How long have you been a CASA?
I have been a CASA for one year.
What brought you to apply to become a CASA?
I have been interested in CASA since I helped organize the first Playhouse Raffle (and sold the winning ticket). But, I really wanted to become a CASA to be a voice for children in need. As a mom and a community volunteer, I have seen how important it is for a child to have someone in their corner. I was in a place in my life where I could commit and try to make a difference.
Besides being a CASA advocate, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Spare time? What’s that? If I have spare time, I usually fill it. I am also on the Area 10 Agency on Aging Board of Directors. Area 10 is on the other end of the age spectrum, but also an incredibly worthwhile organization. I also teach a class on Community Development for IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs program. Mostly, I just enjoy hanging with my husband Steve. My sons live far away, but I enjoy catching up with them during our weekly Skype session.
What do you love the most about being a CASA?
My current CASA child is amazing and I enjoy watching her little face light up. I am grateful to be part of a team that is helping someone get their life back on track. I can appreciate that in some small way I am helping this family move forward. Sometimes it is really hard, but it is also very satisfying to be doing something positive when there is just so much negativity surrounding us.
And now for a little fun, what’s a hidden talent or unusual fact that most people don’t know about you?
I always think of myself as being pretty ordinary, but if I have a hidden talent it might be that I’m a good baker. Although, it isn’t that hidden because my former co-workers spent years consuming a lot of my baking!