Cohen to Serve as Executive Director of BCFS Education Services

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BCFS Announces Cohen as Executive Director of the System’s Educational Non-Profit, BCFS Education Services

Also names Carrejo de Avila as Director of Operations

Founded in San Antonio in 1944, BCFS is a global system of six health and human service non-profit corporations impacting the lives of millions from coast-to-coast and around the world. BCFS Education Services, the system’s entity focused on early education, has recruited top talents to lead the rapidly expanding organization with the appointment of Cathi Cohen as executive director and Janet Carrejo de Avila as Director of Operations.

Cohen has more than 20 years of experience in senior management and was most recently a long-serving executive for a national system of charter schools, overseeing operations, regulatory compliance, training initiatives and new school development along the East Coast. As executive director of BCFS Education Services, Cohen will oversee the organization’s 91 Head Start classrooms in 24 sites in Texas.

Carrejo de Avila most recently led BCFS’ Head Start programs in Atascosa, Karnes and Wilson counties. She has more than 25 years of experience in Head Start, as well as a Master’s of Education in Early Childhood Development, with a minor in Special Education; plus a number of additional education- and safety-related certifications and credentials.

“Cathi is a dynamic leader with strong mastery of fiscal management, in addition to a true passion for delivering the highest quality of education to students from various backgrounds,” said BCFS Education Services Board Chairman George Cowden III. “Together with Janet’s Head Start expertise, our organization is well-poised to deliver exceptional educational results and support to the children and families we serve.”

Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children by providing educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. This year, Head Start is celebrating 50 years of propelling children ages 3 to 5 from disadvantaged backgrounds toward success, focusing on helping preschool-aged children form strong foundations built upon academic excellence and healthy living.

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BCFS Education Services is part of a global system of health and human service non-profit organizations led by BCFS, focused on boosting educational readiness and outcomes in the classroom, as well as ensuring families have the resources, tools and information needed to start their children’s lifetime of learning off on the right foot.