History of CASA
Franklin County CASA is part of a much larger network. We are just 1 of 950 CASA programs across the nation.
The idea of CASA began in 1977, by a Seattle juvenile court judge, David Soukup. He was concerned about making life changing decisions regarding abused and neglected children, with insufficient information. He decided a change was needed and started a program where community volunteers would be trained to speak up for the best interest of children in court ensuring a safe permanent home for them.
In 1982, National CASA was developed in effort to unify the many CASA programs across the country, bringing them all together to have one voice.
Since the beginning, CASA has swept across the nation, making a difference in the lives of more than 2,000,000 abused and neglected children.
Last year, more that 76,000 CASA Volunteers nationwide helped more than 251,000 abused and neglected children find that safe permanent home.
Click here to learn more about National CASA.
Franklin County CASA started in 2006 with a steering committee and opened their office located in the county seat. Then, in the summer of 2016, our program expanded into Gasconade County with two satellite locations. We are also members of the Missouri CASA Association and just 1 of 22 CASA programs in the state.
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Meet the Staff
Glenda Volmert, Executive Director
Glenda has been with Franklin County CASA since its inception. She has had the privilege of watching the program grow from an idea to a reputable organization positively impacting hundreds of children.
Glenda’s experience as a case worker, investigator and child advocate of nonprofit gave her experience to understand the needs of children, how to work in the juvenile court, and how to manage a nonprofit.
Glenda spends her time at CASA recruiting, screening, training, and supervising CASA volunteers and staff to be the best advocates for children. She also manages office volunteers, ensures financial stability through grant writing, working with the board of directors, and staying connected to Missouri and National CASA programs.
When she’s not in the office, Glenda enjoys time with her husband and two teenage children camping, hiking, attending sporting events, and participating in her church (St. Gertrude) and children’s schools.
Angie Morris, Volunteer Coordinator
Angie joined Franklin County CASA in 2011 after spending 12 years as a case worker for the state of Missouri.
Angie saw the value of CASA when she had them appointed to her cases as a case worker. She loved the individual attention given to the youth and saw that each CASA volunteer brought different strengths to the families they shared.
Angie said she jumped at the chance to join the CASA family when there was an opening, and she’s been very happy since.
Angie spends her time screening and training the new CASA volunteers and supervising active CASA volunteers. A strength Angie brings to CASA is her passion for working with teenagers.
Angie has taken the lead on a specialized program called Fostering Futures, which empowers teenagers in planning for their future. She stays connected to community agencies in her role as the Vice Chair of the Franklin County Service Providers.
Angie enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and her church family (St. Paul Lutheran), coaches little league softball, and is a Cardinal and volleyball fanatic.
Lynne Hoeing, Volunteer Coordinator
Lynne is our traveling Volunteer Coordinator who can be found at the Hermann, Owensville, or Union office. She spends her time screening and supervising CASA volunteers from Gasconade and Franklin counties.
Lynne’s prior experience as a case worker and licensing worker for the state of Missouri has been very helpful in her work with foster families.
Lynne began working at CASA shortly after we opened the office in Gasconade County in 2016. She spends some of her time networking with the juvenile court professionals and service providers helping pave the CASA road in Gasconade County.
To assist with volunteer retention, Lynne is responsible for creating the monthly newsletter for CASA volunteers to stay up to date on trainings, policies, and community events. This is also a way for CASA volunteers to stay connected with one another as they read success stories of their peers.
When Lynne isn’t working, she likes to coach her daughter’s soccer team, and spend time with her husband, two daughters, and friends going to different community events.
Lynne and her husband are huge BLUES fans who named their two German Shepherds, Elli and Oshie, after BLUES players.
ASHLEY SCHNEIDER, VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Ashley Schneider has been a perfect fit for the Franklin County CASA team. With her prior experience at Lutheran Family and Children Services and Children’s Division, Ashley was able to jump right in supervising cases as a Volunteer Coordinator.
Ashley has been an “official” part of the CASA team since June 2019 but had worked with many CASA volunteers while being a case manager. She always found value in the CASA volunteer’s perspective and appreciated them.
As a Volunteer Coordinator, Ashley has a positive way about herself that makes each of the volunteers feel valued and understood when they come to her for guidance. She is quick to give you a compliment and continues to be creative with solutions when working with families.
In addition to working with the volunteers to assist in permanency options, Ashley assist with pre-service training for potential volunteers and organizes the in-service trainings for current CASA volunteers. We are overjoyed with having Ashley a part of the CASA team!
Outside of CASA, Ashley enjoys spending time with her family, listening to true crime podcasts and reading.
MARTY BERRA, PEER COORDINATOR
Marty Berra has officially joined the CASA family as a Volunteer Coordinator. Marty is no stranger to CASA as he has been an exceptional CASA volunteer since 2014.
He has had the privilege of working cases in both Franklin and Gasconade counties. Marty comes to CASA not only with volunteer experience with CASA, but also as a former manager and business owner.
Marty is also a volunteer with Meals on Wheels and a member of Elks Lodge in Washington. He is the proud parent of his daughter, who is a doctor.
In addition, Marty has one grandson and granddaughter. In his free time, Marty enjoys taking walks, attending Cardinal games with his wife, being on the water and socializing with his friends.
Marty will always greet you with a smile and friendly “Hello.” He will be supervising cases from Gasconade and Franklin counties, as well as, working on outreach and retention projects.
We couldn’t be happier having Marty join our staff and are confident you will all enjoy working with him, as well.
Alisyn GARDINER, Outreach coordinator
Alisyn is one of our newest staff member but she fits in so well you would think she’s been here for years!
Alisyn and Monica make the perfect combination as the Outreach Coordinators for our CASA team. Alisyn is creative and knowledgeable with digital marketing and social media platforms which is essential in volunteer recruitment. She has a heart for the CASA mission and is currently working on her social work degree. She is very organized, detail oriented, and doesn’t know a stranger making her the perfect candidate to lead our Annual Giving campaign. We were overjoyed when Alisyn joined the CASA family in August of 2021 and look forward to many years to come.
When Alisyn is not working, she likes to spend time with her family and their pets. She is from the Bourbon area and enjoys spending her time outside on the farm!
Welcome back Sarah LeClaire! Sarah has worn many hats at CASA over the years. She was an intern, a CASA volunteer, an Outreach Coordinator and now she’s back to being a Volunteer Coordinator. Sarah may have physically left CASA to be a stay at home mom for a few years, but her heart has always been here. Sarah has a wealth of knowledge working within the social service realm as well as a para for a local school district. She has an understanding of mental health issues and working with special needs children. Sarah is always there to be a listening ear for her volunteers and has a heart of gold for our CASA children.
Outside of CASA, Sarah and her husband love to teach their 3 children about the world around them, while stopping to smell the flowers (literally) along the way.
MARY TINSLEY, financial assistant
Mary has been a trusted CASA supporter and volunteer advocate since 2008. As the CASA program continues to grow, Mary has recently joined the CASA family as the first ever Financial Assistant. At just a few hours a week, Mary will assist with paying invoices, tracking deposits, and organizing grant spending expenses.
When Mary isn’t working at CASA she enjoys traveling, cheering on the Cardinals with her husband, volunteering in the community and spending as much time with her family as possible.
Monica Lawrence, Outreach Coordinator
Monica became the newest member of the CASA family when she joined us as an Outreach Coordinator in the summer of 2022. However, Monica is no stranger to CASA as she has been a CASA volunteer since 2017. Monica has a great understanding of the foster care system as a foster and adoptive parent, as well. Monica is very passionate about sharing the CASA message, because she has seen firsthand the significance of this role to the children and families in foster care. With her marketing experience, her goal is to increase the volunteer pool enough, so that every child has the opportunity to have a CASA volunteer in their corner.
When Monica isn’t at our CASA office, she’s working at Style Masters, or at home as a loving mother and wife. Monica is also involved in her community doing volunteer work on projects with the Jaycees and Driving Hope.
Meet our Board of Directors
Franklin County CASA Board of Directors supporting our annual Justice Is Served fundraiser. Each of these members work both behind the scenes and throughout the community ensuring CASA has the resources to continue to be a credible and stable organization.
Be in the CASA know
Take a look at our quarterly newsletter.