New STAR Center Director- Elise Padilla

Meet our new STAR Center Director- Elise Padilla!

Elise Padilla comes to the STAR Center from direct service delivery working with individuals experiencing co-occurring substance use and mental health issues using a peer support model. Mrs. Padilla is a peer in recovery who has been a peer support advocate focusing on systemic change and leadership development, and believes that lived experience can greatly benefit service delivery and research. Mrs. Padilla received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminology/Sociology from the University of New Mexico and her Masters of Social Work- Leadership & Administration and Masters of Business Administration from New Mexico Highlands University in 2017. In her professional career she has worked in research, direct service delivery and organizational development, with an emphasis on leadership .