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Chief Executive Officer Announcement

The Texana Center Board of Trustees is excited to announce a significant milestone in Texana Center’s continued journey towards excellence in mental health, autism, and developmental disabilities services. After a thorough selection process, we are proud to introduce our new Chief Executive Officer, Shena Ureste.

Shena brings an impressive 21 years of leadership experience within the Texas community center system of care, having served as Texana’s Behavioral Healthcare Director. Her extensive background underscores her deep understanding of our organization’s mission and the needs of the communities we serve. Shena’s dedication to our clients, community, and staff perfectly aligns with Texana Center’s core values and commitment to empowering individuals to achieve their full potential.

As we embark on this new chapter, we express our gratitude to George Patterson for his service and leadership. Under his guidance, Texana Center has achieved remarkable milestones, and we are committed to building upon this strong foundation to further enhance our impact in the community.

The Board of Trustees is confident that Shena’s leadership will uphold the highest standards of integrity, compassion, and excellence. Together, alongside our dedicated staff, board members, partners, and supporters, we will continue to cultivate a culture based on collaboration, accountability, respect, and excellence.

We invite you to join us in extending a warm welcome to Shena as she assumes her new role beginning May 5, 2024. We are excited about the possibilities and growth that lie ahead under her leadership, as we remain steadfast in our mission to provide life-changing services to children and adults facing mental health issues, autism, and developmental disabilities.



Sue Fagan
Chair, Texana Center Board of Trustees