Our Staff

Suzanne Draper

Suzanne Draper

CASA Executive Director

Suzanne Draper serves as the Executive Director of Vanderburgh County CASA. Suzanne is a graduate of the University of Evansville, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. In 1990, after two years of corporate work, Suzanne began a career as a caseworker in Indianapolis, with the State of Indiana. As a case worker, her job focused on determining eligibility for public assistance. Over the next decade, Suzanne built career with the State of Indiana, as Family Case Manager and Supervisor with Department of Child Services. In 2002, Suzanne joined Vanderburgh County CASA, to serve as the Assistant Director. In August of 2003, Suzanne was tapped to serve as the Executive Director of Vanderburgh County CASA.

Christine Lutz

Christine Lutz

Program Director

Christine Lutz has worked with CASA for more than 12 years. Christine serves as Vanderburgh County CASA’s Program Director and is responsible for facilitating CASA’s New Volunteer Training Program and develops, coordinates and executes ongoing training opportunities for CASA’s active volunteers. Christine began her CASA career as a Volunteer Coordinator: supporting and supervising an average 30 volunteers annually. Christine holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University-Bloomington. After graduation, Chris served as a CASA volunteer for Monroe County CASA. Chris’ volunteer experience provided her with the foundation and passion to work with children and youth in need of service. Her volunteer work with CASA launched her more than a decade long career at CASA. As a former CASA volunteer and now Program Director, Christine understands that being a CASA volunteer is not easy work, but she witnesses people every day, taking time away from their own families and lives to reach out to children and families who are in crisis. Christine has also had the pleasure to work with other agencies in the Evansville community who support the families and children of CASA.

Rebecca Brown

Rebecca Brown

CASA Office Manager

Rebecca Brown has been a part of the Vanderburgh County CASA for nearly two decades. She began her CASA career as a volunteer in May 1998. In 2005, after serving 7 years as a CASA advocate for children of abuse and neglect court cases, Rebecca accepted the Office Manager position and became part of the CASA staff. As the small agency grew, her basic office responsibilities quickly expanded to include assisting with and helping to organize fundraisers, in-services, special events and celebrations. CASA has given Rebecca the very unique opportunity to grow in her own strengths while investing in her passion: children and youth. Only a few people can honestly say they love their job: Rebecca considers herself very blessed to be one of those people and work for CASA!

Debby Gamache

Debby Gamache

Staff Advocate

Debby Gamache has served as a CASA volunteer a decade in May of 2015. Debby holds Associate’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, and Criminal Justice, with a concentration on Juvenile Delinquency. Debby also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. After moving to the Evansville area over 20 years ago, Debby sought volunteer work that focused on nurturing and mentoring children; two passions that have always been important. Debby’s daughter met the Executive Director of CASA, who was presenting to the nursing class at USI. Debby’s daughter, along with some exposure to newspaper ads, encouraged Debby to apply for a volunteer position. Five years ago, Debby joined the Vanderburgh County CASA staff, serving as a Volunteer Coordinator.

Shannon Schultz

Shannon Schultz

Staff Advocate

Shannon Schultz joined Vanderburgh County CASA, as Case Coordinator in 2015. Shannon holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Ferris State University. Prior to her role as CASA’s Case Coordinator, Shannon worked in public accounting as a CPA, specializing in Tax Preparations. Serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteer since 2013, Shannon left her position of eleven (11) years as a Staff Accountant for MH Equipment to join CASA as a Case Coordinator. Shannon’s role at CASA will focus on working with triage and prioritized child abuse and neglect cases. Shannon finds that serving as a CASA advocate, and now a CASA Case Coordinator is extremely rewarding, making a difference in the lives of children is a passion of Shannon’s.

Trish Brown

Trish Brown

Volunteer Coordinator

Trish Brown joined Vanderburgh County CASA as a Volunteer Coordinator in 2007. Prior to accepting her current position as a CASA Volunteer Coordinator, Trish was employed with the Department of Child Services (DCS) as a family case manager for 17 years. In her former position as family case manager with DCS, applauded the need for all children who are wards of the court to have a CASA volunteer advocating for them on their behalf. As Trish’s worked with CASA volunteers, she was amazed by the accomplishments a volunteer that served as a CASA advocate to children in abuse and neglect cases. As a CASA Volunteer Coordinator, Trish is proud to witness the dedication of so many CASA Volunteers. Seeing the children benefit from a CASA volunteer advocating for children’s needs is an amazing experience and life changing! Trish holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from University of Southern Indiana.

Sally Carr

Sally Carr

Volunteer Coordinator

Sally Carr is a Volunteer Coordinator for Vanderburgh County CASA. Sally began her career with CASA in 1995 as a volunteer, while managing a radio station. Seven years later when CASA was undergoing a series of changes, Sally was offered a position on staff as a Volunteer Coordinator. As a CASA advocate and coordinator for the last twenty years, Sally has provided the staff and volunteers with valuable information, knowledge and tools to make a positive impact on the lives of the children and families of CASA. Through her work, Sally has had the opportunity to meet many wonderful and caring volunteers with the same passion and heart that she shares in her work at CASA. Alongside her work at Vanderburgh County CASA, Sally also serves on the Board of Directors for Prevent Child Abuse and sits on the Parenting Time Center Board of Directors. Sally also serves as a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, where she served as the State President Central Regional Director and the State Project Chairman.

Karen Hysell

Karen Hysell

Volunteer Coordinator

Karen Hysell joined Vanderburgh County CASA as a Volunteer Coordinator in May, 2011. She is a graduate of the University of Evansville, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Music in Music Therapy. Karen has thoroughly enjoyed working with and is always inspired by the dedicated volunteers involved with the CASA program.

Dana Lewis

Dana Lewis

Volunteer Coordinator

Dana Lewis is a Volunteer Coordinator for Vanderburgh County CASA. She joined CASA 4 years ago. Dana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Therapy from Indiana University, and earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Indiana University. Dana joined CASA after serving as a teacher for a decade at Center Grove School System in Greenwood, Indiana. Dana’s teaching experience introduced her to CASA. Teaching for ten years provided Dana with experiences and skills to help her when working with volunteers and families who have children with special needs and/or speech and language needs. Dana’s background, education and experience has provided her with an extensive background to advocate for children who have an IEP.

Yvonne Mans

Yvonne Mans

Volunteer Coordinator

Yvonne Mans earned her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Southern Indiana and served as a pre-school teacher prior to joining Vanderburgh County CASA. Yvonne joined CASA twelve years ago, starting as a volunteer advocate, serving as an intern while she earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Ball State, and worked as a part-time employee before being hired as a full time Volunteer Coordinator for CASA. Yvonne also holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern Indiana and is a licensed social worker. Yvonne’s teaching experience allows her to provide insight into the needs of the youngest children at court and to the CASA advocates. Yvonne’s extensive education and background has allowed her to understand the mental health issues associated with children and families of CASA, as well as the environmental factors that influence their life choices. Yvonne’s greatest joy of her vocation is the relationships formed with CASA volunteers, the most sacrificing, passionate and dedicated people she have ever had the privilege to work with. Yvonne believes that CASA volunteers are the most worthy human beings on the face of the earth.

Renee Minnette

Renee Minnette

Volunteer Coordinator

Before officially joining the CASA team, Renee was a volunteer for a year. She graduated from University of Southern Indiana in 2010 with majors in Political Science, Criminal Justice and Pre-Law. Since graduating, she has worked at Warrick and Spencer County Prosecutor’s Offices and Springleaf Financial Services, Inc. She resides in Evansville with her husband, Alex, and two fur babies, Piete and Bennett. With immediate family living all over the country, she and Alex enjoy spending their free time traveling to Minnesota, Florida, Colorado and Oregon to visit. Renee joined the CASA staff on June 20th. She will be working full time as a Volunteer Coordinator.

Casey Blake

Casey Blake

Development and Marketing Coordinator

Casey was born and raised in Washington, IN but has resided in Evansville since 2000. She graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a degree in Marketing and a Master’s degree in Education. Her professional background includes working for a non-profit art organization in Indianapolis, as well as the Indiana Historical Society. She has taught 1st, 2nd, and 5th grade in Evansville, and then worked for an education publishing company for 13 years. After having her 3rd child, she chose to stay home with her children. She and her husband Mike have been married for 10 years and raising their three children, Millie age 8, Mick age 6 and Tommy age 2. She joined the CASA staff on June 8th and is excited to be a part of such an amazing organization. She will be working part time as the Development and Marketing Coordinator.

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