BECKY CARSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Becky Carson has worked with children who have experienced abuse and neglect within the child welfare system for nearly 25 years. She served youth in a residential treatment program in various capacities for 18 years prior to joining CASA for Kids, Inc. Barry, Eaton & Ingham as the Executive Director in 2011. She has most recently expanded CASA’s service to Ingham County. Becky’s professional experience covers a range of areas related to child welfare and leadership. She has led quality improvement efforts over the years, and possesses an unwavering desire to collaborate with individuals and agencies within the system and the community to make sure that the right things happen for children. She believes in the power of relationships to make a life changing difference. Becky lives in Lansing with her beloved golden retriever.
LAURA LAMBRIGHT, PROGRAM LEADER
Laura Lambright joined CASA as an Advocate Supervisor in the summer of 2016. She graduated from college with a Bachelor’s degree in Family Life Education and is a previous CASA volunteer. She has experience in direct case management from her time as a foster care worker as well as a Children’s Protective Services Investigator in Ingham County. She brings with her extensive knowledge of issues relating to substance abuse, domestic violence, court processes and Child Protection Law. She has a passion for social justice and desires to see children’s lives bettered as a result of the Child Welfare System. She and her husband currently reside in Charlotte and have recently welcomed the littlest member of the Lambright family.
Eric Sweeney, Advocate SupervISOR, EATON COUNTY
Eric Sweeney joined CASA as an Advocate Supervisor in the spring of 2017. He brings with him a wealth of experience that includes 13 years serving children in residential treatment in several different capacities and 6 years with assisting disabled adults find housing and any other needs they may have. His passion is in helping others and in particular children that are in the child welfare system. He strongly believes that the empathy, kindness, and respect that professionals can give to children and families will lead to more positive outcomes for all. Eric has lived in Potterville for the past 12 years with his wife and two boys.
KAREN DYER, ADVOCATE SUPERVISOR, BARRY COUNTY
Karen Dyer joined CASA as the Advocate Supervisor in Barry County in the fall of 2013. Karen is no stranger and comes with a wealth of experience in child welfare. She began her career with the Department of Human Services as a caseworker and maintained various positions over the years working with children and families in the system. Karen retired from the Department of Human Services after 35 years in child welfare as the Program Manager in Barry County in January of 2013. Her experience now helps volunteers advocate effectively for children and families and support of the work of the Court and the Department of Human Services. Karen's passion for children is evident and she believes fully in the "pure" work of CASA's mission. Her warmth touches everyone and volunteers are privileged to glean from her experience.
JESSICA BOSS, ADVOCATE SUPERVISOR, BARRY COUNTY
Jessica joined the CASA team as an Advocate Supervisor in August 2017. She graduated from GVSU with a degree in Criminal Justice and is currently a student in Michigan State University's MSW program. She comes to CASA with experience in substance abuse prevention & treatment, victim advocacy and direct service in Wraparound. With her knowledge in substance abuse, the criminal justice and child welfare systems and mental health, she plans to give the best support possible to CASA volunteers to best advocate for children in the system. She and her husband currently live in Hopkins with their 2 dogs, 3 cats and 2 chinchillas. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, exploring new foods & restaurants and spending time on Gun Lake in the summer.