CASA OF LIBERTY/CHAMBERS COUNTIES
LEADERSHIP Officers 2017-2018
Lynette Croft, President
Executive Committee, Development Committee *, Budget Committee, Fundraising Committee, Advocate and Recruiting *
Lynette Croft has been a CASA volunteer for 8 years and a CASA board member for 6 years. She is currently serving on the fundraising committee and volunteer advisory.
Lynette grew up in Dayton TX., graduating from Dayton High School in 1985. She received a bachelor’s in Elementary Education and masters in School Counseling from Lamar University. She is currently working as a school counselor for Tarkington ISD.
Glen and Lynette married in 1991 and have three wonderful children, Leslie, Cody and Katlyn. She is a member of First United Methodist Church in Cleveland and is a member of Liberty County Aggie Moms.
“Being a CASA volunteer allows me to be the voice for a child in the foster care system that cannot speak for themselves. Speaking up for what’s in the child’s best interest has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.”
Steve Daniele, Vice President
Policy and Procedure Committee, Nominating Committee *, Board Recruiting and Retention
Steve Daniele was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1956. His family moved to Dallas, Texas where he planned to attend Texas A&M University after high school. Instead family and a business opportunity brought him to Houston.
Steve is Founder, President and CEO of Seal – Pac Professional Services, Inc. which was founded in 1979. Seal – Pac is located in Baytown, Texas and is a leading provider of sealing components for the refining, chemical and power generation industry.
He has been actively involved in volunteer and charitable activities in the community. Steve is two time Chairman of the Board for the Baytown Chamber of Commerce , Past President of the Rotary Club Baytown, Past Board Member for the Baytown Family YMCA, President of East Lake Houston Soccer Association and member of the United Way Allocations Committee.
Steve is a proud father of four and just recently welcomed his 5th grandchild, Christian Jacob Daniele into our world. His hobbies include golf, fishing, bow-hunting and soccer.
Mark Herndon – Treasurer
Executive Committee, Finance Committee *, Budget Committee *, Compliance Committee *, Nominating Committee
Mark Herndon began serving as a member on the CASA of Liberty/Chambers Counties Board of Directors in 2014.
Mark is a native Texan and has lived in Liberty, Texas since 1989, he is married to Leslie Herndon and they have two children, John Mark and Laura Beth. He graduated with a degree in Agricultural Business from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1988. Following graduation, Mark worked 8.5 years for the USDA. Then, he worked for The First Liberty National Bank for 16.5 years where he was Branch Manager of the FLNB Dayton Financial Center for the last 13.5 years.
While living in Liberty and working in Dayton, Mark served several organizations including Dayton Team City, Dayton Rotary Club, Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, Dayton FFA Livestock Show and Rodeo Sales Committee, Friends of Scouting, Business Professionals of America Contest Judge and the Liberty Municipal Library Board. Also, during this same time he participated in and completed Leadership Liberty County and Leadership Southeast Texas. Mark is a member of First Baptist Church of Liberty and has served there since 1989.
As a member of the Board of Directors, Mark hopes to be used in a way that will help make a positive impact in the lives of abused and neglected children by giving them the support they need to escape into a fulfilling and productive future.
Jason Dauenhauer, Assistant Treasurer
Jason is a Certified Public Accountant and Global Management Accountant and has spent the last twenty-three years as a Professional Energy Industry Accountant. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accounts (TSCPA).
Jason enjoys volunteering, and is also an ordained deacon.
Terry Bivens, Secretary
Legislative Action Team, Advocate Recruiting and Retention Committee after serving
Terri is currently retired from the Texas House of Representatives District 12 years as the District Coordinator for State Representative John Otto. Prior to that, she worked as the Office Manager for Liberty County Commissioner Norman Brown.
Terri is a native of Beaumont where she graduated from French High School. She attended Lee College and Lamar University where she studied business.
She is active in local politics for sometime and hopes to continue in the future. She is an active member of Kenefick Southern Baptist where she serves as chairman of the Finance Committee. She is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Southeast Texas and serves on the Liberty County Leadership Advisory Board. She also has served on the Liberty County Long Term Recovery Committee since 2005.
She and her husband Randy, have been married 41 years and have two girls (Katie and Samantha). Katie and her husband Justin live in Dayton. They blessed them with their first grandchild last year. A beautiful baby boy, Bo Abbie. Samantha lives in Denver Colorado where she works in the banking industry after graduating from the University of Colorado.
Cindy Jackson, Past Presiden
Executive Committee *, Governance Planning and Policy Committee *, Information Technology/Security Committee *, Budget Committee,
Cindy Jackson joined CASA of Liberty/Chambers Counties in September 2014 as a member of the Board of Directors. Cindy is married to Charlie Jackson, who is also active in CASA and currently serves as an Advocate. They have one daughter, Jade Elizabeth.
Cindy spent over 25 years as a resident of Houston, Texas before moving to Liberty County in 2010. She graduated from Southern Arkansas University with a degree in Nursing and worked as an RN and Nursing Supervisor in a number of clinical positions and finally as a Medical Informatics Specialist and Medical Staff Clinical Information Manager at St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System, Houston, Texas. She retired there with 15 years service in 2010.
Cindy and Charlie have traveled extensively; his work internationally allowing them the privilege of living in the United Kingdom and the People’s Republic of China. While in China, Cindy also continued her career and operated a medical clinic for all foreign expatriates in the city of Guangzhou, and in 1988, through their work connections, came their proudest achievement, the pioneering adoption of a three day old infant baby girl, Jade Elizabeth. Jade was the 11th child to have been adopted by foreigners in all of China. Today, she is a proud graduate of Texas A&M; holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering and is currently living and working in Quito, Ecuador with Schlumberger Integrated Project Management.
“After moving to Liberty County, we sought volunteer opportunities and ways to get involved in the community. Through our efforts, we were fortunate enough to meet some outstanding people associated with CASA and immediately knew this was something we also wanted to do. We felt we also could make a difference in young lives through this wonderful organization and today are committed to serving the abused and neglected children of our community.
James Gibson is a native of Chambers County, bone and raised in Anahuac, Texas. He graduated from Anahuac High School in 1977 and attended the University of Texas.
James and his wife Kemper were married in 1980 and have two children, Leigh Vayon and Dallas Gibson. James has served on numerous non-profit boards, including The United Way of Greater Baytown and Chambers County, Bridgehaven CAC, Lamar University Wesley Foundatio, just to name a few. He is a member of the East Chambers ISD School Board having served as it’s President for the last 15 years. James and Kemper are members of First United Methodist Church of Winnie/Stowell where James volunteered as Music Director for 20 years.
“Volunteering as a CASA has been an extremely rewarding and challenging experience. Our children are our future and we should do anything we can to grow and nurture them. All children deserve a chance,”
Christina Dickerson is from Anahuac, Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the Art Institute- Houston. Work experience has been in customer service & administration in the retail and medical industry. Christina joined the board in August of 2017. She excited to give her time and talents to an organization that has the best interest for children. Christina enjoys traveling, spending time with people, and reading.
Jan is recently retired from Dayton ISD after teaching and coaching for 19 years. She grew up in Trinity, Texas and received her bachelor’s degree from Lamar University.
Jan is married to Jay Knight, County Judge for Liberty County and she has lived in Dayton since 1980. She is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Dayton and serves as a Sunday School Teacher, oversees the scheduling of the “children’s moment ministry” and is a member of the United Methodist Women.
Jan is also a long time member of the Libertad Chapter of the NSDAR-Libertad Chapter, currently serving as Secretary to the Liberty County Republican Women and a member of the Dayton All Sports Booster Club.
Jan’s and Jay’s family include their children, Jesse of Onalaska, Texas and Jenna and husband Chase of Barbers Hill, Texas and two grandchildren, Tyler and Tate.
Jan stated that making a difference in young lives has always been her passion. Now that she has retired from teaching and the coaching field it will be a privilege to help make a positive impact in the lives of abused and neglected children.
Executive Committee, Policy & Procedure Committee, Budget Committee
Sherial L Lawson has been a CASA Liberty/Chambers Counties Board member since Sept of 2010.
Sherial is a native and lifelong resident of Dayton, graduating from Dayton High School in May 1975, from Lee College with Associate Degree in Nursing in May 1982 and from University of Texas Medical Branch in December 1988 with BS in Nursing. She has been employed at Texas Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Houston, TX since 1982 and currently is in the TCH Pavilion for Women NICU. While homeschooling/rearing her son, she volunteered for DYSA as team mom, AWANA, Civil Air Patrol and Dayton Library Board.
Sherial currently serves as Liberty County Precinct #30 Chair/Judge, as member of Dayton City Council and is an active member of First Baptist Church of Dayton.
Sherial is the mother of one son, Richard Gabriel Lawson, who is a Houston Baptist University graduate and lives in Dayton.
Being raised in a loving two parent family and raising my son with the assistance of my mother, I was totally ignorant of the plight of and the number of children in the foster care system. I never gave thought to what happens to those children after they “age-out” of the foster care system, how many become involved in crime, what they do for holidays and summer breaks (should they stay in school and go to college) or with whom they share important life event, i.e. graduation, marriage, children, etc. Becoming involved with CASA has open my eyes and helped me see the need for such an organization to intervene on behalf of these children, to assist with finding forever homes, to equip them with basic life skills, to live independently and to make them aware of resources available to them in a timely manner so they can make proper, timely life choices. Given the need, may God cause CASA to prosper to help meet the goal of “every child, a CASA”.
Grezelda Ligons began serving as a board member on the CASA of Liberty/Chambers Counties in September 2017. She grew up in Raywood, Texas, and graduated from Hull-Daisetta High School in 1980. She majored in Biology and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1984 and a Masters in Educational Administration in 2000, both from Prairie View A&M University.
Grezelda is married to Lloyd Ligons Sr., a graduate of Dayton High School. They have 3 children, Randy Denman, Meghan Denman, and Lloyd Ligons Jr, and 4 grandchildren, Shelby, Brady, Alton, and Asher.
Grezelda worked in the public educational system serving as a High School Science teacher, District Science Curriculum Coordinator, and as an Assistant Principal. She retired from Dayton ISD in May 2017 after serving as an educator for 33 years.
Grezelda is a member of the Mu Iota Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. She is also a member of Saint Anne’s Catholic Church.
Grezelda is excited about the opportunity to continue to serve and support the children in our community. She is deeply honored to be able to work with the CASA organization, that has already made such a powerful, positive impact in the lives of our children who are in the Foster Care System.
Policy and Procedure Committee *, Legal Advisor
Linda Poole Spacek has been a Board Member for CASA since 2015. She was born and raised in Liberty, Texas. Linda obtained a BA Degree from Texas Tech University and earned a JD from South Texas College of Law. She is a licensed member of the State Bar of Texas. Linda spent the first eight years of her career working for civil litigation and family law attorneys. For over the past thirty-five years she has been employed in the oil industry dealing with all facets of acquisitions and divestitures, including negotiating various land matters.
Linda’s activities include farming and ranching in Liberty and Williamson Counties with her husband, J. Michael Spacek, being a member of the Liberty Garden Club as well as serving on the Bereavement Committee at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Linda considers it a privilege to serve on CASA’s Board and delights to be a part of and witness the progress CASA continues to make in achieving the goals for the best interest of the child.
Fundraising Committee *
Glen Croft has served CASA of Liberty/Chambers counties since 2009. As a charter member of the board of directors he has served as President and Past President. He is currently a board member and fundraising committee chair.
Glen grew up in Tarkington and graduated high school in 1982. He attended Wyoming Tech and completed their diesel program. He was raised in the logging industry and worked in the family business with Croft Logging until 1991.
He worked at Champion Paper Mill from 1991 to 2001 as a multi-crafted maintenance technician. He is currently working for Entergy as a fleet mechanic.
Glen has served on Tarkington School Board, Ryan Cemetery Board, and Staff Pastor Parrish committee at First United Methodist Church Cleveland.
Glen married Lynette in 1991 and has three children Leslie, Cody and Katlyn.
Glen says serving on the CASA board of directors is an honor because this organization is providing “a voice “for the children we serve.
Executive Committee, Budget Committee, Board Recruiting and Retention Committee *, Nominating Committee
Donna McClaugherty has served on the CASA Board since 2009 when it first opened its doors in Liberty. She currently serves as the Board’s Secretary.
Donna is an educator who works for Sheldon ISD as a Science Instructional Coach. This position is one that brings her great challenges and great satisfaction. Previously she was a secondary science teacher at Dayton HS for 27 years and has seen many children move through he school system. She has been a member of this community since 1980. She belongs to the Trinity Lutheran Church in Liberty and is an active member who has performed multiple roles on the church council and served as a Sunday School teacher. She has raised three children and seen them become productive members of their communities.
Service to the community has long been something that Donna believes makes a person well-rounded. She has been an organizational sponsor for various school groups such as the National Honor Society and the Science Club, this provides many opportunities for service to the community.
Serving on the CASA Board has been one of the most rewarding endeavors that she has participated in. Helping to support the volunteers, that provide the voice for children, in the court system is truly a worthwhile job. Working within the nonprofit venue is a way of giving back to your community in ways that are often unseen but critical none the less. Every child in foster care deserves a strong persistent advocate for their best interest.