Mandeep Chatha

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Mandeep Chatha-Homer  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. Mandeep returned to Austin after recieving her law and MBA degrees at Texas Tech and currently works as a Partner at Cross Oak Group, a lobbying and business development firm.  She’s a member of The Junior League of Austin, the State Bar of Texas as well as several other groups in town. She was also selected to the State Bar of Texas Leadership Academy for 2014. Mandeep learned about CASA through her time volunteering at the Austin Children’s Shelter. “I saw so many CASA volunteers there and the kids really seemed to have a positive experience with CASA,” said Mandeep. She feels that if CASA volunteers weren’t on cases, there would be huge cracks in an already complicated child welfare system. “I think about how difficult life already is for these kids. They could be lost in the system if CASA wasn’t there.” Mandeep has always had an affinity towards volunteering with kids and greatly appreciates the tangible connection she can make working one on one with children on her CASA cases. “In a lot of ways you’re really in charge of them, making sure they’re safe.”

Mandeep was recently featured on Spectrum News' Giving Back segment for her volunteer work with CASA.

Fawn Jackson-Young

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"It felt like I always had a heart for helping," explained Fawn Jackson-Young, a Utility Account Analyst who has worked for the City of Austin for 23 years. "As I got older it seemed like that heart was coming out more and more." Read more

Luigi Gallicchio

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It took Luigi Gallicchio ten years to sign up for CASA. Luigi, who works at Apple, felt his busy schedule was not conducive to the role when a former roommate told him about it, but the idea always resonated with him. Read more

Bob Jefferis

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Bob Jefferis is no stranger to responsibility and his 35 years as a geologist, engineer and project manager for the energy industry prove that. Working for a global company, Bob found himself on very diverse teams, getting to meet wide varieties of different people. Read more

Jenni Jablonski

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"I had really great examples of what it means to be a decent human," says Jenni Jablonski, a cyclist, mother of 8 rabbits ("We're the crazy bunny family," she laughs) and CASA volunteer. Read more

Amy Ray

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"We're called to love others, and this kind of my way to do that," says Amy Ray, about volunteering with CASA. Amy, a nurse practitioner, is a former triathlete who scaled back to just running after her training schedule cut into family time... Read more

Karen Manson

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A self-described "bull in a china closet," Karen Manson is the sort of person who tracks down a high-level CPS administrator because adoption paperwork for her CASA youth is moving too slowly. Read more

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

Elvira Roque

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Elvira Roque has 2 young 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. 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