Chair, Board of Directors
Cristina has been in healthcare for 25 years, beginning her career within NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island as a Caseworker in 1995. She successfully assumed positions of progressive leadership and responsibility, leading up to her present senior executive role of Executive Director at NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx. Her experience i s backed with over 15 years of service in leadership roles and includes two Master degrees from Herbert H. Lehman Collage and Fordham University. Cristina builds relationships with internal staff and external customers.
During her tenure in various roles at NYC Health + Hospitals, she received numerous awards recognizing her strong dedication to the community as a leader. She is passionate about connecting with the community, and has expanded the hospital’s presence in the community to help engage patients in their own health, helping them to become active partners in their care. Cristina embraces diversity by engaging and working together with different community leaders, using these opportunities to provide health education to the public to work towards improving health outcomes.
Born in the Dominican Republic, Cristina arrived to the US with the intent on realizing the American Dream, she knew she would leverage educational opportunities to reach her highest potential. She earned a BA in Social Work from City University of New York at Herbert H. Lehman College in 1995 and her Masters in Social Work from Fordham University in 2001. She also earned a Master Degree in Public Administration from Baruch College in 2008. Cristina is a member of the Bronx Community Board 7, where she chairs the Health and Hospital Committees and serves on the Education Committee. Cristina is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Association of Hispanic Health Executives (AHHE) and several other professional and community organizations. Featured in the May/June 2018 Hispanic Executive Magazine, “partnering with patients”.
Cristina is married and a dedicated mother of four and resides in the Bronx.
Favorite Dominican Dish
Fried Fish & Fried Plantains (Tostones)