Rosie McNeil-Cusick’s lifelong commitment to equity

CASA board member Rosie McNeil-Cusick’s lifelong commitment to equity has transcended borders, sectors and generations. “My focus in everything I do is to provide equitable environments for people to thrive,” Rosie said. “My desire to promote equity comes from the life story of my mother, who grew up as a little girl in a small,…

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Mary Moffett holds parents accountable to help reunite families

When it comes to advocating for kids in the child welfare system, the need is huge. Mary Moffett knows this to be true from a decade of experience as a CASA volunteer in both Montana and Colorado. “I think that the hardest thing I had to learn being a CASA, but the most important lesson…

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The defining moment that led Fran Pilch to protect children

For CASA board member Fran Pilch, commitment to serving abused and neglected children began in a concert hall during her graduate studies in New Haven. “One afternoon, I was working as an usher for a concert my university was hosting,” Fran said. “I was running late, and it was pouring rain. As I hurried towards…

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Q&A with Tracey Dinnel on what it’s like to be part of a co-CASA team

Tracey Dinnel is a busy wife and mother to three. She runs, reads, refinishes furniture, sings with her church choir, and volunteers in the church nursery. Oh and how could we forget – she rides a unicycle and communicates via American Sign Language. As if this wasn’t all enough, the real reason we think Tracey…

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How Mark Davis is helping his CASA kids to have normal childhood experiences

If you grew up in a seemingly healthy and supportive family, it might not seem like that big of a deal that you played soccer or tee-ball, took piano lessons, or participated in gymnastics. But for kids involved in the child welfare system, normal childhood opportunities like these don’t come quite as easily. This is…

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Inclusion Corner: Inclusion of the refugee population

“There’s an Afghan boy in my child’s school. He’s in fourth grade and goes around with an interpreter. I can’t even imagine what he’s been through. Now he’s in a new country and in a school with a bunch of kids he doesn’t know that don’t speak his language. Can you imagine how strong of…

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How Howard Black has served and protected children for decades

Howard Black has understood the importance of working with abused and neglected children for a long time. Born in Northern California, Howard moved to Colorado Springs to work at the Air Force Academy before spending thirty-six years serving with the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD). Over his long and successful career with law enforcement, Howard…

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Q&A with SEPT Facilitator Alexandria Saunders

Alexandria Saunders is a college student who will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in sociology this summer. She hopes to attend law school after graduation. The 24-year-old clearly has a lot on her plate, but that doesn’t stop her from carving out time to make a difference for a future generation of students. As a…

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How Sabrina Amezcua-Fumagalli changes lives, one child at a time

Service to others runs deep in Sabrina Amezcua-Fumagalli’s family. This heart for service is seen in Sabrina, her husband, and their four children – a developer of renewable energy in Houston, a fighter pilot in the Euro-NATO program, a member of US Space Force, and a spouse to a U.S. Marine. Sabrina grew up in…

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