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MSC03 2210
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Student Union Building

Phone: (505) 277-3803


Glenda Lewis

PresidentGlenda Lewis (gpsapres@unm.edu)

College of Education

Glenda Lewis is a PhD Candidate in Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies. An educator, Glenda has dedicated her life to teaching, sharing knowledge and empowering others. Hailing from Clovis, New Mexico, Glenda well understands the importance of giving back to one's community. In serving as GPSA President, Glenda envisions increasing cross-campus engagement, while expanding promotion of the academic activities and achievements in which graduate and professional students are involved. A compassionate intellectual, Glenda possesses the vision, passion and leadership style required to build community capacity and consensus. 


Council Chair - Zoila Y. Alvarez (gpsacouncil@unm.edu)

School of Law 

Zoila Alvarez is a 2L student at UNM School of Law. Zoila earned a Master's in Language, Literacy, & Sociocultural Studies from the UNM College of Education where she served as COE-GPSA President in 2014-2015. She also served as a voting member of the GPSA Council and GPSA Legislative Steering Committee. In 2015, Zoila received the GPSA Presidents Award for Innovative Leadership for her service to students. Currently, she works part-time as a Senior Research Fellow at the UNM Center for Education Policy Research and volunteers for the Marshall-Brennan Project educating Albuquerque high school youth on Constitutional Literacy. Zoila hopes to practice law around children's issues, education law, immigration law, health law, and/or labor/employment law. When Zoila is not at the UNM Campus she is either traveling or at home hanging out with her dog Avery and partner Jorge.


Mark NarvaezChief of Staff - Mark Narvaez (gpsacos@unm.edu)

College of Education

Mark is a first year Masters in Counseling student in the College of Education Counselor Education Program. Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Mark attended Stanford University , where he received a B.A. in Psychology with Honors in 1976. Shortly after, Mark began an over 38 year career in the fields of aging, gerontology, geriatrics and human services, across governmental, non-profit and private sector settings, and including work with the Rio Grande Council of Governments, AARP and the New Mexico Alzheimer's Association. Mark relocated to New Mexico from Austin, Texas, in 2009, in pursuing his long-time affinity with the enchanted state, and to be closer to family. When not swimming in readings, postings and papers, Mark's avocations include guitar-playing, creative writing, hot yoga and running, having completed 9 marathons. His favorite running adage is, "The race does not always go to the swiftest, but to he who keeps on running".

Deputy Chief of Staff - TBA (gpsaproj@unm.edu)  

JaimieElections Chair  - Jaimie Stephens  (votegpsa@unm.edu)

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Jaimie Stephens is a second year physics Ph. D. student. She was born and raised in Colorado. Before moving to New Mexico for graduate school, she got her B.S. in physics at Colorado Mesa University graduating Summa Cum Laude. Jaimie is currently teaching freshmen level physics labs as a TA. The challenge of explaining physics concepts to students has inspired her to pursue the career of a professor. When Jaimie is not doing physics or serving students on GPSA, she loves being outside whether it be horseback riding, skiing, hiking, or camping.

Hanh Thi NguyenFinance Chair - Bich-Hanh Thi Nguyen (gpsafin@unm.edu)

College of Education

Hanh volunteers with many entities within the University of New Mexico such as the UNM's Secretary Office, UNM Alumni Association Greater Albuquerque Chapter, UNM Parent Association just to name a few. She is a graduate student in the College of Education. Hanh enjoys playing Sudoku, at least two different games a day: a Sudoku game a day keeps the doctor away.

SureshGrants Chair - Suresh Kumar Appana (gpsafunding@unm.edu)

Anderson Schools of Management

Suresh is a first year Masters student in the Anderson School of Management, with a concentration in Information Systems and Assurance. Suresh received his B.S. from Andhra University in India. Following undergraduate study, Suresh was employed as a software engineer for three years with India's leading IT Company, TCS, where he developed extensive experience and skill in management and technology. Suresh prides himself on being a well-rounded person, living with passion, dedication, and grace. When not glued to his computer screen, Suresh enjoys working out, watching films, playing volleyball, and hanging out with friends. 

DavidLobby Chair- David Medrano (gpsalobb@unm.edu)

School of Public Administration

David Medrano is a life long New Mexican and proud Lobo. After completing his time as a UNM Undergrad earning a degree in Psychology, David is now working towards his Master's in Healthcare Administration at the University of New Mexico.  He has served as a GPSA Representative and Deputy Chief of Staff and is excited to join President Lewis and her administration as the Lobby Chair. 

Programs Chair- TBA  (gpsaprog@unm.edu)

James KaminskiStudent Support & Advocacy Chair - James Kaminski (gpsasupport@unm.edu)

School of Public Administration


ACGraduate Health Co-Chair - Alexandra Cervantes  (gpsahealth@unm.edu)

School of Medicine

Alex Cervantes is a first year medical student who previously attended the University of New Mexico where she graduated with a double degree in Biology and Psychology with Honors. She has always been actively involved on campus through various organizations, volunteering, and student council as she was previously Vice-President for the Associated Students of the University of New Mexico. She hopes to continue this level of involvement and giving back as she steps into this position focused on the health of our graduate student populations. She is a concert enthusiast, an ice cream connoisseur, and huge football fan. She says that friendly hellos and waves on campus will always be reciprocated so feel free to stop her. Healthy NFL debates are also encouraged!


Graduate Health Co-Chair - Tristen Adams  (gpsahealth@unm.edu)

School of Medicine

Tristen Adams graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico with a double major in Biology and Spanish and a minor in Chemistry. She is a dual-degree medical and Master in Public Health student currently in her third year of medical school at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Through various experiences, she has learned that health is more than the lack of injury; health is an evolving, multifaceted part of everyone that is intimately connected to where one lives, eats, plays, works, etc. This outlook has impassioned her to pursue family medicine and to also become involved with advocacy in policies that directly affect medicine and health. Naturally, therefore, she became keenly interested in the Graduate and Professional Student Association Chair for the Graduate Health Committee position. She believes she is qualified to serve in this capacity, as she has held an assortment of roles that have strengthened, matured, and taught her to be a more effective leader, better communicator and listener, and productive member of a team as well as her experiences working in varied environments with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. She is enthusiastically ready to acquire new knowledge and skillsets that come with the territory of being a Committee Chair. She looks forward to a lifelong career of collaboration, advocacy, and policy and values the opportunity to serve as a student leader in Graduate Health. When not pursuing advocacy work and academic endeavors, she enjoys dancing, traveling, and being outside enjoying the NM weather!



Legislative Steering Committee Chair- Liliana Benitez de Luna  (gpsalsc@unm.edu)

School of Law

Liliana Benitez De Luna is a second year student at The University of New Mexico School of Law. She was born and raised in the South Valley of Albuquerque ​and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from UNM in 2014. Liliana's love for the University of New Mexico drives her to continue acting on behalf of the student population.



Chief Justice - Taylor Smith

School of Law

Taylor Smith is a third-year law student. He currently works at the New Mexico Court of Appeals. Taylor plans on pursuing constitutional law and civil rights litigation after graduation. 


Associate Justice - Valeria Garcia

Valeria is working towards dual degrees in M.A. in Latin American Studies and a J.D. from the UNM School of Law. Valeria aims to remain at UNM to pursue her graduate studies because of the campus' diversity and its overall welcoming and accepting environment. Growing up in a Latin American family helped her to see the needs of Latin American immigrants here in the U.S., which drove to her decision to pursue a dual MA LAS/JD degree. Valeria has served as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese for two years and currently assists with English to Spanish translation of K-12 curriculum materials with the LAII. After completing her degrees, Valeria plans to practice immigration, family law, or criminal law in New Mexico.


sabinaOffice Manager - Sabina Rai  (gpsaoff@unm.edu)

School of Engineering

Sabina is currently pursuing an M.Sc. in Computer Science. She has worked as an ESL teacher as well as a MATCH NM mentor. She volunteered at a local non-profit in Santa Fe for two years where she picked up an appreciation for the local art scene. In her spare time, she likes reading fiction, binging on t.v. shows, blogging, or rock-climbing.