1.How did you first learn about CASA?
I originally heard about CASA from something in the paper. Then, sometime later, my husband became a CASA and encouraged me to become one, as well. I was hesitant at first, because I knew I’d become attached, but now I’m so glad I became an advocate.
2. What made you want to volunteer with CASA, and how long have you been with us?
I’ve been a CASA for a little over a year. As a former teacher, I’ve always been someone who wants to help children. Children in care often have extraordinary needs, so any additional help I can provide in the form of advocating for them, is the least I can do.
3.What impact do you feel CASA has in the community?
CASA is a stabilizing force in the lives of children and their families. Stable families are the core of the community, and the children CASA helps are given a strong foundation and a good start in life.
4.What is your professional background? (job, schooling, etc.)
I am a retired high school and college teacher. Prior to becoming a teacher, I worked as a grant administrator in a university, so I’ve always been involved in education to some degree. I’ve worked with children from all backgrounds, and children with special needs, so I think that gives me insight into the problems some of these children may have.
5.What other organizations are you involved with?(if any)
I am actively involved in local politics, and I am an officer in the Women of Westmoreland organization, which assists women running for political office, and also participates in community service.
6.Briefly tell us about your family.
I have been married for 43 years, and I have three grown children. My children all live on the East Coast, so I am an empty nester. I have two brothers, and one niece and nephew. My husband comes from a large family; he has six brothers and sisters and multiple nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews. Family gatherings are loud and fun!
7.What do you like to do in your free time?
When I’m not visiting my children, I like to read, do crossword puzzles, and volunteer.
8.Is there anything else that you’d like us to include?
I am really thrilled to be a part of the CASA program. Working with these children brings me such joy and helping them is so rewarding. I encourage anyone who loves children to consider training to be a CASA.