In Their Own Words

MASTER of HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

(A-Z)

Spring 2021
Hassan AliHassan Ali (MHA) In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. All praises and thanks be to Allah. I am very thankful that I was able to attend and graduate from the SPA at the University of New Mexico. The journey wasn't short, nor was it smooth, but it was achievable. I want to gift my achievement to my mother who passed away before seeing me reach this point in my life, and to my uncles and aunts. I pass my gratitude to my wife and kids. My success will always be credited to my teachers.

Spring 2021
Seneca T. AtwoodSeneca T. Atwood (MHA)

Spring 2021
Erik M. BeilmanErik M. Beilman (MHA) I want to thank my mom, my step-mom, and my dad for pushing me to finish this degree. They always believed in me when I didn’t. They showed me that no matter how busy I was in my life with work or football that I could finish my degree plan and have a master’s. They always pushed the light at the end of the tunnel when I thought the tunnel was never-ending. They gave me that push that got me here today.

Thank you for everything. 

Spring 2021
Maria C. Cardenas GarciaMaria C. Cardenas Garcia (MHA) I feel proud to be part of the School of Public Administration and graduating from the MHA program. Thank you to God for being my stone and support. Thank you to my parents, family and friends for motivating me to achieve my dreams. Thank to my professors and classmates. I wish you all the best, and I hope to see you again! I will continue working to be a better professional and will do my best to help those who are in need.

Always remember, “The sky is not the limit; it is just the beginning."

Spring 2021 
Julian EspinozaJulian Espinoza (MHA) I need to thank my wife for she had to sacrifice many hours of me studying into the late-night and morning hours. The times when she was not feeling at her best while suffering through her chronic illness. This academic achievement is as much yours as it is mine. Thank you to my son who put aside his father-to-son moments. Both of you have made this endeavor possible. As I continue my career in the healthcare industry, my aim is to expand on cultural and centered-based care.

Spring 2021 
Madeline C. FreiwaldMadeline C. Freiwald (MHA) I’d like to give a big shoutout to my family who has supported me through all of life’s big decisions - especially the one to move to Albuquerque and commit to two more years of education after completing undergrad. I’d also like to thank the UNM women’s volleyball program for giving me the opportunity to continue to play the sport I love while pursuing my Master’s degree. I’m beyond grateful for the classmates, teammates, professors and coaches who made my time as a Lobo so special and impactful. I’m excited to use my Master’s degree to continue to grow professionally and make a difference in the world of healthcare.

Spring 2021 
Berenice LopezBerenice Lopez (MHA) COVID-19 did not stop us, WE DID IT! Congratulations class of 2021! Thank you God for the immense resiliency during the last four years. I want to acknowledge and thank my parents, Martina and Manuel, for their endless encouragement. My sister, Rocio, and the kids for their unconditional love. My two daughters, Amairani and Myranda, for being extremely understanding. Philip for the continuous love and support. Special thanks to the Accounts Payable team at UNM Hospitals, my professors, colleagues and friends who supported me throughout my educational journey. I am extremely proud of myself, excited for the future, and continuing my education.

Summer 2021 
Emily E. PrebayEmily E. Prebay (MHA) I want to thank my parents and my younger brother for cheering me on during my master’s program and throughout all other aspects of my life. I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am today without their encouraging love and support.

Love y’all!

Summer 2021 
Rebecca M. ScannellRebecca M. Scannell (MHA) I want to thank my family for supporting me throughout my graduate school journey. I could not have done it without them.

MASTER of PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

(A-Z)

Spring 2021 
Samirah Z. AbdelfattahSamirah Z. Abdelfattah (MPA) I feel proud to be graduating from the University of New Mexico with a Master of Public Administration. I will incorporate the knowledge from this professional graduate degree into my current position of federal service and life. This degree allows me to pursue advanced opportunities in the public sector where I can utilize my comprehensive experience in the field of aviation to further serve and lead within the network of governance. My future goals include domestic and international philanthropic endeavors and working with the United Nations.

Spring 2021 
Roberto CarlosRoberto Carlos (MPA) I'm grateful for the opportunity to purist my master's. I'm thankful for my family, friends, and professors. It was challenging and demanding to work full time and be a full-time student, but it was worth it. I am a better leader and am better prepared to take initiatives to better this world.

Spring 2021
Kaitlyn N. CarterKaitlyn N. Carter (MPA) I’ve spent the last few years showing my daughter that anything can be accomplished when you’re motivated. She saw that as she sat by me through classes, presentations, and evenings full of homework. I’m so thankful I could accomplish this for myself and my daughter, Aubree. Thank you to my mother, Katrina, my father, Steve, and his wife, Wendy; without each of you I wouldn’t have made it this far. To my fellow classmates, thank you for being supportive, encouraging and genuinely amazing human beings!

Congratulations!

Fall 2020 
Shenna E. ClarkShenna E. Clark (MPA) To my parents, Douglas & Marlene Clark, to my siblings, Alissia, Jet & Alexei, to my niece and nephews, Anndrea, Frankie & Iliacus - you are indeed the inspiration to my life. Thank you for your unconditional love and support! To my best friends, Sharona & Jae, thank you for always having my back.

Spring 2021 
Crystalyne G. CurleyCrystalyne G. Curley (MPA) This is for you, Shiyazhí, Kamikko and Duron. Miss you and love you "Shaazh." Always and Forever. Matthew 18:23

Spring 2021 
Norma L. DyeNorma L. Dye (MPA) I would like to thank my daughter, Amy Dye-Robinson, for supporting me in my decision to go back and get a Master’s degree at this stage of my life. For showing me that you should never give up or stop growing and learning. Thank you to all of my wonderful fellow staff members in the School of Medicine. We are the backbone of the institution.

Fall 2020 
Moumita GhoshMoumita Ghosh (MPA) Foremost, I would like to express my special appreciation and sincere gratitude to the administration and faculty of the UNM School of Public Administration for their tireless work and dedication. I still feel so surreal and aspired to have the degree in my hand with the immense assistance and motivation from our professors and staff. On a personal note, I would like to thank my parents, siblings, and particularly my brother-in-law for their endless support and encouragement throughout my journey here. Without their support, it would not be possible to come to the USA by traveling halfway around the world and to achieve the success at UNM.

Spring 2021 
Amy S. HaunAmy S. Haun (MPA) Special thanks go to Gene Henley for putting up with me all these years and encouraging me to keep going. My family, friends and co-workers have been a huge support as they learned to live with the fact that I was a professional student. All the professors in this program offer an abundance of real-life experiences and wisdom to learn from, and I am grateful to have been a part of it.

Spring 2021 
Chrisaundra L. HendersonChrisaundra L. Henderson (MPA) Another chapter closed with another one opening. The journey for me has been long, but now the possibilities are endless. I would like to thank all the professors, instructors, and staff from the School of Public Administration for their guidance and support.

Class of 2021 we did it yet, AGAIN!!

Fall 2020 
Vanessa G. KlineVanessa G. Kline (MPA) I dedicate my graduation to the most important persons in my life, without whom I’m nothing. Thanks, Mom and Dad, for encouraging and supporting me always. I also wouldn't be here without the love and support of my stepparents, Barbara and Gerald. Thank you all for shaping the person I am today. Whatever I’ve achieved today, it’s culminated with the help of my friends and mentors. Thanks to all of you who were always by my side with your sincere support. I’m grateful to have such amazing friends during my journey. Isabella, Mystika, Jill and Ava, thank you all for being my inspiration to keep moving forward. I know that you all are capable of great things, and I will always be here for you. If I can do it, so can you.

I love you all.

Fall 2020 
Brandon D. LorenzoBrandon D. Lorenzo (MPA) Thank you to my mentors, friends, and most importantly, my loving family for the continued guidance, encouragement, and support you have graciously provided me during my academic journey. Special praise and love sent out to my heart, Braydon and Alisha, for being my purpose to strive to be better and appreciate my blessings every day. My Sisters and Brother Scott, for always cheering me on. And, my Mom and Dad, whose love and prayers for success and happiness have always carried me through everything. My journey will continue here at UNM helping Veterans, Military and families reach their academic goals.

Spring 2021 
Hollie M. LovelyHollie M. Lovely (MPA) I wish to thank the administration and the faculty of the School of Public Administration for the whole experience. I am proud of this degree. I have learned so much, gained the most valuable skills, and I am confident of a successful future!

Summer 2021 
Nicole M. LuceroNicole M. Lucero (MPA) The last three years with the School of Public Administration have been a wonderful experience full of new insight and knowledgeable individuals. In the future, I plan to continue pursuing my interests in the non-profit world. I am excited to call myself a proud University of New Mexico SPA Alum and to see what the future holds!

Fall 2020 
Amanda M. LujanAmanda L. Lujan (MPA) Obtaining my MPA has been a long and challenging journey but one that has led to great professional and personal growth. I would like to thank the faculty of UNM SPA, particularly Professors Stephanie Smith and Steve Meilluer. I would also like to recognize Gene Henley for his many hours of conversation, encouragement, guidance, and compassion. Above all, I want to thank my family for supporting me throughout the program, my parents Johnny and Liz Lujan, and my grandfather Robert Petzold. Their unwavering confidence and support made this possible.

Spring 2021 
Erick F. NelsonErick F. Nelson (MPA) I started the Public Administration program in August 2018, with the intent of getting a Master’s degree and finishing out my years of employment at UNM in a better position. My lovely wife Sarah has been ever so supportive the entire time, and made sure I had everything I needed, even if I didn’t know it. I’ve learned a lot of new things, and met a lot of new friends along the way. One thing I really like about the PADM program is that the students come from a wide range of diverse cultures and ethnicities, which is very refreshing.

Spring 2021 
Aaron R. OchoaAaron R. Ochoa (MPA) I'd like to thank my family and friends for their support as well as my professors and classmates for their guidance and collaboration these past few years. I aspire to continue pursuing a career in human resources management and consulting, and I look forward to applying my learnings from the School of Public Administration in my future career endeavors.

Spring 2021 
Sophia C. RomeroSophia C. Romero (MPA) I am fortunate to have been a student of the School of Public Administration for the three-year duration of my program and serve as a proud Alumna of the MPA program and the University of New Mexico. In the future, I hope to pursue a Master’s in Social Work and apply the social work expertise coupled with the MPA knowledge to communities and programs.

Spring 2021 
Stephanie G. SanchezStephanie G. Sanchez (MPA) Pride and appreciation. At this time in my life, I’m extremely proud of myself for achieving this very personal goal. I’m also equally appreciative of everyone that has supported, encouraged, inspired, guided, sympathized, and checked in on me along the way. To my family, and especially to my husband, thank you for your dedication, sacrifice, and investment in me. It was a long journey that I couldn’t have completed without you by my side.

As a true procrastinator, I now believe that “it’s never too late to be who you said you were going to be” (Author Unknown).

Spring 2021 
Kristen A. SandovalKristen A. Sandoval (MPA) I am so thankful to my family and to my professors for all of their patience, guidance, and kindness throughout my time within the School of Public Administration. Thank you also to my fellow students who are a diverse and inspiring group of people that gives me hope for a better future. I have learned so much from you. Being a leader, or someone who wants to make the world a better place is often difficult.

Remember in your hard times that "integrity is choosing courage over comfort." - Brene' Brown

Spring 2021 
Pamela M. SedilloPamela M. Sedillo (MPA) Thank you to my family and friends. My success is your success. “We did it!”. Special love and hugs to my husband, John Sedillo and my mentor, Kristine Tollestrup. This degree would not have been possible without your love and support!

“There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living” – Nelson Mandela

Spring 2021 
Alexandra E. WilleyAlexandra E. Willey (MPA) I am so grateful for my incredibly supportive family and friends who encouraged me through every step of graduate school — seriously, thank you! I loved the opportunity to work with local nonprofit organizations and the City of Albuquerque during my time in the program. This experience solidified my dream of working with organizations to increase food access and equitable food systems, and to build stronger nonprofits.

Spring 2021 
zayasRoberta Zayas (MPA/MCRP) Ya’at’eeh Shik'éí dóó Shidine'é! I am Diné (Navajo). I am born for Tsenabahiłnii (Sleeping Rock People) and born into Tódich’íi’nii (Bitter Water). Tséńjíkiní (Cliff Dwellers) are my maternal grandfathers and Táchii'nii (Red Running into the Water) are my paternal grandfathers. This journey was not possible without the guidance of my elders, who continuously implant the values and teaching of my ancestors. Thank you to my resilient ancestors, may your prayers continue to move me forward. A very BIG thank you to my family: Your unconditional love and unwavering support is immeasurable!

T’ááíiyisíí ahxéhee nitsaago! Thank you very much!

Summer 2021 
Ghada ZribiGhada Zribi (MPA) My SPA professors, fellow students, and staff, shokran شكرا  As a North African who chose Albuquerque to be her home since my exchange year in 2014, there were times that I wasn’t sure I would survive a global pandemic and still graduate as a Lobo. As I prepare to continue doing what I love, which is nonprofit management, I am looking forward to giving back as a SPA alumna. To Dr. Reeves and Dr. Perlman, thank you for guiding me throughout my journey. Your academic, professional, and life lessons will forever be cherished.

May Peace be upon you.