Estela Marquez is an advisor in BYU Multicultural Student Services. She was born in a small village in Northern Guatemala. She and her husband left Guatemala nearly 40 years ago. After living in Costa Rica and Mexico for a few years, they decided to move to the United States. Sister Marquez received a bachelor’s degree from La Sierra University and a master’s degree in social work from BYU. She has served as a board member for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and has continued working as a teacher and facilitator for that group.
Prior to coming to BYU, Sister Marquez worked as a social worker for three years in the Provo School District. Sister Marquez and her husband Israel are the parents of seven children and 16 grandchildren.