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Annual Report 2021

Dear Friends of CASA,

Santa Barbara County children and youth in foster care possess enormous potential for growth and positive change. They represent hope for the future and deserve our investment in them. That’s why it’s never too early to create a safe and nurturing home for a child, but it’s never too late either. 

Every young person should have a chance to thrive and a second chance at healing their past traumas. CASA of Santa Barbara County is working to ensure every child has the time and attention of a CASA volunteer to guide them through the foster care system’s chaos and into a healthier and safe life. 

In our fiscal year 2021, we learned that our volunteers possess much of the same quality we see in the children we serve. RESILIENCY. 

The number of children in the foster care system had started to spike before the pandemic that began in 2020. We thought the pandemic might slow things down, but that didn’t happen. But because of the resiliency of our volunteers, who stuck with the CASA program and continued to advocate for the children, we served more children than ever in our history of serving vulnerable youth in our community. Five hundred forty-two children had the benefit of a CASA volunteer by their side – a remarkable accomplishment that was only possible because volunteers didn’t give up. 

And it’s a good thing! Studies show alarming statistics: 

  • Former foster children are almost twice as likely to suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as U.S. war veterans.  
  • Most demonstrate multiple factors identified as “Adverse Childhood Experiences” (ACEs) that tend to result in later trauma, poor health, and even early death.  
  • Children who spend time in the foster care system need a tremendous amount of support to overcome the odds stacked against them, and research confirms that just one trusted adult in a child’s life can make a world of difference. 

We know that a CASA volunteer’s dedicated advocacy, support, and mentorship can have a lasting, far-reaching impact on a child’s present and future. Studies also show us:  

  • Children with a CASA volunteer on their side are more likely to find a safe, permanent home  
  • Succeed in school – in our County, most foster care children do graduate high school!  
  • They are half as likely to reenter the foster care system.  

Right now, there is an urgent need to advocate for children who have experienced abuse or neglect and fill their future with light. The dramatic increase in the number of children who need our services has outpaced our ability to recruit and train new volunteers. We believe this is primarily due to the challenges brought on by the pandemic. We know our volunteers need a break after their incredible commitment over the past couple of years. We will work with them and with the community to do what it takes to continue to provide advocacy for the children who so desperately need it. We may face challenges, but with the resilient spirit that we see in the eyes of the children, we will approach our goals with optimism for the future. 

Thanks to you and your generosity, we can work towards a brighter future for our children, and we are deeply grateful for all that you do. 

Yours in advocacy,

Kim Colby Davis

Executive Director

FY 2021 Achievement Highlights

  • 282 CASA volunteers advocated for 543 children who experienced the trauma of abuse and/or neglect
  • More than 18,400 hours of service were donated by CASA volunteers, providing $551,815 in value to the community
  • 71 new volunteers completed 35 hours of pre-service training to join our team of volunteer child advocates
  • 1,088 court reports were prepared by volunteers and submitted to the court, containing vital details of each individual child

Our Donors

$50,000 and Above National CASA Association County of Santa Barbara Human Services Judicial Council of California
VOCA Cal – OES $30,000 – $49,999 The Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation Roy and Ida Eagle Foundation
The Mark and Dorothy Smith Family Foundation The Roddick Foundation $20,000 – $29,999 Roger and Sarah Chrisman
Calico Center The Crawford Idema Foundation Fidelity Charitable Northern Trust
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation Yardi Systems, Inc. $10,000 – $19,999 AMR Santa Barbara
The Ann Jackson Family Foundation Ted and Coleen Friedel Julie Henley McNamara Michael Holland
James S. Bower Foundation Regina and Richard Roney Santa Barbara Foundation The Santa Ynez Valley Foundation
Mary Smith The Edwin and Jeanne Woods Family Foundation Rotary Club of Santa Maria The Stone Family Foundation
Vanguard Charitable Volentine Family Foundation Walter J and Holly O Thomson Foundation Williams-Corbett Foundation
Wood-Claeyssens Foundation WWW Foundation $5,000 – $9,999 AllState Foundation
Andrew D. Busch Family Foundation Benevity Community Impact Fund Kim and Andy Busch Marcy Carsey
Chevron Products Company Deckers Outdoor Facebook, Inc. Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley
Frank and Alida Freda Frank and Joseph Gila Fund Greene Family Foundation Herbert and Gertrude Latkin Charitable Foundation
Michelle and Paul  Horenberger Hunter-Jelks Fund Impulse Advanced Communications In-N-Out Burger Foundation
June G. Outhwaite Charitable Trust Kappa Alpha Theta Gamma Rho Chapter Tony and Sabrina Papa Lauren Pinsker
Rotary Club of Santa Maria Breakfast Snowden Family Charitable Fund T. Rowe Price Charitable Toyota of Santa Maria
Laura and Geof Wyatt $2,500 – $4,999 Dominic and Hala Adam American Riviera Bank
Laurie Ashton and Lynn Sarko Beyond Hello CA LLC William and Kathy Borgers Trudy Ann Brown
Calcagno and Hamilton, Inc. Michele Carswell Chick-fil-A Enos Ranch Carol Diamond
Exxon Mobil Corporation Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund Martin and Kerrilee Gore Hardy Diagnostics
J. William and Elizabeth S. Robinson Foundation Landmark Global Deborah and Marty Lynch Betsy and Robert Manger
Laurie and Mark McKinley Morris & Garritano Insurance Lisa Murray Julianna Reichard
David and Lynne Richardson Santa Maria Elks Lodge No. 1538 Maryan Schall Diane Sheldon
The Law Offices of Schurmer and Wood Jack Tiethof and Anita Sly Edwin and Caroline Woods Marie Zondler
$1,000 – $2,499 Becky and Peter Adams David and K.C. Adornetto Advanced Design By Hays & Sons
Anthem Blue Cross Patricia and Evan Aptaker Henri and Jeanie Ardantz Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund
Barbara N. Rubin Foundation Paige Beard Doris and Don Becker The Honorable Jed Beebe and Diane Beebe
Daniel and Peggy Blough Larry Brannon Jim and Julie Burge Luann Caesar
CASA of SLO County CenCal Health Martha Clark Laurel Cleary
Jim and Jolene Colomy Community Bank of Santa Maria Kim and Mike Davis Shirley and Clay Decker
Roger Durling Selden and Judy Edner Excel Personnel Services, Inc. Shiloh Flagg
Dennis Forster and Cynder Sinclair Frances E Streit Foundation Edward Graper David and Ruth Green
Nicole Hale Nancy and Michael Hamilton Joe Hardin, Jr. Andrea Hein
Sara Hetyonk Barbara Hill Jeanne and David Hoffman Honor Ruiz Family Fund
Hutton Parker Foundation Marcia Ibsen Junior League of Santa Barbara, Inc. Edward and Martha Kaufman
Lenz Pest Control Inc. Adam Liff Lyons Family Foundation, Inc. The M and M Foundation
Judith Martin Martinez and Associates Architecture, Inc. Mona McConkey and Dominick Barry Crysta Metzger
Roland Miller Susan and John Montanaro Montecito Bank and Trust Jennifer and Eddie Murray
Nagler Family Fund Brenda Nancarrow New Day Marketing, LTD Betty and Mike Noling
Ontraport Scottie and Frank Ortiz Grace Pacheco Steven and Marnie Pinsker
Robin Rickershauser Frank Ritenour Joyce and Paul Ryan Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
Seed Mackall LLP Joel and Joanne Shefflin Shefflin Investments, LLC Lynda and Jim Snodgrass
Nola Stucky TD Ameritrade Clearing Mark and Jennifer Teixeira The Hawkins Foundation
The Martinez Family Charitable Fund The Robert Stern Family Foundation The Wenger Foundation April Thede
U.A. Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union 114 Varietal Care Vineyard Management Philip and Carolyn Wyatt Milton and Deann Zampelli
$500 – $999 Ronald and Sherri Adler Altrusa Club of the Central Coast Foundation, Inc. B & B Foundation
Dr. Robert and Lori Barry Andre Becker Ann Bennett Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Maria Valley
Kay Bruce Michael Burke LInda Burrows Janice Caesar
Corine and Jay Cerny Dennis and Susan Chiavelli Dave Clark Alfred and Julia Clark
Mike and Linda Cordero Anna Cortez Lisa Crane Katherine and George Davidson
Susan Galluzzo Goleta Valley Mini Storage Armando’s Autobody & Paint, Inc. Sandy and Arthur  Gothe
Stan and Betty Hatch Jeff and Linda Hearn James Jepsen Maxine Johnson
Janelle Johnston Kelly and Hubner, LLP Connie and Richard Kennelly Pam and Garrick Lewis
Kathleen McGuinness Kelsey Michaelson Gary and Anna Nett Ted and Beth Ortega
Jean M. Reiche Lena Requist Patricia Rodriguez Lopez Santa Barbara Paralegal Association
Santa Maria Valley Crop Service, Inc. Ken and Jo Saxon Alexander and Kathy Simas Prudence Sternin
Nancy Stewart Penelope Stirling Michael and Cynthia Stohl Sofia Torres Small
Tri County Produce Turpin Family Charitable Foundation Sheila Wald Virginia Wigle
Bea Willis Diane Ziliotto $100 – $499 Norma Anderson
Peter and Amy Adam AGIA Affinity Renee Alexandre Amazon Smile
Heather Ames Kurt and Marion Anker Association of California School Administrators – Region 13 Baer Plant Works
Susan Barbash Barrett Air Conditioning Diane Baskin Helene Beaver
Jill and Arnold Bellowe Dave and Celine Berman Timothy Bigelow David and Nancy Bixby
Janet Blevins Sheldon Bosio Carrie and Grey Brothers Karen Broumand
Sandra Brown Bill and Donna Brown Judi Bruskin Terryl Bunn
Andrew Burge Gary and Norma Byrne Catherine Calabro Henry Peter Castellano
Joseph Celes Sylvia Centeno Charter Brokerage and Investment Company Cityview Community Church
CoastHills Community Foundation Stephen and Marian Cohen Herbert and Shelley Cole Joseph and Margaret Connell
Judith and Ruben Cosio Kira and Bryce Cosio Tony and Carol Cossa Frederick and Teresa Cota
Maria Cuevas Jean Dandona Sheila Davidson Jeanette de Luca
Danyel Dean Arthur Denny Kelly Devany Dr. Joe and Carol Dobbs
Ronald Dolkart Ms. Ellen Donohue Colonel Clelland and Yvonne Downs Melissa Dutra
John Dwyer Valerie Edelheit David Edelman Lorine Edens
Mark and Tracy English Brian Fahnestock Bob and Loreen Farrell Jane Fehrenbacher
Judy Fessenden Claudya Filippin Kevin Finnegan Fischer’s Fine Jewelry
Tina Fisher David and Monica Fishman Don Flagg FLIR Systems, Inc.
Stephen and Edith Foley Anne Francis Fred A. Donati, CLU Insurance Agency The Honorable Authur A. Garcia and Carmen Garcia
Tommy Garrison Mary Slemons Garza David Gersh Susan and Richard Gillespie
Randy Glick Shari and Bill Guilfoyle Janie and Rob Guillermo Stacy Gurnee and Tommy Groh
Laurie and George Hammack Paula Harkness Rose Hofer Kathy Holland
Amy Howell Carol Hubner Suzanne Hull Jaime Flores
Dawn Jimenez Samantha Kane Mary Kelly Kathleen and James Kemp
Margaret Kempf Dale and Leslie Kunkel Christina Knapp Pam Koehler
Petar and Anna Kokotovic Kotis Design David and Beverly Leroy Linda Lorenzen
Dan Lynch Phillip Madrid Barbara Margerum Ann McCarty
Tami McKnight Laurie and Steve McMahon Michelle McToldridge David Mexico
Linda and Robert Meyer Paul and Camille Milanesa Morehart 4 Financial Services Matthew Morris
Tim Murphy Annalisa Nearn Michael and Nancy Neville New Frontiers
Carola Nicholson Russ and Cheri Northrup Susan Nunn Evie Okeefe
Francie Olivera Daniel and Anne Kelly Owen Dominick and Pam Palera
Pampered Chef John and Terri Patino Aileen Pautsch Leigha Peralta
Elinor Plumer Scott Plyler Scheryn Pratt Connie and Frederick Quigley
Barbara Raggio Barbara Ramos Edward Ransom Craig and Christine Reade
John Ritter Christine Roberts Tobias Roberts Brenda Rocha
Ed and Sandie McDown Sybil Rosen Cindy and Bob Rothfeder The Santa Maria Valley Quilt Guild
Patricia Santiago Molly Schiff Deborah Schiller April Schirmer
Tristin M. Sherman Ryan and Angela Siemens Brian and Chemayne  Simas James and Annie Sly
Jay and Sally Smith George Smith Pamela Sneddon Lindsay Soleimani
Virginia Souza Mary Jo Spencer Lynne Sprecher The Hon. Timothy and Colleen Staffel
Gordon Steele Bruce and Tracy Stevens Heidi Stilwell Mary Beth Stromberg
Crystal and Wes Sullins Ann Sullivan and Ed DeCaro Katie Szopa Meagan Tambini
Carissa Teixeira-Frawley The Blackbaud Giving Fund Trudy Thom Stephen Thomas
Kelly Trueman UBS Employee Giving Matching Jaime Valdivia Craig and Marcy Voight
David Voorhies Nancy Watson Holly and Bruce Weber Alison and William Werts
Carla Whitacre Joseph and Sherri Will Barbara Willett Julie Jorge
Brian and Gloria Wise Writer Family Foundation

Our Volunteers

Tove Aase Xiomara Abayari Shirley Adelhelm Harry Afshar
Mae-Li Allison Catherine Alsup Milissa Anderson Jacqueline Anker
Patricia Aptaker Kim Aragon Amanda Arcuri Diana Arrieta
Benjamin Ashley Rebecca  Atkinson Sarah Baeza Redenna Baker
Kelly Barbieri Patricia Barriga Clare Barrios-Knox Arely Bartolo
Elizabeth Baycroft James Becraft Shantal Ben-Aderet Tracy Berner
Amanda Beyers Josalyn Bickford Maryalice “Mare” Birk Beth Bishop
Nicole Blankenship Sarah Bleyl Megan Brand Jenny Brice
Jonathan Bronkowski Bari Brossard Karen Broumand Donna Brown
Terryl Bunn Nancy Cabrera Luann Caesar Susan Cappiello
Crystal Carpenter Emily Casarez Heather Caughell Courtney Cazenave
Cynthia Clarke Jessica Cohen Alex Cole Madysyn Coleman
Bonnie Comita Rosa Coronado Gabriella Cortez Teresa Cota
Lisa Crane Teri Creath Susan Cross Kathy Crow
Chris Cruz Staci Curry Kathy Dallaire Leslie Davis
Michelle Dennee Monica Dettmer Kelly Devany Joel Diaz
Morgan DiNoble Stephen  DiNoble Jessica Dominguez Sintya Dominquez
Kasey Downey Lisa Encke Carrie Esparza Nicole Estrada
Sylvia Estrada Forrest Evans LeeAnn Evans Lisa Evans
Avelynn Everling Mary Fahning Celia Fajardo Diana Farfan Ayala
Mary Feragen Tessa Fieri Tina Fisher Shiloh Flagg
Frederic Foerst Lisa Franklin Nancy Freeman Anne Gagne
Susan Galluzzo Christopher Garcia Patrice Garcia Bridget Gardner
Elaine Gardner Brian Gargas Jana  Gervacio Kristina Gilbertson
Dawne Gilchrist Kathy Gleason Joanne Gonzales Sandra Gonzalez
Margaret Gray Sabrina Green Miriam Guarrera Dave Halpern
Sally Hankins Alicia Hauki Cindy Healey Andrea Hein
Laura Henderson Kaitlyn Hendrickson June Henry Rachel Hernandez Buchanan
Julieta Hernandez Rachael Hernandez Chelsea Hewitt Kevin Hightower
Wesley Hofer Melanie Honeycutt Jovita Honor Adriana Hopson
Jeff Hopson Audrey Horstmann Stephen Hughes Suzanne Hull
Deborah Hyatt Eva Inbar Savannah Jenner-Smith Dawn Jimenez
Maxine Johnson Michael Jones Wendy Jones Patricia  Jorgensen
Samantha Kane Michelle Kass KC Kemp Soledad Kennedy
Marion King Susan Kinnevy Alexis Kirchner Barbara Klansky
Brian Klinge Colleen Kuykendall Emma Kuykendall Stephen Kwong
Bonnie LaCommare Gabriela Lafferty Celia Lala Kimberlee Lamar
Colleen Lathery Jose Legaspi Ledezma Michele Lenaburg Diamond Leyva
Adam Liff Betsy Linane Teri Lindsay Susan Lombardi
Yvette Lord Jessica Luna Krista Mahan Yolanda Manfredonia
Debbie Mansfield Shirlyn Marcum Frances Martinez Jessica Martinez
Kathleen McGuinness Carolyn McQuay Patricia Merritt Mitzi Meza
Kimberly Miles Amanda Milholland Esther Miller Jane Mills
Gloria Montague Judith Monte Maylin Moore Maria Morales
Jessica Moreno Erin Moses Jane Mountrose Samantha Mouradian
Joanne  Murphy Lisa Murray Christopher Naughton Tim Naughton
Lynda Nuernberg-Smith Lauren Nylund Alyssa O’ Keefe Gail Ocheltree
Karla Ochoa Barbara Odza Ana Ojeda Daniel Olivier
Frank Ortiz Peggy “Scottie” Ortiz Sally Ostini Kelly Owen
Adrienne Oxton Shayna Ozer Carol Pace Dennis Pankratz
Mary Ellen Pankratz Ernesto Paredes Caryl Parks June Parr
Katie Pechersky Isela Pena-Pena Jared Perry Rebecca Petersen
Steven Pinsker Scott Plyler Scheryn Pratt Rosie Quimby
Mark Raitt Erica Ramirez Mayra  Ramos Patricia Rascon
Christine Reade Mark Richardson Robin Rickershauser Patricia Riezman
Shelley Robertson Paul Rodarte Sandy Rodarte Valerie Rodriguez
Tracy Rogers Bianca Rosales Richard Ross Christa Roth
Viridiana Ruiz Julie Sainz Connie Sais Vanessa Salas
Manuel Sanchez Jacqueline Santana Patricia Santiago Kimberly Schmitz
Tara Scotti Sarah Segovia Chris Setts Susan Shanaberger
Tristin Sherman Geoffrey Shipp Cassandra Sigala Marilyn Simon-Gersuk
Erika Slikker Sally Smith Vedika Sridhar Meghan Stallworth
James  Steffey Cecilia Stenger Heather Stern Sally Stonefelt
Brooke Storm Mary Beth Stromberg Patricia (Pam) Suess Melissa Swibel
Meagan Tambini Jessica Taylor Elizabeth Tinoco Sandra Valdez
Maria Velasco Noe  Vergara-Solano Gert Walter Samantha Wheeler
Dana Whitted Nicolette Williams Sarah Wilson Kenneth Wolf
Darcy Wright Rachel Yoder Victoria Zamora Dawn Ziegler
Lisa Ziemba Jacqueline Zinke Marie Zondler