CASA has been an organization close to my heart since fostering and adopting 3 children fifteen years ago. I join CASA following eight years in children’s mental health and family partnership work. This provides me with a background in understanding the impact of trauma on young lives and the importance of ensuring safe loving families for all. Having volunteered many hours over the years for different organizations, I truly appreciate and thank all our CASA volunteers for their time, energy and commitment– “You are difference makers!”
As a mother of two, I can’t imagine anything more important than providing a child with a voice and a safe haven. Those elements are critical to a child’s life and to the community that they live in, today and in the future. I am honored to share 15 years of fundraising and community outreach experience with CASA of Linn County to help make sure all of our children in foster care have the support and voice of a CASA.
Volunteer Coordinator & Trainer
CASA 8 years
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…to leave the world a better place…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
CASA 8 years in Michigan and Oregon
It is a privilege to support our CASA Volunteers. They step up when others are backing away. They push when everyone else is standing still. They listen when there is no one else there. And they do it all for children who have no one else to speak for them. CASA volunteers ROCK!
CASA 10 years
Everyone has a story about how they came to be a child advocate. My story begins with my now 31 year old adopted daughter, Crystal. She lived in foster care the first 3 years of her life never having a voice. Crystal still struggles today because of the neglect and lack of permanency she endured in her formative years. I came to CASA work for all the Crystals out there who need a voice.
I became a CASA in Linn County in 2002 and later joined the CASA staff in Benton County as a volunteer coordinator for 5 years. I am happy to back at CASA in Linn County as a volunteer coordinator, for me this is a great privilege.
“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing” Edmund Burke.
Recruitment and Training Coordinator
Mollie is a third generation Native Oregonian and currently resides in East Linn County. Blessed with 5 amazing grown children and two (three in August) adorable granddaughters, Mollie has a heart for children.
Mollie’s work experience includes 30+ years in Insurance and Finance with positions up to and including vice president. Specializing in staff career development and coaching has given her strong insight into how people work.
Mollie also has a long history of volunteer work focused on youth and community collaboration (Oregon Mentors; Start Making a Reader Today; Build Lebanon Trails; Ford Institute Community Ambassador Team, Willamette Manor Assisted Living). Her passion for doing the right thing for those in need is admired by all who know her well.
“It is an honor and privilege to be a part of the CASA team of Linn County.” says Mollie. “The motto of: To give a child a CASA is to give a child a voice, strikes at the very essence of my passion.”