Welcome Abigail Wilcox!

  • By VirginiaBeach CASA
  • 26 Sep, 2017
Please help us in welcoming Abigail Wilcox to the VB CASA family. Abigail will serve as the Development and Communications Coordinator for Virginia Beach CASA. This is a new role within the organization, responsible for coordinating our Marketing and Awareness efforts; the Friends of CASA Ambassadors Group; Donor Development and Relations; and Special Events.
Please help us in welcoming Abigail Wilcox to the VB CASA family. Abigail will serve as the Development and Communications Coordinator for Virginia Beach CASA.  This is a new role within the organization, responsible for coordinating our Marketing and Awareness efforts; the Friends of CASA Ambassadors Group; Donor Development and Relations; and Special Events.
Abigail is a Virginia Beach native with nearly 15 years of Communications experience in the DC market. Upon graduation from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, she relocated to the DC metro area. While in DC, Abigail spent time working for a boutique communications firm, Flying Colors Broadcasts (FC-TV), that specialized in video production, live events and digital media services for corporate clients. After Flying Colors, Abigail moved on to the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO). Within BIO, Abigail served as the Director of Event Communications where she was tasked with developing and providing strategic communications and media relations support for the BIO International Convention and other standalone conferences.

In her free time, Abigail is running after her four year old son, two year old twin daughters and husband. She is thankful to be back home, living across the street from her parents and back in the community where she was raised although she is dearly missing her twin sister who still resides in the DC area. She is an avid soccer fan who enjoys travel, estate sales and time spent on the beach.


By VirginiaBeach CASA 26 Sep, 2017
Please help us in welcoming Abigail Wilcox to the VB CASA family. Abigail will serve as the Development and Communications Coordinator for Virginia Beach CASA. This is a new role within the organization, responsible for coordinating our Marketing and Awareness efforts; the Friends of CASA Ambassadors Group; Donor Development and Relations; and Special Events.
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.

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.

I truly have no regrets. I love being a CASA and working hard for the well-being of a child.

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.

I love essential oils.

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”.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.
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