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SITE COORDINATORS

Yesi Bermejo, Site Coordinator at Nina Otero Community School

From Santa Fe, New Mexico, Yesi was raised in the Santa Fe Public Schools community. Having attended St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, she received her Bachelor’s of Arts in English Language Literature. She has dedicated her college years and most of her high school years to serving under-privileged communities and closing the achievement gap through a program called Breakthrough, Santa Fe. Being a Spanish native speaker and a first-generation college student, Yesi returned to Santa Fe to help communities that face similar obstacles as herself in reaching the ultimate goal of higher education.

Luis Burrola, Site Coordinator at Ortiz Middle School

Born and raised on the Southside of Santa Fe, Luis has “walked in the shoes” of many of the students he serves. A graduate of Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, he decided to return to Santa Fe to make an impact by assisting students to ultimately reach the goal of college. Luis was involved in the Breakthrough program as a young student and taught in that program from 14 years of age until his graduation from college. He serves CIS at Ortiz Middle School, a school he himself attended. Luis strives to provide the same guidance and support he feels he received as a young adult and which made a significant difference in his life.

Rachel Clinger, Site Coordinator at Ramirez Thomas Elementary

Rachel grew up in Oregon where she also attended college at the University of Oregon. There she got a degree in Spanish and International Studies, with a focus on international gender issues. After graduating, she lived in Gijon, Spain for three years where she worked as an English teacher for elementary, middle and high school aged kids. She then brought her love of working in the schools back to the US where she lived in Colorado and now New Mexico. She is extremely passionate about public education, and is dedicated to helping kids succeed in the school system.

Ivan Cornejo, Site Coordinator at Capital High School

Ivan moved with his family to the United States from Aguascalientes, Mexico and has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico for fifteen years. He earned his Sociology Degree from the University of New Mexico and has served in community volunteer work and outreach for over ten years in conjunction with numerous organizations across New Mexico. He is an integral part of the CIS team at Capital High School, adding his experience and bilingual expertise to the program.

Berta Gutierrez, Site Coordinator at El Camino Real Academy

Berta is originally from San Jose, Costa Rica. She attended college in Heredia, Costa Rica and earned her BS in Marine Biology. Berta came to New Mexico in 2003 and pursued her Master's at NM Tech, where she graduated with an MS with a Specialization in Science Teaching. Berta's experience includes working with students who are low income and students that are first generation college-bound. She brings three years of experience working with at-risk youth in the Albuquerque schools. She is passionate about delivering quality services to benefit youth and their families. Berta enjoys rock climbing and the outdoors, especially in beautiful New Mexico.

Alexandra Mazares, Site Coordinator at Nina Otero Community School

Alexandra (Alex) Mazares has dedicated her career to helping underserved students, families, and communities, primarily on the East Coast. Prior to coming to CIS, she worked for various Title I schools and education and social justice-focused organizations as a teacher and program staff member. She holds a B.A. in History and French from Fordham University and an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and following Boston sports teams.

Rosario Roybal, Site Coordinator at Nava Elementary

Rosario earned her Master's Degree in Social Work with a clinical focus. Her studies led her into outreach with adolescents, teen parents and families. She served at the Santa Fe Adult Corrections Facility, working with incarcerated parents and at the Juvenile Detention Facility. She has also worked at the Drug Treatment Court and has been involved in advocating for Prisoners' Rights. Rosario has worked with CIS at Nava Elementary since the 2014/2015 school year. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for Teatro Paraguas, which feeds her love of the arts.

Justin Salazar, Site Coordinator at El Camino Real Academy

Justin Salazar, originally from Northern Colorado,  received his Bachelor's Degree in Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture and Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University. He is a current student at Santa Fe Community College in the Alternative Teaching License Program with a concentration in Secondary Education and Special Education. He has lived in New Mexico since 2013 and enjoys wrestling and mixed Martial Arts. 

Heather Sellers, Site Coordinator at Capital High School

Heather found New Mexico in 1998 as an AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer associated with the Boys and Girls Club in Santa Fe. She went on to receive a Master's Degree in Social Work from Highlands University and began her career working with youth in the Santa Fe Public Schools, later assisting youth involved in the Juvenile Justice system. She now combines her diverse and exceptional experience with a love of the outdoors that enriches her support of students and school.

Angelica Suarez, Site Coordinator at Sweeney Elementary

Originally from Ventura, California, Angelica graduated with a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in the Latino Population from Antioch University in Santa Barbara, California. She has worked in the development stage of new programs for families in need of resources and guidance through family court. She has also participated in the development of court mandated programs for families with mental health needs and worked as a Marriage and Family Therapist for Foster and Adopted children.

Thomas Sinte Torrez, Site Coordinator at Capital High School

Evolving from an education and Bachelor's Degree in Media Art and Film from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Sinte has worked in service to youth for over sixteen years. Before joining CIS, he worked with Youth Shelters and Family Services, aiding at risk and homeless youth of New Mexico. He also coordinated various elements of the “Access” (Community Arts and Career Collaboration ) program – a branch of Youth Shelters in Santa Fe. Sinte is a valuable member of our program at Capital High School.

Andel Trujillo, Site Coordinator at Salazar Elementary

Born and raised in Santa Fe, Andel is not only a product of Santa Fe Public Schools, but worked as a classroom teacher for the district after graduating with her degree in Elementary Education. She also taught in Denver, Seattle and Albuquerque. After being in the classroom for a total of nine years, she returned to Santa Fe to work with Communities in Schools, realizing that she wanted to be able to support students in new ways. “I always saw a need for our students, families, and school staff to receive the kind of support that CIS can offer. As a classroom teacher I was limited. With CIS I am able to help build foundations, so that students can succeed.”

Stephanie Walther, Site Coordinator at Aspen Community Magnet School

Stephanie joined the Santa Fe CIS team in 2014. She previously served with CIS as a Site Coordinator for a dual language school in Michigan. Stephanie’s rich experience includes work in youth development as a Peace Corp volunteer in El Salvador and teaching experience in Honduras. She is deeply committed to enthusiastic and compassionate support for her students and school.

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