Oklahoma CASA Staff Retreat

Three of our advocate managers with Oklahoma CASA CEO, Sheryl Marseilles, at the Oklahoma CASA retreat. Thank you Oklahoma CASA Association for giving our staff an opportunity to connect with other CASA programs around the state, share ideas, learn, and have a little fun! #OKCASARetreat

New Advocates
October 2019

Congratulations to our 6 new CASA volunteers! Many of them will be working with the Safe Babies Court Team. Safe Babies is for children age 0-3. There is a primary focus on parent/child attachment, and to get the child out of the foster care system to permanency as quickly as possible. You are all going to do great!

Happy Boss’s Day, Liz!

Happy Boss’s Day to our very own “World’s Best Boss” Elizabeth Fisher! A fun fact about our office: we love ‘The Office’. Here’s 3 fun facts about our Executive Director!
1. Liz has two birthdays
2. She’s the youngest of 5 siblings
3. Her whole family drives Jeep Wranglers

Toast to Success 2019

Last night was our annual Volunteer Appreciation event, Toast to Success, and what a party to celebrate our OUTSTANDING volunteers! Thank you to all of the court personnel, board members, guests, and volunteers who attended. And congratulations to our Honorees! The hard work you do on behalf of CASA and children in Tulsa County does not go unnoticed. #ToastToSuccess #TulsaCASA

October Anniversaries

Happy Anniversary month to 8 fantastic child advocates. We couldn’t do this without you! #ChangeAChildsStory #TulsaCASA

New Advocates
September 2019

Congratulations to 9 newly sworn-in CASA volunteers and our new Advocate Manager, Jalynn Youngberg! Jalynn has worked with several other CASA programs in Oklahoma, in both staff and volunteer capacities. We are so excited about the impact these 10 people will be making in Tulsa County! #ChangeAChildsStory

Volunteer Spotlight – Terrie Miller

Meet Terrie!

Terrie Miller is a Senior Accountant at ONEOK and has been with the company for 21 years. Born and raised in the Tulsa area, Terrie has been involved in many community events. She volunteers often through her company, and has participated in Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, MLK Parade, and Tulsa Area United Way events. She has also volunteered with John 3:16, CAP Tulsa, and through her church.

Terrie went back to college to complete her degree and had a Criminal Justice course where she learned about CASA and how it was started by a judge who was frustrated over making life-changing decisions for children without ever meeting them. Terrie applied to Tulsa CASA and completed training in March 2012.

When Terrie has free time, she enjoys gardening, reading, cooking, and traveling. Her next trip will be to Germany to visit her youngest daughter, who serves at a Church in East Germany with her husband. Her oldest daughter is married with four children, and she also love to spend time with her grandkids every Thursday evening.

What do you enjoy most about being a CASA?

CASA offers Tulsa a chance to give personal value to the kids who are involved in tragic cases not of their own making or control. We are often the only consistent person in their lives, especially when they’re moved several times or assigned to different caseworkers.

My current case has two kids who were placed 3 hours away about 18 months ago. I’ve been able to make the trip every month and have visited them at the lake, at a school choir competition, and at two different foster placements in that area. CASA can see their strengths and is not distracted by bad behavior.

If you’re looking to volunteer in your community, get out of your comfort zone and learn how to use your skills and talents to serve those in need with love.

A Note from her Advocate Manager

For the past three years, Terrie has remained dedicated to her CASA kiddos during 6 placement changes, countless changes in caseworkers and attorneys, and even failed adoptions. Terrie has been with the children longer than any other professional in their foster care journey.

She has committed to seeing them find their forever family—which will finalize any month now. Please join me in congratulating Terrie for her years of hard work and dedication to two very special children and their happy ever after! – Kylee Jenkins

TU Kappa Alpha Theta’s Visit Tulsa CASA

Kappa Alpha Theta at The University of Tulsa started off their work week at Tulsa CASA this morning! Nationally, Theta chapters around the country have supported CASA for over 25 years. Since 2012, the Theta’s at TU have raised more than $60,000 for our organization through on-campus fundraising! They also help with CASA Casino and our Holiday Party each year. We’re thankful to have their support and wish them a great week in recruitment! #TulsaCASAlovesTulsaTheta

New Advocates
August 2019

We have 8 new advocates ready to take a case! Congratulations to our August class on completing their CASA training and the swearing-in ceremony with Judge Palmer. We are so excited to have you!

Volunteer Spotlight – Matthew Cecconi

Meet Matthew!

Matthew moved to Tulsa two years ago after living his entire life in Los Angeles, CA. His wife Camille came to Tulsa one year prior, and suggested it would be a great place for them to live. Upon becoming a member of the community, Matthew was looking for ways to get involved when his wife suggested that CASA would provide an opportunity to support children in the Tulsa area.

Matthew volunteered at a summer camp for children in foster care during college, and he has also been a Reading Partners tutor for the past two school years. In his spare time, Matthew enjoys reading, cooking, and baseball. Naturally a big Los Angeles Dodgers fan, he loves going to the Drillers games since they are a minor league team for the Dodgers!

Matthew will be starting his first year of law school at the University of Tulsa this month. He attributes his experience as a CASA volunteer to being one of the reasons he decided to apply for and attend law school. We are wishing him great success in his new educational endeavors!

What do you enjoy most about being a CASA?

Before I started volunteering with CASA, I felt as if I was not the right person because of a lack of skills and lack of time. The most meaningful work I do as a CASA is visiting my CASA kids. By jumping in, I realized that I already possessed the skills needed to be a CASA, and I wanted to spend even more time with the children on my case!

I love being a constant in their life while so many other parts of it are up in the air. My responsibility as a CASA is to look out for the best interest of the child. One day, that may mean going to a soccer practice. On another day, it means representing their best interests in court.

CASA provides a way to support children in foster care, and that may make all the difference in their life.

A Note from his Advocate Manager

Matthew currently carries two cases and he does not miss a beat juggling them both. His pleasant, friendly, and helpful demeanor make him successful at establishing rapport with the children and parties on his cases.

The adoptive parents on one of his cases look to Matthew as being a resource for them, and a positive male role model for their children. Being his manager is an absolute pleasure; he is an outstanding volunteer! – Julie Blake