UNM HEP Personnel / Personal de HEP en UNM
Sr Program Manager (Director)
Phone: 505 277-6084
Student Success Specialist
Phone: 505 277-5020
Brenda Ramirez is the advisor for the High School Equivalency Program at UNM, she was raised in Hatch, New Mexico. She attended UNM in 2012, to continue her education, with the help of the College Assistance Migrant Program. She obtained her Chichana/o Studies and Spanish degrees from UNM in 2016. Brenda worked as a college transition coordinator in South Valley Academy Charter School. Brenda found her passion to serve in the education system as she helped navigate high school students through the college application process. She now continues to serve and advise students that have had educational barriers, and work hard to obtain their high school equivalency diploma through the UNM HEP program. As a seasonal farmworker, she understands the value of her education, and the commitment she has to advocate for farmworking communities.
Samantha "Sammi" Williams
Program Coordinator for CAMP/HEP
Phone: 505 277-0276
Sammi graduated from CNM with an Associates in Liberal arts in 2014. She is new to CAMP and HEP, and the school in general. She is going to UNM for her BBA in Management Information Systems and plan to also receive my MBA from UNM for Marketing, then eventually going to school for the culinary arts. She loves helping people and bringing joy any time she gets the chance, and is excited to get to help CAMP and HEP help students get the education that they need and want!
Student Recruitment Specialist
Phone: 505 620-7845
Yovanna graduated with her BBA in Finance from Anderson, Fall 2021. After years of working in Finance, Yovanna felt motivated to work with HEP upon completing her degree with hopes to give back to her community and make a positive difference in someone's life. Yovanna was part of HEP’s sister program, the CAMP program in 2016 at MSU, where she attended college as a First-Generation College student. CAMP was more than just a support program for Yovanna, CAMP was home away from home. Yovanna currently works closely with migrant and seasonal working families to identify them and guide them during the initial steps of the program. Outside of work, Yovanna enjoys the little things in life such as; hot coffee in the morning, sunsets, smiling at strangers and remembering to stop and smell the roses along the way.
Laura Shifflette Hughes
Phone: 505 620-7845
Laura Shifflette Hughes recently joined the UNM HEP department as an Instructor. She was born and raised in Charleston, SC, graduating from the College of Charleston with a degree in Spanish with certification to teach. Teaching is what she has done in the Charleston County Public School System. She found her passion while working summers for the Migrant Education Program as an out of school youth instructor, as well as educating younger grade levels in reading and math. She left her home of high humidity and hurricanes to follow her other passion, New Mexico. The two merged perfectly with the acceptance of this position. She is very excited to bring her experience to the program and hopeful to be considered a true resident of New Mexico one day, one green chile at a time.
Phone: 505 620-7845
Jarett hails from New Mexico as he grew up in the Land of Enchantment. He graduated from UNM with a degree in Spanish and International Studies in 2014 but then left New Mexico to travel the world. He has since traveled to over 30 countries, spending extensive time in Ecuador, Austria, England, Vietnam, Spain, Turkey, Mexico and Costa Rica. In 2022 Jarett received his MA in International Relations at Marmara University in Istanbul. Jarett loves cultural exchanges and connecting with others with language at the center. Jarett considers himself an eternal learner and loves to share this passion with his students worldwide.
Jarett viene de Nuevo México ya que creció en la Tierra del Encanto. Se graduó de la UNM con una licenciatura en español y estudios internacionales en 2014, pero luego se fue para viajar por el mundo. Desde entonces ha viajado a más de 30 países, pasando mucho tiempo en Ecuador, Austria, Inglaterra, Vietnam, España, Turquía, México y Costa Rica. En 2022, Jarett recibió su maestría en Relaciones Internacionales en la Universidad de Marmara en Estambul. Jarett ama los intercambios culturales y conectarse con otros con el lenguaje en el centro. Jarett se considera un aprendiz eterno y le encanta compartir esta pasión con sus alumnos por todo el mundo.