Marianne Schroer

Executive Director

HIRE DATE
September 2013

EDUCATION
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Trevecca Nazarene University, Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from University of Kentucky. Marianne is also a Licensed Senior Psychological Examiner, and a Nationally Certified Bereavement Facilitator.

EXPERIENCE
Thirty years of experience as a therapist working with agencies such as Miriam’s Promise and Catholic Charities as well as having a private practice. Instructor of Psychology I & II and Psychology of Adjustment at Columbia State Community College and Kentucky Department for Human Resources in the Bureau for Social Services. Most recently as coordinator at the 21st Drug Court in Williamson County, TN.

WHY I BELIEVE
My commitment to CASA stems from my belief that children are our most valuable treasure. If children are to thrive, they must be provided a safe, secure, and loving environment. Unfortunately, not all children have these basic needs met. For those children, there is CASA. CASA is the voice for the child within the court system.

“Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.” – Nelson Mandela.

Ondrea Johnson

Director of Development

HIRE DATE
May 2016

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee Martin

EXPERIENCE
Previous work with various organizations serving at-risk populations from early childhood traumas through adult victims of human trafficking.  Ondrea has been an active member of the Franklin community for 18 years, serving various organizations through fund-raising, volunteer initiatives, and community service.

WHY I BELIEVE
I recognize the common thread that abuse and neglect weaves through the lives of it's victims.  I'm proud that CASA can provide an outlet for volunteers to step in and provide a voice for children who don't have the benefit of a safe home environment.  CASA is able to stand in a gap for children and reduce factors that put them at risk for many other adverse experiences.  Through changing the future for the children we serve, we can change the future of our community as a whole.  I'm honored to share that mission and vision with the residents of Williamson County and be part of changing life for children here in our community.  Every child deserves a home where someone knows what they like for dinner, that math is hard for them, that they are afraid of bugs, and where they feel safe, loved and protected.  Sometimes children need an advocate to get them there!


Audrey Freshwater

Program Director

HIRE DATE
November 2011

EDUCATION 
Arkansas State University, Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology Experience: CASA in Arkansas, Department of Children's Services in Williamson County, TN, Lifecare Family Services

WHY I BELIEVE
A child is innocent, a child is vulnerable and all children must be protected. “It takes a village to raise a child” and that village must protect that child as well. I am passionate about protecting children and making sure they have an opportunity to be a child, to explore, to grow, to learn and most of all to feel safe. I believe in CASA because I have seen the difference CASA makes in a child’s life. Our volunteers give so much and are so amazing. They inspire me every day and I know that they are the light of hope in each child’s life that they work with.


Felicity Strunce

Advocate Coordinator

HIRE DATE
August 2014

EDUCATION
BA Psychology - Human Services - Marymount University, Arlington, Va.  Felicity started as an advocate and office volunteer with Williamson County CASA in 2013. Experience: Trained CASA Advocate.

WHY I BELIEVE
very child is a gift. Every child deserves to be cherished, protected, mentored, guided and loved. Unfortunately not every child gets what they deserve. Working for Williamson County CASA and volunteering as an advocate allows a channel to a child that needs a voice for what is in their best interest. In a world with such great opportunity we would hope that these children, that may not get the proper guidance and care, would be guided through the court system into a place where their voice could grow and where they can be given what they deserve most.


Kat Caire

Administrative Assistant

Email: Kat@WilliamsonCountyCASA.org

HIRE DATE
February 2015

EDUCATION
Pursuing Major in Psychology and Double-Minor in Public Health as well as Spanish.

EXPERIENCE
Trained as a CASA Advocate.

WHY I BELIEVE
Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”. For the children that CASA serves, raising a voice can be the deciding force in his or her destiny. These children face abuse and disregard routinely, and when a CASA takes on a child’s case, that child may be meeting the first person in their lives who will listen to, speak-up for, and reinstate the safety and stability that every child deserves. Children are innocent and helpless, but they are also resilient. I believe that the strength of a CASA in a child’s life can raise his or her resilient voice and provide protection for that voice. After all, it simply shouldn’t hurt to be a child.


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Rocklin

Facility Dog

Email:Rocklin@williamsoncountycasa.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIRE DATE
February 2015

EDUCATION
Graduate of Canine Companions for Independence

EXPERIENCE
Rocklin has completed advanced training as a Facility Dog and he is trustworthy in professional settings. Rocklin can perform over 40 commands designed for the work he does with the children we serve. 

ABOUT ROCKLIN'S WORK
Rocklin is a facility courtroom dog who works with Williamson County CASA. Rocklin goes to court, attends the Foster Care Review Board with children, and visits schools and other civic groups to tell people about CASA. While Rocklin trained for two years alone, he and his handler, Marianne Schroer, trained together for two weeks at the Orlando campus to learn to how to work with each other. Rocklin goes to work with Marianne at CASA every day and goes home with her at night. He loves working with CASA and juvenile court where he helps both children and adults who are going through a difficult time.