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Thetas Attending 2019 National CASA/GAL Conference

Category: Foundation

Mary Kate Smith

Gamma, Butler

At this year’s 2019 National CASA/GAL Conference, June 1 – 4 in Atlanta, professionals and volunteers came together to learn and hone their skills to build stronger families to achieve better outcomes for children.

Two collegians were chosen to attend the conference: Emily Hipp, Beta Iota/Colorado, and Rebecca Myers, Theta Kappa/Louisville.

Several Theta volunteers and staff members also attended, including Foundation President Vicki McCluggage, Omicron/USC; Fraternity President Mandy Wushinske, Zeta Sigma/Ohio Northern; former Foundation President Mary Ellen Fitzsimonds, Beta Kappa/Drake; Foundation Trustee and former Fraternity President Laura Doerre, Delta Xi/North Carolina; Foundation Executive Director Kelley Hurst, Beta Iota/Colorado; Foundation Programs Manager Mary Kate Smith, Gamma/Butler; Foundation Director of Advancement Justine Thomas, Epsilon Sigma/UC Irvine; and Foundation Assistant Director of Advancement Kassie Dobbs, Gamma Upsilon/Miami.

Attendees celebrated Kappa Alpha Theta’s successful campaign to raise $1 million in three years for National CASA. The funds will help National CASA demonstrate its effectiveness as an evidence-based practice through a best practices manual and a performance measurement system. This work will not only directly and positively impact CASA children but will also help National CASA secure its position as an influential and effective child welfare leader.

Participants also attended breakout sessions on child welfare-related topics and presented the 2019 Kappa Alpha Theta CASA/GAL Program Director of the Year Award.

Thanks to the support of our generous donors, Theta Foundation was able to support participants’ conference expenses.