Elvira Roque

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Elvira Roque has 2 children, a son and daughter, and loves spending time with them at local parks and museums. Elvira is currently a law student at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. She originally moved to Austin from Dallas to attend the University of Texas where she received her undergraduate degree in government. Between raising young kids and law school, her life is pretty busy but she still finds time to volunteer with CASA of Travis County and teach Sunday School at her church. Elvira has been volunteering with CASA since 2009 and has advocated for 7 children in that time.  She originally learned about CASA while she was working at the Four Seasons where CASA hosted the annual CASAblanca Gala. She shares that her years of volunteering have made her a better parent to her own children, teaching her patience and helping her better appreciate her own life. “What has given me the most satisfaction is knowing that I am needed. There are many children in the foster care system that speak Spanish. A Spanish-speaking CASA volunteer is usually the only person who is able to speak to the child in their native language. Sometimes being able to speak comfortably with someone in your own language without having to think about how to translate what you're thinking or feeling can make a world of difference,” says Elvira.  

Dawn Crane

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Dawn Crane was born in Michigan and raised in Ohio. Being stationed at Fort Hood brought her to Texas over 20 years ago. She has a one child and 3 dogs. Dawn’s an entrepreneur with two small businesses. Read more

Hubert Bell

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When Hubert Bell Jr. "got more sense" and gave up drag racing, he started breeding race horses. When he wanted to make a difference, he became a CASA volunteer. Read more

Kathy & Ben Orgain

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Kathy and Ben Orgain grew up together in Beaumont and started dating after college. They have two sons and a daughter and they both love gardening and traveling. Read more

Elizabeth Newsom

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Elizabeth Newsom may have one of the most fun jobs in Austin. She’s the owner of Sno-Beach Austin, where she worked all through high school and summers during college before buying the business from the previous owners. Read more

Mandeep Chatha

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Mandeep Chatha was born in India and immigrated to the United States at a young age. She was raised mostly in Fort Worth and moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas where she studied Government, Asian-American Studies and Philosophy. Read more

Al Lopez

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Al Lopez spent much of his career as a finance executive with IBM and Dell before running the Economic Growth Business Incubator (EGBI), an organization where he combines his business experience with a community and economic development mission. Read more

Dan Hendrickson

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Dan Hendrickson has always been passionate about helping children in need and his own experiences provide him unique insight into the kids he advocates for. Read more

Ana Smith-Daley

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Ana Smith-Daley was born in Honduras and moved to Indiana to attend college. Ana subsequently moved to New York and then New Jersey where she graduated from college. Read more

Erin Martin

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Erin Martin is the Executive Director at MEDICO, a nonprofit that provides healthcare and educational services in developing communities in Central America. Erin attended grad school in New Zealand, where her and her husband Paul had their daughter. Read more

Steve Janda

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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. Read more

Will Mazurek

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Will Mazurek has lived in Austin for most of his life, though he has travelled extensively due to having spent 4 years in the Navy. He says that Japan was his favorite place to live and that the people there are incredibly friendly and willing to share their culture. Read more

Barb Kowal

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Barb Kowal grew up in Massachusetts, graduated from Smith College, and spent all her time in New England before moving here in 1997 to work for the University of Texas, "taking my Boston accent with me forever" she says. Read more

Lisa Rosenbaum

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Lisa Rosenbaum has lived in Austin for 21 years. She loves running the trails here in Austin and growing and arranging flowers. This fulfills her nurturing gene now that her two daughters are grown up. Read more

Richard Mattingly

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Richard Mattingly has spent much of his life in the world of education. After growing up in Houston, he headed to Austin to attend the University of Texas and became a high school math teacher. Read more

Don Rhoades

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Don Rhoades and his wife, Dottie, of 29 years have never been able to tear themselves away from Austin. He grew up moving around often and came to Austin to attend UT. He graduated in 1986 and has been here ever since. Read more

Cheryl Albanese

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Cheryl Albanese was born in Midland and graduated from Texas A&M with a BBA in Management. She has lived in Austin for 21 years and is currently a Realtor with Turnquist Partners. Read more