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    Staff Bios

    Kristin Bishay is the CASA Director. Kristin joined the FSA staff in the spring of 2002 and became the CASA program director in November 2007. She brought with her social service experience coupled with 18 years in management. She trained as a CASA volunteer in 1996 actively taking cases for seven years. She worked with children and families as a direct client service provider for five years.
    Anne Veldman is a Case Coordinator. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Indiana University in 1988 and a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from University of the Pacific in 1993. She practiced Physical Therapy for seven years with her focus being spinal cord injuries before switching gears and becoming a stay at home mom. As her children grew she became immersed in children’s activities including coaching youth soccer, teaching religious education and substituting at her children’s school. Upon moving to Bloomington in 2005, Anne became a child advocate for the Monroe County CASA program.
    Tia Arthur is a Case Coordinator. Tia obtained her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from IU with a focus on child maltreatment law. Tia worked with youth as a resident coordinator at the Monroe County Youth Shelter-Binkley House and volunteered as an advocate for the CASA program. Tia gained more experience when she worked for the Department of Child Services in the investigations unit for 3 years. During that time, Tia attended various trainings focusing on topics regarding child abuse and neglect. Tia obtained her certification in the CornerHouse Forensic Interview Protocol in December 2011. Tia joined the CASA program in June 2012.
    Beth McDaniel-Krouse is a Case Coordinator. Before becoming a Case Supervisor, Beth was a CASA volunteer for over 10 years. That volunteer experience compelled her to return to school after 15+ years in the financial institution world and pursue a degree in Social Work. For the past 13 years she has been working with children and families in a variety of capacities. She worked for the Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation as the Family & Community Engagement Coordinator, has done home-based services through Family Solutions with youth challenged by truancy issues and was the first Coordinator for Monroe County Wrap Around. She has been with CASA since June 2013.
    Lara Weaver is a Case Coordinator. She joined the CASA program in August of 2014 and brings with her a passion for social justice. She has 20+ years of experience working with and for families with a focus on advocacy for women and children, as well as, victims of domestic/sexual/family violence. In her free time she is active in Bloomington’s musical and performing arts community.
    Dave Torneo is a Case Coordinator. Dave was educated at the University of California at Santa Barbara and Pacifica Graduate Institute where he earned his Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology in 1995. Dave and his family moved to Indiana in 1997. He has worked in the human services field for over 30 years, most recently holding the positions of Assistant Director and Clinical Coordinator at the Monroe County Youth Shelter-Binkley House for nearly 16 years. In 2013 he was chosen as Youth Champion by Stepping-Stones for his ongoing commitment to families and young people in our community. Dave is one of the founders of Ledge Mule Press, a local publisher specializing in limited edition poetry books, and coordinates the Ledge Mule Press Poetry Project Reading Series, held almost monthly at the I Fell Gallery. He has two grown sons, Sam and Adam.
    Amber Shride is the Resource Development Coordinator. She is a 2003 graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where she studied Speech Communication with a specialization in Public Relations and a minor in Journalism. Since moving to Bloomington in 2008, Amber has gained valuable experience working with both small businesses and nonprofit organizations in support and management positions. Outside of work, Amber enjoys spending time with her husband and dogs, knitting, blogging and running distance races.
    Lynne Card is the CASA Office Manager. Lynne has been a paralegal for the past 30 years, mainly in the family law sector. Lynne is married with two adult children and an awesome dog! She has been a CASA for almost three years and has also completed mediation training through Community Justice and Mediation Center. In her spare time, Lynne enjoys gardening, hiking and cooking.
    Karly Kikkert is the Recruitment Assistant. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies in May of 2016. For her first four years at IU she was a member of the Indiana University Women’s Rowing Team and while finishing her studies for a fifth year she was an assistant coach. She was drawn to CASA for several reasons, one being the incredibly upbeat and welcoming environment this office has to give and another being that she truly enjoys working with others with the mission of making a difference. When she is not working with CASA she enjoys cooking, exploring our community and traveling.


    Board Bios

    Sandy Garrett is currently the Office Administrator/Facility Security Officer for the Indiana Operations of Technology Service Corporation. She graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and then earned a Masters in Management from Oakland City University. She is a member of the South Central Indiana Human Resource Association and is an adjunct faculty member at Oakland City University Bedford. She has been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monroe County for twelve years and was named the Big Sister of the Year in 2012. She is also active with the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce where she serves as a Chamber Ambassador. She is a member of Sherwood Oaks Christian Church and has two sons and a daughter and six awesome grandsons. She joined the CASA board because she believes strongly in their program and mission and wants to be a part of helping to make a difference in the lives of children in our community who need it the most.
    Patricia Goldman has spent the last eight years as a Graduation Coach at both Edgewood High School and Bloomington High School South. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa School of Social Work. Patricia moved to Bloomington in 1990 with her husband Duane, who is the Head Wrestling Coach at Indiana University. They have three children, Aphten 25, Garret 23 and Avery 20. She joined the CASA board because through her work in social services, she knows first hand the impact a caring and trained adult can have in the life of an at-risk child. The work that our Monroe County CASAs do with children and families is invaluable. She hopes that we can continue to expand services so that no child will be on the waiting list for a CASA.
    Jackie Hays has lived in Bloomington since the fall of 2005 and is the Director of Marketing for Comprehensive Financial Consultants. Since moving to Bloomington, Jackie has been involved with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington and has served on various boards in the community. She is married and has 2 wonderful children. Jackie joined the CASA board in hopes of making a difference in the lives of children; all children are entitled to and need a safe and loving home!
    David Hays is the founder, president and senior consultant of Comprehensive Financial Consultants, Inc., located in Bloomington, Indiana. His firm was chartered to deliver financial planning and investment advice to individuals, businesses, retirement plans and not-for-profit organizations. David is also the host of Your Money with David Hays, a weekly Saturday morning financial radio program on WGCL. David is active with various local organizations that care for children. As a fifth-generation Bloomington resident, David sees the value of providing good support – emotionally, physically, financially and educationally – to the children of Bloomington and Monroe County in order to build the community. David and his family have long supported The Villages of Bloomington, COTA – Children’s Organ Transplant Association and various local youth sports activities.
    Brian Beall has lived in Bloomington for 31 years and is a Financial Representative with Northwestern Mutual helping individuals achieve a more secure future for themselves, their families, and businesses by providing a wide range of products and services to address their needs and goals. Brian graduated from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. His professional career includes working for National Steel Corporation and Indiana University as well as being a long time local business owner and entrepreneur. Brian serves on a variety of not-for-profit boards as well as civic and community organizations. He supports youth sports and organizations with an emphasis on children. Brian is married to Carol who is a Nurse Practitioner with the IU Health Network. They have been married for 26 years and have two sons.
    Kathleen McConahay is a self-employed entrepreneur operating multiple businesses and services in Monroe County. She is the owner Flags Over Indiana (established in 1989), performs various administrative task on behalf of the Hoosier Hills Estate Planning Council and the local Jewish Theatre and operates a cleaning/maintenance service. She is an active volunteer for the St. Vincent De Paul Society, an organization that helps families with financial and furniture needs. Kathleen is married to a tall and handsome husband and has four better than average children. In addition to the above activities, she recently retired from taking care of 11 children over past 14 years. Kathleen would like all children to have a safe and permanent home and is in awe of the work that CASA does to help ensure the rights and interests of abused and neglected children.
    Linda Grove-Paul is a long term resident of Bloomington (via IU) who is married and has raised six wonderful children. Linda has been involved in working in child welfare for the past 20 years and is the Vice President for Centerstone’s Adult and Family Services. Linda is committed to advocating for the needs of children and families in our community and embraces the CASA mission that we can and should be the voice of the child.
    Jesica Sonneborn is a 2005 graduate of Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Public Management. She has been the General Manager of Grazie Italian Eatery since 2006 and is fully vested providing quality customer service and great experiences to guests. Originally from Lowell, Indiana but now part of the Bloomington community, she hopes that her involvement in CASA will lead to progress in securing every child in Bloomington a safe and secure home.
    Allan Buhr is currently a Business Loan Officer/Senior Credit Analyst with the Indiana University Credit Union. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Indiana University and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Butler University. Allan is a Leadership Bloomington Monroe County graduate, a licensed foster parent and a licensed Grade 8 Soccer Referee. In addition to his service on the CASA Board of Directors, Allan has served on the Finance Committee at St. Paul United Methodist Church, as the Treasurer of the Grandview Elementary PTO and in several leadership roles in the Bloomington One BNI group. Allan sings and plays keyboards in a local rock band. His key to success is to keep learning, take ownership, ask for help if you need it, and remember God gave you everything you have.
    Chris Robb is the Senior Manager of Network Partner Engineering for the Global NOC at Indiana University. He has had lifelong connections to Bloomington through his parents and came to school at IU in 1996. Once settled, he decided to make Bloomington his permanent home. Professionally, Chris has spent the last 15 years supporting high speed computer networking for higher education in his roles at the Indiana University Global Network Operations Center. He has served on the board at Bloomington Developmental Learning Center and has acted as an officer on the Templeton Elementary PTO. His wife of 14 years also works at Indiana University and has provided service to a number of Bloomington organizations. They have an eight year old daughter who hates dresses and loves Minecraft. Chris has a passion for photography and wants to help provide a better life to Monroe County’s disadvantaged children.
    David Sonneborn is the service manager at Commercial Service of Bloomington, Inc. His grandfather purchased this business which has been family owned since the 1960s. David was born in Bloomington and has resided here most of his life. He is a very talented photographer who spent eight years in California pursuing a career in photography before returning home in 2009. David feels blessed to have a supportive, loving family and has a strong desire to give back. The life changing work of the CASA volunteers resonates with David and he hopes to further the success of the agency.
    Jim Shelton is a retired physicist who served as a Vice President of Technology Service Corporation, which provides engineering services principally to the US Navy. He is presently the Government Relations Manager with County Government for the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. He is a 2000 graduate of Leadership Bloomington-Monroe County and has been a CASA since 2012. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Christian Brothers University and a Masters of Science in Electronic Engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He and his wife, Gen, have lived in Bloomington since 1971, except for 5 years spent in the Washington, D.C. area. They have one son.
    John Steinmetz is the Director of the Indiana Geological Survey and the State Geologist of Indiana. He is also the Chair of the Indiana Board of Licensure for Professional Geologists. In both of these capacities, he has served Indiana for the past 17 years. John’s wife is a CASA Volunteer, and having seen her and her fellow volunteers making differences in young lives was the inspiration for John to join the CASA Board. He brings with him considerable experience in leadership, organization, fundraising, and community commitment to serve in an organization that is of vital importance to the quality of life for so many in Monroe County. Prior to joining on the Monroe County CASA Board, John was on the Monroe County Public Library Foundation (Friends of the Library), where he was on both the Marketing Committee and was Board Treasurer for three years. John brings his professional skills, his love of community, and his passion for safe, caring, and permanent homes to the benefit of the CASA Board.