CONNIE RICKETTS – Executive Director
Connie came to CASA of Galveston County in October 2015 after serving as Program Director for Essex County CASA of Massachusetts for the last 7.5 years. Connie has been married for more than 30 years to her husband Dennis. Connie and Dennis served as foster parents for more than 10 years here in Texas beginning in 1992 and adopted 3 children now all young adults Erin (25), Jason (24) and Hannah (21) through Child Protective Services of Grayson County, Texas. Connie became involved with CASA after witnessing firsthand the impact that a CASA volunteer had on the life and outcome of her youngest daughter’s CPS case. After closing their home to foster children Connie became a CASA Volunteer for Collin County CASA knowing that she would provide a “voice” for the children she would serve. Connie went on to serve as a Board Member for Collin County CASA and as staff.
Connie’s passion for the prevention and awareness of abused and neglected children was recognized in April 2015 when she was named the Children’s Champion of the Merrimack Valley by the regional Exchange Club and YWCA. This honor recognized her commitment to these vulnerable children both personally and professionally. Connie believes that CASA volunteers are extraordinary in their service to abused and neglected children and is committed to seeing that all the children in Galveston County that need a CASA will have one appointed.
DEANNA MATHERNE – Advocate Supervisor
I’m Deanna Matherne, a native of Louisiana, and the mother of 4 beautiful children. My journey with CASA began when I decided to become a CASA Advocate for CASA of Terrebonne in Houma, LA. I was immediately in love, and became very passionate about CASA’s mission. I was offered the CASA Advocate Supervisor position, and a year later I became the Program Coordinator. I resigned from CASA to care for my late husband in 2009.
My passion for CASA has always remained with me. After my departure, I still talked about CASA to anyone who’d listen, many assuming I must work there because of my enthusiasm. To have the opportunity to do what I love again, is such a blessing, and I am incredibly grateful. I look forward to working with the wonderful people who also want to make a difference in a child’s life. As they say, “It takes a village.”
ALICE KENT – Advocate Supervisor
Alice became involved in CASA of Memphis and Shelby County when she was a senior at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She served as a volunteer advocate for one year before going on to law school at the University of Arkansas. During law school, Alice interned in the Western District of Arkansas federal court, worked for a nonprofit legal organization representing people with disabilities in Washington, D.C, and clerked for an attorney handling pro bono domestic and international adoptions. Alice received the Robert F. Fussell Pro Bono Award, an award given to the graduating student who performed the most community service hours during law school. After graduating from law school and moving to Galveston, Alice joined CASA of Galveston County as a volunteer advocate. Alice understands and appreciates the importance of organizations like CASA as she was adopted as a newborn. She hopes to embody the mission of CASA and plans on creating real change in the lives of children and families in Galveston County.
Alice was raised in Bentonville, Arkansas but her husband, Adam, a Houston native, got her to Texas as quickly as possible. During their free time, they enjoy playing tennis, watching football, and chasing their dog, Rocket.
KATHRYN HOLMES – Recruitment and Training Coordinator
After graduating from TCU with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with minors in English and Child Development, she then received a Master of Arts in Counseling from Houston Baptist University.
Born and raised in Texas, Kathryn is a devoted Horned Frog, wife, dog mom, and friend. She is passionate about helping others and about working with CASA, recruiting and training advocates to serve the children of Galveston County.
PAULA MUNOZ – Advocate Supervisor
Paula Muñoz was born and raised in Galveston, Texas. Paula is a Licensed Child Care Administrator (LCCA) who graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Master’s in Public Administration. Since 2008, Paula found her passion in helping children in need. As a Case Manager, she was able to provide mentoring and educating support for the best interest of children. Through thorough assessment, Paula developed the skills needed to identify needs of children and families to provide the best assistance possible. Paula believes that every child deserves an opportunity to succeed, and her goal is to continue providing the best services to meet their needs.
STEPHANIE COLEMAN – ADVOCATE SUPERVISOR
Stephanie recently relocated to Galveston from Fredericksberg, VA where she worked as an Elementary School Therapeutic Day Treatment Counselor and Intensive In-Home Counselor supporting children and their families in rural areas around the state. She has also worked in several other areas in Human Services including work with the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Honolulu Children’s Advocacy work in South America and advocacy and support for individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. Stephanie learned she had a passion for working in human services, especially with children in college when she changed her major from International Studies to Child Development and finally felt at home with her studies. She has a BS from Virginia Tech and a Masters from Liberty University in Human Services.
Stephanie lived a nomadic military child’s life but called Virginia and Hawaii home until 2018, when her husband’s work brought her to Texas. She now considers herself a Texas by choice and is already in love with the Galveston area. She is looking forward to learning all she can about the area and the people so she can do her utmost to the serve the community.
Barbara Bischoff, a native of the State of Michigan, began her social service career working at a shelter for at-risk youth 0-17. Seeing the need for fostering of this population she completed training and began fostering at-risk youth involved with the juvenile justice system. When the opportunity arose to work with families involved in the CPS system, providing in-home services and community resources through NorServ, LLC with the focus on retaining the family unit, she began her career working with the entire family unit.
A move to Texas brought about a switch to the education system. For the past twelve years, Barbara has worked with the special needs population in both Clear Creek and Dickinson ISD’s.
Barbara enjoys being a Grandmother to Jacoby 5, and Zander 3. She is a mother of two sons, David and Grayson as well as her daughters-in law Jamie and Kerry.
Growing up on the shores of Lake Huron has left her with a love of the beach. She enjoys reading and antique hunting. She is a supporter of the LGBTQ community.
Barbara resides in Texas City with her special needs rescue dog, Julius Cesar.
Daniel was born in Galveston, TX. He is a proud father of a wonderful daughter. His motivation and passion for advocating for children stems from his struggles he experienced growing up as a child, including living in a homeless shelter at one point with his mother and older sister. At the age of 16, he enrolled himself into a military academy in Mississippi and graduated as Class President. At 17, he enlisted into the U.S. Army where he completed Basic Combat Training at Ft. Knox, KY and was stationed at Ft. Stewart, GA with a Combat Engineer Unit.
When he relocated back to Galveston, he began volunteering for the Galveston Island Humane Society. He eventually became the Volunteer Coordinator/Adoption Counselor for the Galveston County Animal Resource Center and was accredited for raising volunteer and adoption numbers and lowering euthanasia rates. He then began working for the Galveston Island Humane Society focusing primarily on adoptions. Due to his success, he was offered a position with the Galveston Police Department as an Animal Cruelty Investigator where he gained a number of commendations. Daniel then decided to focus his training, experience and passion on children where is was happy to join the team at CASA.