July 2020


AUGUST 4, 2020
6:00 PM


AUGUST 28, 2020

-Leadership Breakfast
October 9,2020

-CASA Gala
February 7, 2021
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.
Rick Orienza has been named Director of Development
for CASA of Westmoreland, effective July 7, 2020.  
A successful executive in the areas of revenue development, marketing and communications, Orienza has enjoyed a dynamic and diverse career. A native of Southern California, Orienza began his professional journey writing artist biographies for Capitol Records and then directing national marketing and publicity campaigns for platinum recording artists such as Poison and Stryper.  From there he pursued his love of sports and spent several years marketing Minor League Baseball teams in Wichita, Kansas and Buffalo, New York before receiving an invitation to serve the Pittsburgh Pirates as their Director of Promotions and Advertising during the team’s transition from Three Rivers Stadium to PNC Park. He then assumed the role as Executive Director of the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center. Most recently, Orienza honed his business development skills as the Area Director of Business Development for Simon Property Group, and as the Resort Activities Sales Manager for Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. Residing in Uniontown, PA with his fiancée Julie, Rick’s favorite pastime is spending quality time with his 16-year old son Evan. He is excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the CASA mission and looks forward to helping to make a difference in the Westmoreland County community.
CASA of Westmoreland, Inc
2 N Main St
Greensburg Pa, 15601
(724) 850-6874