Lone Star CASA
Serving Rockwall and Kaufman Counties
The Lone Star CASA Team
My name is Lauren Rowe and I am the Executive Director of Lone Star CASA. I have the privilege of overseeing the organization, raising awareness and increasing funding to provide the volunteers and staff the tools they need to ensure the kids we serve are taken care of and find a safe and healthy home. I started in November 2019 with the organization but have spent my career in non-profit, specifically organizations that served victims or children. I have truly enjoyed my time at CASA and getting to know all those that are passionate about this organization and the role we play in protecting abused and neglected children in our community. I am married to Brian and we have two young girls, London and Laurel. My favorite thing to do to relax is cooking in the kitchen. I love food and love preparing it.
Hi! I’m Ashley Jamison, Volunteer Manager here at Lone Star CASA. I started out as a volunteer advocate in 2017 and was hired in December 2018. I love to teach and train others, and all of my work experience prior to CASA centered around that. I thoroughly enjoy working for such an amazing organization with volunteers who make a difference in the lives of children. I have 2 boys, ages 12 and 14. I enjoy running and lifting weights in my spare time.
Toni Garcia was born and raised in Camden, New Jersey and moved to Rockwall, Texas in April 2010. Toni became involved with CASA volunteer as a volunteer in June 2016 and has served as a Casework Supervisor since April 2020. Toni is deeply moved by the mission of the program and felt serving as CASA would be a great way to positively impact the lives of children. Her husband, Rudy, also serves as a Helping Heart. Favorite Things to Do: Reading, Traveling, Cooking, and Spending Time with Loved Ones
Molly is a Rockwall native who recently graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Brand Management and Arts Entrepreneurship from the Temerlin Advertising Institute at Southern Methodist University in August of 2021. Since 2019, Molly has studied Advertising and Brand Management while gaining experience as a marketing director and intern for The Big Event and The Muscular Dystrophy Association.
When not working, Molly enjoys sharing her love of dance by teaching dancers at her local studio, watercolor painting, and listening to Crime Junkie Podcast on the couch with her Pomeranian, Frida.
Hello Everyone! My name is Kivonda Harris, and I am the Program Manager of Lone Star CASA. I have a plethora of knowledge working with children in the foster care system and in adoptions. I’ve also had the opportunity to work in the non-profit sector assisting families and clients in the DFW area. During my leisure time, I enjoy cooking, painting, family trips, and spending time with my love ones. I have two girls ages 14 and 10. I’m excited to be a part of this team and eager to assist in serving children in our community.
My name is Tahj Walker, and I serve as a Child Advocacy Specialist with Lone Star CASA. I previously worked as a Child Protective Investigator with the Department of Family and Protective Services and centered my legal studies around child abuse victimization, domestic violence concerns and avenues to reach at-risk communities in need of additional resources. During my down time, I teach my 2-year-old daughter about Dallas Cowboys fandom, and we sing melodies constantly (I did A Cappella Choir in high school and college). I also enjoy cooking numerous cuisines and taking road trips to see family in various parts of the country
Hi, I’m Barbara Henderson and have been a CASA volunteer since 2018 and In November of 2019, accepted the position of Casework Supervisor, working out of the Kaufman office. My husband and I have lived in Kaufman County for many years and I am currently working with several other non-profits in the county as well. I serve on the board of directors for Hidden Acres, a Christian Retreat Center and am a facilitator for a young women’s group in the Still Waters organization. I am married and have 4 children and 6 grandchildren. In my spare time, I teach online management courses at Dallas College and Indiana Wesleyan University. I love to grow/garden and travel. I just hope I remember how to travel after the pandemic is over! Working with all the great CASA volunteers is my favorite part of my role at Lone Star CASA. There are so many committed volunteers that give their precious resource of time to our CASA kiddos, along with their hearts. It’s an awesome responsibility to be an advocate for a child but you do that with little recognition, and I thank you for your selfless service!
Chris Hoffmeyer: I became a volunteer in the spring of 2009 and came on staff as a Casework Supervisor in September, 2017. I thoroughly enjoy all my interactions with all our wonderful volunteers. I have eight grandchildren that I love spending time with and spoiling.