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CASA for Children of Monmouth County Staff

Cindi Van Brunt

Executive Director

I find it so rewarding to witness the positive benefits that the program provides and to see our team and volunteers in action, helping advocate for children in need from Monmouth County.  It is not easy, these kids often have a skeptical view of adults based on their experiences. Often times, they haven’t had any trustworthy relationships and have been bounced around from placement to placement.  Being able to meet and train dedicated new Advocates that will build relationships with the kids and ultimately help them overcome obstacles is a gift.  At the end of the day you can go to sleep at night knowing that there are children out there with a brighter future because they had a CASA.  To sum it all up in a sentence, I really believe CASA is being part of something bigger than yourself.

Lauren Waldman

Senior Case Coordinator

I finally found what I wanted to do “when I grow up”. Working at CASA doesn’t feel like work. Spending my days assisting, training and accompanying to court, dedicated individuals who are willing to donate their time and considerable knowledge towards the goal of achieving permanence for the most vulnerable in our society is a privilege and an honor.  Most people do not even think twice about the children in the foster care system. They are invisible. And I really can’t blame them for not wanting to know the stories. It’s painful. So when you find people who are willing to not only hear about it, but to actually DO something about it, you can’t help but be amazed by them.

Mary Ellen Rinaldi

Program Assistant

Working for CASA has allowed me to be a part of an organization whose mission is truly aligned with something I believe so deeply in – the well-being of children.  After choosing to leave the corporate world for fifteen years to raise my family, I found it much more compelling to return to work in a role where I could devote my time to making a difference in the lives of neglected and abused children.  It didn’t take long to realize just how special the CASA program is!  I am proud and privileged to be able to actually impact our community by offering at-risk children the best chances available for them to thrive.  I feel extremely fortunate that I am part of a team of dedicated staff members and advocates who are fully committed to enabling positive outcomes in these children’s lives, and hopefully stopping the cycle of abuse and neglect for generations to come.

Lynn Goelz

Case Coordinator

I always knew I wanted to work with children. Children have something special that makes any job worthwhile. However, I have never felt the satisfaction of a job as quickly as I have working for CASA. I am excited to be a part of a great team of staff and volunteers that feel the same as I do. Our advocates who invest their time and hearts are such giving and selfless individuals who inspire me on a daily basis. Assisting them in advocating for a child’s best interest is invaluable. While supporting them in their efforts, I am also learning from their experiences. The work may seem demanding, but the rewards are endless. I have always had a passion for a job where I knew I could make a difference every day, and working for CASA has given me that opportunity. A child having a CASA may be the only positive influence that child receives. And if that one positive influence is the one that helps that child become something great in life, that is a reward in itself.

 

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CASA of Monmouth County
40 Broad Street
Suite 202
Eatontown, New Jersey 07724
Phone: 732.460.9100

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