How long have you been a CASA?
I have been a CASA in Monroe County since I took the intensive weekend training at the end of last summer. However…I was a CASA in Morgan County over 20 years ago, and I worked about 10 cases over a period of about 5 years.
What brought you to apply to become a CASA?
I recently retired from 42 years of public school work (the last 17 at Brown County Schools) in the most recent capacity as Dir. Student Svs./Dir. Special Educ. Much of my school based work was with the Office of Family & Children, Centerstone and Juvenile Probation, so I have been familiar with the family and agency interaction process for a long time. The team approach to solving/mitigating hard cases in the best interest of the children is most effective with committed teams.
Besides being a CASA volunteer, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy playing tennis and golf……..do a little martial arts oriented tai chi a couple times a week……… and much enjoy being outdoors for recreation. I read as much as I want for pleasure now that I am retired! I also teach Sunday School/Religious Education at my church.
What do you love the most about being a CASA?
It is important to help the children who are blameless, often helpless victims of the botched affairs of adults. Any help we can give them as a committed team will make their lives (hopefully a little) better in the future.
And now for a little fun, what’s a hidden talent or unusual fact that most people don’t know about you?
In past summers I have been on archaeological digs for dinosaur bones in South Dakota. The cool days were about 100 degrees!