There are several new staff members at Otero Junior College.
Amber Asbury is the current assistant director of financial aid. Some of her responsibilities are guiding students in the navigation of financial aid, grants, scholarships, student loans, and the FAFSA. She has 12 years of experience working with the Colorado Department of Transportation and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
“I love that everyone here is so polite and friendly and that all the employees care so much about the students," Asbury explained. "I am also excited to be back working in the heart of Southeastern Colorado.”
Her primary goal is to continue learning about financial aid in order to help our students attain their education while making a positive impact on the area communities and beyond.
When she is not helping students, Asbury enjoys spending time with her family, including the four-legged ones, being outdoors, camping and fishing, reading, and taking pictures. She is married and has grown stepdaughters.
Tawny Crespin is OJC’s new International Relations Organization activities coordinator. Crespin, who is a graduate of OJC, previously worked as a work-study in the International Relations Office and has transitioned into her new role.
When asked about her new position, Crespin replied, “I love my job working with the international students. I have loved it ever since I started as a work-study, several years ago. I like meeting all the new students, and learning about their cultures. What I especially enjoy is the friendships I have made with these students.”
Monica Martinez recently joined the OJC team as the administrative assistant for the TRiO program. Originally from Rocky Ford, Martinez is familiar with the valley and OJC. After graduating from Rocky Ford High School, she first attended a beauty academy in Pueblo and then later received an associate's of applied science degree from OJC and a bachelor’s degree from National American University.
When asked about OJC, Martinez said, “I like the enthusiasm of administration and faculty. Everyone wants each other and students to succeed. They offer and are willing to lend a hand.”
Martinez’s goals are to help students meet their goals and watch them thrive. In her free time, she is interested in photography, swimming and bicycling.
Lisa Pantoya-Smith is OJC’s new admissions and transfer coordinator. She will be responsible for assisting students with the enrollment process as well as providing career advising, academic pathways, internship opportunities, and transfer options.
Pantoya-Smith brings over eight years of experience as an educator in elementary and secondary education programs to this position and has over a decade’s worth of management, marketing and customer service experience. She graduated from the University of Southern Colorado with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. As an alumnus of Otero Junior College, Pantoya-Smith is excited to work with future graduates and help them on their path toward obtaining a college degree.
In her spare time, Lisa enjoys attending athletic events. You can also find her and her husband supporting their three children in all their activities within the community.