Meet the CASA Staff

Executive Director
Completed MS studies in Government Information Leadership from National Defense University and Project Management from Strayer University; BS in Computer Information Systems from Strayer University. A United States Air Force Veteran. Retired Civil Service Employee for 30 years. Served as a advocate since 2014 lobbying for more legislative and procedural changes for kinship and fictive kin families. President of the Kinship Families Coalition of Kentucky and a Grand Voice Network Member with Generations United representing Kentucky.
What CASA of the Heartland means to me: CASA is a way to directly serve the abused and neglected children ​right here in Hardin County who desperately need us. When you know what's happening to our kids, ​you have to do more to help them. 
Business Support/Advocate Volunteer Manager
BA from WKU in Early Childhood Education. Retired from Hardin Co. Schools after 21 years of service. After leaving Hardin County Schools, Amy worked with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services for 1 year before accepting a position with CASA. Amy has dedicated her time for many years to Project Learn in their Summer Retention/Summer Camp program for children with Special Needs. Amy has also worked for the last 10 years providing in-home care for children with Special Needs through Communicare and LTADD.
What does CASA mean to me? Working with CASA means that I will be able to help ensure that some of our most vulnerable children will have a voice during the saddest and most challenging time of their young lives. "History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children." Nelson Mandela
Business Support/Advocate Volunteer Manager
BS in Social Work from Western Kentucky University where she completed an internship with Hardin County Schools serving students through the Woodland Elementary School Family Resource Center and Junior Leadership Corps Camp. Natalie will be pursuing her Master's in Social Work beginning Fall 2021. She has worked for prestigious advocacy organizations such as United Way of Central Kentucky where she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Natalie is a resident of Grayson County and has been with CASA of the Heartland since 2016.
What CASA of the Heartland means to me: Serving both as a staff member and previously as a CASA Volunteer, I've seen firsthand the tremendous impact ​CASA has in children's lives. "We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." –Winston Churchill 

Advocate Volunteer Manager
BME from the University of Ky, Graduate Degrees from Western Ky. Univ. Retired from Hardin Co. Schools with 33 ½ years in education/counseling. Served on Hardin County American Heart Assoc. Board, Ky. Girl Scout Council, Officer/Founding Member of WEE Hearts Pediatric Family Support Group-Kosair Children's Hospital. As a direct example of a CASA advocate serving our children in school, I became a CASA advocate upon retirement and in January 2016 joined the staff as an Advocate Volunteer Manager.
What CASA of the Heartland means to me: Each day I have an opportunity with CASA to​ have a direct positive impact on the current and future lives of our children and families.