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.
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 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".
An alumnus of UNM, B.A. 2015 and a current Masters Candidate in Health, Exercise, Sports Sciences (HESS), Edria served on President Frank’s student cabinet at UNM as an undergrad. She also served as the HESS Representative for the College of Education – Graduate Student Leadership Alliance (COE-GSLA), and now serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff and the Student Support and Advocacy Chair for the Graduate & Professional Student Alliance (GPSA) at UNM.
Currently pursuing her M.A. in Physical Education with a concentration in Sports Administration, she is extremely interested in expanding her research on what she calls the 3 D’s of sport psychology. The main focus of her research concentrates on “Utilizing Sport Psychology in the Organizational Culture of Organized Athletics in order to Detect, Deter, and Deflect Sexual Aggression in Male Athletes”. After completing her M.A., Edria plans to go on and get a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Sport Psychology.
As a former private investigator, she developed a love for travel, live music, the arts and fine dining. Outside of school her relationships with her parents and her 3 year old little cousin help to keep her candle burning at both ends and sometime in the near future she hopes to adopt a child of her own.
“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan
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.
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.
Sabina is currently pursuing an M.Sc. in Computer Science. She graduated from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM with double majors in History of Math & Science and Philosophy and double minors in Comparative Literature and Classical Languages. While she has not specified a field of interest yet, she wants to look into cyber security. In the past, she has worked as an ESL teacher. She worked for MATCH NM for a year as a mentor to a Grade Three student. 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.
Javier is completing an MA in Latin American Studies, with a concentration in anthropology and human rights at the LAII-UNM. Besides studying about an interesting anthropological case related to postcolonial issues in the Dutch Caribbean, Javier enjoys learning from everyday life at the UNM campus, taking long walks all around in the company of his beloved wife.