Staff

CASA of Galveston County Staff

 

Connie Ricketts  Executive Director     
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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 (22), Jason (21) and Hannah (19) through Child Protective Services of Grayson County, Texas.  Connie became involved in 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

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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.”

Pamela Berry-Richardson – Recruitment and Development Director

Pamela Berry-Richardson holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of California atBerkeley, and a Master’s degree in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University.  She completed Leadership Mainland in 2011; which is a program that provides training in Partnership Development and Business Networking through the Texas City/ La Marque Chamber of Commerce.

 

Pamela has over 20 years of combined experience in Non-Profit Community Programs, Higher Education, and Business Networking.  She has extensive experience with partnership development, recruitment, coordinating programs and outreach services.  Pamela has successfully coordinated 7 Career and University Expos at the College of the Mainland and Galveston Community College.  Pamela’s goals are to draw upon her experience to generate more business sponsors for CASA of Galveston County, as well as to recruit and retain high quality Volunteers to become strong advocates for children and families.

Pamela has dedicated her life to helping children and their families.  She started her professional career in Texas 20 years ago at Child Advocates, Inc. in Houston, Texas and is very excited about expanding her career at CASA of Galveston County, as our Recruitment and Development Director.

 

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 Alice Kent 1Arkansas. 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.