Meet Volunteer Advocate Richard Mattingly

May 21 2013

By Callie Langford, Originally published in TODO Austin Magazine

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. He then continued his own education before working for the University of Texas for 27 years in the education department and as the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.

Now retired, Richard plays the guitar, loves music, movies and reading, and spends time travelling, cycling, meditating and volunteering. Richard has a 22-year-old son and will be getting married this June to his wonderful fiancé.

“I grew up in a family where my mom and dad were always involved with volunteer work. That was the message I grew up with, ‘If you can help somebody else you do it.’”

He says that drives his volunteer work with CASA. Richard volunteers with the Drug Court program, helping families overcome addiction while staying connected with their children. “I look forward to going to the courthouse and meeting with my 6-month-old child. He smiles when he sees me!”

Richard says one of the most important things to him is “working with people who are really struggling. All of us have gone through tough times, me included. It feels good to help.”