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President’s Cabinet

The President’s Cabinet, comprising the senior leadership at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), is central to shaping and executing the institution’s mission, which is “to empower creativity and leadership in Indigenous arts and cultures through higher education, lifelong learning, and community engagement.” The Cabinet operates based on IAIA’s core values, including collaboration, excellence, creativity, respect, integrity, leadership, stewardship, and environmental responsibility. All these values are directed towards ensuring student success, strengthening the IAIA community, promoting contemporary Indigenous arts and cultures, and ensuring sustainable growth through responsible resource management.

Dr. Robert Martin

Dr. Robert Martin

(Cherokee Nation)

President
Office of the President
E president@iaia.edu

Biography

Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation) became President of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) on July 1, 2007. He has led the development of a comprehensive strategic plan and a campus facilities master plan resulting in academic program expansion, growth in student enrollment, construction of five new buildings on campus and the launch of a successful capital campaign. Prior to joining the IAIA community, Dr. Martin was the Associate Head for the American Indian Studies program at the University of Arizona. He also served as President of Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque for eight years and president of Haskell Indian Nations University for ten years. Under his guidance, Haskell made the transition from junior college to a university offering baccalaureate programs. In addition, he served as the President of Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC) in Sells, Arizona. During his tenure, TOCC achieved accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission and was designated as a 1994 Land Grant Institution by the U.S. Congress.

Dr. Martin is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Kansas and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Appalachian State University.

He currently serves on the boards of American Indian Higher Education Consortium, Lensic Performing Arts Center and the Higher Learning Commission—a regional accreditor for colleges and universities. Dr. Martin was awarded the Liberty Bell Award by the Douglas County (Kansas) Bar Association, bestowed on Law Day USA to recognize individual contributions to human rights. He also was awarded an honorary doctorate from Baker University and in 2010 he received the Tribal College President of the Year Award.

Laurie Logan Brayshaw

Laurie Logan Brayshaw

Director
Sponsored Programs
E llogan@iaia.edu

Biography

Laurie Logan Brayshaw is the Director of Sponsored Programs, which comprises grants and contracts, Land-Grant Programs, and Continuing Education, and she is also the Title IX Coordinator. Logan Brayshaw worked for 13 years in Health Care Administration and moved to higher education when she joined IAIA in 2002. She has written grant proposals and assisted program directors in developing and implementing their projects. 

Holding a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Parkside in Life Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Health and Health Administration from Yale, she grows a variety of produce at home, travels, and is an avid reader of The New York Times.

Suzette Sherman

Suzette Sherman

Director
Institutional Advancement
Executive Director
IAIA Foundation
E suzette.sherman@iaia.edu

Biography

Biography coming soon.
Lawrence T. Mirabal

Lawrence T. Mirabal

Vice President of Operations
Finance and Operations
E lmirabal@iaia.edu

Biography

Lawrence T. Mirabal currently serves as the Vice President of Operations at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Prior to holding this position, Mirabal served as the Chief Financial Officer for ten years. He has two decades of experience in higher education administration, including his previous position, where he served as the Controller at St. John’s College for 12 years. In his current position, Mirabal is responsible for overseeing the entire fiscal operation of the institution and directing Human Resources, Information Technology, Facilities, Security, and all auxiliary functions.

Mirabal has forged a career in higher education primarily because it melds his passion for business with the higher purpose of the institutional mission. Pursuing new and innovative ways of improving campus operations and enhancing learning opportunities are at the forefront of Mirabal’s work.

He is a 1997 University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management graduate.

Jason S. Ordaz

Jason S. Ordaz

Director
Communications
E jason.ordaz@iaia.edu

Biography

Jason S. Ordaz is a leader and seasoned professional in the communications, marketing, and branding field, with an impressive 22-year career based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. With a keen focus on creativity and meticulous attention to detail, he successfully spearheaded the rebranding of the School for Advanced Research’s (SAR) highly acclaimed centennial campaign in 2007.

Ordaz’s writing and photography have garnered recognition in esteemed international and national publications such as Vogue, The Smithsonian, The New York Times, Progresso Fotografico Magazine, Santa Fe New Mexican, Pasatiempo, and THE Magazine, among others.

In his capacity as the Communications Director at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), he occupies a senior leadership role within the IAIA President’s Cabinet, collaborating closely with seven distinguished colleagues. His distinctive editorial, design, and photographic style have reinvigorated IAIA’s global brand awareness, firmly placing the university at the forefront of recognition.

Beyond his professional achievements, Ordaz is deeply passionate about supporting Native and Indigenous communities. He has cultivated meaningful relationships with individuals, Tribal Nation communities, and prominent organizations, including Marvel and Disney, The Jane Goodall Institute, CalArts, The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, The Santa Fe Botanical Garden, as well as numerous local magazines and publishers.

Ordaz’s career is marked by a commitment to excellence and a genuine dedication to the causes he champions. His impact resonates throughout the communication field and the communities he tirelessly supports.

Mary Beth Worley

Mary Beth Worley

Director
Institutional Research
E marybeth.worley@iaia.edu

Biography

Biography coming soon.
Felipe J. Estudillo Colón

Felipe J. Estudillo Colón

(Laguna Pueblo)

Provost
Office of the Provost
E fcolon@iaia.edu

Biography

Biography coming soon.
Patsy Phillips

Patsy Phillips

(Cherokee Nation)

Director
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA)
E pphillips@iaia.edu

Biography

Patsy Phillips (Cherokee Nation) has worked for over twenty-five years with Indigenous artists, educators, scholars, and administrators who advocate for the advancement and understanding of contemporary Indigenous arts and cultures. Phillips begins her 16th year as the Director of the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Before joining MoCNA, Phillips worked at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (2000 to 2008), where she participated in the opening of the Washington, DC, Mall museum in 2004. Phillips holds an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University, a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from Harvard University, and a BA in Anthropology from Southern Methodist University. Phillips oversees the day-to-day operations of the museum.