Kimberly Stephens was born in Dallas, TX, and grew up living and traveling all over the North America. Her family pastored and evangelized, ministering in 11 states and 3 countries. Dr. Stephens and her husband have continued that legacy, serving as children’s pastors, youth pastors, crusade leaders, and associate pastors in North
Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland, Kentucky, New York, Maine, West Virginia, Florida, and most recently Texas. A licensed educator, Dr. Stephens also dedicated nearly 15 years to serving in instructional and administrative positions with local public schools, higher education agencies, and faith-based education ministries. Working with at-risk populations has dominated her professional experience, as well as engaging the legal system by serving as a school-based foster care advocate, and a legal representative and content expert for school districts navigating due process related to special education services. After moving to Texas in 2018, Dr. Stephens continued her passion for working with families in crisis. She gained valuable experience and in-depth knowledge of the foster care system and CPS legal system by working as a conservatorship caseworker in Liberty/Chambers Counties, prior to her current appointed as the Executive Director of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for the region. Kimberly and her husband, Eric, are proud parents to four children: Grayson, Bryce, Emilia, and Eliana.
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.
COLLABORATIVE FAMILY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR
Karen began as an advocate with CASA for two years, where she found another passion in the Collaborative Family Engagement program, and began working with Kathy Dagle in this arena. She has now taken on the roll of being an Advocate Coordinator for CASA. Karen worked for many years in the Public School System, five years with the Head Start Early Childhood Program, and has been heavily involved in ministry for over 25 years. She has been a children’s pastor, youth pastor and with women’s ministry. Currently, she is a teacher and a member of the Board of Directors for House of Destiny, a non-profit substance abuse recovery program for women. She is the founder of Breath of Life Ministries, a ministry for women and families, and works closely with Heart of a Woman Ministries Intl. Karen is also pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Counseling with Westcoast Bible College and Seminary. “My passion and desire to work with children and families was wrapped up in one beautiful package when I found CASA”. Karen and her husband Kenneth reside in Saratoga,Texas, and together have 5 children, 11 grandchildren and counting, All of which are their pride and joy.
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.
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.
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.”
Monica became an advocate in February of 2018. The more she found out about CASA the more she wanted to move forward and be more involved. July of 2018 Monica got the chance of a life time and now is an Advocate Coordinator. Monica says she absolutely love her job and the people she works with. Children are our future, children are amazing little people whom deserve a chance. Before CASA, Monica worked for the school district back home Nixon/Smiley for 5 years, then wanted more so she became a CNA/Office Coordinator for a home health company for about 4 years. Monica has lived in Dayton for about 4 years. Monica has 3 boys, 1 step son, 1 step daughter, 1 grandson and 4 granddaughters. She has been with her amazing husband, Benjy, for about 8 years and married 5 of those 8. He is our rock. He supports her in all she does.
Traci joined CASA of Liberty & Chambers Counties team in 2019.
Ashton joined the CASA of Liberty & Chambers Counties team in August 2017 as the Resource Development Coordinator and is now the Outreach Specialist. Ashton graduated from Le Tourneau University in 2011 with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education. She then furthered her education with a Master’s Degree in Education Administration and Curriculum & Instruction from Le Tourneau Univeristy. She is a state certified teacher and taught in the school system for six years before joining CASA. Ashton graduated from Barbers Hill in 2004 and her and her family still reside in Mont Belvieu. She is active in and around her community with being a board member of the Mont Belvieu Youth Softball Association and active in her church, Mercy Gate. Ashton and her husband, Clint, have a four-year old daughter named Brynn.
Sandra 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 Superintendent 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. 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.”
Gracie was an advocate with CASA before taking a couple years off to fight and win a tough battle with breast cancer. She attributes the cure to God and many praying friends. She has been cancer free for two years. She is the Mother of 3 daughters and the very proud grandmother of 5 grandchildren ranging in age from 1 to 19. Gracie and her husband have been married 24 years and reside in Dayton. After traveling around the country with his job for several years, they decided it was time to be home so he retired and they enjoy just being home and having friends and family over for bbq’s and fish fries. When the opportunity to return to CASA as the Admin Assistant, Gracie jumped in with both feet. She loves greeting special Advocates when they come in to the office and talking with people about the great things our Volunteers are doing and what a great need we are trying to fill. When talking to and listening to her, it is easy to hear the passion she has for CASA’s role in helping the children in CPS’s system.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH SPECIALIST
Melanie joined CASA of Liberty & Chambers Counties team in 2019.
FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Barbara joined CASA of Liberty & Chambers Counties team in 2019.