San Antonio Children’s Shelter announces new president

One year after a scandal rocked the Children’s Shelter, the nonprofit organization named a new president and CEO.

Michigan native Asia Ciaravino was chosen for her extensive experience in the nonprofit sector. She currently serves as the president and CEO of SA Youth, which runs after-school and summer programs for low-income children and offers second-chance educational opportunities and workforce training to young adults.

“I have full confidence in her ability to lead our organization into the future… Her established local relationships will be crucial as we engage with the community and our clients moving forward,” Children’s Shelter Board Chair Jessica Gonzalez said in a news release announcing the decision .

Last April, a report written by two court monitors alleged a subsidiary of the Children’s Shelter – Family Tapestry – had continued to house children at the Whataburger Center for Children and Youth even after Family Tapestry surrendered its license that January. Furthermore, the report described the center as a “chaotic environment” cited 239 times for minimum standards deficiencies between 2016 and 2020, noting it had also been named in “substantiated” reports of physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglectful supervision and medical neglect.

Annette Rodriguez, then-President and CEO, tendered her resignation in November. Since she officially stepped down in February, consultant Michael Bennett has been filling in as the shelter conducted a nationwide search for its next head.

Ciaravino holds a bachelor’s degree in theater from the University of the Incarnate Word and a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Our Lady of Lake University. Having previously pursued a career as an actress, Ciaravino is active in the local drama community. Before starting work at SA Youth in July 2017, she served as the marketing and development director for the Magik Theater, the director of production solutions for marketing firm The CE Group and the president and CEO of the Public Theater of San Antonio, among other positions . With her husband, Tony, she founded the Classic Theater of San Antonio in April 2008.

“I am humbled and honored to accept this position,” Ciaravino said in the release. “The Children’s Shelter has a longstanding history in San Antonio. I look forward to joining its mission of restoring innocence and strengthening families and strategically placing the agency in a position for growth and renewal. ”

Ciaravino will officially take over May 31.

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