Staff and Schedules

TRIO staff contact information and schedules.

Magda Martinez-Baca

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Program Director
(505) 224-4000 ext. 51166

Magda Martinez-Baca, Director of TRIO Student Support Services, has been an advocate for educational opportunity throughout her career. Prior to her work with TRIO, she worked in New Mexico and Texas with educational grant programs. She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and received her bachelor's degree in Psychology. She is also a graduate of Texas A&M University-Kingsville and received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology.


Main Campus:

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

  • Mondays
  • 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month
  • Thursdays

Montoya Campus

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

  • 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month
  • Wednesdays
  • Fridays

Rob Carriaga

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TRIO Achievement Coach
(505) 224-4000 ext. 51393

Rob Carriaga is our Achievement Coach and is a first-generation college graduate with a double-major bachelor's degree in Communication and Psychology and a master's degree in Counseling. He has worked for over 10 years in higher education as an educational advisor, counselor, and adjunct instructor of Communication studies.


Hours vary by term.

Jimi Sanchez

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TRIO Achievement Coach (Montoya Campus)
(505) 224-4000, ext. 52947

Jimi Sanchez is a native New Mexican and TRIO Alumni. He came back to school as a 45 year old freshman and has received his Master’s in Science in the Organization, Information and Learning Sciences. Jimi is also a McNair Scholar. He is well versed in the culture of adult education.


Monday - Friday: 7:00 a.m. -  4:00 p.m.

Lupe Fuentes

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Administrative Technical Assistant (Main Campus)

(505) 224-4000, ext. 52871

Lupe Fuentes has worked at CNM for 5 years she joined the TRIO SSS Main Campus team September 2016 as an Administrative Technical Assistant. She is also a TRIO Alum. She is excited to meet the students our office serves and help them achieve their goals.

If you need help filling out a TRIO Application, she can help you out! 


Monday–Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Jaime Denison

Image of Jaime Denison, Montoya CampusTRIO Math Tutor

TRIO Math Tutor (Montoya Campus)

Jaime Denison is a tutor in mathematics and was a TRIO student at University of the Pacific. Studying in philosophy, he received a bachelor’s degree from University of the Pacific, a master’s degree from University of California, Irvine, and recently a Ph.D. from University of New Mexico. He has several years of experience teaching his own courses in writing and philosophy at the college level, as well as a few years of tutoring mathematics, physics and logic.


Hours vary by term. 

Rachel Giunta

Image of Rachel Giunta, Montoya Campus TRIO Biology and Chemistry Tutor

TRIO Bio / Chem Tutor (Montoya Campus)

Rachel is a tutor in Chemistry and Biology, as well as Accounting, Math, Physics, and Engineering.

She will also assist students with writing assignments in any subject. Rachel graduated with a BS in Chemistry from Virginia Tech, a MA in Applied Science from the College of William and Mary, and a PhD in Materials Engineering from Virginia Tech. She is currently working toward the Entrepreneurship Certification Program at CNM.


Hours vary by term.

Carmen Avitia
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TRIO Tutor Coordinator
(505) 224-4000 ext. 54256

Carmen graduated from UNM with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She enjoys helping people achieve their goals. Her personal goal is to be a guide for others and to help them in any way possible.


Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.