Institutional Analysis Staff


Judith Bosland, Assistant Vice President of Institutional Analysisjudypic A native New Mexican, Judy has served New Mexico State University for more than twenty years.  During her fifteen years in the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Outcomes Assessment, she conducted numerous studies including faculty salary analyses, space management analyses, and studies on various aspects of student retention issues and initiatives.  In 2005, Judy co-chaired the Foundations of Excellence in the First College Year®, a comprehensive self-study of the freshman year experience for NMSU, working with faculty and staff at NMSU to draft a comprehensive plan for improving the first year experience for entering NMSU students.  Prior to her appointment as “AVPIA,” Judy developed the Office of Research, Evaluation and Assessment within the Division of Student Success where she focused on research and evaluation activities within the Division with the goal to promote a culture of evidence for student learning and experience.  Judy has broad knowledge of university programs, student retention strategies, and NMSU data systems, and is known for her ability to convey complex analyses in simple, straight-forward reports and presentations.  In those rare instances when her head is not filled with numbers and graphs, she’s thinking about traveling, her distant children, and New Mexican green chile.
Candace Gilfillan, Institutional Researcher, Seniorcandacepic Candace joined the NMSU Office of Institutional Analysis as an Senior Institutional Researcher in October 2012. She compiles data for NMSU’s external required, data reports/surveys and internal, ad hoc data requests. Her background includes Institutional Research in New Mexico, Information Technology, teaching remedial math classes, and a little statistical consulting. She holds a B.S. in Statistical Botany (an individualized major) from U.C. Davis and an M.S. in Statistics also from U.C. Davis. Outside of work, she likes to garden, read mystery/suspense novels, do a little volunteer work, and explore Las Cruces and surrounding areas.

Brenda Massad, Programmer Analyst Intermediatebrendapic2

Brenda Massad attended NMSU after graduating from Cuba High School in 1981.   After spending a couple of years as a student in Accounting, she obtained a position as a secretary in the NMSU Biology Department where she worked for about 15 years.    Her home was on campus most of the time and her children, although they have never attended NMSU, consider it home.    She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Computer Systems during the time she worked in the Biology Department.    She then landed a job at IBM where she worked from her home in Las Cruces for more than a decade.    Now she is very happy to be back at NMSU.    During her spare time she likes to do many types of crafts including crocheting, knitting, cross stitch and she also enjoys jogging, hiking and bowling.

Calixto Melero, Institutional Researcher


Calixto Melero Jr grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where he received his B.A. in sociology from San Francisco State University. He then went on to earn his graduate degree in sociology from Texas A&M University. Calixto joined the NMSU Office of Institutional Analysis in 2015 as an Institutional Researcher. An avid baseball enthusiast and a life-long fan of the San Francisco Giants, Calixto finds statistical modeling to predict player’s future output and team success particularly interesting. During his time in graduate school, he designed several statistical models focused on the output of SF Giants players and the future success of the team. Calixto has run several marathons, enjoys working out, and competing in obstacle races.

Ben Baker, Institutional Researcher




Ben Baker has been with the Office of Institutional Analysis since August 2013, first as a graduate assistant and now as a full-time staff member. He has bachelor’s degrees in both Mathematics and German from NMSU. In his free time, Ben participates in weekly pub trivia competitions and enjoys making food and folding modular origami models.

Mia Kalish, Institutional Researcher



 Dr. Mia Kalish joined the NMSU Office of Institutional Analysis at the beginning of June in 2016. She holds a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, with a focus on Educational Technology. She is currently pursuing a 2nd doctorate, this time in Computer Science. She is working with Dr. Karin Wiburg developing educational games. Her special focus is proving effects of engagement with a wide range of game designs. She lives in a small agricultural community south of the University where she cares for 3 Boxer Boys and a Rez Dog, Lucy, feeds the various avian flocks that reside and pass thru, and grows pecans, pomegranates, and figs. She is starting a special garden to help Monarch butterflies survive loss of habitat.
Erica Surova, Graduate Research Assistant


Erica Surova joined NMSU Office of Institutional Analysis as a Graduate Assistant in August 2015.  She is pursuing a master’s degree in Sociology and secondary master’s degree in Applied Geography at NMSU. Her focus is on the socioeconomics of education and employing geospatial tools to analyze data. Erica holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History, a New Mexico K-8 teaching license, and a Cambridge License for Teaching English to Adults. She has worked in the field of education for over 15 years.  Erica has lived and worked in Mexico and Venezuela and enjoys traveling throughout Latin America in her free time.

Camilla Champion, Graduate Research Assistant


Camilla is a master’s student in the applied statistics department at NMSU and has been working in the office of institutional analysis at NMSU since January 2016.  She graduated from NMT with a bachelor’s in mathematics and a minor in biology during which she was ranked as meritorious winner in 2 mathematical contests in modeling.  Her hobbies include tabletop gaming and photography.
 Najah, Al-shanableh, Graduate Research Assistant


Najah Al-shanableh is a graduate student in NMSU; she is currently pursuing an interdisciplinary doctorate in computer science and nursing.  She has a bachelor degree in software engineering degree and a master in computer science from Jordan her home country.  Her main research interests are healthcare data mining and bioinformatics. She also loves teaching especially data science courses and she is an instructor in computer science department at NMSU. She also has conducted several data mining workshops in NMSU and other conferences. Her hobbies are cooking, camping, travelling, and writing poems.Find out more about Najah at