2015 Annual Report
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Letter from the Chair 

I am privileged to have served on the board of Capital Area Court Appointed Special Advocates Association for six years. Every board meeting opens with a story describing a current case and the volunteer advocate’s actions on behalf of an abused or neglected child. Although some stories have good outcomes, others include frustrating delays leaving the involved children in limbo within the foster care system. In all cases, the circumstances that led to the child’s removal from his or her home are appalling and heartbreaking. Having heard these reports month after month, I became convinced that every child in foster care must have a competent, adult voice in court to advocate solely for his or her best interests without regard to the interests of others. CASA provides that voice.

CASA's mission is simple and straightforward: to advocate for the timely placement of abused and neglected children in permanent, safe and stable homes. Its achievement requires heroic effort, dedication and resources. In 2015, CASA served 330 children in East Baton Rouge Parish who were in foster care. By year end, 159 children reached permanent homes, while 149 children remained in foster care with their CASA volunteers continuing to advocate on their behalf. Twenty-two other children’s cases closed for other reasons, such as "aging out” of foster care at 18 years old. Although our advocates will help many children reach forever families in 2016, other children will still enter foster care due to abuse or neglect. CASA must continue to employ competent, capable staff to recruit, train and supervise competent, capable volunteers.

CASA volunteers complete 32 hours of training on such topics as cultural competency, the needs of children in foster care, permanency planning, foster care placements, determining the best interests of children, applicable laws, and court observation. Our volunteer advocates, once trained and accepted by the court as CASAs, gather information from the children, biological and foster parents, family members, educators, healthcare providers, and others. They then interpret that information and present a written report to the court. The advocates are supported by CASA supervisors who accompany their volunteers to court appearances, monitor their cases, suggest solutions to complicated problems, provide moral support and ensure that abused children have a strong, positive voice in court. As a testament to CASA’s effectiveness, juvenile court judges in our parish have appointed CASA volunteers to the cases on their dockets since 1992.

Capital Area CASA needs your support to continue its outstanding work. I urge you to become involved in whatever way best suits your interests and talents. Volunteer to become an advocate; serve on the board of directors; support the annual Casas for CASA fundraiser; join a volunteer committee; or raise or donate funds to enable CASA’s outstanding staff to continue to recruit, train and support its hardworking volunteers. You won't regret it.

Deborah E. Lamb
2015 Chair, Board of Directors

Maylen Aldana
Noelle Allison
Christy Anderson
Nicole Anderson
Ogechi Ayozie
Brady Babin
Michael Benton
Claire Bergeron
Rachelle Berkley
Roy Berthelot
Patricia Beste
Kathy Blanchard
Alexis Breedlove
Brian Buchert
Betsy Buchert
Amelia Burns
Melder Burton
Dolores Butler
Suzanne Cambre
Kimberly Carmouche
Chauntey Carter
Katherine Chenevert
Rachel Chustz
Lynn Clark
Mary Hellen Collins
M.E. Cormier
Joshua Cox
Ric Crowley
Kim Cupples
Claudia de la Rosa-Fuller
Pam Diez
Linda Donnelly
Julie Doucet
Michael Dufour
Ryan Eaton
Dawn Ewing
Jenny Farrell
Karen Ferguson-Marioneaux

Karen Foote
Jessie Francois-Johns
Bridget Fredericks
Heather Freeman
Carrie Gagliano
Rolanda Gibson
Lynnez Gray
Tekisha Greenup
Carol Griffin
Geraldine Griffin
Cody Grosshart
Jason Grubbs
Damona Guillera
Naiwen Guo-Xing
Adoria Harrison
Meagan Harrison
Samantha Hawkins
Kimberly Higginbotham
Leigh Hill
Jessica Hogue
Stephanie Holmes
Renita Hoskins
Kasey Hughes
Violet Hurst
Caleb Huval
Leighet Jackson
Tonika Jackson-Smart
JoAnn Johnson
Mary Louise Jones
Connie Jordan
Nedra Joseph
Elizabeth Judice
Laurie Kadair
Michael Kavanaugh
Diana Kelly
Jim Kelly
Felisha King
Sarah Laenger

Emily Lala
John Lala
Bebe Landry
Melodie Landry
Tina Lawson
Tigist LeGras
Anthony Lim
Kim Littles
Walter Lockhart
Debra London
Lance Lyons
CiCi MacKnight
Arien Major
Hana Malkawi
Dionne Mars
Mary Ann Mason
Jolaina Matthews
Andy McCall
Judy McCleary
Terika McGowan
Anne McMahon
Lanee McMillan
Mark Miles
Patrick Miletello
Evelyn Mitchell
Kimberly Mockler
Lisa Mohr
Phyllis Montgomery
Amy Newsom
Flo Nguyen
Sabrina Noah
Miranda Nonn
Perry Parrino
Cheryl Perkins
Susan Perlis
Ashley Perrault
Barbara Peters
Debra Peterson-Franklin

Holly Phillips
Rachel Podnar
Haven Pourciau
Samantha Prudhomme
Micha Rahder
Brenda Redpath
Lenore Roberts
Sarah Roland
Eileen Russo
Laura Schulze
Sarah Shaw
Debbie Sigers
Lisa Solomon
Brent St. Blanc
Irina Sterpu
Eileen Stradley
Amanda Swanner
Alecia Tate
Marvin Taylor
Jeremy Theriot
Lea Theriot
Laura Valle
Clovis Ward
Patricia Ward
Jacquelyn Washington
April White
Tammie Whiten
Gladys Wicker
Joyce Williams-Robinson
Corey Wilson
Roxie Wilson
Craig Winchell
Tammy Wood
Kaelysia Woods
Natalie Woodward
Paul Woodward
Gretchen Wroten
Terri Zimmer

2015 Donors 

Capital Area CASA is grateful for the supporters who provide a light of hope for abused children. 

Capital Area United Way
Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement
Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services

The Advocate
Baton Rouge State Fair Foundation, Inc.
Caliente Mexican Craving
Combined Federal Campaign

Marc Albarado
B R & R Foundation
BancorpSouth Insurance Services
Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport
Baton Rouge Parents Magazine
The Better Than Nobody Band
Reginald Brown
The Bryan Foundation
Business First Bank
Capital One Bank
Chesteen & Associates, LLC
Beverly and Dudley Coates
Crump Wilson Architects
Cumulus Media
Patricia and James DuBos
eFederal Credit Union
Entergy Employees, River Bend
Fabre Group: Acura/Infiniti of Baton Rouge
Kim and David Faulk

Jessica Antilley
Ardaman & Associates, Inc.
Jane Ann Atkinson
Beau Rivage Resort and Casino
Buquet & LeBlanc General Contractors
Civil Construction Contractors, LLC
Cox Media Louisiana
Crescent Geotechnical Services
Heather A. Cross
Danielle Dubreuil
Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers
Ellis Malone Rothrock Group / Merrill Lynch
Environmental Science Corp.
Geaux Roof
The Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
HNTB Corporation

A. Marcelite Salon
Acadian Frame & Art
Accutest Labs Gulf Coast - Lafayette
Acme Oyster House
Sandra C. and Paul Adams
Jacqueline and Richard Addison
Aesthetic Dentistry Group - Dr. Daniel Bankhead and Dr. Nicholas Rauber
Aladdin's Lamp Antiques, Etc.
American Photo Safari
Ann Connelly Fine Art Gallery
Beth Ardoin
Aria Boutique
The ARTistico Express
Associated Grocers, Inc.
Audubon Nature Institute
Barker's Antique Jewelry, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Everett Barrow, Jr.
Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Inc.
Baton Rouge Marriott
Baton Rouge Paralegal Association
Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra
Beard Construction Group, LLC
Beautiful Black Magazine
Thomas J. Beck
Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel
Farrah and Derek Benedetto
Mike Benton
Jay Besse
Liz Betz
Elisa P. Blanchard
Ginnie E. Bolin
Joan S. Houghton-Bonds and Bill I. Bonds
Julianne and Buddy Bonnecaze
Dan Borne
Kristi C. and Robert J. Boudreaux
Boudreaux's Fine Jewelers
BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo
Bridgett and Willie Brister
Elisa and Ed Brodbeck
Gerald G. Brouillette
Katy Brown
Mary Helen Burns
C. H. Fenstermaker & Associates, LLC
Cajun Encounters
Cajun Pride Swamp Tours
Capital Genealogy
Carco Awards
Jeanne Davis and Bob Carney
Tiffany Carriere
Michele Casi
Catholic Daughters of the Americas
Katherine G. and Scott D. Chenevert
Chick-fil-A, Mall of Louisiana
Civil Design and Construction, Inc.
Dan Claitor
Catherine Coates
Comfort Keepers
Concrete and Aggregates Association of Louisiana, Inc.
M. E. Cormier
Joshua Cox
Deborah Craft
Creative Video Productions
Cross Your Heart Jewelry
Cubs Second Grade Basketball Team
Mary Lou Cutrera
Nettie Daniels
Louise Dardenne
Diane S. Davis
Susan H. Dawson
Kim and Gerrad Delatte
Delta Sigma Theta
Denicola's Furniture & Upholstery
The Dermatology Clinic & Cosmetic Center
Celeste and Tom Dolan
Kayla Dubos
Duplantis Design Group, P.C.
Jennifer S. and David C. Ellis
Eye Wander Photo
Tina and Bert Faulk
Nicholas Fisher
Katheryn W. and Clay M. Flournoy
Forte and Tablada, Inc.
Fox-Nesbit Engineering, LLC
Fresh Kitchen & Evolve Studio
Joseph Giaime
Keith R. Gibson
Gail and Douglas Gonzales
Grace George Jewelry
James M. Gradine
Robert R. Gray, Jr.

Tammye A. Allen
Altrusa Club of Baton Rouge, Inc.
Anne S. and Mike Ansell
Christee and David Atwood
Melissa and Matt Bailey
J. Bryan Banks
Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre
Baton Rouge River Center
Melissa Battistella
Susan and Robert Behrens
Bella Bella
Donna B. Bernard
Carmen S. Berry
Marci and Charles Blaize
Cleveland A. Blanchard, III
James O. Blouin
Mike Bobanchuck
Body Works by Vicki
Tia Bonds
Emily Brinkmann
Donna Bryant
Tina Buckley
Garcelia E. Burchell
Melder Burton
Cajun Country Swamp Tours
Calvin's Bocage Supermarket
Campus Federal Credit Union
Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council
Carrabba's Italian Grill
Patricia Chambers
Chris' Specialty Meats
Corey Christian
Christian Street Furniture
Michael L. Chustz
Laura and Ned Clark
Holly Clegg
Mr. and Mrs. William M. Coffey
Community Coffee Company, LLC
Copper Mill Golf Club
Ricketta N. Cotton-Monroe
Cottonwood Books
Andree Cullens
Kim Cupples
Diana Maria Day
Lori S. Demand
Julie and Todd Denton
Lorinda deVries
DiGiulio Brothers Itallian Café
Mrs. Dorothy and Her Shaky Egg Band
Drusilla Imports
Kevin Dyer
East Baton Rouge Lions Club
Shelley Edgerton
Chalace Epley
Tracy N. and Lamar W. Evans
The Excalibur Club of Baton Rouge
Minah Faheem
Melanie Fields
First in Enterprises
The Flower Basket
Julie B. Floyd

Community Network
Cox Communications
Faulk & Meek General Contractors
Kappa Alpha Theta

Faulk & Winkler, LLC
Guaranty Broadcasting
Guaranty Corporation Employees
Iberia Bank
ISC Constructors
Mary L. and Michael D. Johnson
Kendra Scott
Loren H. and Andrew P. Kern
Deborah E. Lamb
Shirley B. Lewis
Lilliput Play Homes, Inc.
Lofton Staffing and Security Services
Long Law Firm, LLP
Louisiana Bar Foundation
Louisiana Healthcare Connections
LUBA Workers' Comp
Bonnie Marcantel
McGlinchey Stafford
Menard USA
Nicole L. and Eric P. Mistretta
National Charity League

Albemarle Foundation
in Honor of Kim Cupples

Valerie Briggs Bargas
in Memory of Adam L. Briggs

Martha and Steve Strohschein
in Memory of Robert Grodner

Sheila Horowitz
ISCO Industries-Snap Tite
James Construction Group, LLC
Jefferson United Methodist Church
JK&T Wings, Inc.
Connie and Alan Jordan
JoS. A. Bank Clothiers
Dr. Michael P. Juban
Ellen Kreamer
La Plume De Ma Tante
Louisiana Recycled Aggregates, LLC
LSU First Year Experience
Marathon Petroleum Corporation
Sarah A. Olivier
Helen A. Pope
Liza and Munzer Qaddourah
Republic Services

Louise F. and Curtis A. Calloway
in Memory of Lois and Jack Calloway

Lewis Mohr Real Estate and Insurance Agency
in Honor of Lisa Mohr


Great American Cookies
Greater New Guide Baptist Church
Karleen J. and Reggie Green
Guarantee Service Team of Professionals, Inc.
Rachel Guidry
Damona Guillera
Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company
Gulf South Land Title Resources
Guy Hopkins Construction Co., Inc.
Mattie J. Hall
Evelyn K. Hayes
Ava and Cordell Haymon
Head Over Heels Shoe Boutique
Margaret Heffron
Karen and Byron Henderson
Homewood Suites Baton Rouge
Merrill and Bunky Hughes
i Comfort Store
Insomnia Cookies
InstroTek, Inc.
Anna M. Jackson
Brian A. Jackson
Jessica and Samuel James
James Avery Jewelry
William H. Jeffcoat, III
Leslie F. Jenkins
Johnny Loves June
Clyde Johnson
Celina J. Johnson
Kiwanis Club of the Oaks
Elizabeth Kling
Bryan Knost
Edy Koonce
Labarre Associates, Inc.
Laborde, LLC
Hypoltie T. Landry, Jr.
L'auberge Casino Hotel
Brenda S. Leboeuf
Polly and Conville Lemoine
Letterman's Blue Print & Supply Company
Christine Lipsey
The Little Village
Dr. Warren J. Locke
Kimberly abd Yul Lorio
Louisiana Art & Science Museum
Louisiana Lottery Corporation
Louisiana Nursery
Louisiana State 4-H Citizenship Board
LSU Kiwanis Club
LSU Museum of Art
Lux Salon
M S Benbow & Associates
Suzi L. Major
Heather Major
Ryan Malone
Mary H. Manhein
Manship Theatre
Mapp Constfuction, LLC
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Marchand
Amy and Chip Marionneaux
Phillip May
Diane D. Mayer
Robin Mayhall
Tinka McFarland, Jewelry & Painting
McLavy Ltd.
McMillin Interiors
Lucy McNeal
Anne and Tom Meek, Jr.
Jamie Messina
Suzanne Mestayer
Penny Mileski
The Military Order of the World Wars
Jessica and Michael Miller
Gary Miller
Kimberly and Tim Mockler
Freda N. and Mark R. Montgomery
Karon and Barry Musemeche
Liz Nassar
National Collision Technologies, Inc.
Charles L. Naul
Noelie Harmon
Miranda Nonn
William A. Norfolk
Deborah B. and Luke G. Normand
Tommie G. and J. Patrick O'Donoghue
Oooh! Aaah! Productions
The Optical Shoppe
Barbara D. and Robert C. Pace
Eric Parnell
Perry Parrino
Patrick's Fine Jewelry
Penny Thomas at Anne James Hair Salon

Baton Rouge Police Department
in Honor of Lawrence Latham

Greg Boudreaux
in Memory of Cyndy Bradley

Kenny Champagne
in Memory of Dwight Woosley

Anaiah L. Davis
in Honor of Malcome Hayes

Ann Halphen
in Memory of Amintha Broussard

The Jos. A. Bank family, and Jay and Fenn
in Memory of Phyllis Hogan

Susan P. Leake
in Memory of Jackie Green

Susan and Robert Perlis
in Memory of Carolyn Holz

Karen and Mike Sirman
in Memory of Clyde Wilson

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
in Honor of Franklyn Piehl

Arlene L. Folmar
Sarah R. and Daniel T. Fontenot
Karen Foote
Frankie Marcello's Restaurant
Ben Giamalva
The Gilded Lily
Nancy and Robb Ginn
Global Wildlife Center
Carla Greenup
Geraldine J. and Earnest C. Griffin
Lowry A. Griffon
Sheila Gross
April D. Hawthorne
Helaine Moyse Interior Design
Lori and David Heroman
Kristen Hogan
Miarah Hotard
Merrill Hughes
Sandra Hughes
Imagination Movers
Tynisha Jackson
Jason's Deli
Jerrell Johnson
Mae O. and Gerald K. Johnson
Katie L. Jones
Carlton B. Jones, Jr.
Gail Jumonville
Junior League of Baton Rouge
Jessica Keasler
Elena and Kyle Keegan
Mary Jo Kelly
Genelle and Byron Kora
Laser Tag of Baton Rouge
Cynthia LaStrapes
Melissa Latour, Wildtree Representative
Laura W. Taylor: Art
Shondrica Lee
Clay LeGrande
Louie's Café
LSU Baseball
Lush Cosmetics
The Massage Emporium
Jennifer Mayer
Judy McCleary
Rosi S. McGowan
Mary McKeough
Georgeann McNicholas
Mellow Mushroom
Jane and William J. Metcalf
Melissa Miley
Beverly and William Moehle
Heather Morgan
Ben Mouton
Susan L. Murrell-Martin
The National World War II Museum
New Orleans Paddlewheels Creole Queen
Sharon L. Norwood
Of Moving Colors
Painting with a Twist
Panera Bread
Parrain's Seafood Restaurant

Nikki Beauchamp-Cooper
in Memory of Vivian Dixon

Mona Becnel
in Honor of Roy Hebert

Leslie M. and Glenn P. Bello
in Memory of Carrie Lipscomb

Carolyn A. and Charles P. Booker
in Memory of Charles Booker, Jr.

Chester Burnett
in Honor of Mathew and Rosie Burnett

Laurinda Clement
in Memory of Stewart Love

Nancy Crawford
in Honor of David Faulk

Jo Yvette Dykes
in Memory of Carrie Lipscomb

Joan S. Harleaux
in Honor of Marguerite Fleet

Betsy and John Hooper
in Memory of Carrie Lipscomb

Millicent L. Hopkins
in Honor of Debbie Lamb

Debra Johnson
in Memory of Jean Vickers

Lionel Jolla
in Memory of Dorothy Mims-Adams

Judith Kellogg
in Memory of Phyllis Hogan

Clay LeGrande
in Honor of The Military Order of the World Wars

Earline P. Righteous
in Honor of Trinity Brooks

Jeannette K. and Michael L. Rolfsen
in Honor of Dr. Art Tribou

Gail and Gene Sherman
in Honor of Lacey Sanchez

Monica Taylor
in Honor of Jeff Carney

Shelita Woods
in Memory of Katie Jones

Mall of Louisiana
Mockler Beverage Company
Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel
Republic Finance

Pace Analytical Services, Inc.
Louis M. Phillips
Postlethwaite & Netterville
Joseph F. Quinlan, Jr.
Dianne and Clif Richardson
Holly and Charlie Sides
Jean Anne and Michael Songy
Sparkhound Foundation
Amanda Stout
Taylor Porter
Thomas Law Firm, L. C.
The Paul R. Thompson Group at Morgan Stanley
Mary H. Thompson, Attorney at Law
Tipton Associates
Tony's Seafood, LTD. & Louisiana Fish Fry Products, LTD.
Tyler & Possa, APLC
Anne and David Winkler
Works of Mercy Trust Fund
Candy Wright
Zachry Industrial

Richard's Printing, Inc.
Michael Ross
Katie and Tony Ruiz
Allyson Sadler
Steve Sandaul
Setpoint Integrated Solutions
Seven Seas Scuba Shop
Shell Oil Company Foundation
Smith Tank & Steel, Inc.
Southern Earth Sciences, Inc.
Southern University Alumni Home Chapter
St. Andrew's United Methodist Church
TC Dance Club International
Tolunay-Wong Engineers, Inc.
The University Club of Baton Rouge
Yellow Iron, LLC

Perfectly Princess Parties
Gretchen and Preston Petersen
Robin O. and Lynn J. Philippe
The Pilates Studio
Plastic Fusion Fabricators, Inc.
Robin W. Poirier
Linda O. and Mark P. Posner
Lauren Pourciau
Jan and Lauren Pourciau
Printing Tech
Quality Sitework Materials, Inc.
Quarters Endless Entertainment
R J. Daigle & Sons Contractors, Inc.
Ragusa's Automotive
Mary Raines
Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers
Tom Randolph
Kevin P. Reilly, Jr.
Renew Pilates Studio & Spa
Lori and James Richard
Aimee E. Riggs
Robert Roth Jewelers
Belinda Robertson
Linda G. Rodrigue
Rotary Club of Baker
Amanda Rothrock
Olivia and Craig Sabottke
Kate Saniford
Kelly Schexnaildre
Roy A. Schnebelen, Sr.
Jeannine G. and Charles A. Schutte, Jr.
Denise and Steve Scurria
Sealevel Construction, Inc.
SEMS, Inc.
Janet and Charles Sides
Gerald Sigers
Betty M. Simmons
Patricia A. Day and Joseph G. Simmons
Haley Smith
Southeastern Tank, Inc.
Laura H. and Brent J. St. Blanc
St. Patrick Catholic Church
Stan Routh
Stantec Consulting
Terrie Sterling
Bingham Stewart
Emily D. Stewart
Stirling Properties, L. L. C.
Stoma's Furniture and Interiors
Stroubes Chophouse
Success Labs
Suzanne C. Tessier
Test America, Inc.
Theatre Baton Rouge
Lea Theriot
Stephenie and Jonathan Thiery
Jane Arieux Thomas
Tiger Aquatics
TOPCOR Companies, LLC
Robin and Chad Toups
Travis Ltd.
Varsity Sports
Julie and Chris Viator
Trish and Rick Vinyard
U. S. Senator David Vitter
W Trent Massengale MD LLC
Walker-Hill Environmental, Inc.
Ann Evans and Don Wall
Walt Disney World Co.
Patricia S. Ward
Watson's Window Washing, LLC
Doug Welborn
John S. White, Jr.
Gloria H. Whiten
Whole Foods Market
Lee E. Williams
Joyce Williams-Robinson
Michael B. Wilson
Carolyn H. and Carey E. Winder
Winter Dance Company
K'Lynn Witty
Paul Woodward
Barbara Woosley
Robert A. Woosley
Ernie Wroten
The Yan-Hamby's
YMCA of the Capital Area
Zoe's Kitchen

Patricia Penton
Colleen and Harry Philips
Cecil R. Phillips
Diana M. Pryor
Raising Cane's
Joseph R. Rayborn
Red Stick School of Fencing
Andrew Redpath
Refinery Kids
Mary Rhodes
River Road Coffees
Lenore H. Roberts
Rodeo Boutique
Jeanne and Charles Rougeau
Lynne Roussel
Wynter Roy
The Royal Standard
Michael H. Rubin
Brandi L. Russell
Eileen Russo
Sacs Western Store
Sammy's Grill
Sanctuary Home & Gifts
Silly Gilly Desserts
The Silver Sun
Michael J. Simon
Karen and Mike Sirman
Kristina Smallhorn
Lisa D. Smith
Dixon Smith
Patricia H. Smith
Sparkhound Employees
Mary Spedale
Colleen D. Stanton
Rachel Stephenson
The Stockade Bed & Breakfast
Gregory Stovall
Angelle Stringer
T J Ribs
Cindy and Mike Teague
Erin Tellis
Todd Terminie
Tin Roof Brewing Co.
Sandy Trahan
Brandy Tucker
United African American Venture Capital Fund, Inc.
Wesley Vance
Jamey and Herb Vincent
Visit Baton Rouge
Cynthia Wade
Beverly Wale
Jacqueline Washington
WCG Jewelry
Shawn Welcome
Floyd Whitaker
April White
Elizabeth White
Pamela and Mark Williams
Karen C. Yarbrough
Zea Rotisserie & Grill

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