Meet the Capital Area CASA Staff and Board of Directors.

CASA Staff

Liz Betz
Executive Director
Liz became the executive director of Capital Area CASA Association in 1993. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University and her professional experience includes 26 years with not-for-profit, volunteer-based organizations. During her tenure with CASA, the program has grown to provide more than 1,200 volunteer advocates for more than 2,600 children.
        "People often ask me how I do this work – they assume it is depressing to work with abused children. That mindset always surprises me because what
          I do is far from depressing. To feel powerless to help abused and neglected children would be depressing. To know you can mobilize the community to
          make a difference is extremely rewarding. "

Ricketta Cotton-Monroe
Advocate Supervisor
After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Ricketta began her career serving children in need in Houston. After returning to Baton Rouge, she joined the CASA staff in March 2002. As an advocate supervisor, Ricketta oversees the advocacy efforts of CASA volunteers as they speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children.
        "I believe that children are our most valuable resource; for that reason, permanency is a promise made to the children and families by the community at
         the time of intervention."

Amanda Desormeaux
Office Manager
Amanda joined the Capital Area CASA staff in December 2015. She moved to Baton Rouge from Illinois with her family. With experience in office management and administration, Amanda oversees administrative services and facility upkeep at CASA.
         "Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work." - C.S. Lewis

Ashlyn Dupuis
Recruitment Coordinator
Ashlyn joined Capital Area CASA in October 2017. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Mass Communication from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and 8 years of experience in the advertising industry. Having worked with client on a local, national, and international scale, she brings a wealth of insight and knowledge to the organization in areas of digital marketing, event planning, and public relations.

"Being able to fuse my passion for strategic communications and community advocacy pointed me right to CASA. It's truly exciting and inspiring to work with a fantastic team promoting and taking action to better our community."

Sheila Gross
Advocate Supervisor
Sheila joined Capital Area CASA Association in 2006. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Southern University, and her 10 years of professional experience includes work in court environments and children's case management. Her role as an advocate supervisor is to guide CASA volunteers' efforts as they work to help abused and neglected children reach permanent, safe and stable homes.
         "Children are our future and we must find a way to protect them. CASA lends that helping hand to abused and neglected children. "

Jacklyn Harris-West
Jacklyn joined Capital Area CASA Association in February 2017. Jacklyn has an Associate's Degree in Business Administration and is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Sociology. She has many years of volunteer experience with military organizations. At Fork Polk, she worked with the Family Readiness Group arranging child care, speakers, entertainment, and catering for family events. Jacklyn taught Army Family Team Building classes that helped soldiers' families adapt to military life. With the most vulnerable families, she conducted home visits to ensure that the families of deployed soldiers were thriving and arranged support for those in hardship.  
Ruth Johnson 
Program Manager
Ruth joined Capital Area CASA Association in November 2016. Ruth's professional experiences range from serving as Deputy Commissioner in the Division of Administration to Secretary of Louisiana’s Department of Children and Family Services for Gov. Bobby Jindal. Ruth returned to Louisiana last year after serving as the Chief Financial Officer for South Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services. Ruth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Louisiana State University and is currently pursuing her Masters of Accountancy at Louisiana State University.
        "I have always enjoyed working to improve the lives of Louisiana's children. That is why I was eager to work with Capital Area CASA. It is the perfect
         second career job for me and I enjoy working within the system with such a wide range of devoted staff and volunteers from all walks of life. I
         know that together with the court system, the community can do so much to protect children and find a permanent, safe and stable placement that will          help our children reach their potential." 

Wendy Kelly
Training Coordinator
Wendy relocated to Louisiana from Illinois and brings over 20 years of training development and facilitation in the nonprofit sector. Her diverse background and progressive thinking has led her to work with various programs in areas of case management, counseling, marketing, public health education, strategic planning, fundraising, and training.  

“Working with children has always been a priority for me – this work keeps life in perspective. I look forward to bringing out the best in our volunteers and having them successfully complete the process to serve children of East Baton Rouge Parish." 

Susan Murrell
Advocate Supervisor
Susan joined the CASA staff in January 2004. She brings 16 years of experience working with child victims of domestic violence to her position at CASA. Susan is passionate about her belief that children deserve safety, nurturing and a permanent home in which to grow and develop.
         "Children can never have too many good people in their lives."

Sharon L. Norwood
Advocate Supervisor
A native of Alexandria, LA, Sharon joined the Capital Area CASA Association staff in June 2008. Sharon graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Northeast Louisiana University and has 16 years of experience working with children and mothers who are victims of domestic violence.
         "Children are innocent and silent victims of abuse. Their voices are silenced and need to be heard. I believe CASA is an excellent resource to empower 
         children to take their voices back."

2017 Board of Directors

Robert Woosley
Financial Advisor
Morgan Stanley
Roy Hebert
Vice Chair

Reginald Brown
Community Volunteer

Allyson Sadler
Postlethwaite & Netterville

Jeff Calmes

Jan Cassidy

Mary Jane Dillenberger
Community Volunteer

David Faulk
Faulk & Meek General Contractors

Paulette Porter LaBostrie

Andy McCall

Commerical Real Estate
Beau Box

Steven Romero

General Contractor
Stuart & Company General Contractors

Jean Ann Songy
Community Volunteer

Robin Toups
Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, LLP

Cynthia Wade
Business First Bank
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