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Chapter Christmas Luncheon
Thursday, December 20, 2018

Annette Rodriquez
President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
San Antonio Children's Shelter

Passionate about education and children's and women's issues, Annette has dedicated the last 20 years to the San Antonio nonprofit sector - working to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families in our community.

Annette joined The Children's Shelter in September 1997 and became President/CEO in 2011. Annette began her career working in Prevention Programs where she conceived and directed the Project Mothers and School (MAS) program in 1999. The program, serving pregnant and parenting teens, has received national and statewide accolades. The Texas Alliance of Leaders in Children's Services (TALCS) recognized the program as the "Innovative Program of the Year" for 2002. In 2003, the Child Welfare League of America, recognized Project MAS as a model program of Best Practices for youth programs serving Latino populations and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognized it as an exemplary program that "provides more wraparound services that any other similarly funded program" across the United States. The program has been featured in two national magazines, Children's Voices and Alliance for Children's and Families Magazine. The Prevention Department, under Annette's leadership grew from a $10,000 program to a $1.7 million dollar department-expanding programs to first time mothers, youth living in at-risk neighborhoods and dads needing support services to be good fathers.

In her journey to provide prevention programs, Annette founded the San Antonio affiliate of Girls Incorporated in 2004. As President/CEO of Girls Inc. of San Antonio, from 2004 to 2010, Annette launched an aggressive start-up. Girls Inc. of San Antonio received an unprecedented Standard of Excellence Certification from Girls Inc. National within two years of inception. In 2006, Girls Inc. of San Antonio received the "Innovative Program of The Year Award" by the Texas Alliance for Children and Family Services for "Girls University" an enriched, educational summer camp for girls ages 6 to 10. Since 2004, Girls Inc. of San Antonio has served over 10,000 girls in our community.

Today, Annette serves as the President/CEO of The Children's Shelter where over 4,000 children and parents are provided comprehensive emergency shelter, residential treatment care, and foster and adoptive homes for abused, abandoned or neglected children, along with in-home and group-based parenting education, counseling and wide-ranging support to vulnerable families annually.

Annette Rodriguez is a native of San Antonio. She graduated from McCollum High School and attended Our Lady of the Lake University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and her Masters of Science in School Psychology. In 2009, she received her Executive MBA degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio.


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Chapter Luncheon
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Robert Certain
Colonel, USAF (Ret)

I was born in Savannah, Georgia in December 1947. An alumnus of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Maryland, I attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating in 1969 with a BA degree in History and a commission in the US Air Force. As a combat aviator I flew 100 missions over Southeast Asia in 1971 and 1972 before being shot down and captured.

Following the Vietnam War, I attended the School of Theology, an Episcopal Church seminary in Sewanee, TN, received a Master of Divinity degree and was ordained as a priest in 1976. In 1990, I earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Sewanee.

As a military chaplain, I served in the Air Force on active duty and in the reserves, serving in various locations, including the US Air Force Academy. I retired from the Air Force in 1999 at the rank of Colonel. As a parish priest, I served parishes in Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arizona, California and Georgia. When former President Gerald R. Ford died in late 2006, I was chosen to lead all the memorial services and to preside at his burial in Michigan.

Since 2007, I have served as an independent advisor to the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

I published an autobiography, Unchained Eagle in 2003.

I retired from parish ministry in 2012. My wife and I now make our home in San Antonio, Texas.

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