After 17 Years of Dedicated Service, Jackie Davies Retires from
BCFS Health and Human Services-San Antonio
BCFS Health and Human Services extends sincere congratulations and appreciation to Jackie Davies, STAR Counselor at BCFS-San Antonio, who retires on August 31, 2017. With a servant’s heart, Jackie worked to make a lasting impact on the lives of the hundreds of children she served through BCFS’ Services to At-Risk Youth (STAR) program.
Jackie Davies earned an associate degree in applied science before enlisting in the United States Navy. After 20 years, she retired with honors as Chief Hospital Corpsman, joining the BCFS System family in 2000. While managing her responsibilities with BCFS, she pursued her education, earning bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from Vision International University in Ramona, California. In the last 17 years, she has achieved certifications and licenses as a chemical dependency counselor, a Doctoral Diplomat in Christian Counseling, a Texas Certified Anger Resolution Therapist and a notary public.
At BCFS, Jackie has been regarded highly for her sense of accountability and for her positive attitude, some of the same qualities for which her family and friends love her. Fittingly, some of her family and friends joined BCFS System staff at a farewell party to celebrate her retirement. Among her daily co-workers, the overwhelming sentiment is one of being blessed with having learned from Jackie during her career with BCFS-San Antonio.
“Jackie is nothing but love,” said her longtime friend, Bea. Jackie’s cousin, a retired attorney, praised Jackie’s professionalism, fondly recalling the time Jackie worked at her law office.
“I knew if I was asked for a client file that was serviced during the time Jackie worked at the law firm, it would be there,” she said. “She epitomized excellence.” Her beloved cousin closed with a passionate excerpt from Maya Angelou’s “And Still I Rise,” reaffirming through powerful poetry Jackie’s unwavering commitment toward her family, her friends, her clients, coworkers and career.
Touched by the kind thoughts of others, and recalling an emotional session earlier in the day with a client who knew it would be their final meeting, Jackie imparted heartfelt words about her work at BCFS, saying it was her honor to have served the BCFS family.
“Thank you for allowing me to serve,” she said before eloquently describing how the image of a tree in the BCFS logo impressed her with its symbolism: from deep roots grow strong branches whose healthy and numerous leaves symbolize the many members of the large BCFS family. In closing, Jackie summed up her thought process as she reported to work for the last 17 years.
“I felt I was on a mission,” she reflected. “Not always an easy mission, but I knew I must endure.”
Celeste Garcia, BCFS Executive Director – Community Services Division, presented Jackie with a plaque commemorating her years of service to BCFS, and Asennet Segura, BCFS Executive Vice President/ Chief Operating Officer – Community, International & Residential Operations presented a retirement gift. BCFS President & CEO Kevin Dinnin even joined the retirement celebration, presenting Jackie with his special challenge coin, signifying her tireless commitment to the children and families we serve.
“She is an exceptional lady,” Dinnin said as he turned to address Jackie. “We are all honored to have worked alongside you, and are thankful for your 17 years of dedicated service.”
Congratulations Jackie and thank you! The BCFS family wishes you a restful retirement. May you continue to touch many more lives!
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.