1. What made you decide to become a CASA?
When I was ready to retire, I wanted to find a volunteer opportunity that would make a difference in the lives of children. A couple of ladies I worked with had told me about CASA and it sounded like a good fit for me.
2. What is your professional/ volunteer background?
I retired in 2011 from Federal Law Enforcement. I had been a Federal Agent for 25 years. I have done volunteer work through my church in many different capacities, I deliver Meals on Wheels (as a substitute), I volunteer with the Mansfield Police Department. I am also a member of both Arlington and Mansfield CERT (community emergency response team). It is a volunteer organization that is trained to respond in emergencies such as tornadoes, etc.
3. What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about becoming a CASA?
I would tell them that it is not something to take lightly, that our role as CASAs is a very important role in the lives of the children that we serve. It can be a very rewarding experience, but sometimes it can be heartbreaking. However, whatever the outcome, our services are definitely appreciated and needed.
4. What has been the most challenging part of being a CASA?
Not being able to immediately fix the child's situation and make it all better right away.
5. What has been the most rewarding part of being a CASA?
Being part of helping to get these children and their families through one of the toughest situations that they will ever experience.
6. Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself or the CASA experience?
Having a background in law enforcement, I feel that being a CASA has allowed me to use some of my expertise and training for a very important cause. I have been a CASA for a little over 5 years and I look forward to continuing for many more years to come.
Casework Supervisor Lillian says: "Sandy is a very dedicated advocate who has been with CASA since 2012. Sandy always goes the extra mile on her cases and develops amazing relationships with all parties involved. She is a true advocate and isn’t afraid to take on the difficult cases.”