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Meet the R2S2 Staff


Carolina Aguirre, Sr. Program Manager

I am from New Mexico and I have worked at The University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University on several projects that support STEM students. I am the lead on the R2S2 project and as the lead I help organize our efforts to serve STEM students on the UNM-Valencia campus. I am open to feedback and ideas from students, as my primary goal is to put processes and programs in place that support students interested in STEM.

 Adriana Baca

Adriana Baca, Program Coordinator

Born and raised in Albuquerque, I have a passion for helping others and in this role specifically — students succeed. My role as the Education Specialist on the R2S2 project is to expand tutoring and student centered services. My goal for the Learning Commons (STEM and Learning Center) is to maintain an environment in which students are helping other students master material “peer-lead learning.”

 Shalaine Buck

Shalaine Buck, Tutor

I am originally from Arizona, but I have lived in Albuquerque for the last 10 years. During that time, I graduated from The University of New Mexico with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics. I am currently the Staff Tutor and the lead for the Transfer Ambassador Project-UNM-Main campus on the R2S2 project. My mission is to provide tutoring services and other support to STEM-H students to become successful, independent learners during their academic career. With my previous work supporting STEM transfer students and as a STEM transfer student myself, I understand the difficulties and obstacles that can arise during the academic and transfer processes.


 Ivy Okunor, Program Coordinator

As the R2S2 Coordinator, my role is to provide support and assistance to all of the many activities and initiatives planned by the project to support student success in STEM.


Brittany Padilla, Student Success Specialist Sr.

I grew up in both Albuquerque, NM and Tome, NM. I attained both my undergraduate and graduate degree from The University of New Mexico (UNM). UNM has also been my place of work for the past 7 years, where I have supported student success in various positions. I am here to make sure STEM-H students have the tools to be successful at UNM-Valencia and beyond.

 Vero Salcido

Veronica Salcido, Student Success Specialist Sr.

I am the Financial Literacy Coach with the R2S2 project. As a first generation college student, I understand the importance of student-centered services. My primary role is to provide comprehensive Financial Literacy Services in helping STEM-H students who are participating in the Financial Literacy Program to manage their educational-related finances.