Our Board of Directors

Sarah Shipley
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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.

Board Chair
Susan Dirks
Secretary
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College: 
Previous Job:
Administrator for the University of Texas (retired). In Austin, she was a CASA and volunteered as a reading tutor for adults and middle schoolers. In McMinnville, she has served as a member of the City Planning Commission and volunteers as a SMART (Start Marking a Reader Today) tutor, as well as a grant-writer for McMinnville Habitat for Humanity. 
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What does Susan do for fun? 
 

Vice Chair
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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. 

Debbie Twenge
Michelle Bertagna
Board Member
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College: 
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,  

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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. 

Jim Parker
Treasurer
Kayla Noffsinger
Board Member
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College: 
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.