CAMP Staff


Cynthia L. Bejarano
Principal Investigator


Dr. Cynthia Bejarano is a native of Anthony, NM, and received her BA and MA from New Mexico State University, and her Ph.D. from Arizona State University.  After she completed her Ph.D. in 2001, she joined the Department of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University where she was a Professor until 2014.  She is now a Professor in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department at New Mexico State University.  Her publications and research interests focus on border violence, youth cultures, immigration issues, and gender violence at the U.S.-Mexico border.


Michelle Montano
Program Director

(575) 646-5733

Michelle grew up in northern New Mexico but moved to Las Cruces to come to college at NMSU in 1987.  She obtained both her Bachelors and Masters degrees from NMSU.  Since then she has made a home in Las Cruces and has learned many new things and has had some wonderful experiences here at NMSU and in southern New Mexico.  Michelle has been NMSU CAMP’s Director for almost 9 years and an NMSU employee for 22 years, in which she has worked in various capacities across campus.  As Program Director, Michelle strives to make a student’s college experience enriching and hopes that each student will reach all of their goals for a brighter future.



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Sonia Flynn
Administrative Assistant
(575) 646-7342

Sonia Flynn grew up in Chihuahua, Mexico, where she worked as an executive secretary for more than a decade.  In the United States she has been a freelance translator, and before joining NMSU in 2008, she worked as administrative assistant for diverse organizations in California, New York and Wyoming. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages, with concentration in Spanish, and an Associate degree in International Business. Currently, she is pursuing a Master’s in Spanish (Linguistics) at NMSU.  Her vast work experience, bilingual skills, and bicultural background have been highly instrumental to NMSU CAMP









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Susy Rodriguez
Recruitment Coordinator
(575) 646-7341

Susy grew up in Vado, NM and now resides in beautiful Radium Springs. She received her bachelor and minor from New Mexico State University. As a child her family relied on seasonal agricultural work as their major source of income and her father still works in the fields today. Susy has over 10 years of experience working and volunteering with at-risk and diverse populations across New Mexico. As Recruitment Coordinator her goal is to ensure every eligible student has the opportunity to be a part of NMSU and CAMP. 









Jaime López
Academic Advisor
(575) 646-6085

Jaime López was born in El Paso, TX, but raised in Las Cruces, NM. His parents were also migrant field workers.  He is currently working towards a Master’s of Criminal Justice, and obtained his Bachelor’s of Foreign Languages in Spanish from NMSU. He also earned an Associate’s in Business Management from Doña Ana Community College. Jaime has extensive experience and knowledge in campus housing and student financial aid.   Jaime’s background helps him to understand the needs of CAMP students as well as helping them to be successful at the University.











Sarah Gallegos
Academic Advisor
(575) 646-5079

Sarah Gallegos was born in Albuquerque, NM but raised in Portales, NM.  Sarah earned an Associate’s degree in Occupational Business at Dona Ana Community College and a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business. She has worked in a college setting with students continuously since 2007. Sarah started out as a work study moving up to a full-time position in the Financial Aid Office here at NMSU. When she graduated, she moved to Albuquerque, NM and was a Financial Aid Administrator and Career Services Advisor. Sarah recently moved back to Las Cruces from Albuquerque, NM and plans on continuing her education to earn a second bachelor degree.

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