Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Assistants


Martha Roditti, MSW, PhD in Social Welfare

Dr. Martha Roditti is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at NMSU. Dr. Roditti received her PhD in Social Welfare from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve in 2003. Her dissertation was titled "Child Caregiving Networks and Child Neglect." She has expertise in child welfare training, including all aspects of child maltreatment, and in social network mapping. Her article "Understanding Communities of Neglectful Parents: Child Caregiving Networks and Child Neglect" has been published in the journal Child Welfare. She also authored four chapters in the book What Works in Child Welfare?, published by the Child Welfare League of America in 2001.

Since coming to New Mexico State University in 2004 she has been the Principal Investigator for the "Domestic Violence and Hispanic Families, A BSW and MSW Social Work Training Project," the "Social Network Mapping, Resilience, and Women Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence in Dona Ana County, NM, and El Paso, TX," the "Southwest Rural Family Violence Data Development, Prevention, and Outreach Project," and the "Hispanic Family Violence Institute." She has also previously served as the Principal Investigator for the "Youth Transitioning out of Foster Care Project" and the "San Francisco Family Preservation and Family Support Child Welfare Training Project."

At NMSU she has taught the Building Communities, Family Policy, and Seminars in Field Practice courses. She has presented at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education (2007, 2001), the National Association of Social Workers Annual Conference (2006), the National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect (2005), the Child Welfare League of America's Regional Conference (2001), the Child Welfare and Family Support National Conference (2000), the Child Welfare Training Partnerships for the 21st Century Workforce Conference (2001), as well as many other local and regional presentations.


Dr. Michael DeMers

Michael DeMers (Ph.D., MPhil, University of Kansas, MS, BSEd, University of North Dakota) is an Associate Professor of geography at New Mexico State University where he specializes in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Landscape Ecology. He is the author of two GIS textbooks and a laboratory manual. His book, Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems is now in its fourth edition and has been translated into both Simple Chinese and Russian. His book GIS Modeling and System Design is currently being translated into Arabic. He is currently under contract to write GIS for Dummies. Dr. DeMers' research involves a wide array of GIS applications as well as analysis of the effectiveness of online education. Dr. DeMers has also served as an expert witness for cases involving land access and water rights, and just completed a two year term as a member of the National Science Foundation Geography and Regional Science Division review panel. He is a member of the board of the Applied Geography Specialty Group and the Geography Education Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers.


Madeline Gillette, LISW

Madeline is the Project Coordinator for the Family Violence and Border Populations Project. She administers the Domestic Violence and Hispanic Families Training Project, the Southwest Rural Family Violence Project, and the Hispanic Family Violence Institute. She has also worked as a Field Liaison for the School of Social Work since 2004. Madeline has a master's degree in social work and a master's degree in economics, both from NMSU. She has more than seven years' experience working in the area of family violence and almost two years' experience working with GIS, with an emphasis on the use of GIS for social science research and planning.

Madeline was born and raised in Dona Ana County, NM and is fluent in Spanish. She has lived in Paraguay, South America, for 3 years, including 2 years as a Peace Corps volunteer and 1 year working for the Peace Corps Training Center. In 2008 she presented "Identificando Areas de Alto Riesgo de Violencia Familiar" (Identifying High Risk Areas for Family Violence) at ESRI's Latin American Users' Conference in Santiago, Chile.

She is a member of an Advisory Group for the local child protective services office and for the NMSU Crisis Assistance Listening Line (CALL). She also teaches a class on Violence in the Family for the NMSU School of Social Work. Along with Dr. Roditti, she is currently co-authoring an entry on child abuse policy for the Encyclopedia on Issues in US Public Policy to be published by Cengage Publishing.

Susan Rodriguez, LBSW, MSW

Susan is the Community Outreach Coordinator and the Field Instructor for the Southwest Rural Family Violence Project. She began working with project in March of 2008. She supervises the stipend students involved with the project and provides training on domestic violence and healthy relationships to VISTA volunteers and rural community members.

She is a graduate of the NMSU School of Social Work. She received her BSW in 2000 and her MSW in 2004. She worked for the Children, Youth, and Families Department for 6 years and is also the adoptive mother of 5 children. She is fluent in Spanish.

Zach L. Edwards, MAG

Zach is the coordinator of the Spatial Applications and Research Center (SpARC) at NMSU. He is the GIS Specialist for the Southwest Rural Family Violence Project.

Zach received his BA in Geography from Bowling Green State University in 2005 and his Master's of Applied Geography from NMSU in 2008. His thesis was titled "An Exploratory GIS Model of West Nile Virus in the Middle Rio Grande Valley, Bernalillo County, New Mexico."

Zach specializes in the use of Geographic Information Systems in the areas of public health and social services. He was a co-presenter of "Spatial Correspondence Analysis of Family Violence Indicators in Dona Ana County" at 2008 NIJ Conference in Washington, DC.

Graduate Assistants

Aimee Cashion

Anaiss Munoz

Amanda Coull