WHO WE ARE

About CASA Kane County

WHO IS CASA KANE COUNTY?

CASA Kane County is a nonprofit volunteer organization that has been advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the Juvenile Court system since 1988. CASA Kane County recruits, trains, and supervises community volunteers who serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates and Guardians ad Litem (CASA/GAL) for children who are in court due to abuse, neglect or private guardianship.

CASA Kane County is governed by 20 professional Board of Directors that give their time, talent and treasure. Daily operations are managed by the Executive Director and dedicated staff of 19.

CASA Kane County’s 230 CASA/GAL volunteers are serving over 600 children throughout Kane County annually. CASA Kane County is one of over 1,000 CASA organizations across the country, and one of 38 within the State of Illinois. The organization is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, and relies solely on philanthropic support from individuals, grants and special event fundraising to support its operations. The CASA Kane County office is located in the downtown district of Geneva in the old courthouse that represents a county with over 500,000 people serving 28 cities.

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What Guides Us

MISSION

CASA Kane County is a Guardian ad Litem, nonprofit volunteer organization that advocates for the best interests of children in abuse, neglect and private guardianship cases within the Juvenile Court system.

VISION

We believe all children in the foster care system will have a safe, nurturing and permanent home where they can thrive with the support and involvement of their community.

VALUES

Well-chosen values serve as meaningful guidelines for every program or activity, regardless of whether the stakeholders are volunteers, staff, advising boards or others.

CASA Kane County is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization that advocates for abused and neglected children within the Juvenile Court system.  Our highly trained volunteers are appointed by a judge to represent the best interests of children in the abuse and neglect court.  Our obligation is to ensure that the children we represent will be visited at least monthly, and that their needs, desires and circumstances will be reported to the court at every scheduled hearing.  The Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian Ad Litem (CASA/GAL) will be the consistent person in the child’s life.

We believe every child deserves a safe and permanent home.

We believe that all Advocates, Board of Directors, Chairman’s Advisory Panel members, and Friends of CASA should be welcomed, trained appropriately, appreciated and supported by the staff; and provided with a healthy environment in which to gather, work and volunteer. 

We believe that our staff deserves a collaborative and conducive atmosphere that allows them to fulfill the organization’s mission, one that demonstrates respect and value for each individual’s talents and gifts as they enhance the leadership of the team; promotes respect for each individual’s role, opinions, time, and space; focuses on hiring competent people suited to each position in the organization; and provides continuing education opportunities. 

We believe that our donors deserve to be educated and informed of CASA’s mission and goals; to see evidence of financial responsibility; to be inspired to invest in our longevity; to be recognized with respect and confidentiality for their gifts and generosity; and to have questions on how their dollars are spent answered in a timely and transparent manner. 

We believe we have an obligation to our communities to elevate awareness of our program and the broader child welfare concerns including poverty, diversity, mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence and other issues impacting families; and to continually extend collaborative efforts among other community agencies and court partners to achieve common goals.

We believe that our goals and objectives must always be aligned with our mission, vision, and values.  We take great pride in being an organization that is united with our judicial partners to ensure that all maltreated children have the right to competent, well-trained CASA/GAL volunteers who will positively impact their lives and future outcomes.

Building On Our Legacy Of Quality Advocacy, We Acknowledge The Need To Understand, Respect, And Celebrate Diversity Including Race, Gender, Religion, National Origin, Ethnicity, Sexual Orientation, Socioeconomic Status, And The Presence Of Sensory, Mental, Or Physical Disability.  We Also Value Diversity Of Viewpoints, Life Experiences, Talents And Ideas.
 
A Diverse CASA/GAL Network Helps Us To Better Understand And Promote The Well-Being Of The Children We Serve.  Embracing Diversity Makes Us Better Advocates By Providing Fresh Ideas And Perspectives For Problem Solving In Our Multicultural World, Enabling Us To Respond To Each Child’s Unique Needs.

Child Demographics

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Communities Served

Aurora
Batavia
Burlington
Campton Hills
Carpentersville
East Dundee
Elburn

Elgin
Geneva
Gilberts
Hampshire
Kaneville
Lily Lake 
Maple Park

Montgomery
Mooseheart
North Aurora
Pingree Grove
Plato Center
St. Charles
Sleepy Hollow

South Elgin
Sugar Grove
Valley View
Virgil
Wasco
Wayne
West Dundee

MEET OUR LEADERSHIP

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Gloria Kelley

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

“I am passionate about changing the story for each and every abused and neglected child we serve at CASA Kane County, but to accomplish this, fundraising has to be front and center. Everyone can do something! I am unapologetic about the need to be fiscally responsible; you’ll frequently hear me say ‘no money, no mission.’ We are grateful to all donors, regardless of the size of the gift.  I have witnessed firsthand how even the smallest act of giving can change lives, both for the giver and the recipient. There is real truth in the old adage ‘it is better to give than to receive.’”

Meet our Executive Committee

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Tim Kellenberger

BOARD CHAIR
Jim Chakires

James Chakires

VICE CHAIR
Kristi Wano

Kristi Wano

SECRETARY
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Ryan Fuelling

TREASURER

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CASA Kane County’s Board of Directors is comprised of community and business leaders who serve as ambassadors in the community, speaking on behalf of the CASA program. One of their many responsibilities is to serve as a conduit of information about the on-going need for philanthropic support. The Board is also responsible for producing a community benefit report and financial report, and has fiduciary responsibility for the proper management of all donations.

Tim Kellenberger – Kellenberger Electric
James Chakires – APEX CPAs & Consultants, Inc.
Kristi Wano – Calamos Wealth Management
Ryan Fuelling – Parent Petroleum
Chad Abrahamson – Impact Plastics
Tim Barry – TJ Barry & Associates, LLC.
Kit DeWitt – KDI Design, Inc. 
Dan Dolan – Dolan & Murphy, Inc.
Ray Drake – UPS
Carlie Dunteman – Hidden Ballast
Anton Engelmann – Town & Country Gardens
Jennifer Paganessi-Fisher – Howard & Howard
Ron Hain – Kane County Sheriff
Jeffery Kubas – Vertex Resource Group
Michael Lusk – Lusk Law LLC
Deanna Oliver – Kane County Regional Office of Education
Roly Orama – Retired Insurance Executive
Manish Patel – Liquor ‘N’ Wine
Vicky Rullo – The Rullo Team/Re/Max All Pro
Fred Schramm – Schramm Construction Corporation
Carl Schoedel – Kane Co. Div of Transportation
Matt Sidman – TeqWorks
Rae-Anne Soria – BMO Harris Bank
Mike Trimarco – St. Charles Bank and Trust
Lisa Weier  FT Cares Foundation

CHAIRMAN'S ADVISORY PANEL

The Chairman’s Advisory Panel is a collection of individuals who bring unique knowledge and skills which complement the knowledge and skills of the formal board members in order to more effectively govern the organization to a better financial position. The Advisory Panel is a resource pool of experts from any field deemed relevant used to advise the board and executive director in carrying out the mission. The board is not obligated to consult the Advisory panel.

Dan Dolan – Dolan & Murphy, Inc. – Co-Chair 
Bob Runke – Barco Products – Co-Chair
Mike Black – River City Lacrosse
Mike Burkholder – The Wine Exchange
Kim Byrne – KimberleeB Photography
Dave Carrell – CASA/GAL Volunteer
Erin Brown-Carter – On-Path Financial
Gary Clark – Quarles & Brady LLP
Ryan Corcoran – Corcoran Commercial Real Estate
Thomas Duncan – Grant Thornton
Shannon Embrey/Ernesto Guillen – Associated Bank – Aurora

Katie Podl-Fish – Keller Williams Realty
P.J. Fitzpatrick – Kaskaskia Engineering Group, LLC
Alison France – @ Properties
Gary Gartrell 
– CASA/GAL Volunteer
Jill Holmes – CASA/GAL Volunteer
Jeffery Kubas – Wage Solution
Tom Lannoye – Fox Jewelers
Warren Matson – Individual, Family and Couples Counseling Specialist
Bill McEnery – CASA/GAL Volunteer
Dave Ott – Old Second National Bank
Mari Pierce – AlphaGraphics
Marianne Renner – Marianne Renner Coaching Solutions
Ginny Rosso – KDI Design, Inc.
Liz Whittaker – CASA/GAL Volunteer
David Wong/Benjamin Zeman – HDR, Inc.

Meet our Staff

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Natalie Bohner

OUTREACH & MISSION ASSOCIATE
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Lexi Bunce

Graphic Design & Marketing Coordinator
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Bethany Burgert

ADVOCATE SUPERVISOR
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Sandie Cross

MANAGER OF EDUCATION
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Amy Daeschler

GRANTS & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
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Christina DiVito

ADVOCATE SUPERVISOR
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Chris Geocaris

STAFF ATTORNEY
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Julie Hipp

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
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Barb Kleinow

Executive Office AdministratoR
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Lori Kuzniar

LEGAL & DATABASE SPECIALIST
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Stephanie Marlatt

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
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Maha McDiarmid

DIRECTOR OF ADVOCACY & OPERATIONS
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Courtney McHugh

OFFICE COORDINATOR
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Debra McQuaid

ADVOCATE SUPERVISOR
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Nydia Molina

DIRECTOR OF CASE MANAGEMENT & CASA/GAL ATTORNEY
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Lucy Rivera

ADVOCATE SUPERVISOR
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Laura Sanders

ADVOCATE SUPERVISOR
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Kelly Vatianou

ADVOCATE SUPERVISOR

Current JOB OPPORTUNITIES

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

ADVOCATE SUPERVISOR

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