March 28, 2020 at 6:00 pm
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Gladys Gonzalez - Executve Director
Gladys Gonzalez has been with Catholic Charities for almost five years, serving in various capacities at multiple sites to advance the mission, increase capacity and sustainability, and has managed over 45 programs providing relief to those most vulnerable in our community. Currently, Gladys is the Executive Director at Seton Home responsible for providing a safe and loving refuge for pregnant and/or parenting teenage girls in crisis with the goal of breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect in children. In addition, Gladys was previously Vice President of Programs at Catholic Charities where she developed, implemented, and maintained operations as the organization established a new business model. As Executive Director at Guadalupe Community Center, Gladys was instrumental in launching new programs to address emergency services, education, and self-sufficiency initiatives ensuring compliance with federal grants and local funding. Prior to Catholic Charities, she held roles as a Talent Acquisition Manager and Operations Director for Career Transitions, an executive coaching organization. She began her career at USAA where she worked for 19 years with her last role working in the Office of CEO Support. Gladys has a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in International Business from the University of the Incarnate Word. Gladys has a passion for serving having done so since childhood. She has served in various leadership roles in the community including involvement in ACTS Retreats.
Kari Stewart - Vice President of Programs
Kari Stewart is the Vice President of Program for Seton Home. In this role, she is responsible for direct implementation of services provided to the mothers and babies at Seton Home. She also strategizes for goal, objective, and outcome achievement for programs. Previously, she was the Catholic Charities Deputy Director, Family and Children’s Services responsible for the oversight of programs tailored to the needs of families and individuals, including parent education, counseling, prenatal education, labor and birth support, and residential services for homeless mothers and infants. She has over 20 years of experience at Catholic Charities serving as program director, parent educator, and child birth educator. Kari holds a Master of Public Health degree in Maternal and Child Health from Tulane University School of Public Health. She has also earned certifications in Non-Profit Management from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Parent Education, Childbirth Education, and Sign2Me Baby Sign Language Presenter.
Tania Castro - Residential Services Director
Tania Castro is the Seton Home Residential Services Director with oversight of the entire school of residential and case management services. In this role, she also serves as liaison between case management and other departments to deliver quality, seamless wraparound services for our residents. Tania also leads the effort to ensure Trauma Informed Care Principles are effectively practiced and implemented. Previously, she worked at BCFS as the Associate Program Director for Foster Care responsible for program oversight of Transitional and Long Term Foster Care for domestic and international youth. Tania has seven years of experience working with children and families in a residential setting and earned a Bachelor degree from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. Tania is currently working toward a Master in Marriage and Family Therapy through Texas A&M University in San Antonio.
Mayra Nieto - Clinical Director
Mayra Nieto is the Seton Home Clinical Director responsible for Trauma Informed Care and counseling to adolescent pregnant and parenting clients. In this role, she also manages the Counseling Outreach program that provides case management and counseling to crime victims. With both programs, she ensures quality, effective mental health services are provided to clients to decrease domestic violence and break the generational cycle of child abuse. Previously, Mayra served as Lead Clinician with BCFS guiding a team of clinicians to serve unaccompanied children and provide mental health services in preparation for family reunification. Mayra earned a Master of Science in Psychology from Texas A&M Kingsville and a License in Professional Counseling. She is also trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy Intervention.
Gilbert Rodriguez - Child Development Center Director
Gilbert Rodriguez is the Program Director for Seton Home’s Child Development Center, an Early Head Start childcare facility. He is responsible for the operations, management, and oversight of child care and parallel activities for Seton Home babies of teenage mothers. Critical components of his role at Seton Home is to provide guidance in accordance with The City of San Antonio’s Head Start Department and mentoring teenage mothers on supporting early childhood development. He is a Licensed Child Care Director with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services since 2015. Prior to Seton Home, Gilbert worked for Good Samaritan Community Services building competency in Early Head Start. He has a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from the University of Phoenix and is working towards a graduate degree from Our Lady of the Lake University.
Laura Rodriguez, Casa de Milagros Program Director
Laura joined Seton Home in May of 2016 as a Lead Case Manager for the Emergency Shelter. She is a Licensed Childcare Administrator and received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has worked in the service of children and families for over 15 years. Laura previous worked with St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home as a Lead Case Manager with the Transitional Foster Care Program. Laura supervised the case management staff for the transitional program and provided case management assistance to residents and sponsor with diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. She oversaw each child’s assessment, individual service plan, family reunification, and discharge. In 2015 she received the Employee of the Quarter award. Through progressive responsibilities as a Lead Case Manager at Seton Home, she is now the Program Director of Emergency Shelter at Seton Home. Laura’s focus is ensuring the highest quality of care and services to the residents and staff. She is responsible for the overall management of the programmatic, administrative, and operations system related to the provision of care and services. Laura is very passionate and dedicated in meeting the resident’s needs. Her focus is to continue to create a safe and respectful environment for residents through Trauma Informed Care Principles.
Sarah Crowder - Senior Accountant
Sarah Crowder is the Senior Accountant for Seton Home. In the role, she has oversight of the Finance Department and the daily financial activities of the organization. She has been a part of the Catholic Charities family for over three years beginning her tenure as Accountant and Program Accountant. With over 20 years of experience in accounting, Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science with Honors and is a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP).