ASCAS Administration

Staff and Advising Structure

Our office consists of 20+ Academic Advisors, one Director, three Supervisors, an Education and Development Manager, transfer and first-year recruitment/retention specialists, one administrative assistant, and work study student employees.

Advisors operate decentrally within their departments for one-on-one interactions with students. We believe that the best place for a student to meet their advisor is in their department for easier access to faculty, relevant information, and special events.

We utilize our central ASCAS office in the University Advisement and Enrichment Center (Suite 135) for collaborative work, staff training and development, mandatory workshops, registration labs, and numerous specialized services. In our center, we also assist students with general inquiries or urgent matters when their advisor is unavailable. If you are ever unsure where to go, feel free to ask our front desk M - F, 8 am - 5 pm at 505-277-4621, or email

Leadership and Administration


Stephanie Hands


Advisors are teachers – they teach students how to navigate successfully through the university system. Advisors are navigators – they give guidance that enhances students’ educational journey and personal development. Advisors are translators – they articulate for the student the language of higher education.

Stephanie has been at The University of New Mexico since she was 19 years old. She grew up on campus and in advisement. She previously supervised the University College Advisement Center and then moved to Arts and Sciences in 2004. She has a Bachelor's in Psychology and an MBA from Anderson School of Management. Her goal is to continuously improve Arts and Sciences Advisement Center's practices and policies to enhance the experience for the students. She believes that advisement is an active partnership between students, staff and faculty.


Joanna M. Camacho Escobar, Ph.D.
Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies


I believe academic advisors should meet students where they are; focus on their needs and goals to be successful at UNM and future career goals. I consider academic advisement centers as the anchors for student academic success in higher education institutions, especially for underrepresented students pursuing Arts and Sciences degrees. Academic advising is key to help you navigate UNM, we will show you the resources available to you and help you understand the requirements for your academic goals.  

I earned a B.A. in Secondary Education of History from the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras and M.A. in History and Ph.D. in Borderlands History from the University of Texas at El Paso. I taught U.S. and Latin American history in universities in Texas and Ohio, and found my passion for academic advising in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. I’m from Puerto Rico, the “Island of Enchantment” (La Isla del Encanto), and I fell in love with the “Land of Enchantment.”  


Beth Elkin
Science and Mathematics


As a first-generation college graduate from a rural community, I understand the challenges that many of our students face and understand that each academic plan needs to be accompanied by specific guidance tailored to the individual student. Advisors help students transition to college and guide students toward program completion by assisting students in identifying academic and career goals and creating plans for reaching those goals.

I am originally from Pennsylvania, attended college in New Hampshire, and moved to New Mexico in 2007. While in New Hampshire, I was worked at a high school where I taught US History, Geography and World Cultures and Research Methods, I also led group and individual tutorial sessions, and coached soccer and kayaking. I have a Master of Science in Academic Advising with a concentration in advising administration from Kansas State University and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in cultural studies from Dartmouth College.

William McClary

William McClary
Social and Behavioral Sciences


My life as a Lobo has resulted in many rewarding educational and professional experiences. I earned both my undergraduate degree in Journalism and graduate degree in American Studies from the University of New Mexico (UNM). I have advised several types of student populations and interpreted various degree programs since 2009. Although I believe that a multitude of advisement philosophies can be practiced with various students, I have found that the Humanistic Advising philosophy is applicable to all students, as it provides the ability to be relatable simply through the human experience in which helps reveal commonalities and establish trust. My admiration for corresponding academic success with effective advisement practices has afforded me the privilege of enhancing student achievement by remaining committed to the transformative stages of aspiring scholars. In the position as an Academic Program Support Manager for the College of Arts & Sciences, I aim to help structure an atmosphere that is conducive to the many aspects of higher learning.

Danielle Isabelle-Berrien

Danielle Isabelle-Berrien

Education Specialist, Mellon Transfer Initiative

Advisors wear many hats – that of guide, educator, and go-to resource person. As an Education Specialist, I have the great privilege of working with graduate assistants, staff, and faculty at both UNM and CNM in creating a pathway for students to more easily transfer to UNM’s College of Arts & Sciences.

I was an advisor for 13 years in Tucson – at both the University of Arizona and Pima Community College. I have taught courses in student success, major exploration, and transfer strategies. In addition, I was a Career Services Director at a small state college in my home state of Vermont for two years. My participation and contribution to student services is an abiding passion! Lastly, I earned a BS in Family & Consumer Sciences from U Maine-Farmington and an M.Ed. in Counseling from Northern Arizona University. In my off-time, I enjoy nature walks, attending jazz or world music shows, crafting, and finding the next “best” gluten-free muffin or cookie recipe to bake!

I am part of the A&S Support and Success Group (SSGs):  SSGs support all departments, students and advisors by working on special retention and graduation projects.


"Bizzy" Elizabeth Yung-Fong Hemphill

Student Recruitment Specialist

As a Student Recruitment Specialist, my goal is to connect prospective and current students with opportunities that will help them grow and thrive! I want students to know what the College of Arts and Sciences at UNM has to offer and how the options available will help them achieve their academic, career, or personal goals. Email me or catch me on the road (whenever it's safe for me to travel again)!

I love learning, particularly about the complexities of different places. I take classes at UNM as a staff member, because why not? My interests are varied - my B.A. was in Sociology/Anthropology (Swarthmore College), with a focus on gender and sexuality, globalization/post-colonial theory, and East Asian studies, and my M.A. was in an interdisciplinary program called Visual Studies (UC Irvine), where I focused on the aesthetics of abandonment in the American West, including critical theory, photography, ecopolitics, and industrial history of California. I've also managed and taught at a rock school for kids, worked my way from a barista to regional training leader for a third wave coffee company, and helped re-open a historic hotel as a craft cocktail bartender. 

"Outside" is my favorite place, which I love exploring and photographing with my sweet dogs. In addition to exploring, I spend most of my time cooking, making music, consuming media, and metalsmithing.


Sarah Peceny

Education and Development Manager

You don’t know what you don’t know until you know – so, all you have to do is ask! Lack of support and understanding, whether it be institutional, academic, technological, financial, emotional, etc., is often one of the greatest roadblocks to succeeding in higher education. I see it as my job to help guide you, the student, in understanding institutional information and requirements and share information on available resources, which can help you make educated decisions and navigate your own experience here at UNM!

The University of New Mexico has played a significant role in my entire family’s life. In fact, I grew up in Albuquerque and on UNM campus (from the age of 5 years old) due to the fact that my father received a faculty position here at UNM way back in 1992. My family has been here ever since, and all of us have benefited from the amazing opportunities that this institution has to offer!

I received a BA in Latin American Studies and Spanish and later returned to complete my MA in Hispanic Linguistics. I spent time here as an undergraduate student teacher, a graduate teaching assistant, and finally as a Visiting Lecturer I and Assistant Program Coordinator in UNM’s Spanish and Portuguese Department where I created and taught both face-to-face and online courses in lower-division Spanish. I am very excited to now occupy the role of Academic Advisor, so that I can continue to teach and serve UNM students and watch them pursue their dreams and reach their full potential, just as I did!

Work Study Student Employees

Ivy Nguyen

Major: Chemistry
From: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Why UNM?: I chose UNM because I wanted to stay close to my family and friends. I also love the UNM mascot - the wolf is my favorite animal! I am more than happy to be a UNM Lobo.

Frances Santangelo

Major: Earth & Planetary Sciences
From: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Why UNM?: New Mexico has always interested me with its vast geology. This inspired me to come and study at UNM so I could be close to that geology. UNM has wonderful resources and a great EPS department, and I thought I could find my truest potential by coming here, especially by widening my horizons by moving out of state.


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Advisement Hours

The Arts & Sciences Center for Academic Success is here for you remotely and in person!

We are located in the University Advisement and Enrichment Center (Building 85) - Suite 135 - at 400 Cornell Dr NW.

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

For remote assistance, please email or call 505-477-4621.

For major-specific questions, please make an appointment or email your major advisor.