Meet Our Professional Staff


Jose Villar

Senior Program Manager

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. 

Justin Lopez

Unit Administrator

Justin grew up in Albuquerque, NM, graduating from Rio Grande HS in 2001. He Started at UNM in 2005 as an EMT. This is his 13th year with various UNM programs and his 16th year working in an education setting.


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.