STEM Santa Fe team

Rocío Gosende-Washburn
Executive Director

Driven by my commitment to help our most underserved communities, I am eager to build upon the momentum STEM Santa Fe has created over the past few years with our committed partners, volunteers and program expansion. As the new executive director, I intend to keep you informed of our progress and growth as I work toward achieving our strategic priorities — including the improved use of data to evaluate our programs, the continued development of our staff and Board of Directors, and the commitment to solidify funding to enhance programmatic viability and sustainability.

JC Ramirez
Marketing and Programs Manager

Hello everyone, I was raised right here in Santa Fe. A sense of community has always been a big part of my life. As a tutor, business owner, and creative, helping people out has always been my priority. I have been helping my community in every way I can using my skills in design, videography/photography, and community building. My interest include photography, hiking, and enjoying art!

Alicia Naranjo
Native American Programs Coordinator

My name is Alicia Naranjo. I am a tribal member of San Ildefonso Pueblo, NM. I am currently an Educational Advisor for the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC). I am also a graduate of Northern NM College. I have a Bachelor's degree of Integrated Studies emphasis on Pueblo Indian Studies and an Associate's degree of Arts in Elementary Education.

Mentors and Instructors

Esther Lescht

Esther Lescht was born and raised in Santa Fe. She is a current student at Northern New Mexico College majoring in Electromechanical Engineering. Her passion lies in teaching and mentoring students to introduce them to new concepts and inspire them to keep exploring. When she is not working with students or planning different ways to engage kids, she loves to be outside, hiking, and exploring the numerous beautiful places in New Mexico.

Edwin Felter

Born & raised in Nambe Pueblo, New Mexico, Edwin is an Electro Mechanical Engineering major from Northern New Mexico College. He is also an Indigenous Language Teacher, and Native Artist

Kate Sallah

I have been a science educator for over 23 years, 3 years as a science teacher in the Peace Corps (The Gambia, West Africa) and the other 20 at the Santa Fe Indian School. In addition to being a mom to 2 amazing kids (14 and 11), I work with Lina Germann through STEM SF’s amazing summer program. The past couple years I have offered the app building camp that has the students build an entire app in a week and submit their project to the Congressional App Challenge. I love the challenge of coding and introducing students to a new set of skills that can be used in their future endeavors.

Theodore McDonald
Fall 2021 and Summer 2022 & 2023 Intern


Valentin Ornelas
Summer 2022 intern
Iris Fonseca Castillo
Summer 2021 and Summer 2022 intern
Mariah Mejillas Rivera
Summer 2021 Intern
Barath Kurapati
Summer 2021 Intern
Emily Buxengaard
Summer 2020 - Spring 2021 Intern