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 (22) 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.
Advocacy & Communications Associate
Kasey was born in Nacogdoches, Texas and moved to the Galveston area as soon as she could. Coming from a family that fostered and adopted kids when she was growing up, Kasey has a heart for those in the foster care system. This led to her graduating from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Science in Victim Studies and minor in Human Services. Kasey has always had a passion for helping others, whether it be through mission trips or volunteering for organizations within her community. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and playing with her dogs Bailey and Josie.
Advocacy Team Leader/CFE Lead
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.”
Advocacy Team Leader
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.
Senior Advocate Supervisor
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.
Lauren was born and raised in Galveston, Texas. She attended the University of Houston-Clear Lake and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature with a 4-8 grade English, Language Arts, and Reading certification. Her passion for working with children began when she was in 7th grade and tutored younger students through NJHS, but became a dream come true when she began her teaching career right after she received her degree. After teaching 7th grade English for a few years locally, she decided to make a change where she could be a voice for children through CASA. She currently resides in Texas City with her son and 2 dogs. Her dream is to make a difference for children in her county by advocating for them and assisting those in need.
Her beliefs are encompassed by the famous words of Gandhi. “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Devin grew up overseas due to her father being in the military, but Texas has always been her home. Devin graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor’s of Science in Community Health. She worked for Seton Home, a shelter for teen mothers and their children who were in the foster care. After hearing the numerous stories of the children in care, she then knew she wanted to do more to help. Devin worked for Child Protective Services as a Family Based Services Specialist in both Bexar County and Harris County. Devin enjoys spending quality time with her three children. Devin enjoys crafting and her faith is very important to her. Devin hopes to make a difference in the lives of the children and their families. Devin will do her best to use her knowledge and skills to lead the advocates in their journeys with CASA.
Ricci Rodriguez is new to Galveston County and has spent the last several years living in Austin, Texas. She has degrees in Psychology and Biology from Blinn College, and studied Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Houston.
Before moving to Austin, Ricci was born and raised in Houston, Texas. While working for a law firm in Houston, she began to volunteer as a court appointed special advocate with Child Advocates, Inc. and the experience stayed with her. Ricci has most recently worked in both public and private school systems in Austin. During that time, she had the opportunity to advocate at the Texas State Capitol for children and the importance of their access to quality early childhood education. No stranger to the impact of advocacy on children, she is so excited to be part of the CASA organization!
Now she, her husband, and their dog Shelby have relocated to the gulf coast with the goal of enriching this community. They spend their free time cooking, travelling, and going on “adventures” (just mention the word and Shelby spins in circles while waiting by the door!). They are all excited to explore their new city and go on new adventures.
Yvonne was born and raised in Texas, she is married to Patrick and has two daughters, Elizabeth and Sarah. She studied Behavioral Science at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, church, and yard work.
Her journey led her to CASA after working with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services in the Children’s Crisis Care Center for 15 years. She worked in various counties and witnessed firsthand the effect Court Appointed Advocates had in the lives of abused and neglected children. Her passion in wanting to serve her community by being a voice for the voiceless and admiring the work CASA brought to the table is what lead her to become a CASA Advocate. After only two months as a volunteer she decided this is where her heart belonged and decided to come on board full time as a Supervisor. She believes that if you can touch the life of one child you can help change the course of a whole generation. She feels very blessed to be a part of the CASA organization.