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CASA Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Scott Lewis

"The support system from other CASA members has been amazing and makes me feel good about being part of such an important organization. " Scott Lewis is one of our fabulous newer CASAs in the program. Scott completed his training in November of 2023, and he happily took on his first case shortly after. Before...

CASA Spotlight: A Tribute to Judge David Soukup

Judge David Soukup: 1933:2023 This month’s Spotlight is a little different as we pay tribute to the man who founded the CASA program, Judge David Soukup. In 1977, while sitting as a judge in juvenile court, Judge Soukup realized that he needed help. There was no one in the courtroom who could provide him information about...

CASA Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Stacy Vesling

“It really does take a village.” When Stacy Vesling left teaching fourth grade a little less than two years ago, she was looking for a way to continue to support children while making a positive impact in her community. She was familiar with CASA through her years in the classroom, and she decided that...

CASA Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Holly Kunze

“It only takes one person to plant the seed of hope.” The Porter County CASA program is happy to have welcomed Holly as one of our volunteers in May of 2022. Holly was introduced to CASA by a dear friend of hers who thought she would be a good fit, and her friend was correct!...

CASA Spotlight: Meet Jean Coleman

“I love that the Tot Shop program can help so many new parents who otherwise might struggle to meet their children’s simplest needs.” When people enter the CASA office, the first face they see is Jean Coleman’s. Jean is the CASA administrative assistant and the director of the Tot Shop. She has been with Family...

CASA Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Mike Reach

Mike Reach has been with the CASA program for one year. He works as a business unit manager in a steel processing center. When he isn’t working or advocating for children, Mike enjoys fitness, hiking, and sports. He also likes music, house projects, and spending time with his family. Mike decided to join the CASA...

CASA Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Barbara Houpt

“I want to share the love, knowledge and skills I have with the most vulnerable.”   Barb Houpt joined CASA as a volunteer in April of this year. As a critical care nurse for the last thirty years, Barb has always been passionate about helping others and giving back to her community. When she isn’t working,...

CASA Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Erin Burke

“I think that all anyone needs sometimes is someone to listen.” Erin Burke is one of our new CASA volunteers who joined out program in June of this year. She is a recent graduate of Purdue University (Boiler up!) and has a degree in pharmaceutical sciences. She plans to pursue law school in the future....

CASA Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Karen Higbie

Karen joined the Porter County CASA program around five months ago. She heard about the program through her husband’s work at the Porter County Community Foundation. When she read more about CASA on the website, it struck a chord with her. She says that she often reads in the newspaper about children who are...

CASA Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Allison Lind

Allison Lind joined the Porter County CASA Program in March of 2023. When Allison isn’t supporting children as a CASA, she loves to travel and explore new places. She and her husband have visited nine of the National Parks, and she hopes to visit them all someday! They have family and friends all over...