Meet CNM's Navigators

Navigators are your go-to people at CNM. They are with you from application until graduation to answer any questions you may have and help you to the next step in the process.

Email us at to set up a one-on-one appointment. 


Abner Antillon

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Abner Antillon was born in Los Angeles, California and moved to Albuquerque when he was 16 years old. Abner graduated from Rio Grande High School before starting college at CNM soon after.

Abner is currently working toward his bachelor's in Psychology with a minor in Communication from the University of New Mexico. He applies his experiences as a CNM student and working for different CNM departments to his work as a Navigator and credits these experiences with helping him understand what students need to succeed at CNM and beyond.

Abner is passionate about helping students in any way he can. He is fluent in English and Spanish and can serve a diverse number of students from the beginning to the end of their journey at CNM. Abner says that he is a very persevering person who never gives up and always works to find the answers and solutions to questions or problems!

You can reach Abner at or schedule an appointment with him.

Karen Grandinetti

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Karen Grandinetti has worked for CNM helping students enroll, persist to graduation, and find jobs that they are passionate about since 2015. Her previous roles have included Career Liaison & Business Relations Specialist for Deep Dive Coding programs and as Enrollment Strategist for the CNM School of Applied Technologies.

Before working at CNM, Karen graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in Journalism/Mass Media. Her journey has included working in many positions as a marketing professional and then owned her own fundraising business for 8 years before working in higher education. Karen brings her transitional skills from her career and passion for helping others to the Student Success Team as a Navigator. She is always full of ideas and knowledge that will assist students with their multiple needs.

Karen and her husband enjoy traveling, bike riding, and relaxing on beaches whenever she has the opportunity. Basically, Karen is all about living life and taking trying new things that come her way. She says, "If you don't try, you'll never know if it's for you. Don't worry about making mistakes: that's how you learn, grow and have better outcomes the next time around."

You can reach Karen at or schedule an appointment with her

Miranda Parsons

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Miranda Parsons was born in Santa Fe and has lived in Albuquerque for the past 6 years. She started taking CNM classes in 2019 and earned her associate degrees in Liberal Arts, Psychology, and Integrated Studies.

Miranda brings her own experience as a nontraditional student who started her education later in life to her work as a CNM Navigator. Before she was a Navigator, Miranda worked as a work-study student at CNM and then in CNM's Contact Center and Admissions office.

Miranda is currently pursuing her bachelor's in Psychology at New Mexico Highlands University. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, traveling, and being outdoors.

Miranda believes that everyone has their own life path and that it doesn't match anyone else's. She says, "It's never too late to start something new. Take time to enjoy the little things and the journey!"

You can contact Miranda at or schedule an appointment with her.

Gerald Romero

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Gerald Romero, Jr. is a first-generation college student who was born in Las Vegas, New Mexico and raised in Albuquerque. He is the father of two children and is a non-traditional student who entered college many years after he finished high school. Gerald worked at Financial Aid as a work-study student while he attended CNM, where he earned four associate degrees.

Gerald used his experience working at CNM in his role as a TRIO Advisor at Northern New Mexico College while he continued his education at UNM. He then found himself back at CNM working for Scholarships while earning his BA at UNM and moving on to NMSU for his MA in Educational Administration.

Gerald is a firm believer that it is never too late to go back to school: he says, "I am living proof." He understands the challenges students face when entering or re-entering college from his own experience of being a student and working directly with students for over 10 years in higher education. Gerald is committed to working hard every day to ensure student success while advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Gerald believes that we truly lead when we provide quality service through innovation and student support.

You can contact Gerald a or schedule an appointment with him.

Sandra Vazquez

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Sandra Vazquez moved to Albuquerque from Mexico City as a child and has lived in New Mexico ever since. Sandra attended both UNM and CNM as a dual credit and transfer student and studied abroad in Portugal. She graduated from UNM with a BA in International Studies in addition to a BA in Spanish and Portuguese in 2019.

Sandra previously worked at CNM’s Accessibility Services as a Reader/Writer and is passionate about helping others and continuing to make education accessible in many more ways. She is ready to help you jumpstart your educational path at CNM and give you all the tools you need to succeed. 

Sandra loves traveling and all things related to languages, culture, and art and considers herself a lifelong learner.

You can reach Sandra at or schedule an appointment with her. 

Daniela Zamora

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Daniela Zamora was born in Mexico and came to Albuquerque when she was seven. She graduated from Rio Grande High School and went on to attend CNM. In college, Daniela saw that her peers often struggled with the enrollment process so she volunteered to help. That led to a position with CNM’s Student Services and then to her current job as one of CNM’s Navigators.

Daniela, who’s fluent in Spanish and English, thrives in this position because she’s a problem solver and is willing to tackle anything you bring her (really). She also has a thorough understanding of campus resources so she can point students to whatever they might need.

Finally, Daniela has seen the power of a CNM degree and is committed to helping every student meet their educational goals, no matter the path they choose.

You can contact Daniela at or schedule an appointment with her.

Student Navigators

The Navigators also have a team of Student Navigators to help assist you even more. These students have been in your shoes. They know what it’s like to be a CNM Suncat. You’ll likely get a phone call or email from the Student Navigators. Got a question only a fellow student will understand? Ask them!