Boysville, a Texas Home for Boys and Girls founded in San Antonio in 1943, has chosen its next Chief Executive Officer from within its leadership team.
Paula Tucker, Boysville Chief Operating Officer (COO), assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on Jan. 11, 2014, from Dave McIlvoy, who is retiring after serving as CEO for the past three and a half years.
Tucker has 26 years of experience in the social work field, including 16 years at Boysville – serving as Chief Operating Officer and also as Shelter Director. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Abilene Christian University, and a master’s degree in Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University. Her career includes past positions at Abilene Girls Home, Sierra Children’s Home, Baptist Children’s Home of San Antonio, and Boys Town of San Antonio. Her professional licenses include: Child Care Administrator, Master Social Worker, and Child-Placing Agency Administrator.
As COO, she has continually advocated for new programs that expanded the ages of children served and significantly enhanced the ability to keep sibling groups together. She led the effort that resulted in a license for infants and toddlers, enhanced the quality and capacity of the Boysville Community Based Foster Care program, and spearheaded the Boysville license for the Supervised Independent Living program for young adults ages 18 to 22.
As CEO, Tucker will lead a staff of 69 employees and a $5 million budget. Each year, Boysville serves more than 150 girls and boys with ages ranging from birth to 22 years old. Most children are from Bexar County. Boysville is one of the few children’s homes in South Texas that accepts children placed privately and without regard to ability to pay, but Boysville also accepts children referred from Child Protective Services. Programs on the 78-acre campus include Emergency Shelters, Residential Care with 8 to 10 children assigned to each of the on-campus homes lead by a married-couple, a Supervised Independent Living program for young adults ages 18 to 22, and an off-campus Community Based Foster Care program. In addition, she will oversee a major effort to raise capital and renovate Boysville’s campus infrastructure.