Shawna Roy has been named senior executive director for Buckner Children and Family Services of Southeast Texas, effective Jan. 1, 2019. In her new role, Roy will oversee nonprofit Buckner International’s preservation programs in Houston, Beaumont and Conroe, including Buckner Family Pathways and Buckner Family Hope Centers.
Roy grew up in a life of service and nonprofit work. Her mother, Sylvia Bolling, founded the Aldine YOUTH Ministry in Aldine in 1990. In 2012, Aldine YOUTH Ministry joined Buckner to form the Buckner Family Hope Center of Houston at Aldine, where Roy previously served as director. Roy most recently served as the director of the Buckner Family Hope Center of Houston at Reed Road and the interim executive director of Houston.
“When you look at Shawna Roy’s credentials of over 13 years in nonprofit management combined with her dedication and passion towards serving vulnerable children and families in the Houston area, it’s easy to immediately see how valuable she will be to lead Buckner’s overall mission and work across the whole of Southeast Texas,” said Henry Jackson, senior vice president of BCFS.
Roy’s credentials also include serving as a director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Studies and Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.
“I feel extremely blessed for this opportunity to lead Buckner’s ministries across Beaumont, Conroe and, of course, Houston,” Roy said. “There is so much growth happening for Buckner across Southeast Texas, and we have an amazing team of employees and volunteers who are serving the communities and bringing hope to the lives of vulnerable children and strengthening families through our preventative programs aimed at reducing the number of children who end up in the system.
“Southeast Texas is the most amazing place with the most amazing people. Together, we can help lift up those in need and make our communities even stronger.”