Volunteer of the Month

Kearney/Buffalo County CASA is proud to honor CASA Volunteer Michael Meyer as Volunteer of the month of October for his advocacy of abused and neglected children. Jodi Richards, Volunteer Supervisor states, “Michael has a tender heart for the children he advocates for and he is determined to make sure all their mental, emotional and physical needs are being met.  Michael was sworn in as a CASA Volunteer in January 2020.  Since then, Michael has volunteered 134 hours and driven 812 miles to advocate for the children he serves.  He has been assigned to 5 cases involving 9 children.  Michael advocates for the children he serves by attending court hearings, team meetings, and home visits to ensure he has all the information he needs to ensure the children’s needs are being met.  Michael recruited his wife to become a CASA volunteer and they are working cases as a team.  We thank Michael for all of his hard work and dedication.”

When asked why he became a CASA volunteer, Mike responded “Because you truly haven’t lived until you’ve helped someone with zero capacity to pay you back.”

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Kearney/Buffalo County CASA is proud to honor Wanda Fedorchik of Kearney as Volunteer of the Month of September for her advocacy for abused and neglected children. Wanda is a loving mother and wife who enjoys spending time with her family and cheering on the Huskers and Denver Broncos! She is currently working as a Prevention Coordinator at Buffalo County Community Partners. She has worked in the human services field in various roles over the past 20 years. CASA Supervisor Kristina Syring shares, “Wanda has been a CASA volunteer since August 2012. Wanda has advocated for 26 children since joining the CASA family! She plays a very active role as a CASA for each case she is assigned. Wanda makes sure each child’s voice is heard and advocates for all of their physical, mental and emotional needs. I really appreciate all the hard work Wanda does for the children and the dedication she has to Kearney/Buffalo County CASA. She does so much for her CASA kids and they are very lucky to have her in their life.”

When asked, why did you decide to become a CASA volunteer, Wanda responded, “I have always had a passion for helping children and families and thought being a CASA was a great opportunity to do this.” Since she is a support and inspiration to many, it was fitting to ask who inspires Wanda. She responded “I am fortunate enough to have many people in my life that inspire me. I admire those who are strong and resilient through adversity and that continue to push through challenges with a positive attitude.” Wanda says that being a CASA volunteer comes with many rewarding moments, but the most rewarding part is being able to help children have a voice when they are in a situation where they feel powerless.

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Kearney/Buffalo County CASA is proud to honor CASA Volunteer Chris Overman as Volunteer of the month of August for his advocacy of abused and neglected children. Jodi Richards, Volunteer Supervisor states, “Chris is a wonderful volunteer and due to his own life experiences, he is able to empathize with the children he serves.  Chris shows value to the family and all the professionals involved in the case and advocates for what is best for the children.”  Chris was sworn in as a CASA Volunteer in October 29th 2020. He has been assigned to two different cases and has volunteered 77.5 hours since October 2020.

Chris advocates for the children he serves by attending court hearings, team meetings, and home visits to ensure he has all the information needs to ensure the children’s needs are being met.  Jodi Richards states “Chris has been able to engage the children he assigned to by spending quality time with them to get to know them and their needs.  We thank Chris for all of his hard work and dedication.”

Chris states, “I had some caring adults advocate for me when I needed it.  Knowing how powerful and influential that advocacy was for me, I wanted to do the same for others now.”

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Kearney/Buffalo County CASA is proud to honor Christine Pfeifer of Kearney as Volunteer of the Month of July for her advocacy for abused and neglected children. CASA Supervisor Kristina Syring shares, “Since July of 2020, Chris has dedicated over 250 hours and 4,703 miles to advocate for her CASA kids! Christine really puts her whole heart into her cases. She brings thought-out recommendations and a positive atmosphere to the whole team!”

When Chris was asked “What is the most rewarding part about being a CASA Volunteer?” she responded, “The children are the best people to answer this question. The kids, who are old enough to understand the situation and communicate their feelings, say that they get tired of meeting all of the people involved in the case and have a hard time understanding who does what. They say they like how I’m there just for them, how they know I will make sure their thoughts and feelings are heard. That’s why being a CASA is important, and why it’s rewarding.”

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Dedicated and Reliable

Kearney/Buffalo County CASA is proud to honor CASA volunteer Kasey Bibler as Volunteer of the month of June for her advocacy of abused and neglected children. Jodi Richards, Volunteer Supervisor, states, “Kasey has been a blessing to work with as a CASA volunteer. Kasey is dedicated to the families and children she serves. Kasey goes above and beyond to ensure the children’s voices are heard and the focus is on what is best for them.  Kasey was sworn in as a CASA Volunteer in January 2020 and received a case the same day. Kasey advocates for the children she serves by attending court hearings, team meetings, and home visits to ensure she has all the information needs to ensure the children’s needs are being met.  Kasey has participated in events to help bring awareness about CASA to the community. We thank Kasey for all of her hard work and dedication.”

Kasey states, “I volunteered because I wanted to help families who are in the midst of a really difficult time.”   Kasey was described by a family she serves as understanding and supportive to the family during a difficult time in their lives.

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Make A Difference

Kearney/Buffalo County CASA is proud to honor Atricia “Trish” Kenagy of Elkhorn as October’s Volunteer of the month for her advocacy of abused and neglected children. Jodi Richards, CASA Volunteer Supervisor states, “Trish has been wonderful to work with and a blessing to us here at CASA as well as the families she has worked with. Trish has been a CASA Volunteer since March of 2015 and just celebrated 5 years with us. Even after moving from the area, Trish has continued to be an active volunteer for our office.  Trish has served 4 families and a total of 12 children.  Trish is dedicated to helping the children and the families she serves. It is important to stay organized and be prepared for meetings, court, child visits, etc. Trish excels at this part of her CASA Volunteer duties as well. As Trish’s supervisor, I appreciate her so much as she keeps me up to date with how her cases are going and is always so encouraging to everyone involved. We hope to keep Trish with us here at CASA for a very long time.”

Atricia states, “Having been committed to the social and emotional development of children as a career, being a CASA volunteer is an opportunity for me to continue advocating for families and children who need hope and consistent, positive support to develop their self-worth and a joyful, future.  I enjoy and value the relationships that I have with the children and families and the professionals involved with the cases I have been given. With our move to Elkhorn, NE recently, and the health and safety precautions due to the Covid pandemic, there has been a pause in some activities. I am fortunate, however, to continue advocating for the best interests of children placed in the care of the State of Nebraska. With the backing of the CASA staff, I have become involved with children whose cases are affiliated with the Kearney/Buffalo County CASA office but whose placements are outside the Kearney area.  Additionally, in support of children in foster care, I enjoy serving as a recently appointed member of a Douglas County Foster Care Review Board.”

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