Advocate SupervisorAmy came to the CASA staff in September 2003. She began her time here as a Program Specialist, and transitioned to the role of Advocate Supervisor in 2005. She oversees approximately 45 cases in Abuse and Neglect court and works with 50 CASA/GALs. Amy has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to joining the staff, Amy was a stay at home mom to three growing boys and a CASA volunteer. She lives in Aurora with her husband, John.630-444-3105Executive 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) 444-3107Director of Education & Youth ProgramsCathy has been on the CASA staff since March 2006 and is currently the Director of Education and Youth Programs. In her current role, she supervises and trains advocates working in juvenile, probate, and delinquency court, and oversees a new program supporting Transitional Youth ages 14 to 21. In addition to CASA duties, Cathy has been serving children for the last 15 years as a Youth Group Director, Licensed Foster Parent, member and Chair of the Illinois Statewide Foster Care Advisory Council (2010-2016), Illinois Child and Family Advisory Council (2015) and as a parent to a 17 year old daughter. Cathy and her family reside in Hampshire.630-444-3102Director of Advocate EducationDeb started with CASA first by becoming an advocate in March, 2000 and then came on staff shortly thereafter. Her role as the director in recruitment and training is to find qualified community volunteers to become CASA/GAL volunteers. In addition she is co-trainer and organizes the volunteer recognition and annual fall conference. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and a minor in marketing from Indiana University. Deb has helped “train the trainer” for many fellow Illinois CASA programs. She raised three daughters who have grown up being involved with CASA Kane County.630-444-3110ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTAt our front desk, you may be greeted by Administrative Assistant, Gail Garcia. Gail and her husband are the parents of two beautiful children whom they adopted through foster care. After working in the banking industry for the past 18 years, Gail is excited to transition to working with CASA and supporting our children. Gail loves spending time with her family. 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 is our newest CASA team member. Kimberly 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.630-444-3104DEVELOPMENT & EVENT COORDINATORMallory joined CASA in 2016 and coordinates all fundraisers and events, including the annual Auction and Golf Outing. She also oversees all third- party events and fundraisers with outside groups. Mallory graduated from Lawrence University in 2015 with a degree in history and political science.630-444-3108Program CoordinatorMaria joined the organization in early 2015 and works with the Advocate Supervisor staff and CASA Volunteers with all case management. In addition, she is responsible for updating and maintaining the volunteer and case management database known as Optima and other special projects and needs for abuse/neglect and probate court. She is bilingual and 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.630-232-4484Advocate SupervisorTyleshia joined the CASA organization in April 2015 as an Advocate Supervisor. She has nearly 7 years of experience in social services and is responsible for providing support, resources, and supervision of all case activities to a caseload of 40-60 CASA/GAL volunteers. Tyleshia has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Tyleshia lives in Aurora with her husband and very adorable puppy.630-444-3106Vice President of AdvancementVicki began her career with CASA in 2011. Her responsibilities are to oversee the day to day needs of the development team along with grants, annual fund appeals, and other advancement initiatives. She is a graduate of the Elgin Leadership Academy and a member of the Elgin Junior Woman’s Club. Vicki earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Northern Illinois University. Vicki and her husband Jim live in St. Charles with two girls.630-444-3100Employment Openings
Annual Giving Coordinator
The Annual Giving Coordinator reports to the Vice President of Advancement and is responsible for researching, locating, maintaining and writing grants from foundations, government, United Way and other funding sources. This person will develop and manage a comprehensive list of deadlines and proposal submissions that include annual grants, prospects, individuals and corporations to best fit the needs of the CASA Kane County mission. He or she will also collaborate with the Vice President of Advancement on the development and coordination of all direct mail campaigns for donor and prospect solicitations.
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.