Alice has worked for the Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office since 2010, becoming the full-time Assistant to the Dean in September, 2011. She received her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology in 2010 from the University of New Mexico, with minors in Political Science and Native American Studies. She is currently a full-time graduate student in the School of Public Administration with a concentration on Public Management. Her focus is on administrative and governmental policies and how they affect Native American community management systems. She lives in Albuquerque with her son, Andrew.
Brisha began working at the University of New Mexico in August 2000 as a Case Worker for UNM Career Works, contracted through the State of New Mexico. She transferred to Arts & Sciences in 2005 and is currently the Administrative Officer for the College assisting the Associate Dean of Instruction & Curriculum. She is a UNM alumnus with a BA in Criminology. Brisha is a New Mexico native from the South Valley. She has one daughter, currently attending Albuquerque High School, and is a licensed Bail Bondsman for the State of New Mexico outside of UNM.
Christine comes to the College of Arts and Sciences from Contract and Grant Accounting where she served as a Financial Analyst. She has a BBA from UNM’s Anderson School of Management and a MBA from New Mexico Highlands University. Prior to arriving at UNM, Christine served as the Supervisor of Payroll at Central New Mexico Community College and worked as a Senior Accountant for Enterprise Rent a Car. Christine teaches Finance and Accounting as a Part Time Faculty member for the School of Business at CNM. Christine enjoys running, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Diane presently serves as the Director of the Minority Access to Research Careers Program, a $2 million dollar five year grant funded by NIH. She recently served as Academic Advisor for the Initiatives to Maximize Student Diversity program. She has also served as Academic Program Review Coordinator, Director of Curriculum Implementation, Undergraduate Advisor, and Associate Chair in Biology. From 1996-1999, Diane coordinated student outcomes assessment for UNM. Her work on plant mating systems has earned hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funding, been published in well-recognized journals, and provided opportunities to closely mentor nearly a hundred undergraduate or graduate students in her research program.
Florence Gonzales joined the University of New Mexico in August 1978. She worked for the Department of Communicative Disorders (now referred to as Department of Speech and Hearing) as a Department Administrator until November 1994 when she transferred to the College of Arts & Sciences. She is currently an Operations Manager at the College; her areas of expertise are faculty and UNMJobs. With 33 years at UNM she is the College’s historian and enjoys what she does. When she retires (someday!) she is looking forward to traveling and spending time with her three grandchildren: Antonio (11), Julian (6) and Mia (1½).
Jeff joined the College of Arts & Sciences development team in 2008 and became Senior Director of Development in July of 2011. He earned a BA in Communications from Wake Forest University and has designed business processes, sales tools and training programs for a variety of industries, including mortgage lending, IT services, multi-disciplinary medical care, early childhood education, and now higher education advancement. Since arriving at UNM, Jeff and his development colleagues have created outreach campaigns to nearly double the philanthropic giving to the college’s departments and programs. When not visiting with UNM alumni and friends, Jeff loves to cook, sing, travel, and sample red wines. He lives in Nob Hill with his wife Sheri where they dabble in writing screenplays and are learning to play the guitar.
Joann joined the Arts & Sciences Development team in December 2011 as its new development coordinator. Joann worked several years in advancement at the University of Washington supporting its recent capital campaign and coordinating fundraising events. Also at UW, she organized the Genome Sciences Visiting Research Scientist Lecture Series and its annual research symposium. She earned a Master of Fine Arts from Arizona State University and enjoys working in a variety of art media and graphic design applications. Her husband Kevin is a digital initiatives librarian and faculty member at the UNM Libraries. Together they enjoy books, movies and travel.
Karen relocated from San Diego, California, to join the College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Office staff as the Program Planning Manager in August, 2010. Prior to starting her career here at UNM she worked for UC San Diego for 14 years, most recently as the Information Specialist for the department of Academic Computing and Media Services. She brings with her an expertise in project planning, project management and customer service. Karen and her husband Larry enjoy sipping wine on their Westside patio while enjoying the sunsets over the volcanoes, and are looking forward to exploring the Land of Enchantment.
Leah is part of the College of Arts and Sciences Support Center. She has worked for both Extended University and the College of Nursing at the University of New Mexico. Before that she worked for the University of Washington Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies in Seattle and DePaul University in Chicago. She completed her undergraduate work in Women’s and Gender Studies at DePaul University and plans to complete her Master’s Degree in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technology and a Graduate Certificate from the Women Studies Program at the University of New Mexico in 2012. Her current focus is the facilitation of distance education in higher education and how to overcome online learning obstacles to better meet the needs of underrepresented populations.
Mark graduated from UNM’s Anderson School of Management with a BBA concentrating in Finance. He continues to attend Anderson School and is scheduled to complete an MBA concentrating in Accounting during 2012. He came to UNM from the private sector where he spent seven years specializing in Commercial Real Estate, Oil and Gas, and interest rate derivative financing. He is currently the Fiscal Accountant for the College of Arts and Sciences and is looking forward to a long productive career with the University.
Mark is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and currently serves as the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Instruction. He obtained his doctorate degree in Physical Chemistry from Michigan State University and joined UNM in 1982 after a three year postdoctoral appointment at Bell Laboratories. Mark’s research interests lie in the application of laser spectroscopies to biophysical and photophysical problems. He is a member of the Biophyiscal Society and the American Chemical Society and has published over 130 articles on topics ranging from the function of protein active sites to the optimization of solar conversion chemistries. Mark teaches physical chemistry at the undergraduate and graduate levels with a special emphasis on student advising.
Philip is a Professor in the Department of Economics and currently the Associate Dean for Faculty and Senior Associate Dean. He joined UNM in 1989 having completed his undergraduate and Master's degrees in Economics from the University of Western Australia and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Philip teaches and researches in the fields of public finance, personal investing, risk management and the evaluation of public policies. He has published on investing in education, higher education financing, valuing environmental amenities, the contingent valuation method, the economic costs of adolescent parenting and most recently on risk management, mitigation and insurance. He is also a member of the National Association of Forensic Economics.
Rebecca, a native New Mexican, is the Research Accountant for the College of Arts and Sciences. Her expertise is Contract and Grant Accounting. She has worked with the University of New Mexico for 10+ years in fiscal services and administration. Most of her previous experience has been with the HSC Campus but she is happy to have moved to Main Campus and especially here to the College of Arts and Sciences. Rebecca is a member of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) and a Family-to-Family educator. She is a strong supporter of social justice and equality and is happy to say she is one of the first supporters to UNM’s LGBTQ Resource Center, established in the Fall of 2010. Rebecca enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 children, especially traveling on spontaneous day trips.
Richard is an Anderson School alumnus with a BBA concentrating in Accounting and Corporate Tax focusing on tax planning and audit. Prior to arriving at UNM, he spent 23 years in the private sector directly managing a small construction business, and 13 years in a leadership role at the Albuquerque Publishing Company and its subsidiaries. Rick’s UNM career includes six years as a fiscal officer at the Los Alamos Branch campus managing all aspects of the business operations of a community college. In 2008 Rick transferred to the main campus as a fiscal officer with UNM’s distance education through Extended University; he came to the College of Arts and Sciences in 2010 as the lead Fiscal and Budget officer. Rick is a member of the Western Association of College and University Business Officers, the Association of Internal Auditors, and the Association of Managerial Accountants. He lives in north Rio Rancho, enjoys fly fishing and is working on his first novel.
Ron Estrada is a UNM Alumn, from the Anderson School of Management, and locally grown. He provides information systems support to the College of Arts and Sciences and its departments. His areas of operation are web application development, website administration, and some technology support. He brings extensive experience in software system analysis, development, and management. His interest outside the office are backpacking, documentaries, and writing.
Shirley Rey received her MA degree (with Distinction) in Training and Learning Technologies from the University of New Mexico. She has over 25 years experience working at UNM with her expertise being in the areas of human resources accounting. The first few years, she was part of the accounting team for the School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine on North campus until her career led her to administration. She was a Clinical Department Administrator on North campus for several years and then became a Department Administrator for two departments on Main campus where she was awarded UNM’s Provost’s Outstanding Staff Award. In August of 2010, Shirley Rey became the Senior Academic Operations Officer for the College of Arts and Sciences and became the designated the HR Agent for the college. She is also a member of the CARS advisory board.
Stephanie has been at the University of New Mexico since she was 19 years old. She grew up on campus and in Advisement. She previously supervised the University College Advisement Center and then moved to Arts and Sciences in 2004. She has a Bachelor's in Psychology and an MBA from Anderson School of Management. She continues to take courses and is presently interested in Educational Psychology. Her goal is to continuously improve The College of Arts and Sciences Advisement Center's practices and policies to enhance the experience for the students. She believes that advisement is an integral and active partnership between students, staff and faculty.
Walter graduated from UNM with BA in Psychology, focusing on his interests in learning and memory. Prior to his time at UNM he worked for several years as an IT support specialist for Eagle County School District in western Colorado. His focus was on both Apple and PC hardware, software and network troubleshooting. As the district grew and technology advanced he stepped into a project management role which allowed him to bring new and exciting educational programs and software into the district to augment teacher’s lessons. His services were retained at a distance once he left for New Mexico as an IT consultant specializing in video conferencing, web communication and, communication assessments. His goal is to bring the same quality services to the College of Arts and Sciences.
Yolanda has been a Development Officer with the College of Arts & Sciences since September 2008. Her background in fundraising includes College of Santa Fe, Menaul School, American Red Cross, and United Way. Prior to joining the A&S Dean's office staff she was the Education Site Director for ENLACE at UNM, and before that she served as the Alumni Relations Director for UNM School of Medicine. Yolanda is a 1995 alumna of UNM’s Spanish and Portuguese Department and is currently completing her Masters Degree in Public Administration. She and her nine year old son, Jesus Pacheco, reside in Ventana Ranch. Her hobbies include foreign language studies (Italian, Korean, Vietnamese, and Spanish) and Middle Eastern Dance.