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Faculty & Staff


Dr. Ugochukwu Anieto

Instructional Assistant Professor, College of Science
Phone: (956) 271-1332
Office: 218.9
Dr. Ugochukwu Obiakornobi Anieto was born and raised in Onitsha Nigeria. He graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Applied Microbiology and Food Microbiology respectively from the renowned Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka Nigeria. He proceeded to the United Kingdom where he was a Visiting Research Associate at the School of Medicine, Newcastle University. Thereafter he moved to the United States where he obtained his PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of North Texas, Denton. He has many years of research and teaching experience having taught in higher institutions across Nigeria and the United States. His research background is focused on bioenergy, antimicrobial resistance, food microbiology, bioinformatics etc. He joined the College of Science of Texas A&M University McAllen Higher Education Center in August of 2018. He enjoys reading crime novels, watching documentaries and taking long walks.

Dr. Muzammil Arshad

Instructional Assistant Professor, College of Engineering
Phone: (956) 271-1359
Office: 316.4
Dr. Muzammil Arshad earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology, and his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Engineering & Technology, Pakistan.

Prior to joining Texas A&M University, Dr. Arshad taught at Florida Institute of Technology and University of Wisconsin-Platteville. His research interests are in the areas of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Internal Combustion Engines (ICE), Heat Transfer, Chemical Kinetics, and Pedagogy. Dr. Arshad has numerous conference and journal publications and is an organizer for American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) conferences, as well.

Dr. Arshad is very passionate about teaching and focuses on employing the latest technology and pedagogical methodologies for effective student learning and success.

Dr. Saikat Biswas

Instructional Assistant Professor, College of Science
Phone: (956) 271-1328
Office: 218.10
Dr. Saikat Biswas is an Instructional Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the Texas A&M University Higher Education Center at McAllen. He obtained his Masters in Pure Mathematics at the University of St Andrews in Scotland and his PhD in Pure Mathematics at the Florida State University. Dr. Biswas has held postdoctoral positions at the Georgia Institute of Technology and at the Arizona State University, as well as a faculty position at the University of Minnesota Morris.

A number theorist by training, Dr. Biswas has published his research results in some of the leading journals of the discipline, and has also given invited talks at seminars and conferences around the country. He also has over twelve years of extensive teaching experience, and has taught a wide variety of undergraduate mathematics courses at all levels including calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, discrete mathematics, and abstract algebra. 

Dr. Catherine Busch-Silkwood

Instructional Assistant Professor, Vet Med Pathobiology
Phone: (956) 271-1352
Office: 316.9
Dr. Catherine Busch-Silkwood earned her B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from Texas A&M University. She then went on to earn her Ph.D. in Genetics from Texas A&M as well, under the advisement of Dr. James Womack in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, with funding and support from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She began teaching at Texas A&M as a first-year graduate student and decided never to stop. After a few years of teaching elsewhere, she is excited to be back at home in the College of Veterinary Medicine, teaching genetics courses to a new generation of Aggie BIMS students.

Charity Cavazos, PhD., CSCS

Instructional Assistant Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Phone: (956) 271-1318
Office: 123.5
Dr. Charity Cavazos was born and raised in Brownsville, Tx. She holds a B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, M.S. in Exercise Science from the University of Texas at Brownsville, and PhD. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Oklahoma. She has worked for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley teaching Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics, and Anatomy and Physiology for Texas Southmost College. She joined Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at HSCM in the Fall of 2020.

Dr. Andrew Conkey

Instructional Associate Professor, Education Program/EASA
Phone: (956) 271-1322
Office: 218.3
Dr. Andrew Conkey earned his PhD from Texas A&M College Station in Interdisciplinary Engineering in 2007.  He earned his Bachelors and Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University – Kingsville.  Over 19 years he has taught mechanical engineering related courses at Texas A&M University–Kingsville, Texas A&M, Texas A&M at Qatar, and Texas A&M University Corpus Christi.  He has also co-authored three books (Dynamics in Engineering Practice,  Is My Machine Ok?, Trouble Shooting Rotating Machinery) involving dynamics and vibrations and machinery diagnostics.  His dissertation focused on the application of a fiber optic based sensor for machinery diagnostics such as shaft motion and vibration measurements.  His hobbies include wildlife photography, wood working, and general tinkering.

Dr. Max Katz Crook

Lecturer, Department of Political Science
Phone: (956) 271-1348
Office: 316.5
Dr. Max Katz Crook is a Lecturer in the Political Science Department at Texas A&M University. He previously held the position of Visiting Lecturer at Georgia State University. His research focuses on British politics, social democratic parties, and international political economy. Teaching interests include federal and state government, comparative politics, and international relations. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Ivan Diaz-Rodriguez

Instructional Assistant Professor, Education Program/Easa
Phone: (956) 271-1324
Office: 218.5
Dr. Iván D. Díaz-Rodríguez earned his Bachelor's and Master’s Degrees in Electronics Engineering from Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, Reynosa, Tamaulipas, México, in 2005 and 2009 respectively, and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas in 2017. Dr. Díaz-Rodríguez joined the Engineering Department at Texas A&M in 2018 as an Instructional Assistant Professor at the McAllen Higher Education Center, McAllen, Texas. His research interests include linear systems, PI and PID controller design based on desired performance, multivariable controller design, robust control, controller design based on frequency response data, and controller design with applications to the renewable energy field. Dr. Díaz-Rodríguez has participated as a speaker at international control conferences in the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, France, India, and Japan. In his spare times, he enjoys traveling, watching movies and tv series, and spending time with family.

Dr. Mohammed Farooqi

Instructional Assistant Professor, College of Science
Phone: (956) 271-1321
Office: 218.2
Dr. Mohammed J. Farooqi is the Instructional Assistant Professor of Physics at the Higher Education Center. He has previously worked as a full time lecturer of Physics at UTSA, Gonzaga, UTRGV and STC. He earned his undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Texas Pan American and his PhD in Physics from the University of Texas at San Antonio. His research interests are in the areas of Biophysics, specifically in photo-physics of protein folding and more recently in the area of Physics Education. He has over ten years of experience in teaching Physics as a high school teacher, graduate teaching assistant and a lecturer. Dr. Farooqi joined the Texas A&M Higher Education Center at McAllen in the Fall of 2018.

Krystal Flores

Lecturer, School of Public Health
Phone: (956) 271-1356
Office: 316.14
Ms. Krystal Flores completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences and received a minor in Chemistry from Texas A&M University Kingsville. Feeling compelled to serve her community in South Texas, Krystal pursued a degree in public health at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health. In 2014, she graduated with a Master in Public Health degree in Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences with a Border Health Concentration. She was inducted into the Delta Omega Honors Society for Public Health and gained acceptance into Texas A&M University’s Doctorate in Public Health program in College Station, Texas that same year.

Ms. Flores is currently a DrPH candidate in Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences at Texas A&M University's School of Public Health.  In addition to pursuing her degree, she completed a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.  She is a Maternal and Child Health trainee in the school's Maternal and Child Health Program and current Gates Millennium Scholar. Her research interests include adolescent pregnancy prevention along the U.S Mexico Border and health disparities related to reproductive health services for women and adolescent girls living in the Rio Grande Valley.

She is currently an instructor for two undergraduate level courses and one graduate level course at the School of Public Health. In addition, she is a current mentor and advocate for first generation college students in the Rio Grande Valley. She enjoys reading novels, spending time her chihuahua Charlie, and running. 

Rafael Fox

Associate Professor of Practice, College of Engineering
Phone: (956) 271-1361
Office: 123.6
Rafael Fox obtained his Bachelor and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degrees from Texas A&M – Kingsville. After college he worked for TT Electronics in Corpus Christi as a Senior Applications Engineer for twelve years, designing test equipment, electronic devices, and developing electronic products for manufacturing.

In 2001, after three years of required industry experience, he began teaching an evening class as an Adjunct at Texas A&M Corpus Christi on recently developed engineering technology programs. This position gave him experience for his next academic position as a full time Engineering Instructor in 2010.

Now, with 19 years of teaching experience and 12 years industry experience, he joined Texas A&M Engineering in McAllen in Spring of 2020. He enjoys teaching engineering courses for the Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary degree programs where he teaches microprocessor architectures and digital electronics.  

He enjoys staying fit by practicing sports when possible. His favorite sports are soccer and tennis, but likes to play basketball, rachet ball, volleyball.

Carl D. Gutke

Spanish Lecturer, Hispanic Studies
Phone: (956) 271-1317
Office: 123.4
Professor Gutke’s interests are in second language acquisition, linguistics and developing curriculum for language learners. He is currently completing his PhD dissertation in the Hispanic Studies Department at Texas A&M on the effect that interactive videos with native Spanish speakers have on beginner Spanish students' proficiency. He has his MA and BA in Spanish Pedagogy from Brigham Young University and is currently completing a grant project to publish a comic book for Spanish learners. 
Professor Gutke's  love for cultures first came from having grown up in Southeastern Utah close to the Navajo (Diné) and Ute Indian reservations where he spent time hiking the canyons and mountains, playing sports and riding horses. He has always been fascinated with languages and wishes he could speak them all. His native language is English, but he has studied Spanish for 25+ years and enjoys learning something new every day in both English and Spanish and is also currently working on Portuguese and German. In addition to that, he has enjoyed spending many hours volunteering in his communities teaching ESL classes to those in need and has worked as a director of an at-risk youth program for various years. 
One of Professor Gutke's favorite sayings is a quote from Oscar Wilde -- “Just be yourself, everyone else is already taken”.  Regardless of what your cultural background is or the language you speak, he believes we are all equal and have something to offer the world and that we should seek to respect and watch out for one another in our respective communities. 
Professor Gutke loves his wife and six children, all of whom have taught him how to be a better person and he enjoys spending his free time with them.

Oscar Lopez

Professor of the Practice, Education Program/EASA
Phone: (956) 271-1325
Office: 218.7
Oscar Lopez M.S.C.E., P.E., Professor of Practice - comes to Texas A&M University Higher Education Center at McAllen by way of the west, having earned degrees from the University of California at Berkeley (Golden Bears!) and the University of Texas at El Paso (Mighty Miners!).  Oscar serves as a Professor in the College of Engineering and brings over 30 of engineering experience and education as a Professional Engineer and is licensed to practice Civil Engineering (structural emphasis) in California and Texas.  Professor Lopez’s interest of study includes Earthquake Resistant Design of Structures and Hurricane resistant design of structures.  Oscar has received numerous university and professional awards and has served in various leadership positions in the American Society of Civil Engineers, Texas Section.  When not working, Oscar enjoys spending time with his wife Grace and 3 children (Ashley, Adrian, and Amber) grandchildren (Soleil Olivia), and also loves doing “weekend warrior” DIY projects, loves the outdoors, listening to all types of music, dancing, playing racquetball, and serving in church (Our Lady of Sorrows, Catholic Church, McAllen, TX) and his community.

Dr. Larry May '06

Instructional Assistant Professor, College of Science
Phone: (956) 271-1329
Office: 218.11
Dr. Larry May earned his Bachelor’s degree in Pure Mathematics and Chemistry as well as his Ph. D. in Nuclear Chemistry from Texas A&M University. He completed his Ph. D. in 2015 at the Cyclotron Institute at TAMU using the NIMROD-ISiS array under the mentorship of Dr. Sherry Yennello. He is dual-accredited by SACS to teach Chemistry and Physics at the University level. He spent two years teaching Chemistry and Physics lecture and lab courses at San Jacinto Community College in Pasadena, Texas before “returning home” to serve as an Instructional Assistant Professor at the new Texas A&M University Higher Education Center at McAllen. Dr. May comes from a long lineage of Fightin’ Texas Aggies and is the Proudest Member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2006 (A-WHOOP!).

Dr. May’s current research interest center around Fermi energy nuclear reaction dynamics, specifically nucleon transport and symmetry energy constraints. He is also committed to providing the best education possible in Chemistry and Physics and so maintains a research interest in Physics Education Research and Chemical Education. Dr. May has been a member in good standing of the American Chemical Society and the American Physical Society since 2007.

Dr. Nelda Mier

Associate Professor, Health Promotion & Community Health Sciences
Phone: (956) 271-1353
Office: 316.10
Dr. Nelda Mier currently serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences at the Texas A&M School of Public Health.  For more than 20 years, Dr. Mier has been imparting high-impact, quality education to undergraduate and graduate students in public health and communication at prestigious universities in the United States and Mexico. She earned her doctorate in Health Education from the University of New Mexico, and in 2002 she joined the School of Public Health in McAllen, TX, where she currently teaches and mentors BSPH and MPH students. Dr. Mier has conducted research in chronic disease prevention using a participatory approach among populations living in the border and Mexico, and she has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles in international and national journals. Dr. Mier is also a Certified Mindfulness Teacher and Certified Virtual Instructor. 

Dr. Negin Mirhosseini

Instructional Assistant Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science
Phone: (956) 271-1357
Office: 316.15
Dr. Negin Mirhosseini was born and brought up in Kerman, Iran. She attended the College of Veterinary Medicine in Kerman for four years. She then left Iran to continue her graduate education in the veterinary field at Texas A&M University in College Station. For her Masters’ Thesis, Dr. Mirhosseini researched on Equine infectious anemia virus (EIA). In fulfillment of her Doctor of Philosophy, Dr. Mirhosseini completed a dissertation on Avian bornavirus (ABV).

Upon completion of her Doctorate, Dr. Mirhosseini took up a postdoctoral research position at the University of Oklahoma. During her year and a half tenure there she studied microRNA. To have a flexible schedule to allow her to attend to her newborn son, she took up a job as an adjunct professor at the Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC). She later moved to Rio Grande Valley where she taught at the South Texas College (STC) and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). In the Fall of 2019, she got the opportunity to be back at home in the College of Veterinary Medicine to teach the new generation of Aggie BIMS students.

Dr. Ryan Neighbors

Lecturer, English
Phone: (956) 271-1331
Office: 218.12
Ryan Neighbors grew up in Salina—a tiny, lakeside town in northeastern Oklahoma. When people ask, he usually just tells them he’s from Tulsa. He has taught college courses for about twelve years and worked at Texas A&M since 2010. Before that, he worked as a lawn mower, electronics expert, youth minister, musician, pizza chef, furniture salesman, and therapist. He has degrees in English, screenwriting, college teaching, and psychology, and he did his Ph.D. coursework at TAMU with emphases in creative writing, indigenous literature, and film studies. His poetry and prose have been published in approximately twenty journals and anthologies.
Due to his four children, Ryan doesn’t have free time. If he did, he’d likely spend it playing video games, crafting with wood or leather, and napping.

Hugo E. Olvera

Lecture Professor, College of Science
Phone: (956) 271.1333
Office: HECM 2.201
M.D. in Mathematics pure concentration.
Research interest: Fractal Geometry.

Dr. Surupa Shaw

Instructional Assistant Professor, College of Engineering
Phone: (956) 271-1327
Office: 218.14
Dr. Surupa Shaw has been associated with Texas A&M University since 2015, most recently as the Instructional Assistant Professor at the Texas A&M University, Higher Education Center. Prior to this, she was a faculty member at Ocean Engineering Department, TAMU. She also worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate, with a joint appointment at Mechanical Engineering Department and Petroleum Engineering Department, TAMU. Dr. Shaw received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of New Hampshire, USA and B.Tech [Hons.] in Ocean Engineering & Naval Architecture from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. Her research interests include Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics, Heat Transfer Applications, Mechanical Design, Nanotechnology, HP/HT Rheology. She also has strong industrial experience as a Senior Technical Professional at Halliburton [Oil-well Cementing Research & Development].

Dr. Xuan Wang

Instructional Assistant Professor, College of Science
Phone: (956) 271-1326
Office: 218.8
Dr. Wang earned her B.S. in Chemistry with Honors from Oklahoma Christian University, and she obtained her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Texas A&M University in 2016. After graduation, she joined the Department Chemistry at Colorado State University-Pueblo as a visiting assistant professor. Now, she is happy to move back to Texas and teach lower-level chemistry courses in Texas A&M Higher Education at McAllen as an instructional assistant professor.

Dr. Nathaniel Weber

Lecturer, History
Phone: (956) 271-1332
Office: 218.14
Nathaniel Weber did his graduate work at Texas A&M University and graduated with his PhD in 2016. His general field is United States history, with specialization in American military history.


Cyndi Beltran

Executive Assistant I
Phone: (956) 271-1349
Office: 316.7
Cyndi Beltran is the Executive Assistant to Dr. Adolfo Santos, Assistant Provost of the Higher Education Center at McAllen, where she assists with various administrative level duties. She also serves as a mentor to first year Public Health undergraduate students.  Previously, Cyndi worked ten years for the Texas A&M Health Science Center-School of Public Health (SPH), most recently as Program Manager for the Master & Bachelor of Public Health degree programs. She served as Student Advisor for the on-campus graduate organization, served as an Executive Board member for the South Texas Area Recruitment Network (STARN), maintained memberships with the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) and the Texas Academic Advising Network (TEXAAN) and remains a member of the Texas A&M Women Administrators Network.  She also served as a member to the SPH Health and Wellness committee.  Her undergraduate degree is in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Texas-Pan American. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling the world with her husband Bryan, baking, running and spending time with her three crazy dogs Rango, Reba and Coco.


Yolanda Cardona

Enrollment Specialist, Scholarships and Financial Aide
Phone: (956) 271-1315
Office: 123.5
Raised in San Juan, TX, graduated from the University of Texas Pan American in 2015 with a bachelors in Criminal Justice and minors in Sociology and English. Started working in 2015 at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi in Admissions, and transferred in 2017 to Texas A&M University- San Antonio as a Financial Aid Advisor and then moved up to Program Coordinator for Scholarships and Financial Aid, member of TASFAA (Texas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators) member of NASFAA (National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. 

Spare time I like to read, watch reality t.v. and travel with friends.

Clarissa Garza

Program Coordinator II
Phone: (956) 271-1307
Office: 125.2

Clarissa Garza is a Program Coordinator for the Higher Education Center at McAllen focusing on recruitment, family engagement, and working closely in the development of the Honors Program. Her undergraduate degrees include Associate of Science in Biology from South Texas College, Bachelor of Science in Public Health-Epidemiology and Bachelor of Art in Sociology from University of Texas-San Antonio. She received her Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling from University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.


She began working with University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley in 2017 as a graduate assistant for the Graduate College. Her internships include Counseling intern with UTRGV Student Accessibility Services and Intern for Texas Workforce Solutions Rehabilitation Services where she oversaw summer programs. She joined UTRGV as a full time Graduate Student Recruiter in 2019, before joining Texas A&M in 2022.


Clarissa is an RGV native. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to audio books, rewatching Grey’s Anatomy, and spending time with her three cats Charcoal, Oreo Denise, and Snickers.

Jose (JJ) Garza

Senior IT Professional
Phone: (956) 271-1345
Office: 316.2
JJ Garza is currently employed as a Senior IT Professional for the Provost IT Office in the Academic Services Division. He is stationed at the Texas A&M Higher Education Center at McAllen, where he oversees the day to day operations regarding all technical aspects of the center and provides technical support for faculty, staff and students. Additionally, JJ serves as the technical liaison for reporting and providing support for the Open Access Labs and Instructional Media Services department, as well as the Division of Information Technology. He holds several industry certifications and holds a Master’s of Science degree in Information Technology Management.

BB Gaytan

Senior Academic Advisor III, Engineering Academic & Student Affairs
Phone: (956) 271-1314
Office: 220.1
BB Gaytan is the Senior Academic Advisor for The College of Engineering where she has over sixteen years of experience working in Higher Education as a guidance counselor and faculty member. BB earned her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance. She is a native of the Rio Grande Valley and active in the community. 

BB’s key goal is to help students choose the right career path and ensure that they meet the college academic requirements and expectations. BB’s role is to help students in collaborating and coordinating with the College of Engineering advising programs, recruitment programs, college success and entry to a major application workshops and advisement for general engineering students in the Rio Grande Valley.

In addition, BB also works with students in identifying academic strengths and weaknesses by helping them make connections between career goals and educational requirements.

Josette Gonzalez '11

Academic Advisor II, BIMS & FSIM
Phone: (956) 271-1313
Office: 318.1
Josette Gonzalez is the Academic Advisor for the Biomedical Sciences and Food Systems Industry Management undergraduate programs at The Texas A&M University Higher Education Center at McAllen. Her undergraduate degree is in Communications with a minor in Italian and Women and Gender Studies from Texas A&M University.

Josette is going on 10 years of working within various departments at Texas A&M University. Academic Advising has given her the opportunity to connect with students and guide them throughout their undergraduate academic journey. In her spare time she enjoys working out, volunteering with The Junior League of McAllen and spending time with her husband, Juan Humberto and Golden Retriever, Delta Maria.

Lucia Lopez '12

Program Coordinator II
Phone: (956) 271-1312
Office: 123.3
Lucía López is the Program Coordinator for the Learning Communities & the Tutoring Program at the Higher Education Center at McAllen. Lucia’s responsibilities also include academic coaching and working closely in the development of the Honors Program.

Lucia attended college at Texas A&M University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. After graduation, she worked on a variety of projects for one of the top sealing industries in the world. In 2017, Lucia moved to McAllen, TX where she transitioned into Higher Education. In her spare time, Lucia enjoys crafting and spending time with her family & friends.

Rick Margo '89

Director, HECM
Phone: (956) 271-1341
Office: 316.13
Mr. Rick Margo has been employed at Texas A&M University since October 2002, most recently as the interim director of the Texas A&M University Higher Education Center. He assumed the duties of Director of Operations on March 1.  Previously, he was the Director of Texas A&M’s Rio Grande Valley and Laredo Regional Prospective Student Centers for the past 16 years.
After earning a bachelor of science degree in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University, Mr. Margo worked for the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Small Business Administration, before joining Texas A&M.
“I couldn’t be more proud to be part of this historic partnership to bring Texas A&M University degree programs to the Valley,” said Mr. Margo.  “As an Aggie myself, this is what I believe makes Texas A&M unique in higher education, serving the state and ensuring educational choice for the next generations.”
As director of operations, Mr. Margo will oversee facilities, coordinate with municipal and contracted services, and facilitate appropriate coordination with central university services for prospective student recruitment and community partnership and outreach.

Rick and his family are lifelong Rio Grande Valley residents.  His wife Yvonne M. Margo is an accomplished business owner and together they have 3 daughters who are all currently attending Texas A&M University, Erika Michelle, Class of '15, Victoria Nicole, Class of '18 and Sarah Cecilia, Class of '21.

He's currently a member of the Knights of Columbus, Knights on Bikes-Brownsville Diocese, a counselor/mentor at the Evins Juvenile Detention Center, Co-founder and member of Alpha Toastmasters Club, McAllen, TX, City of McAllen Advisory Board and is part owner/director of Margo Ranch and RY Margo Properties.

Daniel Martinez

Technical Laboratory Coordinator
Phone: (956) 271-1346
Office: 316.3
Daniel Martinez is the Technical Laboratory Coordinator for the undergraduate programs at The Texas A&M Higher Education Center at McAllen, TX. Earned his degree in Chemistry from the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. Daniel started working for The United States Department of Agriculture-Honey Bee Division in 2006. He then joined South Texas College over 11 years ago and worked as the Laboratory Coordinator for the Physics, Chemistry and Engineering Department. He is a native of South Texas, born and raised in McAllen, TX. Since 2008, Daniel has been an active member of the American Chemical Society, Division of Chemical Health and Safety and has led many outreach and academic STEM events at South Texas College.  In 2011, Daniel received the Jaguar Academic Excellence award for contributions to community outreach events focusing on the sciences. Daniel’s professional background is diverse, including; the petroleum safety industry, research, teaching, and over ten years’ experience managing science labs in higher education.

Marimar Miguel '13

Program Coordinator II
Phone: (956) 271-1305
Office: 125.1

Marimar Miguel ‘13 is a Program Coordinator for the Higher Education Center at McAllen, where she handles all student affairs duties. Her undergraduate degree is in Women’s & Gender Studies and Psychology from Texas A&M University. She received her Master's degree in Public Affairs, from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017.

Marimar was raised in Pharr, TX, a small town in the Rio Grande Valley. She has worked at Texas A&M in various capacities helping Aggies make the most out of their experiences. While employed at Texas A&M University, she has received the National Excellence and Commitment in Service Award from the College Advising Corps in 2014, where she proudly represented the Texas A&M University - Advise TX Corps. She has previously served on the Sexual Assault Survivor Services Committee, is a mentor in the GLBT Mentorship Program, and has been member of Aggie Allies since 2009. Marimar is excited to be a part of the Higher Education Center at McAllen, where she has the opportunity to help Texas A&M University expand opportunities in her home community.

In Marimar’s spare time she likes to work on arts and crafts, listen to podcasts, and play Pokemon Go.

Dr. Adolfo Santos

Assistant Provost at HECM
Phone: (956) 271-1342
Office: 316.6

Dr. Adolfo Santos is the first Assistant Provost of the Texas A&M University Higher Education Center at McAllen. He began in this new leadership position in July of 2018. Prior to arriving in McAllen, Dr. Santos was the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC), a position he held for five years. He led over 200 faculty in over thirteen different disciplines. He is an American Council on Education Fellow from the class of 2011-2012. He was also a 2012 American Association of State Colleges and Universities Millennium Leadership Initiative Protégé. Prior to 2013, Dr. Santos was at the University of Houston -Downtown (UHD) where he served as Special Assistant to the President and Chief Liaison Officer. He also served as Chair of the Department of Social Sciences at UHD from 2006 to 2011.

Dr. Santos is the co-author of Texas Politics Today, and American Government and Politics Today: Texas Edition. In 2006, he authored Do Members of Congress Reward Their Future Employers? Evaluating the Revolving Door Syndrome. Dr. Santos has also written on minority representation in corporate and political institutions, education policy, and local and state elections. Dr. Santos received his Ph.D. from the University of Houston, and baccalaureate degree from the University of Houston – Downtown. Dr. Santos has served on the boards of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Children at Risk, the Education Foundation of Harris County, and the Houston Hispanic Forum. Dr. Santos has also been appointed to several committees by City of Houston Mayor Anise Parker.

J. Wesley Swanson

Academic Advisor II
Phone: (956) 271-1316
Office:  220.2
Wesley Swanson is the Academic Advisor for the Agricultural Economics, Construction Science and University Studies – Arts & Sciences undergraduate programs at the Texas A&M University Higher Education Center at McAllen. Wesley graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Texas A&M University in 2013 and with a Master in Public Affairs from University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley in 2020.  
As an Academic Advisor, Wesley works with students to align their interests to meet their personal and professional goals. This includes helping students create educational plans, providing information about academic requirements and serving as an advocate for the students. 
Wesley is a RGV native. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree he returned to the valley and began working in higher education in 2014. In his spare time he likes to read, play games, and go biking.