Our Board of Directors
College: University of Oklahoma
Previous Job: IT Project Manager for ExxonMobil (retired)
Role at CASA: Sarah joined CASA in 2008 as a volunteer advocate. She then served for three years as the CASA Executive Director. After retiring from that role she has continued to serve Yamhill County as an advocate, a Peer Mentor, and on the board helping out where ever she is needed. She is currently the board chair.
What does Sarah do for fun? Sarah enjoys spending time with her eight grandchildren, knitting, reading and making a difference.
Susan moved to McMinnville from Austin, Texas, where she had a long career as an administrator at the University of Texas and at non-profit organizations. In Austin, she was a CASA and a volunteer reading tutor for adults and middle schoolers. In McMinnville, she has served as a member of the city Planning Commission, and as a volunteer for SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) and MacHabitat for Humanity. She currently volunteers as a member of the Yamhill County Citizen Review Board, a program within the state court system that which reviews the cases of children in foster care.
College: Portland State University
Previous Job: Personnel/Insurance Manager (retired)
Role at CASA: Debbie joined CASA in 2014 and joined the Board of Directors in 2020.
What does Debbie do for fun? Debbie enjoys going to the gym with her husband Mike, spending time with her children and grandchildren, being an active member in both the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Mayflower Society and travelling.
Current Job: Licensed Real Estate Property Manager with Wild Haven Property Management
Role at CASA: CASA is near and dear to Michele’s heart. As a child, Michele was in the DHS system, which she believes would have been a different experience if she had a CASA in her case.
What does Michele do for fun? Michele has enjoyed assisting people find their home in the McMinnville area for the past 12 years,
Current Job: Forensic Interviewer for Juliette's House, previously a Crime Victim Advocate and caseworker for Oregon DHS.
Role at CASA: Kayla has seen firsthand the impact CASA can have in the life of a child and she is honored to be serving on the board.
What does Kayla do for fun? Kayla enjoys going on daytrips with her family, reading, and trying out new recipes.
College: Colgate University
Previous Jobs: Served with the Peace Corps in Rajasthan, India for two years working with small poultry farmers, then volunteered with the Service Civil International, starting a poultry coop at a leprosy home outside Delhi. For 33 years he worked as a caseworker for DHS, primarily with adolescents and their families. He now volunteers with YCCASA and McMinnville Habitat for Humanity.
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What does Jim do for fun? Jim enjoys giving back to his community.
College: University of Oregon and the Pacific Coast Banking School graduate program
Current Job: SVP, Chief Credit Officer, First Federal Savings & Loan
Brent has been a member of SEDCOR, the Salem Chamber and has volunteered with Salem Leadership Foundation Community Homeless Connect Project. He is active with anything outdoors with his family, hiking, fishing, or just enjoying Oregon’s lakes & rivers.