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Vision

The vision for CASA of the 2nd Judicial District is to change a child’s story. Our goal is to ensure every abused and neglected child has a voice in court, a friend by their side, and give them the opportunity to thrive in a safe and loving home.

Mission

Our mission is to recruit, train, and support volunteers who serve as advocates for children that have been placed in foster care, due to abuse or neglect. Our volunteers will continue advocating for these children until they have reached safe and permanent homes.

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History

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASA of the 2nd Judicial District is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves abused and neglected children in Craighead, Greene, Clay, Poinsett, and Mississippi counties. We are the second largest of 23 programs in Arkansas.

CASA of the 2nd Judicial District was founded in 1995. The organization is a member in good standing of the National CASA Association. Our goal is to provide quality advocacy services to every child in foster care in Northeast Arkansas. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, please call us TODAY at 870-333-5039!

There are currently over 930 CASA programs nationwide. CASA programs across the country are known by several different names, including Guardian ad Litem, Child Advocates and Voices for Children. Since the inception of CASA advocacy, volunteers have helped well over 1,000,000 children find safe, permanent homes in which they can thrive. Just last year, 93,300 advocates provided a voice to more than 271,000 children in foster care.

1682
Volunteer hours in 2020
99
CASA Volunteers
271
Children served by CASA Volunteers
26
Volunteers needed to serve every child

Staff

Jeremy Biggs

Executive Director

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Jeremy Biggs

Executive Director


Jeremy brings more than 9 years of non-profit management experience to CASA. Focus on grant writing, public awareness, increasing unrestricted assets and volunteer recruiting are at the top of his priority list. “I’m excited to be part of such an outstanding organization that stands up for children in need each and every day”, stated Biggs. He is married to April and together they have a beautiful daughter, Ava. Jeremy is a member of the Paragould Kiwanis Club, serves on the Paragould Housing Authority and Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors and also serves on the Paragould City Council.

Michael Graham

Advocate Coordinator for Poinsett County

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Michael Graham

Advocate Coordinator for Poinsett County


After 38 years as a mortgage workout executive, Michael brings his collaboration and communication skills to CASA. First as a volunteer, and beginning in 2014, as an advocate coordinator. He decided to become more involved with the organization because he wanted to do something challenging that would benefit others. His favorite thing to do in Northeast Arkansas is winning Wednesday night trivia and he’s really good at it too.

Jeremy Irvin

Advocate Coordinator for Greene and Clay Counties

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Jeremy Irvin

Advocate Coordinator for Greene and Clay Counties


Jeremy brings an amazing life story to CASA and also brings experience as a business manager and a cross-fit coach of adults and at-risk youth. Jeremy is a huge foodie and seeks out unique local restaurants in the community. He enjoys spending time on his motorcycle on the weekends and taking in the beautiful scenery of Arkansas. Jeremy keeps busy weighing his dietary intake and is on a quest to find a business jacket that will fit.

Angie Tate

Advocate Coordinator for Craighead County

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Angie Tate

Advocate Coordinator for Craighead County


Angie first joined CASA in 2013 as a volunteer advocate. She said, “I felt I needed to make an impact on the community I lived in and what better way to do that than to help those most vulnerable, children in foster care.” Angie has spent most of her career in human resources, recruiting and accounting. Angie serves as Advocate Coordinator for Craighead County. Angie enjoys hiking, spending time with family and of course, shopping!

Evan Clower

Advocate Coordinator for Mississippi and Poinsett Counties

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Evan Clower

Advocate Coordinator for Mississippi and Poinsett Counties


Evan holds a degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas. She has prior experience in private investigations and the legal field. She loves to read and enjoys painting oil on canvas focusing on impressionist work. Evan enjoys spending time with family and is a huge animal lover and spoils her dog Gus every chance she gets.

Connie Lindley

Advocate Coordinator for Craighead County

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Connie Lindley

Advocate Coordinator for Craighead County


Connie joined the CASA staff in October 2017 after serving as a volunteer advocate for many years. Connie has a huge heart for kids and enjoys being able to make a difference in the lives of many children.

BOARD MEMBERS

    • Clara Barnes, President, Lab Manager, Doctors Health Group
    • Paige Pickering, Vice-President, Director of Marketing, Life Strategies Counseling, Inc.
    • Cooper Holmes, Treasurer, Owner, Elite Surgical Solutions
    • Allison McDaniel, Secretary, Business Development Officer, First National Bank
    • Lexanne Horton, VP-Controller, Ritter Communications
    • Mark Rowe, Financial Planner, VP-Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors
    • Ryan Wilson, Attorney, WPM Law Firm
    • Shamal Carter, Marketing/Community Outreach Manager, Elite Senior Care
    • Sonya Sanders, Director of Human Resources Engines, Inc., Realtor
    • Tobye McClanahan, Owner, Mailboxes and Beyond
    • Evette Allen, Director of the Multicultural Center, Arkansas State University
    • Ryan Brewer, Lead Business Process Analyst, Nucor Yamato Steel, Inc.
    • Lindsey Wingo, Executive Director, Downtown Jonesboro Association
    • Matthew McDonough, Oral Surgeon, Phillips Oral Surgery Center
    • Thomas Haynes, Attorney, Snellgrove, Langley, Culpepper, Williams and Mullally
    • Selena Barber, Director of Marketing, Arvest Bank