Staff Directory

 

 

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Jessica Hidalgo Holland - Director

Jessica Hidalgo Holland is the Director of the UNM Women’s Resource Center. 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.

Jessica has spent a career, and a lifetime, devoted to her one true passion and calling: supporting individuals and communities in healing. Jessica strives to center the voices of those most marginalized. She is committed to co-creating a women's movement that honors the feminists that have come before, and that owns the reparative work needed to be done while celebrating the incredible work happening right now.

 Jessica’s 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.  

jhidalgoholland@unm.edu

caitCaitlin Henke - Program Specialist

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. 

crhenke@unm.edu


naimaNaima Tokunow - Project Coordinator, OVW Campus Grant

Naima Yael Tokunow is a writer, educator, editor, artist and the new Project Coordinator for the WRC's VAWA grant. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Naima now calls Albuquerque her home with her husband, three dogs, and four chickens. She is interested in creating more spaces for equity, justice & joy through community power building, arts healing and social justice actions. She enjoys hiking, baking, collaging and sitting like a lizard in the sun. She is blessed to be black and alive. 
ntokunow@unm.edu
 

 

Reina Davis - Professional Intern reina

Reina Davis is a recent graduate from the University of New Mexico with a major in both Women’s Studies and Chicano Studies. Reina works at the UNM Women’s Resource Center as a Professional Intern focusing in Outreach and Community Relations, creating partnerships to facilitate intersectional programming on and off of UNM’s Campus. Reina is an active member of the Albuquerque poetry community and utilizes her art and voice to articulate the importance of community, identity and personal narrative.

 reidavis@unm.edu

Maria Maria Joy Oliver-Chavez - Professional Intern (HSC)

Maria Oliver-Chavez is a recent graduate of the University of New Mexico, receiving her B.A. in Sociology this past May. A recent addition to the Women’s Resource Center, Maria is excited to be here and is looking forward to working at the new location at the Health Sciences Campus and contributing to the Women’s Resource Center as a whole. During her time as an undergraduate student at UNM, Maria spent time working for both the UNM LGBTQ Resource Center as well as the UNM Accessibility Resource Center, using her own experiences as a queer disabled transwoman to inform her approach to supporting the students she worked with. She is very passionate about social justice and liberation for all oppressed and marginalized people, and hopes to use this passion and her experience at other campus resource centers to benefit the WRC, as well as the campus and community as a whole.

Born in Texas and having lived in Western Kentucky until she was five, Maria spent most of her childhood and teenage years growing up in Gallup, New Mexico. She moved to Albuquerque a little over three years ago and now lives here with her partner. During her spare time, you can find Maria involved in activist work as a member of The Red Nation. When not doing activism, you can find Maria watching videos and television shows, reading, singing along to her favorite music, spending time with her partner, and cuddling her cat.

mariajoc@unm.edu

adamAdam Crespin - Administrative Assistant to Dir.

As the Administrative Assistant to Director for WRC and a part-time graduate student pursuing his MBA, Adam is thrilled that he has the opportunity to apply his education directly to his work. His passion for people and commitment to identifying ways that organizations and institutions can better serve the community has fueled his interest in pursuing a graduate degree and working at the Women's Resource Center. As a New Mexico native, Adam is proud to work in the community that has given him the resources to help others.

In his time outside of the office, Adam enjoys traveling to Las Vegas (his hometown) as well as being active, spending time with his close friends and family, cooking, listening to music, and eating out.  crespina@unm.edu 

 

 

Graduate Assistants 

 

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Corina Gomez- IMPACT Program Coordinator

Corina Gomez is a first-generation born and raised Texan. She earned her bachelor's degree double majoring in philosophy and sociology from the Honors College at the University of North Texas in May 2014. Her undergraduate work focused on natural resource consumption, race and power structures within society, and the development of societies in relation to their natural landscapes. She is currently pursuing a masters degree in Water Resource Management at the University of New Mexico, with a focus on hydroscience.       

 

 emily Emily Guerra-Sexual Violence Prevention GA

Emily Guerra is a longtime resident of the Southwest having grown up in the border city of El Paso, Texas. She received her Bachelors in Anthropology with minors in Women’s Studies & Liberal Arts Honors from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in 2016 and in May 2019 completed a Master of Arts in Anthropology from UNM. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) with a scheduled graduation of May 2021.

Over the four or so years she’s spent in graduate school, Emily has worked for various programs and departments on both sides of UNM’s campus. She spent the first 2 years as a Graduate Teaching assistant for a number of undergraduate courses across disciplines. Since 2018, she has also worked as a Graduate Research assistant with the Community Engagement & Dissemination Core (CEDC) of the Transdisciplinary Research, Equity, and Engagement (TREE) Center for Advancing Behavioral Health, a 5 year grant from NIH focusing on health disparities research for marginalized populations in New Mexico. She has also conducted evaluation work with the UNM Prevention Research Center, Insight Allies, LLC, and as an Evaluation Fellow with the UNM Evaluation Lab. Emily’s most recent role is the Sexual Violence Prevention Graduate Assistant for the UNM Campus Program, where she assists the Program Coordinator with the daily operations of the grant, coordinating meetings, documentation, and putting people into contact with each other.

Upon completion of her second Masters, Emily plans to stay in New Mexico and hopefully work with a local nonprofit or similar organization using evaluation methodologies on addressing and alleviating behavioral health issues for marginalized populations.

 

 

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Naomi Ambriz- Student Parent Program Assistant 

Naomi Ambriz is a four-year PhD student in American Studies. Her research interests center on the intersections of Afro-Latino/a identities, Afro-descendants and Indigenous relations, transnational feminisms, and feminist ethnography. More specifically, her research investigates Afro-Latino/as in the U.S. Southwest, Mexico, and Cuba. During the 2019-20 academic year, she is the Student Parent Advocate with the Women’s Resource Center. In this role, she closely works with the UNM Children’s Campus, Student Family Housing and Lobo Parenting Cubs, in order to make UNM a more family-friendly campus and help visibilize resources for student-parents.

 

 

 

Student Staff

 

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 Celina Peña- Student Parent Program Assistant

Celina Peña is a 4th year transfer student in the American Studies & Chicanx Studies departments from South Central, California. When Celina is not studying for class, she is developing research for her Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellowship project focusing on access to equity in higher education for formerly incarcerated Students. Her research interests are also rooted in the equity and inclusion of POC students, WOC in Academia, and Chicana Mother-Scholarship. In her free time, you can find Celina and her daughter Serenity baking, exploring the New Mexico outdoors and looking for adventure.

 

 

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Marsaya Namaste- Women in Health Program Assistant

Marsaya is a first year student studying Nursing and Population Health. She is a Women in Health Program Assistant at the Women's Resource Center. Her work focuses on holistic community health care, including aspects of mental, emotional, and physical health. Marsaya aspires to be a Nurse Practitioner and work with low income women and queer folks. Marsaya is passionate about art and poetry, and helps run the UNM slam poetry club, LoboSlam. 

 

yoko Yoko Kentilitisca- Women in STEM Program Assistant 

Yoko is a junior studying Biology and Population Health and enjoys her work as a Program Assistant for Women in STEM. In her work, she focuses on promoting events that are geared toward empowering women that are underrepresented in the STEM field. Yoko is passionate about biotechnology and its role in global health and aspires to do research in infectious diseases and become an epidemiologist.