Director of Education & Opportunity Santa Fe
Sarah Amador-Guzman joined the Santa Fe Community Foundation in 2020 as the current Program Director of Education and Opportunity Santa Fe. She has experience in nonprofit management consulting and is extremely passionate about Education Policy, an interest that began over a decade ago with her work at the New Mexico State Legislature. Her work with the Legislative Education Study Committee and the Legislative Finance Committee provided her with great insight on public education funding. As a parent of two her experience became deepened and grounded in the needs of the community. Her thoughtful and creative approach to the sector helps her oversee Opportunity Santa Fe’s ongoing impact. Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Foreign Languages from New Mexico State University and a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University. She enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and playing board games with her husband Juan and her daughter’s Valentina and Victoria.
Mira Engel joined Opportunity Santa Fe in 2021. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Whitman College and a Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of Otago, New Zealand. Mira is a Santa Fe native and enjoys gardening, climbing, and hot green chile.
Collaborative Working Group (CWG) Leads
Santa Fe Community Educators Network Co-Lead
Shannon Bay serves as a co-lead of the Santa Fe Community Educators Network and helps to fosters meaningful community partnerships amongst cultural organizations, the Santa Fe Public Schools and the City of Santa Fe. Shannon has been part of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s education team since February of 2007 and has served as the Program Manager, Adult and Community Engagement since January of 2019. In November of 2016 Shannon received the Museum Art Educator of the Year Award from the New Mexico Art Educators’ Association. Outside of work she volunteers on Kappa Delta Sorority’s National Leadership Team as an Alumnae Chapter Specialist overseeing KD Alumnae operations in eight states and is a member of the Junior League of Albuquerque. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and a Master’s in Business Administration, emphasis on Strategic Leadership, from the University of New Mexico.
Community Educators Network Co-Lead
For the past 17 years and in her role as Ring Director of Education and Curator of Public Practice at SITE Santa Fe, Joanne Lefrak has developed numerous innovative museum education initiatives. She curates all public programs and performance art for the institution and works with artists to co-create commissions enacted within the community. From 2011 – 2021, Lefrak volunteered as the Chair for the City of Santa Fe Children and Youth Commission to improve the lives of children by supporting local non profit and school programs that work for youth. She is one of the founding members of the Community Educators Network which is committed to the power of collaboration and collective impact to successfully address community needs by creating and sharing resources across the non-profit sector. She is the recipient of the City of Santa Fe Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2014.
Joanne Lefrak was born in Long Branch, NJ and received her BS from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY in 1999 and her MFA from Montclair State University in 2001. She lives and works in Santa Fe, NM.
Lynn Bickley is a founder of MathAmigos and has served as lead or co-lead of MathAmigos since 2017. She has been an SFPS math tutor since 2010 and a key recruiter for the diverse 14-member MathAmigos team, who are all volunteers. MathAmigos’ goal is to help teachers inspire kids to love math. MathAmigos has provided 12 teacher workshops since 2017, reaching 75% of teachers at its core schools: Cesar Chavez, El Camino Real Academy, Nina Otero, and Sweeney. MathAmigos’ programs feature partnerships with SFPS, teachers, mathematicians, scientists, Reading Quest, the Santa Fe Public Library, and the Community Educators Network, as well as other math-focused non-profits and the Santa Fe business community. Lynn is a retired internist and clinical professor of medicine at the UNM Medical School. She was the first Associate Dean for Curriculum at Texas Tech University School of Medicine and Medical then Executive Director at Women’s Health Services in Santa Fe from 2009-2013. Lynn has been an active member of the Interfaith Coalition for Public Education since 2012.
STEM Scaffold Santa Fe Lead
Lina Germann is the Founder and CEO of STEM Santa Fe. Since moving to Santa Fe in 1997, Lina has been a STEM advocate and spearheading large STEM events. Serving both students and teachers, she has lead afterschool STEM programs, taught at Santa Fe Community College, developed curriculum, and conducted educators’ professional development. She has worked as a chemist in the technology industry, as a marketing specialist, and has served on local boards and committees. Lina is passionate about STEM education as a path for prosperity and diversity, especially for those underrepresented in STEM careers, and always welcomes a new challenge.
Tutoring and Mentoring Lead
Sabra Romero is the Santa Fe Public Schools (SFPS) Volunteer Coordinator under the Diversity, Equity and Engagement Department. She has held the position for four years and has built a comprehensive, all inclusive volunteer program. Last year, she launched the very first ever SFPS Volunteer Training Program and continues to expand the program
and engage volunteers who work to ensure student success through supporting District and school goals.
Jay Richard Hennicke first got involved with YouthWorks as a classroom instructor in 2014, and is currently the Director of Operations. Jay is committed to the YouthWorks mission of providing alternate pathways of education and job training, and providing other essential services to youth and their families as the gears of social change shift the needs of the community.