Director and Chief Executive Officer
Kathy serves as Director of Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University (NMSU) and CEO of Arrowhead Center, Inc., a non-profit corporation created to support the mission of NMSU. She leads Arrowhead’s efforts in entrepreneurship and innovation, focused on technology commercialization, student entrepreneurship, starting and growing businesses and creating public-private partnerships. She provides direction for Arrowhead Center programs, initiatives, strategies, goals, and performance in support of the organization’s mission; leads development of public-private partnerships for economic development; champions new business development opportunities; provides management oversight of programs, products, and services; and develops and monitors operational and programmatic budgets.
Hansen has served on the board and as an officer of several non-profit corporations, including the Science Education Alliance, Inc. She currently is a board member of the Arrowhead Innovation Fund GP, an early stage seed fund devoted to investing in innovation-based, scalable businesses. Hansen is also involved in the Borderplex Alliance, serving as co-chair of the Entrepreneurship Task Force.
Kathy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (575) 646-4220.
Program Director of Innoventure
Amanda Bradford is the director of Innoventure, Arrowhead Center’s suite of K-12 entrepreneurship education programs. Amanda holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from NMSU and has experience as an education reporter, a senior newspaper editor, and a higher education media relations manager. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in communication studies from NMSU.
Amanda can be reached at email@example.com.
Dana DeRego Catron
Director of Strategic Operations | SBIR Program Director
Dana Catron serves as the Director of Strategic Operations and SBIR Program Director for Arrowhead Center, where she oversees Arrowhead’s SBIR assistance program, NM FAST, and also provides support on strategic planning, operations, grants, written communication, and program development. She also serves as Arrowhead Center’s northern NM liaison, where she represents the organization at events and functions, serves on advisory councils, presents on programmatic initiatives, and performs outreach. Dana received her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Washington State University and a master’s and Ph.D. (in progress) in Rhetoric and Professional Communication from NMSU.
Dana can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (505)-469-8411.
Erika Dunn has earned both her Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Arts in Education at NMSU. She assists with educational programming at Arrowhead Center, including: Innoventure, Camp Innoventure, the Entrepreneurship Laboratory, and Studio G. She is also a middle school Language Arts teacher in the Albuquerque Public School district.
Erika can be reached at email@example.com
Dennis Fernandez is a Technology Licensing Associate at the Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer at Arrowhead Center/NMSU. Bringing experience from the legal, corporate, and engineering settings, Mr. Fernandez has worked extensively in patent strategies and startup business operations. Mr. Fernandez also holds a number of U.S. and foreign patents, largely in electronics and biotech sectors.
Mr. Fernandez has over 20 years of experience as a patent prosecutor and property litigator; a venture capitalist; and an engineering manager. He has served on the Editorial Board of the Nanotechnology Law & Business Journal and on the Board of Directors of the Association of Patent Law Firms, and is currently the Chair of the Science and Technology Advisory Council. He also served on a consultancy with the United Nations Development Programme on Asian economic development. Mr. Fernandez earned a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Suffolk University.
Dennis can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Resident Manager at the Genesis Center
Paula Garcia is the resident manager at the Genesis Center. She holds down the fort and is an excellent friendly face for visitors to our buildings. She received her Associate degree in General Studies in 2011 from Dona Ana Community College, and is currently working on her Associate degree in Criminal Justice. Paula enjoys spending time with her family, and especially going to her granddaughter’s athletic events. As if she wasn’t already busy enough, Paula also actively volunteers in various Las Cruces community events, including TWEF, Toys for Tots, Gus Macker 3 on 3 basketball tournament and the Mariachi Mass.
Paula can be reached at email@example.com or at (575) 646-6120.
Lydia Hammond serves at the Program Coordinator with the trio of Innoventure Programs. Innoventure Jr, Camp Innoventure, and Innoventure Core are the primary programs she works with. Lydia earned her Bachelor’s degree in Government from New Mexico State University and is currently completing her Master’s degree also in Government.
Lydia can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Program Manager
Peter Knapp is Arrowhead Center’s Senior Graphic Designer and Visual Communications Leader. He develops and implements brand identity strategies, website development, print layout, and design conceptualization. He earned his bachelor’s degree with an emphasis on Graphic Design from NMSU and has over ten years of experience. Mr. Knapp is an advocate for branding and identity and creating a mark that will give the final product an original look with creativity and sophistication.
Peter can be reached at email@example.com or at (575) 646-1775.
Technology Transfer and Industry Engagement Manager
Del Mackey is the Technology Transfer and Industry Engagement Manager for Arrowhead Inc. In this role, Del works to build partnerships and relationships with external organizations that have research areas or growth initiatives that align with Arrowhead Center goals, either in moving NMSU IP to commercial markets or in serving the ever-expanding Arrowhead client network. Del comes to this position with extensive experience in innovation, fostering new products and initiatives at small businesses across New Mexico, matching technical prowess and capabilities with unique funding opportunities, and delivering workshops on meeting your commercialization needs. Over the past several years, Del has worked with over 90 companies to assist them in developing their innovative idea into a feasible product road map. Through his time at Arrowhead Center, and prior experience in the commercial market, Del has built relationships with numerous organizations, both large and small businesses and federal funding agencies, to help drive the economic/innovation ecosystem of the state of New Mexico.
He holds a Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies from National University, and an MBA from NMSU.
Del can be reached at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (575) 646-1815
Vanessa Mills is the Accountant of Arrowhead Center Inc., a 501(c) 3 corporation component of NMSU. She manages the financial and administrative operations of the non-profit corporation. Vanessa has worked in the non-profit community in Las Cruces for the last three years where she earned her experience on accounting, reporting, and compliance of the non-profit sector. She received her Bachelor of Accountancy from New Mexico State University and is currently pursuing the CPA license.
Deputy Site Director of Studio G
Brooke Montgomery serves as the deputy site director of Arrowhead Center’s Studio G program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a minor in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine and a Masters of Arts degree in Education and Post Graduate focused work in Multivariate Research Procedures/Analyses; Advanced Measurement and Statistics; Educational Leadership and Evaluation; from New Mexico State University.
Brooke also serves as the founder and CEO at Pivotal Biotech, LLC.
Brooke can be reached at
email@example.com or at (575) 646-1859
Kristin Morehead manages the Arrowhead Innovation Network and the AIN Ventures program, assisting with research, production and implementation of projects, partnerships and initiatives conducted through Arrowhead that support entrepreneurship. She also oversees NMSU’s role in the New Mexico Small Business (NSMBA) Program, in partnership with Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. Kristin holds a Master’s in Anthropology, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration from NMSU.
Kristin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (575) 646-5575.
Carlos Murguia serves as Arrowhead Innovation Fund’s Associate Fund Manager, a general early stage seed fund that primarily focuses on New Mexico’s regional strengths in the agriculture, biotechnology, health/devices, information technology, engineering, energy, and water technology industry sectors. He is responsible for overall program operations, including the development and implementation of business support programs and industry ecosystems to help startups maximize growth and success. Carlos also collaborates with the Technology and Commercialization Office, which protects, manages, and commercializes the creative products of New Mexico State University. Carlos recently completed the HBCUvc fellowship, a program that provides fellows with venture capital skills training, mentorship, and the opportunity to build professional relationships with seasoned investors and entrepreneurs. He earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Tecnologico Nacional de Mexico, Campus Uruapan, a Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering from NMSU and a Yellow Belt Lean Six Sigma Certification from the Lean Six Sigma Institute. Carlos is a 2017 NMSU Outstanding Graduate awardee.
Carlos can be reached at email@example.com or at (575) 646-2025.
Dr. Ed Pines
Professor in Residence
Dr. Ed Pines is a Professor of Industrial Engineering at NMSU since 1994. His teaching and research is in the areas of engineering management and systems engineering. Before entering the academic world, he was an industrial engineer and manager in aerospace and electronics manufacturing. At Arrowhead Center, he is active in a variety of entrepreneur education programs. He is an Enterprise Adviser for the Arrowhead Innovation Network. Dr. Pines is a member of the Board of Directors of Quality New Mexico and President of the High Tech Consortium of Southern New Mexico.
Zetdi Runyan Sloan
Director of Arrowhead Accelerator Programs
Zetdi Sloan serves as Director for Arrowhead Accelerator Programs, a suite of venture-backed accelerators in agtech, digital health, and high-tech. She is responsible for overall program operations, including the development and implementation of business support programs and industry ecosystems to help startups maximize growth and success. Zetdi also oversees the EDA University Center for Regional Commercialization, which provides technical assistance and focuses on diversity and inclusion initiatives, and the NM FAST Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/ Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Proposal Development Assistance programs.
She is a current board member for the Coronado Ventures Forum, Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico and the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals. Zetdi was recently invited to join the Startup Network Champions, a small national network of professional ecosystem builders. She earned a BA in Mass Communication and Journalism from NMSU, a Masters of International Business Certification from Université d’Angers, Angers, France and an MBA from NMSU.
Zetdi can reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (575) 646-7833.
Communication Specialist, Sr.
Justin Santiago serves as the communication specialist for Arrowhead Center. In this role, Justin works to build and maintain Arrowhead Center’s brand and messaging. He serves as a lead graphic designer, leading a team of students to develop marketing and branding materials while designing and maintaining Arrowhead’s website. Justin also manages the social media marketing for Arrowhead Center. He holds a Bacholor of Individualized Studies from NMSU with minors in Studio Art, Art History, and History. Justin has also earned an Associate of Applied Science degree with an emphasis of Digital Graphics Technology and a Certificate of Creative Media Technology from NMSU Doña Ana Community College. Currently, Justin is pursuing a BA in computer science.
Justin can be reached at
email@example.com or (575) 646-1434
Wayne L. Savage
Executive Director of Arrowhead Park
Wayne is a 1980 graduate of NMSU’s Industrial Engineering program, and a 1994 NMSU Ingeniero Imminente awardee. He has over 30 years of experience in semiconductor manufacturing, high purity gas and chemical production, economic development consulting, and construction management. Returning home to New Mexico in 2007, Wayne has served in a variety of capacities contributing to the successful startup of Spaceport America and the growing commercial space industry, having represented both the New Mexico Spaceport Authority and client/tenant interests.
Wayne chaired the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Commercial Space Committee for four years and remains active in reaching out to the industry and others to attract new companies to our community.
Wayne can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (575) 646-2596.
Dr. Kramer Winingham
Director of Studio G
Dr. Kramer Winingham serves as a Program Director for Arrowhead Center and is the Director of NMSU’s National Science Foundation I-Corps Site and Director of Studio G – NMSU’s Student Business Accelerator. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration with specializations in Finance and Information Systems, and a Doctorate of Economic Development from NMSU. His doctoral thesis “Economic Development through Technology Transfer” developed a novel approach to technology transfer incorporating design thinking – this approach is applied to commercializing NMSU technologies at the Arrowhead Center. He currently serves as CEO/President for two companies commercializing technologies. He also owns and operates a property management company.
Kramer can be reached at email@example.com or a (575) 646-7151.