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Stephanie McIver, Ph.D.

Stephanie D. McIver, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist for 25 years is now the Director of Counseling Services at UNM’s Student Health and Counseling Center.  She received her Master's degree and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The Ohio State University, and her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Natural Science from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.  Prior to her return to NM in 2007 (she grew up here) she was the staff psychologist for Acute Psychiatry at Stanford University Medical Center and at the college counseling centers at University of California- Santa Cruz and Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California where she also taught in the graduate counseling program. Before starting at UNM in 2012 she worked in private practice and as a Military Family Life Consultant providing psychological services to military service members and their families.  She also taught psychology at National American University in Rio Rancho. She is a co-founder and board member of the New Mexico Black Wellness Coalition. As evidenced by her career path, Dr. McIver’s primary focus has been on college student wellness. Mentoring students of color is an opportunity to connect with students in a non-clinical way to impart the knowledge she acquired making her way through school and life.

Jamal Martin, Ph.D.                                                                            

A United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Scholar, his proficiencies in public health practice and epidemiology lie across and beyond local, national, and international settings. Almae matres and alumnus Hawaii Pacific University, The University of Hawaii at Manoa, the University of New Mexico, with post graduate scholarship at the University of Michigan, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and post-doctoral study the O’Neill Institute, National and Global Health Law-Georgetown Law - Georgetown University. Dr. Martín is also a member, U.S. Human Rights Network - Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Task Force, and Diplomacy Lab Coordinator through the U.S. Department of State. As a co-founder and mentor in ZEAL, his role in African and African Diaspora scholar-activism emphasizes transdisciplinary discourse on revitalizing the ‘black radical intellectual and international tradition.’ 

Ron Wallace

Ron Wallace is an alumnus of the University of New Mexico, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master of Arts in Public Administration.  A former Director of the John Marshall Community Center, with the City’s Department of Human Services, Wallace served as the Gang Intervention Project Specialist for the City of Albuquerque and was responsible for the implementation of strategies for reducing youth violence in the City of Albuquerque.  He served as the staff person for former Mayor Martin Chavez’s implementation of the Mayor’s Council on Gangs. His responsibilities included overseeing the City’s contracts for Gang Intervention programs.  He works with businesses and organizations to involve them in the intervention process of helping young people in trouble turn their lives around. Wallace is also the Publisher of The Perspective, The Perspective 2, and The Statewide Focus magazines, the only African-American publications in the State of New Mexico.  The Perspective is in its 13th year of publication, serving as an important networking tool for the African American community in New Mexico and  provides financial assistance for youth in the State.    The paper also offers hiring opportunities for young people to gain experience as writers and serves as a fundraiser for 42 churches.  It is distributed throughout the State of New Mexico. 

A regular supporter of the N.A.A.C.P., Wallace is also a graduate of Leadership Albuquerque and worked, for 20 years, as a Youth Basketball Official, every Saturday, for the Jackson League. Wallace also coached football for West Mesa and Manzano High Schools, from 1987-1991.  As an athlete for the University of New Mexico, Wallace led the WAC Conference (Football), his Sophomore year, in Interceptions, and made Second Team All-Conference and Fourth Place on the All Time list for Interceptions in UNM history. Wallace’s major contribution outside of the publications includes countless numbers of volunteer and contract hours throughout the years he has provided for organizations and businesses who contribute to the visibility and the progression of African American communities throughout the state. I have been a part of ZEAL since its inception. The main reason for wanting to participate in the program, because of the overall purpose of the program, which is is to help these student athletes adapt to the different culture in Albuquerque.

Keyana  Smith

Keyana Smith entered her first year as the Student Success Manager for men’s basketball and softball prior to the 2015-16 academic year. Smith brings a wealth of experience to New Mexico after stints at Utah Valley and Texas-San Antonio. Smith comes to UNM after working as the academic advisor for softball and men’s golf at Utah Valley. Smith was not only an academic advisor, but also served as the Mentor Program Coordinator and the Summer Bridge Coordinator. At Utah Valley, Smith was responsible for overseeing two mentor advisors and met regularly with student-athletes who were at-risk academically.
Prior to her time at Utah Valley, Smith was the Texas-San Antonio football academic advisor from Aug. 2013-July 2014. There, she met weekly with at risk student-athletes to monitor their academic performance and served as a liaison between the academics and athletics staff.
Smith has been a mentor for student-athletes for several years and has over five years of softball coaching experience. She previously served as the head softball coach for both Cordova HS and Florin HS, and for three years was the assistant coach at Mayville State in Mayville, North Dakota. At Mayville State, Smith assisted in the monitoring of current student athletes’ academic progress towards graduation and assisted with registration and course selection for student athletes.

Smith earned her Masters of Science in Kinesiology, with an emphasis on sports psychology, from North Dakota in 2012. She earned her undergraduate degree in sociology at Morgan State, where she also played softball from 2003-05. 

Dada Willis

Dada Willis earned a BS in Kinesiology and Sports Management in 2013 and a Masters of Public Administration in 2015 from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.  She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Sport Administration at the University.  She works as an Athletic Advisor for Baseball, Women’s Golf, Men and Women’s Ski, Men’s Soccer, and Men and Women’s Tennis.  In being an Athletic Advisor, she is obligated to provide a variety of support services such as:  recruitment, placement testing, financial aid advising, academic and career advisement, tutoring, accessibility services and early crisis intervention. Furthermore, the position implements strategic and operating plans as appropriate to meet the learning and academic success needs of the student population along with assisting student-athletes in understanding and meeting eligibility guidelines based on NCAA, MWC, and UNM requirements.  In being a part of the program, she was a first-generation college student, and understands the importance of building community, strongly supporting the idea that “iron sharpens iron.” 

James Newton

Mr. James Newton, retired MSGT, United States Air Force. He is currently employed at the Raymond G. VA Hospital as a supply technician. He has an educational background BA in journalism at the University of Houston acquired in 1975, BA in Sociology at the University of New Mexico in 1984, and a Masters' of Arts Organizational Management at the University of Phoenix in 2002.  Mr. Newton acts as one of the original ZEAL mentor members. His primary emphasis is on helping students, and understanding their unique transferable skill sets and abilities. He also pushes the athletes towards being able to utilize services and programs during their undergraduate years that will help facilitate their career development, establish and maintain career networks, and establish a connection the Lobo alumni athlete database, that could theoretically connect former Lobo student athletes with potential employers.