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Accessibility Resource Center

ARC Website
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Joan Green

Director Accessibility Resource Center: Joan Green has 32 years of experience working with students with disabilities. Green received her bachelor's degree in special education from Illinois State University and a master's degree in counseling from Western Illinois University. She began her work in postsecondary disability services in 1995 as coordinator and later director of Disability Support Services (DSS). She moved to New Mexico and became the Director of Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) at the University of New Mexico (UNM) in 2005. She is a Ph.D. student in Educational Specialties at UNM.
email: jegreen@unm.edu

Amanda

Associate Director ARC: Amanda Butrum works at the University of New Mexico as the Associate Director for Accessibility Resource Center where she works with students with disabilities. In addition, she has worked as a Sign Language interpreter since 1989. She holds her Certificate of Transliteration and Certificate of Interpretation from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and has a Master's degree in Social Sciences from California State University, San Bernardino.
email: ajbutrum@unm.edu

Helen Arenholz

Staff Interpreter: Helen Arenholz is a professionally certified (CI/CT through Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf) sign language interpreter with 20 years interpreting experience, 18 of those working at UNM as a staff interpreter.
She is a UNM graduate with a BS in Sign Language Interpreting.
email: helenarn@unm.edu

Tommi Tejeda

Staff Interpreter: Tommi L. Tejeda has been a staff interpreter with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services under Accessibility Resource Center since 2006, and worked as an on-call staff interpreter with DHHS since 2003. She is nationally certified as of 2004 and graduated from UNM with a BS degree in Signed Language Interpreting and a BA degree in Psychology in 2003.
email: tommilin@unm.edu

Robert Christner

Manager of Information Systems: Robert Christner has been working in Student Services and Acessibility Resource Center since 2005, prior to that time Robert worked as IT manager in a variety clinical, research, and higher education settings, building and maintaining high performance computing systems. From websites and servers to desktop applications and assistance software, helping students, staff and faculty in all things technology. Robert has been active in UNM IT governance, and Staff Council, serving as a representative for students and staff. Robert's working motto is "IT without borders" to bring quality IT services across campus. Robert has both BS and MS from UNM and is currently enrolled in the graduate program in exercise science and physiology.
email: rchris@unm.edu Phone: 277-2553

Alex

Technical Support Analyst: Alex Andrews works at the University of New Mexico Accessibility Resource Center as a Technical Support Analyst where he oversees alternative media production for students with various print disabilities. In addition, he helps maintain two computer labs with assistive technology and assists ARC staff members with their IT needs. He is a UNM graduate with a BA from the College of Fine Arts and an MA from the School of Architecture and Planning. He recently worked with Student Affairs on securing a Bronze ranking making UNM one of only one hundred bicycle friendly universities.
email: alexblu@unm.edu

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Program Specialist: Tonia Trapp began working at Accessibility Resource Center in September of 2012. Before coming to UNM, she was a rehabilitation counselor at the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation for five years specializing in brain injury. She received her Master's in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998.
email: ttrapp@unm.edu

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Program Specialist: Carol Bartlett has worked for the University of New Mexico for 13 years serving a range of students. She has worked with Accessibility Resource Center since 2011 creating partnerships and identifying academic accommodations with student with disabilities. Prior to her current role, she was the Job Placement Coordinator from 1998-1999 at the Gallup Campus and directed the TRiO/Student Support Services Program from 2002-2011, also at the Gallup Campus. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from New Mexico Highlands University and is currently enrolled in the M.A., Educational Leadership Program.
email: cbartlet@unm.edu

Karla Paul

Program Specialist: Karla Montoya Paul has been working with students with disabilities for the past 20 years. She received her Master's in Special Education and her Ed Specialist Certificate from UNM. Karla's career began in the Albuquerque Public Schools where she served students with Learning Disabilities, Brain Injuries, Autism, and ADD/ADHD. She looks forward to beginning her Ph.D. in Education Specialties in the spring, 2015 semester. She has worked at ARC since 2010 and was a Fellow with the Office of Student Affairs during the 2012-2013 year. In her spare time, Karla enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and adventuring.
email: kpaul01@unm.edu

Rhiannon Doyle

Testing Coordinator: Rhiannon Doyle is a native New Mexican and graduated from UNM with her BS is Psychology and Sociology. She began working at UNM through Temp Services and has worked at Accessibility Resource Center since March, 2006. She works with students and instructors to schedule and obtain the in class exams that need to be accommodated through ARC.
email: rdoyle@unm.edu

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Senior Program Manager: Christina B Chavez, is the Senior Program Manager for ARC. Christina oversees the departmental budget, fiscal services, and purchase procurement. She manages all financial processes across the department, and manages reporting to upper-level management. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from UNM Anderson School of Management and is currently completing her Masters of Public Administration.
Previous to UNM, Christina's profession included managing business operations in the private sector, working for the Air Force Department of Defense as the lead Fiscal and Budget Supervisor. Before joining Accessibility Resource Center, Christina served as a Senior Accountant and Business Manager for other departments at UNM. Her goal is to continuously improve practices and policies to enhance the experience for the students and she also looks forward to a productive career with UNM.
email: ccbchav@unm.edu


Office of Associate VP For Student Services

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Dr Tim Gutierrez

Associate Vice President for Student Services Dr. Tim Gutierrez, has worked at The University of New Mexico for the past 37 years where he has served in many capacities. He began his career in 1978 at The University of New Mexico as an Instructor and Leisure Services Coordinator for Special Programs. His educational and professional experience primarily has been working with grant-funded programs targeted for underrepresented students. His expertise in overseeing federal and state funds has provided the foundation for his current position as Associate Vice President for Student Services, which is responsible for the Student Services area in the Division of Student Affairs. Some of the many departments under the Student Services umbrella include Accessibility Services, College Enrichment and Outreach Programs, College Preparatory Programs, Mentoring Institute, Recreational Services, ROTC programs and Title V Programming. The mission of these departments is to provide students a seamless support structure focused on the development of skills, aptitudes, and behaviors necessary to succeed in pursuit of postsecondary education, lifelong learning and viable career pathways. Student Services nurtures learning, engagement, and retention through supportive programs, the active endorsement of graduate studies, and the promotion of health and well-being of every student. He works with departments to create a positive and collaborative environment for the entire division, University community and surrounding community. Dr. Gutierrez received his Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from The University of New Mexico in 2007 and continues to expand the current Student Services programs in order to give all students an equal opportunity to get a higher education degree.

Amy Hawkins

Administrative Assistant III: Amy Hawkins

As a fifth generation New Mexican whose great-great grandfather settled in 1880s Las Cruces, I am proud to call all of New Mexico my home. I was born in Alamogordo, raised in Ruidoso, graduated high school in Las Cruces where my mom and grandmother live, visit my dad near Mescalero and Tularosa, and now live in Albuquerque with my husband, Brendan O'Reilly. In I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design. Afterward, I worked as a Program Coordinator for a coed residential services program at Families and Youth Inc. in Las Cruces, where I successfully brought the program up to federal standards and improved the quality of services provided to the residents. I also worked as a secretary to the principal of Mayfield High School in Las Cruces and volunteered to create sets for children's plays at a Las Cruces church.I moved to Albuquerque in 2011 when I married Brendan. I worked briefly as a legal secretary before landing my current position as administrative assistant for the University of New Mexico's Educational Opportunity Center, where we help low income, first generation youth and adults obtain their graduate equivalency diploma (GED), enroll in community college to pursue an associate's degree, or enroll in college to pursue a bachelor's degree.In addition to my work at the University I am pursuing a Master's of Public Administration and currently serve on the University of New Mexico's Graduate and Professional Student Association's Grants Committee.I commute via bicycle to work and as the chief purchaser for my department I strive to procure environmentally friendly products whenever possible. I accepted the 2014 UNM Purchasing Sustainability Award with pride in recognition of my environmental sustainability aesthetic.

Robert Christner

Student Services Manager of Information Systems: Robert Christner has been working in Student Services and Acessibility Resource Center since 2005, prior to that time Robert worked as IT manager in a variety clinical, research, and higher education settings. He has been engaged in building and maintaining high performance computing systems for the MIND Imaging Center, the National Foundation for Functional Brain Imaging Center, the Center for Non-invasive Diagnostics, and the VA Medical Center. From websites and servers to desktop applications and assistance software, helping students, staff and faculty in all things technology, Robert provides IT services for over 10 departments in the division. Robert has been active in UNM IT governance, and Staff Council, serving as a representative for students and staff. Robert's working motto is "IT without borders" to bring quality IT services across campus. Robert has both BS and MS from UNM and is currently enrolled in the graduate program in exercise science and physiology.
email: rchris@unm.edu Phone: 277-2553

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College Enrichment Program (CEOP-CEP)

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Jose Villar

Student Programs Specialist: Jose Villar, MBA

Jose has been involved with the College Enrichment Program since May of 2006. His involvement with CEP has varied throughout his years where he has served as a Peer Mentor/Tutor, Orientation Leader, Sr. Student Program Advisor, and currently as the Program Specialist.
He is originally from Grants, New Mexico and was the first in his family to go to college. "CEP helped me make a smooth transition from a small town to a large university and ultimately graduate! I am fortunate that I can give back to a program that his given so much to me." His passion is to help students, especially those from under represented backgrounds, have a similar experience that he had and looks forward to assisting in every other way possible
He graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelors of Business Administration (B.B.A), concentrating in Organizational Leadership and he earned his Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A) in Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management. His plan is to start a Doctoral program in 2015.

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Administrative Assistant II: Nicole Garcia

Nicole has been a part of the CEP family since 2012. She graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor in Fine Arts. She is a native New Mexican who resides in the South Valley where she was raised. She is the first grandchild in her family to receive a Bachelor's degree and wants to encourage others to pursue higher education. She believes that CEP offers individualized attention and guidance for students that is unique to a university setting. "The work we do is to encourage students to complete school and know the value in doing so." She also works for the McNair/ROP Program which encourages research in STEM fields and helps students prepare for graduate school.

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Senior Student Program Advisor: Cree Gattison

Cree Gattison transferred to CEP in June 2014 from the University College Advisement Center where she served as a Sr. Academic Advisor for 4 years. She has two undergraduate degrees in Business Management and is currently finishing the requirements for a Master of Arts degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Learning and Behavioral Exceptionalities. Cree is an alumni of the Iota Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Higher education is her passion and she enjoys talking to any and every one about their academic futures including the various paths to reach their goals. A quote she uses often is "Always shoot for the moon. If you miss, you will still land among the stars!" She is here to ensure that all students with whom she comes in contact with gets acclimated to live on the campus of the University of New Mexico to the best of her abilities.

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Senior Student Program Advisor: Sergio Najera

Sergio has been with the College Enrichment Program since October of 2012. Previously, Sergio worked with the High School Equivalency Program and International Admissions. As an undergraduate, Sergio worked with CEP as an Orientation Leader and a Project Assistant. Sergio is very enthusiastic to work for CEP as professional staff. Sergio graduated from the University of New Mexico in the Fall of 2010. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Portuguese and currently pursuing a Master's of Science in Sport Administration. Sergio is an Alumnus of Omega Delta Phi Fraternity Incorporated and is also the New Mexico Membership Coordinator for the NASPA Region IV-W Advisory Board.

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Senior Student Program Advisor: Celestina Torres

Celestina has been with CEP since January of 2008. She has been with UNM as staff since December of 2005; she comes to us from The Dean of Students offices where she served as the Transfer Student Orientation Coordinator. She is delighted to continue working with orientation and the students where every day is a different one. One of her mottos is "Don't be afraid to ask questions, anything goes."Celestina graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2005 with a degree in University Studies with an emphasis on Family and Chicano Studies. She is currently pursuing her masters in Educational Leadership at the University of New Mexico. Celestina is an Alumni of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Inc. She coordinates the NAPSA Undergraduate Fellows on campus, and is involved with the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA). She currently serves on the NASPA Region IV-West Advisory Board as the Regional NUFP (National Undergraduate Fellowship Program) Coordinator.

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Senior Student Program Advisor: Ryan Wooley

My name is Ryan Wooley. I believe that people matter, all people. I love serving alongside others who believe the same thing. Every day, we do what we can to help students wherever they need to be met: personally, academically, and professionally. In that, I'm humbled and go home fulfilled. I wake up every day excited to serve as Senior Student Program Advisor position with the College Enrichment Program. Though I originally hail from Texas, I've been in New Mexico for seven years now and love the people. The rich culture and tradition found in New Mexico are one of the many reasons I've decided to stay in Albuquerque. After having graduated from UNM with my Bachelors in Interpersonal Communication in May 2012, I hope to soon begin a Master's program this Spring in Littleton, Colorado.
While pursuing my undergraduate degree, I worked and volunteered within various departments and multiple committees. My experiences developed a desire to service and mentored-development. I hope to both utilize my experience and knowledge of campus resources and policy to ensure students are successful in their personal, academic, and professional goals. The culture, community, and values within the College Enrichment Program are unique and (I personally feel) the best example of what UNM is all about.

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College Enrichment & Outreach Programs (CEOP-Admin)

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Andrew Gonzales

Program Operations Director: Andrew González, MA

Andrew is the Director of College Enrichment & Outreach Programs. He earned a B.A. in Economics and Spanish and an M.A. in Counseling from the University of New Mexico. He has been working at the University of New Mexico for 20 years in the area of Student Affairs. He joined College Enrichment & Outreach Programs in 2007 and was a Program Specialist for El Centro de la Raza for 13 years prior to his appointment at CEP. He oversees numerous programs that are geared to providing opportunities for students through educational, social, and cultural experiences to increase the recruitment, retention, graduation and development of students in higher education. Andrew is originally from El Paso, TX and is an alumnus of the College Enrichment Program. "It is truly a pleasure to give back to a program that gave so much to my success as an undergraduate student at the University of New Mexico."

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Supervisor for Administrative Support: Laura Simes

Laura began working for UNM in 2008 with the CEOP College Prep Programs as an Administrative Assistant. In January 2011 she became Supervisor of Admin. Support for the College Enrichment Program (CEP). Laura oversees and provides support of all day-to-day fiscal, administrative and operational support activities for the program. Her administrative experience comes from being a small business owner for 15 years. Student success has been the number one priority for the CEP program and for her to see the passion and dedication that the CEP staff has to accomplish this goal, has made her feel truly grateful and honored to be part of this unique family. She feels this has been a rewarding experience.

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Accountant: Ramon "Ray" Renteria

My name is Ray Renteria, grew up in Lordsburg, New Mexico. I have been working here at UNM over 30 years. I am the accountant for the CEOP Department, working with budgets and financial data.


CEOP-CAMP

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Student Program Specialist: Ivan Olay

Ivan Olay graduated from the University of New Mexico in May 2002 and began his UNM career with the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) on Oct 2003. Six months later he made the transition to the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) on April 1st 2004.
Ivan first started with CAMP as the Advisor and in 2007 transitioned to the Program Specialist. Ivan participated in the Office of Student Affairs Fellow Program in 2008, where he had the opportunity to present the program along with his colleagues at the NASPA conference in Spring of 2009.
Since 2010 Ivan has been part of the planning committee for the Southwest HEP/CAMP Student Leadership Conference held in Santa Fe that attracts HEP and CAMP programs from Arizona, Colorado, Texas and New Mexico. He currently serves as the registration chair for the National HEP/CAMP association conference and has been in that capacity since 2011. Ivan is currently obtaining his Master's Program in Educational Leadership and is programmed to graduate in December 2015.

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Senior Student Program Advisor: Diana Martinez

Diana Martinez serves as the Sr. Student Program Advisor for the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) since July 2013. At CAMP, Diana helps CAMP students plan their academic paths, discover their passions, and develop practical skills essential for academic and professional success- from getting involved on campus, to how to write a professional email. Prior to coming to UNM, Diana worked in a variety of settings, from a TV station to the Library of Congress. However, she fell in love with college campuses by working at the Multicultural Center at Sacramento State in CA, and at Santa Fe Community College. Diana has a Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations and she is currently working on her Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration to continue helping students discover doors of opportunity through education.


COLLEGE PREP PROGRAMS (CEOP-CPP)

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Professional Intern: Stacy Collier

Stacy has been with the CEOP-College Prep Programs since January of 2009 and is a CEOP/CEP alumni. She received her B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources and an M.A. in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico. Stacy oversees the CPP-College Readiness Program and other outreach summer programs. She is delighted to continue working with a program that she was product of. "Providing opportunities for students to experience college life and build a foundation to be successful college students and adults is a great part of what I do. Had it not been for these programs I would not be where I am today."



College Enrichment Program (CEOP-CEP)

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Student Programs Specialist: Jose Villar, MBA

Jose has been involved with the College Enrichment Program since May of 2006. His involvement with CEP has varied throughout his years where he has served as a Peer Mentor/Tutor, Orientation Leader, Sr. Student Program Advisor, and currently as the Program Specialist.
He is originally from Grants, New Mexico and was the first in his family to go to college. "CEP helped me make a smooth transition from a small town to a large university and ultimately graduate! I am fortunate that I can give back to a program that his given so much to me." His passion is to help students, especially those from under represented backgrounds, have a similar experience that he had and looks forward to assisting in every other way possible
He graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelors of Business Administration (B.B.A), concentrating in Organizational Leadership and he earned his Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A) in Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management. His plan is to start a Doctoral program in 2015.

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Administrative Assistant II: Nicole Garcia

Nicole has been a part of the CEP family since 2012. She graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor in Fine Arts. She is a native New Mexican who resides in the South Valley where she was raised. She is the first grandchild in her family to receive a Bachelor's degree and wants to encourage others to pursue higher education. She believes that CEP offers individualized attention and guidance for students that is unique to a university setting. "The work we do is to encourage students to complete school and know the value in doing so." She also works for the McNair/ROP Program which encourages research in STEM fields and helps students prepare for graduate school.

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Senior Student Program Advisor: Cree Gattison

Cree Gattison transferred to CEP in June 2014 from the University College Advisement Center where she served as a Sr. Academic Advisor for 4 years. She has two undergraduate degrees in Business Management and is currently finishing the requirements for a Master of Arts degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Learning and Behavioral Exceptionalities. Cree is an alumni of the Iota Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Higher education is her passion and she enjoys talking to any and every one about their academic futures including the various paths to reach their goals. A quote she uses often is "Always shoot for the moon. If you miss, you will still land among the stars!" She is here to ensure that all students with whom she comes in contact with gets acclimated to live on the campus of the University of New Mexico to the best of her abilities.

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Senior Student Program Advisor: Sergio Najera

Sergio has been with the College Enrichment Program since October of 2012. Previously, Sergio worked with the High School Equivalency Program and International Admissions. As an undergraduate, Sergio worked with CEP as an Orientation Leader and a Project Assistant. Sergio is very enthusiastic to work for CEP as professional staff. Sergio graduated from the University of New Mexico in the Fall of 2010. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Portuguese and currently pursuing a Master's of Science in Sport Administration. Sergio is an Alumnus of Omega Delta Phi Fraternity Incorporated and is also the New Mexico Membership Coordinator for the NASPA Region IV-W Advisory Board.

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Senior Student Program Advisor: Celestina Torres

Celestina has been with CEP since January of 2008. She has been with UNM as staff since December of 2005; she comes to us from The Dean of Students offices where she served as the Transfer Student Orientation Coordinator. She is delighted to continue working with orientation and the students where every day is a different one. One of her mottos is "Don't be afraid to ask questions, anything goes."Celestina graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2005 with a degree in University Studies with an emphasis on Family and Chicano Studies. She is currently pursuing her masters in Educational Leadership at the University of New Mexico. Celestina is an Alumni of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Inc. She coordinates the NAPSA Undergraduate Fellows on campus, and is involved with the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA). She currently serves on the NASPA Region IV-West Advisory Board as the Regional NUFP (National Undergraduate Fellowship Program) Coordinator.

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Senior Student Program Advisor: Ryan Wooley

My name is Ryan Wooley. I believe that people matter, all people. I love serving alongside others who believe the same thing. Every day, we do what we can to help students wherever they need to be met: personally, academically, and professionally. In that, I'm humbled and go home fulfilled. I wake up every day excited to serve as Senior Student Program Advisor position with the College Enrichment Program. Though I originally hail from Texas, I've been in New Mexico for seven years now and love the people. The rich culture and tradition found in New Mexico are one of the many reasons I've decided to stay in Albuquerque. After having graduated from UNM with my Bachelors in Interpersonal Communication in May 2012, I hope to soon begin a Master's program this Spring in Littleton, Colorado.
While pursuing my undergraduate degree, I worked and volunteered within various departments and multiple committees. My experiences developed a desire to service and mentored-development. I hope to both utilize my experience and knowledge of campus resources and policy to ensure students are successful in their personal, academic, and professional goals. The culture, community, and values within the College Enrichment Program are unique and (I personally feel) the best example of what UNM is all about.

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EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY CENTER (CEOP-EOC) - TRiO

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Student Programs Specialist: Marcial Martinez

I am currently the Director for the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), a TRIO program at the University of New Mexico (UNM). My role is to ensure that EOC'S educational services become available to our target population residing in the counties of Bernalillo, Valencia and Torrance. This population consists especially of low-income and/or first-generation potential college students and veterans who are interested in pursuing a postsecondary education. My goal is to guide our participants in their educational endeavors under the philosophy of respect and the understanding that diversity of gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, cultural background and physical or mental ability are strengths to be respected at all times.
I received a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Communications from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and a Master's Degree in Latin American Studies from UNM. I am currently a doctoral student at UNM's Department of Spanish and Portuguese where I am studying the revolutionary culture and literature in contemporary Latin America. Throughout the course of my professional and academic life, I have learned the importance of the TRiO programs, as I have benefited from them. I was a Student Support Service (SSS) participant at the El Paso Community College and Ronald McNair Scholar at UTEP. At UNM, I worked as a Graduate Assistant with the McNair and ROP program as well as with EOC. I also served as Mentor/Tutor for the High School Equivalency Program's (an OME program) summer residential program. In the summer of 2011, I became an EOC Student Program Adviser; and since April 2012, I have been the EOC Director.


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Senior Student Program Advisor: Jenny Quiñonez, MBA

I was born in Durango, Mexico, and raised in both Mexico and the United States. At the age of fourteen, I moved to New Mexico where I accomplished my educational goals and currently growing as a professional. After graduating from Deming High School, UNM CAMP helped me enroll at UNM where I obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.
I now work as an Educational Outreach Specialist for the UNM Educational Opportunity Center-TRiO, where I truly enjoy engaging with underprivileged communities and working with community organizations that assists populations similar to those served by TRiO programs. I am grateful to have the opportunity to engage and inspire youth and adults pursue a secondary and college education.
My previous job experience is working with marginalized communities, adjudicated youth and community organizing. I have worked with organizations such as La Plazita Institute, Youth Building Better Lives of Albuquerque, Comadre a Comadre and Albuquerque Public Schools. I also served as a volunteer for the National Gathering for Peace and Justice Organization.


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Educational Outreach Specialist: Sergio Leaños

I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico but raised in a small town near Puerto Palomas, Mexico. I graduated from the University of New Mexico double majoring in Mass Communication and Criminology. After graduating from UNM, I joined an AmeriCorps program in Boston. I worked at an inner city school working with teachers, counselors and parents to give students the best chance to succeed both academically and personally while creating a sense of community in the school. Upon returning to Albuquerque, I volunteered at ABQ-GED and was given the opportunity to teach GED classes, which exposed to a diverse population with very different educational needs.
Now, I am an Educational Outreach Specialist at the UNM Educational Opportunity Center (EOC). My time at EOC has been great as I have continued to work with students who are in high school or in GED programs, guiding them in their pursuit to postsecondary education. Reaching out to marginalized communities and organizations and being able to provide educational services to low-income and first-generation youth and adults, it has been tremendously gratifying and rewarding seeing our participants continue on to college after obtaining their GED or high school diploma.
When not driving around the Valencia and Torrance counties in the UNM van, I enjoy taking long rides on my motorcycle around the beautiful state of New Mexico.


HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY PROGRAM (CEOP-HEP)

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Student Program Specialist: Michael Heim

Michael is the Program Specialist for the High School Equivalency Program (HEP) and has been drawn to working with HEP by a strong sense of social justice and education as a way for people to improve their lives. His started working for HEP at Washington State University where he completed his undergraduate education, and moved down to New Mexico to attend graduate school and was fortunate to work for HEP at UNM. He considers himself to be a migrant HEP worker having worked for migrant seasonal farm workers at HEP programs in Washington, as well as, New Mexico. He learned Spanish while living in Spain and has been interested in all things Spanish since then. Michael is currently a PhD student at the University of New Mexico in the Spanish and Portuguese Department and loves green chile and sopapillas.
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Recruiter: Pablo Cabrera

Pablo is the recruiter for the High School Equivalency Program (HEP). HEP's vision "Changing Lives through Education" gives him the empowerment to recruit students who want to continue and/or pursue a higher education. Pablo came from Ecuador when he was 17 years old and started working in alfalfa fields. His desire to continue his education drove him to participate in the HEP program and obtain his GED on 2008. He was able to participate in different programs at the University of New Mexico that aided his success in earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Spanish and Psychology. He is currently working on a Master's Degree in Counseling. Pablo believes that education is a door to many opportunities. By walking through that door he is now able to enjoy his professional and continued academic life.
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Student Advisor: Ana Sanchez-Riddle

Ana is a true believer that education can change the life of an individual. During her career as a journalist in New Mexico she was able to identify the obstacles that the immigrant community face and decided to join forces with HEP. As a Student Program Advisor she is able to provide to the members of under-represented minorities a second opportunity to grow and get back on their individual journey to achieving success. A Mexican immigrant herself she is able to understand the struggles and challenges that this great nation can present, as well as the unique possibilities that inspires the personal change that many long for.

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GED Instructor: Raul Aragon

Raul has worked for UNM for since 2001 when he started as a tutor for the Adult Basic Education program at Valencia Campus. He later went on to teach ESL and GED classes as he finished his Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Spanish. Now, Raul has been working with the High School Equivalency Program (HEP) since 2012 where he is happy and proud to help his students achieve their academic goals.

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GED Instructor: Roberta Brown

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education 7-12, Major: Social Studies with an emphasis in History. I am a native New Mexican, born in Albuquerque and raised in Grants, New Mexico. I come from a large family, all of whom reside in New Mexico, immediate as well as extended family. I am a first generation college student and I have been working in education with students, first as a substitute teacher and mentor for 7 years and as a teacher for 3 years. I am currently working on obtaining my NM 3-Tier Licensure. All of my experience working with students has been at the high school age level and adult learners. I have had the privilege of working in culturally diverse classrooms which has contributed to my development as an educator. Working with the High School Equivalency Program, I have come to learn a great deal about the community I live in, the students that I work with, who they are, and the goals they want to accomplish. This has helped me to use what I have learned and continue to learn, in my instruction in the classroom in helping to guide my students through their work and toward their goals. The reward is in seeing them successfully completing that bridge they need to move on to their new goals whether it be continuing with their education or advancing in the workplace.

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McNair Research Opportunity Program (CEOP-McNair/ROP)

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Program Specialist: Ricardo Romero

Ricardo Romero has worked at UNM since 2004 and with McNair & ROP since 2012. He was born and raised in New Mexico and spent his childhood in both Albuquerque and Tierra Amarilla. He was the youngest of five children and the first to graduate with a bachelor's degree. He is a graduate of Albuquerque High School, Universal Technical Institute and an alumnus of Central New Mexico Community College. While studying at UNM, he was a McNair Scholar and he graduated cum laude with a B.A. in History and Spanish. He went on to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a M. A. in American History where he was an Advanced Opportunity Fellow.While at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ricardo served as a teaching assistant in American West History and a graduate assistant with Student Support Services and the McNair Scholars Program. Both of those programs help undergraduate students achieve their goals at the university. That is where he realized that he loved working with students in that capacity. Finally, he spent the academic year of 2010/11 in Spain as an English Language Assistant in a Spanish High School.

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Administrative Assistant II: Nicole Garcia

Nicole has been a part of the CEP family since 2012. She graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor in Fine Arts. She is a native New Mexican who resides in the South Valley where she was raised. She is the first grandchild in her family to receive a Bachelor's degree and wants to encourage others to pursue higher education. She believes that CEP offers individualized attention and guidance for students that is unique to a university setting. "The work we do is to encourage students to complete school and know the value in doing so." She also works for the McNair/ROP Program which encourages research in STEM fields and helps students prepare for graduate school.
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Senior Student Program Advisor: Kyle Farris

Kyle Farris joined the McNair Scholars and Research Opportunity Program in 2014. Born and raised in Los Lunas, New Mexico, Kyle graduated from UNM in 2011 with a B.A. in Political Science, where he was a Presidential Scholar and a member of the University Honors Program. He subsequently moved to Philadelphia to pursue a PhD at the University of Pennsylvania, leaving in 2014 with his M.A. after deciding he did not like the cold (although he did like the cheese steaks).Kyle was excited to join CEOP, having always loved interacting with students. He looks forward to helping students get the most out of their time at UNM and beyond. He's of the opinion that the best experiences in life are the ones that require the greatest sense of adventure, and he encourages his students to aim as high as they can in pursuit of their goals.

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National Security Studies Program

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Frank Gilfeather

National Security Studies Program Director: Frank Gilfeather has served in various administrative positions at UNM and is currently the director of the Office of Strategic Initiatives in the Office of Student Affairs. A Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UNM, he has over 40 years of experience in teaching and research and 25 years experience in program direction and management in government and universities.

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UPWARD BOUND (CEOP-Upward Bound)

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Student Programs Specialist: Christopher Luna

I have been working with Upward Bound since 2010 at UNM overall since 2003. I have a bachelor's degree in education, master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction, and hope to graduate with my Ph.D in Curriculum by the Spring of 2015. I have experience as a K-12 teacher, team building facilitator, and managing government youth out programs for the City and County. Currently, I reside as the Director of UNM Upward Bound and a methods course instructor at UNM.
For the past seven years I supervised, managed, and instructed education programs for Bernalillo County Youth & Senior Services, UNM College of Education and UNM College Enrichment / Outreach. My strengths are Curriculum Design and Instructional Techniques. I have worked with the NM Public Education Department and the National Council for Accreditation Teacher Education (NCATE) to help ensure the UNM College of Education conceptual framework during its certification process. I have also has experience teaching K-12 students within APS. I enjoy working with programs that promote diversity, achievement, and innovation.


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Administrative Assistant II: Justin Lopez

My name is Justin Lopez, I am the Administrative Assistant for the UNM Upward Bound Program. I have been with the program since December of 2011 and with UNM since 2005. Before starting with Upward Bound I worked as an EMT/Low Ropes Facilitator with the Natural High Program and College Prep Program. In addition to my work with UNM I have also had experience working in education with Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque.

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Instructor: Erin Weddington

My name is Erin Weddington and I am one of the instructors with the University of New Mexico's TRiO Upward Bound Program. I hold a Master of Arts in Secondary Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Political Science, both of which I received here at UNM. I hold a New Mexico secondary teaching license (grades 7-12) have endorsements in Spanish and TESOL. Prior to working with Upward Bound I worked with elementary students at the Rio Grande Educational Collaborative and completed my student teaching at St. Pius X High School. I began my work with Upward Bound as an undergraduate student in 2008 and have found it to be the most rewarding job I have held. The students we serve are motivated and excited to succeed in college and our program has the ability to provide the resources necessary to help them succeed. It is exhilarating to be a part of a program that empowers students to be successful. My primary duties within our program include working closely with our senior class during Saturday Academies to assist them in their application process to colleges and universities. I teach Spanish during our summer school and I also work with students and school staff from Albuquerque High School, West Mesa High School, Valley High School, and Atrisco Heritage Academy.

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Instructor: Gloria Valderrama

My name is Gloria Valderrama and I have been part of the University of New Mexico's TRiO Upward Bound Program for the last three years. I have held different positions within the program. Initially, I was an Educational Mentor/Tutor, then a summer school Art Teacher and now I am an Instructor. I was born and raised in Bucaramanga, Colombia and haven been in New Mexico since fall 2009. I have a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design from the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in Bogota, Colombia and I recently received my Master of Arts degree in Art Education from the University of New Mexico. I currently hold a level 1 K-12 NM teaching license with an endorsement in Visual Arts. While pursuing my graduate degree, I worked with various departments at the University of New Mexico. Through my experience with Title V, the Center for Academic Program Support (CAPS) and Upward Bound, I have had the opportunity to work with a diverse student population. As an Instructor, I work closely with the freshmen and sophomores during Saturday Academies to ensure that they gain and maintain the basic skills needed to succeed in high school and prepare for college. I also advise and recruit students at Highland, Rio Grande, Del Norte, Atrisco Heritage Academy and various charter schools in Albuquerque.


Recreation Services

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Jim Todd

Director of Recreation Services: Jim Todd completed his course work at UNM receiving a degree in Computer Science and a Master's Degree in Recreation (MA). Jim currently holds the position of Director at Recreational Services. Jim is certified as an American Red Cross CPR, First Aid and Safety instructor and is an active member of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association where he has served on several committees and is currently the State Director. Jim has been employed by Recreational Services since 1990.
email: jtodd@unm.edu Phone: 277-3739

Eric Boeglin

Facility/Open Recreation Coordinator: Eric Boeglin has a Masters Degree in Education/Sports Administration and a Bachelors Degree in Recreation, both from the University of New Mexico. Eric is the Facility Coordinator in charge of Open Recreation and is a certified American Red Cross CPR and First Aid Instructor. He has worked for the department in many different capacities previously as a student employee from 1992 to 1998. Eric served as a trip leader for Getaway Adventures, a graduate assistant for Natural High, and student supervisor for open recreation. He became a professional staff member in 1998.
email: boegline@unm.edu Phone: 277-4347

Joshua Grine

Administrative Assistant: Joshua Griñe has been an employee with Recreational Services since 2008 in different capacities within the department. Joshua has served as our Administrative Assistant since January 2011, overseeing the Front Office, student employees, among other administrative duties. Joshua is also a local high school boy's basketball coach at East Mountain High School (Sandia Park, NM).
email:grine34@unm.edu Phone: 277-8204

Laura Montoya

Getaway/Public Relations Coordinator: Laura Montoya has 20 years of experience in planning, organizing and leading quality trips. She has been employed at UNM since 1989 and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from UNM in Recreation and Tourism. Laura is also in charge of public relations and promotions for the entire program. She is a certified American Red Cross CPR/First Aid Instructor, First Responder, and is certified in Wilderness First Aid. Laura is also a member of the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA).
email: lmont@unm.edu Phone: 277-3733

Noel Ortiz

Outdoor and Bike Shop Coordinator:Noel Ortiz holds a Bachelors degree in Sports Medicine which he received from the University of New Mexico, and he has taken advanced courses in Public Administration. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Noel currently serves as the Coordinator for the Outdoor/Bicycle Shop at Johnson Center. Noel has previously worked for the Recreational Services Department as a Gym Attendant and Student Supervisor. Noel can be found at Recreational Services almost every morning where he supervises the morning student staff employees. He has been a nationally certified Athletic Trainer and has office hours from 8:00am - 12:00pm daily.
email:taino@unm.edu Phone: 277-3758

Lisa Romero

Intramural/Rad Camp Coordinator: Lisa Romero has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of New Mexico. Lisa is the Coordinator in charge of the Recreational Sports Program and Summer Youth Recreation Camp. Lisa has worked for Recreational Services in many different positions. She served as a sports official for Recreational Services for 4 years and was also a marketing assistant in the Recreational Services department for 1 year. Lisa's past experiences also include: assistant coach for high school girls varsity softball team and registered NMAA High School basketball official. Lisa is currently a certified CPR and First Aid instructor and is also in charge of all sports clubs.
Email: lisaro@unm.edu Phone: 277-3753

Ben Ferguson

Fitness Coordinator: Benjamin Ferguspm graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2007. I received my degree in Exercise Science and went on to become a trainer at New Mexico Sports and Wellness. During my time at New Mexico Sports and Wellness, I was a track coach at La Cueva High School and the Strength and Conditioning coach for the Albuquerque Thunderbirds. I went on to train at Southwest Sports Institute, where I was able to work with a diverse population. I have training background in weight-management, weight training, athletic performance training, and rehabilitation. I am truly blessed to have an opportunity to come back to the place that helped me develop personally and professionally. The University of New Mexico's Recreational Services Department is dedicated to the overall well-being of its students and faculty and I am looking forward to being a part of the team.
Email: ben23@unm.edu Phone: 277-5648

Thomas Shiparski

Aquatics Manager:Thomas Shiparski obtained A bachelors in Environmental Science from the University of New Mexico. He is currently working towards a masters degree in the Water Resources program. With ten years experience in and around aquatic facilities, Thomas is the Aquatics Manager for Johnson Center. He is responsible for training and supervising the aquatic staff.|
Email: tos2e@unm.edu Phone: 277-5980

Brooke Martinez

Acountant: Brooke Martinez has her degree in Financial Management. She is certified in Six Sigma through General Electric. During her 6 year term at General Electric she was an Operations and Project Manager where she implemented process development and improvement using the Six Sigma strategy DMAIC and DMADV which focuses on process improvement and variation reduction. Brooke has been an Accountant at the University of New Mexico for 6 year. She started in Contract and Grant Accounting, and then repositioned to the Johnson Center where she is currently the Accountant for the Department of Health Exercise and Sports Sciences, Recreational Services and the Johnson Center Facility.
Email: brocolie@unm.edu Phone: 277-3735


STEM Gateway HSI Initiative

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Naval ROTC

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CAPT Riley

Commanding Officer: CAPT Michael Riley
Captain Riley, a native of Phoenix, enlisted in the United States Navy in 1985. Earning a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship, he graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and his commission as an Ensign. His early sea assignments were aboard the guided-missile frigate USS INGRAHAM (FFG 61), the guided-missile destroyer USS JOHN S MCCAIN (DDG 56), and the cruiser USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN (CG 57). He commanded two mine countermeasures ships, the USS DEXTROUS (MCM 13) and USS CHAMPION (MCM 4). He also commanded the littoral combat ship, USS INDEPENDENCE (LCS 2).
Ashore, Captain Riley has served at the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Port Hueneme, California, and as the Flag Aide to the Chief of Naval Personnel in Washington, DC and at Commander, Strike Force Training Pacific, as the Surface Operations Officer and Sea Combat Syndicate Lead.
Captain Riley has served in Iraq as a strategist at the Headquarters for US Forces in Iraq, while concurrently serving as a Political-Military Liaison Officer at the US Embassy in Baghdad. He has also served in Afghanistan with the NATO Training Mission and the Combined Security Transition Command, at Kabul.
In July 2014, Captain Riley reported to Navy ROTC Unit, University of New Mexico where he serves as the Commanding Officer.
Captain Riley received a Master's Degree in International Relations and Strategy from the US Naval War College in 2003, and is a graduate of the Maritime Advanced Warfighting School, Engineering Duty Officer's School, and the National Defense University (Joint Forces Staff College).
Captain Riley holds Naval and Department of Defense subspecialties in Surface Ship Combat Systems, Strategy & Policy, Operational Planning, Acquisition, and Systems Engineering.
He's earned numerous personal awards and decorations for meritorious service and professional achievement. He is a veteran of 25 years of Naval service, having participated in campaigns, operations, and deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, the Horn of Africa, and the Western Pacific.

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Executive Officer: CDR Mark Marzonie
Commander Marzonie entered naval service from Littleton, CO. He graduated from the University of Colorado and was commissioned in August 1992 through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program.
Awaiting a flight school class convening date, Commander Marzonie served as sailing instructor at his NROTC unit, the Administrative Officer at the Aviation Maintenance Officer School, Pensacola, FL, and later the Electronics Maintenance Branch Officer at the Electronic Attack Squadron One Three One (VAQ 131), Whidbey island, WA.
Completing his flight training in Pensacola, FL. he was winged a Naval Flight Officer in March 1995. He then proceeded to San Diego, CA, for Fleet Replacement Squadron training in the S-3B Viking with Sea Control Squadron Four One (VS 41).
Following training, Commander Marzonie was assigned to VS 21 as part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces in Atsugi, Japan. While there he completed 3 deployments in USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) and USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) serving in the administrative, maintenance and operations departments.
In June of 1999, Commander Marzonie was selected to be part of the Navy's Washington DC Intern Program. As a member of the inaugural cohort, he completed a Masters program at The George Washington University while interning at both the Office of Naval Intelligence, and the Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
In August 2001 commander Marzonie reported to Commander Carrier Group Four in Norfolk, VA as the Assistant Air Operations Officer. While there he was directly involved in the restructuring of all East Coast Carrier Strike Group training due to the closure of the Vieques training range in Puerto Rico. In this capacity, he was responsible for training and certifying five Carrier Strike Groups ready for deployment in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM.
In November 2003 Commander Marzonie reported to VS 31 in Jacksonville, FL, where he served as the Safety Officer and then Operations Department Head while deploying to the Arabian Gulf in USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73).
In route to his next duty station, he was selected as a Defense Advanced Research projects Agency (DARPA) military intern, responsible for providing fleet operators input to ongoing research and exploring transition opportunities for maturing projects.
Commander Marzonie's follow-on assignment in June 2006 was to the NATO staff at Joint Forces Command, Brunssum, The Netherlands, where he served in the Policy and Concepts Section. While there he was deployed as an Individual Augmentee to the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) HQ in Kabul, Afghanistan where he served as Dynamic Targets shift director.
In February 2009 commander Marzonie reported to the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76) home ported in San Diego, CA as the Air Operations Officer, deploying to the Arabian Sea in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
Commander Marzonie reported in April 2011 to the combined staff of Commander US Naval Forces Europe, Commander US Naval Forces Africa and Commander Sixth Fleet in Naples, Italy, where he served as the Chief of Special Activities and Lead for Fleet Exercises and Training.
Since July 2014 Commander Marzonie's has been assigned as the Executive Officer of Navy ROTC Unit, University of New Mexico.
Awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Metal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), Joint Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3), and various unit commendations and service campaign medals.

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Marine Officer Instructor: Capt. Pedro Rodriguez
Captain Pedro J. Rodriguez is a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on May 1999. Additionally, he graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009 with a Bachelor's in History.
His enlisted tours and assignments include: Marine Air Control Squadron -4 located in Okinawa Japan, US Strategic Command in Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado. Broaden Opportunity for Officer Selection in Newport, Rhode Island and Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program, Boulder, Colorado.
As an officer, 2nd Lieutenant Rodriguez was assigned to the Basic School in Quantico, Virginia. Upon graduation, he attended the Air Support Officer's course in Twenty-Nine Palms, California. In Early 2010, He was assigned to Marine Air Support Squadron -1 as a Helicopter Director and Tactical Air Director located in Cherry Point, North Carolina. After completing two combat tours in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM 11.1 and 13.2 within the Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Captain Rodriguez was assigned Squadron Executive Officer on January 2014.
Captain Rodriguez currently serves as the Marine Officer Instructor within the UNM Naval ROTC.
His personal awards include: the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

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Nuclear Programs Officer: LT Travis Bean
Lieutenant Bean serves as the Nuclear Programs officer for the University of New Mexico Navy ROTC unit. In this capacity, he acts as an academic advisor, a nuclear programs recruiter and a Naval Science instructor.
Born in Coronado, CA to a military family, Lieutenant Bean moved multiple times and has lived on both coasts and the Midwest. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Tulane University in New Orleans in 2009, and completed nuclear power training prior to entering the fleet as a submarine officer.
In October of 2010, he reported to the USS New Hampshire (SSN 778) in Groton, CT and served as the Electrical Officer and Assistant Weapons Officer. While on the USS New Hampshire, Lieutenant Bean completed multiple deployments including an under-ice exercise in the Arctic.

He is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering and lives with his wife Hannah and son Joe in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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Recruiting Officer: - LT Karen Wood
Lieutenant Wood grew up in New York, and enlisted in the Navy in 2000. She attended recruit training at RDC Great Lakes, Illinois, and completed training in San Diego, California becoming a Sonar Technician. Her first permanent duty station was Integrated Underwater Sea Component East at Dam Neck, where she served as a Sonar Operator and later a Sonar Supervisor. She deployed on four different ships during her time there. In 2004, she was transferred to Ship Intermediate Maintenance Activity (SIMA) at Norfolk, VA. She served as Navy Enterprise Maintenance Automated Information System Analyst.
During her time at SIMA she worked on her BA in Criminal Justice in 2007. STG2 (SW/IUSS) was selected for Officer Candidate School (OCS). In 2008, she graduated OCS she was commissioned as Surface Warfare Officer and reported to the USS BAINBRIDGE (DDG 96).
Upon arriving on USS BAINBRIDGE, ENS Lingner was assigned as the Communications Officer and Electronic Key Manager. She deployed in February 2009 to the Fifth Fleet Area of Operations. During this deployment she participated in the rescue of Capt. Phillips of the MAERSKA Alabama. Shortly after returning from deployment, she was transferred to USS ANZIO (CG 68) where she served as the Damage Control Assistant (DCA). She deployed in May 2011 to the Fifth Fleet Area of Operations. During which she participated in counter piracy operations. Upon returning from deployment LTJG Lingner transferred to Naval Central Command (NAVCENT), Manama Bahrain. While in Bahrain LT Lingner worked with the Army and Air Force on Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) for the region.
During her time at UNM, LT Wood has worked on and is nearly finished with her Master of Arts. She has increased the numbers of Midshipmen at the NROTC unit each fall with her recruiting efforts.

She enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her family. She is married to Michael Wood and they have a daughter, Lillian Claire Wood.
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Assistant Marine Officer Instructor: Gunnery Sergeant Alfred Hawkins
Alfred J. Hawkins entered the Marine Corps in August 1997 and completed recruit training at MCRD San Diego, California. After completing Marine Combat Training and Admin Specialist School, he was assigned the MOS 0131, Unit Diary Clerk. In November 1998, Private First Class Hawkins reported to Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point located in Havelock, North Carolina, where he served through November 2000 as a Unit Diary Clerk.
In September 2000, Corporal Hawkins reported to Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni Japan where he served through September 2001 as an administrator. In October 2001, Corporal Hawkins reported to Inspector Instructor Staff, Abilene TX, where he served as the assistant Administrative Chief through July 2004. On July 2004, Sergeant Hawkins reported to Drill Instructor School, located at 'The" MCRD San Diego, California. He served as a Drill Instructor, Experience Drill Instructor, and Senior Drill Instructor in Company F, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion until November 2007.
In November 2007, Staff Sergeant Hawkins reported to I Marine Expeditionary Force, located at Camp Pendleton, California, where he served as the G-1 Adjutant Chief through February 2012. During this time, he deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM with Regional Command Southwest. In March 2012, Gunnery Sergeant Hawkins reported to Marine Wing Support Squadron 374 located in 29 Palms CA where he served as Headquarters Company 1stSgt and Administrative Chief through February 2014.

In March 2014 Gunnery Sergeant Hawkins assumed his current post as Assistant Marine Officer Instructor University of New Mexico located in Albuquerque New Mexico. Gunnery Sergeant Hawkins' personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars in lieu of second. He is married to the former Maria Sanchez of Albuquerque New Mexico. They have two sons: Nathan and Dallas Hawkins.

Army ROTC

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LTC Crawford

LTC KENNETH TODD CRAWFORD

Lieutenant Colonel Crawford graduated from Clemson University in Clemson, SC in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He later received a Master of Administration from Central Michigan University. His military education includes the Aviation Officer Basic Course, the Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, and the Command and General Staff College/ILE.

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Major Ivan F. Salkin graduated from University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry in 1996 upon graduation from the Army's Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, GA. His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, the Armor Officer Captain's Career Course, The Intermediate Leader's Course and Advanced Operations Course from the Command and General Staff College.

Drake

CPT JOSHUA ROBERT DRAKE

Captain Drake graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering. His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course (IOBC), Maneuver Captains Career Course (MCCC), the Military History Instructor Course, and the Mechanized Leaders Course.
Upon completion of IOBC and Ranger School in 2006, Captain Drake served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Scout Platoon Leader, and Company Executive Officer with 3rd Battalion, 69th Armored Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, at Fort Stewart, GA. During this time, he was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF V). He later served as an Infantry One Station Unit Training (OSUT) Company Commander with 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment at Fort Benning, GA. Upon completion of the MCCC in 2010, Captain Drake served as a Rifle Company Commander and Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander with 4th Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, TX. During this time, he deployed in support of Operation New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom. Since 2013, Captain Drake has served as a Military Science Instructor for cadets in their second year as well as the Battalion Operations Officer. Captain Drake's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), and the Army Achievement Medal. He has also earned the Army Parachutist Badge, the Ranger tab, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.

Broadus

MSG EUGENE BROADUS III:
Eugene Broadus III enlisted in the Army in July 31,1992. He completed 13B One Station Unit Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. 1SG Broadus assignments include from Cannoneer to Gunner, 4th Battalion, 41st Field Artillery, Fort Benning, GA; section chief, 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery, Camp Hovey Korea; section chief, 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery, Fort Benning, GA; section chief; 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery, Fort Hood Tx.; Drill Sergeant, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry, Fort Benning, GA; Senior Drill Sergeant 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry, Fort Benning, GA; Platoon Sergeant, 4th Battalion 27th Field Artillery, Baumholder Germany; Small Group Leader (SLC) NCO Academy Ft. Sill OK, Warrior Leader Course School Chief , United States Noncommissioned Officer Academy Ft. Sill OK.

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Sergeant First Class Arguello:
Sergeant First Class Martin J. Arguello was born August 21, 1981 in Fort Sumner, NM and was raised in Albuquerque, NM and Tyrone, OK. He enlisted in the U. S. Army in June 2000 as an 11B, Infantryman.
Sergeant First Class Arguello's assignments and positions include Rifleman, Grenadier, Assistant Machine Gunner, Scout RTO, Scout Assistant Team Leader and Scout Team Leader, 2nd BN, 5th IN, 25th Infantry Division, HI; Rifle Squad Leader and Weapons Squad Leader, 4th BN, 9th IN, 2nd Infantry Division, WA; Ranger Weapon Squad Leader, Ranger Operations NCO, Ranger Rifle Platoon Sergeant 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, JBLM, WA; Mechanized Platoon Sergeant, 2nd BN, 8th IN, 4th Infantry Division, CO; SFC Arguello currently holds the position of ROTC Instructor at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. Sergeant First Class Arguello has participated in multiple deployments during the Global War on Terrorism.

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John Wells

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Eric Sevigny

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Erik Sevigny assumed his duties as the Army ROTC Enrollment Officer at the University of New Mexico in August 2010. Before this he was a career Army officer, serving 24 years in the U.S. Army and retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 2010. While serving in the Army Erik held many positions of leadership and responsibility. His final assignment was as the Professor of Military Science for the University of New Mexico Army ROTC program. Previously, he served as the Deputy Inspector General for the 25th Infantry Division and U.S. Army Hawaii. He served for a year as the executive officer of Task Force Bobcat in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom - 5 and for a year as the battalion executive officer for 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division (Light) at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. His other assignments include Inspector General for White Sands Missile Range, Senior Observer Controller/Trainer in the 4th Brigade, 91st Division at FT Lewis, WA, Company Commander of Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, at FT Benning, GA, Assistant Operations Officer in both 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment and 3rd Battalion, 5th Calvary Regiment, 3rd Armor Division; Senior Platoon Trainer at the Infantry Officer Basic Course; Project Officer for the Infantry School's Task Force XXI; Headquarters Company Executive Officer, 3rd Battalion, 5th Calvary Regiment, 1st Armor Division; and Platoon Leader, 5th Battalion, 5th Calvary Regiment, 3rd Armor Division, both in Germany and Southwest Asia during Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Pennington

Aaron Pennington:
Recruiting Officer, Contractor

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505-277-2288
Garza

Rogelio Garza

Human Resources Technician

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Gettis

Duane Gettis

Supply Technician

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Pam Madrid

Pamela Madrid

Administrative Assistant

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STEM UP

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Carolina Aguirre

Director: Carolina J. Aguirre, Ph.D.
Carolina has more than 20 years of experience in diverse roles serving students and institutions throughout the State of New Mexico. In 2010, she saw an opportunity to redress some of New Mexico's economic and educational disparities through contributing to a transfer model for STEM students transitioning from community colleges to four-year degree granting institutions. Through a Title V grant from the U.S. Department of Education, STEM UP, a Cooperative grant between Central New Mexico Community College and the University of New Mexico, awarded to further the transfer model and increase the number of STEM degrees earned at both institutions, New Mexico students and institutions continue to be served. Prior to directing STEM UP, Carolina was the Director of UNM's Ronald E. McNair, and Research Opportunity Programs and was a Project Coordinator for New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation. A statewide NSF Grant. In both these roles Carolina applied her practical and academic experiences to leverage underrepresented students through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.

Kelly Schnepple

Program advisor coordinator: Kelly Schnepple
Kelley's desire to support and guide students to their fullest potential is what makes her job satisfying. At STEM UP, Kelley oversees Student Education Leaders (SELs) who help support the mission of the grant. She is also responsible for connecting CNM students to UNM resources to ensure that their transfer experience is as seamless as possible. Kelly holds a BA in education and an MBA.

Glenda

Operations Manager: Glenda Kodaseet
With 20+ years in higher education in New Mexico, Glenda oversees the development and implementation of program activities as well as facilitates collaboration between institutions and learners. In charge of the data analysis component, she is always excited to share quantitative figures that confirm program impact on students.
Glenda holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration. Before STEM UP, she was the Interim Director for UNM's McNair and ROP. Further, her program management, organizational and leadership skills have roots in her experience as the Director of Development at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.
Glenda's scholarly research has been published by Arizona State University and includes authorship in Cultural Competency for Public Administrators published by M.E. Sharpe, Inc., Armonk, NY. Her interests outside of work and academia include being an Oklahoma City Thunder fan (NBA) and reading about the cosmos.

Douglas

Advisor: Douglas Atler
Doug is an advisor for STEM UP at CNM. He earned a Bachelor of Science and has an Associate's degree in integrated studies and certificate in HVAC. Doug is a great communicator, and open personality, he uses his experience and open friendly personality to encourage and advise students on the STEM Degree Pathway to graduation at CNM and transfer to UNM.

Doni

Program Coordinator: Doni Hardy is the Program Coordinator for STEM UP at CNM. She earned an Associate Degree in Graphic Design, and is working on BOE. Doni is self-motivated/directed, focused on completing tasks, works in a team, dependable, detail oriented and has strong work ethic. Her favorite meal is a Filet mignon, traditional Greek salad, and rhubarb custard pie

Lindsey

Public Affairs Assistant: Lindsey Padilla is the Public Affairs assistant for STEM UP. She earned an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts at CNM and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication at UNM. Lindsey is a writer and has seven hand written novels. She plans to have her first novel published before she turns 30 (dream vs. reality). Writing since she was 19 years old with a minor in professional writing has shaped her into the person she is today. You can always find Lindsey with her nose in a book or getting writer's cramp from writing so much. Lindsey enjoys working out at the gym and running on the track for fun. Her perfect meal is a bacon cheeseburger with seasoned fries.

Nina

Advisor: Nina Gardea is an advisor for STEM UP at CNM. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Spanish with a minor in social welfare. She earned a Master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning with a concentration in Community Development. Nina is a team player, resourceful, versatile and bilingual. Her perfect meal is a French onion soup/beer cheese fondue dip as an appetizer, Coq au vin/red enchiladas.


Air Force ROTC

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Commander Frank Garcia

Detachment 510 Commander Lieutenant Colonel Fred Garcia is the Commander of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Detachment 510, University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, New Mexico). Detachment 510 is dedicated to the mission of developing quality leaders for the Air Force to "Fly, Fight, and Win." In June 2014, Lieutenant Colonel Garcia joined Detachment 510 as Commander and Professor of Aerospace Studies. He is a native of Colorado and received his commission through the Air Force ROTC program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL in 1997. He has served in a variety of assignments including Acquisition Scientist & Engineering officer Career Field Management and assignments, strategic communications and operations analysis, nuclear detonation detection and weapons effects, satellite nuclear alert, mechanical engineering design and production, and acquisitions program management including logistics and engineering acquisition professional development.

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Operations Officer: Captain Samantha Bolin is the for the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Detachment 510, University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, New Mexico). Detachment 510 is dedicated to the mission of developing quality leaders for the Air Force to "Fly, Fight, and Win." As the Operations Officer, Captain Bolin is responsible for the entire cadet corps Operations ranging from Leadership Labs to critical leadership development activities. Captain Bolin brings over 20 years of active military service to the detachment. Her specialty in the air force lies within Acquisitions. Captain Bolin holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from Peru State College, and a Masters Degree in Project Management from American Graduate University. Her previous experience and academic accomplishments will help bring in talent to Detachment 510 at the University of New Mexico.

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Recruiting Flight Commander: Captain Mike Detiege Recruiting Flight Commander for Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Detachment 510, University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, New Mexico). Detachment 510 is dedicated to the mission of developing quality leaders for the Air Force to "Fly, Fight, and Win." In October of 2013, Capt Detiege joined Detachment 510 as the Recruiting Flight Commander, a position responsible for recruiting prospective cadets into the program. Captain Detiege brings over 16 years of active military service to the detachment. His specialty in the Air Force lies within Cyber Operations (Communications and Computer Systems Operations). Captain Detiege holds a Bachelors of Science in Managing Information Systems from Park University and a Masters of Business Administration from Webster University. His previous experience and academic accomplishments will help recruit and develop talent for Detachment 510 at the University of New Mexico and for the United States Air Force.

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Mentoring Institute

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Nora Dominguez

Director, Mentoring Institute:  Nora Dominguez Ph.D. is president of the International Mentoring Association, director of the Mentoring Institute, and a
  professional consultant at the University of New Mexico (UNM), with more than 20 years developing and implementing training and mentoring programs. Nora earned her M.B.A. from Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico and her Ph.D. in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technologies from UNM. Professional experiences include educational and management positions in banking and higher education, financial consulting services, and program evaluation. She is member of several boards, including the International Standards for Mentoring Programs in Employment and the Diversity Leadership Council. Nora is an editorial reviewer for the International Journal for Mentoring and Coaching (Emerald) and member of the editorial review board for the Student Learning through Mentored Scholarship Journal (Sage).

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