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

Leigh Ann McCann

Leigh Ann McCann

Executive Director

In 2013 I became a volunteer advocate with CASA of South Central Missouri. Given my volunteer work with the south central location, I knew that children needed a voice in the courts. I made a decision to serve, and within six months I left my job as an emergency medical dispatcher to work with CASA full time. The difference that Court Appointed Special Advocates make is astounding. I left my previous job because I knew I wanted to be a part of that! I wanted to be involved with an organization that offers so much for young people and the community. My passion for children and their futures has led me to my new home at 37th Judicial CASA. I am honored to be the executive director of such a wonderful program. I look forward to the difference our advocates will make and the lives that we all will touch. Here to serve!

Dawn Shiang, Ph.D.

Dawn Shiang, Ph.D.

Volunteer Office Manager

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. Three years ago, 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. Last summer 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

Volunteer Coordinator

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. 

37th Judicial CASA Board

Jeremy Nicholas, President
Nicholas Bail Bonds

Sally Watkins, Treasurer

Autumn Shirley, Secretary
FundRaiser Software

Chrys Fisher
Ray and Fisher Law Office

Reta House
OACAC Head Start Director

Janice Bowden

Vicky Combs

Patricia Lamb

We are a proud recipient of

United Way funding.