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Staff Directory 2023

East Texas CASA Board of Directors 2023

 Main Office: (903) 753-8093  • Fax: (903) 753-4841 

East Texas CASA 2023 staff


Michelle Cobern

Executive Director of East Texas CASA

I joined East Texas CASA on October 10, 2022. I have been blessed with the privilege of serving children in the foster care system for almost 11 years. It is very exciting to work with a gifted group of men and women, on Staff and as Advocates, that share the same passion of serving EVERY child in foster care system in Gregg, Rusk, and Upshur Counties! Developing partnerships and working collaboratively with others, we can ensure that no child is left alone without a supportive adult or given a voice while trying to navigate the foster care system. If you or someone you know would like to join the talented group of East Texas CASA Advocates and fulfill the vision and share your passion for serving children, please give me a call!  I look forward to serving children in Gregg, Rusk, and Upshur Counties, and I hope you will join me.


Ariel Angel – Advocacy Director

Ariel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Stephen F Austin State University. Ariel has a wealth of knowledge about children and families. Ariel was employed with Child Protective Services from August 2014- February 2021. She has seven years of conservatorship caseworker experience. Ariel prides herself on her strong work ethic, coupled with her dedication to the children she serves. Ariel grew up in a small town, Eustace, where she graduated high school. After college moved to Longview where she met and married her husband, Erik. Ariel and Erik have a daughter, Landon. As a family they enjoy going on vacations, especially the beach!