Meet Tish! She completed CASA training in January 2022 and has already worked on three cases.
After many years of service, two of our beloved advocate supervisors, Deb Kammer and Rosemary Allen, will retire from their positions later this year. Please join us in thanking them for their dedication to CASA of Kent County and wishing them well in their next steps!
Deb has been involved with CASA in some capacity since the beginning of the program. More than 30 years ago, she worked for the Honorable Judge Carpenter, who began the program in 1992. Since then, Deb has worked tirelessly to support the mission of best-interest advocacy for children in the Kent County family court. She joined the staff as a part-time advocate supervisor in 2010.
During her time at CASA, Deb has been known for her incredible work ethic, generous spirit, and love of popcorn! Deb has formed deep relationships with the volunteers she supervises and has even taken 9 cases as a volunteer herself, outside of working hours. Deb has repeatedly demonstrated her love of children and her desire for them to have the resources and support they need to thrive.
Deb’s supervisor, Kari, shared, “Deb, we can’t thank you enough for helping to start the CASA program in Kent County. It’s because of your involvement that children in Kent County have a voice in court and one consistent adult advocating for their needs and wishes. You always make sure the child’s best interests are front and center when coaching and supporting your volunteers.” Thank you, Deb, for dedicating so much of your life to championing CASA’s mission!
Rosemary started as an advocate supervisor at CASA of Kent County nearly 18 years ago – on October 7, 2005. During her time here, she supervised dozens of wonderful CASA volunteers who served hundreds of children in our community and took 13 cases as a volunteer herself. Rosemary saw CASA through many moments of growth, including the transition to become a nonprofit in 2006.
Rosemary is best known around the office for her passion for CASA’s mission, her tenacious advocacy for children, and her generous gifts of locally baked goods! She shared, “The last 17 years were some of the best in my life! I always looked forward to working with stellar advocates, and at the end of the day, I knew our work was significant. Not everyone gets to experience that.”
Kari shared her thoughts as Rosemary’s supervisor. “Rose has been an amazing advocate for children and families. She is very thorough when connecting families to community resources. Rose is a fierce advocate, especially when it comes to special education services for children. She has always been very persistent in making sure children’s educational needs are being met.” Thank you, Rose for your dedication to CASA’s mission and the children in our community!
This article is part of the Summer 2023 edition of CASA Connect, CASA of Kent County’s quarterly newsletter. Click here to view a pdf version of this newsletter.
Leslie wanted to help kids in the foster care system, but fostering wasn’t right for her and her husband. When she discovered she could work with children as an advocate, she “knew this was the next best thing.” She completed CASA training in 2011 and took on three consecutive family court cases.
Kay Bylenga became a CASA volunteer in 2004. In the 19 years since then, she has filled many essential supportive roles within the program: CASA volunteer, training coordinator, board member, sponsor, and donor.
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