Kathy Meyer
Executive Director

Kathy joined the CASA Board of Directors in 2016 and assumed the position of Executive Director in 2018. Prior to joining CASA, Kathy was the owner of KM Consulting Group, a Human Resources service provider for small to medium size businesses specializing in HR compliance. KM Consulting Group was formed in 2001 and prior to her tenure there she was in various executive HR positions at Citigroup, Associates First Capital and GECC. She is active in the East Parker County Chamber in their Governmental Affairs Committee, a member of Weatherford Rotary, the Parker County Nonprofit Executive Director Group and has served on various Board positions in Parker County. She attended Western Connecticut University where she majored in Human Resources.

Monica Riedlinger

Program Director

Monica has been with CASA since August of 2012. She has circulated through many positions at the CASA office and has enjoyed learning so much through her transitions. She has been the Program Director since 2016 and continues to provide guidance to the staff as well as the volunteers. She is married to her husband of 12 years who is a First responder in Mineral Wells. They have two young boys who keep them very busy with sports throughout the year. She has always enjoyed working with children and works diligently through the CASA program to advocate for the children in our community.

Christina Phenix

Training Director

Christina has been with CASA – Hope for Children since November 2013.  Christina received her degree in Early Childhood Education from Ashford University.  Christina is a board member of the United Way of Palo Pinto County and is currently the board president.  Christina is active in her church and community, she feels blessed to be part of the CASA organization and is eager to help make a difference in families and our communities.

 

Denise Ballinger

Volunteer Coordinator

Denise became a part of the CASA family when she was sworn in as a volunteer in 2006, with CASA of the Coastal Bend in Corpus Christi, Texas. She became part of the CASA staff family as an Advocate Advisor in 2011. Her best friend and husband for over 30 years became employed at a local company and they decided to relocate to Weatherford with their two youngest daughters. Once again God opened the door for her to be a part of the CASA family, when she became employed at CASA Hope for children as a Volunteer Coordinator on August 26. 2019. Denise has been blessed to see the difference volunteers have made in the lives of so many foster kids over the years. Denise enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking and baking, outdoor activities, gardening, and reading a good book in her hammock.

Cheryl Duke

Volunteer Coordinator

Mother of two adult children, Graduate of Texas Woman’s University with a degree in Nursing. Cheryl was a registered nurse for thirty years, working in CCU, ICU, Night Supervisor over the hospital, office nurse, home health nurse and home health infusion nurse. She was the Executive Director of Abba Shalom, a 501-C3 ministry for abused women for five years. Cheryl learned about CASA from her daughter when she became an intern and wanted to become a part of such a wonderful organization, helping children and started at CASA-Hope for Children in January, 2012 as a volunteer. She became an employee in June 2012 as an assistant office manager and data entry. She soon realized her ideal job would be serving volunteers as they worked through their cases. Cheryl has been a Volunteer Coordinator since August 2012. She thoroughly loves her job and the people with whom she works. Cheryl often says, “I have the BEST volunteers!”

Trisha Duke

Volunteer Coordinator

Trisha started with CASA – Hope for Children as an intern in 2011.  She is excited to assist volunteer advocates as they work for the children. Trisha is very passionate about the program and helping the children of Palo Pinto & Parker counties. She graduated in 2016 from Tarleton State University with a Bachelor of Social Work.

Jason Hathaway

Volunteer Coordinator

Jason truly enjoys interacting with his volunteers and providing them guidance and coaching as they are advocating for the best interest of children in foster care in both Palo Pinto and Parker Counties. Before becoming a member of the CASA staff, Jason was a volunteer advocate. Jason has a tremendous passion for the mission of CASA and takes great pride in being a strong voice for our children in care.

Jason is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and a long-time resident of Weatherford, Texas. In is free time, Jason enjoys traveling and photography.

Emily Pope

Volunteer Coordinator

Emily joined CASA Hope for Children in April of 2018 as a volunteer advocate, and was hired in the office in January of 2019. Emily has loved forming relationships with all of the volunteers she oversees. She is passionate about helping children and is thankful for the calling to make a difference. Aside from CASA, Emily is a wife of a first responder, mother of two precious boys that love to play sports, and a fitness instructor. She graduated from Weatherford College in 2007, and was a stay at home mother until joining the CASA family.

Taylor Merrill

Child Network Advisor

Prior to her role as Child Network Advisor, Taylor started as a CASA volunteer in July of 2017 before becoming a Volunteer Coordinator in November of 2017. Before coming to CASA, Taylor graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Services from Wayland Baptist University while working for a local bank as a teller, retail banker and teller supervisor.

In her role at CASA, Taylor advises and trains CASA volunteers, CPS caseworkers and attorneys on the Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) process and tools to find and engage family and community members as support for children in foster care. In addition, she schedules and facilitates CFE team meetings and CFE family meetings as needed.

Taylor was drawn to CASA by the opportunity to serve children in need in our community in a tangible, life-changing, impactful way and working for this organization has been some of the most rewarding and fulfilling work of her life.

Taylor and her husband John live in Weatherford with their two dogs. They love spending time with family, traveling and cruising, and serving in their local church. In her free time, Taylor also provides in-home organizing services to those in the community who need organizational expertise and hands-on organizing assistance.

Audrey Thomas

Grant Compliance Data Analyst

Audrey obtained her BA in Sociology from McMurry University in 2017. She originally wanted to become an early childhood educator, but after almost completing that degree, she realized her true passion was working with underserved and disadvantaged children.

Audrey started with CASA as a volunteer in the fall of 2017, she now provides administrative support as a Grant Compliance Data Analyst, and is part of our Collaborative family Engagement (CFE) team working as a Child Network Advisor. Through these diverse roles Audrey corresponds with the courts, advocates, and professionals, records donations, maintains information data bases, ensures compliance for continued grant funding, completes background checks, conducts CFE trainings, and organizes and facilitates CFE family and team meetings.

Audrey has had the privilege of living and visiting several US states and European Countries through her life as a military brat, and as the wife of a now retired Chief Master Sergeant. Audrey loves reading, writing, and creating; and is the mother of two young women, who both also work in social services.

Terrie Pinner

Office Manager

Terrie joined CASA-Hope for Children as an Advocate in the fall of 2018 and four months later accepted the position of Office Manager. In addition to handling the administrative needs of the office, she also assists with CASA fundraising events. She and her husband, both from Fort Worth, share a love of history and are thrilled to own one of Weatherford’s historical homes. Though a Fort Worth girl at heart, she is proud to call Weatherford home and loves taking part in helping the children of our community.