Director of University Advisement

Laura   Laura Valdez 

Laura Valdez has worked with students in all phases of the higher education experience, from her experience with a TRIO program that focuses on college access for first generation, low socioeconomic students to her current work as the University College Advising Center Director. Originally from Coyote, New Mexico, she was a first generation college student and credits her success to two College Enrichment Program counselors who provided mentorship and guidance during her first year at the University of New Mexico. She has made it her life’s work to pay that forward. Laura is impassioned by helping students achieve their academic goals; she believes getting a college degree is a transformative experience for both first generation students and their families.

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 a week long training for new advisors, LoboAchieve and Banner trainings, refresher trainings, advisor assessments, etc.

Student Employees

UNM Margaret Holley

UNM Michelle Holley

UNM Monique Schmitz-Martinez