2021 Louisiana’s CASA Volunteer of the Month

Brenda Iles

September 2021 – CASA of West CenLA

Mrs. Iles was born in Kinder and raised in DeQuincy, LA. She went to SOWELA Community College and later got a degree in Early Childhood Education from Lamar Salter. Before becoming a CASA volunteer, she played an integral part in passing the Family Medical Leave Act for adoptive parents.

Brenda was sworn-in by CASA of West CENLA in 2002 and has been a volunteer advocate for 19 years. Her husband later joined the CASA of West CENLA team and now they advocate together. When asked why she chose to become a CASA volunteer, Brenda said “through CASA I am able to advocate for children that are in a hard place and need a safe and stable home.” “There is no better feeling than seeing a child be in a forever home” says Brenda.

Kristin Hibbard

August 2021 – CASA of Northeast Louisiana

Kristin has been a CASA volunteer with CASA of NELA since 2018. She joined CASA to give back in the Northeast Louisiana region. Her first case closed quickly in 2018 and Kristin eagerly agreed to another case immediately.

On each assignment, she has worked diligently to work with all parties toward permanency for the children. Kristin has used this positivity to encourage her colleagues, CASA children and parents on her cases. Since completing training, Kristin has committed 137 hours to meeting with her CASA children; 114 hours speaking with service providers; and 68 hours speaking with biological family. She is sure to speak with the caseworker every month and ask how she can help.

Mary Trahan

July 2021 – CASA of St. Landry – Evangeline

Mary is a life-long resident of Opelousas, Louisiana. She is a wife, a mother of four sons, a grandmother of eleven, and a great-grandmother of one. She is also an employee of the St. Landry Parish School Board and a member of Greater Shiloh Baptist Church of Opelousas.

Mrs. Trahan has been a CASA volunteer with CASA of St. Landry-Evangeline, Inc since 2019. Her first case closed successfully in May of this year. She worked with her CASA child, grandparents, and father who lived out of state to help her CASA child find permanency. Thanks to Mary’s advocacy on behalf of her CASA child, her CASA child was able to complete all of their educational requirements in St. Landry Parish before going to live at their forever home with their father in Texas.

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