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Who We Are

Granted full membership in 2007 with the National CASA Association, 37th Judicial CASA is the local branch for Carter, Howell, Oregon, and Shannon counties. Since 1977 CASA branches across the country have tirelessly advocated for hundreds of thousands of children in state care every year.

Thanks to a close working relationship with the 37th Judicial Circuit judges, the Juvenile Office, and the Children’s Division, we are assigned numerous cases. While in the Ozarks we often pride ourselves on family ties, our children sometimes are completely alone in the world. For these kids the care, attention, and time that our organization and our volunteer advocates donate makes a world of difference.

37th Judicial CASA Administrative Staff

Dawn Shiang, PhD

Dawn Shiang, PhD

Executive Director

A place found for my passion. A few years ago I took early retirement from a Fortune 50 company, but I found I needed to do something more meaningful than my hobbies. In 2015, I became a volunteer advocate for CASA and absolutely fell head over heels for our mission. Every day I see the difference we make in these children’s lives. In 2017, I expanded my volunteer effort toward some much needed changes in the office.

Since that time we have revitalized our board with outstanding community contributors, invigorated our fundraising efforts, and corrected many back-office issues. All of this has resulted in new grants received, continued accreditation, and a stable foundation from which to continue to support our existing and new volunteer advocates. I’m proud to say that kids are counting on us, and we will deliver.

Kathleen Wolf, LCSW

Kathleen Wolf, LCSW

Program Director

For over thirty years, I have worked on behalf of children. I began my career as a registered art therapist and licensed clinical social worker. A few years ago, I was asked to join the 37th Judicial CASA and serve in an administrative role as the volunteer coordinator.

I am routinely in awe of the remarkable work and differences made in the lives of children by these dedicated volunteer advocates. Our volunteers do amazing work, and we always need more advocates to serve the needs of our children. We need compassionate, quality advocates, and I encourage people to volunteer for CASA and make a difference in a child’s life today.

Shari Perkins, MSCJ

Shari Perkins, MSCJ

Volunteer Coordinator

I worked as photographer for fifteen years and found myself wanting to make a change after both of my children finished school. Criminal victim advocacy has always been an important field to me, and so I joined CASA to gain some experience while I obtained my master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice.

I have been a CASA volunteer for three years and am constantly astonished by the difference our volunteers make in the lives of children. CASAs are known for giving children a voice in court, but we are so much more. We are mentors, friends, cheerleaders, and, often times, the only consistent person a child has to talk to on a regular basis. I am proud of the work the 37th Judicial CASA is doing and look forward to serving the children in our community who need us the most.

Dawn Shiang, PhD

Dawn Shiang, PhD

Executive Director

A place found for my passion. A few years ago I took early retirement from a Fortune 50 company, but I found I needed to do something more meaningful than my hobbies. In 2015, I became a volunteer advocate for CASA and absolutely fell head over heels for our mission. Every day I see the difference we make in these children’s lives. In 2017, I expanded my volunteer effort toward some much needed changes in the office.

Since that time we have revitalized our board with outstanding community contributors, invigorated our fundraising efforts, and corrected many back-office issues. All of this has resulted in new grants received, continued accreditation, and a stable foundation from which to continue to support our existing and new volunteer advocates. I’m proud to say that kids are counting on us, and we will deliver.

Kathleen Wolf, LCSW

Kathleen Wolf, LCSW

Program Director

For over thirty years, I have worked on behalf of children. I began my career as a registered art therapist and licensed clinical social worker. A few years ago, I was asked to join the 37th Judicial CASA and serve in an administrative role as the volunteer coordinator.

I am routinely in awe of the remarkable work and differences made in the lives of children by these dedicated volunteer advocates. Our volunteers do amazing work, and we always need more advocates to serve the needs of our children. We need compassionate, quality advocates, and I encourage people to volunteer for CASA and make a difference in a child’s life today.

Shari Perkins, MSCJ

Shari Perkins, MSCJ

Volunteer Coordinator

I worked as photographer for fifteen years and found myself wanting to make a change after both of my children finished school. Criminal victim advocacy has always been an important field to me, and so I joined CASA to gain some experience while I obtained my master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice.

I have been a CASA volunteer for three years and am constantly astonished by the difference our volunteers make in the lives of children. CASAs are known for giving children a voice in court, but we are so much more. We are mentors, friends, cheerleaders, and, often times, the only consistent person a child has to talk to on a regular basis. I am proud of the work the 37th Judicial CASA is doing and look forward to serving the children in our community who need us the most.

37th Judicial CASA Board

BOARD MEMBERS
Janice Bowden, President
Marty Szigety,  Vice President
Patricia Lamb, Secretary

PERSONNEL COMMITTEE
Kevin Brown, Chair
Patricia Lamb
Marty Szigety
Jeremy Nicolas
Autumn Shirley
Janice Bowden

FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE
Autumn Shirley, Chair
Marty Szigety
Jeremy Fielder
Maggie Fielder
Ted Bailey
Sharon Bailey
Shari Perkins
Kathe Wolf
Janice Bowden

We are a proud recipient of

United Way funding.