Alumni Profiles

Gloria Berumen Kelly BS '76

Gloria Berumen Kelly graduated from Incarnate Word College in 1976 with a degree in Inter-American Business and glorian berumen kelly and louis agnese jr.went on to receive an MBA from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
 
In 1982, Kelly joined Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives, Inc. (RMYA) as Business Manager and found her passion – helping children in crisis. She became RMYA’s Executive Director in 1994 and has served as CEO since 1998. 
 
In her 30-year tenure, Kelly has helped build RMYA into the well-respected, multi-program children’s agency it is today, with a comprehensive spectrum of services: providing emergency shelter, counseling, long-term residential treatment, and educational services to children ages 5-21.  RMYA has maintained a well-deserved reputation for helping the most difficult-to-place children with severe emotional and behavioral issues due to abuse and neglect. 
 
Through her leadership RMYA’s budget has grown over 300 percent, and various programs have been initiated, including: TurningPoint Independent Living Program for youth aging out of foster care, the RMYA Thrift Shop Job Training Program, and MeadowLand Charter School.  Kelly is a constant and determined champion for children, launching a successful public relations campaign to raise public awareness about the battle against child abuse.  Because of Kelly’s foresight and initiative, the organization has established the West Avenue Trust; the Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives Foundation; RMYA’s annual gala fundraiser, raising almost $1 million to date; in addition to receiving several high-dollar, competitive grants to ensure RMYA can continue helping children for years to come. 
 
Also under her administration, RMYA received accreditation from the Council on Accreditation (COA) – a testament to the organization’s high quality services through the use of best practices.  Both the agency and individual staff have received numerous commendations for their work.  Agency awards include: San Antonio Ethics in Business Award (2008); Mutual of America’s Community Partnership Merit Finalist (2006); San Antonio Express-News’ Top Workplace (2010, 2011); and COA Innovative Practices Award (2012). 
 
Kelly is the recipient of the San Antonio Business Journal Women’s Leadership Award for Nonprofit Leadership (2003), TNOYS June Bucy Award of Excellence (2006), and San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award finalist (2005).  She is a proud member of both Leadership Texas and Leadership San Antonio.
 
Kelly is blessed to share her life with her high school sweetheart and husband of 33 years, Bart, her daughter Whitney and son-in-law Chris.  A survivor herself, Kelly is an advocate for breast cancer awareness.  She recently welcomed the birth of her first grandchild in January 2013.
 

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