Graduate Teaching Assistants

Spring 2023 


Cindy Afoakwa-Acheampong

BA (Communication Studies), University of Cape Coast

I am Cindy Afoakwa-Acheampong from Ghana. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from the University of Cape Coast. I am currently pursuing my Master's in Communication Studies in New Mexico State University. My interests are in Gender and Health Communication. 
I strongly believe effective and strategic communication leads to social change: I come from a society where outmoded cultural practices still persist, where women are treated with disdain and not given equal opportunities as men. An M.A. in Communication Studies will equip me with skills that would curb these societal issues.
I love to read and sing.


Jimmy Batchler

BA (Philosophy) & BA (Religion), 

High Point University- North Carolina

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Joseph Coffie

BA (Communication Studies)

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Lynn Cole

BA (Strategic Communication), High Point University- North Carolina

bio-pic-nmsu-2022.jpg Hey there! My name is Lynn, I’m a Graduate Assistant for the Department of Communication 2022-2024! I’m originally from Flagstaff, Arizona and I did my undergrad in Strategic Communication at High Point University in North Carolina. My dream is to one day own my own agency, and I love any creative branding project! In my free time, you can usually find me thrifting, playing ACNH, or hanging out with my dog :)


Fredrick Daoyenikye

BA (Communication Studies), University of Cape Coast

IMG_0672.jpg I am from a community called Charia in the Upper West Region of Ghana. I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. I am currently studying for Masters in Communication Studies at the New Mexico State University. Communication plays a crucial role in attaining development in society. And I am motivated to study communication because I want to explore communication for development, particularly in my country, Ghana. My interest areas are Political Communication and New Media Technologies. Out of academic activities, I like to spend my leisure time with friends, discussing both necessary and unnecessary stuff.


Kaylee DeGregorian

BA (Communication Studies), New Mexico State University
Supplementary Major: Linguistics

Hiya! My name is Kaylee DerGregorian, I graduated from NMSU in 2021 with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies and a Supplementary Major in Linguistics. During that time I worked at my church with the youth director.
I chose Communication Studies because I wanted to major in something that I could use right out of the classroom. I have found passion in Interpersonal, Family and Nonverbal communication. I plan to use my degree and knowledge in Communication Studies and linguistics to do cross cultural work through my local Baptist Church.
A fun fact about me is that I got married in 2020 during the pandemic. I have also been to France a number of times and have studied French off and on for years.


Rati Gabunia

BA (Communication Studies)

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Esther Korsah

BA (Communication Studies)

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Hannah Martinez

BA (Communication Studies), New Mexico State University
Minor: Counceling & Educational Psychology, Marketing



Hi! My name is Hannah Martinez, I am from Espanola, New Mexico. During my undergrad, I participated in Greek Life as a member of Delta Gamma. I held leadership positions in both by chapter as well as the Panhellenic Council. I was also a part of the MAP program in the Communication Studies Department which allowed me to complete a semester of graduate level courses while working on my Bachelors Degree. I chose communication because I find analyzing the way we interact with one another so interesting. My particular interest include: interpersonal communication and family communication. During my free time, I like to watch movies and tv shows including Friends, Marvel, and true crime documentaries to name a few. I am a very family oriented person so any chance I get to see them I take advantage of it. I also really like to travel- this being said, I have been to six different countries and nine different states. 



Tricia Sulpizio

MA (Communication Studies), New Mexico State University


I moved to Las Cruces from Mesa, AZ a few years ago and fell in love with the area and the people. But like a true Sundevil, I miss the extreme heat so I try to escape through travel (to the nearest beach preferably) as often as possible. My other hobbies include crafting, printing, graphic design, and ANY outdoor sport or activity. 

I am very proud to be an NMSU Alumnus and first year graduate teaching assistant in this department. I received my undergraduate degree in Communication with a minor in Psychology. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue working with the outstanding faculty mentors and students here at NMSU while I pursue my master's degree. My academic interest will focus on Interpersonal Communication with an emphasis on Romantic Attachments. 
Learning to teach during a pandemic is a challenge but the commitment & tenacity demonstrated by NMSU students is a source of daily inspiration for me.


Jessica Tuleassi

BA (Communication Studies), University of Cape Coast

Hi there! I am a Ghanaian woman who earned my Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. Currently, I am pursuing a Master's Program in Communication here at the New Mexico State University. I decided to pursue this program due to my interest in Political Communication, Communication and Culture, Interpersonal Communication, and Persuasion. So far, the experience and exposure is great and I just love all the courses I am taking. I also love working as a Teaching Assistant because it allows me to share my knowledge with others. I like to debate, read fictional books and watch movies.