Who We Are
The Washoe CASA Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization. We work closely with our local CASA Program to promote CASA volunteerism and provide funding and support for the needs of CASA children.
The Washoe CASA Foundation, which is governed by a dedicated Board of Directors, works to secure resources for CASA by creating partnerships and relationships within the community.
What We Do
Washoe CASA Foundation provides funding for volunteer training, recruitment, and community awareness. The Foundation’s financial support has enabled CASA volunteers to secure needed services for their child such as after school tutoring, paying for a recreational program, or purchasing clothes or school supplies. These “extras” give a child a sense of value and importance.
We rely on our community for a large portion of our funding, as well as our dedicated volunteers and active board members who work with children. Current goals of the Foundation include increasing our outreach potential, connecting with local businesses to create partnerships that support Program and advocate needs, and increasing the number of CASA volunteers.
Why Our Work Matters
The CASA Program is a relatively small investment that leverages the time, energy, and compassion of volunteers to bring about real results for abused and neglected children. CASA volunteers help to ensure that children find safe and permanent homes and have access to the services they need in order to succeed.
The Washoe CASA Foundation exists to create opportunities for the community to become more involved and supportive of CASA and in turn, to help children in foster care.
Board of Directors
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Jenna Dewar, Chair
Specialist in Advisement and Internships
University of Nevada, Reno
Jill Greiner, Esq., Vice Chair
Nathan Kanute, Secretary
Susan Nissenbaum, Treasurer
Executive Director, CDLC
Kendra G. Bertschy, Esq., Member-at-Large
Helm Lehmann, Member-at-Large
Strategic Planning Consultant
Business School Faculty, Truckee Meadows Community College
Fay Miccile, C.P., Member-at-Large
Ron Luschar, Member-at-Large
Business Development Representative, Care Flight
Elisa Ross, Member-at-Large
CPA – Sole Proprietor
Mary Herzik, Ex-Officio
Family Services Program Manager
Second Judicial District Court
Past Board Members
Franz J. Braun