Staff Directory

Professional Staff


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Aine McCarthy (she/her) - Interim Director

Áine McCarthy is thrilled to be joining the WRC as the Interim Director. 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.





Gisell Grad close upGisell Cereceres Barrera (she/ella/ela) - Administrative Assistant to the Director

Gisell is the Administrative Assistant for the Women's Resource Center, her job duties include performing a range of diverse administrative activities for the center, coordinates and facilitates meetings/program functions, supervises student staff, assists the director, assists visitors by providing resources/guidance and offers a comfortable/welcoming space for all that come in. Gisell received her B.A in Linguistics and Portuguese with a minor in Spanish and was accepted into the Hispanic Linguistics Graduate Program to potentially be a Forensic Linguist in the FBI. Gisell is a Mexican-American, trilingual speaker who is aiming to be a positive representation of the Hispanic community and is thrilled to be part of the WRC community where all individuals of all genders are welcomed and empowered. In this leadership role, Gisell is hoping to empower/assist others, especially Mexican-American women who have less opportunities. Gisell's interests include reading books, writing poetry, working out, going on new adventures and is very obsessed with sunflowers!


michelle.jpgMichelle Dugan (she/her) - Campus Advocate

Michelle is a Campus Advocate at the Women’s Resource Center. She provides confidential advocacy for students who experience sexual assault or harassment, and she is also a co-chair for the Prevention Education working group on campus. Before working at UNM, Michelle lived in New York City and worked with LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. She has a master’s degree in social work with a focus on queering the narrative of traditional sex education. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys playing roller derby and supporting her two tiny dogs, Broccoli and Pepper, in their endeavors to defeat their nemesis, the vacuum cleaner.




Michael Lovato (he/him) - Campus Advocate



Miquela Ortiz-Upston (she/ella/they/ellos) - Social Worker/Program Specialist

MiquelaMiquela, MA, MSW, LMSW, works at the University of New Mexico Women’s Resource Center as a social worker and program specialist/project director for the campus grant through the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). She holds an MSW from New Mexico State University. While completing her MSW at New Mexico State University, she completed practicum experiences that supported research at the University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center and the Center on Immigration and Child Welfare. She received a previous master’s degree in Family Studies with a concentration in Family Life Education from UNM. While working on her MA in Family Studies, she completed a practicum placement in Child Life with the University of New Mexico Hospital. Miquela started working with UNM as a New Student Orientation Leader over 10 years ago and as a student was involved on campus as an ASUNM senator, UNM Trailblazer, and President of Out Womyn in addition to working with the UNM LGBTQ Resource Center and in the residence halls at Casas del Rio. Miquela also received her bachelor’s degree from UNM in Sociology and Women Studies and has worked in various offices across campus, such as the Dean of Student’s Office and as a senior academic advisor with Arts & Sciences and the School of Architecture & Planning. Miquela loves being a mom, spending time with her family, and dancing to old NM rancheras and 90s jams in the kitchen.


Rox Curiel (all pronouns) - Student Success Specialist


Graduate Assistants 



Ivette Acevedo Weatherholtz (she/ella) - 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.


SashaSasha Escamilla (she/her) - IMPACT Program Coordinator

Sasha is our coordinator of the IMPACT Leadership and Mentorship program. This program pairs first year students with upper-level students, and together we work to develop the necessary skills to succeed academically, professionally, and personally. She's from San Diego, California and moved to Albuquerque in 2021 to begin her graduate degree in Biology. She's currently studying changes in plant communities after a high severity fire in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. After graduate school, she hopes to continue working with land management agencies to develop stronger habitat restoration plans, specifically for endangered plant species.


Michelle Perez (they/them) - Victim Services Graduate Assistant


Student Staff


Gaby SalmeronGaby Salmeron-Ceballos (she/ella) - Women in STEM Program Assistant

Gabriella is a first-year student studying Biology and Spanish. She is a Women in STEM Program Assistant at the Women’s Resource Center. Her work focuses on empowering and advocating for women pursuing or working in STEM careers. Gaby aspires to be a Pediatrician and work in rural communities that are mainly Spanish-speaking. Gaby is passionate about research and science but also shares an interest in art and enjoys painting in her free time.




TBA - Women in Health Program Assistant


RoseRose Westerman (she/her) - Office Assistant

Rose holds an Office Assistant position at the UNM Women's Resource Center. She is currently a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Business. After graduating, she plans on attending graduate school in Chicago. She hopes to one day assist in and conduct her own research as well as help those struggling with addiction among many other things. She loves traveling, watching movies, reading, her cat Gerald, and pasta. She is super excited to start this journey and cannot wait for the new experiences!








Aja Nez

Aja Nez (she/her) - Office Assistant

Aja holds an Office Assistant position at the UNM Women’s Resource Center. She is a third-year student studying Biology. Her ineterests are in Anatomy and Anthropology. In the future, Aja hopes to work in the Medical Corps, where she can gain more experience and help communities abroad. She also plans to work with Native communities and find ways to teach and guide upcoming generations. She loves reading books, hiking, archery, and intriguing TV shows and documentaries.