Meet Us

Mariana Ortega

Mariana Ortega
Orientation Program Specialist

mortega8@nmsu.edu

Hometown: Miami, Florida
Favorite spot on campus: First floor of Aggie Memorial Tower
Favorite quote: “To thine own self be true.” ~ William Shakespeare

Claire Montoya

Claire Montoya
Family Outreach Coordinator

ccortner@nmsu.edu

Hometown: Magdalena, New Mexico
Favorite spot on campus: Zuhl Library 
Favorite quote: “Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” ~Maya Angelou

Mari Ward

Mari Ward
AWO Graduate Assistant

Hometown: El Paso, Texas
Favorite spot on campus: Zuhl Library
Favorite quote: “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you’ll land among the stars.” ~ Unknown

Valeria Arriaga

Valeria Arriaga
AWO Student Assistant

Hometown: Oxnard, California
Favorite spot on campus: During the fall I love the area by the Astronomy Building because of the trees.
Favorite quote: “Trust the timing of your life.” ~ Unknown

Charles Trujillo

Charles Trujillo
AWO Student Assistant

Hometown: Anthony, New Mexico 
Favorite spot on campus: Corbett Center
Favorite quote: “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” ~ C. S. Lewis

Anton Tan

Anton Tan
AWO Student Assistant

Hometown: Olongapo City, Philippines
Favorite spot on campus: The Music Building
Favorite quote: “Life comes from the physical survival; but the good life comes from what we care about.” ~ Rollo May

Andrea Jarquin

Andrea Jarquin
NODA Intern

Hometown: Miami, Florida
Favorite spot on campus: Taos
Favorite quote: “Leadership is creating opportunities for others.” ~ Unknown

Joanie Garcia

Joanie Garcia
NODA Intern

Hometown: Akron, Ohio
Favorite spot on campus: Duck Pond
Favorite quote: “When there are no ceilings, the sky is the limit.” ~ Hillary Clinton

Mary Duex

Mary Duex
NODA Intern

Hometown: Rochester, New York
Favorite spot on campus: Lawn outside of Garcia Annex
Favorite quote: “Injustice anywhere is still injustice everywhere.” ~ Unknown

Aben Miller
Orientation Leader

Hometown: El Paso, Texas
Favorite spot on campus: The Activity Center

Abril Estrada
Orientation Leader

Hometown: Vado, New Mexico
Favorite spot on campus: Preciado Park

Albert Valdez
Orientation Leader

Hometown: Mescalero, New Mexico
Favorite spot on campus: The trees by Hadley Hall

Alexis Yi
Orientation Leader

Hometown: El Paso, Texas
Favorite spot on campus: Frenger Food Court

Alysoune Coleman
Orientation Leader

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
Favorite spot on campus: Duck Pond

Brianna Dever
Returning Orientation Leader

Hometown: Farmington, New Mexico 
Favorite spot on campus: Zuhl Library

Carlos Avila
Orientation Leader

Hometown: Las Cruces, New Mexico
Favorite spot on campus: Corbett Center

Domonique Solis
Returning Orientation Leader

Hometown: El Paso, Texas
Favorite spot on campus: Sitting in front of Wooton Hall.

Gabriel Silva
Orientation Leader

Hometown: La Mesa, New Mexico 
Favorite spot on campus: NMSU Tennis Courts

Isabel Darancou
Orientation Leader

Hometown: El Paso, TX
Favorite spot on campus: Milton Hall

Olivia Nwanne
Orientation Leader

Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN
Favorite spot on campus: Frenger Food Court

Jasmin Escalante
Orientation Leader

Hometown: Sunland Park, New Mexico 
Favorite spot on campus: The Activity Center

Jenny Hernandez
Orientation Leader

Hometown: El Paso, Texas
Favorite spot on campus: Aggie Forest

Jose Campo
Orientation Leader

Hometown: Colombia
Favorite spot on campus: Statue by Young Hall

Katrina Keding
Orientation Leader

Hometown: Las Cruces, New Mexico 
Favorite spot on campus: Foster Hall

Kaylie Carlson
Orientation Leader

Hometown: Alamogordo, New Mexico 
Favorite spot on campus: Business Complex Computer Lab

Kenia Ramos
Orientation Leader

Hometown: Chaparral, New Mexico
Favorite spot on campus: Aggie Forest

LaDon Moten
Orientation Leader

Hometown: El Paso, TX
Favorite spot on campus: Garcia Hall Lobby

Larry Jackson
Returning Orientation Leader

Hometown: El Paso, Texas
Favorite spot on campus: Alumni Pond

Rachel Kenney
Orientation Leader

Hometown: Las Cruces, New Mexico 
Favorite spot on campus: Duck Pond

Rebeca Baeza
Orientation Leader

Hometown: Las Cruces, New Mexico 
Favorite spot on campus: Duck Pond

Rylee DeGroat
Orientation Leader

Hometown: Thoreau, NM
Favorite spot on campus: Zuhl Library and the Duck Pond

Sam Corral
Orientation Leader

Hometown: El Paso, Texas
Favorite spot on campus: Duck Pond

Tyler Collins
Orientation Leader

Hometown: Mustang, Oklahoma
Favorite spot on campus: Livestock Pens