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"So many of the children we work with come from families where parents and even grandparents were abused. I wanted to help break the cycle of violence. Our children deserve the chance to become successful adults, and they often only need someone to believe in them to make it happen."

~ Sandra T., Dallas CASA volunteer since 1997

Our Children’s Council

The Dallas CASA Children’s Council, founded in 2006, is the principal volunteer support group for Dallas CASA. The Children’s Council raises funds through special events and promotes community awareness about the needs of the children Dallas CASA serves and the transformational effect a loving, dedicated CASA volunteer advocate has on these children’s lives.

Children’s Council members have the opportunity to support and volunteer for Dallas CASA fundraising events. Members also participate in other activities that recognize the work of Dallas CASA volunteer advocates, such as the annual Volunteer Appreciation party, Holiday Gift Card party and the Volunteer Holiday Party.

As a member of the Children’s Council, you will enjoy a variety of social, volunteer and education opportunities. Membership benefits include:

  • Invitations to Dallas CASA events and social programs, including the annual Cherish the Children luncheon, Champion of Children Award Dinner and the Holiday Party.
  • Volunteer opportunities for special events, including the Comerica Prom Dress Drive, Cherish the Children luncheon, Parade of Playhouses at NorthPark Center and National Adoption Day.
  • Educational events on issues related to child abuse, the foster care system and other relevant topics, along with updates on Dallas CASA and the children we serve.

Membership is open to anyone interested in the work of Dallas CASA. View our Children’s Council photo gallery.

Levels of membership:

  • $1,000 – Lifetime membership
  • $  200 – Sustaining Lifetime membership (optional, paid annually, for current Lifetime members)
  • $  100 – Patron membership – (Annually)
  • $   50 – Active membership – (Annually)
  • $   30 – Active membership for Dallas CASA volunteer advocates  (discounted fee for first year of membership only)

To learn more, contact Sharon Balaban at 469-547-9455 or email. Download the Children’s Council printable membership form or join now using our online form.


Beth Cholerton

Nicki Stafford

Secretary & Treasurer
Jessilyn Thiboult

Cherish the Children Co-Chairs
Leigh Danley
Leslie Wayne

Cherish the Children Chair Elect
Lindsay Stengle

Comerica Prom Dress Drive Co-Chairs
Jana Brosin
Megan Martinez
Victoria Nugent

Comerica Prom Dress Drive Co-Chairs Elect
Elise Nichols
Victoria Nugent
Nicki Stafford

Community Resource Co-Chairs
Courtney Hopping
Megan Martinez
Nicki Stafford

Education Chair
Emily Harwood
Audrey Moorehead

Holiday Gift Card Party Co-Chairs
Annie Allred
Elise Nichols

Holiday Gift Drive Co-Chairs
Darcy Cowell
Jenny Reynolds

Kappa Alpha Theta Dallas Alumnae Representative
Cori Moran

Membership Co-Chairs
Leigh Danley
Tom O’Connell
Gina Porter

National Adoption Day Co-Chairs
Kelcey Hamilton
Sarah Ozanne

Newsletter Chair
Kim Meth

Social Media Chair
Erin Jesberger

Volunteer Appreciation Co-Chairs
Leigh Danley
Lauren Roe

Volunteer Coordinator
Amanda Perryman

Eman Alvani
Paulette Austin
Mary Lynn Bangs
Fran Berg
Jennifer Bergh
Wendy Bridges
Veree Brown
Suzanne Bryan
Karen Carney
Manoj Devdas
Brooke Donelson
Sylvia Gray
Deri Lewis Hartman
Dawn Katterson
Aubrey Labanowski
Hannah May
Joelle Mayer
Rae Gene Mungioli
Erin Pope
Dave Sparrow
Megan Sterquell
Carrie Wilmes
Nancy Wollenman

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