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Executive Staff

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 (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.

Recruitment and Training

Kathryn Holmes

Recruitment and Training Coodinator

Kathryn began her journey with CASA at Texas Christian University when she joined Kappa Alpha Theta, which has supported CASA as its national philanthropy for 25 years. Through her years at TCU Kathryn served as Philanthropy Director, raising funds for CASA, and as Programming Intern at CASA of Tarrant County. 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 volunteers to serve the children of Galveston County.

Advocacy Team

Deanna Matherne

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.”

Alice Kent

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.

Barbara Bischoff

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.

Carmen Castro

Advocate Supervisor

After having spent most of her career as a long-term care ombudsman advocating on behalf of older adults, Carmen joined CASA of Galveston County in 2018 where she applies the lessons in advocacy that she learned as an ombudsman to her advocacy on behalf of children needing the assistance of CASA of Galveston County.

Carmen is a native of Texas City.  She is the daughter of immigrants who chose to make their home in Galveston County.  A proud graduate of LaMarque High School, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas A&M University in College Station, and completed her graduate studies at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and The University of Texas Health Science Center Houston School of Public Health. Prior to joining CASA, Carmen spent a year in Washington, DC as a Health and Aging Policy Fellow where she worked on health policy on Capitol Hill and at the National Institute on Aging.  

A fan of Mr. Rogers her favorite quote is, “As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us is, that each of us has something that no one else has -or ever will have- something inside that is unique to all time.  It’s our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression.” Through her work with CASA, Carmen seeks to encourage children in the CASA program and help them navigate the challenges they experience.  Carmen seeks to contribute to CASA’s “uncompromising belief that we will achieve what others think is impossible.”

Marissa Ashton

Advocate Supervisor

Marissa Ashton is a resident of Galveston, Texas where she was born and raised. She attended the University of Houston where she was a student athlete that graduated with her Bachelors of the Science in Sociology. She has been in the social sciences field for five years and has serviced her community as a mental health advocate for Gulf Coast Center’s Urban ACT Team. She was a CPS Investigator for the state of Georgia for 3 years and advocated for families and children. Ashton strives to be an inspiration for children and families. Ashton hopes to leave her mark on her community by advocating for families and the proper care of children. Ashton plans to be the best supervisor she can be to her fellow co-workers and associates in the CASA of Galveston family.