Celina is a San Antonio native and a lifelong volunteer. From her earliest years as a Girl Scout to leading her peers through several service clubs at Alamo Heights High School, Celina continued her service as a member of Alpha Chi Omega, Gamma Chapter at Northwestern University and their efforts to bring awareness to the issue of Domestic Violence.
Celina is a Junior League Sustainer, and in her 10 years of active service served as Parliamentarian, Training & Education Chair, Signature Project Chair, Nominating Chair, and as President of the Junior League of San Antonio from 2017-2018. She credits her involvement with JLSA for propelling her service in the community at-large.
She is co-founder of the nonprofit Literacy San Antonio and the SAReads program, which started as a Signature Project of JLSA.
She serves on various boards including Landa Gardens Conservancy and the San Antonio Public Library Foundation and currently chairs the Women & Girls Development Fund at the San Antonio Area Foundation.
Celina is Managing Partner at AXR Strategies, a public and government relations firm based in San Antonio.
She continues to serve JLSA as an advisor and in her capacity as immediate past President.
Her husband, Luke, and their two children can often be found at their neighborhood coffee shop and playground.
“I hope you’ll join me in investing in this new path towards bringing greater services to the children and families of Bexar County. The impact on improving mental health in our community is worth the investment.” —Celina
1) Why have you decided to serve as a Trailblazer for the JLSA?
I can't think of a better way to give back to the organization that has given me so much than to serve in the inaugural year of our Trailblazer Campaign. JLSA has so many community partners making an incredible impact. Clarity Child Guidance Center stands apart in that it serves a critical and often unmet need for children and families struggling with childhood mental health crisis. I'm proud to bring greater awareness to their services and to the needs of our community.
2) Who and/or what inspires you to pave a path in our community (be a community leader/participant)?
My mom has been a constant source of inspiration for me: her strength of character, compassion for others, and dedication to our family is unparalleled. As a mother of two young children, I want to be that leader for them.