Sarvesh Rajasekaran

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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. Sarvesh grew up in St. Louis and went to school at The University of Michigan for computer engineering before packing his bags and making the trek to Texas. It wasn’t long before he heard an ad for CASA on KUT and decided to apply to become a CASA volunteer in Travis County. As an Android app developer by trade, Sarvesh says his work as a CASA volunteer acts as a much needed change of pace and reality check. “As a CASA volunteer, I’ve learned how resilient children are,” says Sarvesh. “When you get a case and see all the trauma a child has gone through in such a short life, it’s astounding to see how strong they are despite their experiences.” When asked about how CASA has changed his perspective on the world, Sarvesh insists it’s impossible to be a CASA volunteer and not learn something. “After becoming a CASA volunteer, I’ve become very thankful for my own upbringing and privileges that came with it,” says Sarvesh.

Sarvesh was recently featured on We Are Austin segment for his volunteer work with CASA.

Jen Collins

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Jen has built her life around people and community. After graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Catholic University in Washington D.C., Jen went on to receive both a Master’s and PhD in Nursing from Baylor University and UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, respectively. Read More

Krissy Osborne

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Family has always meant a great deal to CASA volunteer Krissy Osborne, especially after moving to Austin as a young adult. Krissy and her two older sisters, who were often mistaken for triplets as children, find reasons to spend time together in their hometown of Houston every chance they can. Read more

Naphtalie Gbolohan

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When Naphtalie Gbolahan first heard about CASA 11 years ago, she knew it was an opportunity she wanted to pursue. A Georgia Tech graduate, Naphtalie had a huge heart for kids, but didn’t know how she would find the time to fully commit to CASA while focusing on her civil engineering career.Read More

Brendan Goodrich

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Brendan Goodrich knew that his grandmother was a CASA volunteer, but it wasn’t until he volunteered with CASA himself that he truly understood the depth of her role in children’s lives. Read more

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. 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

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

Katelyn Brough and Austin Trees

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“We both grew up in big families, surrounded by love and people that would do anything for us,” says Katelyn Brough. “We want to be there for kids who don’t have that.” 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

Texanna Turner

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Texanna Turner knew she would be a special education teacher ever since the second grade. That’s when she first saw reports that public schools would begin enrolling children with developmental disabilities. Read more

Radina Boneva

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Growing up in a small town in Bulgaria, Radina Boneva imagined a future working in diplomatic foreign affairs. After moving to Madrid for university, where she studied Political Science and Public Administration, she instead took a job working in immigration services for Madrid. 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

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

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