CASA Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Nancy PetruskaEmily Hoak
“I have always believed that ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. And because of the joy I get working with children and my CASA team, I plan on being a CASA for as long as possible.”
Nancy Petruska has been involved with Porter County CASA for 18 months. Nancy has a background of victim advocacy work with both The Caring Place and the Porter County Prosecutor’s Victim Assistance Unit. She also spent time working with children through the School City of Hobart. She and her husband love to camp and have spent a good deal of time in Colorado, a state they love. Nancy also enjoys painting, reading, and engaging with friends and family.
When asked what drew her to CASA volunteering, Nancy said, “My work in the criminal justice system was very much a learning experience and work that I enjoyed. As I worked with victims of crime, I realized that advocating for people during a very difficult time of their lives was one way to affect people’s lives in a positive way. I have always loved children, so to be a CASA volunteer seemed like a perfect fit. My experience with the court system and my love for children equals advocating for children so that they can be in the best place to be safe, healthy and happy with supportive adults in their lives.”
One of her favorite things about being a CASA volunteer is “working with children and helping to make their lives better.” She added, “I also enjoy working with a team of caring, knowledgeable people who have the same goal of helping children.”
Nancy expressed, “I have always believed that ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. And because of the joy I get working with children and my CASA team, I plan on being a CASA for as long as possible.”
Thank you, Nancy!
In honor of Rose Butler who was a CASA volunteer, and who further supported the mission of CASA as a staff member supervising and mentoring many of our volunteers, we are featuring one CASA volunteer each month who is making a difference in the lives of children in Porter County.