BCFS Names Svajian Director of Talent Acquisition

As BCFS’ Director of Talent Acquisition, Svajian will institute policies and procedures to enhance recruiting effectiveness, streamline the recruitment-to-hire process, and improve the overall candidate experience. His new role will also entail the development of a flexible and adaptive recruiting team that can quickly respond to the diverse needs of the BCFS system.

BCFS Names Aram Svajian Director of Talent Acquisition

Photo: Aram Svajian Director of Talent AcquisitionSAN ANTONIO – BCFS, a global system of health and human service non-profit organizations, has named Aram Svajian Director of Talent Acquisition. In this role, Svajian will oversee and manage the full life cycle of the company’s talent identification and recruitment processes.

Svajian comes to BCFS with a 20-plus year career in human resources, recruitment and staffing. At Randstad Healthcare and ProCare One Heathcare Staffing, he honed his skills in recruiting strategies, market diversification, training and development, customer service, improving retention rates, building high performance teams, and strengthening operational effectiveness.  He earned his B.A. in human resources from the University of Central Oklahoma and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.

As BCFS’ Director of Talent Acquisition, Svajian will institute policies and procedures to enhance recruiting effectiveness, streamline the recruitment-to-hire process, and improve the overall candidate experience. His new role will also entail the development of a flexible and adaptive recruiting team that can quickly respond to the diverse needs of the BCFS system.

“With his education and extensive experience, I know Aram will bring high-performance outcomes to the BCFS Human Resources team,” said Karen Thaxton, EVP – Human Resources. “He is a hands-on leader with a breadth of cross-functional expertise in customer service and the applicant experience, with sharp instincts for capitalizing on industry trends. Aram will continue to build BCFS’ best-in-class approach to attracting, sourcing and hiring.”

For more information about BCFS, visit www.DiscoverBCFS.net.

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BCFS is a global system of health and human service non-profit organizations with locations and programs throughout the United States as well as Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. The organization is a national leader in medical sheltering and emergency management and response, providing critical emergency support services to federal, state and local governments. BCFS also provides residential services and emergency shelters for children who are abused or neglected; assisted living services and vocational training for adults with intellectual disabilities; mental health services for children and families, foster care and adoption services; medical services; early education; transitional living services for youth who are at-risk and those in the juvenile justice system; residential camping and retreats for children and families; and international humanitarian aid for children living in impoverished conditions in developing countries.

 

Governor’s Office Awards Grant For Domestic Violence Survivors

DEL RIO – The Criminal Justice Division of the Texas Governor’s Office has awarded BCFS Health and Human Services $54,000 to expand its current services to victims of domestic violence in Val Verde County with the PAST program, or Peers Achieving Success Together. The PAST program provides crisis intervention, victim advocacy services, and peer support groups to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking crimes in Val Verde County.

“Over the next year, we expect to serve at least 100 victims of abuse through PAST, providing direct crisis intervention services,” says Delia Ramos, interim director for BCFS Health and Human Services in Del Rio. “This grant reaffirms Texas’ view, from the highest level, that abuse, in any form, is unacceptable, and there is no place for it in our society.”

Last year in Texas, more than 23,000 adults and children sought shelter from an abusive environment, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. One in three women in Texas is affected by abuse at the hands of a boyfriend, spouse or intimate partner.

Family Violence Specialists with the PAST program provide individualized needs assessments, crisis counseling, transportation services, safety planning and referrals to other community organizations for additional support as-needed. PAST also provides peer support groups, where program staff and abuse survivors utilize the Duluth Model curriculum, Tácticas de control: La visión de la mujer. The curriculum includes the first-person accounts of six Latinas who have survived abuse, and how the experience has affected their children, their relationships and themselves.

“Del Rio has a large Hispanic population, and we are mindful of the cultural nuances within our community,” adds Ramos. “Through the stories of these Latina survivors, Tácticas de control offers insight into an abuser’s mindset and how a relationship can evole into something unhealthy and dangerous.”

The Duluth Model, named after the small Minnesota town where it was developed, is a framework of ideas and information about domestic violence that asserts involvement from the entire community is critical to ending domestic abuse for good.

BCFS Health and Human Services has operated the Domestic Violence Del Rio (DVDR) program for five years, providing safety, support and resources to victims of abuse. BCFS also operates the Services To At Risk Youth program, known as STAR, which aims to reduce family conflict and prevent delinquent behaviors, running away, and child abuse by helping youth and their families learn to resolve crises and develop coping and parenting skills.

To learn more about BCFS Health and Human Services, or to support BCFS’ work in Del Rio visit DiscoverBCFS.net/DelRio.

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BCFS is a global system of health and human service non-profit organizations with locations and programs throughout the United States as well as Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. The organization is a national leader in medical sheltering and emergency management and response, providing critical emergency support services to federal, state and local governments. BCFS also provides residential services and emergency shelters for children who are abused or neglected; assisted living services and vocational training for adults with intellectual disabilities; mental health services for children and families, foster care and adoption services; medical services; early education; transitional living services for youth who are at-risk and those in the juvenile justice system; residential camping and retreats for children and families; and international humanitarian aid for children living in impoverished conditions in developing countries.

 

 

 

Healing from the inside out

Healing From The Inside Out

By Ecaterina Babin

*Featured in BCFS’ annual together magazine

Cristina was born in Moldova, the youngest sibling of four older brothers. Her mother was addicted to alcohol and became increasingly violent and abusive as her drinking worsened. She brutally beat Cristina, while her father did nothing to protect her. Her father neglected Cristina and her brothers, staying away from home as much as possible to avoid the harsh reality that his family was suffering.
Cristina’s mother died of a cerebral stroke in 2009. Even though Cristina has traumatic memories of her mother, she still misses her.
When she was 12, Cristina started having health problems. She had surgery on her appendix and later began experiencing epileptic seizures. She developed a spine tumor – all the while, her father showed no interest in helping her get critical medical treatment. Cristina was put on medical disability and spent most of her time at the hospital. Despite that, she managed to finish middle school with good grades.
After undergoing another surgery in 2011, Cristina found herself with no money or permanent place to live. A woman who worked at the hospital told Cristina about Children’s Emergency Relief International (CERI), the overseas division of BCFS. Cristina wanted to start a new life and get an education, but her dreams felt hopelessly out of reach. In the fall of 2012, she asked CERI for help.
Cristina spent the next three years in CERI’s Transitional Care program, which provides case management, access to education and vocational training, financial literacy and life skills training, and guidance on how to avoid human traffickers that run rampant in the region. CERI helped place Cristina in a Christian center where she started going to church, and ultimately professed her faith in Christ. Soon after, she was accepted into the Christian University to study social work.
Things were looking up for Cristina! She enjoyed her college classes, and had a new church “family” to encourage her – but she was still very ill. She was hospitalized several more times that year, and ultimately underwent radiation therapy.
Today, she has a clean bill of health, she feels much better and believes that God has healed her. Cristina is in her third year of college and going to class in the evenings. She is a member of New Testament Church in Chisinau, Moldova, where she serves in their Sunday school program.

 

BCFS Names Rhodes VP – Communications

Photo: Yvonne Paris RhodesSAN ANTONIO – BCFS, a global system of health and human service non-profit organizations, has named Yvonne Paris Rhodes Vice President – Communications. In this role, Rhodes will will manage various internal and external communication systems for BCFS and its entities including multiple nonprofits and social service programs.

Rhodes manages BCFS’ online and digital communication including several websites, email marketing, and social media; press and media coverage; community relations; advertising; and messaging across all the organization’s marketing collateral from fact sheets to the annual magazine.

“With her education, extensive experience and passion for our mission, Yvonne has developed an impeccable and genuine way to communicate our story,” said Marilu Reyna, EVP – Public Affairs & Communications. “In this new leadership position, Yvonne will continue spreading the BCFS story to the world, helping to make a difference in the lives of children and families in need.”

Before serving as BCFS’ Director of Communications, Rhodes served as Account Executive with an advertising agency in Austin – formerly MDS Advertising, now V2G Interactive. As Program Director at Southside Community Center in San Marcos, she helped manage the nonprofit’s community relations and marketing efforts, as well as operations at the homeless shelter and social service programs for low-income families.

Rhodes earned her Master’s degree from Texas State University with a focus in Strategic Communication.

For more information about BCFS, visit www.DiscoverBCFS.net.

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BCFS is a global system of health and human service non-profit organizations with locations and programs throughout the United States as well as Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. The organization is a national leader in medical sheltering and emergency management and response, providing critical emergency support services to federal, state and local governments. BCFS also provides residential services and emergency shelters for children who are abused or neglected; assisted living services and vocational training for adults with intellectual disabilities; mental health services for children and families, foster care and adoption services; medical services; early education; transitional living services for youth who are at-risk and those in the juvenile justice system; residential camping and retreats for children and families; and international humanitarian aid for children living in impoverished conditions in developing countries.

 

BCFS Names Segura and Tatro Co-Chief Operating Officers

BCFS, a global system of six separate 501c3 non-profit organizations, has named Asennet Segura EVP/COO – Community, International & Residential Operations, and Kari Tatro EVP/COO – Administration, Education & Emergency Operations for the growing system headquartered in San Antonio.

Photo: Asennet Segura

Segura has been with the organization for more than 18 years, and as EVP/COO of Community, International & Residential Operations she will oversee all aspects of the agency’s residential system. This encompasses emergency shelters for children who have been abused or neglected; assisted living services and vocational training for adults with intellectual disabilities; mental health services for children and families; foster care and adoption services; medical services; early childhood education; transitional living services for youth who are at-risk and those in the juvenile justice system; residential camping and retreats for children and families; and international humanitarian aid for children living in impoverished conditions in developing countries.

Since joining the organization in 1997, Segura has been one of the chief drivers of the growth and expansion within the agency, overseeing the development and implementation of significant programs from coast-to-coast and around the world.

Photo: Kari TatroKari Tatro is an 8-year veteran with the BCFS system and one of the nation’s foremost experts on inclusionary planning to meet the needs of people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs during disasters. As EVP/COO – Administration, Education & Emergency Operations, Tatro will oversee several internal agency functions including information technology, resource and asset management, procurement, property management, and personnel learning and development. Tatro will also manage multiple external-facing programs including BCFS Education Services, which provides early education services to ready young learners for academic achievement and success in school, as well as BCFS Health and Human Services’ Emergency Management Division – a national leader and partner of local, state and federal government entities in preparedness and response efforts.

Under Tatro’s guidance and supervision, the agency maintains a multidisciplinary all-hazards Incident Management Team comprised of more than 200 highly-trained and experienced emergency management personnel throughout the nation, a 200-person Disaster Medical Staffing Team and a 250-person Disaster Case Management Team. Additionally, Tatro provides oversight of disaster response resources and assetts including a robust fleet of emergency response vehicles ready to deploy at a moment’s notice with two state-of-the-art mobile command platforms, medical mobile units, shelter support units, advanced satellite communications and cellular equipment, and a massive supply of cached resources warehoused by BCFS EMD with an exceptional logistical supply chain to meet all incident needs.

“When an organization is as far-reaching as BCFS, operating in high-stakes environments on a daily basis, ensuring continuity of operations and quality control is not just critical, it’s a no-fail charge. That is the level of commitment, management and leadership Segura and Tatro bring to the table every day, 24/7,” said Kevin Dinnin, President and CEO of BCFS. “Both of these individuals take an ‘owner’s attitude’ in everything they do and have a proven ability to manage complex programs, a large workforce, sizable budgets, and – most importantly – they have my full trust and confidence in their ability to manage and guide our organization.”


BCFS is a global system of health and human service non-profit organizations with locations and programs throughout the United States as well as Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. The organization is a national leader in medical sheltering and emergency management and response, providing critical emergency support services to federal, state and local governments. BCFS also provides residential services and emergency shelters for children who are abused or neglected; assisted living services and vocational training for adults with intellectual disabilities; mental health services for children and families, foster care and adoption services; medical services; early education; transitional living services for youth who are at-risk and those in the juvenile justice system; residential camping and retreats for children and families; and international humanitarian aid for children living in impoverished conditions in developing countries.

BCFS Taps Sicard as VP – Logistics and Resource Management

Photo: Gary Sicard

BCFS has named Gary Sicard as Vice President of Logistics and Resource Management, responsible for agency resources and procurement. Additionally, Sicard will serve as the organization’s Emergency Management Division’s Logistics Chief, responsible for disaster preparedness, capacity building, vendor management, packaging, pricing and deployment of resources nationwide and internationally. Sicard will work to further strengthen BCFS’ impeccable reputation for stewardship by improving and implementing agency procedures to ensure efficient and effective methodologies for  purchasing, inventory management storing and shipping goods to all BCFS locations from coast-to-coast and throughout the world.

“BCFS operates in high stakes environments, so it’s essential we always have the right tools and procedures ready for response at a moment’s notice,” said Kari Tatro, Chief Operating Officer/Executive Vice President – Administration, Education and Emergency Management. “Gary’s ability to manage highly expansive and complex procurement and resource efforts are essential  for overseeing the many, quick-moving parts of our international organization.”

Sicard joins BCFS EMD after a 26-year career in the U.S. Navy, where he rose through the ranks to represent the Department of Defense to high-ranking officials in Europe and the Middle East as a Lieutenant Commander. He directed the procurement of more than $2.5 billion in material, equipment and services for the construction and overhaul of nuclear aircraft carriers and submarines, ensuring the nation’s capital vessels were ready for sea. In both the public and private sectors, he led large and multifaceted teams, managing purchasing, expediting, logistics, inspection and material for multibillion dollar engineering procurement and construction projects in complex regulatory environments.

Sicard holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Ashford University and is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, Institute for Supply Management, Institute for Real Estate Management, and is a Certified Defense Privatization Manager. He is a Lean Six Sigma Champion and a former instructor for process improvement, adhering to the Deming methods.

Registration Information for Comfort ISD Head Start

BCFS Education Services is proud to announce a new partnership between Comfort Independent School District and our Head Start program. Beginning in August 2015, we will hold full day Head Start classes on the Comfort Elementary School campus, and will follow the school’s calendar. There will be 40 Head Start spots open in Comfort, available to families that live in the Comfort school district.
Families will need to visit Comfort Elementary School to register their students for Head Start. Below is information about upcoming “Registration Round-Ups.” If you are unable to attend these registration events, you may also apply at Comfort Elementary School during school hours.
Comfort ISD Registration Round-Up Events:
May 17, 2015 1pm – 3pm
June 7, 2015 1pm – 3pm
Comfort Elementary School
605 3rd Street, Comfort, Texas 78013
(830) 995-6410
Four-year-old students will be given priority for registration, however we still encourage families with younger children to apply, as the remaining spaces will be filled by eligible 3-year-olds.
BCFS Education Services is very excited about this partnership and confident this will be a great benefit to our Comfort students. Children will attend Head Start classes in the same building that will eventually be their kindergarten classrooms, making them more comfortable with their environment and ready to learn!
Questions? Please contact our office at (830) 331-8908.

BCFS Names Victoria Perez Director of Community Based Services – Corpus Christi

BCFS Health and Human Services has named Victoria Perez as Director of Community Based Services – Corpus Christi. In this role, Perez will oversee all programs administered through the organization’s Corpus Christi Transition Center, which provides resources and services for youth in and aging out of foster care and others who need assistance transitioning into “life on their own,” as well as families.
Perez joins BCFS with more than 20 years of managerial experience in the health and human services field. Throughout her career, Perez has served in several roles, overseeing and delivering important services to those in need, while also meeting and exceeding rigorous regulatory and professional standards.
Perez has been recognized by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for her contributions in the care of offenders with medical or mental impairments, and by Texas Christian University for her work in HIV research. She holds a master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance from Texas A&M Corpus Christi, and is working toward a doctorate degree in Educational Psychology.
“Victoria is a compassionate and dedicated leader who knows what ‘right’ looks like,” said Ben Delgado, BCFS Executive Vice President – Community and International Operations. “Her energy and expertise are going to be key assets as we look to not only strengthen, but expand our services and partnerships in Corpus Christi.”
BCFS’ Corpus Christi Transition Center provides resources and services to youth between the ages of 14-26, with the aim of growing their skills and knowledge, strengthening self-confidence, creating healthy community relationships and learning positive self-guidance. Most of the youth served by the center have spent time in the foster care or juvenile justice system, or have battled issues like homelessness, substance abuse or truancy.
The center also offers parent education programs that show families how to resolve conflict and improve communication; improve children’s behavioral problems; as well as deal with complicated issues like strong emotions, aggression, alcohol and violence. Parents who participate in the program may receive other valuable services including free childcare, transportation assistance, and help receiving essentials like food, baby items and clothing.

BCFS Taps Stelter as Director of Learning and Development

BCFS has named Patricia Stelter its new Director of Learning and Development, focused on professional development strategies aligned with BCFS’ organizational vision and core values. She has a strong background in developmental learning and curriculum development, and has been recognized as an expert by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, receiving the organization’s Excellence Award in 2013.

Photo: Patricia StelterBCFS Health and Human Services Taps Stelter as Director of Learning and Development

BCFS, a global system of health and human service non-profit organizations, has named Patricia Stelter its new Director of Learning and Development. In this role, Stelter will establish and lead immediate and long-term learning and professional development strategies aligned with BCFS’ organizational vision and core values. She will create learning initiatives — including an accredited non-profit management certification program — aimed at increasing organizational effectiveness, improving individual skills, and supporting the system’s larger strategy for growth and culture for the future.
Stelter joins BCFS having previously served as a lecturer at the University of Texas at San Antonio, high school principal, and founding faculty member of Northeast Lakeview College. She has a strong background in developmental learning and curriculum development, and has been recognized as an expert by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, receiving the organization’s Excellence Award in 2013.
“The high-quality services delivered by, and trust our partners have in, BCFS is driven totally by the commitment and caliber of our staff,” said BCFS CEO Kevin Dinnin. “Patricia’s focus on educational and professional development, therefore, plays a critical role in continuously raising the bar on how we are able to achieve success in the communities we serve.”
Stelter earned a master’s degree in English from Our Lady of the Lake University’s Education Department and is pursuing a doctoral degree in Developmental Education at Texas State University.