Joy has been a volunteer since April 2016 and is on her second case. Each time she has chosen to take on cases working with an infant. Some may think or say, “why would an infant need a CASA?” The reality is these babies are truly dependent on an adult and have no speech at all to voice their best interest. Joy’s cases have had difficult aspects to each of them. Joy has navigated these difficulties with a sound objective mind, thoroughly thinking of the whole situation, remaining professional and patient along the way. Joy is lovely to work with and we appreciate her greatly!
Here are a few words from Joy: “I moved to Columbia with my husband in 1972 so he could attend the University of Missouri. We made our home here and raised three children. I have worked for the University since 1973 in various departments. I retired from the School of Law in 2016, and continue to work part time. Several years before retiring I heard a request on KBIA for CASA volunteers and made the decision to become a CASA. It has been one of the most rewarding commitments of my life. When not working at the School of Law or actively volunteering for a CASA child, I enjoy making special memories with my 5 grandchildren, traveling, volunteer knitting and knitting special gifts for family and friends.