Twenty-one professionals currently staff the CASA offices. Case Supervisors support volunteer Advocates.
Ann McAlpin – Executive Director
Mercedes Milstead – Development Director
Alli Stephens – Marketing and Communications Director
Marilyn McQueeney– Program Director
Shellie Tyrrell – Recruiting Manager
Ann Marie Ronsman – Training Manager
Nancy Dunworth – Administrative Coordinator
Margaret Lauer – Database Administrator
Pat Riley – Special Projects Manager
Vicki Bradley – Staff Support Specialist
CASA Case Supervisors
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!”
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 and was named Program Director in 2017. She is married with 5 children and 7 grandchildren.
Vicki joined the CASA team in March 2016 as Staff Support Specialist.
Nancy joined the CASA team in 2017 with over 25 years of experience in information technology in the corporate and higher education worlds. Nancy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Business Administration from Louisiana State University. She lives in The Woodlands with her husband of 30 years, Mike, and their fur baby, Cayenne, an Airedale Terrier. Being part of the CASA team is the most rewarding “job” she has had the privilege to hold. In her free time, Nancy enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Margaret joined the CASA team in 2018.
Mercedes Milstead became the Development Director for CASA in November of 2018. Prior to that, she worked in the banking industry as a commercial lender and a business developer. Mercedes grew up in Montgomery County and her family owned Rayford Skate for over 20 years. She graduated from Sam Houston State with a degree from the College of Business Administration. She loves to kickbox, travel, eat spicy food, see movies, and hear live music. She has a 10 year old son and a BFF (Big Fluffy Feline) that she catnapped from the Montgomery County Animal Shelter.
Pat joined the CASA team in 2016 as Special Projects Manager.
Barbara L. Robertson (Barb) is a Licensed Masters Social Worker in the states of Texas and Kansas. Barb became a volunteer Advocate for CASA in March 2015, and joined the CASA team as a Case Supervisor in 2016. She brings over 20 years of extensive experience of social services for children and families. During her career, Barb has held numerous positions that have afforded her the vast knowledge of social services for children and families. 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. In March 2018, Barb was certified as a TBRI Practitioner after completing the intensive Trust Based Relational Intervention training through the Karyn Purvis Child Development Institute at Texas Christian University.
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 the 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 relocated to The Woodlands area in 2014 from Overland Park, Kansas, due to her husband’s employment.
Ann Marie Ronsman
Ann Marie is a Registered Nurse and has been a volunteer CASA Advocate since 2014. In her nursing roles, she has worked in adult medical oncology, NICU, child abuse, hospital administration and education. Ann Marie became the Training Manager at CASA in early 2018. She is also a Trust Based Relational Intervention Practitioner through Texas Christian University.
Ann Marie and her husband, Matt, live with their five children (three of whom are adopted) in Montgomery. She is a native Wisconsinite and a huge Green Bay Packer fan. They keep very busy with sports practices, homework and laundry. Ann Marie and Matt have led adoption and foster care ministries for many years. In her spare time (what is that?) she enjoys reading, gardening and travel. Her family also fosters Basset Hounds for Basset Buddies Rescue of Texas as well as dogs for Who Rescued Who. They’ve fostered over 30 dogs so far.
Mandy came to CASA in 2012 after working a little over 2 years with Child Protective Services in Montgomery County. Mandy’s vast knowledge of the CPS system has been exceptionally beneficial to our CASA program. 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 has two children; Ryan, 20, a Navy Electrician’s Mate; and Madelyn, 13, doing her best in junior high school. Mandy and her two children enjoy spending time outdoors, especially camping. Mandy is also an active volunteer with Boy Scouts of America.
Alli joined the CASA team as Marketing and Communications Director in 2013. She has more than 12 years of non-profit experience, specializing in volunteer recruitment, donor development, marketing and public relations. Alli earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Texas A&M University (College Station) and is a proud Aggie former student. She is a member of the Leadership Montgomery County class of 2019. Alli lives in Conroe with her husband, Micah, is step-mom to 2 children, Clayton, 17, and Claire, 13, and “dog mom” to Bonnie, Sam and Tessa. In her free time, Alli enjoys traveling, gardening, cooking and spending time with family.
Shellie joined the CASA team in August 2017 as Recruiting Manager. Shellie has a Masters of Public Health from the University of Texas and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan. She has over 25 years of experience in public health research and education, all focusing on women and children’s health and empowerment. Shellie became an Advocate for CASA in 2016 and, after realizing the incredible difference Advocates make in the lives of Montgomery County children, she joined the staff as a recruiter. She enjoys riding this incredible adventure of life with her husband and daughter.
After seven years spent pursuing and achieving a master’s degree in English, Leslie was enjoying a career as an editor when she decided to begin volunteering with a CASA organization in the Austin area. She felt so moved by her CASA work that she changed careers and began working as an investigator with Child Protective Services. Leslie moved to the Woodlands in late 2016 and became a CASA volunteer Advocate in March 2017. In November 2017, Leslie joined the CASA staff.
During Leslie’s first year at CASA of Montgomery County, and in addition to her case supervisor work, she became the staff contact for sexual exploitation advocacy. Leslie believes that CASA has a dual role in ending the sexual exploitation of children in Montgomery County by serving children at risk of becoming victims and working with recovered victims. Her anti-trafficking initiative involves preventive education, raising awareness, reporting, and collaborating with government, law enforcement, and other child welfare nonprofit agencies.
In November 2018, Leslie took on the role of Collaborative Family Engagement Facilitator for the CASA of Montgomery County office. She is passionate in her belief that CPS, CASA, and the families and friends of children in foster care can work together to build a support system for those children and parents.
Leslie is the mother to two daughters and a rescue dog. She is also an artist and musician.
Melissa Anderson joined CASA in 2018. She has a degree in Social Work and has a passion for supporting children and families. She and her husband have been foster parents to a total of 13 children and she spent several years working on the family ministry team at her church. In her spare time, she enjoys urban homesteading, documentary photography, and adventuring with her family.
Lily joined CASA in 2019.
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.
Linda joined the CASA staff in February of 2018 after serving as a volunteer Advocate for 9 years. Originally from Connecticut, Linda moved to Texas in 1981. She has a BSW from Providence College in Rhode Island and an MEd from Sam Houston State University in School Counseling. Linda recently retired after 36 years in public education in August, 2017. In addition to her role as a Case Supervisor, she also serves as the lead for CASA’s Education Committee. She has 2 sons and a brand new granddaughter, Alice, born in August of 2018. Linda serves in her community and church, and also enjoys cooking and traveling the country to see family.
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.
After 10 years in the banking industry, Jenn Engel decided to pursue her education full-time and started at Lone Star College (Cy-Fair campus) in January 2012. She earned her Associates Degree of Arts. In December 2015, Jenn earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. She is a Qualified Mediator through Manousso Mediation and Arbitration in Houston, Texas and was a Volunteer Family Mediator at the Dispute Resolution Center in Montgomery County for 2 years. She became a volunteer Advocate with CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County in April 2016 and was promoted to CASA Supervisor in July 2018. Jenn enjoys being outdoors, listening to music and delicious food. She loves spending time with her family.
Destin joined CASA after 5 years of working for law enforcement in Oregon, and Texas. She also spent 17 years in Radiology in Washington State. She has been a CASA Advocate since 2015. She has a degree in Human Services Management and is currently earning her degree in Correctional Program Support Services from the University of Phoenix. She and SGT 1st Class Nathan Hudek have been married for 9 years and have a grown son and daughter. Destin has a passion for working with the LGBTQ youth and hopes to bring her knowledge, and experience to serve the children of Montgomery County. Destin enjoys cooking, fishing, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Jennifer Reitmeyer volunteered as an Advocate for 6 years before joining the CASA team in October of 2017. CASA is Jennifer’s passion, and she considers the Case Supervisor position to be her “dream job.” Before children, Jennifer worked for the Republican Party of Arkansas as a researcher and the Phil Gramm re-election campaign in the Houston office. She spent the next 20 years with her children at home, but she continued to volunteer in many different ways. Jennifer worked in multiple children’s ministries at her church. She served on The Woodlands Lacrosse Board as President and Treasurer for a combined 6 years. Jennifer also volunteered with Love Fosters Hope. Jennifer and her husband, Jay (a natural gas trader) met at Texas A&M and have lived in Connecticut and Arkansas, but they have always come home to Texas. They have 3 beautiful daughters – Reagan is a senior at The University of Arkansas majoring in Psychology and soon to be pursuing her masters to become a family counselor; Madison is a sophomore at Texas A&M University majoring in International Business and wanting to travel the world; Lauren is a junior in high school and is extremely involved – she plays violin in the orchestra, is the goalie for The Woodlands Girls Lacrosse, and is in French Club, Mock Trail and Math Club.
Debbie joined the CASA team in January of 2018.