CASA of FORSYTH COUNTY STAFF
Paula initially joined CASA of Forsyth County, Inc. in 2006 and served as an Advocacy Case Manager until 2011. She rejoined our program in June, 2017 as Director of Community Relations and in January, 2018 became our CASA Executive Director. Between 2011 and 2017, Paula sent her baby to college, worked at Jesse’s House, (a local girl’s shelter), worked for a boutique cookie bakery and spent 2 ½ years in the regional office of Franklin Covey, a global leader in leadership development. Her passion for CASA’s mission and a longing to reconnect with the most incredible volunteers with whom she’s ever worked brought her back to the Forsyth County program in June 2017 where she is focused on recruiting, fund development and building awareness of CASA within the community. She studied Public Relations at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT and spent over 30 years as Girl Scout – 25 as a volunteer leader and 5 as a staff member where she developed and executed training for new volunteers. She is proud to be John, Jocelyn and Madeleine’s mom and ‘Grammy’ to Evelyn and Remington.
770.205.4550 ext. 3130
Lori Pupp has nearly 20 years of child welfare, advocacy, and leadership experience. She has been in the social service arena both in the public and non-profit settings.
After earning her BA at the University of North Georgia, Lori gained broad child welfare experience working as an employee of the Division of Family and Children Services and in a variety of roles within the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) organization at a local and state level. Her experience has given a unique understanding of the power of partnerships and collaboration in the service of Georgia's children and families. In these various roles, she learned the important value of serving in the nonprofit arena to help those in need.
770.205.4550 ext. 8488
Jo Beth started working with CASA of Forsyth County in September, 2015. Prior to joining the CASA staff, she was a volunteer for the program having been sworn in as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in August, 2013. Jo Beth holds her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri – Kansas City where she also earned her Bachelor of Arts in Administration of Justice. Her passion for child welfare and advocacy began decades ago when she worked as a Juvenile Probation Officer in Kansas and continues to this day with her devotion to the CASA program. Despite volunteering for various organizations throughout the years, Jo Beth is adamant the most rewarding volunteer opportunity in our community is being a CASA volunteer.
770.205.4550 ext. 3129
General CASA phone: 770.886.4082
Sheri started working with CASA of Forsyth County in January 2017 after many years working with DFCS where she worked as a Foster Care Case Manager and as an Investigator. Sheri received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of San Diego and worked as a Counselor prior to working with DFCS. Sheri has always been passionate about working in child welfare and helping to support and strengthen families. Sheri believes strongly in building the relationship with CASA and DFCS in order to better serve the children in Forsyth County. She is excited to be working for CASA of Forsyth County to help continue CASA’s advocacy efforts.
770.205.4550 ext. 3128
Heidi began her career with CASA in 2012 in Lafayette, Indiana while completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services at Purdue University. She served with that program for two and a half years. When deciding to move back to her hometown in Jasper, Georgia in 2014, Heidi reached out to local programs and found a home at CASA of Forsyth County. Heidi is a dedicated and caring Advocacy Specialist and her passion for the CASA program, and serving children and volunteers, is contagious. Heidi leads our recruitment efforts and the training/onboarding of new CASA volunteers, is a part of the Family Treatment Court in Forsyth County, and has hopes to run her own CASA program one day.
770.205.4550 ext. 3127
Julie joins the CASA team with over 14 years of child welfare experience in Forsyth County. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Juvenile Justice from Edgewood College, Madison Wisconsin. She also earned her Paralegal Certificate from Milwaukee Area Technical College. While residing in Madison, Julie completed an internship at a half-way house for juvenile males.
Julie served a a CASA several years ago with this CASA of Forsyth County program. She was employed through the Forsyth County Department of Family and Children's Services (DFACS) as a Foster Care and Adoptions Supervisor and a Foster Care Case Manager. Most recently, she worked as a Paralegal in a Special Assistant Attorney General's (SAAG) office. Julie has also worked in other law firms utilizing her expertise in child welfare.
770.205.4550 extension 3126
Stacy Archer, Advocacy and Education Specialist
Stacy began her Advocacy and Education Specialist role with CASA in August, 2019. She has always had a passion for meeting the social, emotional and educational needs of children. Decades ago she realized the best way to do this was to become a teacher! She earned her Bachelor of Science in English Education from the University of Georgia and her Master of Education from Georgia State University. Stacy has been actively involved in education by teaching the public, private and online setting. She started a business teaching home school English classes, volunteered on many Educational Committees, and served on Forsyth County School Councils at Chestatee Elementary, Little Mill Middle and North Forsyth High School.
Stacy firmly believes the link between a child's home life and his/her educational outcome is one that goes hand in hand. She feels that CASA is the perfect organization to advocate for children and their families by providing the best resources, compassion and care in all areas that relate to a child's best interests. Stacy hopes to utilize her passion for children, her educational experience, and her position as a CASA Advocacy and Education Specialist to provide continued collaboration and educational resources between CASA and local schools to effectively serve the children in our area and beyond.
Stacy is thrilled to be working for CASA of Forsyth County and realizes the blessings of being a part of such a wonderful community!
770.205.4550 extension 2321
Latosha Austin, Advocacy Specialist
Every single one of us on staff at CASA of Forsyth County are humbled to be a part of this top-notch CASA program. We all agree that our Forsyth County CASA Advocates are the best group of CASAs in the country! We appreciate the support of our CASA Board of Directors, our community partners and our many generous donors. Working to improve the lives of Forsyth County's foster children and their families could not happen without each of YOU!