What inspired you to become a CASA?
I felt like I wanted to try to make a positive difference in our community and felt that helping kids would be an area that my contributions would have the most impact.
What has surprised you most about being a CASA?
I think the thing that surprised me the most is how long the process can take. I’ve been on my current case for over a year and we’re still not finished.
What is the best/worst thing that has happened to you as a CASA?
The best thing is seeing the kids I’ve been working with thrive in what is a difficult situation for them through no fault of their own. The worst thing has been watching parents just not being capable of putting their kids first.
The most meaningful event of your time as a CASA?
Finally getting a TPR approved so we are able to finally begin the process of getting the kids into a healthy, stable, and forever home that they deserve.
What are some of your strongest beliefs about CASA?
Just being willing to be there for the kids is huge. It is an honor to be able to speak for the needs of these children and support them through what can be a difficult time for them. The love that you feel for these kids and what they give back to you is priceless.
What do you wish other people knew about CASA?
You will get back so much more than you can ever give and we do make a difference.
What would you say to someone considering becoming a CASA?
I would say that they should attend an informational meeting and learn about this critical need in our community. Once you see that you can make a difference you will also see that what the CASA volunteers do makes a huge impact. And you are going to get to meet some of the coolest people who just happen to work for CASA.
Something we would be surprised to know about you?
I’ve driven a NASCAR racecar at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. I arranged a girls trip a number of years ago and took everyone to the Richard Petty Experience where we got to drive and race the cars. I ended up beating the rest of the girls, reaching a speed in excess of 160 MPH. I got in trouble from the instructor for going too fast but it was all worth it when I won!
What do you like to do when you aren’t volunteering as a CASA?
I spend my time hanging with my family, reading fiction and biographies, going to movies and watching way too much trash TV. I also try to experience a new restaurant each month.