Good Samaritan Community Services (GSCS) has announced the appointment of Mr. Simon G. Salas, Esq. as its new CEO. He will join GSCS in January, 2017 and will succeed Mrs. Jill Oettinger, who is retiring after 20 years of service. Mr. Salas will be the 5th named CEO of GSCS in its 65 years of operation.
Simon served as Vice President and Board Member of GSCS between the years of 2010 and 2016 and has demonstrated his commitment and desire to serve the mission of GSCS through his work as a volunteer over the years.
"Simon brings 30 years of experience to GSCS as an executive, strategic leader, community advocate, and mentor," says Will Hileman, GSCS Board Chairman. "We are thrilled to have him on board to carry forward the mission and vision of GSCS for many years to come."
Jill Oettinger, GSCS' retiring CEO, reflected on her 30 year association with Good Sam and said, "I am thrilled to leave the organization in the hands of our outstanding team of committed staff. I look forward to seeing Simon continue to lead the organization in fulfilling its mission as a catalyst for change in the communities we serve throughout South Texas."
Simon is a chief executive in San Antonio with 30 years of experience creating service delivery infrastructures for start-up and mature organizations in the education, government, nonprofit and business sectors in New York City and San Antonio. He received his BA from Columbia College, his JD from Columbia Law School, and an MPA from Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs. Simon most recently served as the CEO/COO of a charter school network in San Antonio, where he successfully expanded the educational options available to chronically undeserved children in San Antonio over the last ten years.
Mr. Salas expressed,"I am grateful for the opportunity to serve a community that I was born and raised in. Over the decades, Good Samaritan Community Services has been a beacon of hope for families throughout South Texas and I look forward to strengthening our partnerships with the communities we serve and continuing our mission to be a catalyst for change."
About Good Samaritan Community Services
Good Samaritan Community Services is a catalyst for change, supporting youth, individuals, and families by providing excellent community services to overcome economic poverty. These services include a Child Development program, After School and Summer Enrichment programs for youth, a College & Career program, Family Development Services, and the only nationally accredited Senior Center in South Texas. What began as a ministry of the Episcopal Church on the west side of San Antonio in 1951, now reaches over 5,500 individuals and families across six (6) sites in five (5) South Texas cities.