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Meet Our Staff

he Dean of Students Office (DOS) values its diverse student population and tries to meet its students’ needs by providing a variety of services, programs, information, and opportunities. We are a central point of contact for students to resolve issues, further explain the policies and procedures of UNM, and identify resources throughout the campus.

In 2018, the Dean of Students welcomed the Student Activities Center to its team. Student Activities brings dynamic programming, experiential learning and leadership to student of the University of New Mexico. SAC oversees many of the most active students on campus and helps to sustain a vibrant campus community through programming. Click HERE to learn more about the SAC's staff and programs. 

Administrative Support Staff

Shelley Simms - Supervisor of Admin Support
Shelley is our Supervisor of Admin Support. 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. 

Melissa Pacheco-Armijo - Administrative Assistant III
Melissa was born and raised in Albuquerque and is a lifelong resident of the South Valley. She has been working in the UNM Community since 2008 where she has held several positions in the Department of Procurement. She is very involved in organizations within UNM and outside of UNM as well. At UNM, she is the Co-Chair of the Student Success Committee, and outside of UNM she is the Chair of Gutierrez Hubbell House History and Cultural Center which is a Museum in the South Valley. She is also the Scholarship Chair for the Armijo Family Scholarship Fund which provides scholarships in the name of her late husband Mark and her late mother-in-law Pauline through the CNM Foundation. Melissa has two children, Aja and Christian. Christian will be a senior at UNM in the Fall and Aja completed her Master's program in May 2017 at UNM's Speech & Hearing Sciences Department. 

New Student Orientation

Chriselle Martinez - Director, New Student Orientation 

Chriselle was born in Los Angeles, California. She will be a three-time Lobo in 2017 when she completes her doctorates at UNM in Educational Counseling. Chriselle knew Student Affairs was her career path when she noticed how much she enjoyed being involved in several student organizations as an undergrad. Outside of work, she loves and enjoys every minute with her two young boys and husband. Her hobbies include Frisbee, rugby, and doing back flips.

Emily Prebay - Student Affairs Specialist, New Student Orientation |

Emily was a Native, born and raised, Southern Californian until August 2013 when she moved to New Mexico to attend college at UNM. Here she studied Signed Language Interpreting. In May 2017 she graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Interpreting and moved to Rochester, New York. While in Rochester, Emily completed a yearlong Apprenticeship Program where she interpreted for students, staff, and community members at The Rochester Institute of Technology and The National Technical Institute for the Deaf. When her Apprenticeship was over she moved back to New Mexico to pursue her passion and work in the Higher Education/Student Affairs field where she is now the Student Affairs Specialist. In her free time she enjoys outdoor activities, traveling and spending time with friends and family.   

Jeffrey Hernandez - Coordinator, New Student Orientation

Jeffrey Hernandez, known as Jeff, is from Clint, Texas. Jeff is a coordinator for Transfer and Non-Traditional Student Orientation. He received his B.A. in History from New Mexico State University. He was previously a Student Recruiter for the UNM BA/MD Program and President of Pi Kappa Phi. Outside of work, Jeff enjoys going to the gym, BBQing, video games, and attending rodeos. Jeff is a sneaker head and competed in two National Junior Olympic track meets. Go Aggies! 

LoboRESPECT Advocacy Center

Lisa Lindquist - Director, LoboRESPECT Advocacy Center and Coordinator, Office of Parent and Family Programs
Lisa is an alumna of the University of New Mexico and currently works as the Director of the LoboRESPECT Advocacy Center in the Dean of Students Office. In that capacity, her primary functions include student advocacy/student support, confidential advocate for the Title IX issues, and coordination of the Office of Parent & Families including the coordinator of the Family Connection Orientation Program. Lisa has served on many campus committees and task forces to address issues regarding Title IX, campus climate, suicide prevention, student behavior, student retention, and first-year experience. 

Cole Carvour - Training & Development Specialist, LoboRESPECT Advocacy Center
Cole has been with the University of New Mexico since September 2016 when he joined the LoboRESPECT Advocacy Center team under the Dean of Students. He primarily creates and facilitates trainings on topics like Consent, Sexual Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, Bystander Intervention, and Hazing to students and student organizations. He also coordinates the LoboRESPECT Peer Educator program and provides advocacy to students experiencing various difficulties, especially related to Title IX. Cole came to the University of New Mexico from the Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico where he served as a victim advocate and volunteer program manager. 

Sophie Shemas- Program Coordinator/Trainer, LoboRESPECT Advocacy Center

Sophie was born and raised in Dublin, Ohio. She received her B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Cincinnati, where she spent her time participating in gender equity student organizations and student government, helping expand student resources on campus, and working for the university’s honors program. She then moved to Albuquerque in 2016 to work for a local conservation non-profit and, in the process, fell in love with the beauty of New Mexico. She’s excited to be at UNM helping students navigate and make the most of their college experience. In her free time, Sophie enjoys hiking and exploring our great state, karaoke battles, reading as much as she can, and seeing local art and theatre.  

Nash Jones - Program Coordinator/Trainer, LoboRESPECT Advocacy Center

Nash was born and raised in Albuquerque but spent the last decade away living and working in Portland, OR and Oakland, CA. They graduated with departmental honors from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR, with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology. They worked for several years as a community educator, direct service provider, and student development professional in Portland with a focus on LGBTQ equity and justice; Nash coordinated the Queer Resource Center at Portland Community College and the Community Education Project at SMYRC, Portland’s LGBTQ youth resource center. Most recently, Nash worked in San Francisco as a Senior Associate for a strategic communication firm with a focus on Public Health, and as a Learning and Development Specialist with a focus on mental health and peer recovery. They’re excited to be at UNM, in their hometown, contributing their skills and passions to the mission of the LoboRESPECT Advocacy Center and the Office of the Dean of Students. Outside of work, Nash enjoys storytelling, improv, and spending time with their partner and rambunctious dog.

Student Rights & Responsibilities 

Kelly Davis - Student Conduct Officer, Student Rights & Responsibilities 

Kelly is the Student Conduct Officer for the Office of Rights and Responsibilities and works with students and visitors who may have violated University conduct codes or policies. 

Lydia Wolberg - CARE Program Specialist, Student Rights & Responsibilities 

Lydia has been with the Dean of Students office since 2015.  She is currently the BARC/CARE program specialist for the Dean of Students Office and works with campus members who report a student may be in distress or whose behavior is disruptive to themselves or the environment.

Student Staff


Aitana Marquez                                Grace Wood                               

Student Support Specialist             Student Support Specialist                

 Jhyre Poston                                   Graeme Nichol

Student Support Specialist             Student Support Specialist