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Advocate Spotlight: Nirmala


Nirmala Maharaj
What drew you to CASA? I love to help children and wanted to do something to give back to my community in a meaningful and positive way.
What is your best experience/memory as a CASA? During my first visit with a 3 year old child, as I was getting ready to leave, she walked me to the front door. When we got there, she told me she loved me and asked for a hug. Her warm, bubbly personality fills me with joy every time we visit.
Do you work? I have been with Houston Methodist Hospital for 10 years and currently manage the IT Outpatient team. We provide technology systems and tools for clinical staff to ensure successful patient outcomes.
What do you do in your free time/ hobbies? My hobbies include anything on the water, travelling, cooking and reading.
What is your favorite quote? “If you want to change the world, start with yourself” by Mahatma Gandhi
What would you tell an incoming advocate about your experience as a CASA? Be patient with yourself. There is a lot of information to learn and each family is unique and special. Take advantage of the available trainings, and if you have questions, CASA leadership is very helpful. Being a CASA is one of the most rewarding things you will do!