Judge Deborah S. Tinsley joined the newly sworn-in Court Appointed Special Advocates after the ceremony that was held in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in Goochland County.  The advocates had just completed their 35 hour training course which included observing in Court and had obtained all the necessary clearances to be a CASA. 




Behind Judge Tinsley (L to R):  Tom DeWeerd, Mariah Leonard, Patrick O’Donnell, Marcialyn Ellis and Doug Elliott.  They are new prepared and ready to help the children in Goochland who may find themselves in court through no fault of their own.





Several of Judge Edward DeJ. Berry’s biggest fans attended his retirement party.  After serving 27 years on the bench in Goochland, Judge Berry retired this year.  Attending L to R first row:  Marie Proffit, Judge Deborah Tinsley, Director of Social Services, Kim Jefferson, Retired Deputy Sheriff Horace Herndon and his wife Mary and Social Worker Barbara Speas.  Rear Row:  John Casey, Retired Deputy Sheriff, Goochland Chief Deputy Clear Dianne White, Deputy Clerk Lorraine Noel, Social Worker Carol Johnston and Goochland CASA Director Ann Casey.





The new Board of Directors for Goochland CASA met in September to plan activities for the year.  Standing (L to R) Gracie Kenny-Easley, Sheila Hyer, Vice Chairperson, Ivan Mattox, Adeeb Hamsey, Yvette MacDermott-Thomas, CASA Liason, Lynn Stonnell and Connie Reid.  Sitting (L to R) Patty Evans, Belinda Bowles, Secretary, Dr. Margaret Washburn, Chairman and Megan Winnfield, Treasurer.

Goochland Rotary held a festive Oktoberfest at the Benedictine campus the fall.  Manning the CASA booth to explain what CASA is and what we do were Board Members:  Connie Reid, Sheila Hyer, Dr. Margaret Washburn (Board Chairperson) and Ann Casey (CASA Director).  Also on hand to volunteer that day but not in the photo was Board Member Patty Evans.  

Each year, Goochland CASA offers six in-service training sessions so that all the advocates can get their twelve hours of additional training annually.  In September, the following advocates participated (L to R):  Grace Butler, Deborah Wilson, Ginny Perrin, Michelle Haywood, Jennings Shields, Ellen Robinson, Thomasine Smith, Barbara Hughes, Lynn Selfe and Jean Harris.

CASA conference in Norfolk 2016The Department of Criminal Justice Services, which oversees the CASA programs in Virginia, holds a conference every other year for all the CASA programs in the state.  This year representatives from Goochland CASA traveled to Norfolk to attend.  They included sitting (l. to r.) Jean Harris, Eileen Kinelski and Lynne Selfe.  Standing:  Ann Casey and Jennings Shields.  The workshops were excellent and the participants brought the information back so they could present it at some of our in-house in-service training meetings.

IMG_20160728_130048 (2)Judge Edward DeJ. Berry officially welcomed the newest Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) when they were sworn in in Juvenile Court on July 28, 2016 in Goochland.  (l to r) Ann Casey, the Executive Director of Goochland CASA joined Judge Berry in congratulating Jean Harris, Lynn Selfe, Dawn Barnes, Lucy Wysong, Michelle Haywood and Leigh Paulin.


Katie Presson, Judge Berry and Ann Casey executive Director of Goochland CASA reunite.  Katie was sworn in as  a CASA in 2014.  She served as an intern in the CASA office during the summer. She is currently a senior at University of Richmond.  Back when Katie was in high school, Ann Casey who was a CASA volunteer who served as her CASA.


All CASAs must complete a thirty five hour training course before becoming an advocate.  Here, Judge Edward DeJ. Berry conducts the swearing-in for (L to R), Summer Strickland, Katie Presson,Tiesha Holman and Barbara Hughes.


As part of the thirty five hours of training, in one of our sessions  Mr. Mills Jones, who is the CSA coordinator for Goochland County, explained what the Comprehensive Services Act is and how he implements it in funding services for the children who need them.