Staff & Administration

ASCAS includes over 20 Academic Advisors, housed within their departments for one-on-one interactions with students. We believe that the best place for a student to meet their advisor is in their department for easier access to faculty, relevant information, and special events.
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We utilize our central ASCAS office for collaborative work, staff training and development, mandatory workshops, registration labs, and numerous specialized services. In our Center, we also assist students with general inquiries or urgent matters when their advisor is unavailable. If you are ever unsure where to go, please contact us!

Our Central Office staff consists of the Leadership team, administrative assistants, recruitment and retention specialists,  and work study student employees.


A&S Center for Academic Success Leadership

Marlene Sanchez
Director of ASCAS


Pronouns: she / her / hers / ella

At the center of my philosophy in higher education is that every student has the potential to succeed if given the right tools, resources, and support. Students need more than just academic skills to succeed. To truly thrive, students must develop a range of personal, social, and emotional competencies, including self-awareness, empathy, resilience, and communication skills. Therefore, as Director of Academic Success, my approach focuses on creating an inclusive and supportive learning environment that helps students develop these competencies and achieve their academic, personal, and career goals. 

I am a proud First-generation UNM Lobo. I earned my B.S. is Education and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from UNM. I have worked in both Student and Academic Affairs. Through my professional experience at UNM, I developed a passion for creating a space for sense of belonging.  A little more about me, during my free time, I like to spend it hanging out with my dog, working out, and trying new places around Albuquerque.  

Academic Advisement Supervisors

Joanna M. Camacho
Supervisor  ♦  Humanities & Interdisciplinary Studies

Joanna Camacho

Pronouns: she / her / hers / ella

I believe academic advisors should meet students where they are; focus on their needs and goals to be successful at UNM and future career goals. I consider academic advisement centers as the anchors for student academic success in higher education institutions, especially for underrepresented students pursuing Arts and Sciences degrees. Academic advising is key to help you navigate UNM, we will show you the resources available to you and help you understand the requirements for your academic goals.

I earned a B.A. in Secondary Education of History from the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras and M.A. in History and Ph.D. in Borderlands History from the University of Texas at El Paso. I taught U.S. and Latin American history in universities in Texas and Ohio, and found my passion for academic advising in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. I’m from Puerto Rico, the “Island of Enchantment” (La Isla del Encanto), and I fell in love with the “Land of Enchantment.”

Supervisor  ♦  (STEM) Natural & Physical Sciences, Mathematics

Kristian Macaron
Supervisor  ♦  Social/Behavioral Sciences


Pronouns: she / her / hers

Advisement is a place that is individualized and intentional. It is a place you can bring your victories, obstacles and hopes. Asking questions, finding answers and challenging ourselves to look at interdisciplinary connections of what we learn is key to developing confidence and ownership in how we use the knowledge we gather. My advisement philosophy is to be a guide to you and empower your journey through the university. Our Advisement Center is a place where you can depend on receiving support as you explore what you want to learn and develop goals for your success and your future.

I love my home state of New Mexico, and I am proud to work at UNM. I graduated from the UNM College of Arts & Sciences and the Honors Program with my BA, English (2009). I attended Emerson College in Boston, MA, for my MFA, Creative Writing, Fiction (2012). I am a writer, editor, advisor and educator. I have taught courses at UNM-Valencia and other institutions. My collection of speculative naturalist poetry titled Recipe for Time Travel in Case We Lose Each Other released in February 2022. I love to travel, write, read, play video games and adventure with my dog, R2D2.

A&S Student Success Curriculum

Sarah Peceny
Education and Development Manager


Pronouns: she / her / hers / ella

The University of New Mexico has played a significant role in my entire family’s life, and for that I am very grateful! I received a BA in Latin American Studies & Spanish here and later returned to complete my MA in Hispanic Linguistics after working as a research coordinator on North campus for a few years. I spent time here as an undergraduate student teacher, a graduate teaching assistant, and finally as a Visiting Lecturer I and Assistant Program Coordinator of UNM’s Spanish as a Second Language (SSL) Program in the Spanish and Portuguese Department.

In Fall 2019, I moved over to the world of academic advisement and learned how indispensable advisors are in guiding students towards completing their degrees.  I am very excited to now occupy the role of Education and Development Manager in the Center so that I can merge my experience in teaching and in advisement to create classes that will help students learn the hidden curriculum of successfully navigating a university system to maximize their overall experience!

Recruitment and Retention

Cameron Langner
Supervisor  ♦  Focus: Student Recruitment and Retention


Pronouns: she / her / hers

Advises: students with special circumstances (e.g. students returning to school after a hiatus and those on academic probation or suspension)

Exploring the World requires a critical lens--school will help you create that lens so that you can truly see the world.

I love school! As a former teacher, I find that school gives me the greatest sense of purpose. I am working on my Masters degree in Special Education. In my free time, I spend as much time with my weenie dogs and playing out-of-doors.

I am part of the A&S Support and Success Group (SSGs):  SSGs support all departments, students and advisors by working on special retention and graduation projects and covering advising availability for vacant major advisor positions while A&S hires and trains new student support professionals.

Chris Chaves
Education Specialist  ♦  Transfer Student Recruitment


Pronouns: he / him / his

As a first-generation college graduate, I have a personal passion for helping all students in achieving their dreams of getting a genuine and balanced college education; this means that there should be an integration of course-work in the liberal arts, humanities, and applied sciences in their degree completion plan. Throughout my career in higher education, I have contributed to the education or training of both traditional and non-traditional college students; this work has included administrative and teaching work.

I hold a BS degree in Vocational Education Studies from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (SIUC) and a graduate degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Southern California (USC); at USC I authored my thesis on the intersection of college enrollment in English and math courses, student involvement, and retention. Other education involved the intersection of literature and philosophy. I am inspired by the literature produced by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Rudolfo Anaya, Hypatia of Alexandria, Upton Sinclair, Maya Angelou among many others.

My personal philosophy about transfer students is informed by my own experience, meaning that, facilitating a transformative higher education experience requires that student support professionals honor the courage that is exhibited by all students as they transition between the necessary social and academic stages in their educational journey.


Jorge Montes Rodriguez
Student Recruitment Specialist  ♦  Arts & Sciences Recruitment


Pronouns: he / him / his

Recruitment Philosophy:  As a recruitment specialist, I find that the most important aspect is to serve as a mentor to students through establishing meaningful connections. College can be a stressful topic to think about and I want to provide all of the necessary resources and information to ensure that students are knowledgeable in making decisions in their higher education trajectory, whether this be graduating from high school or returning to school. I want to ensure that as a first point of contact they feel seen, understood, and acknowledged coming from their unique walk of life and what it means to be supported in higher education endeavors. I want to ensure that prospective students can see themselves as a future lobo where they can find a space to grow academically and individually.  

About me:  I was raised in Albuquerque, NM. I graduated from UNM in 2022 with a Bachelors in Linguistics. I have a passion for languages and the structure of the human communication. Traveling, concerts and laughing until my cheeks and abs are sore are a triumph of my success. In my free time I enjoy spending time outdoors doing things appropriate to the seasons: Hiking, biking, snowboarding, running, camping. I also enjoy painting, drawing, and learning new recopies, making space and time to be creative is important for me.  

Operational Support

August Fasel
Administrative Assistant III


Pronouns: they / them / theirs - or - he / him / his

I am from North Carolina, where I graduated from NC State University with a double major in Psychology and Communication, along with a French minor. I am currently enrolled at UNM as a graduate student, pursuing my Master's Degree in Counseling in order to become a licensed clinical mental health counselor.

Outside of being a full-time student and employee, I love spending time with my cat, getting tattooed, and playing video games. As someone going into a helping profession, I'm excited to be a part of a team whose goal is to aid students in taking charge of their education and building the future they dream of.

Current Work Study Student Employees

Our work study student employees are a valuable part of our team! If you're interested in working with us, our postings will be under Student Jobs on


Sydney Bathurst

Pronouns: she / her / hers

Major: Psychology
From: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Why UNM?: I chose to come to UNM because I have grown up in Albuquerque.  UNM gave me the opportunity to grow as an individual while still remaining close to my family.  Some of them attended UNM and I tend to follow in the footsteps of those around me but I have intentions of writing my own story.


Melissa Pacheco

Pronouns: she / her / hers

Major: Psychology
Questa, New Mexico
Why UNM?: 
I chose to attend UNM because it was the best fit for me academically and economically to continue my education.


Brianna Knox Hubbard

Pronouns: she / her / hers

Major: Exercise Science
From: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Why UNM?: I chose UNM for it's proximity to the UNM Medical School and UNM Hospital, as this gives me the opportunity to kickstart my prospective career as a Physician's Assistant.