Good Samaritan Community Services Names Director of Advancement


Good Samaritan Community Services (GSCS) today announced Jill H. Vassar as its new Director of Advancement.  Vassar is the organization’s first Director of Advancement and will oversee strategic planning, marketing and development while advancing the mission, vision and values of GSCS across South Texas.

“We are so pleased to welcome Jill Vassar to the staff.  Her experience with San Antonio’s business, nonprofit and philanthropic communities will be such an asset to Good Samaritan Community Services,” said Jill Oettinger, Chief Executive Officer.  “Jill is known for her exceptional organizational and strategic planning skills and we are looking forward to applying her expertise to support the delivery of our high quality community services.”

Vassar comes to GSCS with more than 20 years of nonprofit experience in economic development, strategic planning, governance, marketing and development.  She is a former Vice President of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation and currently serves on the Boards of the Witte Museum, St. Luke’s Episcopal School, St. Benedict’s Workshop and the Summer Dreams Foundation.  She is active in The Charity Ball Association, National Charity League San Antonio Rose Chapter, Texas Biomedical Research Institute, Cancer Center Council, the San Antonio Symphony League, the Wellesley Club of San Antonio, the Junior League of San Antonio and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.  Vassar holds a B.A. in economics from Wellesley College and is a graduate of Leadership San Antonio XXV.

Chair of the Board Jeff Rochelle commented, “Good Samaritan Community Services is fortunate to have hired Jill Vassar.  She is recognized as a leader in the community and her notable skills will help the agency advance its strategic planning, marketing and fundraising objectives.  The entire Board of Directors is looking forward to working with her.”

The new position of Director of Advancement will bring together Good Samaritan Community Services’ excellent programs with a more cohesive system of planning, branding and fundraising.  Jill Vassar is exceptionally well-qualified to fill this position based on her background and experience.

For additional information contact Kathleen Judson, Community Relations Coordinator, at (210) 424-2066 or

About Good Samaritan Community Services

Good Samaritan Community Services is a catalyst for change, supporting individuals and families by providing excellent community services to overcome the impact of poverty.  These services include a child development program, afterschool and summer youth enrichment programs, a college preparatory program, family services and the only nationally accredited senior center in South Texas.  What began on the west side of San Antonio in 1951 as a ministry of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church now reaches 4,500 individuals and families across eight (8) sites in South Texas.