Staff & Board


Mary Jo Burgess
Executive Director

Katherine Elliott
Development Director

Laura Miller
Community Outreach Director

Kathy Clark
Senior Community Outreach Coordinator

DeAnn Colegrove
Office Manager

Amy McDonald
Program Director


CASA for Kids of East Texas

2019 board of directors

Tom Mullins, Chair; President/CEO Tyler Chamber of Commerce and Tyler Economic Development Council; “I support CASA because it should not have to hurt to be a child.”

Edward Moore, Chair-Elect; President/CEO, Greater Tyler Association of Realtors; “I serve on the CASA Board of Directors because I know that the children of today are tomorrow’s future.  It is our duty to ensure that they grow up in a safe, caring and loving environment.  All children need a voice.  I know the legal system can be quite intimidating for adults, much less, children.  I am proud to be a Child’s Advocate.  To paraphrase, Abraham Lincoln, ‘No (Person) Man Stands So Tall As When He Stoops to Help a Child.'”

Jennifer Bane, Secretary; Bane Machinery;

Gregory Parker; Treasurer, Tax Supervisor, Gollob Morgan Peddy P.C.;

Kristi Boyette; Performance Excellence Manger, City of Tyler; “I serve on the CASA Board because I want ALL children to know that they are loved, especially those who have been abused or neglected in the past.  Our advocates are appointed by a judge to stand up and be the child’s voice in court with the child’s best interest in mind.  Thousands of children are waiting for a volunteer to help them find a safe, loving, and permanent home.  Will you join us?”

David Bush; shareholder, Kent, Anderson, Bush, Frost & Metcalf, P.C.;

Lamond Dean; Superintendent Chapel Hill ISD;

Jerrod Fishback, Pastor & Director Community Life Center, Rose Heights Church;

Ashley Kutach, Director of Talent and Human Resources, Mentoring Minds; “Every child needs someone who tells them and shows them ‘I love you,’ ‘you are someone special,’ and ‘I believe in you.’  Never underestimate the power of your words and actions in the life of a child.”

Sergeant Matt Leigeber; Community Resource Sergeant, Tyler Police Department;

Tameeka Mitchell; Business Office Manager, KETK-TV;

Candace Porter-Condry; Owner, Compto Tax Porter-Condry; “My commitment, as a CASA Board Member, is rooted from my compassion for the well being of the precious children in our society.  I believe that we all have a role to play in each of their lives.  through CASA, we can help those that have experienced some unfortunate circumstances and make an impact that will be forever life-changing.”

Marina Schroeder; Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley;

Julie Shamburger; Senior Executive VP and CFO, Southside Bank;

Dr. Kent Willis; Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler;