Staff & Board


Mary Jo Burgess
Executive Director

Katherine Elliott
Development Director

Laura Miller
Community Outreach Director

Kathy Clark
Senior Community Outreach Coordinator

Janiece McClendon
Van Zandt – Community Outreach

DeAnn Colegrove
Office Manager



CASA for Kids of East Texas

2018 board of directors

JIS Board 2

Ashley Kutach, Chair; 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.”

Tom Mullins, Chair Elect;  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.”

Jennifer Bane, Secretary; Bane Machinery

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

Kevin Burdette; Minister of Adult Impact, Green Acres Baptist Church;

Lamond Dean; Superintendent Chapel Hill ISD;

Ann Fitzgerald; Owner/Broker, Ben Fitzgerald Real Estate Services, LLC;

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

Edward Moore; President/CEO, Greater Tyler Association of Realtors;

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

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.”

Beth Preston; Human Resources Director, Health First;

Marina Schroeder; Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley;