CASA Staff

Debbie B. Dugger, Executive Director

Debbie Dugger began with CASA Liberty/Chambers Counties in October, 2013 as Executive Director. She also volunteers as a Lay reader, Sunday School teacher, and Vestry of St. Stephens’ Episcopal Church. Debbie has served as a Board member of the Commission of Ministry for Episcopal Diocese of Texas since 2003. During this time, from 2013-2015, she also served as Director of Happening for Episcopal Diocese of Texas.

Debbie started the nonprofit program Friends in Deed in 1998 and continued in a leadership role until 2004. She has received numerous awards during her career, including; Heroes for Children Award from Texas State Board of Education in 2003, Citizen of the Year for Liberty, Texas in 2016, Tanner Legacy Award 2004, Tanner Presidents’ Circle 2007, 2008, 2009, Tanner District Leader Maraval Winner in  2010 and 2011.

Debbie graduated from Texas Tech University in 1981 with a BA in Economics and a BA in Education. While there she joined the Chi Omega sorority. After completing her under graduate studies Debbie completed 18 hours of graduate work in accounting and business at Texas A&M, Corpus Christi.

Debbie was raised in Houston where she married her college sweetheart, Stephen who has been an Edward Jones Financial Advisor for 28 years. They have two children; Rachel age 24, a graduate of Texas A&M and Drew age 20, who is a Jr at Texas A&M.

Her favorite volunteer endeavor before coming to CASA was, “Meet da Man” for teens which she led for 10 years.

Debbie states, “I am proud to work for CASA because I know our talented CASA Advocates are essential to each case – they are a child’s chance in the Foster Care system.  Our team’s dedication and determination to advocate for the best interest of the child is the best gift we can give the child. I love my job.”

Kathy Dagle, Collaborative Family Engagement Coordinator

Kathy Dagle became involved with CASA Liberty/Chambers Counties in February 2011 as a volunteer Advocate; she joined the CASA staff in 2012 as an Advocate Coordinator, before moving to the position of Senior Advocate Coordinator.

Kathy received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Lamar University and was a teacher of junior high Science for six years. She then transferred to the alternative program for Gulf Coast Education Consortium, where she taught all levels of Science. After earning her Master’s Degree in Education from Stephen F. Austin University, Kathy became the principal of GCEC and remained in that position until her retirement in 2010.

Kathy currently resides in Liberty, Texas with her husband of 39 years, David. They are the proud parents of three sons and nine grandchildren.

Terry Patterson, Program Director

Terry Patterson joined CASA as the Administrative Assistant after 18 years of staying home and raising her children. Terry resides in Dayton and is enjoying the small town life again. She has two grown children and two grandchildren, and is a member of Crosby Church. Terry has always had a special place in her heart for children. She spent many hours volunteering at her children’s schools and was a member of the P.T.O board of directors.

After raising her children, Terry attended Lee College and received an Associate’s Degree in Health Information.

After eight months of enjoying learning about CASA as the Administrative Assistant and helping facilitate the office running efficiently, Terry was promoted to Advocate Coordinator. Terry is excited to be able to be more involved in helping not only the children, but also to work with the parents to see if she could help to reunite them with their children.

Nancy Pigford, Advocate Coordinator

Nancy Pigford, is the mother of four children, the grandmother of eleven grandchildren (including four foster grandchildren) and the great-grandmother of a granddaughter. She was a very busy, stay at home Mom until her youngest was 12 years old. Nancy then owned and operated a popular country store in the Tarkington area for sixteen years. After selling the store she learned to quilt and became a CASA volunteer, her two passions, after her family.

Nancy gained valuable experience as a volunteer Advocate for three years prior to joining the CASA of Liberty/Chamber Counties staff as an Advocate Coordinator.

Cori Davila, Advocate Coordinator and Fostering Futures Coordinator

Cori Davila is an Advocate Coordinator who also coordinates our Fostering Futures program. She began as a fierce volunteer Advocate and was heavily involved with Fostering Futures the minute she signed on as a volunteer. We are so excited to have Cori’s passion and experience boosting our Fostering Futures program and are excited for her vision for Fostering Futures.

Cori has always been lead to work with children. She started working as an early childhood learning teacher as soon as she graduated from high school, while studying for a degree in Social Work. After graduating from Lee College she worked as a certified Pre-k teacher and tutored the 4th through 8th grades, after school while attending University of Houston, Clear Lake. Cori began working as a tutor for low-income high school students under the No Child Left Behind Act, before joining the CASA Family in 2015. She is happily married to her high school sweetheart and considers all the kids she works with as part of her family.

Sandra Tilton, Training Coordinator

Sandra Tilton began with CASA Liberty/Chambers Counties in January, 2017 as Training Coordinator. She has served in various capacities at churches in the Mont Belvieu area such as Ladies Coordinator, Small Group Leader and Teacher, Children Director, and Sunday School teacher.

Sandra started a nonprofit academy for children from ages 6 months – 5 years old. She served as the Director from 2008-2015. She received the Barbers Hill Distinguished Alumni in 2015. She retired from education after 30 years in education as an administrator and teacher.

Sandra graduated from Lamar University in 1969 with a BS in Home Economics. In 1984 she graduated from University of Houston/Clear Lake with a Masters in Mid-Management. She earned certification as an elementary teacher along the way and completed 18 hours above her Masters with a Superintendant Certification as well.

Sandra was born in Arkansas and moved to the Mont Belvieu area as a child. She is married to Chris and they have three daughters, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Her favorite volunteer endeavors were leading Ladies Retreats for several years and mentoring in BHISD.

Sandra states, “Being part of this organization has been so refreshing because everyone is working for children who need a chance to have a better life. I have never met so many people who are willing to give of their time and talents to help children. It has been an honor to work with and train such dedicated people.”

Karen Kernohan, Advocate Coordinator

Karen was an outstanding fierce Advocate for three years before joining the CASA Team. She previously worked in an Elementary school for 12 years, then went into retail, becoming a manager for Sears for nine years.

Karen was born in Houston, Texas. Her father was in the insurance industry, and the family moved to Puerto Rico for four years, then Alabama for seven years before moving back to Texas.

Karen has a very supportive husband, three great children, and two wonderful grandchildren. She loves spending time with her grandchildren and family, and enjoys being outside, working in the yard or sitting on a beach.

Karen states, “I have always wanted to do some form of social work and then I heard about the CASA program. I knew right then that this was what I wanted to do. I have been a volunteer for about three years. When the opportunity to work for CASA and become and Advocate Coordinator was offered to me, I was so excited.”

Ashton White, Resource Development Coordinator

Ashton White joined the CASA Liberty/Chambers County team in August, 2017 as the Resource Development  Coordinator. She is also one of our fierce Advocates that volunteers for CASA on her spare time.

Ashton graduated from Le Tourneau University in 2011 with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education. In 2013 she  graduated from Le Tourneau University with a Master’s Degree in Education Administration and Curriculum & Instruction. She also is a state certified teacher and taught in the school system for six years before joining CASA.

Ashton grew up in Mont Belvieu and graduated from Barbers Hill High School in 2004. She is married to Clint and they have a two-year old daughter who is the love of their life.

Ashton states, ” I have always been for the child since being in Education, but CASA has opened a whole new opportunity for me to now work for the child.”

Terri St. John, Advocate Coordinator

Terri St. John had felt a pull towards becoming an Advocate for CASA for several years and finally found the perfect opportunity to get involved so she joined CASA as an Advocate in January, 2017. On September 1, 2017, she became a part-time Advocate Coordinator and now supervises twelve CASA cases. Terri has a B.A. in Literature and her background included teaching, insurance and selling real estate. Working with CASA is by far the most rewarding “job” she has ever done.

Terri has two grown children and six wonderful grandchildren, including three adopted granddaughters. Fortunately, they all live close by and she gets to see them often. Terri attends First United Methodist Church in Mont Belvieu and enjoys quilting, reading, and watching movies in her spare time.

Beth Schlauch, Recruitment & Community Awareness Coordinator

Beth has personally experienced the many benefits and opportunities that a child with a CASA Volunteer  receives. She and her husband, Wes, have seven children, adopting the youngest four children through the Foster Care system in Colorado. Their children range in age from 7-27, and reside in Texas, Arkansas, Virginia, and Japan. During their time as a foster family, they built relationships with children, parents, case workers, other fosters families, and CASA Volunteers, many of which the have remained in contact with.

In both Colorado and Texas, Beth has been involved in various ministries, including Women’s Ministry and Retreat Planning, Vacation Bible School Director and Volunteer, Moms of Preschoolers (MOPS) Childcare Coordinator, and Sunday School Teacher. Her family currently attends Rollingbrook Fellowship in Baytown, where they are active members.

Beth in a graduate of Colorado Christian University and holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Organizational Management-Human Resources. She is certified in Texas as an Early Childhood -6th Grade Teacher, and has taught 2nd and 3rd grade in both public and private schools.

As a member of the United States Air Force, she served in various places worldwide as a Dental Laboratory Technician. Beth graduated from Airman Leadership School in Germany, where she earned the John L. Levitow Award for Leadership. She was then selected for a Special Duty assignment as the Education & Training Coordinator  for the Medical Group.

Beth lives in Baytown and enjoys spending time with her husband, Wes, their children, 3 dogs, 4 chickens, extended family, and brave friends. Most weekends will find them camping, attending various youth sporting events, making s’mores in the backyard or working in the yard.

Courtney Taylor, Administrative Assistant

Courtney joined CASA in October of 2017. She grew up in Conroe Texas and attended Conroe High School. Courtney graduated from Southwestern Assembly of God University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management where she was a part of the Woman’s basketball team.

Courtney worked as a Program Director for Metropolitan Dallas YMCA from 2009-2015. During her time at the YMCA she oversaw twelve afterschool care programs and five summer camps in the Dallas region.

Courtney is married to Robert and they have 2 wonderful boys. She enjoys playing sports and spending time with her family.

Courtney states, “I have always enjoyed working with children and making a difference in the community.”