How long have you been a CASA?
Since November, 2016 – I came in with the last presidential election.
What brought you to apply to become a CASA?
From the time I moved to Bloomington in 1986 and heard about CASA, I wanted to do this work. But of course life and family and job seemed to take up too much space. I served on the CASA board for a few years, then in September, 2016 I left my job of 20 years. That week I signed up for training (thanks Kristin for squeezing me in last minute!).
Besides being a CASA volunteer, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I keep pretty busy. In good weather I row out at Lake Lemon, and get out with my dog and husband for hikes in the Southern Indiana woods. I am involved with community organizing and election volunteering through Hoosier Action. And I work part time at IU creating podcasts for a gender studies project called Just Married.
What do you love the most about being a CASA?
The kids, of course! Watching them thrive and find some stability, safety and love in their home, wherever that may be. These months without hugs and in-person visits have been really challenging.
And now for a little fun, what’s a hidden talent or unusual fact that most people don’t know about you?
My brain is full of song lyrics. I might forget your name but I can pull out songs from Motown to Broadway.