How long have you been an Advocate? 1 1/2 years
What brought you to CASA? I worked with several non-profits serving children as a program evaluator (helping to measure outcomes). I became interested in direct service and getting to know the children, biological and foster parents and the wide network of providers and DCF who support them.
What keeps you at CASA? It is funny, I have worked with children of different ages whom I adore. But what keeps me at CASA is my relationships with the biological and foster parents. They are working through such a difficult and profound change. I like to be able to support them as much as I can while keeping the needs of the children at the center of my concerns.
What CASA experience stands out the most? Recently, I have been a CASA for a preteen girl who desperately misses her mother. She lacks self-confidence but is aware of and interested in the people who come in and out of her life to support her in foster care. The fact that she recognizes my role is to support her exclusively, has allowed her to trust me. I feel like I was able to get through to her and tell her how unique and smart she is. It is incredibly gratifying.
Three words to describe yourself: Energetic, Kind, Social
Occupation: Self-employed as a Program evaluator
What are your hobbies/interests? Swimming, cooking, gardening, yoga and recently, writing.
Favorite vacation destination: That is hard, I love to travel. I love hiking. I have hiked in the Alps, Pyrennes, Nepal and mostly in New Hampshire. This summer we will hike in Scotland.
Favorite food: Depends on the day. Today it is sushi.
What are you reading or watching right now: I am addicted to Game of Thrones. I was late to the party so now am watching season 8. I have been listening to ebooks and highly recommend “Becoming Nicole,” about a transgender youth, “Being Mortal,” and “Born a Crime.” Those are nonfiction but usually I read or listen to fiction.
Dog or Cat: I am allergic to cats but I do love them.
Coffee or Tea: Tea in the AM, coffee later.
Favorite Color: Raspberry (dark pink)
We believe all of our Volunteers have super powers, what is yours? Ha, that’s funny! I want my superpower to be teleportation!