Twenty-four professionals currently staff the CASA offices. Case Supervisors support volunteer Advocates.
Ann Marie Ronsman – President & CEO
Marilyn McQueeney– Program Director
Mandy Dalton – Assistant Program Director
Susan Truscott – Assistant Program Director
Lindsay Miller – Development Director
Alli Stephens – Marketing and Communications Director
JULIE BROWN – Training & Teen Program Manager
Susan McCormick – Communications & Development Manager
Jennifer Reitmeyer – TBRI Manager
Shellie Tyrrell – Recruiting Manager
ERICA AvedikIAN – Communications & Development support Specialist
AMANDA GUINN – Executive Assistant
Megan Hershfeld – Social Media Coordinator
Stacey McDowell – Office Administrator
Sol o’leary – volunteer coordinator
CASA Case Supervisors
Ann Marie Ronsman
Ann Marie became the President & CEO of CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County in February 2021. She first joined CASA as a volunteer Advocate in 2014. Ann Marie took on the role of CASA Training Director in early 2018. A Trust-Based Relational Intervention Practitioner, she has grown CASA’s partnership with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University and is leader in the implementation of TBRI within the child welfare system. She has spearheaded many CASA initiatives, including Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) education for CPS, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office, and numerous other community organizations.
Ann Marie is well known in Montgomery and Harris Counties as an expert on the impact of childhood trauma, with a passion for the mission of CASA to positively impact children’s lives in the foster care system. Ann Marie is the co-chair of the Trauma-Informed Montgomery County Task Force, which promotes a county where the community recognizes and understands how to best respond to children who have experienced trauma.
She is a member of the Leadership Montgomery County class of 2022. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Marquette University, Milwaukee; Master’s in Nursing from Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee; and a certificate of Non-Profit Leadership from the University of Texas. 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 fifty dogs so far.
Marilyn came to CASA after working thirty years in early childhood education. For twenty of those years, she owned and directed a large private school and childcare center in Galveston County. After selling her school, she and her family moved to Montgomery County. Marilyn has always had a passion for making a difference in the lives of children, so she joined CASA as a volunteer Advocate in February 2009. Marilyn joined the CASA staff in November of 2009 and was named Program Director in 2017. She is married with five children and nine grandchildren. Marilyn was born and raised in Pennsylvania but came to Texas in the ’70s and has loved living here ever since (but does still harbor great love and loyalty for her Pittsburgh Steelers.)
Mandy is an Assistant Program Director and came to CASA in 2012 after working a little over two 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 associate’s degree in 2007 from Tomball College (now Lone Star College), her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in 2009 from Sam Houston State University, and her Master’s in Administration of Justice and Security from the University of Phoenix in July 2011. Mandy is recently married to her husband, Ricky, and she has two children: Ryan, a Navy electrician’s mate, and Madelyn, doing her best in high school. As a family, they enjoy traveling and have a goal to visit all fifty states by the end of 2025.
Julie joined CASA in early 2022 as the Training and Teen Program Manager. She is also a certified TBRI Practitioner. Julie previously worked for twenty-five years in the benefits administration industry with Alight Solutions (formerly Aon Hewitt and Hewitt Associates). Her roles ranged from customer service associate and manager to operations analyst and health and welfare client manager. Her clients included US Foods, Unocal, Electronic Data Solutions, Nokia, Orange County, and Starbucks. Julie was exposed to CASA through a work-related event and became an Advocate in 2013. She was drawn to children in need of a voice and, knowing her daughter would be graduating from high school the following year, felt this was the time to lend a hand. Julie brings strong communication and project management skills to her role, along with a love of interacting with new people, learning new tools, and directly helping the community. Julie is originally from New York and attended Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Her grown daughter, Madison, lives in North Carolina and is pursuing her fitness career. Julie is on the path to complete a Child Yoga Teacher certification program and enjoys spending time in nature.
Amanda was hired for a newly created position at CASA as the Executive Assistant in December 2021. She’s a West Texas girl, born and raised in Odessa. She moved to Montgomery County in 2000 and attended Sam Houston State University, where she studied business and accounting. Amanda has twenty years of experience in business development, accounting, and office management. Fourteen of those years include working for a nonprofit. She is passionate about her community, especially downtown Conroe. She has been married for almost twenty-two years, and she and her husband have three beautiful daughters. In her free time, she likes to watch the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Astros, play almost any kind of game, listen to country music, hang out with her family and friends, engage in church and community activities, and eat Whataburger.
Megan joined the CASA team in March 2021 as the Communications and Development Support Specialist. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with a bachelor’s degree in theatre and has over fifteen years of operations and management experience. In search of an adventure, Megan, a born and raised Southern Californian, packed up and moved to Texas in 2012. Coming from a small town, Megan developed a strong desire to actively participate and volunteer in her community. She has taught improvisation classes for foster children, chaired literacy events, worked on fundraising for various non-profits, and taught cooking and budgeting classes for teens that are aging out of the system. She was the inaugural Provisional of the Year for The Junior League of The Woodlands and is an Associate Artist at North Coast Repertory Theatre. Megan currently resides in The Woodlands, and in her free time, she enjoys reading, quilting, and hiking
After serving for a year as a volunteer Advocate, Susan McCormick first joined CASA in the spring of 2016, left in 2018, and happily returned to staff in July of 2021. Susan brings over 10 years of Development (fundraising) experience, all right here in Montgomery County. She has worked at 3 different non-profit organizations specializing in donor database software, donor stewardship, and event management. Susan rejoined the CASA Development Team in 2021 as the Communications and Development Manager. Susan first became aware of CASA after meeting many of the CASA staff while serving on The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival committee, and she worked at the festival with CASA staff assistance. Their compassion for and dedication to the children in foster care was an easy sell to convince Susan to join as a volunteer. She has always felt that her time as a CASA has been the most challenging yet rewarding volunteer work she has ever done. Susan has lived and worked all across the United States, moving to Texas in 2008. She and her husband raised 3 children. Now young adults, the oldest lives in Denver, the middle child lives in Austin, and the youngest lives in Houston. When not working at CASA, Susan enjoys running, gardening, and reading. She also keeps busy with the newest addition to their household (not grandchildren, yet) a 95-pound “looks like a yellow lab but she isn’t” puppy named Ruthie. She’s only one year young February 2022 and might grow some more…
Stacey joined the CASA team in 2021 as Office Coordinator. She’s had a lifelong passion for volunteer work, especially helping children, seniors, and animals. Stacey grew up in Montgomery, Texas, and later attended the Art Institute of Houston. She has experience working as an elementary art teacher, designer, entrepreneur, and insurance agent. She and her husband have two children, both of whom have recently graduated from college. In her spare time, Stacey loves spending time with her family, friends, and rescue dogs Grady and Toby, and working on art projects, baking, and making pasta.
Lindsay began serving as the Interim Development Director in April of 2021 and was then promoted to Development Director in September of 2021. She had previously joined the CASA team as the Creative Development Associate in July 2019. Lindsay became an Advocate in 2017 and has served as Gala Chair for the 2019 CASA Speaks for Kids Gala: A Million Dreams, the Gala Coordinator for the 2020 CASA Speaks for Kids Gala: Black, White, and Silver Ball, the Concert Coordinator for the 2021 CASA Speaks for Kids Benefit Concert: Deep in the Heart of Texas, and the Gala Coordinator for the 2022 CASA Speaks for Kids Gala: Escape to Paradise. Lindsay is also a certified TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Intervention) practitioner. She has been married for twenty years to her husband, Marty. The couple lives in Magnolia with their three children who remain at home, and they have one daughter attending college out of state. Lindsay is a talented singer, photographer, jewelry designer, and an overall creative soul.
As TBRI Manager, Jennifer leads the TBRI Team at CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County, which trains Advocates and community partners on the various techniques and strategies of Trust-Based Relational Intervention. She also personally coaches families in crises with ways to connect and disarm fear in their children. Jennifer volunteered for CASA as an Advocate for six years until she was hired as a Case Supervisor in September 2017. She attended the TBRI Practitioner training in 2018, organized by Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU, and became a TBRI Practitioner. Jennifer received a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Texas A&M University. Jennifer is married with three grown children and two dogs.
Alli joined the CASA team as Marketing and Communications Director in 2013. She has more than 16 years of non-profit experience, specializing in volunteer recruitment, donor development, marketing, and public relations. Alli first became aware of CASA while working for another non-profit organization in Corpus Christi, Texas, and was moved by the compassion and dedication of their volunteers. She remembers thinking, “I want to know more about CASA and how I can help.” Several years later upon transferring to the area, Alli was especially excited to join CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County as their first marketing and communications staff member. Alli earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Texas A&M University (College Station) and is a proud Aggie former student. She was a member of the Leadership Montgomery County class of 2019, and has volunteered and chaired committees for the American Cancer Society, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Optimists Club of Coos Bay, Oregon, Zonta International, and the Nueces County A&M Club. Alli lives in Conroe with her husband, Micah, and beloved dogs, Sam and Tessa. Their oldest child, Clayton, serves in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division out of Fort Bragg and was recently married. Daughter, Claire, is enjoying her junior year of high school and planning for her future. In her free time, Alli enjoys traveling, gardening, cooking, and spending time with family.
After serving as an Advocate for a number of years, Susan joined the CASA staff as a Case Supervisor in January 2019 and was promoted to Assistant Program Director in March 2022. She first became aware of CASA while working for the British Consulate in Houston where she provided consular services to British families, some of whom had children involved in the child welfare system and were appointed CASA Advocates. After leaving the British Diplomatic Service, Susan was drawn to the field of child advocacy. She believes passionately in CASA’s vision and mission, and she appreciates the opportunity to make a positive impact within our community, one child at a time. Susan earned a BSc Econ (Hons) in European Studies with French from the University of Wales, Aberstwyth (United Kingdom), from the Department of International Studies. She also completed the course to become a TBRI Practitioner at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University. Susan holds nine Queen’s Commissions for each of her Consular appointments overseas in Central and South America, all of which are personally signed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and hang proudly in her home office. Susan and her husband, Andy, love sailing and classic Fiats and are members of the Lake Conroe Sailing Association and the Fiat Club America. They live in The Woodlands with their two boxers, Lexi and Maia.
Shellie joined the CASA team in August 2017 as Recruiting Manager. Shellie has a Master of Public Health from the University of Texas and a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. She has over twenty-five 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. 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.
Erica joined the CASA team in December 2021 as a Case Supervisor and Communications Support Specialist after volunteering as an Advocate. As a Supervisor, she works with a team of Advocates to ensure that a child’s best interest is being met while in care. She also contributes to newsletters and other content in her communications position. Erica has more than fifteen years of experience in corporate communications, publishing, and public relations. Erica received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Texas A&M University. She and her family live in Montgomery County, and they enjoy traveling, hiking, and cheering for the Houston Astros. She is a bookworm and writer and volunteers with Boy Scouts and community theater.
After serving as an Advocate since 2018, Allison joined the CASA staff as a Case Supervisor in February 2022. Allison had been drawn to CASA for years but had never fully taken the plunge. It wasn’t until, as fate would have it, she had an unplanned encounter with a CASA recruiter while attending jury duty. It took just one visit and a half-cup of coffee over lunch to put her on the path of being an Advocate, taking her first case in 2018. Allison brings to CASA an energy that has served her well in both her personal and professional career. She’s spent the majority of her career in the “big box” retail sectors and successfully managed numerous people, teams, and projects across Texas and Louisiana. She built her reputation as a manager by advocating for her team members and leveraging her passion for helping people find their success. Allison grew up and still lives in Montgomery County with her son, Leslie, and husband, Craig. She is an avid Oklahoma Sooner fan and seldom misses the Red River Rivalry game (or a Fletcher’s corn dog) at the Texas State Fair. Allison dives into each and every holiday season by crafting, baking, and decorating for the season. She’s a true believer that hot glue and love can fix just about anything.
Destin is a TBRI Practitioner, Family Engagement Manager, and Case Supervisor with successful experience in helping children and families in the foster care system. Destin specializes in Trust-Based Relational Intervention, Collaborative Family Engagement, and Guiding Infants, Families, and Toddlers. She came to CASA to make a difference in the lives of children. Destin brings to CASA a decade of experience in working with law enforcement and those within the criminal justice system. She has extensive experience in helping guide parents and children toward a healing relationship. Destin received an Associate of Arts in Human Services Management in 2013, and a Bachelor of Science Cum Laude in Correctional Program Support Services in 2022 at the University of Phoenix. She and her husband reside in Porter, Texas, and are the parents of two grown children, Justin and Abigail. In her free time, Destin loves to go camping and fishing and spend time with her family and dogs.
Sol joined CASA as a Case Supervisor and Volunteer Coordinator in August 2022. She learned about CASA’s mission and vision through a dear friend and immediately found herself deeply mobilized and driven to be a part of the organization. She started as an Advocate and soon realized the huge impact of being instrumental in ensuring the best interest and safety of children involved in the child welfare system. Originally from Argentina, Sol and her family moved to Texas in 2011, establishing their permanent home in Montgomery County. She holds a PhD in Geology and a Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems. She worked for more than 15 years as a geologist. Initially, she developed activities as a geoscientist researcher in academic institutions and labs in Argentina, Brazil, and Canada, and later, she worked in the oil and gas industry as a consultant in both Argentina and the United States. She also has experience in teaching and mentoring. Sol is the mother of two wonderful girls, and her husband works for an oil and gas company. The family’s cat, Spooky, completes the picture. She loves to read, spend quality time with friends, and travel.
Kristy joined the CASA team in April 2021 as a Case Supervisor after volunteering for a number of years as an Advocate. She also serves as the Education Committee Lead. Prior to working at CASA, Kristy was a stay-at-home mom and regularly volunteered at various non-profit organizations including CASA, the National Charity League, and The Woodlands Junior League. She also participated in two international mission teams building a school for an underprivileged community in the Dominican Republic. In her prior professional life, she worked in Institutional Research at the University of Houston Clear Lake. Kristy holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Sociology, Master of Arts in Behavioral Science, and Master of Science in Victim Services Management. Kristy and her husband, Dr. Patrick O’Neal, have been happily married for more than twenty-seven years. They have two college-aged daughters – the oldest pursuing a degree in Entrepreneurship at Sam Houston State University and the youngest is in the Texas A&M University Engineering Honors Program. In the future, Kristy and Patrick hope to travel more, but in the meantime, they reside in The Woodlands with their beloved Maine coon named Winston.
Mike joined the CASA team in 2021 as a Case Supervisor after volunteering as an Advocate. Mike has retired from two careers in the business and military sectors. In the Air Force, he was a pilot and politico/military strategy officer, where he advised the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Africa and the Persian Gulf. He also spent a tour in South America directing counter-narcotic operations. In the private sector, Mike was the business development director for several major technology companies, winning over $900 million in global outsourcing contracts. Mike counts being an Advocate as the most rewarding thing he’s ever done. Mike has a Bachelor of Science from the United States Air Force Academy, a Master of Arts in Management from Webster University, a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Delaware, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College. He is also an in-residence graduate of the United States Army War College. He has played golf for more than forty years and will never be called a golfer.
Francine joined CASA in January 2022 as a Case Supervisor after volunteering as an Advocate since 2016. Francine has had a wonderfully varied career, working in legal, educational, political, and social media fields. She is also a certified TBRI Practitioner. Francine was drawn to CASA through the potential of making a positive impact in the lives of children and families in crisis in Montgomery County. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Lamar University. Francine is a native Texan and has one husband and two grown children. She is an avid reader and passionate coffee drinker who loves Saturday morning brunch and antique shopping. She loves learning about new things and traveling with her family. She enjoys needlepoint, fiber and paper crafting, and walking through the Piney Woods of East Texas.
Karen began serving as an Advocate in 2013 and joined the CASA team as a Case Supervisor until 2015 when she took time off to care for her youngest daughter. She happily returned to the staff in April 2022 as a Case Supervisor. Karen grew up in Venezuela and moved to Texas in 2005. She and her husband, Gus, have three beautiful girls and two dogs. Karen went to UT Dallas and earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Child Learning and Development in 2012. She is passionate about advocating for families and unveiling their best version by providing education and support. Karen enjoys traveling and good food!
Victoria joined the CASA team in 2019 after two and half years as a conservatorship caseworker with Child Protective Services in Montgomery County. She serves on CASA’s Anti-Sex Trafficking Team. As the Courtesy CASA for Montgomery County, she oversees the local visits for cases housed outside of our county, region, or even state. She is also a certified TBRI Practitioner. She holds an Associate of Arts from Lone Star College, a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies, and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Houston. She also recently completed a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher Program with Soul Tribes Yoga + Meditation in Houston, training primarily in Vinyasa Yoga. In her free time, Victoria volunteers for organizations that serve the LGBTQ+ populations and survivors of human trafficking. Victoria especially enjoys spending time with her pups, Belle and Kimmie, and creating artwork.