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.”

Lisa French, Resource Development Coordinator

Lisa French joined the CASA Team in December 2016.  She previously taught preschool and worked as a           paraprofessional for GCCISD in the SILC program before running a successful home-based direct sales                   business. She is an active member of Service League of Baytown and most recently served as the Charity Ball     Chairman.

Lisa resides in Baytown with her husband, Robert. They are the proud parents of three children, and are expecting their first grandchild in the fall.

Rita Sanders, Administrative Assistant

Rita has been married for 27 years and together they have 4 daughters and 5 grandchildren. She taught high school Spanish at Hull-Daisetta for about 10 years, when her youngest daughter graduated high school, she traveled with her husband for 3 years, and became a full-time housewife and grandmother (Nana). She is a lay worker at Central Baptist Church, working with the youth as well as the youth Sunday school teacher.

She joined CASA as an advocate in November, and became the administrative assistant in March. She enjoys spending time with her family and helping others in need. Her true passion has always been to help children in need.