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2023 New CASA Board Members
2023 New CASA Board Members, L to R, bottom row: Christina Meineke, Marcella Herrera, Brit Benko; top row: Paco Rivera, Brian Albert

CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County today announced five new board members and a new board chair who will each help support the nonprofit’s work to provide quality court-appointed volunteer advocacy so that every abused and neglected child has the opportunity to thrive in a safe, nurturing family.

“We’re excited to expand our board with five new members who will bring diverse expertise and insight to our work,” said CASA Child Advocates President and CEO Ann Marie Ronsman. “We have worked diligently to ensure CASA’s board and leadership represents a variety of experts from diverse backgrounds, and the newest board members are no exception.”

Sandy Petermann-Williams
2023 CASA Board Chair, Sandy Petermann-Williams

The CASA Board of Directors also chose independent RE/MAX agent and residential real estate expert, Sandy Petermann-Williams, as its new board chair. Petermann-Williams has served on the CASA board since 2016 and most recently was the board’s vice chair. Grant Thornton Senior Manager, Katie Beatty, will now serve as the board’s vice chair.

“I am personally delighted to welcome such a strong group of new board members, and I look forward to serving with each of them in the coming year,” said Clay McCollor, President Emeritus of the CASA board. “I’m also very pleased that Sandy Petermann-Williams will lead the next chapter of CASA’s work in her new role as board chair. Sandy has demonstrated exceptional commitment to advancing CASA’s mission, and we’re looking forward to her leadership.”

The new board members began their initial one-year term with CASA on November 1, 2022. The five new board members are:

  • Brian Albert, Partner, The Strong Firm P.C.
  • Brit Benko, Senior Vice President-EHS and Manufacturing Excellence, Huntsman Corporation
  • Marcella Herrera, Program Manager, Canopy Cancer Survivorship Center, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center
  • Christina Meineke, Chief Financial Officer, EnerCorp
  • Paco Rivera, Senior Vice President, Woodforest National Bank

President Emeritus McCollor added, “On behalf of the board, I want to express our gratitude to Jud Miller who has concluded his service as a valued board member, and to James Pung who as CASA’s first President Emeritus has provided visionary leadership for the staff and board. We wish Jud and James the best in future endeavors, and we appreciate their service and counsel.”

To learn more about the CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County board and read member bios, click here.

For more information about CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County, visit the CASA website at www.CASASpeaks4Kids.com or call (936) 441-5437.

2022 2023 CASA Board
2022/2023 Board at the board retreat in September 2022 — L to R: Paco Rivera, Catherine Miller, Dr. Julie Barrett, Jud Miller, Christina Meineke, Mark Freeman, Marcella Herrera, Justin Lime, Lorena Faccini, Clay McCollor, Katie Beatty, Sandy Petermann-Williams, James Pung, Brian Albert (not pictured, Brit Benko, Paul Mahoney, Dr. Tamika Taylor, Carol Watford)