WIT Founders and Board Members

Alesia Torres, Co-Chair Alesia Torres

Director, Core IT Services
IT Applications

Alesia Torres is a technology professional with extensive experience managing multiple areas of IT; coaching, mentoring and building medium to large IT teams. She has 20 years of experience delivering software solutions, stable/scalable technology environments, and strategic objectives.

With roots as a software developer, she moved into management early in her career where she has experience collaborating with cross functional team members to implement technology solutions and create and execute standards and processes for application selections, development and implementations. Alesia has had an opportunity to work extensively with demanding requests to deliver software solutions and strategies throughout local and global industries. Always looking for efficient and effective processes, she is a green belt in Lean Six Sigma and has acted as a subject matter expert on multiple lean continuous improvement projects. In addition, she has collaborated with Executive Management to contribute to the company’s vision and strategic objectives, the creation of the company’s 5-year technology roadmap, and the implementation of IT governance.

Alesia has been honored by The New Mexico Tech Council (NMTC) for her technical achievements and her experience mentoring women in technology. As a UNM alumni, with a BBA from Anderson School of Management, and Lobo for life, she is committed to and passionate about the mission of UNM and enjoys her current role leading her team enabling the campus and students through technology.

When she is not chasing after her toddler and working, she participates in Women in Technology events and initiatives through the UNM WIT affinity team and dances Ballet Folklorico with her High School Alumni Troupe, Ballet Folklorico Del Norte, raising money for various causes.

Grace Faustino, Co-ChairAlesia Torres

Research IT Liaison
Office of the Vice President for Research

Grace Faustino's professional journey stands as a testament to her enduring dedication, visionary leadership, and transformative contributions within the Information Technology domain. With more than 15 years of experience, she has forged a remarkable path defined by strategic acumen, adept project management, and exceptional technical proficiency.

Commencing her career as a Sr. Software Programmer, Grace cultivated a robust foundation in software development lifecycle methodologies. Her mastery of advanced programming languages positioned her as an adept developer, celebrated for crafting pioneering prototype applications renowned for their robustness and security.

Driven by a fervent pursuit of growth, Grace pursued a Master of Art in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technology from The University of New Mexico. This educational voyage equipped her to harness technology for educational progress and organizational transformation.

Throughout her tenure at the University of New Mexico's Office of the Vice President for Research, Grace's leadership in IT innovation and project management excellence was unmistakable. As an Information Technology Project Manager III, she skillfully shepherded the development of intricate research technology projects, applying project management methodologies to facilitate successful multi-institutional RFP processes and pivotal database implementations. Evolving into the role of Manager of Research Computing and Information Technology Services, she seamlessly aligned IT initiatives with divisional objectives, serving as a bridge between internal and external stakeholders to ensure a seamless provision of research IT services. Notably, Grace considers herself a technology disrupter and change agent, continually pushing boundaries.

Her influence extended beyond her professional obligations. As a dedicated Staff Councilor and President of the Staff Council, along with active committee participation, she demonstrated a steadfast commitment to shaping policies and fostering a positive atmosphere for university staff and faculty. She is also a founding member of UNM’s Women in Technology initiative, exemplifying her commitment to inclusivity and diversity in the IT field.

With an unwavering devotion to excellence and visionary leadership, Grace Faustino continues to inspire colleagues and peers. Her pioneering spirit, bolstered by technical prowess and an innovative outlook, positions her as an eminent figure within the landscape of Information Technology.

Kirsten Moeller, TreasurerKirsten Martinez

Fiscal Operations Director/Division
IT Business Operations

Kirsten Moeller joined UNM Information Technologies in 2005 and currently serves as the Director, Business Operations. In her role, Kirsten oversees a wide range of functions, including finance, human resources, administrative services, IT project management for capital projects, IT facilities, and management of enterprise licensing contracts.  In addition to leading the IT Business Operations team, Kirsten partners with leaders across the university, and other statewide higher education institutions and agencies to develop financial analyses and funding requests and execute business models for critical initiatives.

Kirsten has been successful in contributing towards IT efficiency and effectiveness efforts for campus IT services, including improved coordination of IT procurements, development of a student technology fee, negotiation of several enterprise license contracts to optimize costs, and development of a proposed IT funding model.

Kirsten has a diverse background in university accounting, budgeting, financial management and analysis.  She is ITIL certified, a member of the IT Financial Management Association, and has also presented at national conferences on behalf of UNM IT, including Educause, the Associate for College & University Technology Advancement (ACUTA) and local conferences, including NM Technology in Education (NMTIE), and Tech Days at UNM.

Kirsten is a founding member and current Treasurer of the UNM Women in Technology affinity group and currently serves as fiscal agent for the New Mexico Research Partners Network Collaboration and oversees the NM Licensing Consortium for Microsoft and Adobe products.  She has also served as a mentor through the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor 2.0 program for the past few years.

Kirsten has an MBA and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the Anderson School of Management at UNM.

Anneliese Ward, Marketing and CommunicationsAnneliese Ward

Research Computing Facilitator
Center for Advanced Research Computing (CARC)

Anneliese joined UNM in 2021 initally serving in an administration role. In 2022 she transferred to Academic Technologies and in 2023 joined on with CARC as a Research Computing Facilitator. Anneliese is currently finishing her graduate program in Cybersecurity, with an expected graduation date of Spring 2024. In addition to her role in WIT, Anneliese is also the president of the graduate student organization, iSMART. Her primary interests are in Information Security and Assurance, Policy, and Linux Systems Administration and Automation. 

Andrea Rodgers, SecretaryAndrea Rodgers

Core IT Services Specialist
IT Applications

Andrea Rodgers has over 20 years of experience in Information Technologies, especially in the areas of customer and applications support. She started at the University of New Mexico in 2004 as an accountant in the Department of Anthropology, just before the implementation of Banner. Her passion for helping other accountants with Banner Finance led to a job with UNM IT in 2005, and for more than a decade she was a supervisor and manager for the IT Service Desk. She spent several years leading the CSS Voice & Billing team and conducting business analysis, project management, and application support for UNM IT Voice services. In 2023, she was thrilled to seize the opportunity to move to the Applications Support team and act as Senior Product lead for an application portfolio that includes UNM’s Research, Finance, Human Resources, and Payroll applications.

Andrea is passionate about learning and continuous personal and professional development. She has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Arizona State University and a Master’s of Business Administration from UNM’s Anderson School of Management. In 2017, she completed her ITIL Expert Certification, and has earned several professional certificates through UNM Continuing Education and the Anderson Management Development Center.

Andrea enjoys actively engaging with and contributing to her community. She works to develop supportive relationships with other IT professionals, especially women who are enthusiastic about a career in IT. She served as the VP of Communications for the Help Desk Institute Rio Grande chapter for almost three years. She has delivered presentations on customer support in multiple venues, from the HDI 2014 International Conference to UNM’s Tech Days. She’s excited to support women and the UNM community in her role as UNM WIT Secretary.

Sridevi Kumaravelu, Speaker/Training Series CoordinatorSridevi Kumaravelu

IT Officer, ISS Facilities
IT Campus Outreach

Sridevi joined UNM in

Jennie Wong, Speaker/Training Series CoordinatorJennie Wong

IT Officer, Business Center
IT Campus Outreach

Jennie joined UNM in