Dean Fish, PhD
Dean Fish, PhD, is the Santa Fe Ranch Manager. He was officially hired in May of 2013, but grew up on the Santa Fe Ranch and attended local schools. After graduation from Little Red School and Patagonia Union High, Dean attended Pima Community College and the University of Arizona. He attained his B.S. (Animal Science), M.S. and PhD (Reproductive Physiology) degrees from the U of A. Dean spent 15 years in various positions with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension helping livestock producers through problem-solving research and other education. He also helped to grow the local 4-H program and served on many local, state, regional and national committees to help young people succeed. He currently works with the Santa Fe Ranch team to create opportunities for young people to be out of doors and learn about their environment and agriculture. Dean also is working to create ways to share “best management practices” with other small livestock producers in an arid environment. He continues to serve as a 4-H Leader and is involved in various leadership positions in the beef industry.
Maria has been with the Santa Fe Ranch for four years. She is our office manager and takes care of everything in administration. Maria also works directly with our partners and local schools to schedule field trips, events, meetings and transportation. You can find her on Tuesday and Thursday at our wetland location; Las Lagunas de Anza working with project manager, Arlyn Johnson and the Santa Cruz Training Center team tending to trail maintenance, the garden, and greeting children as they arrive from our local schools for an event. Maria is the “hub” of our foundation and keeps all of us going in the right direction! Maria organizes a mass to the Virgen de Guadalupe every year at Las Lagunas.
Arlyn has been with the Santa Fe Ranch for six years and her position has evolved from administration to grant writer and educational coordinator. Arlyn plans and designs educational activities at the Ranch location and at Las Lagunas including nature and history quests, arts and crafts, nature walks, birding and butterfly activities and more She works with our ranch manager; Dean Fish to plan activities and educational events that address both nature and agriculture. Arlyn is the Project Manager for Las Lagunas and has been responsible for writing grants that have addressed the restoration, enhancement and protection of these beautiful wetlands. She is responsible for planning educational and cultural activities and events for school children, youth, birders, historians, and the general public. Recently Arlyn’s art has appeared in several juried competitions in Southern Arizona.
Lupita is Dean’s mom (see staff) and Ron’s wife (see Board members). We are a true family foundation! She raised her family on the Santa Fe Ranch and now runs the Ranch’s farm animal exhibit. Lupita hosts special needs students from Rio Rico High and members of the Santa Cruz Training Center who visit the ranch several times each week.
Antony C. Sedgwick
Antony is one of the third generation Sedgwicks to be commited to being a steward of the lands of the Santa Fe Ranch. He lived on South River Rd as a boy, growing up around horses and the high desert. He studied business administration at North Eastern University in Boston, worked several jobs on the East Coast before moving west two years ago. Antony runs our Anza club, interfaces with Dean on all youth programs and helps out across the board. He was recently voted onto the Board of Directors of the Empire Ranch in Sonoita Az. He is director of operations for Summit Properties Inc..
John Anthony Sedgwick- President
Tony was trained as a lawyer and practiced for seven years in Nogales where he raised his family. He worked as an international lawyer on the East Coast for 15 years and returned to Santa Cruz County in 2003. He was a founder of the Santa Fe Ranch Foundation and has served as its president since its inception in 2007.
Tony serves on numerous area and regional boards- he is currently president of Creating Circles for Peace, a restorative justice non profit dedicated to fighting domestic violence and teen drug and alcohol use, treasurer for the Santa Cruz Nature and Heritage Festival Inc., and on the management committee of the Border Community Alliance.
In 2014, he was elected as a member of the Nogales High School Hall of Fame in recognition of the many projects that the Santa Fe Ranch carries out for the students of that and the Rio Rico High School.