Our Staff


Anissa Evans
Scholarship Program Director

Anissa joined the New Mexico Simon Scholars Program, where she serves as the Scholarship Program Director, in 2010. Anissa is a native New Mexican and has worked in the nonprofit community in Santa Fe for over 13 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing and is currently pursuing her MBA at Eastern New Mexico University. In her role as Scholarship Program Director, she oversees the college program and  scholarships, and 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 Manager

Janeth joined the New Mexico Simon Scholars Program, where she serves as High School Program Manager, 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.


Arturo CastilloArturo Castillo
Program Coordinator & Tutor Coordinator – Albuquerque

Bio to come






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.