Our Executive Team

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Rebecca A. Rosales, MBA, CRA, CEO

Rebecca Rosales joined NCIRE in January 2017. She brings extensive experience in finance, business administration, compliance and research administration.  Rebecca has held leadership positions at UCSF, Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and the Public Health Institute.  Rebecca has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration, Executive Program from St. Mary’s College of California.  As NCIRE’s CEO/Executive Director, she leads an administrative staff dedicated to supporting over 200 SFVAHCS physician/researchers who investigate and treat the wide range of diseases and disabilities suffered by millions of Veterans.   

Rebecca is a member of the several community health focused boards and has past experience as Chair of the Finance Committee Thalassemia Clinical Research Network (TCRN), National Institute of Health.  She is a member of the Clinical Trials Committee for National Association for Veterans Research & Education (NAVREF). 



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Joanna Zhao, MBA, CFO, and Secretary and Treasurer, NCIRE Board of Directors

Joanna Zhao joined NCIRE as an Accountant in 1998 and advanced to her current position as CFO from Controller, overseeing Payroll and Accounting Department. She received a Bachelor of Science, Accounting, from Golden Gate University, and a Master of Business Administration, Finance, from San Francisco State University. Her areas of professional expertise include financial reporting, budgeting and analyses, and not-for-profit accounting.  She was appointed in June 2018 to serve as Secretary and Treasurer for the NCIRE Board of Directors.



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Theodora Mauro, MD, Chair,
NCIRE Board of Directors

Dr. Theodora Mauro has been the Chief of Dermatology at the SFVAHCS and currently is the Deputy Chief of Staff at SFVAHCS.  She is a Professor and Vice-Chair of Dermatology at UCSF, and the Chief of SFVAHCS Research at Mission Bay.