Texas CASA Elects Four New Board Members
In June 2020, Texas CASA welcomed four new members to our board of directors: Don Binnicker, Anna Futral, Pastor Eric Hallback and Rhonda Thompson.
“Don, Anna, Pastor Eric and Rhonda all bring unique expertise and passion for the CASA cause,” said Vicki Spriggs, Texas CASA CEO. “Their ideas and leadership will help guide Texas CASA as we continue to advance our impact across the state of Texas.”
Meet the New Board Members
Don Binnicker, CEO of CASA of Tarrant County, joined the program in July 2016. He has a Master of Science in Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Texas in Austin, as well as almost 19 years of experience working in Child Protective Services (CPS) of Tarrant and Travis Counties. At CPS, his roles included investigations supervisor and supervisor of specialized units for child fatalities, sexual abuse, severe physical injuries, school investigations and high-profile media cases.
In his role at CPS in Tarrant County, Binnicker worked with other child welfare agencies including: Tarrant County Health Department Child Fatality Review Team, One Safe Place – High Risk Case Staffing, Alliance for Children, The Parenting Center, Lena Pope Home, The Women’s Center and Safe Haven. Before he retired from CPS in 2016, he was a Program Director of CPS Investigations and Family Based Safety Services in Tarrant County.
On the Texas CASA board, Binnicker hopes to learn from the experiences of others, and to better understand the bigger picture of CASA and the behind-the-scenes workings of the statewide network. Moreover, he hopes to bring this knowledge back to local programs to share and coordinate better work and outcomes for children and families.
Anna Futral, Executive Director of CASA of McLennan County, is a graduate of Baylor University, where she received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Taxation. Prior to joining CASA of McLennan County in May 2017, she built her career as a Certified Public Accountant at JRBT, where she worked for over 10 years, specializing in service to nonprofit clients.
In addition to her business acumen and administrative leadership skills, Futral brings to CASA a deep-seated passion for children in foster care. She and her husband, Trent, are former foster parents and adopted their three children, ages 5, 6 and 7, from foster care in 2016.
On the Texas CASA board, Futral hopes to provide valuable and realistic insight into the daily operations of the local CASA programs. She also hopes to assist programs by expanding her understanding and big-picture knowledge of CASA activities statewide.
As Pastor of the Rock Faith Center in El Paso, Eric C. Hallback, Sr. leads a congregation of over 3,300. He is passionate about prevention of child abuse and neglect, as well as permanency for children in the foster care system. He serves as the Orphan Care Ambassador in West Texas and is the former Chairman of The Advisory Committee on Promoting Adoption of Minority Children — a church/state partnership committed to providing permanent families for Texas children in need. He also serves on Texas CASA’s Clergy, CASA and Community workgroup, a committee focused on engaging faith-based organizations in CASA volunteer recruitment and awareness.
Hallback hopes to guide community and clergy outreach efforts to increase the number of CASA volunteers statewide. Additionally, he wants to help congregations across Texas spread information about fostering and adoption to expand the amount of foster homes available to youth.
Rhonda Thompson is a writer and volunteer. She is retired from her position as Vice President for University Advancement at University of Houston (UH)-Clear Lake, where she led a team of alumni, development and communication professionals. She previously served as the UH director for foundation relations, managing an extensive portfolio of foundation donors.
Prior to joining UH in 2005, Thompson was vice president for client services at the Center for Nonprofit Management in Dallas, leading a staff and volunteer team to help nonprofits build capacity through consulting, collaboration and training services. In the 1990s, after earning a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in sociology from the University of Texas-Arlington, she worked as health planner and educator for the Tarrant County Public Health Department.
Thompson hopes to contribute ideas and facilitate supportive connections to help Texas CASA and programs across the state build capacity in ways that help more children and families be safe, stable and happy.