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    VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

     Pam Christenberry – April 2017 Featured Volunteer

    1. How long have you been a CASA?

    15 months

    2. What brought you to apply to become a CASA?

    My daughter was the victim of abuse at the hands of her father.  I saw first hand that kids need to have an advocate.  For my daughter, she had me, but it left me thinking about those kids who did not have a parent to be their advocate.

    3. Besides being a CASA advocate, what do you like to do in your spare time?

    I enjoy quilting, but am just a beginner.  I also enjoy spending time with my kids and grand-kids and am currently helping my daughter plan her wedding.

    4. What do you love the most about being a CASA?

    I love the kids. Getting hugs from them and being asked not to leave from a visit with them is the best reward.

    5. And now for a little fun, what’s a hidden talent or unusual fact that most people don’t know about you?

    I love disaster movies.  For Christmas, my husband bought me some of my favorites on DVD… Dante’s Peak, 2012, Day after Tomorrow, Volcano, San Andreas, and Core.

    Rob Mobley – March 2017 Featured Volunteer

    1. How long have you been a CASA?

    Just over a year.

    2. What brought you to apply to become a CASA?

    Being a parent was the most fulfilling event in my life, seeing the development of my own children into caring, self-sufficient and compassionate adults left me feeling successful in my life. I have always believed in our shared responsibility to create an environment where children can thrive. When the local CASA office began offering a training schedule that worked with my corporate work requirement, I signed up for the next available session.

    3. Besides being a CASA advocate, what do you like to do in your spare time?

    I have 6 grandchildren and 2 on the way, so my favorite thing is to spend time with them and their families. I am a lifelong learner and spend quite a bit of time reading and being outside on the B-Line.

    4. What do you love the most about being a CASA?

    I love the connection we get with the CASA staff members, the families we serve, the DCS staff, service providers and the court system. I can honestly see the different we make to a child and the families we get to work with. I see the value of someone dedicated to truly advocate for the best interest of the child. Knowing that each time we are in court, we bring value to the child, to their families, the system and to the judge who has an awesome responsibility for the welfare of our further generation. Knowing we make a difference! The quality and passion of the people we are in contact with provides the energy and motivation to advocate. CASA is an opportunity to be a part of something wonderful and something that is greater than I could ever do on my own. I see those who serve our children as super heroes, and in CASA, I get to be in the presence of super heroes frequently!

    5. And now for a little fun, what’s a hidden talent or unusual fact that most people don’t know about you?

    I don’t know if I have a hidden talent, because I like to be involved in so many things, I have to use everything that I have! I can’t hold back.

    Connie Carney – February 2017 Featured Volunteer

    1. How long have you been a CASA?

    I have been a CASA a little over two years.

    2. What brought you to apply to become a CASA?

    I like advocacy. I was a deputy public defender in Arkansas many, many years ago and found the work with FINS (Family in Need of Services) children the most rewarding client work and the most likely work to effect positive change.

    3. Besides being a CASA advocate, what do you like to do in your spare time?

    I don’t have any spare time 🙂 I have two kids and am involved in their activities, am an LLM student in health law policy at Mckinney Law School, teach freshman composition courses as an adjunct lecturer at IU. If I had free time I would write and read more – maybe exercise – I know I should, and I would definitely become involved in the Women Writing for Change group in Bloomington.

    4. What do you love the most about being a CASA?

    I like the relationships with the CASA community – and it is a community. Also, it is rewarding to see that even when things do not go as you hope they would, your efforts can still better the lives of the children just by bringing issues to the surface to establish continuum for future intervention.

    5. And now for a little fun, what’s a hidden talent or unusual fact that most people don’t know about you?

    I met my  husband when I was six years old. He was a neighbor, and we were childhood friends. He is pretty sweet.