Apr 03 2015
By Callie Langford, Originally published in TODO Austin Magazine
Steve Janda grew up in rural South Texas and, after graduating from nursing school at UT Galveston, decided to move to Austin where he’s lived ever since.
He currently considers himself a full time volunteer. He serves on the board of his local fire department, is part of the Hays County Master Naturalist Program under Texas Parks and Wildlife, does wildlife management on his own land and has volunteered with CASA for 3 years.
Before this he worked for 17 years as a trauma nurse and eventually director of the trauma program at Brackenridge Hospital and then spent 8 years working for the Texas Department of State Health Services leading the Office of EMS and Trauma Systems. After that he ran the trauma program at Dell Children’s Medical Center where he was part of multidisciplinary meetings with law enforcement and Child Protective Services whenever a child came into the hospital who appeared to have been abused or neglected.
He says that “the biggest transition volunteering with CASA is moving from the physical aspect of abuse where you can stitch the body back together and give medication to ease the pain. This is what happens when they go home from the hospital – the long haul side of it where psychological damage isn’t as amenable to drugs or surgery.”
Steve says that “even when moments on my CASA case aren’t as happy as I’d like, I know the good this program is doing as a whole for the kids of this community and I’m really proud to be associated with it.”
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