Leadership & Staff

KarenInterim Associate Dean for Research

The Interim Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Karen Trujillo, heads the Center for Research and Outreach and is in charge of assisting departments, faculty, and staff in building a research agenda and developing proposals for funding. Dr. Trujillo is also the Director of K-12 Outreach for The Alliance for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. As an educator for the past 23 years, Dr. Trujillo has served as a teacher, an administrator, a researcher, a professional development specialist, grant writer, and a project director. Her background in mathematics and technology integration, along with her experience with students and teachers in the classroom provides the STEM Outreach Center with expertise in school based outreach and research.

Dr. Karen Trujillo
Email: ktrujill@nmsu.edu
URL: https://stem.nmsu.edu/dr-karen-trujillo/

Dr. Juanita Hannan

Dr. Juanita Hannan

Assistant Dean for Budget and Finance

Dr. Juanita M. Hannan,
(575) 646-3784
Juanita M. Hannan, PhD, directs the Education Research and Budgeting Office. She is responsible to the Dean of the College of Education for accurate accounting and reporting with regard to externally funded projects. She manages the work of ERB staff and serves as liaison and central contact for other offices on campus and, as needed, for funding agencies. Dr. Hannan works closely with the Associate Dean for Research to support greater involvement in research across the College and facilitates those proposals that have an international dimension.

Dawn Gonzales, Senior Accountant
(575) 646-7343

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Dawn Gonzales, MBA

Dawn Gonzales works closely with PIs and project staff in all departments other than Curriculum and Instruction in adhering to RFP requirements for proposals, creating budgets, and uploading proposals. She prepares necessary internal documentation for submission to central offices for proposals and funded awards. She reviews and approves financial transactions related to awarded grants and contracts, unrestricted funds, outreach programs, and legislative funding, and performs monthly reconciliations. She also advises PIs on OMB Circular regulations and NMSU policies and procedures regarding sponsored projects and is responsible for the allocation of IDC funds within the College.


Veronica Bulla, Audit Budget Tech.
(575) 646-4955veronica
Veronica Bulla provides support to the ERB accounting team. She reviews all financial transactions involving sponsored projects and works with college department and project staff and project PIs to verify the appropriateness of personnel and financial activities and CAS revisions, She also assists in developing and implementing policies and procedures related to accounting. She prepares monthly telephone billings and monthly status reports on closed accounts, the Procurement Card, and CAS clearing accounts; and distributes quarterly IDC Allocations.


Sandra Romero

Sandra Romero

Sandra Romero, Senior Fiscal Assistant

sanromer@nmsu.edu  (575) 646-3621