Meet the Volunteers

Meet the Volunteers

Meet Volunteer Advocate Elizabeth Marks

"The one question that comes to my mind most often is what if she didn't have CASA?" says CASA volunteer Elizabeth Marks. "I will always be a supporter because CASA is what it says it is: we help make sure that kids have a voice."

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Meet Volunteer Advocate Tina Hart

"It's what our trainers told us from the beginning—time and again, we are some of the people who know these children the best," says CASA volunteer Tina Hart. "We know how they feel and what their obstacles are. We can spend time with them that's just time. Not always asking questions, just paying direct attention to the children. Just listening, not always needing something from them. That's magical for a child."

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Meet Volunteer Advocate Richard Allen

"The reward is having an impact on the life of a child," says CASA volunteer Richard Allen. "Being able to give them a sense that they are worth being taken care of."

Richard credits his late wife of almost 21 years, Floriene, for his commitment to CASA today. 

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Meet Volunteer Advocate Claudia Hernandez

At 22 years old, giving back is already a big part of CASA volunteer Claudia Hernandez's life. Today, she is a CASA all-star; serving as an Early Family Engagement volunteer, a CASA Ambassador, and fundraising for CASA on her own.

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Meet Volunteer Advocate Dionn Schaffner

CASA volunteer Dionn Schaffner is in the middle of her second "Year of Yes." "A lot of times we end up saying 'no' out of fear or nervousness. But I've realized that when you say 'yes', you either find something you love or you at least learn something from it!" laughs Dionn.

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Meet Volunteer Advocate Flor Castellanos

"When I was in middle school, I saw a family go through the adoption process – and I thought to myself, 'I want to do that one day.'" CASA volunteer Flor Castellanos moved to Lubbock, Texas to attend Texas Tech and receive her Bachelor's in German and International Studies. 

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Meet Volunteer Advocates Jennifer Deegan and Zach Richards

What makes Jennifer and Zach's relationship special is how they decided to use these differences for the very important things they have in common: their six-year-old son, Oliver, and more recently, their work as CASA volunteers.

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Meet Volunteer Advocate Paulina Artieda

Born in Ecuador and raised in Austin, CASA volunteer Paulina Artieda has always been passionate about upholding the value of diversity in her community, her career, and in her volunteer role.

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Meet Volunteer Advocate Sarvesh Rajasekaran

Sarvesh moved to Austin two and a half years ago for the live music scene, but what he didn't expect to get was a new worldview.

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