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The Kentucky CASA Network Recognizes Award Winners at Annual State Conference in Owensboro


Contact: Andrea Bruns, State Director
Kentucky CASA Network
Phone: (502) 238-2154

November 25, 2019 – The Kentucky CASA Network (KCN) recognized several winners of Awards of Excellence during the KCN’s annual statewide conference in Owensboro, Kentucky, on Saturday, November 16. The awards recognize excellent work to advance the CASA mission statewide in the following categories: Board Member of the Year, Judge of the Year, Program of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year. In addition, this year the KCN created a new award category to recognize “CASA Pioneers,” those individuals who have worked tirelessly to reconstitute or create local CASA programs during the past three years.

This year’s recipients include:

  • Board Member of the Year: Carolyn Looff, Board Chair, CASA of Lexington
  • Judge of the Year: The Honorable Judge Brandi Rogers, Crittenden, Union and Webster Counties Family Court
  • Program of the Year: CASA of Madison County
  • Volunteer of the Year: Larry Cullen, CASA of the Bluegrass

Recipients of the inaugural CASA Pioneer Awards include:

  • Judy Beaven and Margie Bradford, CASA of Nelson County
  • Chris Cook, CASA Program of Hopkins, Webster and Crittenden Counties
  • Ruth Hawkins, CASA of Madison County
  • Michelle Jones, Carolyn Smith, and Norma Thomas, CASA of Knox and Laurel Counties
  • Mike Foster and Tina Newby, CASA Program of Christian County, KY

“These awards represent the best-interest advocacy of the thousands of Kentuckians who work hard each day on the CASA mission in support of finding safe and permanent homes for abused and neglected children,” said Andrea Bruns, State Director of the KCN.

“Whether you are a CASA volunteer, program staff, Board member, or donor to the CASA mission, we are humbled by the time donated by these dedicated individuals who each day advocate for the most vulnerable children in the Commonwealth.”


About the Kentucky CASA Network

The KCN is the state Court Appointed Special Advocate association as recognized in Kentucky Revised Statutes with a mission to support and strengthen local CASA programs that guide trained community volunteers appointed by judges to represent the best interests of dependent, abused, and neglected children. In 2018, 1,112 CASA volunteers advocated for more than 3,500 abused and neglected children in Kentucky. Kentucky currently has 23 CASA programs covering 59 counties in the Commonwealth.