1. How did you first learn about CASA?
I had a professor mention the program while I was working toward my MBA and he spoke about how impactful CASA was in the community (thank you Professor Mintus!). It caught my interest and I went online to learn more about the program. Once I graduated, I knew I had more time on my hands and decided to get involved.
2. What made you want to volunteer with CASA, and how long have you been with us?
I am a newer volunteer, graduating with the 28th class in early 2020. I have always been interested in fostering and/or adopting one day and I felt CASA was a great way to see how the system works firsthand while making a difference in the lives of the children in our community.
3. What impact do you feel CASA has in the community?
CASA is a fantastic resource for the community and those in the foster care system. I can’t imagine how scary it must be as a child to be in that situation and having a familiar friendly face can be so comforting. Many of these children are unable to advocate for themselves and having someone be a voice for them is invaluable. Being a new volunteer I am just working through my very first case, but I hope that I am able to make an impact for years to come.
4. What is your professional background? (job, schooling, etc.)
I received my bachelor’s degree in accounting from John Carroll University in 2008 and received my MBA from Seton Hill University in 2019. I have spent the last 10+ years in various accounting roles and am currently a Senior Financial Analyst for Kennametal in Latrobe.
5. What other organizations are you involved with? (if any)
I am on the board of directors for a local animal rescue, Pet Friends Inc., serving as the Public Relations director. I have been a foster home with the organization for almost 5 years, fostering cats and kittens. I love animals and while it can be difficult, it’s been such a rewarding experience.
6. Briefly tell us about your family.
My husband and I have been married for 4 years and live in North Huntingdon. Our house is typically full of rescue cats and foster kittens.
7. What do you like to do in your free time?
My husband and I love to travel but this year COVID-19 has put a temporary stop to that. We hope to be able to get to a few new places around the globe next year.