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Meet the CEP Staff

Jose Villar

Student Programs Specialist

Jose has been involved with the College Enrichment Program since May of 2006. His involvement with CEP has varied throughout his years where he has served as a Peer Mentor/Tutor, Orientation Leader, Sr. Student Program Advisor, and currently as the Program Specialist. He is originally from Grants, New Mexico and was the first in his family to go to college. “CEP helped me make a smooth transition from a small town to a large university and ultimately graduate! I am fortunate that I can give back to a program that his given so much to me.” His passion is to help students, especially those from under represented backgrounds, have a similar experience that he had and looks forward to assisting in every other way possible He graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelors of Business Administration (B.B.A), concentrating in Organizational Leadership and he earned his Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A) in Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management. His plan is to start a Doctoral program in 2015.

Leslie Armell

Sr. Student Program Advisor

Leslie started with the College Enrichment Program in September of 2016. She grew up in Albuquerque and Farmington, graduating from Farmington High School. Leslie received a Bachelor of Arts in Music (cello) from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and worked in arts administration and fundraising for several years before becoming interested in working with college students. She recently graduated from Michigan State University with a master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration, focusing on supporting students who are underrepresented in American higher education. She is so excited to bring her knowledge and experience back to New Mexico and to work with UNM students to reach their personal, academic, and professional goals.




Michael Hoodless

Sr. Student Program Advisor

Michael Hoodless is from Northern New Mexico, Cuba to be exact. He received his Bachelors in Psychology from the University of New Mexico and his Masters of Science in Higher Education Administration at The University of Kansas. He is ecstatic to be working for the College Enrichment Program because it is home to him! Michael feels that the professional staff and student staff are welcoming and always fun to be around. He has a deep passion to help underrepresented groups find their passion or career goal with school and with life. Being from small town New Mexico he understands the nerves of going to a big university and not knowing where to go or who to see. Michael knows CEP was that place for him and he wants it to be that place for students now!



Sergio Najera

Sr. Student Program Advisor

Sergio has been with the College Enrichment Program since October of 2012. Previously, Sergio worked with the High School Equivalency Program and International Admissions. As an undergraduate, Sergio worked with CEP as an Orientation Leader and a Project Assistant. Sergio is very enthusiastic to work for CEP as professional staff. Sergio graduated from the University of New Mexico in the Fall of 2010. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Portuguese as well as a Master’s of Science in Sport Administration. Sergio is an Alumnus of Omega Delta Phi Fraternity Incorporated and is also the New Mexico Membership Coordinator for the NASPA Region IV-W Advisory Board.

Celestina Torres

Sr. Student Program Advisor

Celestina has been with CEP since January of 2008. She has been with UNM as staff since December of 2005; she comes to us from The Dean of Students offices where she served as the Transfer Student Orientation Coordinator. She is delighted to continue working with orientation and the students where every day is a different one. One of her mottos is "Don't be afraid to ask questions, anything goes." Celestina graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2005 with a degree in University Studies with an emphasis on Family and Chicano Studies. She is currently pursuing her masters in Educational Leadership at the University of New Mexico. Celestina is an Alumni of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Inc. She coordinates the NAPSA Undergraduate Fellows on campus, and is involved with the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA). She currently serves on the NASPA Region IV-West Advisory Board as the Regional NUFP (National Undergraduate Fellowship Program) Coordinator.



Laura Simes

Unit Administrator

Laura began working for UNM in 2008 with the CEOP College Prep Programs as an Administrative Assistant. In January 2011 she became Supervisor of Admin. Support for the College Enrichment Program (CEP). Laura oversees and provides support of all day-to-day fiscal, administrative and operational support activities for the program. Her administrative experience comes from being a small business owner for 15 years. Student success has been the number one priority for the CEP program and for her to see the passion and dedication that the CEP staff has to accomplish this goal, has made her feel truly grateful and honored to be part of this unique family. She feels this has been a rewarding experience.



 Tina Zuniga

Sr. Student Program Advisor

Tina started with the College Enrichment Program in February of 2018. She grew up all over the state of New Mexico and has lived in over 8 towns, including Silver City, Alamogordo, Hatch, Aztec, Hagerman, and Los Lunas where she graduated from Valencia High School in 2011. Tina received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Human Services from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado in 2015. She came to CEP after working as a student advocate with the UNM Dean of Students Office in the LoboRESPECT Advocacy Center. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of New Mexico, focusing on higher education administration. Tina’s passion is working with students from rural New Mexico and providing them opportunities in higher education. She is so excited to be working with students and helping make CEP a ‘home away from home’ for them on campus!