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, Sr. Advocate 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 Sr. 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 3 sons and 9 grandchildren.
Terry Patterson, Advocate Coordinator
Terry Patterson joined CASA as the Administrative Assistant after 18 years of staying home and raising her children. Terry lives in Dayton now 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 8 months of enjoying learning a lot about CASA as the Administrative Assistant and helping facilitate the office running efficiently, Terry was promoted to Advocate Coordinator. Terry was excited to be able to be more involved in helping not only the children but 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 4 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 an 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 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 sweet heart and considers all the kids she works with as part of her family.
Anastasia Rubin, Trainer/Advocate Coordinator
Anastasia began as a volunteer, for CASA of Liberty/Chambers Counties in January 2016. She became a full time Advocate Coordinator/Trainer in of June 2016.
Anastasia has been an entrepreneur for over 16 years. Being self-employed has taught her to be business minded, resourceful and think “out of the box”. She finds joy in helping and seeing others laugh. She’s optimistic, thoughtful and a positive thinker. When taking on a challenge she believes somehow things will always work itself out. She likes surrounding herself with like-minded people.
Cynthia Calhoun, Administrative Assistant
Prior to joining CASA, Cynthia Sonnier-Calhoun was a Membership Representative/Event Planner at Baytown YMCA and a trip planner for our Active Older Adults group, that were members of the Baytown YMCA.
She began working as a part – time Administrative Assistant for CASA of Liberty/Chambers Counties in March of 2016. Cynthia was excited to have a change of pace and to be able to learn new skills.
Cynthia states. “I have learned so much while here and there is so much more to learn. Not only am I learning, so are my co-workers, I can bring things to the table that my co-workers did not know. In September, I was given a full-time position and more responsibilities that added to my workload. I have always been a “helper” I absolutely love being part of a team where I can contribute.”