In bittersweet news, after more than twelve years at ACA, Texoma Field Office Executive Director Dani Shaw will be leaving to pursue a new challenge as the director of operations for the Dallas AfterSchool Network. Over the years, Shaw has accomplished much in the areas of accreditation, education, advocacy, and public policy. With a particular interest in educating members of the camp profession, one of Shaw’s proudest professional moments was orchestrating a collaboration with the YMCA and other camp organizations to put on the Southwest Camp Conference, an annual conference (now in its eleventh year) for camp professionals to learn, network, and share ideas and valuable resources.
Shaw has seen ACA make many changes in the interest of relevancy since her start in 1999 — the evolution of professionalism, the availability of resources to all ACA local offices, and the current operational changes. When asked about her hopes for the future of ACA, Texoma, Shaw responded: “I hope it grows in influence. I hope the number of camps available to kids grows, and the number of kids who have the opportunity to go to camp grows. I want more kids to go to camp, and I want more people running quality camp experiences. ACA, Texoma is uniquely positioned to help kids pay for camp and help people who are starting camps.” And Shaw has helped lay the groundwork for these hopes in her tenure.
What will Shaw miss most about ACA? “Working with camp professionals on a daily basis has been a privilege. I’ve been lucky. Helping professionals learn and grow is a rewarding experience.” As an employee who served on countless committees and played roles in communications, event planning, and professional development, Shaw will be greatly missed at ACA. Please join us in congratulating her on her new opportunity and her continued work for youth development.