How long have you been a CASA?
I have been a CASA for 5 months. Our group of ten trainees completed the training in late February. On our way back from being sworn in by Judge Galvin, I was assigned to my first case.
What brought you to apply to become a CASA?
With work and family commitments, my previous volunteering efforts tended to be short term and less intense. As a recent empty nester this was a good opportunity to get more involved in the local community. I had met many CASAs and they all spoke very highly of this opportunity to help kids.
Besides being a CASA volunteer, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Other than spending time with family, I enjoy reading, playing tennis, going to the farmer’s market, practicing yoga (before the pandemic). You might also see me at one of Btown’s restaurants or brewpubs supporting our local businesses.
What do you love the most about being a CASA?
The kids! Each kid is so different, and I have enjoyed getting to know each kid. It has been a challenge to have conversations on ZOOM but it is getting better every week. I look forward to being able to visit with them in person in the near future.
And now for a little fun, what’s a hidden talent or unusual fact that most people don’t know about you?
Back in the days of wood tennis racquets and one handed backhands, I played on the tennis pro tour for a few years. My ranking never reached the heights that I could make money from the sport but I did get to travel across four continents.