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The Hispanic Heritage Center of Texas Hires New Executive Director

The Hispanic Heritage Center of Texas (HHCTX) is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has hired a full-time Executive Director to lead the organization into 2015. Ms. Erika Arredondo-Haskins has been selected from a handful of qualified candidates to serve in the position left vacant by Interim Executive Director, Gilberto Ramon, in October 2014. Arredondo-Haskins’ service began December 15, 2014.

Formerly a member of the Board of Directors of the HHCTX, Arredondo-Haskins is a Leadership Studies doctoral candidate at Our Lady of the Lake University preparing for graduation in May 2015.

Two years prior to becoming a HHCTX board member, Arredondo-Haskins served as an advisory board member. Originally from Anaheim, California, she was raised in San Antonio and earned a bachelors degree in business and a masters degree in religious studies from the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW).

It was during her time as a doctoral student that Arredondo-Haskins discovered her family tree included a direct line of prominent Spanish military leaders including Spanish Governor of the Province of Texas (1731), Juan Antonio Bustillo y Zevallos, Captain Diego Ramon, founder of San Antonio Mission de Valero (1718), also known as the Alamo, captain of San Antonio de Bexar Presidio (1733), Jose de Urrutia and Domingo Bustillo, a lieutenant in the Spanish Royal Army and later alcalde of San Antonio de Bexar (1816).  As a result, Arredondo-Haskins has since embarked on continuous scholarly research and writing of Spanish-Mexican Texas history. Arredondo-Haskins’ article, “Jose Domingo Estevan Bustillo (1779-1854),” has recently been accepted for publication in the Handbook of Texas Online.

In addition to her service to the HHCTX, Arredondo-Haskins is currently an advisory board member at the D.R. Semmes YMCA, is an active member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas - Alamo Couriers Chapter, and a member of the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). She also contributed to the Women’s Global Connection (UIW) in which she traveled to Zambia to teach business workshops to female entrepreneurs.

“Ms. Arredondo-Haskins brings a wealth of experience, education and passion to the HHCTX and we look forward to seeing how her knowledge and skills can help take our organization to the next level,” says Mr. Frank Laborde, Chairman of the Board.

For more information, please contact Darlene Cerda at 210.892.0136.