Mancha Stanton

  • By VirginiaBeach CASA
  • 08 Apr, 2016

Founding member of Friends of CASA and former member of the Virginia Beach CASA Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

This month we would like to highlight Mancha Stanton for her years of service to Virginia Beach CASA. Mancha served on the CASA Board from 2007–2014, contributing to the growth and expansion of the organization. Upon the end of her 2 terms (plus a few months because we wouldn’t let her go!) she immediately shifted gears and served as a founder of the Friends of CASA Ambassadors group and co-chair until June of 2016, reaching out to former board members, former CASA volunteers and other community leaders who wanted to be involved with CASA from a different aspect.

As co-chair of Friends of CASA, Mancha led the group in support of CASA through social, educational and philanthropic initiatives such as the Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign (featuring the Pinwheel Palooza).


In April, 2016, Mancha was featured in Inside Business which included an awesome, well-deserved promo for Virginia Beach CASA. See below, as adapted from inside Business

New job: Director of marketing and client services at Pender & Coward
Previously: Marketing director for two product lines at EOS Surfaces, a Norfolk-based surface technology company. In 2009, she founded Mosquito Squad of Virginia Beach, which she operated until 2011. She was also director of marketing at the law firm of Williams Mullen.

Education: Bachelor’s degree from Randolph-Macon Women’s College

Community: Chair and founding member of the Friends of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children), an ambassadors’ group of Virginia Beach CASA, and has served as a member of the executive committee and board of directors of Virginia Beach CASA.

Thank you for your service Mancha!

VB CASA NEWS, UPDATES, SPOTLIGHTS & MORE

By VirginiaBeach CASA 04 May, 2017
Thank you   Tidewater Officers' Spouses' Association (TOSA)   for your donation of $1,000 to recruit, train, support, and supervise volunteers. This was made possible by their dedicated volunteers that ensured The Tidewater Collection Boutique was a success! Thank you TOSA!
By VirginiaBeach CASA 27 Apr, 2017
During this National Volunteer Week, we say THANK YOU to all of our CASA volunteers who dedicated more than 7,140 case hours to serving Virginia Beach’s most vulnerable children last year. You are amazing!!
By VirginiaBeach CASA 08 Apr, 2017

You made it happen! Hundreds of our Virginia Beach neighbors joined in recognizing and honoring its most vulnerable children during CASA’s annual Pinwheel Palooza. What a gorgeous Saturday for not only a dedication ceremony and kids’ fitness race, but also numerous child-centered activities, educational spotlights, community partners, and some awesome food. You helped Virginia Beach CASA shed even more light on the importance of putting words to action for child victims of abuse and neglect by bringing our community together in a fun and educational environment.

By VirginiaBeach CASA 09 Feb, 2017
Christina Sims was sworn-in to serve in November 2015. In that short time, she has put her advocacy skills to work, advocating for 3 children/2 family groups. Christina has been acknowledged by her peers, the judges, the attorneys and even the social workers on the cases she has served, as a "top-notch" advocate.

CASA is honored to "spotlight" Christina this month. She has truly been a great example of what advocacy looks like for the program.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST REWARDING MOMENT AS A CASA?
For me, when I visit with a child and the child is happy to see me. When you see that the child is thriving in his/her environment.

ANY REGRETS DURING YOUR WORK AS A CASA?
I truly have no regrets. I love being a CASA and working hard for the well-being of a child.

ANY ADVICE FOR A NEWBIE CASA VOLUNTEER?
Always investigate and talk to everyone you can that may have any information with a case. Take the time to review CPS case files front to back because you can gain information on family or friends that could be valuable down the road. Don’t take anything for granted and don’t allow yourself to pick sides or judge any party as it can blur your ability to pick-up on important information.

ONE INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOU:
I love essential oils.

HOBBIES:
My hobbies are spending time with family. I love being on the water and I am looking forward to getting back into showing with my dog “Ziva”.

FUN FACTS:
I grew up in Chesapeake. My mom still lives in the home my siblings and I were raised in. I work at Beach Pet Hospital as a license Veterinary Technician and I am a certified Veterinary Practice manager. I love working with the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center Stranding team, working to help save injured sea turtles. I love spending time with my family and friends as much as I can. My house is full of animals: Tank - 8yr Rottweiler, Saga - 8yr Boxer mix, Clyde - 16yr Jack Russell, White Cat - 8yr, Roxie - 8yr, Rosie the snake, Gizmo the sugar glider, Lulu the duck, Sprocket the tortoise and a koi pond.

I’m proud to be involved with CASA.
By VirginiaBeach CASA 05 Jan, 2017
Join us in welcoming Anne O’Brian Pope to the Virginia Beach CASA Board. Originally a founding member of the Friends of CASA ambassadors group, Anne took on another opportunity to serve after being nominated by a fellow board member, Sue Haycox. Although Anne enjoyed her time with Friends of CASA and the comradery of the group, she was excited for the chance to serve the organization at a higher level.

Anne is a native of Virginia Beach. An alumnae of Old Dominion University, she worked in the Human Resources field for a few local companies before moving to Atlanta, GA to work for a start-up technology company. Homesickness drove her back her to Virginia Beach. (there is no place like home!)

After the birth of her youngest son, when it was time for him to go to school, Anne and her husband Mike did not find suitable school, so they did what any parent dreams of doing and opened their own school. Today they own and operate The Goddard School Chesapeake (Cedar Rd.) and
The Goddard School Lynnhaven (Virginia Beach Blvd.) As Anne says, “all because she had a baby!” She is the proud mother of 3 children; Taylor, Caitlin and Connor; and has been married to her husband Mike for 17 years. They are a family who loves to travel and do so as often as they can!

Anne and her husband Mike have supported CASA over the years by sponsoring the annual fundraising event (CASA Cabana) in June, and more recently the Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign. From being a committee member, event volunteering, to sponsoring, Anne has been diligent in supporting the work of Virginia Beach CASA.

When asked about Virginia Beach CASA, Anne is eager to tell friends, family and colleagues “it’s a wonderful organization in advocating for children who otherwise may not be heard, and how empowering it is that the courts really listen to the CASA volunteers in deciding their case.”

Going forward, Anne is very excited to be part of the Board and helping to grow the organization's community awareness and hopefully find more ways to raise money for CASA.

Thank you Anne for being a true champion of the children we serve!
By VirginiaBeach CASA 30 Sep, 2016
Watch the interview now as Season Roberts, Executive Director; and LaShonda Carson, Advocate Manager speak with Anne Farrell Tata on TBN's Joy in our Town and share with her why Virginia Beach CASA and the incredibly vital work 

By VirginiaBeach CASA 23 Sep, 2016
Thank you Dianne Frantz for your service! Dianne has served as a CASA for over 8 years and during that time she advocated for 6 children to ensure they establish a safe and permanent home. Regarding the adoptive placement of her most recent child, she said “I am so glad to know that her home is one of unconditional love.” Although Dianne is retiring as a CASA volunteer, she leaves a legacy of safe loving homes for some of our most vulnerable children. Virginia Beach CASA and the community as a whole will be forever impacted by Dianne’s selflessness as a CASA volunteer. Well done!
By VirginiaBeach CASA 16 Sep, 2016
"I chose to be a volunteer with CASA because I feel the need to advocate for those who can't speak for themselves. I've previously volunteered for the SPCA, nursing homes and now with children through CASA. It's extremely rewarding to help be the voice of those in need."

MOST REWARDING MOMENT AS A CASA:
All of my cases with CASA have been extremely rewarding in seeing them all to a happy ending for the children involved whether it be back with the parents, in a wonderful foster home or adoption. I even had one child participate in the Independent Living program and eventually go to college. I still get “holiday wishes” text messages from him so I know even as an older child, I was able to make a difference.

ANY REGRETS DURING YOUR WORK AS A CASA?
My only regret as a CASA is that I can only take on one case at a time. You need to find the right balance between work, family, friends, and volunteering so you can do your best for all of them.

ADVICE FOR A NEWBIE CASA VOLUNTEER?
My advice for a new CASA would be to find a fellow CASA mentor who can help answer questions and give advice on various situations they may have been through. This volunteering experience is one of continuous learning and sharing of experiences. Every case is different but we can share tips and tricks on how to navigate the system and do the very best for our children.

ONE INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOU:
Love to do Zombie and Mud Obstacle races. I have a great group of girlfriends who also enjoy this interesting challenge and we try to find some nearby beautiful areas of Virginia where we can combine the race with some wine tastings!

HOBBIES:
I enjoy travelling and any athletic activity-especially running, beach volleyball, biking. One of the most fun activities was being part of our CASA Dodgeball Team, the CASA Courthouse Crushers!

ABOUT ANGELA:
Angela grew up in Michigan and found her way to Virginia with her sales career. Angela has worked in sales for Kimberly-Clark for 20 years. She has lived in Hampton Roads for 25 years and has a wonderful family; her husband, Nick; children, Celia (age 17), and Dominic (age 14); and dogs, Rusty and Gracie. They enjoy family time outdoors with athletic activities or at their Lake Gaston house with water sports.

Virginia Beach CASA | Summer Class of 2007
By VirginiaBeach CASA 12 Sep, 2016
As many of you may know, Advocate Manager Jessica McLaughlin is expecting! As Jessica prepares to go out for maternity leave, join us in welcoming Kristen Sweitzer to serve as the temporary Advocate Manager. Kristen will be shadowing Jessica for the next 2 weeks to get acquainted with her case load and meet the players involved. Jessica's last day will be Thursday September 29.

Kristen Sweitzer went through CASA volunteer training in spring 2015 after moving to the Virginia Beach area. Her husband, Jeff's, career as an aviator with the U.S. Navy brought them to the area from Kristen's home state of California.
 
Kristen has an undergraduate degree in Criminology from California State University, Fresno and a Juris Doctorate from San Joaquin College of Law in Clovis, CA. She is a licensed attorney in California and practiced criminal defense, juvenile delinquency matters and felony trial team, for 5 years before moving with her family.
 
Kristen has three young children that keep her busy, but has enjoyed volunteering with CASA and the time she has spent with the 2 foster children as part of her assigned CASA case. She is really looking forward to taking on an even bigger role within this organization.
Welcom Kristen via email!  KSweitze@vbgov.com

Pictured: Kristen with her husband Jeff.
By VirginiaBeach CASA 05 Aug, 2016
Brief Bio:
Stephanie White is a member of the CASA class of Spring 2015.  She is a native of the Hampton Roads area, residing in Virginia Beach all of her life. Equipped with a Psychology degree from Old Dominion University (Go Monarchs!), Stefanie has worked in the legal field as a paralegal for many years. She is just coming up on her 1 year anniversary at Wolcott Rivers Gates Law Firm working in the Family Law division. Stefanie was drawn to Family Law due her empathy for people in need…in her words she was “drawn to it.” Her previous work in real estate law, didn’t give the same satisfaction as the experience of helping families.
 
Stefanie is a proud wife and stepmother, and a “dog-mom” to Duke, whom she loves “more than life itself.”
 
Virginia Beach CASA had an opportunity to sit down with Stefanie to talk about her work as a CASA volunteer.
 
Why CASA?
I heard Season (Roberts) speak at an event and didn’t know that CASA existed until that day. My absolute love for children and hearing Season speak about the great need (for volunteer advocates), is truly what got me in the door. I wasn’t sure if it was for me, but I figured I would take it case by case. You never know until you try. I was hook, line and sinker after the first case.
 
Most Rewarding Moment as a CASA:
I have had 2 very rewarding moments. The first is when there was a Family Partnership Meeting scheduled that I wasn’t able to attend. The family called me and asked me if there was any way I could attend. At that moment I knew that there was a bond as they wanted me present.
The second was at the final hearing for this case – during court, the mom hugged me. It was cool. You know that at those moments, you have touched someone’s life…”that was frigging awesome.”
 
Any Regrets During Your Work As A CASA?
My only regret is that I have not spoken of [the program] more to others which is a goal of mine…to spread the word of this program.
 
Hobbies?
Love to ride my bike. Love to read. I am a thrill seeker so anything that pushes me to the point of fear, I like to try.
 
Advice For A Newbie CASA Volunteer?
Don’t under estimate yourself. In the beginning, I had the perception that I was not doing enough but that was not the case. You have to become familiar with the process. You have to be patient and it will come. And know that you are making a difference. Whether you can see it or not…you are making a difference.
 
Stefanie recently completed her first case and has recently been assigned to another.
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