WHY I SERVE​: REBECCA ESTRADA

"We can underestimate the importance a hospital plays in the community in which it serves. It is the place where our families, friends and neighbors go when they grow their families; and, it can also serve as their lifeline when they need help and may be in crisis. It is their destination when they simply want to be their better, healthier selves. It is an employer and a partner. It is a vital piece of the economic stability and growth, and the general well-being of where we live our lives. As a part of this community, I want to see it thrive and am committed to help it be its very best. By playing a role in a piece of the work that Christus St. Vincent does as they serve and support our community, I am given an opportunity to actively serve and support my community."

Rebecca has over 20 years of experience working in higher education –     

13 years with Santa Fe Community College where she currently serves as the Executive Director for the Higher Education Center and Academic Partnerships. Prior to joining SFCC, she worked with the Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) Program with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO. She was also the undergraduate Research Advisor for the Biological Sciences Initiative, served as Program Coordinator for the Summer Multicultural Access to Research Training (SMART) Program, and was a Graduate School Professional Research Assistant and adjunct faculty, among other positions, at the University of Colorado at Boulder. 

 

A Native New Mexican, Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Women’s Studies with High Honors from New Mexico State University and a Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder.