Jim Funke and his wife, Jane, were first exposed to CASA as guests at the 1999 Gala. Upon seeing the value CASA brings to the community by making a difference in young people’s lives, the Funkes became regular contributors to CASA and attendees at the Gala. Jane became an Advocate in 2009 once their daughters left for college. Jim saw the impact that CASA can have on young lives and the value of the volunteers as Advocates, CHAMPS and Board members. It was an easy decision for Jim to accept the invitation to the Board in 2012, allowing him to work with some very dedicated people, help to make a difference in young lives and to give back to his community.
Jim is a Vice President / General Manager for TETRA Technologies Chemical Business (headquartered in The Woodlands) and manages one of five Operating Businesses at TETRA. Jim’s employer TETRA has been a supporter of the CASA Gala since 2001. Jim’s career spans 30 years in the Chemical and Oil & Gas Industries with positions in Finance, Marketing, Sales, Business Development and Senior Management. Jim obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
Jim and Jane reside in Augusta Pines and have 2 grown daughters, Jessica and Shannon. Jessica has an Undergraduate degree in psychology and a Graduate degree in Public Health from Texas A&M University and works at Compass Health Care in Dallas. Shannon graduated from the University of Texas with an Undergraduate degree in Education and and teaches at Yes Prep in Houston. In addition to their work and CASA involvement, Jim and Jane play golf and travel when time permits.
Judy Larson Olson is Market President at Spirit of Texas Bank in The Woodlands, TX. Judy is a native of Conroe, Texas and has been in banking and mortgage lending in The Woodlands for 23 years. Judy is currently President Elect of the Rotary Club of The Woodlands, and Vice-Chair of the CASA Board of Directors. She earned a BA in Speech Communications from Stephen F. Austin State University and an MBA from Texas A & M University. Judy and her husband, Steve Olson, and their daughter, Nikki Larson live on 10 acres in Conroe.
Scott Creasman – TREASURER; Finance & Compliance Committee
Scott Creasman joined the CASA Board of Directors in November, 2014. Mr. Creasman is Chief Financial Officer for AltairStrickland, Inc.
Steven Earl joined the Board of Directors in 2012. He is a Partner in the law firm of Martin, Earl & Stillwell LLP in The Woodlands where he focuses on estate planning, probate, trusts, guardianship, elder law, and is considered a leader in corporate legal issues, trusts, mergers, and assets transactions.
He is a Cum Laude graduate of Texas A&M University and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence Cum Laude in 1997 from the University of Houston. Mr. Earl attends Houston Worship Center in Spring, along with his family.
Jeannette Bickner Cross – Legislative Committee
Jeannette Bickner Cross joined the CASA Board of Directors in 2016. Ms. Bickner-Cross is an Attorney with the law firm of Hienten & Curry, PLLC.
Bob Evans – Finance & Compliance Committee
Bob Evans joined the CASA Board of Directors in 2013. After more than 7 years volunteering with Montgomery County United Way, Bob became acutely aware of the social needs of county residents, children in particular. Over 40% of the children in Montgomery County live at or below the federally defined poverty level. This understanding, as well as a love for children, led Bob and his wife to volunteer with CASA in early 2013. It quickly became evident how important CASA volunteers were to the eventual placement of children in a permanent and loving home. Because of his strong belief in CASA’s mission, Bob asked to join the Board to further CASA’s mission and impact.
Bob brings to the Board over 25 years of for-profit management experience. Additionally, he has 7 years of non-profit experience with the Montgomery County United Way, serving on its Board as well as the Finance, Strategic Planning, Community Impact, and Strategic Investment Committees.
Bob was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. After completing a B.A.Sc degree in Geophysics at the University of Toronto in 1972, Bob accepted a position with Mobil Oil in Calgary, Canada. Now retired, he spent 37 years with Mobil and ExxonMobil in various technical and management positions in Canada, USA, Libya and Indonesia, mainly in oil and gas exploration.
Bob and his wife, Pat, moved to The Woodlands in 2005 and are parents to 3 grown children, Ryan, Michael and Stephen. They also have 3 beautiful granddaughters, Reed, Aurora and Ruby. Bob loves to golf and scuba dive, and downhill skis on his annual winter trip to Canada. Bob and Pat travel about 80 days each year, and particularly enjoy travel to countries with different cultures, history, foods, languages and religion.
Richard Lane joined the CASA Board of Directors in November, 2015. Mr. Lane is the CEO & President of Vitruvian Exploration II, LLC.
Clay McCollor – Development Committee
Clay McCollor joined the CASA Board of Directors in November, 2015. Mr. McCollor is an Associate Attorney at Stibbs & Co.
Jud Miller – Development Committee
Jud Miller joined the CASA Board of Directors in 2016. Mr. Miller is currently a Vice President with a large regional bank holding company in Houston, Texas and has spent over 15 years dedicated to using his knowledge of finance and banking to help companies and their leadership develop strategies around growth and success.
Mr. Miller has always been passionate about causes that help children rise above their situation. Miller explains, “As a past officer of the Boys and Girls Club of Lee County (Alabama) as well as an officer of the Lee County Kiwanis Club, I feel strongly in helping children whom have been dealt an undeserving hand and feel it is our responsibility in trying to give them a chance for success in life.”
Given past rolls with non-profits and community organizations, Mr. Miller has seen many different ways of raising awareness for different causes, with most involving children. His role within banking is to be the face of his organization in front of large, corporate, decision makers. In doing so, Mr. Miller will be an advocate for CASA with those that can make a difference as it pertains to moving CASA forward in its mission of continuing to serve every child in need.
Mr. Miller and his wife Patricia currently reside in The Woodlands with their son, William. In his free time, he enjoys most outdoor recreation such as golf, fishing, and biking. Having grown up on multiple continents, Mr. Miller and his family also enjoys traveling.
Sandy Peterman-Williams – DEVELOPMENT CHAIR
Sandy Peterman-Williams joined the CASA Board of Directors in 2016. Ms. Peterman-Williams is a Realtor in The Woodlands.
James Pung joined the CASA Board of Directors in November, 2015. Mr. Pung is the Chief Executive Officer of ENERGES, LLC.
Sabina K. Rahman-Garcia – Development Committee; Governance, Planning & Policy Committee
Sabina Rahman-Garcia joined the CASA Child Advocates Board of Directors in early 2012 and currently serves on the Development and Governance Committees. She and her husband Anthony Garcia, a realtor in the area, have been active supporters of CASA since 2001. Sabina is also on the board of Montgomery County Republican Women and is active with the Grogan’s Point Residents Association.
Robyn West joined the team of CASA volunteers in 2006 and since that time has teamed with other advocates to be the voice for 25 children. Realizing that fundraising is critical to having an advocate for every abused and neglected child in Montgomery County, Robyn joined the CHAMPS fundraising team. In 2010 Robyn Co-Chaired the CASA Gala.
Prior to her involvement in CASA Robyn had a successful career in the computer industry, holding Director and Vice President level positions in New Zealand, Singapore and the USA. She and her husband are now owners of their business specializing in sales, marketing and general management services.
Robyn’s husband, Richard Taylor, became a CASA volunteer to help Robyn with cases, particularly those with teenage boys who are also in the Juvenile Justice system. They live with their dog, Miss Daisy.
Robyn is looking forward to working with the Board to raise enough money to meet our goals of an advocate for every abused and neglected child and taking concrete measures to stop the dreadful cycle of abuse and neglect happening in our own backyard.