Fifteen professionals currently staff the CASA offices. Case Supervisors support volunteer Advocates.
Ann McAlpin – Executive Director
Pat Creighton – Program Director
Judi Foster – Director of Recruiting
Doris LaStrappe – Administrative Assistant
Susan McCormick – Database Administrator
Wanda Smith – Training Director
Alli Stephens – Marketing and Communications Director
CASA Case Supervisors
Executive Director Ann has been the Executive Director of CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County since February of 2011. Prior to that she had a career in corporate marketing and management, with companies including Hewitt Associates, HP, Apple Computers, and a small business of her own.
Ann began working with CASA Child Advocates as a volunteer Advocate in 2009. She is an avid reader, a pilot, a runner, and an adventurer. She has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, hiked in the Himalayas, and dived in Yap. Ann has two rescue dogs, Cowboy and Maisie. She is constantly impressed by the people of CASA—“our staff, volunteers and donors are the most interesting and the most big-hearted people in the world!”
Pat Creighton is a wife, a mother, a grandmother and a Child Advocate. After 25 years in the Airline Industry, she became a CASA Advocate in February 2002. Six months later, she joined the CASA staff as a Case Supervisor. Pat is now the Program Director and considers herself fortunate to work with volunteers and staff who are committed to the mission of CASA and the children they serve.
Judi Foster is a native of Montgomery County, a graduate of Conroe High School and Sam Houston State University. She received her Paralegal certificate from the University of Houston and went on to work as a Consumer Advocate at the Texas Consumer Complaint Center. Judi became a volunteer Child Advocate in June of 2014 and in November of that same year joined the CASA staff as the Director of Recruiting. She is proud to represent an organization focused on serving the best interest of the abused and neglected children from her hometown. She is now back home in Conroe where she lives with her husband Steven. They have 4 grown children.
Doris joined the CASA team in 2016.
Susan became an Advocate in March 2015. Her introduction to CASA was through volunteer work with the Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival. CASA was one of the chosen local charities to provide volunteer help over the festival weekend. She feels that her volunteer work as an Advocate is the most difficult yet most fulfilling job she has ever been involved in. She joined the CASA staff in March 2016, in a support role for the Development Department.
Susan and her husband of 32 years have lived and worked in all regional areas of the US (east coast, west coast, Midwest, north), finally settling in Texas 8 years ago. They have 3 children, now adults, and a spoiled 9 year old chocolate lab. Susan enjoys running, hiking, gardening and reading.
Wanda joined CASA in 2006 as a volunteer advocate. In 2007 she became a staff supervisor and in 2013 became Director of Recruiting and Training. Wanda lived in Singapore and Jakarta, Indonesia for six years prior to joining CASA. She has two grown daughters, Lynn Marie and Holly, a Boston Terrior named Lucy and a cat named Simba. Wanda and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and riding motorcycles. In the 26 years they have been married Wanda and her husband have traveled to over 30 countries.
Alli joined the CASA team in 2013 with over 6 years of previous non-profit experience, specializing in recruitment, marketing and communications. Alli earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Texas A&M University and is a proud Aggie. She lives in Magnolia with her husband, Micah, is step-mom to 2 children, Clayton and Claire, and “dog mom” to Bonnie, Sam and Tessa. In her free time, Alli enjoys traveling, diving, gardening, golfing, cooking and spending time with family.
After retiring from 30 years in education, Kim went back to school. While studying family law, professors recommended she volunteer for CASA to gain experience in the court system. Kim became an Advocate in 2011 before joining the CASA team as a Case Supervisor in 2013. After leaving briefly to relocate to North Texas, Kim returned to CASA as a Case Supervisor in 2016. Kim brings the perspective of an educator, expertise operating within the education system, and experience working with children with special needs. A native Houstonian, Kim is the proud mother of two grown children and is a doting grandmother.
Texas born and raised, Gwen and her husband, Phillip, have been married 44 years and have four children: Liz, Emily, Alex, and Destiny, ranging in age from 14 -39. Gwen has a degree in Mental Health with a focus on drug addiction and intervention. Since 2010, Gwen has worked with CASA, CPS, and local attorneys to advocate for the best interest of 14 children. Combining this experience with her passion for children, Gwen looks forward to supporting her fellow Advocates in their pursuit of permanency for all children in need.
Fawn joined CASA after working for 5 years with Child Protective Services in Houston, Texas. Fawn has experience working with older youth and teens; and is excited to bring her knowledge and experience to CASA. In 2005 Fawn earned a degree in Child Development and Family Studies from Stephen F. Austin State University. Fawn enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family.
Marilyn came to CASA after working 30 years in early childhood education. For twenty of those years she owned and directed a large private school and child care center. After selling her school, she and her family moved to Montgomery County and became a CASA Advocate in February 2009. Marilyn joined the CASA staff November 2009. She is married with 5 children and 6 grandchildren.
Barbara L. Robertson (Barb) is a Licensed Masters Social Worker in the states of Texas and Kansas. She brings over 19 years of extensive experience of social services for children and families. Barb became a volunteer Advocate for CASA in March 2015, and joined the CASA team as a Case Supervisor in 2016.
During her career, Barb has held numerous positions that have afforded her the vast knowledge of social services for children and families. She has provided direct services to children and families involved in the Child in Need of Care court system. Barb has assisted thousands of families during her career and she has the passion, desire and determination to excel in this specialized field. Barb is committed to advocating for the best interest of children.
Barb obtained her Bachelor of Social Work and her Master of Social Work from the University of Kansas. She has been awarded “Excellence in Supervision” by her colleagues and she has served on Permanency Council of Johnson County Kansas as well as a past member of the Multi-Disciplinary Team of Johnson County Kansas. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and she is a subject matter expert / witness / consultant to legal colleagues. Barb also managed a private business providing case management services, supervised visitation, adoption and permanent custodianship home studies.
Barb and her husband recently relocated to The Woodlands area from Overland Park, Kansas, due to her husband’s employment.
Patti joined CASA in May 2009 as an Advocate and in January 2010, became a full time supervisor with CASA. She has spent three decades assisting victims of violent crime and educating the public. She was hired by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department in 1985, where she served as the Victim/Witness Liaison. In 1989 she began a career with Montgomery County Women’s Center where she trained volunteers on advocating for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, In 1997 she became a sworn law enforcement officer. In that capacity, Patti worked directly with the public but also provided police training for over 500 officers in Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Assault Prevention. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2008 from Sam Houston State University. She and her husband Johnny, enjoy traveling, camping, gardening and spending time with their blended family of 6 grown children and 5 grandchildren.
Mandy came to CASA after working 2 years with Child Protective Services. It is very important to Mandy that she is able to work in a program where she can make a difference. Mandy earned her Associates degree in 2007 from Tomball College (now Lone Star College), her Bachelors in Criminal Justice in 2009 from Sam Houston State University, and in July 2011 her Masters in Administration of Justice and Security from University of Phoenix. Mandy and her two children enjoy spending time outdoors, especially camping.
Oklahoma born and Texas raised, Kim went to high school in London, England and Aberdeen, Scotland where she met and fell in love with her better half. Kim went on to graduate from Louisiana State University with a degree in Industrial Engineering and Occupational Safety. Together for 34 years, Mitch and Kim have made Montgomery County their home along with their three fur-babies: Olive, Lola and Cooper. After a full career in process excellence, Kim retired from the corporate world and found her heart at CASA. Since 2011, Kim has teamed with CASA, CPS and Family Attorneys to advocate for the best interest of 28 children. Kim was awarded Rookie Advocate of the Year in 2012 and Advocate of the Year in 2014. Kim has also served as chair for CASA’s Volunteer Council for three years. Kim joined the CASA staff in June 2015 and calls it her “dream job”.