Spring 2017 Training Class
Sarah graduated from Tufts University with her MA in Child Development in 2016 and became a CASA volunteer shortly after. When she was a teenager, two of her siblings joined her family through international adoption, so she decided to focus her child development studies on family preservation, foster care, and adoption, from domestic and international perspectives. She now works at the Education Development Center supporting international development projects, primarily US government-funded education initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa. Her driving belief in life is that all children have the right to a caring family and all parents should be supported and empowered to parent their children. She is grateful to be able to volunteer for an organization like CASA that shares these goals!
Rachel settled in north central Massachusetts with her husband after earning a degree in Accounting and Bio-medical Equipment Technology. An aspiring children’s author with varied interests, she has traveled the world as an international travel specialist. Rachel spent 20 years volunteering for school functions while raising three children. She spent her childhood surrounded by foster kids. She was born into foster care and aged out, having never been adopted, which gives her a unique perspective on the lives of troubled and neglected children. Her many years surrounded by children make her a perfect fit for CASA.
Kush became a CASA in 2015 and works as a corporate lawyer at Foley & Lardner in Boston, where he focuses on health care industry clients. He graduated from Georgetown Law in 2015. While in a law school clinical program, he spent time as an investigator and trial lawyer on behalf of indigent clients with criminal charges in the DC court system. He has worked as a mentor for public high school students in legal and public advocacy. He has been a certified volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician in New Jersey and Washington, DC since 2007 and has also served in that capacity in Port au Prince, Haiti.
Margie lives in Dorchester and has been a CASA volunteer for two years. She came to Boston CASA after her retirement as a public health administrator because she believed that making a difference in the life of one child was the best way for her to give back. She currently works on a case involving an adolescent boy and has loved getting to know him, supporting him, and advocating for him in a variety of ways. Margie says: “One of the best parts of being a CASA volunteer is being in a community of amazing people – volunteers and staff – who are passionate about what they are doing to help vulnerable and needy children. I encourage others to explore the possibility of joining this wonderful organization!” (Margie is pictured here with her grandson.)
Clare has worked in the public health and non-profit sector for over 20 years. She has spent her career serving vulnerable populations, in particular, women and children. She has been a CASA since 2015. She is the mother of two young boys and spends what little spare time she has in her jewelry studio.
Marlowe is an experienced IT professional currently consulting as a Senior IT Project Manager at HeartWare Inc. He is also an executive board member of SIM Boston an organization of over 400 IT professionals in the greater Boston area. He also served on the board of STARS , a not-for-profit that provides comprehensive early education and youth programs to South Shore communities. He has been a volunteer for two years and learned about CASA from his sister who has been a guardian ad litem in CT for many years.
Karina has been a volunteer with Boston CASA since 2014. Growing up in a small tight-knit town in the Adirondack Mountains, Karina saw her mom volunteer to help families and children in need. In her professional life, Karina has managed international development projects for 15 years, helping provide opportunities for vulnerable children, families, and communities around the world. Shortly after moving to the Boston area, she learned about CASA and recognized an opportunity to have a meaningful impact on the lives of at-risk kids in her community and an opportunity to be part of a growing and dedicated organization.
Anne is a writer, a passionate social activist and in the words of Bayard Rustin, an “angelic troublemaker.” She and her husband created their family by adopting their wonderful children. She has been a CASA since 2012 and first learned about the program in “Breaking Night,” Liz Murray’s fantastic memoir. Anne is currently vice president of the Board of Directors.
Nicole has been a volunteer with Boston CASA since 2013, after graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law. While in law school, Nicole mediated child custody and visitation disputes through the Family Alternative Dispute Resolution Clinic. She currently works as a wealth management attorney in Boston. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys spending time with family and running marathons.
Diane joined CASA after raising her three children. She found herself looking for a way to contribute to children who were in need. Of her experience, she says, “My work with CASA allows me to share my culture, language, and experience with children who are involved in the child protective system. Investing my time to help create trusting relationships in all aspects of my CASA child’s life, as well as ensuring that my CASA child is well cared for, is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.” Diane believes all children in foster care deserve to have a CASA by their side – unconditionally supporting them and looking out for their best interests.
Dara is a lifelong resident of Massachusetts and works with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection as a lawyer representing the department in appeals of permit and enforcement decisions. Dara attended Suffolk University and Suffolk University Law School. He enjoys running, armature boating, kayaking, fishing and gardening. He joined CASA in 2015.
Karen is the Senior Director of Quality Improvement Initiatives at the Rhode Island Quality Institute. She has worked for over 20 years as a healthcare administrator focused on working with physicians on process and quality improvement initiatives. She is currently directing the launch of an initiative to implement Opioid Abuse Treatment Standards in RI Emergency Departments. She had always wanted to work with children in foster care and when her daughters went to college, she became involved with CASA. Her ‘CASA kid’ is a funny energetic 9 year old boy in a group home and she feels lucky to be part of an amazing team of three other CASAs helping one family.
Patrice recently began her second CASA case. Inspired to work with foster children by the television show Judging Amy, she became a foster mom in 2009 and began volunteering with CASA in 2014. She encourages those around her to stop talking about helping children and start getting involved. Patrice is a mass communication professor at Boston University. One of her current research interests is studying portrayals of the foster care system in entertainment media and the news. She lives in Cambridge and has three very naughty kitties.