Voices of Hope

Annual Volunteer Recognition Event

On Tuesday, March 1st, we celebrated our advocates at our annual dinner under the stars and among the animals at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo.  Judge Mary Dolas gave the Oath of Office and welcomed 24 new advocates who are now officers of the court to amplify the voices of children in foster care.

California CASA Board of Director and CEO of the Fresno Housing Authorities, Tyrone Roderick Williams, gave a very moving speech as he stood in the shadows near the podium.  As he moved into the lights, he thanked our 200+ advocates for helping local youth be heard and seen in the dependency courts. He shared the gratitude of the community for the time they’ve taken to meet with social workers, attorneys, and teachers, and for letting our youth know that there is at least one constant adult, their CASA, who will advocate for them and give them HOPE.

The evening ended with a standing ovation for the CASA staff who was a bit overwhelmed with the show of gratitude. Each employee is incredibly dedicated to the mission of CASA and know that they are each a valued for their unique role.  We are here for each of our advocates because we are here to help give …hope.

Our Event Sponsors

Tutellian
Properties

Voices of Hope Award Winners

Voices of Hope 2021

Advocate Volunteers

Steve Merrill
Leslie Booth
Jean Hand

Advocate Partnership

Kaleena Goodman and Hector Cerda

Advocate of the Year

Wendy Yribarren 

CASA CARES Award

Sandy Bailey

Maureen Lewis Business Partnership Award Winner:

McGaughy’s Suspensions – Owners, Steve and Michelle McGaughy

Voices of Hope 2020

Advocate Volunteers

Esther Sanchez & Michelle Helmer

Advocate Partnership

Karen Semas & Alejandra Avila

Advocate of the Year

Melanie Welch

Maureen Lewis Business Partnership Award Winner

California Dingo Media – Owner, David Schlotterback

Voices of Hope 2019

Partnership Award Winners

John Lloyd & Lori Joo & Sarah Ruminson & Mai Xiong

Shelly Cooper & Donnisha Jennings

Rick & Jennifer Porter & Jennifer Her

Voices of Hope Award Winners

Mario Pinedo. Francisco Pelayo

Advocate of the Year:

John Ryan

Voices of Hope 2018

Partnership Award Winners

John Lloyd & Lori Joo and Sarah Ruminson

Elmer McDougald and Sarah Ruminson

Tom Agrava and Jen Dote

Voices of Hope Award Winners

Marcia Sieckowski, Jane Kautz

Advocate of the Year:

Elliott Balch

Voices of Hope 2017

Partnership Award Winners

Carolyn Plunkett and Natalie Aleshin

Lynne Hawkins and Alejandra & Steven James

Marie Edwards and Chris Salmeron

Voices of Hope Award Winners

Barbara Kosinski, Steve Merrill, Kaleena Goodman

Advocate of the Year:

Alice Pierson-Knapp

Voices of Hope 2016

Partnership Award Winners

Donna Rosenstein and Chua Chang

Vicki Sorenson and Helen Viau

Lori Curtiss and Ralph & Christina Luna

Voices of Hope Award Winners

Harry Cline, Sandra Bailey, Lisa Rocha-Danks, Allison Martinez

Advocate of the Year:

Cindy Jenkins

Voices of Hope 2015

Partnership Award Winners

Nancy Moradian and Frankie King

Cathy Mcguire and CASA of Fresno & Madera Counties

Voices of Hope Award Winners

Susan Early, Becky Cox, Mona Omar

Advocate of the Year:

Mona Omar

Voices of Hope 2014

Partnership Award Winners

Rick & Debra Elmore and Helen Viau

Ginger Thomas and Rub Falcon

Voices of Hope Award Winners

Jane Kautz, Cheryl Brumbaugh, Vanessa Carillo, Gary Gladding

Advocate of the Year:

Gary Gladding

Voices of Hope 2013

Partnership Award Winners

Cecily Short and Rene Mendoza

Kim Dyck and Ty Carpenter

Voices of Hope Award Winners

Ed Avila, Lynne Hawkins, Mary Schmidt, Mandeep Rajpal, Debra Spiliotis

Advocate of the Year:

Ed Avila & Debra Spiliotis

Voices of Hope 2012

Partnership Award Winners

Norm Baird and Abby Montano

Susan Early and Robin Silveira

Jeannette Giannetta and Jose Vargas

Voices of Hope Award Winners

Terri Bricker, Mike Rogers, Karen Spurgeon, Sylvia Woodburne

Advocate of the Year:

Sylvia Woodburne

Voices of Hope 2011

Voices of Hope Award Winners

Rod Blair, Joe & Sandy Fabry, Autumn Lencioni, Pam Neely, Linda Ramsey

Advocate of the Year:

Ed Avila & Debra Spiliotis

Voices of Hope 2010

Voices of Hope Award Winners

Jennifer Anderson, Barbara Grigsby, Wesley Merritt, Johanna Romero, Regina Tanner

Advocate of the Year:

Regina Tanner

Voices of Hope 2009

Voices of Hope Award Winners

Regina Tanner, Ana Paula Redditt, Brenda (Bree) Watson Hill

Shining Star Award:

Robin Leppo

Advocate of the Year:

Karen Fini

Voices of Hope 2008

Voices of Hope Award Winners

Dave Ferguson, Keith McCoy, Dan Bernardino, Laura Slagle 

Shining Star Award

Joan McCoy

Advocate of the Year:

Ginger Thomas