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 Director
Margaret Lauer – Database Administrator
Pat Riley – Special Projects Manager
Virgel Owens – 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.
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, children Clayton and Claire, and beloved dogs, 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.
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 February of 2019. Lily holds a degree in Child Psychology from University of Minnesota, as well as her teaching license in elementary education. Prior to moving to Texas, Lily was a Kindergarten and 1st grade teacher in the charter school system in Washington State serving homeless and transient children. She then worked as a child play director at a transitional house for women and young children. Upon moving to Texas, Lily started volunteering as an Advocate at CASA and feels very lucky to now be able to be in the role of Case Supervisor. Lily leads the GIFT (Guiding Infants, Families, and Toddlers) program at CASA. Outside of work, Lily enjoys spending time with her husband and German Shepherds, exploring the outdoors, and traveling. She is expecting her first child in January 2020.
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.
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.
Lueata Evenson is a Kansas native and started out as a volunteer Advocate before joining the staff in 2019. She graduated with her Masters in Social Work in 2004 at Wichita State University, Wichita Kansas. She then received her Clinical License here in Texas. She has a special place in her heart for children and senior citizens. Her belief is that everyone has something unique to them, sometimes you just have to look deeper to find it, but it is there. Lueata says she has always admired the kindness of the CASA volunteers she had met out in the community at different functions. Because of her deep passion for children and families, she feels working as a CASA case supervisor is her way of giving back. Lueata brings to CASA over 2 decades of working with children and families during difficult life situations. She also has several years of management, networking, and crisis management experience. Lueata and her husband, Jerry, live in Spring. They have 5 children and 7 grandchildren. This keeps them busy. They both love the outdoors and spend a lot of their time bike riding, fishing, kayaking, and enjoying time with 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.
Victoria joined the CASA team in 2019 after two and half years as a conservatorship caseworker with Child Protective Services in Montgomery County. She holds a Bachelors degree in Human Development and Family Studies and is a soon-to-be graduate with a Masters in Social Work. Victoria enjoys spending time with friends and her German Shepherd mix (Rocky), as well as creating artwork.