Student Employees

Chantel Blanco

Chantel Blanco, a Las Cruces, NM native, is currently a Dona Ana Community College student earning a secondary degree in Digital Graphics Technology. Chantel works part-time with Arrowhead Center as a student graphic designer. She continues her education and experience by helping design logos, websites, and custom social media ads for local businesses. Although she initially studied hotel and restaurant tourism as her primary university degree, her passions are creativity and custom art. Eventually, she hopes to create a learning space for future crafters and designers.

Jenna Dunlap

Jenna Dunlap

Jenna Dunlap is the Social Media Manager and Graphic Design Artist for Arrowhead Innovation Fund and NM CERG. She is responsible for overseeing the LinkedIn and Twitter accounts, as well as creating daily informational posts for the organizations. Jenna is also a student at New Mexico State University, studying Graphic Design and Photography in the Art Department. She has previously been involved in NMSU through a Graphic Design Internship for Krux Radio Station and working for the Intramural Sports Program as the Photographer and Social Media Manager. Jenna is currently a Senior and is completing her final year working toward her Studio Art Degree. Outside of work and school, Jenna enjoys playing local music gigs, taking care of her fish and plants, and creating art.

Scott Komar

Scott Komar

Scott Komar is from Jal, in the Southeast corner of New Mexico. He came to New Mexico State University to earn his degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and aspires to join a commercial launch provider such as SpaceX or Virgin Galactic. Implementing his engineering background, he supports the FIX Lab to help create prototypes for Arrowhead entrepreneurs. 

Marcello Martinez

Marcello Martinez

Marcello Martinez is a student employee for Arrowhead’s Sprints program. Marcello is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus in marketing. He has lived in Las Cruces for 15 years and is proud to be working for a program that gives back to the community that he calls home.  

Diego Sanchez

Diego Sanchez

Diego joined the Arrowhead Center team to help develop the Innovation Ecosystem Connect (IEC) platform. He applies his expertise with user experience research principles to ensure the platform is user-friendly and aptly oriented toward user needs. As an NMSU graduate student, Diego is working on attaining an M.A. degree in experimental psychology with a focus in engineering psychology. He enrolled at NMSU after earning his B.S. degree in psychology with a minor in philosophy from Western New Mexico University. 

Sophia Varela

Sophia Varela

Sophia Varela is currently a junior at NMSU majoring in Justice, Political Philosophy, and Law with a minor in Law and Society. While receiving her high school diploma from the Master’s Program, she obtained her associate’s degree in paralegal studies from the Santa Fe Community College. Before joining Arrowhead Center, she worked at a personal injury law firm in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for two years. She is excited to be learning about Intellectual Property and expanding her knowledge in the legal field.  Upon graduation from NMSU, Sophia wishes to pursue a Juris Doctor and a career in personal injury and agricultural law.