How long have you been a CASA?
I have been a CASA since the December 2015 graduating class.
What brought you to apply to become a CASA?
My wife, Jane, actually suggested it not really expecting I would look into it. As I approached retirement I needed something to give back to others, so I contacted a couple of the board members and another CASA to see what it was like. Even with their experiences, being a Child Advocate is nothing like I or my wife expected. However, it has been one of the best decisions I have made, so much so that I took on a multiple case load for the last two years.
Besides being a CASA volunteer, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to ride motorcycles, woodwork, fly-fish and play pickleball. And knowing a little about video games helps to connect with kids these days.
What do you love the most about being a CASA?
Figuring out ways to connect to a child and then implementing them. Each child has a different response to their CASA and it is not enough just for us to be there. Seeing kids waiting at their door with a smile on their face as you approach is extremely rewarding.
And now for a little fun, what’s a hidden talent or unusual fact that most people don’t know about you?
I have written and published an adventure novel utilizing a local publishing house. Some day I’ll get the second one done!