cigarette trick before lighting up. I believe that through his amiable guidance each of us unwittingly were given the gift of independent thought… There were nineteen very special people in that class. It was my great privilege to spend some time on earth with that group.”

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To further the festivities, Warren Thompson ’72 hosted a dinner in his home on Saturday evening. Thank you, Susan, Peggy, and Warren and all of your classmates who brought energy and enthusiasm to the weekend’s festivities!

Class of 1972

On June 4th, members of Santa Fe Prep classes ranging from 1967 to 2017 returned to Prep to participate in campus tours, classes led by current faculty members, and a presentation of materials from the Adesso Archives by Jan Adesso herself. Alumni quite literally captured the day via plein-air painting with Prep art teacher and

"We came together, some of us having not seen one another since our graduation. We were 13 years old again with wrinkled smiles and balding heads, but the twinkle in everybody’s eyes and hearts bursting with love made us want to do it all over again."

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professional artist Matt Mullins, and reminisced over their virtual yearbooks on the big screen.

The day culminated in a picnic and concert on Brennand Field, featuring recent Prep grad Meehan Heneghan ’22 and alumnus Pete White ’82 with Sante Fe-based band JJ and the Hooligans. Leo Sheppard—member of the future class of 2028, brother of Emma Sheppard ’17, and son of New Mexico history teacher and Adesso Archivist Lisa Nordstrum—played the drums in a follow-up set with his dad, Michael Sheppard. Thank you to all who joined in the weekend on campus as well as in privately hosted alumni class reunions!

A big shout out to Kelsey Daly Brown ’82, who hosted a 40th reunion for her class later in June, and Adelma Hnasko ’92 and Willy Richardson ’92—both current parents as well as members of the Prep Alumni Board—who held a robustly attended 30-year reunion in July.

If you could not attend but would still like a complementary t-shirt commemorating the event, please contact Michael McNeill at

Class of 1982

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Upcoming Alumni Events

Santa Fe Prep alumni of all class years are invited to join us on campus for the following celebratory occasions. Check your inbox for formal invitations and additional information. Gather your classmates and make plans to reconnect at your alma mater! Questions may be directed to Want to organize your own class reunion? Please let us know so we can help you!

DECEMBER 22, 2022: Alumni Holiday Party

Meet, mingle, and enjoy festive refreshments with fellow alums in the Prep Library.

JUNE 3&4, 2023: Alumni Weekend

Join is for the second annual Alumni Weekend, featuring campus tours, mini classes, class reunion celebrations, and other special events.

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