Jessica Holland- Director
Jessica Hidalgo Holland joins the Women's Resource Center in 2017 as the new director. She brings to UNM over fifteen years of experience working in the non-profit sector. A native of the northeast, and a graduate of New York University, Jessica quickly found a calling in social justice philanthropy working for Tides Foundation and the Third Wave Fund*. She then took her skills to California raising resources for Guide Dogs of the Desert and Hope Through Housing Foundation.
With a passion for creating positive social change, Jessica spent the last five years conducting outreach and fundraising for Albuquerque SANE Collaborative. Her involvement with UNM’s SMART team gave her a deeper understanding of the unique challenges facing the UNM community. She resolutely supports UNM’s efforts in becoming more trauma informed and victim centered in how they respond to sexual assault, and is eager to help enact policy that reflects this commitment.Contact Info: email@example.com
Caitlin Henke- Program SpecialistAs the Interim Director 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.
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Shelley Simms - Administrative Assistant III
Shelley is our Administrative Assistant. In 1995 she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico, and in 2000 received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia. Since then, Shelley has returned to Albuquerque and has been working in the UNM community for almost fifteen years. She began at Continuing Education, then the Johnson Gallery, and most recently at the Maxwell Museum. Shelley provides knowledge and experience for students and staff in helping them navigate the UNM system. She loves the outdoors, walking her dog, camping, and creative projects.
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Meghan Lippert - WRC Liason
Senior Academic Advisor, College of Art and SciencesI earned a BA and MS in Education from SUNY Fredonia before relocating to Albuquerque in 2007. After several years of experience in advising, teaching, and program coordination, I most enjoy working with students individually on goal setting and personalizing their educational experience. I look forward to helping you discover all of the resources and tools that UNM provides for your success. Safe Zone and Dream Zone Certified.
Walk-in Advisement Tuesday Afternoons from 1-4pm at Women's Resource CenterMajors Advised:· Economics, Lingustics, Signed Language Interpreting, Advisement triage and referrals for all majors!
Ari Mishra- Women in STEM Program Director
Ari is a senior at the University of New Mexico studying Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology. She hopes to attend UNM School of Medicine after completing her Bachelor's Degree. As the event coordinator/director of the Women in STEM Program, she will be working to increase the number of women in STEM fields by offering diverse resources to undergraduate students here at UNM. Ari is also passionate about traveling, her puppy, outdoor activities, reading, cooking, volunteering, movies, music, and learning. She's always looking to broaden her horizons, try new things, and challenge herself. If you're ever at the WRC, she is more than happy to assist you to the best of her ability!
Dave Van Horn- Counseling Intern
Dave Van Horn is a counseling intern at the WRC who is completing his M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in the UNM Counselor Education Program. Dave uses a client-centered approach to provide a fully accepting, encouraging, warm, and thought provoking environment for clients to process difficult life experiences and develop strategies for change. He also provides a variety of evidence based techniques for dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma and relational difficulty.
Sarafina Tabrum - Graduate Assistant
Sarafina coordinates Impact, our leadership and mentorship program with a focus on goals, student empowerment, and community. Sarafina graduated from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon with a Bachelors of Arts in sociology and anthropology. After teaching elementary and middle school in Santa Fe for several years, Sarafina moved to Albuquerque to continue her studies in the master’s of counselor education program at the University of New Mexico.
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Sophie Burke - Graduate Assistant
Sophie coordinates the Gender Violence Prevention Program and collaborates often with the LoboRESPECT Advocacy Center. Additionally, Sophie is a doctoral student in Counselor Education. Her research interests include the effects of historical trauma upon marginalized peoples, as well as creative and art-based approaches in mental health counseling. Hailing from Carrboro, NC, Sophie earned her B.A. in Religious Studies in 2011, and her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2016, both from UNC-Greensboro. Sophie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of New Mexico, and enjoys working with a diverse clientele on a variety of concerns, such as trauma, anxiety, and identity.
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Michelle Cordova - Office Assistant
A senior at the University of New Mexico, Michelle is a Nursing major working on her BSN degree. She is one of our Office Assistants and also helps our Graduate Assistant with the Impact: Leadership and Mentorship Program. Together they compliment each other well and exemplify leadership. Michelle enjoys the process of event planning and has an intense passion for photography. If you need any help during your visit to the WRC, Michelle is happy to help you in any way she can!
Reina Davis - Marketing Assistant
Reina is a sophomore studying Women's Studies and Chicano Studies. After completing her bachelor's degree, she plans on working with women in non-profit organizations in order to improve women's positions in society. Reina helps to promote events held by the Women's Resource Center. Reina is also passionate about writing, poetry, music, and hiking.
Faith Renegar - Office Assistant
Faith is in her second year at the University of New Mexico. She plans to graduate with a Bachelors in International Studies and plans to one day teach abroad. Faith is an office assistant and helps with maintaining the computer pod and the book and media libraries the WRC offers. She enjoys cats, reading and crafts. If you need help with anything, just ask her!