Maryann Williamson – April 2023
This month we are recognizing Maryann Williamson as our CASA Spotlight.
“I was born in Boulder, Colorado and moved to Missouri when I was thirteen. My family moved to Columbia where I attended Hickman High School. So, yes, I am a Kewpie!!! I worked for the University of Missouri for over twenty-seven years, beginning in the Department of Nuclear Engineering, spending 15 years in the University System Office, and the last eight years before I retired working at the Thompson Center for Autism. I love to sew and have made a couple quilts. I also enjoy working in my yard and especially attending the Silver Sneakers classes at the YMCA. I volunteer at my church, Southside Baptist, where I am a Trustee, assist with the food pantry ministry and co-facilitate the Grief Share program. I have three children, eight grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
I received my first CASA case in December 2019. This case is still active and has definitely been a learning experience for me. There have been many challenges with the case, which often are frustrating. But I know by being there for these seven children, and working with the caseworker, GAL, JO, Judge Crane, and others, that we are making a difference in their lives.
My oldest daughter, Jennifer, once asked me how I could be a CASA, that it would just be too hard to work with children who have been abused, neglected, etc. She said, ‘I just couldn’t do that!’ I thought for a moment before I responded, and then said, ‘If not me, then who?’ I am proud to say that today Jennifer is a CASA also.
My faith tells me that all people matter and that while we are on this earth, we need to make a difference. Being a CASA is that difference that changes children’s lives when they are at their most vulnerable. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to make a difference!”
Maryann has persevered through some difficult times with her case but has developed a positive relationship with the seven children she advocates for.
Thank you, Maryann, for all you do as an advocate and supporter of HOM CASA!