As the city comes out of the coronavirus pandemic, the new CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio is eager to help the organization restart many of its programs that have been modified to meet families’ needs during an extraordinary time.
An author and business consultant, Andre Ginnane started her new position two weeks ago after moving to San Antonio from Birmingham, Alabama. She replaces Angie Mock, who was named the San Antonio Report’s publisher and CEO in October.
“I’m super excited to be a part of the San Antonio community,” Ginnane said. “I look forward to all of the great partnerships and all the people that have always supported the Boys & Girls Clubs so, so fiercely, and in looking for new partners and new ways to engage the community in helping our children.”
At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio closed all of its facilities, including its clubhouses and main office, while staff worked remotely to help members and their families.
Clubhouses reopened June 1 with pandemic protocols in place for students in need of supervision and academic support throughout the day. It has since slowly been resuming and expanding its programs as life adjusts to the new normal.
Ginnane has connected with many of the children and is already having many refer to her as “Mom-dre,” said Paul Hensley, board chairman for the local Boys & Girls Clubs.
“There is a lot more need for charitable involvement following the events that happened in the pandemic,” he said. “We want to grow the organization and that’s a big tall order given the fact we’re coming back from the daily disruptions of COVID. [Ginnane] brings a fresh perspective.”
Prior to her most recent role, Ginnane founded and served as the principal of ProPosition Consulting, a sales and marketing consulting firm in Birmingham, Alabama. She served on the board of directors for the Birmingham Urban League, was a member of Birmingham’s women’s networking group The Forum, and served on the board of directors for the YMCA of Greater Birmingham.
Previously, Ginnane worked as a former insurance and financial services sales executive with State Farm Insurance for more than 27 years across several different states.
A native of Wiggins, Mississippi, Ginnane received a bachelor’s degree in legal studies from the University of Southern Mississippi.
In 2019, the first of her four Amazon-bestselling children’s books, The Adventures of Sal, was published. Ginnane said the inspiration for her children’s books comes from her son Kai, a 19-year old college freshman majoring in aerospace engineering at the University of Alabama.
The middle child of five, Ginnane said her passion for community and for people started when she was young. Her father, an entrepreneur, worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier and her mother as an administrator of Head Start.
“My parents inspired me to be involved in my community,” she said. “I had a very loving family. My parents made sure that we stayed engaged with activities and so I learned to play [seven] musical instruments.”
In her new role as the CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio, Ginnane said she is looking forward to working with the “incredibly caring team” at the local nonprofit and to bringing her range of skills to the table.
“The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio was one of the first organizations to reopen its doors following COVID, and it was simply because [we] recognized the need in the community,” she said. “I feel like Boys & Girls Club [kids are] like they’re my children, but they’re our whole community.”