Brenda Holley

Chief Nursing Officer


Brenda comes to Lovelace from Presbyterian Health System, where she has spent the past 21 years of her career. With a clinical background in pulmonary and critical care nursing, Brenda brings years of experience both as a clinician, and as a health care leader. Her leadership background at Presbyterian included positions in Presbyterian Medical Group (Pulmonary, Intensivist, and Adult Internal Medicine/Hospitalist groups), oversight of the Presbyterian Care Connection (statewide patient placement and transfer center), and most recently as Director of the Adult Medicine Service Line, where she was responsible for 7 adult inpatient medical and intensive care departments at Presbyterian Hospital. Prior to her current role, Brenda was the Assistant Chief Nursing Officer at Lovelace Westside Hospital. 

Brenda completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at University of New Mexico, her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from New Mexico State University, and completed her Doctorate in Nursing at University of New Mexico. Brenda also maintains certification as a Board Certified Nurse Executive. She lives in Albuquerque, is married, and has two children.

Community Engagement

  • Board Member, New Mexico Organization of Nurse Leaders
  • Member, American Nurses Association
  • Member, New Mexico Nurses Association
  • Member, American Association of Critical Care Nurses