R. Dean Fish, PhD – Ranch Manager
Dean Fish, PhD, is the Santa Fe Ranch Manager. He was officially hired in May of 2013. Dean grew up on the Santa Fe Ranch where his father was the ranch manager for Cabot Sedgwick. Dean attended local schools, Little Red School House and Patagonia Union High School, after graduation 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 teaching best practices in the cattle industry and helping young people learn about agriculture. 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.
Hilary Felix – Special Education Coordinator
Hilary Felix is the special education coordinator at the Santa Fe Ranch where she runs our animal assisted therapy program. She enjoys facilitating people’s interactions with animals and the outdoors, especially focusing on programming for those with special needs.
Before working at the Santa Fe Ranch, Hilary worked as a special education teacher. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and grew up riding horses on the east coast and later working on ranches in Wyoming and Arizona. Hilary has benefited from a variety of training’s, most recently receiving her certificate in animal assisted therapy.
It’s an honor for her to use her training and background to work with fantastic people and animals in the beautiful Santa Fe Ranch setting.
Maria Murietta – Office Manager
Maria Murietta manages the office at the Santa Fe Ranch office and oversees the maintenance of Las Lagunas de Anza. 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 working along side the Santa Cruz Training Center team tending to trail maintenance, the garden, open water rerstoration and greeting children as they arrive from our local schools for field trips and events. Maria is the “hub” of our foundation and keeps all of us going in the right direction!
Antony C. Sedgwick – Director
Antony is one of the third generation Sedgwicks to be committed 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. Antony is deeply involved in the community and serves on a number of boards.