Tod Schattgen – April 2020
Tod has been a CASA volunteer for nearly one and half years. He has been on the same case for that time frame. Tod has been dedicated to Heart of Missouri CASA since he became and advocate. Tod has traveled over 860 miles to have visits with the child on his case. We want to thank Tod for being an outstanding Heart of Missouri CASA Advocate.
Here is a little bit about Tod and is family:
Tod retired from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s, Commissioned Officer Corps nearly 10 years ago. During his 23 years of service, he and his family moved every 3 to 5 years. He stated “Moving every few years I was never able to establish a connection to the communities that we lived in. We made many lifelong friends along the way, but the connection to the communities never materialized.” When he retired, he and his family moved to his wife’s hometown in Callaway County. He and his wife continued to volunteer in the local schools that their three children attended.
As his connection with the local school grew he was asked to informally mentor a trouble child in elementary school. Through this informal mentoring he was frequently blocked from access and information that would have aided him in connecting with the child. That’s when he learned about the CASA program. Through CASA training he learned why he struggling with access and information and learned that through the CASA program he would be empowered with the tools and authority to help him help children in his community.