Meet the Capital Area CASA Staff and Board of Directors.
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. "
Garcelia has 20 years of experience advocating for issues that affect families. She has worked with domestic violence survivors, homeless individuals and people affected with HIV/AIDS. As training coordinator, Garcelia oversees all volunteer screening and training to help advocates prepare to speak for the best interest of abused and neglected children.
"All children deserve loving, safe homes to nurture them into adulthood until they are mature enough to provide what they were provided.”
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 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
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 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 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."
Nicole joined Capital Area CASA Association in November 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University and her professional experience includes seven years in not-for-profit. Nicole recruits volunteers to serve as a child’s voice in court.
"Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them." - Lady Bird Johnson
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
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
Postlethwaite & Netterville
Mary Jane Dillenberger
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Carlton B. Jones, Jr.
Investment Recovery Advisor
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Paulette Porter LaBostrie
Commerical Real Estate
Stuart & Company General ContractorsJean Ann Songy
Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, LLP
Business First Bank