Paula Creps, director of the Sarpy County CASA Program, will become a member of the Nebraska CASA Association’s Board of Directors.
Creps was elected to the board recently after being nominated by CASA directors from Cass and Otoe counties. She will serve a three-year term and has the option to serve a second term.
“I am excited to be a part of this board to learn more about CASA on the state and national level, to help create and implement policies and training programs to make our state CASA programs more efficient and purposeful, and to be an active part of the annual Nebraska CASA fundraising event,” Creps said.
Creps has been with CASA in Sarpy County since 2013, when she started as Volunteer Supervisor. She has been in her current role since November 2015.
Creps has 20 years of experience in the social services field, primarily dealing with children and families.
She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Nebraska Omaha.
Sarpy County’s CASA program began in 1986 and was the first CASA program in the state of Nebraska. Other CASA programs followed and by 1995 discussions began about forming a statewide association. In 1998, the Nebraska CASA Association incorporated as a non-profit agency with the purpose of supporting the development and growth of CASA programs.
The 14-member state board of directors includes 10 corporate and community representatives as well as four local CASA directors.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteers are appointed by judges to speak in court for the best interest of abused and neglected children. Volunteers make placement recommendations after researching the child’s background. The CASA serves as a stable force in the child’s life during difficult times.
To learn more about the Sarpy County CASA Program, to donate or volunteer, visit SarpyCASA.com.