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Your UA-UNM Officers & Reps
Ernesto Longa | President
Ernesto Longa has worked as a Law Librarian at the University of New Mexico since 2007. He earned a B.A. in History from the University of Florida in 2002, J.D. magna cum laude from St. Thomas University in 2005, and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Washington in 2007. He serves as head research librarian at the UNM School of Law and teaches Applied Legal Research. His current research focuses on the policing of the unhoused. Mr. Longa was actively involved in organizing United Academics-UNM.
Matias Fontenla | Treasurer
Matias Fontenla is a Professor of Economics at the University of New Mexico. His research and teaching interests are Development Economics, Migration, and Finance, with a regional interest in Latin America. He serves on the Board of Trustees of New Mexico's Educational Retirement Board (ERB), which manages the retirement funds for the state's K-12 + higher ed. He has been elected to chair the Committee on Governance, one of the shared governance bodies at UNM.
Cristyn Elder | Secretary
Cris is an associate professor of Rhetoric and Writing in the English Department on UNM's ABQ campus. She assisted her union colleagues in negotiating UA-UNM and UNM's first faculty union contract and chaired the bargaining sessions for greater safety measures in response to COVID-19.
Paula Corbin Swalin | Vice President Unit 2
Paula Corbin Swalin is an adjunct Term Teacher at UNM Main. She earned her Bachelor’s at UNM, and Master of Music at Eastman. Born and raised in New Mexico, she is dedicated to giving back to our community. Esteemed educators awaken! Join her to share your needs, strengths, and the growing power of your UA-UNM.
Manel Martínez-Ramón | Vice President Albuquerque Campus
Manel Martínez-Ramón is a telecommunication engineer and he received his Ph.D. degree in Communications Technologies from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain, in 1999. He joined the UNM in 2013 and he is currently a Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, where he holds the King Felipe VI Endowed Chair in Information Sciences of The University of New Mexico, a chair sponsored by the household of the King of Spain.
Keri Stevenson | Vice President Gallup Campus
Keri Stevenson is an Assistant Professor of English at the UNM-Gallup campus. She served as the Interim UA-UNM VP for Gallup from 2021-2022, and has also been part of the EC and the UA-UNM Survey Committee. On the Gallup campus, she has taught Developmental English, Freshman Composition, and Folk and Fairy Tales, and been the chair of the Constitution and By-Laws Committee, as well as the Secretary of the Gallup Faculty Assembly since 2017.
Gary Cook | Vice President Taos Campus
Scott Kamen | Vice President Valencia Campus
Scott Kamen is UA-UNM Vice President for the Valencia Campus and an Assistant Professor of History. He has been active in our union since he started teaching at UNM-Valencia in Fall 2019. Scott is committed to the ongoing organization of faculty at all of UNM’s campuses and ensuring that our union works for all of our faculty, not just those who are already the most privileged.
Leslie Donovan | Elections Committee Chair & Executive Council Member
Leslie Donovan is a full professor in the Honors College on UNM’s Albuquerque campus, where she has taught interdisciplinary humanities courses and communications courses since 1996. She is a UNM alumnus and also an affiliated faculty member of the English Department, the Institute for Medieval Studies, and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Leslie has received multiple teaching awards, including UNM’s Presidential Teaching Fellow Award.
Nahir Otaño Gracia | Equity Representative
Satya Witt | College of Arts and Sciences Representative Assembly for Unit 1
Satya Witt is a lecturer in the Department of Biology. She teaches introductory-level Biology and serves as a lab coordinator for introductory-level Biology labs that are components of the general education curriculum. She is passionate about teaching, mentoring graduate students that teach, and contributing to the functioning of her department, college, university, profession, and scientific discipline through service.
Billy Brown | College of Arts and Sciences Representative Assembly for Unit 2
Billy Brown, PhD, PTI Mathematics/Statistics, ABQ, for 15+ years, joined UA-UNM soon after being invited. He fights for improvements for Unit 2 faculty, who perform an enormous teaching service to UNM students. Former VP for Unit 2, he now will fight for Unit 2 in our Representative Assembly.
Laura Haniford | College of Education Representative Assembly for Unit 1
Laura Haniford is an Associate Professor in the Teacher Education, Educational Leadership and Policy department. She has worked at UNM since 2007, teaching licensure classes for students seeking to become middle and high school teachers, as well as teachers in our MA and doctoral programs. Laura received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2005 and her research focuses on ways to better prepare teachers.
Patrick Manning | College of Fine Arts Representative Assembly for Unit 1
Patrick is an Associate Professor teaching photography in the Department of Art. Born and raised in the Seattle region, he first came to New Mexico in 1997 and has been teaching at UNM since 2006. He has been active with the union since 2019. Patrick’s mission is the equitable treatment of Faculty.
Chris Holden | Honors College Representative Assembly for Unit 1
Chris Holden is an Associate Prof. in the Honors College (hired 2008) where he teaches math and games. He is from Albuquerque, attended UNM (BS Math, 2000), and is a 5th gen. alumnus. His PhD is from UW-Madison (Math, 2008), where he served on the TAA (AFT Local 3220) contract enforcement committee.
Jesús Costantino- Equity Representative
Eric Hamke | School of Engineering Representative Assembly for Unit 1
J.C. Monsanto | Unit 2 Representative
“My thanks to all that voted for this Adjunct Instructor who has taught on and off at UNM-Taos since the Fall semester, 2009 until the present.” J.C. has a B.A. in Mass Communication and an M.A. in Humanities. He is a third-gen unionist! His late parents met at a union dance. He looks forward to working with fellow UA-UNM members! ¡Viva el sindicato!
Jerry Godbout | UNM Valencia Representative Assembly for Unit 1
Jerry Godbout has been an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of New Mexico Valencia Campus since August 2017. He earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Florida in 1990, and a Ph. D. in Chemistry from Michigan State University in 1996. Dr. Godbout has been involved in organizing UA-UNM since coming to UNM-Valencia. Having lived by the very cloudy Great Lakes since 1990, Dr. Godbout also enjoys spending as much time outside as possible in the New Mexico sunshine.
André Callot | UNM Valencia Representative Assembly for Unit 2
André Callot is an adjunct instructor at UNM-Valencia, teaching video production and film studies courses. Before coming to New Mexico, he was a graduate student union organizer at University of Pennsylvania and University of Chicago, and a member of the faculty union at CUNY College of Staten Island. He lives in Taos, NM with his wife Dr. Eleanor Russell, and his son Jean-Jacques. His recent films and plays can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/AndreCallot.
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