Board Members


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Paige Prescott, President

As someone always interested in trying new and innovative experiences for her students, Paige was an early adopter of computer modeling with students and participated in the first Adventures in Modeling workshop given by MIT at the Santa Fe Institute. Later, Paige was part of the team that pioneered bringing Project GUTS (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically) to middle school students in northern New Mexico. In this capacity she worked with students in after-school clubs to introduce them to understanding complex systems through the use of agent-based computer models. She worked to expand the project’s curriculum as well as develop and lead the teacher professional development. Paige has also developed two summer workshops for teachers on the topics of “The Origins of Life” and “Networks of Complex Systems”.

Paige is an experienced middle school and high school science teacher from Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. Paige has taught science in various parts of New Mexico as well as in Guadalajara, Mexico and most recently Bangkok, Thailand. She has taught a range of sciences (mostly biology) and her current duties include being a technology integration coach and teaching IB Biology at an international school. She is now returning to New Mexico in order to be a part of a new team that will further expand the offerings of computer programming and modeling for students as well as teachers.

Steve Cox, Vice President

Dr. Steve Cox was born in 1960 in Los Angeles to the daughter of a Missouri farmer and son of a Boston auto mechanic. Schooled at Marquette University in Electrical Engineering and at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and New York University in Mathematics, he joined the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University in 1988 and the Department of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine in 2004.

Dr. Cox held visiting positions in Madrid, Cologne and Nancy. At Rice, he was awarded six campus-wide teaching awards, served as College Master for 10 years, served as founding Director of the Rice Center for Teaching Excellence as founding Director of BrainSTEM (a weekly outreach program that pairs University Neuroscience student mentors with High School Apprentices) and as founding Director of the Gulf Coast Consortium for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience. He has published over 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals in Mathematics, Engineering and Science and coauthored the text Mathematics for Neuroscientists with Fabrizio Gabbiani.

Dr. Cox joined the Engineering faculty at Northern New Mexico College in 2016, intent on recruiting, mentoring, teaching, challenging and collaborating with students in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) fields.

Monica Martinez-Archuleta, Secretary

Monica Martinez-Archuleta work as an Community Outreach Specialist for Los Alamos National Laboratory at Los Alamos, NM.

Monica worked as a participant at University of Virginia Best Practices Institute, Instructional Coach at Espanola Public Schools, and as a teacher at Espanola Public Schools.

Monica attended The University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, The College of Santa Fe, and Northern NM College.

Gwen Perea Warniment

A native New Mexican, Gwen has worked for the LANL Foundation since 2013, first as ISEC Director of Professional Development & Evaluation before becoming Program Director. However, she has been associated with the Inquiry Science Education Consortium since its inception in 2010, having previously worked as a Science Literacy Coach for Santa Fe Public Schools. Gwen is a doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at New Mexico State University. She has taught in Oaxaca, MX, and for the Santa Fe and Los Alamos Public Schools. Gwen also currently teaches graduate-level education classes for New Mexico Highlands University. A teacher at heart, she strives to integrate teaching and learning into a dynamic, creative process that serves to enrich both the individual and the community. She resides in Santa Fe and is constantly inspired by her two sons.

LeAnne C. Salazar Montoya

LeAnne is a native to the Española Valley. She is a graduate of both UNM and NMSU and holds an AA Liberal Arts, a BS in Education, an MA in Educational Leadership and an MS in Education. She is currently earning her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership (Higher Education) with an emphasis in working with communities of low socio-economic status and the many issues related to social justice. As the NRGSC Director, LeAnne oversees the institution’s largest single grant, a collaborative between Northern, SFCC, UNM-Los Alamos and UNM-Taos. The project aims to increase the number of STEM degree awarded to students in the region by creating academic pathways between two-year institutions and Northern. LeAnne brings more than 15 years of experience in K-12 teaching and administration. More recently she served as a K-12 director of federal programs, bilingual education and the special education departments. In addition to her professional accomplishments, LeAnne is married with three children.

Advisory Board

Laura Cox

Craig Bruce

Dr. Criag Bruce has traded large pharmaceuticals in the UK for OpenEye Scientific Software in NM. His background is computational chemistry/cheminform­atics.