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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: jhidalgoholland@unm.edu 
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Caitlin 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.
                                                   Contact info: crhenke@unm.edu

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Jessa Mckelvey-Administrative Assistant II

Jessa has been working with the University for 6 years. She is pursuing a degree in sociology and her interests include social inclusion and justice, mental health, and women's issues. She hopes to continue in the social justice field helping women get access to affordable and fair healthcare. She enjoys assisting the diverse UNM community in any way she can and helping students navigate the complex higher education system. Her hobbies include doing outdoor activities such as hiking, backpacking, and camping. She is also passionate about books, literature, and her dog. 


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Meghan Lippert - WRC  Liason

I 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 Center
 Majors Advised:· Economics, Lingustics, Signed Language Interpreting, Advisement triage and referrals for all majors!

 

Student Staff

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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.  

Contact: Vanhorn@unm.edu 

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Cortny Stark-Graduate Assistant 

A 2013 graduate of New Mexico Highlands University’s Masters of Community Mental Health Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling, Cortny is currently a doctoral student, graduate assistant, and teaching assistant in the University of New Mexico Counselor Education program. Her clinical practice is grounded in a wellness-based humanistic approach, with an emphasis in trauma-informed care. As a mental health, substance abuse, and rehabilitation counselor, Cortny can provide counseling services for a variety of mental health concerns. Her clinical experiences have lead her to specialize in trauma work, substance use issues, crisis intervention, women’s issues, and medical cannabis as a mental health and medical intervention. 


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Arianna Trott- Graduate Assistant

Arianna joins the Women's Resource Center team to support Impact, our leadership and mentorship program. Arianna's career focused on promoting social justice by addressing health and behavioral health disparities. She is currently a doctoral student at the University of New Mexico studying Counselor Education. She obtained her BA from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon and her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from UNM. During her time in Oregon, she volunteered with multiple homeless organizations, studied Community Psychology, and conducted research in the field of Autism. As a licensed mental health counselor, she volunteers at an Indian Health Services Hospital. Arianna consults on behavioral health research and evaluation, including work in substance abuse prevention and early childhood development and education.

trisha Trisha Martinez-Graduate Assistant 

Trisha is a UNM doctoral student within the Department of American Studies. Her educational pursuit has been inspired by the ways culture, performance, and community embody resistance and empowerment.  Her scholarly areas of interest, include: Southwest Borderlands, Cultural Performance and Traditional Practices, Transnationalism, and Women of Color Feminism. Trisha is an awardee of UNM’s Center for Regional Studies Fellowship and a 5th year recipient of the Hispanic Women’s Council Scholarship. As a proud mother of three, Trisha has also been awarded WRC’s Sabrina’s Single Mother Scholarship. She remains adamant about encouraging and supporting other single mothers to achieve their academic and life goals. Through student and community based organizations, Trisha hopes to continue to serve as a liaison between cultural groups and community efforts, as well as serve the WRC through traditional health programming and outreach.  
 
 

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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 photoFaith 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!

 


sarahSarah East- Communications Assistant

 Sarah East is a junior studying multimedia journalism with a minor in women’s studies at UNM. Born and raised in New Mexico, she has written for multiple online celebrity news and lifestyle websites. She is mainly interested in social justice issues. In her down time, Sarah enjoys appreciating nature or watching the latest season of Game of Thrones.





mercedesMercedes Metzgar-Women in STEM Program Assistant 


Mercedes is a senior McNair Scholar studying Biology and History. After graduation she plans to obtain a Ph.D in the History of Science. She hopes to research the ways in which STEM and society interact. Mercedes is passionate about working towards closing the STEM achievement gap for underrepresented students. During her free Mercedes enjoys running, watching movies, and listening to music. 


annaAnna Allegretti-IMPACT Program Assistant


Anna Allegretti is an undergraduate student at the University of New Mexico double majoring in both Women's Studies and Anthropology. When Anna isn't studying or working she runs a student group called the Student Alliance for Reproductive Justice and interns at Planned Parenthood. On the weekends, Anna enjoys hiking and camping with her friends. She also loves dogs.

stephanieStephanie Nitschke-Program Assistant 

Stephanie is currently an undergraduate student at the University of New Mexico. She is majoring in biology and family studies. She hopes to become a women's health physician. In her free time, Stephanie likes to read, hike, and watch Netflix.