Staff Bios


Meg Long

Program Specialist |

Meg has been the Program Specialist for WAVE since 2013. She received her MPH from NMSU in 2009 and her BA from Western Michigan     University in 2001. Meg has worked in the social services sector for the past 15 years throughout the United States and in Kenya, where she served   as a Peace Corps volunteer from 2003-2005. Meg’s primary focus has been on community health education, international health issues, and mental   health.


Kirsta Bezenek

Health Education Specialist |

Kirsta is a former Campus Health Center undergrad Peer Educator as well as a former NMSU student-athlete. She graduated from New Mexico State University with a Bachelors degree in Community Health in May, 2014. Spurred by a passion for helping people and for the field of public health, she has worked in the field with a special interest and emphasis on prevention since graduating. Kirsta is happy to be a part of the WAVE crew and the new and improved campus Health & Wellness team. She is looking forward to continuing efforts to helping equip the NMSU-Las Cruces community to strive towards healthy lifestyles by promoting preventative behaviors through health education. 


Tiffany Tyson

Research Assistant |

Tiffany Tyson graduated NMSU with a Bachelors degree in Theatre Arts. She has been working at the WAVE program for the last four years.  She is very passionate about the arts and social justice issues which is why she enjoys working at WAVE. The biggest thing she wants people to know is that even though WAVE deals with very serious topics, it is a very fun program that is here to help people.



Isaac Duran

Marketing Specialist/Peer Educator |

Isaac Duran is a senior at NMSU currently working on getting a major in CMI and a minor in Marketing. He joined WAVE in fall of 2014 and has worked as a peer educator and as a media specialist. 




Xoe Choate

Peer Educator |
Xodia is a freshmen Theatre Arts major with an emphasis in Musical Theatre.  She is passionate about education, and her favorite part of WAVE is the opportunity to talk to students one-on-one. She hopes to be a positive influence in her community, through both art and education!