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’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.
What Guides Us
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.
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
Our Executive Committee
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.
Carl Schoedel – Kane Co. Div of Transportation
Carlie Dunteman – FONA International
Tim Kellenberger – Kellenberger Electric
Luke Slawek – FONA International
Tim Barry – Sales & Management Results, LLC
James Chakires – APEX CPAs & Consultants, Inc.
Kit DeWitt – KDI Design, Inc.
Dan Dolan – Dolan & Murphy, Inc.
Ray Drake – UPS
Anton Engelmann – Town & Country Gardens
Jennifer Paganessi-Fisher – Howard & Howard
Ryan Fuelling – Parent Petroleum
Ron Hain – Kane County Sheriff
Glen Kaegi – Exelon Corporation
Jeffery Kubas – Vertex Resource Group
Michael Lusk – Lusk Law LLC
Deanna Oliver – Kane County Regional Office of Education
Rolando Orama – Combined Insurance, A Chubb Company
Manish Patel – Liquor ‘N’ Wine
Vicky Rullo – The Rullo Team/Re/Max All Pro
Fred Schramm – Schramm Construction Corporation
Mike Trimarco – St. Charles Bank and Trust
Kristi Wano – Calamos Investments
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
Nancy Belmont – Beyond Words Speech Therapy
Mike Black – River City Lacrosse
Kim Byrne – KimberleeB Photography
Erin Brown-Carter – On-Path Financial
Jim Chakires – APEX CPAs & Consultants
Michael Clements – Meyer Capital Management
Jane Combs – Janie’s Lane Shop
Nicole Cook – Mrs. America 2019
Ryan Corcoran – Corcoran Commercial Real Estate
Thomas Duncan – Grant Thornton
Shannon Embrey/Ernesto Guillen – Associated Bank – Aurora
P.J. Fitzpatrick – Wills Burke Kelsey Engineering LLC
Alison France – @ Properties
Mike Frasier – Retired Board of Directors
Cynthia Holland – Martam Construction, Inc.
Jeffery Kubas – Wage Solutions
Kirstin Liberatore – Colonial Bag Corp.
Maureen McHugh – MTM Coaching, LLC
Michael Moore – Lundstrom Insurance
Dave Ott – Old Second National Bank
Mari Pierce – AlphaGraphics
Katie Podl-Fish – Kat Fish Realty, Inc.
Marianne Renner – Marianne Renner Coaching Solutions
Mark Rerko – Vetcom Consulting
Jeff Robinson – Fifth Third Bank
Zaida Rodriguez – Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ginny Rosso – KDI Design, Inc.
Meagan Slavin – 25N Coworking
Heidi Vicino – Waubonsee Community College
Lisa Weier – FT Cares Foundation
Adria Williams – CASA Event Volunteer
David Wong/Benjamin Zeman – HDR, Inc.
MEET OUR STAFF
Current Job Opportunities
The Training & Education Manager reports to the Director of Training & Education. This position is responsible for assisting with the following duties: the training of CASA/GAL volunteers and the management of CASA Kane County’s Continuing Education Program; and the recruitment and development of speakers as well as professional resources for advocates and staff members. Additionally, the Training & Education Manager will monitor and evaluate compliance with the CASA Kane County Advocate Education Plan (AEP); state and federal law; and with the rules and regulations of the Illinois State CASA and National CASA organizations.
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field – an advanced degree is preferred.
- Demonstrated public speaking skill and ability
- Experience in leading/facilitating training, classes and/or seminars
- Experience evaluating staff or volunteers while they perform their job duties
- Must be willing to complete off-site evaluations / observations
- Experience in managing team members and volunteers
- Strong computer skills in all Microsoft products including Outlook, Word, Excel and Publisher
- Proficient writing ability
- Supports a high-performing culture in the organization, aligned with CASA’s organizational values.
- Assists CASA GAL Attorneys with Optima case management system; motion composition and filing; issuance of subpoenas, and legal document filing at the Circuit Court Clerk’s office including E-Filing.
- Manages CASA GAL Attorneys court activity calendars and all legal docketing
- Coordinates depositions and related meetings for CASA GAL Attorneys
- Assists with organization of discovery
- Works with the Executive Director to manage and maintain the shared N drive organization.
- Prepares correspondence for CASA GAL Attorneys and opposing counsel, court and other case parties.
- Implement and improve upon administrative processes for more efficient workflow.
CASA 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.