280 Trosello Lane Corrales, New Mexico 87048

Sandia View Academy Alumni Association, Inc.

280 Trosello Lane Corrales, New Mexico 87048

Sharylann Grisham Zylstra- Class of 1981

[Patty Elliot and Sharylann]

My Story really begins as a scared Freshmen wanting something different then the life I had. 

 I lived in Corrales as a young girl ( 3rd Grade) and went to school at a local elementary school. My older brother had a hard time with public school so my parents put him in Sandia View Academy.  During that year, my dad passed away in our home, and my years of moving began.   My Mom took us from town to town and state to state trying to find something that I wasn’t really sure I understood.  I really wanted something different then the uprooting that my mom was doing.  Getting ready to start high school, I remembered that cute school my older brother went to back in Corrales, New Mexico.  So as a young 12 year old girl I left my Mom and little brother in Lake Tahoe, NV. I started my freshmen year at Sandia View Academy.  I moved right in and I felt at home.  

The experiences that I had provided the stability that I longed for and created friendships that I needed and still cherish today.  My Mom even tried to pull me out my sophomore year, and did for a month, but because of the stubbornness and persistence of Patty Elliott I was able to return and spent the next three years in the place I called HOME. 

 After Graduating from Sandia View I went half a year to Pacific Union College, and the second half of the year to Southwestern Adventist College.  I went home that summer and took a trip up to Washington to see my sister, and met her and her husband at a horse show.  I was totally unaware of the things that were planned on my behalf.  My sister’s husband had a single friend that my family fell in love with and just knew he would be perfect for me.  Well, 32 years later, after a ride home from the horse show with him, they were right. 

 We have five children that I call ours.  Three, I gave birth to: Alanna-30 years old, Timothy-28 years old, and Thomas 26 years old. We are still very attached to our exchange student, Lydia, who is 30 years old. Our 5th child, Chiane, joined our family 12 and  is 27 years old.  All but Lydia are married. The girls each have three kids, and Timothy has a daughter.  They all have married Christians, and I am so proud of each of them, and the adults they have become.   

 My husband Keith and I live in Lynden, Washington.  He is a full time firefighter and I own a Quilt Shop (a craft my Grandma Grisham gave me).  I could not be happier with the life I live. I have lived on this property for 32 years, and I love it. I have a home full of love with my In-laws and my mom living here on our property.  My son Thomas and his wife Shannon live next door to us, and the girls live a few miles away.  It’s a little crazy, but I would not change a thing.    My only wish would be for my Son Timothy, and his wife Carmen to move to Lynden. Also, a view of the ocean would be great, but then again, it’s only a three hour plane ride to Kansas City, or half hour drive to the water.  

Laura Sutherland- Class of 1969

I attended SVA all four years of academy, graduating in 1969.  I lived at home in the village all of those years. Since I was born and raised in Albuquerque, there were a number of us in my graduating class who had attended school together since first grade.  After graduation I went to Pacific Union College where I graduated with my nursing degree in 1971.  The second year of nursing school was spent at Glendale Adventist Hospital, and I stayed there and continued to work for another four years.  While there I met my husband, Loren Sutherland, and we were married in 1975.   Soon after our marriage we moved to Paradise, CA, where I worked at Feather River Hospital for about 32 years, most of those years as a critical care nurse.  My husband taught math/science at Paradise Adventist Academy for thirty years, retiring in 2006.  My father, Robert Holt, and my sister Shirley also lived many of those years in Paradise, so I was very blessed to live near my family.  About twelve years ago, I realized it was time to leave nursing and do something a little less physically demanding, so I became a massage therapist.  I have enjoyed my new career and having my own business very much;  I'm hoping to be able to do this work at least several more years.  Since having my own business gives me a lot more schedule flexibility, I have also been much more involved in music at church and am now the health ministries director of my local congregation.  My husband and I have no children, but we enjoy my sister's two boys who lived near us while they were growing up.  We have enjoyed a fair amount of travel.  My hobbies include reading and quilting.  Since I became a breast cancer survivor, I also spend a fair amount of time studying and trying to implement principles of healthy living!  Because I went away to California for college, I lost track of most of my childhood and academy friends, but I've enjoyed reconnecting with many of you via Facebook!   I try to plan a trip to New Mexico every 4-5 years, and have been on the SVA campus several times over the years.  However, I've only attended alumni week-end once, in 2009.  Perhaps a return trip to SVA needs to go on my bucket list!

Mary Duncan- Class of 1972


  1. Years you attended SVA and/or year you graduated from SVA
    Was a student from 1968-1972. Returned to work during the 1980-81 school year
  2. Where you attended college/university or received training post SVA
    Attended Southwestern Union/Adventist College/University    Home Economic/Education
                   Albuquerque Technical-Vocational/Central New Mexico College     Business Administration
                   University of Phoenix    Business Administration/Human Resources
  3. Family info (i.e., who you married, how many kids and/or grandkids you have, etc...)
    Married 21 years
  4. What you did or do for a living
    Marketing Executive for Melaleuca 
  5. Notable accomplishments and achievements
    To many to list but most proud of my Pathfinder achievements
  6. Hobbies and interests
    Writing, sewing, cooking, teaching, 
    achieving
  7. Three things on your "Bucket List" you haven't accomplished yet
    Bucket lists are toxic. I am just to busy living to spend time on wishes. There is always something to do ahead.
  • Years you attended SVA and/or year you graduated from SVA
    Was a student from 1968-1972. Returned to work during the 1980-81 school year
  • Where you attended college/university or received training post SVA
    Attended Southwestern Union/Adventist College/University    Home Economic/Education
                   Albuquerque Technical-Vocational/Central New Mexico College     Business Administration
                   University of Phoenix    Business Administration/Human Resources
  • Family info (i.e., who you married, how many kids and/or grandkids you have, etc...)
    Married 21 years
  • What you did or do for a living
    Marketing Executive for Melaleuca 
  • Notable accomplishments and achievements
    To many to list but most proud of my Pathfinder achievements
  • Hobbies and interests
    Writing, sewing, cooking, teaching, 
    achieving
  • Three things on your "Bucket List" you haven't accomplished yet
    Bucket lists are toxic. I am just to busy living to spend time on wishes. There is always something to do ahead
  • Sally Champion-Whitsitt-Class of 1966

    I attended SVA from 1962-1966, I was a member of the 4 year club.  After I graduated I went to work at Southern Publishing Assn. in Nashville, Tenn.  I met and married my 1st husband and we moved to Albuquerque to work at SVA.  We left there and moved to Indianapolis where I had a little girl. He ran off with my best friend so I got divorced and moved back to Albuquerque.  I met my 2nd husband in church, got married and moved to Andrews University then to Little Rock, Ark., then to Keene, Tx.,then to Jefferson, Tx. I had two sons in that time. Found out he was a child molester and I divorced him and moved back to Albuquerque.  I graduated from Albuquerque University in 1984 as a Registered Nurse.  I met my 3rd husband and married and moved to Vandenberg AFB in Calif. I had my last son there.  We moved to Wichita Falls, TX, and both worked at the AFB.  He had many affairs so I finally divorced him after my youngest son left home.  I met the love of my life in 2007 and we married in 2010.  My youngest was killed by a local terrorist in 2010.  I will never get over the death of my child.  How does one do that?  I retired from the military base in 2013.  I love being retired. I've worked my whole life.  I never took off except when I had a baby, and then I was right back to work. My mother has Alzheimer's and is in a nursing home at the age of 98. I go up to see her every day.  All my brothers and sister have passed away except one.  I have 3 living children and 11 grandchildren.  My bucket list consists of wanting to take a cruise to Alaska.  Have the money to take an RV around this whole country.  Go to heaven with Jesus when He comes. I pray that my children and grandchildren will go too.

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