BCFS Names Attra, Cano and Cole Regional Directors

BCFS Health and Human Services has named three regional directors who will oversee operations for the organization’s Community Services Division (CSD) across Texas. Miriam Attra has been named Regional Director of Central Texas, Marissa Cano has been named Regional Director of South Texas, and Emily Cole has expanded her territory as Regional Director of North Texas.

Photo: Miriam Attra

Attra (left) joined BCFS Health and Human Services in 2006, most recently working as Director of Community Services for BCFS Health and Human Services-San Antonio. As Regional Director of Central Texas, she will now lead BCFS efforts in Kerrville and Del Rio, as well as San Antonio.

Photo: Marissa Cano

Cano (right) joined BCFS-McAllen in 2012 as a Site Coordinator, and as the coordinator for the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) and the Caregivers As Partners for Emancipation (CAPE) program. She has served as Director of Community Services at BCFS-McAllen since 2013. With this promotion, her scope will expand to include BCFS operations in Harlingen and Corpus Christi.

Photo: Emily Cole

Cole (left), the newest member of BCFS Health and Human Services, has served as Regional Director of North Texas for more than a year and has widened her scope to include BCFS operations in both Tyler and Abilene.

As Regional Directors, the trio will oversee programs and services within the Community Services Division of BCFS Health and Human Services that serve youth in foster care, as well as youth and families at risk of abuse, neglect, homelessness and other challenges. Each director will conduct comprehensive management of her respective region, managing budgets, building community relationships, directing capacity augmentation and identifying both public and private support opportunities with corporations, foundations and individual giving. Regional Directors will promote collaboration with other community organizations in order to grow the impact of the services provided throughout the areas.

“When you do the kind of work that impacts lives on a daily basis, and your services are spread throughout the state, it is imperative that you have excellent leadership in place with the management skills, care and compassion to ensure quality service delivery,” said Executive Director Celeste Garcia. “Each of these women has an owner’s attitude and makes the individuals and families we serve her number one priority.”