Employee and Organizational Development (EOD) offers training, workshops and resources to all UNM faculty, staff and departments to help cultivate careers, improve work environments, and create leaders.
Bonnie Minkus-Holmes, PhD
Dr. Bonnie Minkus-Holmes is the Manager of Employee and Organizational Development at UNM. A native of Chicago, she moved to New Mexico in 2003 to pursue her PhD in Education. Her research took her to Sub Saharan West Africa and Paris. Bonnie has published several articles on Paolo Freire and Literacy at UNESCO as well as presented at Oxford several times. Bonnie worked for almost 15 years in the private sector for an Organizational Development Consultant before joining the team at EOD. Bonnie uses a strengths-based approach in her coaching, leadership development and change management programs throughout the University. Bonnie has also led major strategic planning efforts for the College of Law, CFA, Harwood Art Museum, CEEO and others. Bonnie also has her M.S. Ed in Education from Hunter College in New York City and an M.S. in Japanese language from Keio University in Tokyo.
Kate Williams, M.A.
Senior EOD Consultant
Kate Williams M.A. is a Senior Employee and Organizational Development Consultant with the HR division at UNM. As a consultant, Kate works with individuals as well as teams to support strengths-based professional development, identify opportunities to enhance workplace culture, and provides customized training for teams in transition. Together with members of the EOD team, Kate uses data-driven methods within a project management framework to identify needs and design targeted solutions for performance and growth during major initiatives including strategic planning and organizational assessments. In addition to extensive experience with facilitation on a variety of topics, strategic planning, assessments, and coaching, Kate leads the biannual ULead program, a campus-wide initiative that supports leadership development for current and aspiring leaders. Kate holds a Master of Arts in OILS from UNM and a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College.
Cynthia Pérez-Chávez, MA, CPTM
Cynthia Pérez-Chávez, MA, CPTM, is an Employee and Organizational Development Consultant. She started her career at UNM almost 20 years ago while performing different positions. Cynthia has served and represented the UNM community in organizations such as Administrative Support Alliance, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and Staff Council. She holds a Master of Arts in Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences (OILS), a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and a Mediation Certification, all of them from UNM. She is also a Certified Professional in Training Management, a Development Dimensions International (DDI) certified facilitator, and a qualified English-Spanish interpreter. As a consultant, she takes the time to listen and understand clients to assess their unique professional development needs. She enjoys interacting with others during facilitations since she thinks that it is the best way to learn from each other’s experiences. Cynthia also enjoys helping others to reach out their professional and personal goals. As a lifelong learner, Cynthia constantly pursues professional development opportunities to improve her knowledge and skills. She also likes to learn about new and interesting topics related to communication, employee engagement, talent development, and professional growth, which she eventually shares with others. She is originally from Mexico and enjoys traveling with her family to experience new places and cultures.
Theresa L. Sherman
Theresa Sherman has been privileged to follow a career journey centered in Higher Education, combining her expertise in communications with her passion to see employees thrive.
Theresa received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM, and her master’s degree in Public Administration at New Mexico Highlands University. She is passionate about sharing her extensive expertise in project management and policy and process design, as well as creative problem-solving that benefits everyone, unlocking the potential and talent in employee teams.
Senior Technical Training Consultant
Bryan O’Neill, M.A. is a Senior Technical Training Consultant with Employee and Organizational Development. He has worked for UNM the past 7 years. His background is in technology and support and has a bachelor’s degree in Media Arts and masters in Instructional Design, both from UNM. Bryan joined the EOD team in 2018 and is responsible for various technology needs within the department. Bryan also researches best practices and new technologies to deliver the best product to the UNM community.
Training & Development Consultant
Jorge is new to the University of New Mexico family and to the EOD team. Jorge has a B.A. from UNM with a concentration in Linguistics. He has worked with the State of New Mexico for over 7 years in Facilitating, eLearning instructional design and Instructional development. This experience will allow him to support the UNM family. As part of the EOD team, he is progressive, collaborative and customer focused. Jorge is also a DDI certified facilitator.
Oceana Black Elk (OC)
Oceana (OC) Black Elk is EOD's Operations Specialist. She received her B.S. in Biological Anthropology and Psychology from UNM in 2012, as well as her Executive MBA in 2023. She has utilized her flexibility working in a wide variety of industries but has always managed to find her way into an operations-based position. She jokes that she's in the business of getting things done right and loves creating SOPs to ensure proper execution of tasks. OC manages the Career Pathways program and is the point of contact for PEP and probation review questions/issues. She also assists with Learning Central-related inquiries and provides additional support to the EOD team as needed.