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 – SomerCor 504, Inc.
Tim Kellenberger – Kellenberger Electric
Luke Slawek – FONA International
Tim Barry – Sandler Training
Katheryne Clippert – Clippert Medical Sales, Inc.
Steve Collins – Wight & Company
Dan Dolan – Dolan & Murphy, Inc.
Ray Drake – UPS
Anton Engelmann – Town & Country Gardens
Jennifer Paganessi-Fisher – Howard & Howard
Glen Kaegi – Exelon Corporation
Jeffery Kubas – Vertex Resource Group
Mike Kwiatkowski – Retirement Solutions
Kevin O’Donnell – O’Donnell Commercial Real Estate
Rolando Orama – Combined Insurance, A Chubb Company
Vicky Rullo – The Rullo Team/Re/Max All Pro
Fred Schramm – Schramm Construction Corporation
Mike Trimarco – St. Charles Bank and Trust
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
David Bird – DuPage Airport Authority
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
Ryan Corcoran – Corcoran Commercial Real Estate
Kit DeWitt – KDI Design, Inc.
Shannon Embrey/Ernesto Guillen – Associated Bank – Aurora
P.J. Fitzpatrick – Wills Burke Kelsey Engineering LLC
Mike Frasier – The Wine Exchange
Greg Gregory – Clear Perspective Advisors
Ron Hain – Kane County Sheriff’s Office
Larry Hayes – Anchor Spa & Pool, Inc
Cynthia Holland – Martam Construction, Inc.
Jeffery Kubas – Wage Solutions
Kirstin Liberatore – Colonial Bag Corp.
Michael Moore – Lundstrom Insurance
Deanna Oliver – Kane County Regional Office of Education
Dave Ott – Old Second National Bank
Mari Pierce – AlphaGraphics
Jim Plonczynski – Bartlett Dept. of Community Development
Marianne Renner – Marianne Renner Coaching Solutions
Mark Rerko – Vetcom Consulting
Jeff Robinson – Fifth Third Bank
Zaida Rodriguez – Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ginny Russo – KDI Design, Inc.
Meagan Slavin – 25N Coworking
Brad Urhausen – Wine Sergi
Kristi Wano – CASA Event Volunteer
Adria Williams – CASA Event Volunteer
David Wong/David Sierakowski – HDR, Inc.
MEET OUR STAFF
Current Job Opportunities
The CASA Kane County Legal Assistant is responsible for supporting the entire CASA Kane County team in executing the Mission and Values of the organization. The Legal Assistant reports to the Executive Director. The primary responsibilities of the Legal Assistant include completing administrative duties associated with legal documentation and correspondence.
The Legal Assistant is responsible for providing support for the CASA/GAL Attorneys. The individual will file, organize and distribute documents, and assist attorneys in preparation for court hearings and trial. They must have the ability to multi-task, prioritize and balance the possible competing demands and keeping close communication with the team.
- Two-year degree or equivalent certification
- Minimum of 2 years’ experience working in a professional office environment in an administrative and management function.
- Computer literacy and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Outlook) as well as various Internet browsers, and database skills.
- Exceptional organizational skills.
- Strong communication (written and verbal), telephone etiquette and customer service skills.
- Considerable knowledge of office practices and procedures, correct English usage (grammar, spelling, punctuation), and basic arithmetic computations.
- Competency in the use and operation of standard office equipment (copiers/fax machines, postage meters).
- Attention to detail with documentation including strong formatting skills.
- Ability to develop, implement and maintain effective systems and procedures.
- Ability to respond to changing situations in a flexible manner in order to meet current needs including reprioritizing work as necessary.
- Ability to take direction and work independently with little supervision.
- Complete assignments within established time frames.
- Commitment to CASA Kane County’s goals and mission.
- 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.