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Shalom Leo Bond

MA, LMHC, Career Development Facilitator Sr.

Shalom holds a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Bachelor's degree in American Studies from UNM. He is a licensed mental health counselor and has been a career counselor at UNM Career Services since 2015. Shalom is passionate about helping students, alumni, staff and faculty create purpose-driven careers as a component of a meaningful life. He grew up in Santa Fe and has lived in Albuquerque since 2010.

Lindsay Britt

Contract & Grant Administrator

Lindsay is currently a Contract and Grant Administrator in the Psychology department and the Center on Alcohol, Substance Use, And Addictions (CASAA) at the University of New Mexico. Lindsay has worked in the Office of Sponsored Projects as a Grant Coordinator and Contract and Grant Administrator before accepting a with the Psychology department. Lindsay has been employed with UNM for over 8 years and prior to working at UNM she was a Contract and Grant Administrator at The Mind Research Network (MRN). Lindsay holds a Certified Pre-Award Research Administration (CPRA) certification and is currently working on obtaining a master’s degree in Research Administration and Compliance through The City University of New York (CUNY).

Michelle Casias

Proposals and Research Administration Systems Manager, OSP

Michelle is the Proposals & Electronic Research Administration Manager for the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP), with the responsibility of overseeing the day-to-day operational activities of the proposal team and the Cayuse proposal submission system. Prior to joining the OSP team, she held leadership roles at the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and the New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED). Prior to her role as the Director of Operations and Executive Affairs with NMHED, she worked as a Program Manager, proposing and overseeing a variety of grants through public and private entities, with research, academic and student support components. Michelle comes to OSP with extensive knowledge and experience in operations management, proposal preparation and processing, grant management, policy and procedure development, regulatory compliance, and contract negotiation and management. She has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration (B.B.A.) with a concentration on Operations Management from the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico.

Betsy Drellack

Financial Analyst

Betsy joined the Office of the Vice President for Research as a Financial Analyst in 2019. Before the move to the OVPR, she was a Supervisor of Fiscal Services in the Office of Sponsored Projects who focused on special projects such as Cayuse Administration and reporting. She returned to UNM after working in General Accounting and the Purchasing Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Before UNLV, Betsy worked in Contract and Grant Accounting and the Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) at UNM. Betsy received her B.S. in Elementary Education and M.B.A. from UNM. She is also a Certified Research Administrator.

Monica Fishel

Monica Fishel has been with the University of New Mexico since 2000. For the past 20 years, she has specialized in supporting research development. She began her UNM career at the Center for High Technology Materials. After seven years, she took a position with the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and is currently with the Faculty Research Development Office (FRDO). In her current position, she works in close collaboration with other units of the OVPR and with research administration personnel in colleges, centers and departments to provide a broad range of services to faculty in support of obtaining extramural funding. She has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration (B.B.A.) from the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico.

Anthony Gallegos

Sr. Financial Services Accountant, CGA

Anthony N. Gallegos is a Senior Financial Services Accountant for UNM’s Main Campus Contract and Grant Accounting Department. He received his B.B.A. in Accounting and M.B.A. in M.I.S. from the University of New Mexico’s Robert O. Anderson School of Management. He has over 31 years in the University’s Core Accounting Offices, both on Main Campus and HSC.

Jeremy Hamlin

Associate Controller, CGA

Jeremy Hamlin, Associate Controller in the Contract and Grant Accounting office, was born and raised in Albuquerque and is proud to call himself a native New Mexican. Jeremy is a product of the University of New Mexico having graduated with his BBA from the Anderson School of Management in December 2006. He just completed the EMBA program at Anderson in August 2020, with his MBA soon to be conferred. In January 2007, he began his career in public accounting working for a small local firm where he developed a niche in planning and performing governmental and single audits. Jeremy is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), earning his license in November 2010. After spending eight years in public accounting, Jeremy joined the University of New Mexico as a Supervisor in Contract and Grant Accounting in February 2015. He was promoted to Accounting Manager in September 2017 and then to Associate Controller in July 2019. Jeremy has been in research administration at UNM for five and a half years.

Teresa Hammitt

Fiscal Services Supervisor, CGA

Teresa joined UNM Main Campus Contract and Grant Accounting Department in March 2014 as an Accountant II. She has moved up the ranks and is now a Fiscal Services Supervisor. Prior to joining UNM as a staff member, Teresa worked for over twenty years in public and private accounting. She also has experience in financial analysis and process improvement. Teresa is alumni of the University of New Mexico, having graduated summa cum laude, from Anderson School of Management with a B.B.A. – Accounting Emphasis.

Dr. Nancy López

Assoc. Vice President, Division of Equity and Inclusion, Professor of Sociology

Dr. López co-founded and still directs the Institute for the Study of “Race” and Social Justice and she is the founding coordinator of the New Mexico Statewide Race, Gender, Class Data Policy Consortium (Visit Dr. López currently serves as Associate Vice President for the Division of Equity and Inclusion. Her scholarship and teaching are guided by the insights of intersectionality--the simultaneity of tribal status/settler colonialism race/structural racism, gender/heteropatriarchy, class/capitalism, ethnicity/nativism, sexuality/heterosexism as systems of oppression/resistance across a variety of social outcomes (education, health, employment, wealth and housing) and the importance of developing contextualized solutions that advance justice. Her books include: Hopeful Girls, Troubled Boys: Race and Gender Disparity in Urban Education (2003), and Mapping "Race": Critical Approaches to Health Disparities Research (2013). She co-edited a special issue of the Race, Ethnicity and Education Journal on Quantitative Methods and Critical Race Theory. She is also known for developing the concept of “street race.”

Dr. López has been recognized for her contributions to engaged scholarship through the American Sociological Association William Foote Whyte Distinguished Career Award for Sociological Practice and Public Sociology. Dr. López current research includes a mixed method study in three research practice partnerships that examines the role of ethnic studies curriculum and culturally relevant pedagogy in reducing complex intersectional inequalities in high school. She has served on over 70 PhD/MA committees and she given over 130 seminars on at national conferences, invited lectures and community gatherings.

Nicholas Olson

System Coordinator and Sponsored Project Specialist, OSP

Nick is currently the Systems Coordinator and a Sponsored Projects Specialist for the Office of Sponsored Projects. He is a member of the Proposal Team and has extensive experience in reviewing and submitting proposals to private, federal, state, and local government sponsors. Through this experience Nick has gained operational knowledge of each sponsor’s unique portal, Cayuse SP and Cayuse 424. As the Systems Coordinator, Nick currently provides day-to-day system support to the UNM research community. Nick has been with the University since 2013. He graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor’s degree in Economics in 2012.

Kwaku Sraha

Sr. Financial Services Accountant, CGA

Kwaku Sraha is a Senior Financial Services Accountant for UNM’s Main Campus Contract and Grant (C&G) Accounting office. He brings a nonprofit experience and a departmental perspective on grant administration to C&G. Kwaku has a solid understanding of UNM administrative policy, as well as compliance with state and federal guidelines. Prior to joining UNM, Kwaku worked for over thirteen years in consumer banking and in the nonprofit sector, doing lending, fiscal policy analysis and nonprofit accounting. Kwaku is an alumnus of the University of New Mexico having graduated from the Anderson School of Management with a Masters of Accounting and an M.P.A in Public Finance and Budgeting from the School of Public Administration.

Stephanie Tofighi


Stephanie Tofighi has a Master of Science degree in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology where she worked for 5 years as a research administrator in the College of Computing. For the last 4 years, she’s been working in research development at the University of New Mexico’s centralized Faculty Research Development Office.

Rebecca Valdez

Rebecca joined UNM in 2012 and has experience in both, pre and post award functions at the University. She started at UNM as an Accountant in Contract and Grant Accounting, and is now a Supervisor-Fiscal Services in the Office of Sponsored Projects, managing the Award Team and Subaward Team. Prior to joining UNM, she worked in the private sector for 13 years where she gained private sector accounting experience in the government contracting field, as a fixed asset accountant, construction field, as a staff accountant, and as a staff accountant in a local CPA Firm. Rebecca holds a Bachelor’s Degree with concentration in Accounting from UNM and received her CRA certification in 2019.

Reed Vawter


Reed is a registered dietitian nutritionist who is a board-certified specialist in obesity and weight management. He is also a NASM certified personal trainer. Reed leads the LifeSteps Weight Management classes offered by Employee Wellness throughout the year. He is also available for individual counseling and department presentations. Reed helps faculty and staff find sustainable approaches to lifestyle change across a variety of health goals, including weight loss, digestive issues, sports performance, and more.

Denise Vigil

Sr. Financial Services Accountant

Denise Vigil is a Senior Financial Services Accountant for UNM’s Main Campus Contract and Grant Accounting Department. She received her BBA in Accounting at the University of New Mexico. After receiving her BBA she worked for a CPA firm where she would conduct payroll audits. She then worked for a local construction company navigating through construction accounting. Denise spent 10 years working as a Staff Accountant for a small CPA firm preparing taxes, financial planning, and handling bookkeeping for various companies. Denise joined UNM’s Contract and Grant Accounting Office in December 2014 as an Accountant II, being promoted to an Accountant III in April of 2018.

Alana Watts

Sr. Financial Services Accountant

Alana Watts is a University of New Mexico Alumni, having earned both her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s in Business Administration at UNM. She has served as a University accountant in core offices for over 10 years. As a Senior Financial Services Accountant at Contract and Grants-Main she delivers a solid understanding of UNM Administrative Policy as well as compliance with State and Federal Guidelines. As a Chrome River Lead, she strives to review processes and improve efficiency to better serve the UNM community. Alana is also highly involved to help facilitate the Effort Certification process.

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