(May 1, 2012) -- After a national search, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas (GSSWT) has selected UTSA alumna Rose González Pérez to serve as its 12th chief executive officer.
A former small-business owner in her hometown of Mathis, Texas, Pérez holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio, a B.S. in Education from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and a Certification in Nonprofit Management from Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio.
"Pérez has been a leader of the exceptional success this council has experienced in recent years," said Jackie L. Gorman, board chair for Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. "I am confident she has the vision and skills to continue leading this organization through its unprecedented transformation."
Previously, Pérez served GSSWT in the interim CEO position following the departure of CEO Anna Maria Chávez, who accepted the role of CEO for the Girl Scouts national organization in August 2011. An advocate for cancer awareness and research, Pérez has received numerous awards for her fundraising efforts on behalf of the American Cancer Society.
Serving as only the 12th CEO in the regional council's 88-year history is the culmination of more than 20 years of leadership roles within the Girl Scout organization, making Pérez an expert in membership services, program delivery, fund development, community relations and administration.
Pérez joins the ranks of former council CEOs including Etta Ward (1948-1969), Kathy Cloninger (1987-1991) and Anna Maria Chávez (2009-2011), both of whom becoming CEO of the national organization following their tenure in San Antonio.
"I am so proud to be selected," said Pérez. "This organization has afforded me the opportunity to grow as an educator, professional, mentor, mother, advocate and leader. I look forward to leading the best team of volunteers and staff in the country to reach more girls than ever before and further the mission of Girl Scouts to build girls of courage, confidence and character."
Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas (GSSWT) serves nearly 30,000 youth and adult members in its 21-county area. Headquartered at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center in San Antonio, GSSWT has an annual budget of $5.5 million and employs 72 full-time and part-time staff. Facilities include the newly constructed leadership center, two camp properties in the Texas Hill Country and nine satellite centers in outlying areas. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts of the USA.
Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.
Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.
Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.
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