Volunteer Profiles

Volunteer Spotlight: Deanna Speir, CASA of Cecil County

Sometimes you just need a sign… A billboard is how this week’s volunteer spotlight, Deanna Speir of CASA of Cecil County, began her journey to volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). When she spotted a CASA billboard along Route 40 in Cecil County, she knew it was time to volunteer. Since viewing the… Read more »

Volunteer Spotlight: Roni Ringler of CASA of Allegany County

“Once you walk into my classroom, you are mine forever.” This is the philosophy that this week’s volunteer spotlight, Roni Ringler of CASA of Allegany County, lived by throughout her 30 year teaching career. When students entered her classroom, they gained an educator who was passionate about her work and cared about her students. They… Read more »

Volunteer Spotlight: Erin Grauer, CASA of Cecil County

With 5 children of her own, this week’s volunteer spotlight, Erin Grauer of CASA of Cecil County, knows a thing or two about working with children. Erin has been working with CASA of Cecil County for 9 months and doing a fabulous job! Erin’s journey to CASA began through a friend; when she heard about… Read more »

Volunteer Spotlight: Pamela Alemu of CASA of Baltimore County, inc.!

No one said being a CASA volunteer was easy, but this week’s volunteer spotlight Pamela Alemu makes it look effortless! Pamela has been working with CASA of Baltimore County, Inc. for three and a half years and doing an amazing job! Pamela’s journey to CASA began when she worked for the Social Security Administration. She… Read more »

Volunteer Spotlight: MaryLou Plutschak of CASA of Caroline, Inc.

  With a master’s degree in counseling as well as an undergraduate background in psychology and sociology from the University of Maryland, this week’s spotlight volunteer, MaryLou Plutschak, was prepared to help children in need as a child advocate; since 2008, she has been working as a volunteer with CASA of Caroline, Inc.! MaryLou began… Read more »

Volunteer Spotlight: Deborah Pitts from CASA of Baltimore County

This week’s volunteer spotlight features Deborah Pitts, a volunteer with CASA of Baltimore County, Inc. Deborah has served as a volunteer for 18 months and previously worked in a correctional environment for six years. When she retired, Deborah wanted to return to volunteering and had previous experience working with youth. When Deborah began researching a… Read more »

Volunteer Spotlight: Mandi Graham, CASA of Allegany County

In this week’s Volunteer Spotlight, we are featuring Mandi Graham! Mandi is a volunteer with CASA of Allegany County and has been working with them for over a year. Having first heard about the organization at an information table at her local farmers market. Mandi wanted to become more involved with her community and she… Read more »

Volunteer Spotlight: Nancy Myers of Voices For Children (Howard County)

  Having started with Voices For Children in 2011, shortly after retiring from the Howard County School System, Nancy Myers brings a lifetime of experience and care for vulnerable children and families. Working as a childcare worker and a special education teacher taught Nancy that building trust and being present in good times and bad… Read more »

Volunteer Spotlight: Christie Menning

Taking a trip to the zoo. Dressing up and going trick-or-treating. Window shopping at the local mall. These are just a few of the activities that parents do with their children. For a child in foster care, however, they often have no one to do these things with them. That is where a CASA volunteer… Read more »

Volunteer Spotlight: Shirley Wair

Before I retired I heard about the CASA program on Dr. Phil show, he often talked about it just before the show ended, urging people to get involved. I went online and read about the CASA program in Prince George’s County, where I live, and decided to take the training.  I took the training in… Read more »