Meet Volunteer Advocate Don Rhoades

Jun 18 2013

By Callie Langford, Originally published in TODO Austin Magazine

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.

Don worked his way up at Motorola and then Freescale Semiconductor over the years, moving from an operator to trainer, supervisor and now project manager. In his free time he runs, bicycles, reads and enjoys college sports.

Don has been volunteering with CASA for 8 years after hearing about it from a friend who volunteered and then meeting CASA recruiters at a work event. Don says that he enjoys “the amount of freedom you get to do your advocacy work for kids in your own way, but if you need help, your supervisor is a phone call away with a great team backing them up.”

He says that his journey with CASA has been a learning experience and that getting to know the kids and adults who are involved in this system has been eye opening.

“There are some really special people out there workings with these kids, and then there’s the kids themselves. CASA work is very rewarding,” says Don.