Jacqui grew up in Miami watching the Jerry Lewis Telethon on TV every year. She was one of those kids who went door-to-door collecting money from neighbors and donating her own allowances to take to Jerry. A fundraiser and philanthropist at 8!
For years, Jacqui moved around for her career and her husband’s ministry, but CASA has been on her radar from St. Louis to Washington, D.C. to Miami to Walnut Creek. She always thought CASA was one of the best volunteer concepts, but she was too nomadic to commit to the program. She says, "I am so excited to finally join the CASA family and to help recruit more CASA volunteers."
Jacqui's primary emphasis in her new role with CASA will be recruiting more males and people of color. "Our CASA advocates are all dedicated, exceptional people. However, to better reflect the population of the children we serve, I will focus on recruiting more males and people of color. I will seek new ways to enhance our recruiting processes so that we stay in step with emerging technologies and life trends. The ultimate goal is more CASA advocates!" says Jacqui.
Jacqui believes that "Every child in the county court system needs an advocate." She says that "there are days when I wish I had a personal advocate to negotiate medical issues, financial matters, learning, aging, etc. I wish we had enough CASA advocates to serve every child who needed or wanted one. Statistically a CASA volunteer can strongly influence whether a child finishes high school, goes to college, is gainfully employed. Individually, we can’t save the entire world, but one CASA volunteer can make a significant difference in the life of a child."