Our Staff


Anissa Evans
Scholarship Program Manager

Anissa joined the New Mexico Simon Scholars Program, where she serves as the Scholarship Program Manager, in 2010. Anissa is a native New Mexican and has worked in the nonprofit community in Santa Fe for over 10 years. She attended New Mexico Highlands University, where she earned her degree in Business Administration and Marketing. She is currently pursuing her MBA at Eastern New Mexico University. In her role as Scholarship Program Manager, she manages the college program and  scholarships, and oversees the marketing efforts for the organization. Anissa is passionate about education and supporting underrepresented students as they pursue their education. Prior to this she worked for the New Mexico Drug Policy Alliance and Delta Mortgage. In her spare time, Anissa enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, Shannon, and their two children, Finn and Sully.


Janeth Santos
High School Program Coordinator

Janeth joined the New Mexico Simon Scholars Program as the High School Program Coordinator in July 2017. She is a first-generation student,  an alum of the Simon Scholars program, and a 2011 graduate of Capital High School. She attended the University of New Mexico, where she pursued her degree in Political Science with a minor in Economics. After earning her degree in 2015, she worked as a mentor for high school students at College Plaza at Santa Fe High School. Janeth is very passionate about helping other students like herself surpass the barriers to obtain a higher education.



Wendi MartinezWendolin Martinez
Tutor Coordinator – Albuquerque

For Wendolin, becoming a Simon Scholar at Santa Fe High School was a fantastic opportunity in the pursuit of a college education. After graduating high school in 2015 and finishing her first year at Earlham College, she decided to transfer to the University of New Mexico and pursue a B.S. in Biochemistry.

Wendolin is passionate about education, and has worked as a tutor for AVID, the Simon Program, and is a TA for Organic Chemistry at the university. As the Tutor Coordinator for Albuquerque, she hopes to inspire scholars and open doors for them as her mentors have done for her. During the summer of ’19, Wendolin assisted with neuroscience research at the Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C.; she is happy to talk about brains with anyone who is interested. In addition to her love for learning, she enjoys blues, traveling, and petting “good boys.”


Selma Gutierrez
Tutor Coordinator – Santa Fe

For Selma, being a New Mexico Simon Scholar allowed her to be exposed to many wonderful opportunities. After graduating from Capital High School in 2016, she attended St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. After four wonderful years on the hilltop, Selma earned her B.A. in Global Studies. Selma is passionate about helping others, especially when it comes to education. She taught at Breakthrough Santa Fe for the 2019 summer and did a lot of community service in the Austin area during her free time. Since returning to New Mexico after graduating college, Selma has been spending a lot of time re-learning Santa Fe by finding new hiking trails and trying out new local restaurants she missed out while being in college.