Student Association of Healthcare Administrators (SAHA)

SAHA is a graduate student organization at the University of New Mexico where students interested in healthcare administration can come together. The organization's mission is to provide opportunities for students to interact with peers and healthcare industry leaders in order to develop the professional skills and networks vital to achieving their career goals.

For participation information, please contact SAHA's Advisor or connect with the organization through SAHA's Facebook page.


SPA SAHA Advisor


Dr. Kate Cartwright

2023-2024 SAHA Officers


Steve Cuevas

Steve started working on his Master’s in Healthcare Administration at UNM in the fall of 2022. He finished his BS in Biology at UNM in 2008. He also attended medical school from 2012-2016 at Ross University and now wants to bring that perspective to healthcare administration. He wants to become part of hospital leadership and ultimately bring positive changes to the community and to his employer that he ends up working for. He looks forward to leading SAHA and all members toward a better future. His interests include Latin dancing and teaching, being an independent filmmaker, learning new languages, and traveling all over the world.



Yvonne Castillo

Yvonne is a native New Mexican who is expected to graduate from the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program in the Spring of 2024. She has been in healthcare for 20 years and graduated from UNM with her bachelor's in Radiological Sciences in 2021. Yvonne is the current MRI Supervisor for Presbyterian Hospital and is working towards future roles in hospital administration following her clinical leadership roles at a couple of local hospitals and her two years in the MHA program. She is a member of the UNM Radiology Counsel and is excited to serve as the SAHA Vice President for the '23-'24 school year. She looks forward to planning SAHA chapter events and strives to be a good role model for incoming school of public administration students. 



Sean Preston

Hello, my name is Sean, a graduate of the University of New Mexico a sociologist by education. I specialize in value-based programs and am responsible for improving quality outcomes and equitable care for members/patients across New Mexico.  I try to encourage others to include diversity and inclusion in day-to-day work and constantly strive for innovation. I am inspired daily by my daughter and our three cats. Otherwise, I like to read, rollerblade, and play video games with my daughter.



Amber Wagner
Social Chair

Amber is a proud lobo alum, having earned her BS in Biology from UNM, and is in the second year of the MHA program. She currently works for Presbyterian Health Plan as a Senior Quality Program Manager in Value Based Programs. She works closely with providers across New Mexico to improve quality performance for better patient outcomes. Prior to joining PHP, she worked at TriCore, focusing on standardization and system-wide implementation of industry best practices. Amber holds the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) designation, having demonstrated knowledge in patient safety, process improvement and project management. She is excited to serve as Social Chair and create opportunities for students to network and establish relationships as emerging healthcare leaders. Amber and her husband, Bobby, have two daughters, Gracelyn, and Madelyn, who often make guest appearances on Zoom. 



Diana Salcedo
Communications Chair

Diana is in her second year of the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program. She previously graduated from NMSU, earning her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. For the past four years, Diana has proudly served as an office manager and is now the clinic administrator of Amador Health Center, an FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) in Las Cruces, NM. Her passion lies in serving marginalized populations and providing accessible and equitable healthcare services. Diana’s goal is to pursue a career in operations to improve the quality of care essential to any organization's success and a patient's health journey. She is excited to be a part of SAHA this upcoming year and hopes to engage and create a sense of community for MHA students.