Mentor & Tutor Bios

Get to Know our Mentors and Tutors!

Our Tutors


Andy Martinez

My name is Andy Martinez. I’m a senior at NMSU majoring in both Chemical Engineering and English. It’s a bit of an odd combo, but I’m only as nerdy as I am indecisive, so I figured why not do both! I’m from Chicago, so as you can imagine the one snow day that we get here is my favorite day of the year. During the other 364 days, I enjoy playing piano and hanging out with my dogs. I hope I can help you achieve your academic goals this semester!








Megan Donart
Hello, my name is Megan Donart, I am attending New Mexico State University and have received my Bachelors in Chemical Engineering with minors in Chemistry and Computational Engineering. I now pursuing my Master’s in Business Administration. I am from Queen Creek, Arizona, and my hobbies include choir, piano and reading. During my Bachelors at New Mexico State I have been involved in numerous club and organization participating and holding leadership roles, along with working on innovations with Los Alamos National Lab and Aggie Innovation Space with Dr. Tony Garcia. For the past three summers I have gained industry experience in engineering through internships at Intel Corp. (Summer 2019) and Palo Verde Nuclear Generation Site in Arizona (Summer 2020 and 2021).




Nicole Aldaz

Hello, my name is Nicole Aldaz! I am from Los Alamos, NM. I’m currently a junior, majoring in biology! I am in the Osteopathic Medicine Pathway Program here at NMSU. I love spending time with family, helping others, shopping, and traveling! Looking forward to working with you all!





Nathan Reuss

Hello! My name is Nathan Reuss and I am a senior at NMSU studying Aerospace and Mechanical engineering. I am currently holding the position of a tutor at TRIO STEM-H SSS and will be tutoring most Aerospace and Mechanical engineering courses to the best of my ability.



Rusitan Refuaiti

Hello, my name is Rifat Rustam, I am a junior at New Mexico State University, I major in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. I am a Chinese international student, and I have been in the USA for 5 years. During my free time, I love to go to different mountains, explore and hike, and I also watch a lot of movies.  I am very excited to meet you guys and help you out the best I can!

Our Mentors


Esmeralda Ascencio

Hi, my name is Esmeralda and I am a nursing major. It has always been my passion to work in the medical field. Once I graduate, I strive to become a NICU nurse. As school can be tough sometimes, I enjoy to take some time away in doings things I love such as, hiking and fishing but I also love to binge watch my favorite movies. I am thrilled to be a mentor at STEM-H SSS and excited to motivate students into success.









Emily Aguirre

Hey y’all, my name is Emily Aguirre and I’m majoring in animal science. After completing my undergrad, I will attend veterinary school and hope to start my own dog and cat veterinary clinic one day. When I’m not drowning in homework and crying over chemistry I like to go on hikes, go to the gym, watch comedy movies, and cuddle with my dogs.









Carolina Diaz

Hi, my name is Carolina Diaz and I am currently a level 5 Nursing student. After graduation, I plan to stay in NM and work in either L&D or NICU. I have always had a passion for babies and bringing new life to this world. I was born in Las Cruces but raised on a farm in Deming. I like to spend my free time outside, hiking, fishing, camping, hunting, or with family and friends. I am thrilled to be a mentor at STEM-H SSS and excited to motivate students into success.







Kaleb Hayes

Hello, my name is Kaleb HayesI’m a Junior here at NMSU studying Mechanical Engineering. I have always loved to build and create since I was young. I also really like trucks and other automotive vehicles. Upon graduation I hope to become an engineer that works with Diesel engines or large equipment. I also like to be outside go fishing, or going dancing with friends. I’m looking forward to this year as a mentor with the STEM-H program and helping other student become successful! 










Sergio Ramirez
Hi, my name is Sergio, and I am a mechanical engineering major. Upon graduation, I intend to go into the oilfield as a petroleum engineer. Classes can definitely be overwhelming and tough, but sometimes I like to distract myself by doing things I love. I enjoy hunting/fishing, hiking, late night drives, and movie days. I am excited to start my first year as a mentor at STEM-H and eager to motivate students to reach their academic goals.








Alejandra Talamantes

Hi everyone! My name is Alejandra Talamantes and I’m a Junior here at NMSU. I’m originally from Sunland Park, NM but I have relocated to Las Cruces for school. I am double majoring in Nursing and Spanish. Specifically, I am interested in using my nursing degree to enter the Labor and Deliver field! A few of my hobbies include writing, traveling, and family time. I am available as a Nursing mentor/tutor and I look forward to working with you!








Diamond Miramontez 

Hello, my name is Diamond Miramontez and I am a Counseling & Community Psychology major. Upon graduation I plan to apply to graduate school where I hope to pursue my Educational Psychology degree and become a licensed school counselor. I enjoy helping people in any way possible therefore, I am excited to start my first semester as a mentor with the TRIO STEM-H SSS program. I hope I am of great assistance to you and look forward to meeting you!










Jasmine Valdez

Hello, I am Jasmine Valdez, currently a senior studying Counseling and Community Psychology with a minor in Psychology. After I graduate, I plan to attend graduate school to continue my love and passion for counseling. My free time consists of participating in my sorority Alpha Xi Delta and attending meetings with the Panhellenic council. I am excited to help students reach their highest potential and watch them grow into wonderful New Mexico State University students.