Leadership Team


We are an eclectic and experienced group of faculty and staff developing partnerships that will create sustainable changes in the UNM climate, contributing to increased success and satisfaction for women and minority faculty.

Mala Htun

Deputy director

Mary Jo Daniel

Co-principal investigator

Felipe Gonzales

Co-principal investigator

Melanie Moses

Co-principal investigator

Sandy Rodrigue

Program Manager

Social Science Research Team


This team is responsible for the implementation and analysis of the social science research project, which focuses on the application of the Dobbin and Kalev model of Managerial Engagement to the university context. Members also conduct qualitative interviews with university leadership and departing faculty. This team is guided by Advance’s deputy director Mala Htun and co-principal investigator Felipe Gonzales.

Team member

Charlie Christian

Team member

Karlyn A. Edwards

Graduate Research Assistant

Teagan Mullins

Graduate Research Assistant

Additional Faculty Leadership

We brought together this diverse group of faculty to help provide insight into different experiences on the UNM campus and guide ADVANCE at UNM program activities.

Steve Verney

Faculty member

Susan Bogus Halter

Faculty member

External Advisory Board


This group of prominent scholars and practitioners meets formally once a year to monitor the project, to assess progress toward project goals, provide recommendations for improvements to the project and offer suggestions about additional resources and opportunities.

Frank Dobbin

External advisory board member

Sonya Smith

Chairwoman, external advisory board member

Denise Sekaquaptewa

External advisory board member

John Nieto-Phillips

Member, External Advisory Board

Internal Evaluation Team (Center for Education Policy Research)


This team is responsible for monitoring the quantity and quality of project activities and providing on-going feedback to the leadership team to strengthen implementation as well as supporting to the external evaluation team with data collection and analysis.

Internal Advisory Board


This rotating group of UNM faculty meets formally once a semester to provide feedback on current efforts, suggest program activities and participants, and coordinate ADVANCE activities with other activities on campus related to project goals.

Barbara Rodriguez

Internal Advisory Board member

Irene Vásquez

Internal advisory board member

Julie Coonrod

Internal advisory board member

Wolfgang Rudolph

Internal advisory board member

Lloyd Lee

Internal advisory board member

Jane Smith

Internal advisory board member

Gabriel López

Internal advisory board member

Yemane Asmerom

Internal advisory board member

Janie Chermak

Internal advisory board member

Mahmoud Taha

Internal advisory board member

Laura Crossey

Internal advisory board member

Gabe Sanchez

Internal advisory board member

David Hanson

Internal Advisory Board member

Communication Team


Our team is here to tell the story of women and minorities in STEM at UNM on the web and through social media. Undergraduate students learn multimedia story telling through writing, video, photos and more. Learn more.

Kate Cunningham

Director of Communication and Social Media

Felina Martinez

Communication Team Member

Raneem Ramadan

Communication Intern



This team assists with various projects within our program. 

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