When did you say “yes” to becoming a CASA? Dana spoke about CASA at my church one Sunday morning. I had never heard of the program previously. The thought of being able to shorten a child’s stay in Foster Care was very appealing. I signed up to be interviewed that day.
Why are you a part of CASA’s volunteer team? I have the time and ability to change a child’s life for the better. I also feel very supported by the CASA staff when I have questions or just need to bounce ideas around. This support allows me to be a better advocate.
Do you have a favorite memory from volunteering? When my CASA child calls me because he just wants to check in.
What age of children do you work with and why did you choose that age? I am open to any age child. Currently, my child is a teenager. Going through adolescents is difficult enough under the best of circumstances. Being in foster care as a teen has many additional challenges.
What is one thing that would surprise someone to learn about you? This one stumped me. I asked my husband, and he couldn’t come up with anything as I’m very transparent. My daughter says that I like to watch trashy reality TV.
What is your occupation? How does volunteering fit into your work schedule? I am a Pharmaceutical Sales Professional. My schedule is somewhat flexible, and my company offers time off for volunteer hours to its employees.
What are your hobbies/interests/fav sports team? I mostly love spending time with my family, friends and pets. I also spend a good amount of time helping families with children who have Hydrocephalus which is an incurable brain condition that my daughter suffers from. My favorite part of my day is walking the dog with my family.
If you are married, how long have you been married? Do you have children? Pets? Married 18 years in June, One daughter (12) and a Step-son (21), goldendoodle, 2 cats.
Are you involved in any other volunteer roles you want to share with us? I’m a co-chair of the OK Community Network for the Hydrocephalus Association. I also Admin numerous social media groups for Hydrocephalus.
Why would you invite others to volunteer within our program? I would invite anyone with an extra 5-10 hours a month and the heart to help a child to volunteer. You will be supported by your Supervisor and the impact you can make is immeasurable.
Do you have an interesting or encouraging CASA experience to share? Before being sworn in as a CASA, I had never been in a courtroom. I remember being very nervous to write my first court report. Knowing your opinion regarding the life of a child is valued and heard by a Judge is very heavy and intimidating. I am now very comfortable with the process. In fact, I was recently a witness in a jury trial. I was definitely nervous. Ultimately, I know my testimony was helpful, and it was well worth the nerves.
Do you have a favorite quote you want to share? "The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The work of life is to develop it. The meaning of life is to give your gift away." David Viscott
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