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Harlan Lawson


Member of the EVCA Governing Council from August  2012-March 2020 serving as Secretary, Vice President and President.  Resigned from the Governing Council to join the EVCA Foundation in March 2020.  Strong advocate for classical liberal arts education.  Prior experience included 31 years active duty with the U.S. Army serving combat tours in Vietnam and Iraq.  Commanded Army units from battery to Brigade with more than 6 years of overseas duty including tours in South Korea, Germany, Greece, and Norway.  Two highlights of military  career included conducting last underground nuclear weapons test in 1993 and commanding a 3500 soldier brigade in the 101st Airborne Division during execution of the longest combat air assault in Army history to capture an active Iraqi airfield.  Have owned several successful private-sector businesses and currently serve as the Executive Vice President for Science and Technology of AMS, INC. headquartered in Dallas, Texas.  Taught mathematics in Missouri high schools and at two Universities in the Philippines prior to military service.  Earned Master of Science-Applied Science/Nuclear Physics from the University of California in 1978 where I studied under Dr. Edward Teller, father of the hydrogen bomb.

Alisha Urquhart


Alisha Urquhart has been an EVCA Foundation member since the summer of 2012, right before the initial opening of the School. She became the Foundation’s treasurer in 2013 and is still serving in that capacity today. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and has held a Certified Public Accountant license since 1993. She worked for an accounting firm for 26 years and then transitioned over to Business Controller for a Computer IT & Engineering Company and has been with them for the past two years. Alisha is happily married to her husband of 27 years and has two high school children that currently attend EVCA. Alisha’s oldest son has since graduated from EVCA in 2018.

Kathy Bryson


Kathy Bryson joined the staff of EVCA in the fall of 2019 as an upper school mathematics teacher. She is married to her husband of 23 years and has a son and a daughter in high school. She tries to keep up with her 3 dogs and enjoys playing piano and singing for her church’s praise team. Kathy loves EVCA and its mission and currently serves as the Foundation Secretary. 

Tiffany Abbott

Foundation Member

Tiffany Abbott joined the EVCA Foundation as a board member in the spring of 2020; she started attending meetings and volunteering for special events in the fall and by the spring Tiffany had found an outlet for her enthusiastic, busy-body nature. Tiffany is mom to three EVCA students and is willing to do the hard work to help the school thrive. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and has experience in volunteer coordination and special events planning.

Dan Garton

Foundation Member

Dan was born in New Jersey, but at a young age his family moved to Roswell, NM where he was raised on an alfalfa farm and horse ranch.  Shortly after graduating high school, Dan was diagnosed with cancer and underwent 4 months of surgery and chemotherapy.  That led him to the decision to follow his dream to play music.   Although not a musician at the time, he did love to sing and ended up attending South Plains College in Levelland, TX to study “Commercial Music”.  After leaving Levelland, Dan toured as a professional musician and singer around Texas and Oklahoma for 12 years. He met his wife, Rachael in 2001 and they married in 2003. In 2004 Dan had the opportunity to move back to New Mexico and work in the investment industry.  Dan and Rachael have four children, two who attend EVCA, and two who will start kindergarten at EVCA in the fall of 2021.   Dan has a firm belief in EVCA’s mission and the commitment that EVCA’s Teachers, Administration, Governing Council, and Foundation give to our children.