Please join us for our November monthly Big Country SHRM meeting at Abilene Country Club from 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM.
Topic: Big Country CASA: Speak Up for A Child in Need
The presentation will explain the CASA organization, the role of a CASA and the need for CASA in Taylor Co. and the impact of having a CASA on the children in foster care. The training and roles of the CASA volunteers will be discussed. Most importantly, the impact of a child having a CASA on the child and the impact in our Taylor Co. courts will be discussed. Personal stories of children that have had CASAs will be shared.
Speakers: Janet Ardoyno and Sandra Shirey
Janet Ardoyno, a native Abilenian and graduate of Abilene Christian University, has an extensive background in community service. She currently serves as Board President for Big Country CASA. Following her retirement after 15 years as CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Abilene and West Central Texas, she has lead volunteer efforts in Abilene through Make A Difference Day and has been an active member on multiple Boards. Janet has served on the Governor’s Texas Commission on Volunteerism and the Texas Commission for the Blind. For her work as a community volunteer, she has been honored as a Distinguished Alumnus at ACU and inducted into the Cooper High School Hall of Fame. She is married to David Ardoyno and is the mother of Justin, Jonathan and Emily. Her proudest accomplishment is to be the grandmother of seven adopted and foster children through CPS.
After 31 years in secondary public education and two years teaching in an African international school, Program Supervisor Sandra Shirey brings her experience working with children to Big Country CASA. With a double major in English and Speech from East Texas State University, Sandra enjoys training volunteers in writing court reports as well as supervising their cases and appearing with the advocates in court. She is a veteran CASA volunteer from the Harrison County chapter and loves spending time with her grandchildren.