our advocates


     
 

The heart of CASA of Laramie County is our advocates.......You may ask why CASA volunteers? By the very nature of “volunteerism” CASA volunteers empower themselves through their commitment of time and energy. Volunteers generally work on only one or two cases at a time and their focus gives them the ability to see and do more on behalf of and individual child.

CASA volunteers are independent of bureaucratic constraints that often keep those employed by our local institutions playing by rules that are outdated or often make less than common sense. Certainly volunteers do not work in a vacuum. It takes the strong support and guidance of local program staff to facilitate their work. Careful screening, training, supervision, and retention are essential to assure high quality volunteer advocacy. Although paid staff plays an integral role in the coordination and management of the program, the traditional role of staff does not include routinely working cases. One primary reason is cost-effectiveness; it is certainly more cost-effective to have one staff person coordinating 30 volunteers serving 75 children as opposed to one staff person carrying 25 cases with 60 children. Still, cost-effectiveness is only a small component of our commitment to the use of volunteers.

CASA volunteers bring a much needed outside perspective to our court and child welfare systems, where the children served don’t have to face the court system alone! The volunteer’s lack of past experience in the system not only brings a fresh perspective to what we do, but it opens our doors to the community and helps raise public awareness of the plight of our community’s abused and neglected children.

Most times the CASA volunteer is the one consist person in that child’s life. To a child, having a volunteer working for them can make all the difference. Hundreds of children across the country have been moved when understanding the notion, “you don’t get paid to do this?” It shows to them the level of concern and commitment being made by the volunteer. No, it’s not part of their “job.” Volunteers are ordinary citizens, doing extraordinary work for children, and along the way bringing such passion, dedication, and effort to their work. The volunteer nature of our work is the very foundation on which the CASA program is built and it remains the most effective and efficient mechanism to serve the greatest number of abused and neglected children well. In the over twenty-five year history, well-trained and supervised CASA volunteers have repeatedly demonstrated their competence in providing high quality advocacy for children. Volunteers are in fact the heart of what we do for children.

   CASA Advocates Forever!  Glenn and Ruth Moore 

The Advocates of 

Dave Acton

Kara Acton

Valerie Arias

Frank Barnett

Susan Barnett

Amber Barnhart

Nicki Bjorkquist

Tom Bjorkquist

Colleen Boughton

Laurie Box

Julie Brantley

Bonnie Buckendorf

Marilyn Burden

Jan Burnett

Shaina Case

Rebekah Cayzer

Kent Drake

Laura Drake

Linda Dugan

Sandie Eichhorn

Natalie Ernste

Vicki Forwood

Sue Frerich

Shelle Hames

Michelle Hardesty

Laurie Heath

Jeff Hernandez

Sue Hickman

Marisa Hilton

Lynne Iversen

Annetta Johnson

Lindi Kirkbride

Lori Latchford

Mary Kay Lewis

Loretta Lucero



Advocates of Laramie County






CASA of Laramie County:

Rita Martin

Mark Mass

Roberta Mauthe

Steve McFarland

Mark McKay

Marie McKay

Marissa McKay

Melanie Mofield

Tom Muhlbach

Adrienne Murray

Stacy Obermueller

Taylor Olson

Paulina Pachello

Chuck Provance

Lisa Provance

Kaylena Rasmussen

Mariah Rhyne

Jean Richardson

Kris Rude

Jeri Sanderson

Marshall Sanderson

Kevin Schei

Jo Lee Schuler

Yana Shelbourne

Christy Stewart

Carri Svec

Kylie Taylor

Kathy Thompson

Seth Thompson

Teresa Thrasher

Cheryl Tuck-Smith

Carol Tullio

Pam Unruh

Patti Waddell

Rich Wiederspahn

Suzanne Wilkins

Don Yeoman