DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATEAmy joined the CASA staff in December of 2017 as a Development Associate. Amy found her passion working for non-profits over 20 years ago while working at Big Brothers Big Sisters. Prior to joining CASA she had worked at a local nonprofit and has been working closely with volunteers and donors in the Fox Valley Area. Coordinating fundraisers and assisting with marketing and development to help raise funds for children and families in need is something she is dedicated to. Amy lives in St. Charles and enjoys spending time with her three children.630-444-3122Executive Office AdministratorBarb joined the CASA Kane County organization in March 2011 as the Executive Office Administrator. Barb has more than 35 years of administrative experience in finance, manufacturing and engineering. Barb is a steward for the Board of Directors, manages all financial activities, the donor database, and assists the Executive Director with policies, human resources, and general office management. Barb lives in North Aurora with her husband, Jim, and enjoys spending summer weekends at their lake house in Michigan.630-444-1303VICE PRESIDENT OF ADVOCACY AND OPERATIONSCatherine D. Battista, Esq. is the Vice-President of Advocacy & Operation at CASA Kane County. Prior to joining CASA – “Cat” worked as a trial attorney. She has been ranked as one of the top attorneys in Illinois by “Super Lawyers”, “Leading Lawyers Network” and “Chicago” magazine. In 2012, Cat was named one of the top 40 trial attorneys under 40 in Illinois. In 2014, she was named “Outstanding New Lawyer” by the Kane County Bar Association. In her new role at CASA, Cat oversees the Advocacy team and assists the Executive Director with operations. Cat graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a B.A. and received her law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law. She lives with her husband and three children in Saint Charles, Illinois.630-444-3107ADVOCATE SUPERVISORDeb started with CASA as an advocate in March, 2000 and then came on staff shortly thereafter. She spent a number of years coordinating the education and training program until recently transferring to her role as Advocate Supervisor. Deb has nearly 20 years of working directly with CASA Kane County’s advocates and her knowledge of community resources, education and DCFS programs are invaluable. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and a minor in marketing from Indiana University. She raised three daughters who have grown up being involved with CASA Kane County.630-444-3110DIRECTOR OF ADVOCATE EDUCATION AND RESOURCE DEVELOPMENTPrior to joining CASA in December 2017, Erica was a Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney for approximately 4 ½ years. Erica prosecuted abuse and neglect cases, criminal misdemeanors and traffic cases and mental health petitions, as well as being assigned to the Treatment Alternative Court. Erica represented abused and neglected children in Cook County as an attorney and guardian ad litem for approximately 7 years as an Assistant Public Guardian for the Cook County Office of the Public Guardian. Erica has dedicated the majority of her career to being an advocate for abused and neglected children and is excited to train Kane County’s CASA GALs to be excellent advocates for the children of our county!630-444-3106PROGRAM COORDINATORGail joined the CASA staff in January 2017 and is responsible for maintaining the volunteer and case management database that includes data entry, report generation, outcome calculations and statistical analysis. Prior to joining the staff, Gail and her husband were foster parents to two beautiful children whom they have now adopted through foster care. Her previous experience was in the banking industry for the past 18 years, but she Gail smoothly transitioned to working with CASA and supporting our children. She not only enjoys watching all types of sports but also playing a variety of sports and teaching the kids.630-232-4484Marketing ManagerJulie joined the CASA organization in May 2014 as a Marketing Manager. She has over 15 years of professional experience and is responsible for managing the marketing and media activities along with development of donors for the organization. She has a Masters of Business Administration from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Science in finance from the University of Iowa. Julie lives in Geneva with her husband and three active boys.630-444-1305ADVOCATE SUPERVISORKelly has been an Advocate Supervisor with CASA Kane County since September 2014. She has been working to assist children and families involved in the child welfare system for over 10 years. Before coming to our organization, Kelly worked in a community agency setting, supervising support programs for foster families, adoptive families and parents whose children were in DCFS care. She has a Masters of Social Work from Aurora University, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a therapist in a private practice setting. Kelly lives in Batavia with her husband and two amazing children, ages 7 and 10.630-444-3103Advocate SupervisorKim joined the CASA organization in September 2014 as an Advocate Supervisor. She has over 30 years of professional work experience and over 20 years of social service experience including foster care case management, outpatient mental health services, and inpatient psychiatric services experience. Additionally, she and her husband Andy were licensed foster parents for 5 years. Kim has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from George Williams College. Kim and her husband have two grown children who are both married. She and Andy have lived in St. Charles for over 30 years.630-444-3101ADVOCATE SUPERVISORKimberly joined the organization in February 2017 as a CASA Advocate Supervisor. Kimberly has an extensive amount of experience in the Social Service arena in the state of Illinois and Michigan. Throughout her 10 plus years of experience as a Child Welfare Specialist and a Transitional Living Program Case Manager, Kimberly has been dedicated and committed to servicing children & families in need. Kimberly is a graduate from Northern Illinois University, where she earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Community Health. Kimberly lives in Romeoville with her over active pre-tween daughter & teenage son.630-444-3104ADVOCATE SUPERVISORMaria joined the organization in early 2015 as a social work intern and was later hired as the staff Administrative Assistant. She quickly moved up to Program Coordinator, and working directly with families in Probate Court. Her bi-lingual skills have opened communication between CASA, families and the entire child welfare team. She recently was promoted to Advocate Supervisor in charge of all Probate cases that come into the organization. Her previous experience consists of four years in an office environment with another nonprofit organization. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Human Services from Judson University.630-232-4484OUTREACH AND VOLUNTEER COORDINATORNatalie joined the CASA Kane County team as Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator in January of 2018. She has spent the last several years working with volunteers for many nonprofit groups in our community. Natalie is responsible for managing and building strategic relationships, conducting a variety of outreach activities, recruitment and management of volunteers for all external and internal events and accomplishing the organizational goals of raising awareness in the community. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in General Business and Marketing form Miami University. Natalie lives in St. Charles with her husband Eric and their two children.(630) 444-3112Vice President of AdvancementVicki Shaw began her career with CASA in 2011. Her responsibilities are to oversee the day to day needs of the advancement team including grants, direct mail, marketing, events, planned giving, major gifts, legacy and endowment. She has more than 15 years of fundraising and marketing experience with nonprofits in the Chicagoland area and is also a graduate of the Elgin Leadership Academy. Vicki is an active member of Positive Impact Fox Valley, a local social service group; and the Fox West Network, a community of fundraising professionals who meet monthly. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Northern Illinois University.630-444-3100Employment Openings
CASA of Kane County’s Commitment to Equal Opportunity is an important part of our core values. In order to provide the best quality advocacy for children in our community, we believe that we must be responsive to the needs of everyone who may provide, receive or be affected by our services. To that end, all policies, practices and recommendations are administered without discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, gender identity and gender expression, marital status, physical abilities or national origin.