After an extensive search, YWCA is pleased to announce that Sereka Barlow has been named Chief Executive Officer of YWCA El Paso del Norte Region (YWCA), the largest YWCA in North America.
Barlow has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare and organizational leadership. She most recently served as Chief Operations Officer (COO) for the Hospitals of Providence Sierra Campus for more than four years. In June 2017, after 20 years of service, Barlow retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Army while serving as COO at William Beaumont Army Medical Center.
Born in Louisiana, Barlow and her family first lived in El Paso from 2007 to 2011. They returned in 2014 and she is proud to call El Paso her home. She has served the El Paso community as the Chair for the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation Board, the Foundation Chair for the El Paso – Southern New Mexico Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, INC., and a member of the Paso Del Norte Health Foundation and Allocation Committee.
“From the moment I became involved with YWCA, I knew this was a special place,” Barlow said. “YWCA’s mission and programs have an incredible impact on our community and I am honored to be part of the work being done here. YWCA has served El Paso for more than a century and I look forward to continuing that work with our amazing Board of Directors, supporters, and the talented staff.”
“YWCA El Paso del Norte Region and its Board of Directors are excited to welcome Sereka as CEO. Our recruitment efforts were launched in August and yielded a wide-ranging field of highly qualified candidates from across the country. Ultimately, Sereka’s proven track record, her commitment to the El Paso region and her passion for the mission of YWCA set her apart. The board and I know that YWCA will thrive under Sereka’s direction. In her short time as Interim CEO, we’ve witnessed her leadership and operational excellence in action. The Board congratulates Sereka as she steps into this critical role and is eager to support her work in fulfilling the mission of YWCA,” said Board President Michele Miller.