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Let your house be a meeting place for the wise.
Pirkei Avot 1:4
Monday-Thursday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
AND A LITTLE BACKGROUND:
Dorothea considered inviting everyone to drop by her office where they could learn the story of her life through interpretive dance, but then she thought better of it. Born in Brooklyn, she was an only child surrounded by dozens of cousins, most of whom were at least a decade older than her. After getting a degree in Comparative Literature at Brooklyn College, she absconded to Europe with her first husband and, much to her own surprise, never lived in New York again. In Champaign-Urbana at the University of Illinois, she discovered two things: international folk dancing and her second husband. She came to Los Alamos in 1973 but was not suited to life on the hill, so she and her physicist husband moved to Santa Fe. Her eldest child, Ben, attended TBS Preschool in its very first year; her second child, Robert, had his Bar Mitzvah here. When she is not at work, she is out dancing, at home reading or doing crossword puzzles, talking to one of her kids or off travelling with Terence Cady, her partner in crime. Dorothea started work at TBS on her birthday, October 18, 1999. Like most people in the field of Temple administration, this was not a career path she had actually planned for. Her work history includes a stint with AT&T before the divestiture (she still misses the ease of knowing who to call when your phone stops working), programming classical music for the University radio station in Illinois, taking charge of a police library that looked like a Boy Scout paper drive, ministering to the scholars and anthropologists at the School of American Research on Garcia Street, and eight years running a market research company at the old Villa Linda Mall. There could be no better preparation for her current position.
Stephanie grew up in Lancaster County, PA (The Dog Period), went to music school in Philadelphia (The Cat Period) and began her career as a free-lance musician playing with the Pennsylvania Ballet and various regional orchestras, opera companies and chamber music groups. To add variety, she also played for West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Man of La Mancha, A Little Night Music, and 1776. In addition, she worked in musical theaters, playing for Sonny and Cher, Buddy Hackett, James Darren, Cleo Laine, Natalie Cole, Tom Jones, Sergio Franchi, Vic Damone, and Connie Stevens. In Atlantic City, she played for Lena Horne, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, Dolly Parton, Englebert Humperdinck, Andy Williams, 5th Dimension, Julie Andrews, Eddie Rabbit, Eddie Arnold, Harry Connick Jr., Bernadette Peters, Johnny Mathis, Ann Julian, Ben Vereen, Raquel Welch, and Petula Clark. (Drop names much?) Later on, she moved to New York (The Husband Period – no animals) and joined the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra with whom she recorded and traveled all over the world. After some time subbing on Broadway, she joined the orchestra of “Cats” where she stayed for 8 years (a different Cat period). When she had enough “Memories”, she left New York (back to Dogs) and moved to Santa Fe in 1990. Knowing that it was not possible to make a living here by playing music, she drew on her natural talent for numbers and worked as a bookkeeper for the SF Symphony, the SF Opera, the Children’s Museum and finally TBS. She still teaches French horn privately and plays in a variety of local groups, but animals are her greatest joy (the Horse and Alpaca period). Dealing with her horse, her dog, and her 12 variously colored alpacas, she has learned a great deal about homeopathy and has become a certified Reiki practitioner. Finding uses for her alpacas’ fleece provides her with a creative outlet – spinning yarn and felting everything from bird houses to clothing.
Mike Chavez is the TBS employee that nobody knows. He is in and out of here every single day before anyone else arrives. If you thought that the tables and chairs appear and disappear by magic, then the magician’s name is Mike. Mike is a native Santa Fean. He has been married to his wife, Gina, for more than 40 years and has four daughters, 4 grandsons, and 2 granddaughters. Mike’s career began with a stint in the Army and a spell serving bench warrants for Judge Chavez. He was also a Santa Fe fireman for 15 years. For more than 30 years, he has been our incredibly loyal and reliable custodian, the kind that forgives us when we call him in a panic in the middle of the afternoon because we have forgotten to tell him that there was a major setup needed for the evening. You can’t buy that kind of dedication – you have to earn it. We are in his debt and we thank him for service above and beyond.