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National CASA Announces Re-Election of Bill Collins as Board Chair, New Executive Committee Appointments

At the most recent meeting of the National CASA Board of Trustees during the 35th annual CASA/GAL conference in National Harbor, Maryland, Bill Collins began his second two-year term as Board Chair, having been reelected by the Board to serve the second term. A Trustee since 2009 and Board Chair since 2014, Collins has been at the forefront of a major transformational change initiative at the National CASA Association. During his time as Board Chair, National CASA’s Board of Trustees has added former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu and Casey Family Programs President and CEO Dr. William Bell as Trustees. Collins also led the appointment of Tara Perry as Chief Executive Officer of National CASA.

The National CASA Association Board of Trustees also recently elected new Executive Committee members to serve a two-year term. The new Executive Committee members and their offices are as follows:

  • Bill Collins, Board Chair
  • Pat Bresee, Vice Chair
  • Bob Culak, Treasurer
  • Britt Banks, Secretary
  • Mary Landrieu, Executive Committee Member-at-Large
  • Don Gimbel, Executive Committee Member-at-Large

See here for a full list of National CASA trustees. Read more.


Million-Dollar Commitment from Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation Lays Groundwork to Improve Outcomes for Vulnerable Children

On June 28, Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity announced that the organization's Foundation will to raise an unprecedented $1 million over the next three years to support the National CASA Association in its launch of a rigorous performance measurement initiative. National CASA was presented an initial $200,000 gift at Kappa Alpha Theta's Grand Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, on June 25th.

This groundbreaking investment expands the 26-year partnership between Theta and CASA and sets National CASA on the path to becoming an evidence-based practice and generating new evidence-based knowledge about outcomes for youth in foster care and in the court system. Read more.

Toy Industry Foundation and CASA Team Up to Bring Toy Packages to Kids in Need

Thousands of foster children throughout Southern California will enjoy the magic and joy of play, thanks to the generous support of more than 50 participating toy companies and 250 local toy industry volunteers brought together on June 16 by the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) and National CASA at TIF's annual "Play Your Part" event in Los Angeles.

Volunteers from toy companies -- including Bandai, Educational Insights, Funrise, JAKKS Pacific, Mattel, Spin Master and The Walt Disney Company -- helped to sort, wrap and pack toys for 25,000 foster care children in Southern California and seven additional states.
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Setting Her Sights: Meet One Remarkable Student Ready to Make her Mark on the World after Graduation

When she was growing up, it might have seemed unlikely that Allison Gilbreath would one day earn a Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

Life was not always easy for Gilbreath as a youth she witnessed members of her family struggle with drug addiction and was overwhelmed within the social services system. She was angry about how children were treated as a number and not a person, until she came into contact with a volunteer from the local CASA program. One day, she decided, she would become a CASA volunteer herself. She has accomplished that goal and has now set her sights on changing the whole system from the inside out. Read more.

Mashable Article Encourages Readers to Become a CASA Volunteer

Mashable, social media's "one stop shop" for the latest in business, tech, entertainment and world news, featured a story about the foster care system in June entitled 6 problems with the foster care system and what you can do to help. This informative piece encourages people who are looking to make a difference to volunteer to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Read more.         

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