Tom Jones, Senior Grants Management Specialist, has been with Texas CASA since August 2006. Prior to joining Texas CASA, he worked in various accounting and auditor positions in Texas, eventually directing accounting for the Criminal Justice Division of the Texas Governor’s Office. Before entering the workforce, Tom served in the United State Army and was… Read more »
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Elizabeth Mast, Grants Management Specialist, serves the CASA network by managing grants like the volunteer travel and background check reimbursements. She studied business and economics at Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia, and is proud to be using her skillset to help the CASA programs and the children and families they serve. Tell us about your… Read more »
David Setzer has been a member of the Texas CASA Board of Directors since 2015. He has been a a part of the CASA movement for many years, serving first as a CASA volunteer and, from 2004 to 2015, as a founding board member for CASA of Ellis County. Setzer is currently the Executive Director… Read more »
Ann Strauser Palmer, Legislative Advocacy Coordinator, has been with Texas CASA since October 2018. Ann entered the child welfare field in 2006, when she began working for the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). As Legislative Advocacy Coordinator, Ann works with local CASA programs and their Legislative Advocacy Teams (LATs) to advance policy and… Read more »
Lisa Briggs, Volunteer Management Specialist, has been with us since 2017. Prior to coming to Texas CASA, she worked as a Volunteer Supervisor and Program Director at CASA of Southeast Texas from 2010-2016. She is a dedicated advocate whose passion for philanthropy inspires her to continue to improve how Texas CASA supports local programs, staff,… Read more »
John D. Knight is President-Elect of the Texas CASA Board of Directors and has been a member of the Board since 2015. John has previously served on the Board of Directors for CASA of Ellis County, both as a member and as Board President. John was a CASA volunteer with his local program for four… Read more »
Emma Ledford keeps the CASA network up to date and informed through her work as Texas CASA’s Communications Specialist. Emma joined the Texas CASA team initially as an intern before becoming a full-time member of the team. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin. Tell us about your… Read more »
Bryan Mares, Public Policy Fellow, is a dedicated advocate for Texas children and families. By testifying and advocating for Texas CASA’s legislative priorities at the Texas Capitol, Bryan helps improve laws and policies affecting the child welfare system. Bryan received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work from Texas State University. Before coming to… Read more »
Jonathan Horstmann, Creative Multimedia Developer and Trainer, has been with Texas CASA for just over a year now. His role at Texas CASA includes creating graphic and video content for training and e-learning programs as well as capturing the great work of Texas CASA and the CASA network by acting as our on-staff videographer. Tell… Read more »
Maria McCord is a Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) Coach for Texas CASA. She was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and has more than 20 years of experience working with children in foster care and nonprofit organizations. She has her bachelor’s degree in human services as well as her master’s degree in business administration, and… Read more »