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

Interested in becoming a Washoe CASA Foundation Board Member?  Please complete and email the below board application to washoecasa@gmail.com.

Board Member Application

Kendra Bertschy, Chair

Deputy Public Defender
Washoe County Public Defender’s Office

Erika Mendoza, Vice Chair

Branch Manager
Greater Nevada Credit Union

Nissenbaum

Susan Nissenbaum, Treasurer

CASA Volunteer
Executive Director, CDLC

Howard Buchler, Member-at-Large

CASA Volunteer
Attorney

Jo Anne Gonzalez Headshot

Jo Anne Gonzalez, Member-at-Large

Retired, Vice President
Logitech

Torrey Hood, Member-at-Large

Director of Annual Giving
University of Nevada, Reno

Michael Antonucci, Secretary

CASA Volunteer
Journalist

Herzik

Mary Herzik, Ex-Officio

Family Services Program Manager
Second Judicial District Court

Nevada CASA Associate Board Member

Myra Sheehan, Ex-Officio

CASA Program Attorney

Past Board Members

Amy Saathoff

Candy Borrego

Elisa Ross

Fay Miccile

Franz Braun

Greta Jensen

Helm Lehmann

Jill Greiner

Jenna Dewar

Jill Baty

Joel Barber

Johnye Colling

Kathleen Baker

Kevin Ryan

Meg Kennedy

Michael Kattlemann

Michael Moreno

Myra Sheehan

Nathan Kanute

Nicole Alberti

Pam Alvey

Phil Bushard

Phil Ulibarri

Rayna Brachmann

Ron Luschar

Sharon Zadra

Sheila Leslie

Suzanne Ramos