In addition to promoting the importance of preventing abuse and neglect of our children during National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Savannah/Chatham CASA also welcomed six new board members during their April 16, 2013 meeting. The new appointees are Kate Blair (Wells Fargo Insurance Services), Emily Dickinson (Wet Willie’s Management Corporation), Tom Hartridge (Willis Insurance Services of Georgia), Chad Jacobs (BB&T), Dr. Katy Moretz (Savannah Neurology Specialists), and Kaitlyn Slate (Armstrong Atlantic State University). The Board of Directors is responsible for the governance and oversight of the local CASA program.
The local program also completed its Spring 2013 training. These volunteers have successfully completed the 40-hour national training and passed all background check requirements. The Honorable Patricia Parker Stone presided over the brief ceremony on April 18, 2013. Seventeen individuals have committed themselves to advocating for the safety and permanency of our abused and neglected children in the community. They are: Dana Bertagnolli, Dotti Black, Janie Brooks, Ellen Cayer, Carmen Delgado, Samantha Fay, Tim Forbes, Howie Gaynor, Paul Henderson, Sebra D. Jones, Sumerlin Larsen-Lesperance, Brandy Mai, Danielle Mearis, Karen Monsanto, Sharon Spaulding, Kimberly Sullivan and Sarah Ullrich. The new advocates are joining over 60 volunteers locally and over 77,000 nationally.
The next volunteer training class is tentatively set for June 2013.