sc_casa-logoWelcome to the Shelby County CASA/GAL Program.

It is our mission to recruit, train, guide, monitor and maintain volunteer CASA’s (Court Appointed Special Advocates), who are appointed by the Juvenile Court as the child’s guardian to represent and protect the best interests of abused, neglected, and dependent children in court.

The program is composed of four staff members and roughly 30 volunteers that are representing the children’s best interest and are the “eyes and ears” of juvenile court.

Feel free to contact us if you have questions about our program and/or if you are interested in volunteering.  (937)-498-7447 or email us at

How to get involved as a Volunteer

There are a few general requirements to become a CASA/GAL volunteer:
-You must be 21 years of age
-You must have a high school diploma or GED
-You must undergo a criminal background check
-You must complete 30 hours of pre-service training, which is provided locally by the program.

Board Members

Chad Gessler, Chairman
Paula Zimmerman, Vice-Chairman

Kent Craver  |  Eric Ditmer  | Eileen Hix  |  Linda Meininger  |

Our Staff

Bridget Davis, MSW, LSW– Director
Heather Fogt– Volunteer Coordinator
Oshae Peart, Licensed School Counselor– Volunteer Coordinator
Treva Hicks– Administrative Assistant