Our Team

Kathy Hansen

Kathy Hansen

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.

Kathy has been with NMSU for over 25 years in several positions, including Chief Operating Officer of Arrowhead Center; Deputy Director of the Aerospace and Autonomous Systems Laboratory at the Physical Science Laboratory, and Business Development Director at the Physical Science Laboratory. She has extensive experience in organizational management and strategy, development and management of programs with major commercial, federal and university partners; and proposal/new business development.

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 hansen@ad.nmsu.edu or at (575) 646-4220.

Amanda Bradford

Amanda Bradford

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 ambradfo@nmsu.edu.

Dana DeRego Catron

Dana DeRego Catron

Arrowhead Center Program Manager

Dana Catron is a program manager for the New Mexico Federal and State Technology Partnership (NM FAST) program, located at New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center. Through the NM FAST program, she assists small businesses with SBIR/STTR proposal preparation and management and organizes SBIR/STTR workshops, webinars, and an online resource library. She also serves as a grant writer and Arrowhead’s northern NM liaison, working with clients and partners statewide. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Washington State University, a Master’s degree in Rhetoric and Professional Communication from NMSU, and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Professional Communication from NMSU.

Dana can be reached at dderego@ad.nmsu.edu or at (505)-469-8411.

Erika Dunn

Erika Dunn

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 edunn03@ad.nmsu.edu

Paula Garcia

Paula Garcia

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 garcmari@nmsu.edu or at (575) 646-6120.

Lydia Hammond

Lydia Hammond

Program Coodinator

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 lh@ad.nmsu.edu

Peter Knapp

Peter Knapp

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 pknapp@nmsu.edu or at (575) 646-1775.

Kristin Morehead

Kristin Morehead

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 kmorehea@nmsu.edu or at (575) 646-5575.

Carlos Murguia

Carlos Murguia

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 cmurguia@nmsu.edu or at (575) 646-2025.

Dr. Ed Pines

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

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 zrunyan@ad.nmsu.edu or at (575) 646-7833.

Wayne L. Savage

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 waynes@ad.nmsu.edu or at (575) 646-2596.

Dr. Kramer Winingham

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 jkramer@nmsu.edu or a (575) 646-7151.

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