OUR 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's knowledge of the intricacies of child welfare is far-reaching. Her years with CASA and DFCS have provided her with great expertise in this area. Lori has worked on staff at for the GA CASA program and rejoined CASA of Forsyth County in March, 2018. Lori earned her Bachelor's degree from University of North Georgia and has received numerous accolades and certificates relating to child welfare. Lori grew up in Atlanta but now lives in Cumming with her husband and her pride and joy, Baby Ray. Lori is a huge Green Bay Packer and GA Tech fan and loves to travel.
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 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, Heidi reached out to local programs and found a home at CASA of Forsyth County. Heidi has been a dedicated and caring Advocacy Case Manager for three years and her passion for the CASA program, and serving children and volunteers is contagious. Heidi is also on our local Domestic Violence Task Force, is a part of the Family Treatment Court team in Forsyth County, and has hopes to run her own CASA program one day.
770.205.4550 ext. 3127
Laura joined CASA in 2010. She has worked in the non for profit world for over 30 years. She is passionate about serving volunteers so they can perform their duties to the fullest of their potential. Nowhere does this goal appear more important than at CASA.
770.205.4550 ext. 3135
Lauren joined our CASA staff in September, 2017. She has her Master's in Social Work from Savannah State University and her Bachelor's in Journalism from the University of Georgia. Lauren was a CASA volunteer for 9 years and has worked in various positions while completing her academic programs.
770.205.4550 ext. 2321
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
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!