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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.

Communications Department

Erin Cohen

Recruitment, Training, and Communications Director

Erin has lived in Galveston with her family since July 2018 after living in Jacksonville, FL for six years. But don’t be fooled by the recent southern locales. She is a Buckeye through and through. Born and raised in O-H-I-O, Erin attended The Ohio State University, where she met her husband, Matt.

While in Ohio, Erin worked at the Cleveland chapter of March of Dimes as a community director and had the distinct privilege of being a part of the development team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Foundation.

In Jacksonville, Erin worked at the Jewish Federation as the women’s division director and also helped initiate a giving division for medical professionals.

Erin is beyond excited and honored to join the CASA of Galveston County team! She hopes to put her professional skill set together with her passion and love for helping and advocating for children, to make a positive difference in the lives of those who need it most.

When not at work, Erin enjoys cycling classes, Pilates and spending time with her husband, 10 year old, Ayden and dog, Lucille.

Kasey Warren

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

Barbara Bischoff

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.

Valerie Delgado

Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) Coordinator

Valerie Delgado grew up in the suburbs of Indianapolis, Indiana. She came to Texas in 2003 to attend Baylor University in Waco, Texas. After completing her B.A. in Religion, Valerie moved to Houston to obtain a M.A. in Criminology from the University of Houston- Clear Lake. Valerie has a heart for nonprofit service. She has advocated for clients and their families within the healthcare, criminal justice and social service systems for almost ten years. In her most recent experience with Meals on Wheels at Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, Valerie maintained roles in case management, training, supervision and compliance.

Valerie is passionate about the mission of CASA of Galveston County and brings energy and enthusiasm to the Collaborative Family Engagement initiative. She believes that every child needs supportive, lifelong connections to ensure a safe and positive future.

Valerie and her husband, Frank, live in Clear Lake with their two young children. In her free time, Valerie enjoys working out, cooking healthy meals, being involved at church and volunteering with Family Promise of Clear Creek.

Lauren Miller

Advocate Supervisor

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 Pastrano

Advocacy Team Lead

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

Advocate Supervisor

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 Ramirez

Advocate Supervisor

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.

Alaine Nix

Advocate Supervisor

Alaine was born and raised in Texas. She is the first female in her family to join the Army as a Military Police Officer. After her time in the military she pursued an Associates degree in Child Development while she worked in different child settings. Soon after finishing her Associates degree, Alaine graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelors in Human Science and Family Development. Alaine has experience with children ages birth through seventeen due to being in daycares, intermediate schools, juvenile centers, and other non-profit settings.
Alaine has always had a passion for helping children and their families. She is excited to be part of the CASA team and put her knowledge and experience to use by helping advocate for children.

In her free time, Alaine enjoys spending time with her daughter and family, spoiling her dogs – Marshal and Oreo, and drinking coffee with a good book in hand.

Caitlin Gold

Advocate Supervisor

Caitlin was born and raised in Clear Lake, Texas. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas State University with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Honors Studies.

During her time as a student at Texas State University, Caitlin was a court visitor for the Travis County Probate Court. Caitlin also completed a legal internship during which she gained invaluable experience working for criminal defense attorneys in Hays County. Seeing first-hand how important social services are to the community made Caitlin realize her passion lies in helping to connect individuals with much needed resources.

Caitlin followed her love for this community back to the gulf coast after graduation. She hopes to make a difference in the lives of others and help amplify the voices of those who need to be heard. In her free time, Caitlin enjoys running, baking, and caring for her beloved house plants.

Kristin Orsini

Advocate Supervisor

Born in Fort Worth, Texas Kristin later moved to League City where she graduated as a first generation college graduate from the University of Houston Clear Lake. She has worked in Clear Creek I.S.D. and was a behavior therapist for children on the spectrum prior to her role at CASA. Her passion for wanting to help children stems from her mother and paternal great grandmother being adopted as infants. Kristin is excited about extending her commitment to helping children and their families and is blessed to be a part an organization that understands the importance of positive lifelong connections.

Kristin has an eclectic interest in all things Texan from its native history to the many different types of topography to explore. Her faith and family are who she leans on for support and encouragement. She enjoys spending time with them camping and hiking while spotting wildlife together. Big Bend National Park is among her favorite places. She has volunteered in children’s church alongside her husband and volunteered within the community from county cleanups to Booster Clubs and fund raising.