Director of University Advisement

Laura      Laura Valdez 

Laura has worked with students in all phases of the higher education experience, from her experience with a TRIO program that focused on college access for first generation, low-socioeconomic background to First Year and Transition programs, to working in the University College Advising Center.  Laura is driven by helping students achieve their academic goals.  Her work in the Office of University Advisement is focused on helping academic centers and advisors provide excellent student services.

Laura holds a Master of Arts degree in Communication and Journalism and Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication, both from the University of New Mexico.  She has been involved in professional associations such as NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and NODA Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education.

LoboAchieve Coordinator

UNM Sarah Nezzer

Sarah joined the UNM family in 2002 as a student employee while she pursued her studies in History. After her graduation in 2009 she joined the DARS Transfer team, and later provided academic advisement for students in the University Advisement Center. She now works for the Director of Advisement as the LoboAchieve Coordinator .

Dual Credit Coordinator

UNM Dee Dee Hatch-Sanders

Work closely with high school students, advisors and administrators. Responsible for managing and implementing the Dual Credit and Concurrent Enrollment Program. Serves as a liaison between University Advisement Center, Admissions Office and secondary institutions to implement the Dual Credit Program at UNM. Assists in securing Master Agreement contracts with statewide secondary institutions. Advise students interested in taking courses through the Dual Credit or Concurrent Enrollment Program. Register, drop or change dual enrollment students in the dual enrollment program. Track the progress including grades and to ensure students are meeting class participation requirements of all high school students in the program. Develop, maintain, marketing and promotional materials and attend high school recruitment events. Data entry and reporting in Banner, LoboAchieve, ePrint and Hyperion. Provide individual advisement and college pre-planning for student success.

Academic Advisor Training Coordinator

Shannon        Shannon Saavedra 

Shannon started as an academic advisor in 2006 in the University College Advisement Center. Upon completing her Masters in Organizational Learning Instructional Technology from the University of New Mexico in 2010 she became the academic advisor trainer for all undergraduate advisors. She also received her Bachelors of Business Administration in 2005 from the University of New Mexico. She has developed the advisor training program to include an online training and 12 months of curriculum for new advisors, LoboAchieve and Banner trainings, refresher trainings, advisor assessments, etc.

Graduate Assistant

Bisaan        Bisaan Hanouneh 

Bisaan is a graduate student at the University of New Mexico (UNM) currently pursuing her Master's in Business Administration, with a concentration in Human Resources. Her undergraduate degree was in Communication and Journalism, also obtained at UNM. She works at the Office of Advising Strategies as a Project Assistant until her graduation in May 2018. During her free time, Bisaan loves to travel and experience the world as much as she can.

Student Employees

Margaret         Margaret Holley

Bio: I'm 21 years old and a senior at UNM majoring in nursing. Currently, I'm from Peyton, Colorado. My favorite pass times include reading and watching T.V.

Michelle        Michelle Holley

This is my first year at UNM, I am from Colorado majoring in Pre-elementary education. After graduating in 2021 I hope to begin working in the teaching field.

monique        Monique Schmitz-Martinez

Monique is in her 3rd year at UNM majoring in communication with a concentration in organizational communications and minoring in psychology. She was born and raised in California but decided to come to Albuquerque to pursue her bachelors degree. She is also involved in Alpha Chi Omega and UNM Trailblazers.