Our Team

Our Team

Meet Our Executive Board

President

Hollis W. Burklund
Hays County
Attorney, Law Office of Hollis W. Burklund

Vice President

Frank Pereira
Hays County
Senior Vice President, Private Banking, Broadway Bank

2nd Vice President

Becky Lake
Guadalupe County
Retired – USDA

Treasurer

Dena Rodriguez
Comal County
Mortgage Loan Originator, Mpire Financial

Secretary

Jennifer Martin-Rider
Comal County
Chief Operating Officer 
Guadalupe Family Health, P.A.

Meet Our Board Members

Board Member

Alfred (Freddy) Aird
Comal County
Resource Planning Manager, Cemex USA

Board MEmber

James Rothfelder
Comal County
Partner, Kuehler Investments LLC

Board Member

David Junkin
Hays County
Attorney, McGlothlin Junkin & Wilde

Board Member

David Pfeifer
Comal County
Retired

Board Member

John Hardy
Hays County
Founder, Divided Sky Roofing & Solar

Board Member

Beth Hittle
Comal County
Retired-Treatment Coordinator, Layfield, DDS Orthodontist

Board Member

Karla Riley
Comal County
Branch President, Security State & Trust Bank

Advisory Council Members

Meredith Sisoian     

Comal County

Rachel Boyer Meier

Comal County

Julie Rivas 

Comal County

Colette Wollenberg

Comal County

Sara McCaffrey

Guadalupe County

Natalie Megerson

Hays County

Shelby Renfeld

Comal County

Sheila Beck 

Hays County

Katheryn Eads

Guadalupe County

Katie Rooney

Comal County

 

Become a Member of the Board

A diverse Board of Directors representing each of the four counties we serve (Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe and Hays) helps CASA identify needs in the community, and provides the support and connections required to meet those needs. By serving as a Director for CASA of Central Texas, you have a genuine opportunity to have a direct, positive and lasting impact for your community.

There’s a lot of responsibility in choosing to become a Board member. Board members must have the ability and knowledge to set policy and approve programs that become the basis for operating the nonprofit. A Board member does not manage the day-to-day business of the nonprofit.

A Board member must have the time, or be willing to take the time, to attend monthly Board meetings as well as special meetings, committee meetings and seminars. Seminars and educational workshops are necessary to keep informed about Board service and the programs we provide as an agency.

Contact if you are interested in becoming a Board Member.

A Letter From Our CEO

Chief EXECUTIVE Officer

Norma Castilla-Blackwell

CASA of Central Texas has been an important part of my life for more than 20 years.

I checked a book out from the public library in Laredo, Texas: I Speak for this Child by Gay Courter. Ms. Courter is a best-selling novelist who became a volunteer advocate and writes very movingly about her experiences. As a middle and elementary school teacher, I had seen the evidence of child abuse and neglect in my students, but had never seen what happened after my hot line calls. I was intrigued by Ms. Courter’s description of the role of the CASA volunteer and what a difference that advocate could make in a child’s life. I contacted my local CASA asking how I could be involved that same week.

Fast forward to today! I’ve been a CASA volunteer, and now I’m Chief Executive Officer of CASA of Central Texas. I believe strongly that CASA volunteers play a vital role across our four county area, working directly with children who are involved in the courts and the child welfare system. I’ve seen the dedicated work of our advocates, staff and board. I love being in court and seeing the impact of a volunteer’s report and their voice in court, bringing the child’s needs to life for the judge.

Our volunteers, more than 200 of them, are remarkable people and it’s a privilege to be a small part of the efforts our wonderful program makes to support them. Our volunteers are currently serving more than 500 children—there are hundreds more children in foster care with no CASA volunteer. We have lots of work to do in order to serve these children.

Please consider joining me. Share your story with friends, family, and your legislator! CASA Day at the Capitol is a great way for you to tell your elected officials about the children you know so well and your work to ensure they have a chance at their best possible life.

Please let me know if there are ways our CASA program can support your efforts. Your work matters profoundly and all of us at CASA thank you. I hope to see you soon!

Norma Castilla-Blackwell
Chief Executive Officer
CASA of Central Texas, Inc.

Leadership

Chief Program Officer

Kimberly Key

Q

What year did you start working for CASA?
2000

Educational Background:
Master in Occupational Therapy and a BA in Psychology

Director of Development

Nicole Douglass

Q

What year did you start working for CASA?
2008

Educational Background:
BSAS Applied Sociology and Criminal Justice, Texas State University

Director of Engagement

Layla Coleman

Q

What year did you start working for CASA?
2011

Educational Background:
BA & MA in Anthropology at Texas State University – San Marcos

Q

What year did you start working for CASA?
2012

Educational Background:
BS Sociology, University of Oregon

Programs

Tim Judkins

Team Lead Casework Supervisor
Q

What year did you start working for CASA?
2009

Educational Background:
Bachelors and Masters degrees

Melanie Linder

Team Lead Casework Supervisor

Q

What year did you start working for CASA?
2012

Educational Background:
BA Education, Texas Lutheran

Lauren Townsend

Team Lead Casework Supervisor

Q

What year did you start working for CASA?
2012

Educational Background:
BA – Sociology-Criminology (The University of Oklahoma) and MS – Sociology-Criminology (The University of Texas at Dallas)

Shelley Denkeler

Casework Supervisor
Q

What year did you start working for CASA?
2012

Educational Background:
BA in Business Administration (Texas State University)

Susan Hankins

Casework Supervisor

Q

What year did you start working for CASA?
2022

Educational Background:
BS Education, Texas State University

Lonnette LaBorde

Casework Supervisor

Q

What year did you start working for CASA?
2001

Educational Background:
BA in Psychology, The University of Texas; Graduate Studies in Mediation, St. Edward’s University

Elizabeth Pena

Casework Supervisor

Q

What year did you start working for CASA?
2019

Educational Background:
BS in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology

Amanda Rehovsky

Casework Supervisor

Q

What year did you start working for CASA?
2016

Educational Background:
Bachelors in Psychology, Univeristy of Texas at Arlington

April McNabney

Casework Supervisor
Q

What year did you start working for CASA?
2023

Educational Background:
BA Business, Texas A&M University- Kingsville

Development & Fundraising

Danielle Feldman

Fund Development Associate Manager

Q

What year did you start working for CASA?
2021

Educational Background:
BS Journalism and Mass Communications, Texas State University

Kendall Socia

Fund Development Events Manager
Q

What year did you start working for CASA?
2023

Educational Background:
Texas State University, Bachelor of Science in Public Relations minor in Communication Studies

Jurnee Troublefield

Donor Relations Associate Manager

Q
What year did you start working for CASA?
2018

Educational Background
Bachelors Degree, International Studies, Texas State Univeristy

Renee' Lehmann

Program Coordinator
Q

What year did you start working for CASA?
1998, was an Advocate before that

Educational Background:
B.S., Education, Texas A&M University

Communications & Engagement

Brandi Raschke

Training Manager
Q

What year did you start working for CASA?
2019

Educational Background:
BA in Theology at Texas Lutheran University and Master’s in Education from Texas State University

Haley Brooks

Community Engagement Coordinator
Q

What year did you start working for CASA?
2023

Educational Background:
B.S. Electronic Media & Mass Communications, Texas State University

Gretchen Yeager

Communications Manager
Q

What year did you start working for CASA?
2023

Educational Background:
BS in Strategic Communications, Texas Christian University

Jade Dimitri

Community Engagement Manager
Q

What year did you start working for CASA?
2017

Educational Background:
Bachelors in Retailing/General Business & a Masters in Elementary Education

Finance & Administration

Melissa Schroeder

Controller

Q

What year did you start working for CASA?
2022

Educational Background:
BA in Finance, Texas State University

Elizabeth Fowler

Staff Accountant

Q

What year did you start working for CASA?
2021

Educational Background:
BS Criminal Justice, University of Texas at El Paso

Dori Trevino

Administrative Coordinator

Q

What year did you start working for CASA?
2024

Educational Background:

Tricia Schneider

Executive Operations Officer
Q

What year did you start working for CASA?
2003

Educational Background:
Master of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations, West Virginia University; Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, University of Delaware