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CASA Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Larry and Diane Jortner

“The children matter to us.” Being part of the CASA program means meeting great people from all occupations, callings, and walks of life. Many CASA’s come to us individually, but here in Porter County, we are lucky to have some married couples as part of our volunteer network. One of those couples is Larry...

CASA Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Christina Klespies

Christina Klespies is the Senior Director of Human Resources at the University of Chicago and an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Ivy Tech in Valparaiso. When she isn’t working or volunteering, Christina likes to travel to Mexico and the Caribbean each year, and she also enjoys exploring National Parks. Christina will celebrate her one...

CASA Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Ann Buhner

“I like having a personal connection with the children, who see me as a consistent person in their lives and someone whom they can trust.” Ann Buhner completed her CASA training in December 2020, and was sworn-in the same month. Shortly thereafter she took her first case. Once the first case resolved, Ann took...

CASA Volunteer Wins Kiwanis Volunteer of the Year

This week Jody Lyp, one of our Porter County CASA Volunteers, was recognized as the Valparaiso Noon Kiwanis Club's Volunteer of the Year! The thoughtfulness, creativity, dependability, and thoroughness she brings to her cases is outstanding. She is highly attentive to her CASA children's needs and is able to translate that into powerful advocacy....

CASA Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Libbi Conway

“It takes one trusted adult to have a profound effect on a child's life.” Libbi Conway heard about the CASA program many years prior to actually inquiring.  Once she inquired, she said, "I knew this was meaningful work that was much needed in our community and I wanted to be part of making a...

CASA Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Milena Raketic

"We are in a really special position to listen to and elevate the voices of children during what can be a challenging, confusing, and traumatic time in their lives.”   Milena Raketic completed her CASA volunteer training in August of 2020 and took her first case in October of the same year.  She learned of CASA...

CASA Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Tracy Gapinski

“My heart has always been to care for people.” Tracy Gapinski became a CASA volunteer a little over a year ago. She is a Registered Nurse, and believes she was born to be one. Although Tracy no longer works at the bedside, she currently has a role working in Physician Education and Clinical Documentation. For...

CASA Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Cathy Taglia

“I am fascinated by the learning experience [of CASA volunteering] and most importantly being part of an invaluable organization that provides additional support for children in need.” Cathy Taglia became a CASA volunteer a year ago.  She was an international flight attendant and Japanese interpreter for 22 years, and left her profession to raise a...