New Executive Director Named
Michelle Cobern has been named as the Executive Director of East Texas CASA a nonprofit that recruits, trains and supports community volunteers, known as Court Appointed Special Advocates® (CASA), to advocate for children in the foster care system and their families.
East Texas CASA is excited to welcome such an experienced Executive Director and Program Specialist, who is eager to contribute to team building and program success through efficient and effective work, attention to detail, and excellent organizational skills. With a clear understanding of non-profit operations, National and Texas CASA standards, and organizational governance, Mrs. Cobern is poised to lead East Texas CASA to grow, increase capacity, and collaborate with others in the region.
For the past two years, Mrs. Cobern has served effectively as a Program Specialist with Texas CASA, performing quality assurance reviews, and implementing standards for boards and programs across the Northern part of the State of Texas. Previously, she was the Executive Director for CASA of Titus, Camp, and Morris Counties for seven years, where she was a key player in the start-up of the 71st CASA program in Texas. Mrs. Cobern comes to East Texas CASA with a wealth of experience, dedication, and compassion in serving children and families in the East Texas Region. Not only has she served with CASA, she also has provided leadership and support to the Salvation Army, The Boys and Girls Club of Mt. Pleasant, FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter programs, Northeast Texas Rescue Organization, and Titus County Cares.
CASA volunteers with East Texas CASA are specially trained and appointed by judges to advocate for a child or sibling group while they are in the foster care system. They advocate for the child in court, school, and other settings; and get to know everyone involved in the child’s life, including their parents, foster parents, teachers, doctors, family members and others. CASA volunteers are steadfast, consistent presences for the children they serve, making sure they are safe and have the resources and connections they need to grow and thrive.
The mission of East Texas CASA is to make a difference in the lives of children by creating a positive future for children who have experienced abuse and neglect by recruiting and training highly qualified volunteers to ensure the safety, protection, and permanent placement of children.