Chief Program Officer
Phil, a native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, joined the Simon Charitable Foundation in June of 2019. He comes to SCF after 17 years working in various capacities mentoring youth in his community. As Chief Program Officer at SCF, Phil oversees the New Mexico Simon Scholar Program.
Phil holds B.A. in English & Film from Colorado College and an M.A. in Environmental Education from the University of New Mexico. It was during his time at UNM that he found his calling working with youth. Early positions with Two Wheel View (a non-profit organization that takes youth on international bicycle touring expeditions) and the North Carolina Outward Bound School launched his career as an experiential educator. He went on to work with the Santa Fe Public Schools as a health and wellness specialist for 8 years. Afterward, Phil served as an Athletic Director and Dean of Students at both public and private institutions in New Mexico.
After living in Albuquerque for many years, Phil returned to his hometown of Santa Fe in 2015 with his wife, Liz and two children, Xavier & Zoe. In his spare time you’ll likely find him playing outside with his kids or wandering around the New Mexico back country on his bicycle.
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 the last 10 years. She attended New Mexico Highlands University, where she earned her degree in Business Administration and Marketing. 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.
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.
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.”
Tutor Coordinator – Santa Fe
For Adrian, being a Simon Scholar meant that he and his family had a supportive group of people to help them take on a college education. After graduating from Capital High School in 2015, he attended Knox College and four years later graduated with a B.A. with Honors in Composition and Rhetoric and Spanish. His passion is helping underserved and underrepresented students like him pursue a college education through meaningful teaching and critical thinking. Adrian interned with Breakthrough Santa Fe for two summers teaching writing and worked as Writing Tutor Coordinator for the Center for Teaching and Learning at Knox. In his free time, Adrian enjoys going on walks with his dog Bruno and watching the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.