CASA Companions is a new program being rolled out in 2023 as a resource and support network for our CASA advocates and staff.  Led by advocates Diane Manley and Molly White, the purpose of CASA Companions is to provide opportunities for enrichment and empowerment through connection to other advocates, engaging activities, and linkage to community support and resources. 

The kickoff dates for CASA Companions are February 8 at 6 pm and Feb 11 at 10 am at the CASA office with refreshments served. Taylor Adams from Healing in Motion Therapy will speak at our kickoff sessions and there will be a chance to win free yoga sessions with Taylor! 

CASA Companions Kickoff Session

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This program is to support our advocates, so please take this brief survey so we can learn how to best support you! Survey

 

Can’t make the kick off session or need one on one support?  Please fill out the CASA Companions Referral Form and we’ll be in touch soon!

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Diane Manley MS, LPC, (she/her/hers) serves as the RYSE Suicide Prevention Specialist/Santa Fe Manager at Gulf Coast Center. Diane is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with over fifteen years of experience in clinical and community mental health, as well as expertise in disaster response, suicide prevention and intervention, support for victims of crime, and counseling and peer support in higher education.

In her current role with Gulf Coast Center, (the Local Mental Health Authority for Galveston and Brazoria Counties) Diane oversees the RYSE (Resilient Youth, Safer Environments) Project and the VOCA (Victims of Crime Act) Team.

Additionally, Diane serves on the Galveston County Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team, is a board member for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) – Southeast Region and is a volunteer with CASA of Galveston County.

Diane completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University and received her master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.

Molly White a retired social worker and has been a CASA for 8 years. She is a trained Spiritual Director, and she finds much joy in listening to others describe their journeys. She and her husband love to travel, especially in Latin America.

She is the mother of 3 adult children, one with special needs. Her refueling time usually involves journaling, knitting, making collages, reading, Astros, birding, or walking on the beach.

Her favorite words are: Listen, Love, Let Go, and Laugh. She would tell an incoming advocate to do those very things.