Letter from the Director–March 2017

Letter From the Executive Director

I can’t believe we just moved our clocks up an hour!  Winter was here and gone in the blink of an eye and now Spring is here!  How lucky we are to live in a part of the country that can celebrate all four seasons.  As I sit at my desk and reflect on the ever changing world around me, I am reminded of a quote “It’s a new season.  A perfect opportunity to do something new, something bold, something beautiful.”  This could not be more true with our CASA of the TN Heartland family.  We are certainly in the midst of a new season and I could not be more excited. Over the past few months there has been quite a bit of change within our organization, and as you all know change can be hard but also a very good thing.  Please join me in welcoming our newest staff members of CASA of the TN Heartland to our already amazing core group of women.

Elizabeth Sharp –Anderson County Advocate and Development Coordinator Beth recently graduated Suma Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in legal studies from South College, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law.

Donika Lee– Scott County Advocate and Development CoordinatorDonika pronounced (Don-neeka)  started with us in December of 2016.  She is a Scott County native and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal Studies.

Kathrynn Walker– Blount County Advocate and Development Coordinator Kathrynn is the most recent addition to our program having joined us in February of this year. She has lived in Maryville for most her life. She graduated Magna cum laude from Pellissippi State in 2016 and was a member of both Phi Theta Kappa and Gamma Beta Phi.

All three of these women have backgrounds in Juvenile Justice work in one capacity or another and are working diligently in each of their counties to continue  and further the work of CASA.  I invite you to visit our About Us page to learn more about each of these ladies.

Thank you for your support and love of CASA of the TN Heartland.  May this new season bring you a renewed sense of happiness and blessings.

Sincerely, Kesha Shipe

Executive Director, CASA of the Tennessee Heartland

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