Although CASA programs use volunteers to advocate for children, they also have paid staff to recruit, screen, train and support the volunteers, to raise funds for the organization, and to increase community awareness.
Nancy Springer - Director
Nancy joined the CASA team in February 2018 after serving as CHINS administrator for Allen Superior Court, Family Relations Division for 2 years, working with the Court Improvement Project, Family Court Program, and implementation of the Dual Status Youth program. Nancy also served as Coordinator of Great KIDS make Great COMMUNITIES, the court's grant funded, positive youth development initiative from 2012 to 2016, providing training and support to youth workers in Allen County. Nancy holds a BA from Lyon College and a MM from Ball State University.
Suzanne Lange - Assistant Director
Suzanne has been the Assistant Director at the Allen County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program for 25 years (March 1994). She has a BS in Social Work from Ball State University and has worked in the field of Child Abuse and Neglect since the early 90’s, witnessing many of the changes that have happened in our local Child Welfare and Family Court systems during that time. Suzanne was a foster parent for over 10 years. She has three children, both biological and adopted …and three Yorkies, all adopted.
Brooke Neuhaus - Volunteer Coordinator
Brooke graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. She has been with the Allen County CASA Program for 10 years. Brooke enjoys meeting new volunteers who want to make sure that a child’s voice is heard in court. She is an avid runner and has coached girls basketball for the past 15 years.
Nicole Fischer - Volunteer Coordinator
Nicole graduated from Ball State University in 2005 with a Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Political Science. Nicole joined Allen County CASA in January 2015. Before coming to CASA, Nicole worked at the Department of Child Services and also with a local service provider.
Laura Goodwin - Office Manager
Laura began work with the Allen County CASA Program in September 1994. She loves working with the CASA volunteers and truly appreciates their passion for advocating for children. Laura is married, has 3 children and 2 fur babies. Laura and her husband are also foster parents. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and anything relating to the beach.