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

 

Aine2Áine McCarthy- Campus Advocate

Áine McCarthy is thrilled to be joining the WRC as a Campus Advocate. She worked at Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe where she studied Buddhist chaplaincy with a focus on working with womexn in prison. Áine is a yoga teacher and holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University; she also studied at the Center for Contemplation and Action in Albuquerque. She started Chrysalis, a nonprofit dedicated to offering creative and contemplative programming for women and femmes cultivating post-traumatic growth after abuse.

ainemccarthy@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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Ivette Acevedo Weatherholtz- Counseling Coordinator

Ivette is a bilingual and bicultural counselor providing trauma-responsive services. She has actively intertwined her passions for mental health services and education over the past decade and has taught and provided counseling services nationally and abroad to children, adolescents, and young adults. Ivette completed a B.Soc.Sc. in Psychology in Mexico, a Master of Arts in Counseling in St. Louis, Missouri and is currently a doctoral student in the Counseling Education program at UNM. Ivette is passionate about integrating creativity, play, somatic-based approaches and natural healing practices to provide holistic therapeutic experiences that rupture cycles of intergenerational, community, and social-political trauma.

MelanieMelanie Kazenel - IMPACT Program Coordinator

Melanie Kazenel is the 2021-2022 Graduate Assistant for the Impact Leadership and Mentorship Program. Melanie is a Ph.D. Candidate in Biology at UNM, where she studies the ecology of native bees and pollination in New Mexico. She is passionate about fostering practices of mentorship, community-building, and inclusivity in academic spaces. Originally from Massachusetts, Melanie loves adventuring in the southwest’s beautiful mountains and deserts in her spare time.

 

 

 

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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-parent.

Rebekah Rebekah Gridley - Sexual Violence Prevention GA

Rebekah is assisting the Coordinated Community Response Team during the Fall 2021 semester. Rebekah moved from Arkansas to pursue their undergraduate degree at UNM, and they are now pursuing their Master's degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Science. She is very interested in STEM related research outside of advocacy work. In their free time, Rebekah enjoys collecting house plants and painting scenes from around the city.

 

Student Staff

 

                                Giselle Cereceres - Counseling Services Administrative AssistantGisell

Giselle is graduating in Spring 2022 and is double majoring in Linguistics and Portuguese with a minor in Spanish. Gisell's role is helping students by giving them information about our counseling program, assist them in any way she can by contacting an appropriate counselor that suits them, keeping communication going appropriate to their needs and making students feel comfortable and safe. Outside of work she is a coordinator of a Youth group at her church and she volunteers. Her other interests include singing, dancing, drawing, and everything involving languages! Gisell reads and writes poetry, is trilingual (Spanish, English and Portuguese), and is obsessed with sunflowers!

 

 

 

 

 

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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.