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THE PERSON BEHIND THE BADGE: EARL ELLISOR

Earl Ellisor is a fifth generation Texan who grew up in the Houston area and married his high school sweetheart, Kathleen. He has degrees in math and physics from UT Austin and computer science from University of Houston in Clear Lake. Earl and Kathleen have been married for 52 years and they have been blessed… Read more »

WELCOME TO OUR CASA COMMUNITY

Meet our newest CASA Volunteers, sworn in by Judge Benton Eskew on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.  Pictured left from right:  Cassie Doolittle; Arnie Valdez; Cindy Meyer; Colton Brugger and Ada Beltran. With the exception of Colton, who will be accepting a Fayette County case, all others have accepted Bastrop County cases. We thank you for… Read more »

THE PERSON BEHIND THE BADGE: SUE IHA

Sue Iha is a self-proclaimed army brat whose family finally settled in Ohio, where Sue attended high school, obtained her undergraduate degree and married her high school sweetheart. Sue and her husband made their way to Texas where she took a position with the Houston Health Department. She was there for a couple of years… Read more »

THE PERSON BEHIND THE BADGE: JANET SHOOK

Janet Shook was born in a farming community of Crowell, Texas, north of Dallas. You wouldn’t know she was an only child as she went to school with 18 of her first cousins! Education was in her blood. In fact, to this day, she has family members who are on the Crowell School Board. Janet… Read more »

THE PERSON BEHIND THE BADGE: DIETER RACHAL

CASA Volunteer, Dieter Rachal was born in Germany during a time when occupied troops came into their city at the end of the WW2. His mom married one of the GI’s in 1947 and in 1949 was reassigned back to the states, where as a family they settled in El Paso. Now in the states,… Read more »

WELCOME TO OUR CASA COMMUNITY

Amie Finch; Barbara Schafer; Phyllis Fritsch; Sandra Stepan; Ally Brugger and Jack Cashion (left to right) were sworn in as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) by the Honorable Judge Jeff R. Steinhauser on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.  All newly appointed CASA Volunteers reside in Fayette County and will be accepting Fayette County cases. Thank you… Read more »

THE PERSON BEHIND THE BADGE: NANCY OTTO

Mitch Albom, author of “Tuesdays with Morrie” said: “Devote yourself to your community around you, devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” Our CASA Volunteer featured this month, Nancy Otto, got this message instilled in her at an early age, not by Mitch Albom, but rather by her parents, who, by… Read more »

WELCOME TO OUR CASA COMMUNITY!!

Our newest CASA Volunteers were sworn in by Judge Benton Eskew on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Pictured left from right: Valerie Haywood; Jo Egitto; Marshall Klein; Jorge Gomez; Vicki Wofford; Heidi Lersch; Rhonda Helm; Judge Eskew; Sylvia Olson; Haley Clemons; Marcus Britton-Davis and Karissa Kochian.  Thank you for being a voice for the abused and… Read more »

THE PERSON BEHIND THE BADGE: DONNA TOMLIN

Donna Tomlin made her way from Houston to Bastrop after retiring from 35 years or so in the natural gas industry where she spent her career negotiating contracts for the purchase of natural gas. In considering her relocation from Houston to central Texas, she was looking for a place that she could find community, and… Read more »