My name is Darrylinn Martinez, I'm an enrolled tribal member from San Ildefonso Pueblo and currently at home with my two children who are doing school virtually this year. I enjoy that I'm able to be home with them and watch them grow and learn. We are all facing the struggles with the pandemic and hope that this will all pass and can go back to some what normalcy in our lives.
My name is Denisha Rusk and I am 23 years old, born and raised in beautiful Arroyo Seco, NM (Taos, NM). I was raised by an awesome, loving and motivating mother who brought me into the best family I could've asked for. Also, a dog mom to a beautiful English Bulldog named Remy.
Hello, my name is Grace Graham. I am a 22 year old from Santa Fe. I have a puppy named Fibi, who is my world. I currently work as a barista from Starbucks. I am hoping to eventually get into a career that combines technology with creative expression.
My name is Iris Quintana. I'm joyfully married with 3 children. I work for the Student Nutrition Program. I'm a Catechist at my local parish. I enjoy the great outdoors, reading books, and spending quality time with my family.
Jennifer O'Neil - I am a lifetime resident of Santa Fe and love the year-round sunshine. I enjoy reading, hiking, and gardening.
Hi my name is Kim McAuliffe. I am currently a manager in Santa Fe, New Mexico. My responsibilities include employee scheduling, completing daily deposits, reconciling deposits, and much more. The activities I enjoy are jigsaw puzzles, doodle art, word search, and hiking. My strongest qualities are problem solving, organization, dependability, and truthfulness.
My name is Liam Ireland. I was born and raised in Taos, New Mexico. I have been working as a bartender for several years now and I am excited to explore my options in the field of GIS. In my free time I enjoy spending time outdoors, particularly snowboarding and hiking.
My name is Leah Romero I was born and raised in Santa Fe New Mexico. I am the youngest of five, three brothers and one sister. I graduated from Santa Fe High School in 2016 and attended Santa Fe Community College from 2016 to 2018. I currently have two jobs. I work with a beauty supply company called Cosmo Prof as a sales consultant. I also work at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). I have been with DHS for 3 years. My hobbies include dancing, drawing, painting, cooking and anything to do with being outdoors with my husband and my dog. I love being creative trying and new things.
Nicole V Morales
Born and raised in Santa Fe NM. I am a mother of 4 kids. Patient Advocate, Citizen Lobbyist, love nature,
lady rider, Government Compliance specialist.
Pascal Fromentin Is a former computer programmer. He changed careers 20 years ago to become a Massage Therapist In Santa Fe. At the age of 60 he is ready for another change of direction and chose the Protec 2021 program to refine his computer skills on today’s applications and start a new career.
My name is Shannon Latham. I’m a filmmaker and adaptable multimedia storyteller
producing quality content and exceptional wordplay daily. I hold an MA in journalism
and a BA in film production.
Hello My Name is Nicholette Benally. You can call me Nikki for short. I am 38 years old with 2 beautiful children. I am very young at heart and still have so much to learn and discover. I have traveled across most of north America. One of my dreams is to travel the world. 2021
- My name is Alicia Avila, I am 21 years old. I was born and raised in Santa Fe, NM. I am currently a college student at SFCC taking Web Development classes. I am very excited to be able to be a part of the PROTEC program. 2020
Hi, my name is Amanda Rudolph. I am a junior at UC Santa Cruz, having recently transferred from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I am majoring in Environmental Studies and have a great interest in studying diverse environments, climates, formations of earth, and earth's inhabitants and the effect/impact they have on the environment. My hobbies include hiking, going to the beach, and traveling. 2020
Brayam Gonzalez is a College Student studying Computer Science at Santa Fe Community College In Santa Fe, NM. His Main field of interest in Computer Science in Web Development and is working with PROTEC to get an internship this summer. He is very curious always wanting to learn more and enjoys walking a Shih Tzu puppy called Meme. 2020
Hi, my name is Carl Germann and I am a junior at UC Davis. I am a major in economics with a minor in political science, so I am interested in a wide range of careers, especially ones including public policy. I was born and raised in Santa Fe, NM with family from all around the world, and I have a passion for travel and all types of sports! 2020
Hi, I am Christian Valle. I am from El Paso, TX. I've been in New Mexico for as long as I could remember, I am a father of 4 and have been married for 5 years. I have had a really hard life growing up. I always wanted to be the first to graduate high school or go to college but I never had the support to finish or go until now that I have kids and have a wife. That's been my right shoulder to motivate me to want to do more for me and for the future of my kids. I want to work in automobile engineering and be able to have a steady job. I work in a gas station but I want to have something more to offer to my family. 2020
Hi my name is Courtenae Magdalena. I am from Jemez Pueblo and I am half Navajo as well. I am currently a tribal employee in Ohkay Owingeh. I work for Pathway to Success Youth Program as a project coordinator for Strategic Prevention Framework-Partnership for Success through SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). I am also a part-time college student at Santa Fe Community College. I am currently a Graphic Design student. My interest is in designing/media/technology. I also like to play video games on my spare time and take my tog for walks and runs. 2020
My name is Daria Teterycz. I am currently working toward a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics through New Mexico State University. I graduated from The MASTERS Program charter high school located at Santa Fe Community College in 2017. I consider Santa Fe, New Mexico to be my home town as I have lived here since my early middle school days. However, I was born in a small town in Poland named Zamosc and my parents and I immigrated to New Mexico from Europe before I started kindergarten. 2020
My name is Edith Astorga. I am from Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. I am 24 years old, mother of 4 babies. My youngest is 3 months and my oldests is 5 years old. I have lived in New Mexico for 21 years. I graduated Santa Fe High. I have attended SFCC for almost a year. I was interested in law but focused in nursing. I got my CNA as I admire working with old folks and thought it will be good for my grandfather. I was undocumented until 2016 that my husband file for me to get my residency. Since then its been much harder. I work with the Dreamers Activist movement since 2014 since that I've been interested in laws and rights. 2020
My name is Elaine Gutierrez. I am a mommy to two beautiful girls. I enjoy going hiking, and reading, but most all I enjoy spending time with my family. My goals in life are to make the best of it, to get my Bachelors degree in Business Administration and be successful, and to never stop reaching for my dreams. 2020
My name is Elizabeth Eppley. I hail from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, where I completed my undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Appalachian State University. I was born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC and was drawn to the desert on a road trip about four years ago. I currently work for a non-profit in Santa Fe. I look forward to getting involved in the local agriculture and sustainability movements, as well as the art scene. 2020
I am a recent graduate from Pojoaque High School in New Mexico with a 3.50 GPA, I’m creative by nature and very supportive of team members with a experience in providing direct customer service. I’m proficient in prioritizing and completing any size of tasks in a timely matter, yet flexible to multitask when is necessary. Enjoys learning new programs and processes, a team player who is attentive to detail and able to work in a fast paced environment. I lead through example. My core of values and ethical standards of honesty, integrity, openness and commitment to the program are reflected in my daily actions. 2020
Lynn Hendrick - I am a professional artist and designer. I was an art instructor for a number of years in California, both at the Community College level and at the University level. I moved on to the field of Travel. I was a Tour Director for over 20 years, teaching history, geology, flora, fauna, and the current politics affecting our National Parks in New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana, Hawaii and California. 2020
My name is Megan, and I am a creative problem solver and a visual thinker. I love computer programming in Python and 3D modeling in Blender. I'll be starting college in the fall and I plan to earn my degree in Computer Science. I have mild autism, so before I joined PROTEC I had trouble successfully applying to jobs. I hope to start a career involving the visual and creative aspects of computer science. 2020
My name is Pema Dema and I am currently a Social Work major at the University of Portland. I was born in Bhutan and moved to Santa Fe, NM which has been home for me ever since. I love widening my range of perspectives and enjoying life to the fullest. I hope to improve many communities and lives in one way or another in my lifetime. 2020
I was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Like most “Cariocas” (natives of Rio), I fell in love with nature at a very young age. Because Rio is surrounded by beautiful tropical beaches, islands, rainforest and mountains, it inspires many people with a deep desire to enjoy nature. As an adult, I have lived in the U.S. for more than 40 years, working as a Seismic Analyst at the University of Washington after I received a BS degree in Geology and Oceanography, and leading 2-day to 30-day mountaineering, climbing and backpacking trips for a number of outdoor organizations. In addition, I have been guiding Wilderness trips, bike touring as well as bikepacking tours in the Sierras, Alaska, North Cascades, Canadian and Colorado Rockies, South America and all of the National Parks of the West, for over 25 years. I have also been a senior Outward Bound School Instructor. When not guiding and instructing, I enjoy exploring and researching about adventure destinations all over the world. 2020
Tash Deschenie is a gifted artist and learning facilitator. As a member of the Navajo Nation, she has assisted with hosting numerous visiting college and high school groups in Dinétah (the Navajo Nation) over the years. She has also served as an AmeriCorps Vista member in the educational field. 2020
My name is Santiago Vigil and I’m a 23 year old graphic designer. I just recently graduated from Santa Fe Community College with an AAS in Media Arts. During my me there, I also touched on several other topics like web design, video eding, and photography. During my time there, I was blessed to have an internship with STEM Santa Fe and I was their own personal graphic designer. I learned a lot of good tips about being in the workforce, and I felt like my creative mindset really helped her create all her ideas into the real world. 2020