Voices for Children Montgomery

Spring 2022 Newsletter

IN THIS NEWSLETTER: Welcome New Board Members | Child Abuse Prevention Month | National Volunteer Week | Upcoming Events | Volunteer Spotlights | Upcoming Pre-Service Training | Volunteer Anniversaries | Donors Making a Difference

Welcome New Board Members!

Please welcome four new members of the VFCM Board of Directors, elected at the Board's March meeting! Our newest Board members bring diverse backgrounds and experience to our organization and we are delighted that they want to contribute their talents to helping VFCM achieve its mission and goals!


Alysse Henkel

Alysse Henkel is the director of Research Data and Analytics at The Vision Council in Washington, DC where she is responsible for establishing data management systems and policies to enable complex analysis of large data sets, developing robust market modeling sources and systems, and communicating relevant insights that can contribute to actionable and strategic business recommendations.


Clare Overmann

Clare Overmann serves as the Executive Director at the National Academy for International Education where she oversees a diverse portfolio of organization-wide initiatives, external communications, and executive projects. In 2014 she received the IIE President's Award acknowledging leadership and innovation in Myanmar. She has been featured in publications such as Frontrunners Innovate Magazine, Inside Higher Education, The PIE News, and Higher Ed Dive. 


Tadu Yiman

Tadu Yimam serves as Vice President of Digital Engagement at the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) in Washington, DC where she is responsible for membership, marketing, information technology, and publications. She has received several awards and has been recognized for her work in association innovation, including the 2022 Association Women and Technology Champion Award, 2019 American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Foundation Innovation Grant winner, 2019 Association Young & Aspiring Professional Award (Association Trends), 2019 DCA Live - Association Innovator Award.


Sogand Zamani 

Sogand Zamani is the founding and managing principal of the law firm Zamani & Associates PLLC. Her practice includes adoption, assisted reproduction technology (ART), child custody, child protective services investigations, divorce, division of business and complex assets, Hague abduction matters, relocation, child support, spousal support, domestic violence protection orders, premarital or cohabitation agreements, and parenting agreements. She has been recognized as a Top Divorce Lawyer by the Washingtonian in 2021, Top Attorney by Bethesda Magazine in 2021, and by Super Lawers.com as one of the Top 50 Women in Washington, DC.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Each year, nearly 408,000 children in the United States experience abuse or neglect, ushering them into the dependency court and foster care systems. A child in foster care, on average, will move into multiple homes and attend multiple schools. All this chaos and inconsistency has long-term effects. As a result, some children may have been increasingly exposed to child abuse and neglect, parental intimate partner violence at home, and sexual violence. 

Ways You Can Get Involved

Make a donation to Voices for Children Montgomery during the month of April and your name will be listed under one of our pinwheels.

Join Our Virtual Pinwheel Garden

National Volunteer Week


Celebrated on April 17-23, National Volunteer Week, provides an opportunity for Voices for Children Montgomery to honor and thank CASA volunteers who work hard to ensure children and youth, who have been placed in foster care as a result of experiencing abuse or neglect, have their voices heard every day.  

Upcoming Trainings

  • April 20, 2022, 6:00pm-7:30pm, Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) cases and crossover with foster youth
  • April 28, 2022, 6:00pm-7:30pm, CASA Connections
  • June 25, 2022 , 9:00am-4:30pm, Summer Volunteer Pre-Service Training Begins
  • September 17, 2022, 9:00am-4:30pm, Fall Volunteer Pre-Service Training Begins
More Information

Volunteer Spotlights

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Joanna Salzman is the CASA for 18-year-old Greg*. Greg is currently placed in a residential treatment center and is finishing the 11th grade. Greg does not have much family involvement and most of his connections are with adults related to his current child welfare case. Greg is very vocal about wanting to reconnect with his biological family, feeling like his needs are not being heard, and wanting to be more involved in the conversations about his future. Since being assigned to Greg’s case in late 2021, Joanna has been advocating to the Child Welfare and the Court about making sure that Greg is included and understands the decisions that are being made for his future. For the first time in a long time, Greg is finally feeling heard thanks to Ms. Salzman’s advocacy.

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Mercy Griffith is the CASA for 6-year-old Amelia*.  Amelia, like many other children in foster care, has experienced a lot of loss and trauma as a result of being removed from her parents’ care. This school year, Amelia began kindergarten and was exhibiting some behaviors in school that were of concern. Mercy was able to advocate and assist the social worker and school system with getting Amelia placed in a new school with a social emotional program that could better accommodate Amelia’s needs. Amelia is now enjoying school and her teachers have expressed that she is doing well and progressing with her learning. 

*Names changed and photos are not of CASA children

Upcoming Pre-Service Training Sessions for

Prospective Volunteers

Summer 2022



9:00 AM to 4:30 PM



6:00 PM to 9:30 PM



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9:00 AM to 4:30 PM



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6:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Fall 2022



9:00 AM to 4:30 PM



6:00 PM to 9:30 PM



6:00 PM to 9:30 PM



9:00 AM to 4:30 PM



6:00PM to9:30 PM



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6:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Volunteer Anniversaries

Thank you to each of the following individuals for your years of service and dedication to your CASA youth. Happy Anniversary!

15 Years

Diane Krishnamurti

13 Years

Charles Hosten

11 Years

Natalie Randolph

Kathryn Winsberg

10 Years

Dean Cooper

9 Years

Marie-Christine Rebiere-Homan

8 Years

Joseph Lipten

Sasha Rene

7 Years

Jessica Cruz

Suzanne Waltzer

6 Years

Susan Fitzpatrick

5 Years

Marcia Alleyne

Gabriel Chikes

Michelle Citren

Patrice Furlow

Joy Markowitz

Joshua Shaw

4 Years

Marlene Beckman

Brian Fisher

Elizabeth Kaplan

Majidah Muhammad

Tara Ryan

3 Years

Katherine Holmcrans

Jayna Johns

Monica Vargas-Vidal

Danielle Wilcox

2 Years

Mamie Bittner

Susan Burgess

Jeffery Capron

Margaret Erickson

Addison Fullmer

Cindy Guijosa

Melissa Hancock

Victoria Howell

Marisa Kish

Brandon Martin

Usha Menon

Terry Roder

Andrea Taylor

Ann Toch

Kayla Walrath

Catherine Young

1 Year

Jonathan Beltran

Tracy Berriman

Stacey Blanchard

Jodi Chesman

Lael Coleman

Ashley Dickerson

Laurie Ensworth

Shelby Jones

Allison Kurti

Annette Levey

Karen Lin

Alana Melo Dos Santos

Sheila O'Connell

Joe Petrone

Laura Searles

Jamie Thompson

Donors Making A Difference

*Donations received from 1/15/2022 to 4/08/2022

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Thank you to everyone who made a donation! Your generosity is the reason we are able to continue to help children in foster care in Montgomery County. We could not do this work without YOU!!


  • Wesley Bolden
  • Rhoda Chanin
  • Denise DeConcini
  • Trudy Fleisher
  • Robin Harris
  • Martha Landesberg
  • Liora Moriel
  • Chito Okoye
  • Jarrett Perlow
  • Olga Pilshchikova
  • Beth Roberts
  • Amar Singh
  • Rachel & Travis Stalcup
  • Noreene Stehlik

Special Thanks

  • Klinger Insurance Group 
  • The Nora Roberts Foundation
  • PNC Foundation (match to Chito Okoye donations)
  • Robert I. Schattner Foundation

Become a Volunteer

Be the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer that every child in Montgomery County, Maryland’s foster care system needs.

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Voices for Children Montgomery depends on donations from people like you to continue its work. Make a donation today to help us reach our goal of serving ALL children in foster care in Montgomery County by 2026.

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Voices for Children Montgomery is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and receives partial funding from the Montgomery County Dept. of Health and Human Services and the Administrative Office of the Courts Dept. of Juvenile and Family Services.