Volunteer Profiles

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 »

Volunteer Spotlight: Terrie Smith

Volunteer For:  CASA of Montgomery County How long have you been a CASA volunteer? Served? I was appointed to my first case in November, 2001.  I was assigned to a brother and his sister who were both in elementary school at the time.  I stayed with the girl until 2005 and the boy until March,… Read more »

Volunteer Spotlight: Shawn Gusciora

Name: Shawn Gusciora Service Site: CASA of Washington County, MD How long have you been a CASA volunteer? I completed training at the end of 2013 and have served as an Advocate since then. Work Experience outside of CASA  I lead a team of claim professionals at State Farm Insurance. How did you hear about… Read more »

Volunteer Spotlight: Elaine Johnson

In the spring of 2015, I completed the comprehensive CASA training in Prince George’s County and was officially assigned my first case a few months later. Having been a stay-at-home mom after leaving a career that included Congressional, regulatory and community development experience, I always knew I wanted to work with foster kids once my own… Read more »

Volunteer Spotlight: Mary Espinosa

Name: Mary Espinosa Service Site: Washington County Maryland How long have you been a CASA volunteer? I have been a CASA Volunteer for 2.5 years Work Experience outside of CASA: I have worked with Mentally Challenged, Physically Disabled individuals. I have worked in the mental health and addictions field for over eight years. How did you… Read more »

Volunteer Spotlight: Steve Cunningham

Name: Steve Cunningham Service Site: CASA Harford County How long have you been a CASA volunteer? Since March, 2015 Work Experience outside of CASA: 30 year teacher at The Sheppard Pratt Pratt Hospital Forbush School; 7 year School Principal in Harford County and currently in “semi” retirement working as an Academic Coach at CCBC Essex and Program Manager for… Read more »

Volunteer Spotlight: Yvonne Gish

Name – Yvonne Gish Service Site – Washington County How long have you been a CASA volunteer? Served? – Since December 2014 Work Experience outside of CASA – Computer programmer, consultant, trainer, newsletter designer.  I have also volunteered as a peer counselor for Hagerstown Pregnancy Center and am currently a children’s teacher for Community Bible… Read more »

Volunteer Spotlight: Darlene Gamble

Name:  Darlene Gamble Service Site:  CASA of Prince George’s County How Long Have You Been a CASA volunteer? Currently 2 years in Prince George’s County.  2 years in DC around 1997.  Served?  4 years Work Experience outside of CASA:  I work for the Administrative Office of the U. S. Courts in DC. I also volunteer… Read more »

Volunteer Spotlight: The Lombardi Couple

Name:  John Lombardi Service Site:  CASA of Allegany County How long have you been a CASA volunteer? Served?  Just over a year, now. Work Experience outside of CASA:  I’m a professor of mass communication at Frostburg State University. How did you hear about CASA, and what made you decide to volunteer?  I heard about our… Read more »

Volunteer Spotlight: Bob Cowin

What was your motivation for becoming a CASA volunteer: My wife and I have always been passionate about CASA and the work they do for children. Our two sons had severe special needs stemming from a rare syndrome that significantly shortened their lives.  And as their Dad, I believe that I developed a heightened level… Read more »