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Careers in Student Affairs Month

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Every October we join the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators in celebrating Careers in Student Affairs month. This year our Division will have special video Chit Chat series featuring members of the staff in our Division talking about their careers in Student Affairs, as well as a Careers in Student Affairs Day held on Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the UNM Student Union Building Atrium.  


Careers in Student Affairs Month Video Features

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Leslie Armell photoLeslie Armell 

Senior Student Program Advisor, UNM College Enrichment Program 

Leslie grew up in Albuquerque but graduated from Farmington High School. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in music from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, she went on to work in non-profit arts administration and fundraising for 12 years in New York and northern California. After working for a college access organization in San Francisco, she realized she wanted to work with college students on a university campus, particularly those who are first in their family to attend college and/or are from minoritzed populations. Leslie graduated from Michigan State University with a masters degree in Student Affairs Administration in May 2016 and started at CEP as a Senior Student Program Advisor later that year. She is so pleased to be doing the exact work she went to school to do and is grateful she is able to do this work in her hometown.

Daniel BegayDaniel Begay

Program Manager, American Indian Student Services

Daniel Begay is the Program Manager with American Indian Student Services (AISS) at The University of New Mexico (UNM) and is from the Navajo Nation & Santa Clara Pueblo. His primary duties & responsibilities encompass overseeing AISS programming, marketing & promotions, financial aid advising and development of the Student Success Leader team. Daniel has spent 7 years as a in the field of Student Affairs; 2 years at an advanced student level and 5 years at the professional level. He has 5 years of professional experience with advising; 3 years experience coordinating an undergraduate mentorship program; and 3 years professional experience coordinating a the American Indian Bridge Program. Daniel was a part of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) in 2010. Daniel graduated from UNM with a BA in Business Administration with concentrations in Marketing & Accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.

Armando BustamanteArmando Bustamante

Student Programs Specialist

Armando was raised in North Central Nebraska, but my family is from Ciudad Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, after high school graduation I moved to Lincoln Nebraska where I got mydegree for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I have been working with students since 1995 with TRIO Programs at UNL and Title V at UNM. I truly enjoy working with others especially with students. I will be the contact person with El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos and Somos Un Pueblo Unido amongst other community and campus organizations.

Trisha photoTrisha Davis

Charge Nurse Supervisor, Student Health and Counseling

Trish is a native New Mexican and grew up in Albuquerque. Trish works at Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) as a charge nurse supervisor. She has two undergraduate degrees in Health Sciences & Family Studies (1997), Nursing (2004), and a Master of Science Nursing Education (2015). Trish started out as a work study student in the early 90’s at SHAC and returned 7 years ago to the college health setting. She has worked in many areas of nursing and has a well-rounded back ground in health care. She feels passionate about the nursing profession and education. She takes great pride in caring for students and working with other health care professionals to give the highest quality medical care to students on campus. It is rewarding to care for students of all ages and backgrounds and help them stay healthy to achieve their collegiate goals.

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Chrisaundra Henderson 

Education associate, UNM African American Student Services

Chrisaundra Henderson was born in Texas and moved to Albuquerque at the age of five. She  attended elementary, middle, high school followed by UNM where she graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Chrisaundra is working on a Master’s degree in Public Administration with an anticipated graduation in spring 2019.  Currently, she is the Education Associate in African American Student Services where she does recruitment initiatives, academic advisement and assists with programming and workshops. Chrisaundra’s hobbies include listening to music, shopping and traveling 

Caitlin photoCaitlin Henke

Program Specialist, Women's Resource Center

As the Program Specialist of the WRC, Caitlin advocates for gender equity and social justice at UNM and provides resources to campus departments. She also co-supervises the student staff and serves as a committee member on several campus wide initiatives. In addition she has advocated for heath and social equity in a variety of roles within non-profit organizations. Caitlin is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and New Mexico Highlands holding degrees in Human Development and Family Relations and Counseling. Caitlin aims to understand the “big picture”, connect the dots and execute the right strategies and solutions to address the needs in our community. Her strengths include ability to build strong partnerships; communication skills, problem solving and helping others reach their full potential. When not at the WRC, Caitlin enjoys spending time with her family and playing with her two kids (a great excuse for being a kid again), as well as window-shopping, Netflix binges, and trying new restaurants.

 

Kim Kloeppel photoKim Kloeppel

Chief Operations Officer, Student Affairs 

Dr. Kim Kloeppel (Dr. K) has worked at the University of New Mexico for almost 22 years. She received her Master’s degree in Public Administration and her Ph.D. in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technology (OLIT). Her current position as the Associate Director for Student Affairs Finance and Administration (Chief Operations Officer) oversees the Division’s finance and business/administrative operations, human resources, strategic planning, assessment and program evaluation, development/fundraising, and numerous special projects and initiatives. She also served as UNM’s Dean of Students for three years and implemented many new programs for student and academic success and campus safety. She has taught a class for 10 semesters to educate students on life skills for successful transitioning to the “real world”. Her passion is encouraging and supporting student success through the many opportunities that Student Affairs services and programs offer. 

Tiffany photoTiffany Martinez-Durant

Health Education and Outreach Specialist, Student Health and Counseling

Tiffany Martinez-Durant was born and raised in northern New Mexico and graduated from UNM in 2012 with her B.S in health education. Like many students, she is unsure of "what she wants to be when she grows up" and is currently exploring different graduate work tracks. Tiffany began at UNM working in substance abuse prevention and grant management before transitioning to Student Health and Counseling as their Health Education and Outreach Specialist. She says that working in the public health field in both education and prevention has been a huge highlight of her life and has taught her more than she could imagine. Tiffany's passions are helping people, teaching, and ensuring that everyone has the ability to live as healthy of a life as possible. When she is not working on marketing SHAC and encouraging students to live a healthy lifestyle through her education measures, Tiffany volunteers as a Super Mentor for the Women's Resource Center and a Wellness Ambassador for Employee Health Promotion. 

Alejandro Mendiaz

Alejandro Mendiaz

Student Program Specialist

No soy de aquí ni de allá, I was born in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico and was raised in New Mexico, the state I call home. I started out my undergraduate career at UNM and quickly became involved with El Centro de la Raza. Being a DREAMer presented different obstacles for me but El Centro was always there to help me through them. El Centro also helped me discover a passion for working with students in the higher education system. It had been my dream to one day work here as a staff member and now I am happily living this dream!

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Eliseo "Cheo" Torres 

Vice President, UNM Student Affairs

Eliseo “Cheo” Torres has served as Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of New Mexico, a four-year state research university, based in Albuquerque, NM, since January 2, 1996.  Before he came to the University of New Mexico, Dr. Torres served as Vice President for External Affairs at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.  He also taught in the Bilingual Doctoral Program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.  He has served as Interim President, Vice President for Student Affairs and Special Services, Director of the University’s Center for Continuing Education, and also as Assistant to the President.  For two years preceding his appointment to the Texas A&M University-Kingsville staff, he was with the Texas Education Agency in Austin.

Jose Villar photoJose Villar

Senior Program Manager, College Enrichment and Outreach Programs

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.

James Wilterding

Wilterding photoExecutive Director, Student Health and Counseling

Dr. James Wilterding has a BS, Industrial Engineering, Texas Tech University MD, University of Texas Family Medicine Residency, University of New Mexico and is Board Certified in Family Medicine.  He is interested in working toward a healthcare system that is of high quality, accessible and equitable for all. "Many of the patients that I provide medical care for at SHAC are motivated to make changes in their self-care that can improve their long term health throughout adulthood, which is very rewarding.  I also love how comprehensive and integrated SHAC’s services are – the staff genuinely care about the UNM campus community!"
 

Andrew Yazzie photoAndrew Yazzie

Student Recruitment Specialist, American Indian Student Services

Andrew Yazzie grew up in Shiprock, NM and is a member of the Navajo Nation. He graduated from UNM with a Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration. He is a Student Recruitment Specialist with American Indian Student Services (AISS); his primary duties & responsibilities encompass targeted American Indian recruitment and outreach initiatives. Andrew represents UNM & AISS at numerous national, regional and statewide recruitment events and directly engages with Native students to provide guidance & advisement specific to the UNM admissions process and connection to AISS support services & programs.