KEN JOHNSON: MAY WILLIAMSON COUNTY CASA BOARD MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Over the past few months, Ken Johnson had been keeping his ears open for an opportunity to give back to the community he’s called home for the past 11 years. So when he heard that Williamson County CASA was looking for a new treasurer, the professional accountant stepped up to the plate.
“I have wanted to get involved for some time, and now that my children are a little older I feel that I have more time to give,” he says. “I specifically was drawn to CASA because not only does it support kids that are in a tough spot, but it also empowers them.”
The Director of Finance at Asurion first became familiar with the non-profit through Mark Gunning, a WCCASA board member and the Chief Financial Officer of Asurion. Through several conversations, Ken learned of his co-worker’s passion for the cause and the vision to provide a voice for abused or neglected children in the court system.
“I am ecstatic to be on board with an organization like CASA,” he says. “I wanted to do something hands-on and feel like I was making a difference. It was the perfect opportunity to engage and be able to use my knowledge of finance for the greater good.”
Ken says that though he’s only been on the board a short time, he’s already seen a certain level of commitment—and it’s shown him just how important the work of CASA advocates is.
“I have been very impressed with all of the volunteers and advocates, and they continue to amaze me with the sheer selflessness of their actions,” he says. “The amount of time they dedicate to this great cause is incredible.”
Before moving to Franklin, the Florida native earned a degree from Emory University in Atlanta, and worked with accounting firm Arthur Andersen until relocating in 2002. He and wife Elizabeth have three children; a six-year-old daughter and three-year-old twins.
Ken says his family plays a pivotal role in his decision to devote time to CASA, and that he feels even more connected to the cause when he sees children, similar ages to his own, that come from broken situations. Since becoming a board member, he says his eyes have been opened to the critical need of CASA and its volunteers.
“It is so crucial for the judges in our court systems to have the right information so they can make an informed decision. There always needs to be someone looking out for the children’s best interest,” he says. “I think what CASA does is so important because we are helping give these kids a chance to find a safe environment. We are giving these children an advocate that provides them with a voice.”