Training and Education Committee


Chair: Shannon Saavedra


Shannon started as an academic advisor in the University College Advisement Center in 2006. 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. I also received my Bachelors of Business Administration in 2005 from the University of New Mexico. I have developed an online advisor training program for new advisors, LoboAchieve and Banner trainings, policy updates, continuing education, etc.


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JJ Conn


My personal pronouns are she/they. I received my BFA in Illustration, Printmaking and Photography from Atlanta College of Art and completed my MA in Art Education and my BA in Religious Studies at UNM. I recently completed my MFA in Creative Writing at UNM as well. I have worked at UNM for 16 years—some of you may know me as Jen from my start in UCAC back in 2006. I am now a Senior Academic Advisor with Mechanical Engineering. As a creative person with a deep interest in education of all types, I decided to become involved with the committees that organize Advising Matters and the Advisor Institute many, many years ago. What began with creating the information program for each institute over 14 years ago has transitioned to a more active and integrated role for more than 10 years now. On the personal side, I have a spoiled pitbull and two cantankerous kitties—my fur babies. When I am not at UNM, I am a Girl Scout Leader and in my spare time I read and collect books for my library, write poetry, make art, geek out on sci-fi and game (let me know if you would like to terraform Mars with me).



Kendrick Daly


Kendrick Daly (they/them) has a Masters of Education in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Arizona State University and a Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Science with a minor in Chemistry from Northern Arizona University. Before joining the Anderson School of Management as a Sr. Academic Advisor, Kendrick worked at California State University, Sacramento as a Residence Hall Director and Arizona State University as a Management Intern in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. In their free time, Kendrick enjoys watching sports, gaming, reading, and traveling with their partner.



Sarah Peceny

Sarah was born in California but is New Mexico grown! She received her BA in Latin American Studies and Spanish and an MA in Hispanic Linguistics here at the University of New Mexico. During her time at UNM, Sarah has really enjoyed serving our student population as a former north campus research coordinator, an instructor and visiting lecturer, an assistant program coordinator of a language program, and most recently as an advisor! After working as an Academic Advisor for the Accelerated Online Programs offered by the College of Arts & Sciences for over a year and a half, she is very excited to begin her new position as the Education Development Manager of the Arts & Sciences Center for Academic Success.



Grace Willerton


I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in University Scholars-Psychology from Baylor University, and I am taking graduate coursework in counseling through UNM. I grew up in New Mexico, but I started my career as a high school math and special education teacher in New Orleans and Denver before returning home to Los Alamos. I have served UNM-Los Alamos as an academic and career advisor since 2012. I hold a certification as a Global Career Development Facilitator and recently completed a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator certification, too.  

I am inspired by my students’ stories and am excited to guide them to graduating and attaining their dream jobs. I am delighted to be a part of the Training & Education Committee for advisors, so that I can contribute to the personal and professional development of our UNM advising family and, in turn, the growth and success of our students.  


Krystal Zaragoza


Krystal (she/her) is a native New Mexican and was a first-generation college student at UNM where she earned her bachelor’s in journalism and English, and master’s degree in communication. She has worked with students since 2007, and still teaches communication courses online. She started her advising career in the Division of Dental Hygiene on North Campus in 2021, where she is the Sr. Academic Advisor. She considers working with students to be a kind of extension of her original passion for journalism, which she was taught and believes should be a public service, much like education.