1. How did you first learn about CASA?
I learned of CASA over a period of many years while working in the world of non-profits in the Greensburg area. At the time I didn’t believe I had the time to devote to such an important program, but always thought it would something I might enjoy.
Coincidentally, in the recent past, one of my volunteers at WCCC was a CASA advocate and she and I discussed the program at length. Her enthusiasm and encouragement gave me the push I needed to begin training.
2. What made you want to volunteer with CASA, and how long have you been with us?
It breaks my heart that, even in our own community, there are children that are abused and neglected and are in need of a dependable friend and strong voice to share their rights and support their needs.
I am honored to share my time for such an important cause.
I became a CASA advocate officially in December of 2019.
3. What impact do you feel CASA has in the community?
CASA has become a well-respected program in the community, assisting the courts in making more well informed and insightful decisions concerning the placement of children from struggling homes. Anytime better decisions are made in support of families, the community benefits.
4. What is your professional background? (job, schooling, etc.)
I am a graduate of Grove City College and have spent most of my career in various positions within the non-profit world. The Alzheimer’s Association and APPRISE (a program of the Department of Aging) have provided opportunities for me to share my knowledge and skills with those in need.
5. What other organizations are you involved with? (if any)
I also spend time with my church, particularly our food pantry and Pine Springs Camp, a Presbyterian camp in Jennerstown, PA.
6. Briefly tell us about your family.
I have been married for 37 years to a retired police officer and we have three beautiful, adult children, each with lovely spouses. We also enjoy two, energy filled grandsons with whom we love to spend time.
7. What do you like to do in your free time?
My husband and I enjoy traveling and have had many memorable, family adventures over the years.
I also spend a good deal of time reading, particularly history-based fiction.