- Kristin Bishay, CASA Executive Director
- Anne Veldman, Case Coordinator
- Tia Arthur, Case Coordinator
- Beth McDaniel-Krouse, Case Coordinator
- Lara Weaver, Case Coordinator
- Dave Torneo, Case Coordinator
- Amber Shride, Resource Development Coordinator
- Lynne Card, Case Coordinator
- Jill Jolliff, Special Projects and Policy Development
- Emily Jones, Administrative Support Specialist
- Jordy, Facility Dog
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- Jesica Sonneborn, Board Chair
- Marianne Chitwood, Vice Chair
- Chris Robb, Secretary
- Amy Miller, At Large
- Martin Donnelly, Treasurer
- David Hays, Board Member
- Nathan Williamson, Board Member
- Anne Leonard, Board Member
- Patrick Brantlinger, Board Member
- Devon Diller, Board Member
- Tracee Lutes, Board Member
- Megan Schuler, Board Member
- Haley Schmer, Board Member
- Steve Snyder, Board Member
- Katherine Field, Board Member
- Audrey Brittingham, Board Member
Kristin Bishay is the CASA Director. Kristin joined the FSA staff in the spring of 2002 and became the CASA program director in November 2007. She brought with her social service experience coupled with 18 years in management. She trained as a CASA volunteer in 1996 actively taking cases for seven years. She worked with children and families as a direct client service provider for five years.
Anne Veldman is a Case Coordinator. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Indiana University in 1988 and a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from University of the Pacific in 1993. She practiced Physical Therapy for seven years with her focus being spinal cord injuries before switching gears and becoming a stay at home mom. As her children grew she became immersed in children’s activities including coaching youth soccer, teaching religious education and substituting at her children’s school. Upon moving to Bloomington in 2005, Anne became a child advocate for the Monroe County CASA program.
Tia Arthur is a Case Coordinator. Tia obtained her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from IU with a focus on child maltreatment law. Tia worked with youth as a resident coordinator at the Monroe County Youth Shelter-Binkley House and volunteered as an advocate for the CASA program. Tia gained more experience when she worked for the Department of Child Services in the investigations unit for 3 years. During that time, she attended various trainings focusing on topics regarding child abuse and neglect, including obtaining certification in forensic interview protocol for children. Tia joined the CASA program in June 2012. Since becoming part of the CASA family, she manages the Courthouse Facility Dog Program of Monroe County CASA and is a handler for the program’s facility dog, Jordy. Tia is a founding member of the Monroe County LINK Alliance, a group that seeks to educate professionals in the community about the intersections of abuse in families, including child abuse, animal abuse, elder abuse, and domestic violence, with the primary goal that all living beings should be free from abuse and neglect. (www.nationallinkcoalition.org) Tia lives in Bloomington with her husband, two kids, 6 fish, and adorable Jordy, the CASA dog. She spends most weekends hiking with Jordy or cheering on her kids as they compete in swim meets throughout Indiana.
Beth McDaniel-Krouse is a Case Coordinator. Before becoming a Case Supervisor, Beth was a CASA volunteer for over 10 years. That volunteer experience compelled her to return to school after 15+ years in the financial institution world and pursue a degree in Social Work. For the past 13 years she has been working with children and families in a variety of capacities. She worked for the Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation as the Family & Community Engagement Coordinator, has done home-based services through Family Solutions with youth challenged by truancy issues and was the first Coordinator for Monroe County Wrap Around. She has been with CASA since June 2013.
Lara Weaver is a Case Coordinator. She joined the CASA program in August of 2014 and brings with her a passion for social justice. She has 20+ years of experience working with and for families with a focus on advocacy for women and children, as well as, victims of domestic/sexual/family violence. In her free time she is active in Bloomington’s musical and performing arts community.
Dave Torneo is a Case Coordinator. Dave was educated at the University of California at Santa Barbara and Pacifica Graduate Institute where he earned his Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology in 1995. Dave and his family moved to Indiana in 1997. He has worked in the human services field for over 30 years, most recently holding the positions of Assistant Director and Clinical Coordinator at the Monroe County Youth Shelter-Binkley House for nearly 16 years. In 2013 he was chosen as Youth Champion by Stepping-Stones for his ongoing commitment to families and young people in our community. Dave is one of the founders of Ledge Mule Press, a local publisher specializing in limited edition poetry books, and coordinates the Ledge Mule Press Poetry Project Reading Series, held almost monthly at the I Fell Gallery. He has two grown sons, Sam and Adam.
Amber Shride is the Resource Development Coordinator. She is a 2003 graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where she studied Speech Communication with a specialization in Public Relations and a minor in Journalism. Since moving to Bloomington in 2008, Amber has gained valuable experience working with both small businesses and nonprofit organizations in support and management positions. Outside of work, Amber enjoys spending time with her husband and dogs, knitting, blogging and running distance races.
Lynne Card is a CASA Case Coordinator. Lynne has been a paralegal for the past 30 years, mainly in the family law sector. Lynne is married with two adult children and an awesome dog! She has been a CASA for almost three years and has also completed mediation training through Community Justice and Mediation Center. In her spare time, Lynne enjoys gardening, hiking and cooking.
Jesica Sonneborn grew up in Northwest Indiana before coming to Bloomington to attend Indiana University. Once graduated, she made Bloomington home and worked in the restaurant business for 12 years before moving to sales . Jesica has previously served two terms on the board before taking a couple year break and returning. Jesica is married to her husband Dave and has a dog named Murphy and a cat named Kitty. She enjoys reading, cooking, wine, and good laughs in her free time. Jesica loves the mission of CASA and knowing that the work they do truly make a difference in the lives of so many.
Marianne Chitwood grew up in Indianapolis and moved to Bloomington after high school. She has worked at Indiana University since coming to Bloomington over 38 years ago. She serves as director to the I-Light Network which is a high speed optical network connecting all colleges and universities in the state to each other as well as to the national research and education networks. The other role she serves at IU is as director for GlobalNOC Operations. In this role she has responsibility for a 24x7x365 network operations center that supports research and education networks throughout the country. Marianne is blessed with a very supportive family, she lives with her husband Don in a 150 year old farmhouse just east of town. She particularly enjoys spending time with her two children and their families including her two new twin granddaughters Harlee and Hailee. The important work that is being done by CASA resonates with Marianne and she looks forward to helping the organization continue to increase the services it is able to provide the children in need in Monroe County.
David Hays is the founder, president and senior consultant of Comprehensive Financial Consultants, Inc., located in Bloomington, Indiana. His firm was chartered to deliver financial planning and investment advice to individuals, businesses, retirement plans and not-for-profit organizations. David is also the host of Your Money with David Hays, a weekly Saturday morning financial radio program on WGCL. David is active with various local organizations that care for children. As a fifth-generation Bloomington resident, David sees the value of providing good support – emotionally, physically, financially and educationally – to the children of Bloomington and Monroe County in order to build the community. David and his family have long supported The Villages of Bloomington, COTA – Children’s Organ Transplant Association and various local youth sports activities.
Amy Miller grew up in Bloomington and attended Ball State University where she studied elementary education. She taught 4th grade first in Bloomington for 4 years, and later in Indianapolis for another 4 years. Since returning to Bloomington in 2016 with her husband, she has stayed home to care for their three sweet and energetic young children. Amy was involved in a service sorority in and after college where she volunteered with and fundraised for organizations that serve children who are sick or in need. She is excited to be a small part of the amazing work that CASA does for Monroe County, helping to give children a chance to grow and thrive in safe and loving homes.
Chris Robb is the Director of Operations for Internet2 at the Indiana University GlobalNOC. He has had lifelong connections to Bloomington through his parents and came to school at IU in 1996. Once settled, he decided to make Bloomington his permanent home. Professionally, Chris has spent the last 20 years supporting high speed computer networking for higher education in his roles at the Indiana University Global Network Operations Center. He has served on the board at Bloomington Developmental Learning Center and has acted as an officer on the Templeton Elementary PTO. His wife of 20 years also works at Indiana University and has provided service to a number of Bloomington organizations. Together they have a twelve year old daughter. Chris has a passion for photography and wants to help provide a better life to Monroe County’s disadvantaged children.
Anne Leonard is a Quality Assurance Manager at Baxter BioPharma Solutions. Originally from Valparaiso, Indiana, Anne has lived in Bloomington since beginning college at Indiana University where she earned her BS in Biology and was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Anne first learned about CASA and gained an appreciation for the important work of the agency through fundraising for CASA as a member of Theta, and later as an alum. She is excited to continue to support CASA in this community be serving on the Board. Anne is married and she and her husband Keith have two energetic elementary aged sons. Anne enjoys running, yoga, family bike rides, reading, traveling and most of all, time with family and friends.
Megan Schueler is an attorney who has spent time as a private attorney, public defender – state and federal; prosecutor for sex crimes, domestic violence and child abuse; CASA attorney; and a pro bono attorney for various organizations and persons in Missouri, West Virginia and Indiana. She enjoys reading, blogging, swimming, socializing, and ensuring that kids are protected.
Tracee Lutes has been a Realtor for 25 years. She is an owner of RE/MAX Acclaimed Properties and is one of Bloomington’s top producing real estate agents. She is also among the top 10 agents statewide and recognized nationally as one of the RISMedia Power Broker 1000 agents. Tracee loves selling real estate and helping other brokers solve problems when they arise.
Haley Schmer is a rising Junior at IU from St. Louis, Missouri majoring in marketing, finance, and international business. She first became involved with CASA as a member of Kappa Alpha Theta at IU where the group fund raises annually for the organization. She learned much about how CASA supports the community locally in Monroe County and knew she wanted to become more involved. She’s excited to contribute to the impact that CASA makes on children throughout the community and getting members of Theta more involved as well.
Steve Snyder has been a musician for over 20 years. He was also a CASA advocate for 10 years. Steve grew up in Anderson, Indiana, and has seen the effects that poverty can have on children and families. He’s grateful for CASA giving him an opportunity to be a positive impact on children and families in Monroe County.
Martin Donnellyis a retired international banker and has been a Bloomington resident for the past 15 + years. In Bloomington, he has Directed the Kelly School’s Graduate programs, taught experiential business courses at Kelly, and Directed the Small Business Development Center serving 17 Counties in South Central Indiana. Marty also served as Chief Operating Officer for ChalkLabs and founded Galt Business Consulting, a company that assisted entrepreneurs in their transition to fully-fledged business models. He has been an active CASA for 8 years and believes that the direct support of children who are in a crisis is the best way to protect them from the ravages of a situation not caused by them. Children deserve and should receive our help. Becoming an active CASA Board member reflects his desire to expand the depth and breadth of Monroe County CASA in our community.