2007 Louisiana CASA “Awards of Excellence”
Diane Ferguson, Louisiana’s CASA Volunteer of the Year!
CASA of Central Louisiana, serving the Natchitoches area, nominated Diane Ferguson for Louisiana’s Child Advocate of the Year because she has been a faithful and loyal CASA volunteer for over two years. Her great enthusiasm and positive outlook have been contagious to not only other advocates, but CASA staff as well. Mrs. Ferguson treats her role as a CASA volunteer as if it were her career.
Her efforts don’t end with advocating for the children in her case! Within the community, Mrs. Ferguson has networked and established numerous contacts which have benefited the local CASA program and all of the children served by the program. Businesses within the community have generously supported CASA because of her efforts and persistence. She is always available anytime the program has a need in addition to attending all meetings, trainings, and fundraising events. As an outstanding advocate, she is a true team player!
CASA of Central Louisiana expressed their gratitude and appreciation for Mrs. Diane as a wonderful wife, mother, friend, and -especially-as an outstanding CASA Volunteer!
Courtney Arceneaux recognized as the CASA Executive Director of the Year for 2007!
With literally an appreciation for all perspectives regarding the work we do, Courtney Arceneaux has excelled as Executive Director for the CASA Terrebonne and Lafourche Program.
From media appearances to actually being a foster and adoptive mom, Courtney has brought a diverse set of experiences to her CASA program. Mrs. Arceneaux is described as a leader who is honest, hardworking, dedicated, responsible, and genuine. Her focus remains on children and her staff’s loyalty is often expressed in their own love for their work.
In a recent newspaper article in the Houma community, she expressed her mission is to open doors for children. In fact, her career is one of the reasons she wants to open doors to children in the state’s custody. As a foster, and now adoptive, parent herself, she understands firsthand the challenges these children face.
Mrs. Arceneaux maintains an open door policy and makes herself available to staff, volunteers, media, board members, and anyone interested in CASA. Though her title is Executive Director, she continues to give her time to so much more than what is listed in her job description! Courtney Arceneaux is beyond doubt leading by example!
Lakisha Hills is the CASA Staff Member of the Year!
For over five years, Lakisha Hills has worked with the Child Advocacy Services CASA program, growing from a new Advocate Supervisor just out of college to Program Director for CASA during that time. Currently, Ms. Hills provides leadership and guidance to the CASA program which services a 10 parish area of Southeast Louisiana.
Ms. Hills leads by example, demonstrating the value of respect for others; kindness and honesty; and expecting no less from her staff. Ms. Hills continuously pushes herself and her team toward the goal of making better lives for the children of her community.
She works tirelessly in advocating for youth and family services that directly improve the lives of children. As her personality demonstrates, she is bright, articulate, motivated, and conscientious. Ms. Hills has a true understanding of the CASA mission, but, more importantly, the need for protective services for children.
Acknowledging her qualities of excellence, Ms. Hills is recognized for her integrity, and work ethic as she leads by example.
Jackie Perkins is an example of leadership and collaboration for Louisiana’s Children
Jackie Perkins, Regional Administrator for the Monroe Region of the Office of Community Services, does it all for CASA from collaborating on training to honoring and celebrating their local CASA program. Nominated by the Center for Children and Families’ CASA of Northeast Louisiana program, Mrs. Perkins was described as an example of leadership and collaboration and a shining star for the Office of Community Services.
Since being named Administrator, she has set an entirely new tone of collaboration between CASA and OCS. She has actively worked with OCS and CASA to promote collaborative efforts on behalf of abused and neglected children. She personally makes sure that CASA staff are invited to speak to all of her supervisors and management staff to make sure that each understands the other’s roles and are working toward the same goal.
Mrs. Perkins is happily married, with three daughters and four grandchildren. She has been employed with DSS since 1976. Congratulations!
Judge Robert Black truly makes a difference for Louisiana’s children
Judge Robert Black of Bogalusa was selected as the 2007 Judge of the Year for Louisiana CASA. Nominated by Youth Services Bureau CASA, Judge Black values the independent perspective of the CASA volunteer and truly utilizes CASA as one of his tools in the difficult, decision-making process regarding the future of abused and neglected children. YSB also added that Judge Black respects the CASA volunteers and always takes a moment to thank them for their volunteer work on the case when leaving the witness stand. Judge Black will even assist with recruiting more CASA volunteers! Respected in his community, Judge Black doesn’t hesitate to join the CASA staff with recruitment efforts.
Judge Black was accompanied to the Together We Can Conference to receive his award by his wife, Chris. Thank you both for your support of CASA and for your work on behalf of abused and neglected children!
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