Spotlights

2016 Volunteer of the Year  – Sharyn Doanes

On behalf of the Clayton County CASA program, we are proud to nominate an outstanding advocate for children. This nomination provides a snapshot view of an advocate who consistently demonstrates high standards of effective service to child who have been abused or neglected.  Sharyn Doanes has been selected as our 2016 Volunteer of the Year and has been nominated for the Georgia CASA Volunteer of the Year.

HIGH EFFECTIVE STANDARDS

Sharyn Doanes has been a Clayton County CASA volunteer since November 2004. She vowed to become a CASA volunteer to help others in need in order to give something back to the community.  She works diligently with her case assignments to gather, monitor, and report pertinent details to the court system.  She also makes extra efforts to maintain contacts with the Department of Family and Children Services, CASA supervisor, teachers, foster parents, relatives, parents, and of course the child or children assigned to her care.

PERSONAL STRENGTHS AND SKILLS

Sharyn ‘s drive is centered on her passion to help others by volunteering for Village Atlanta, homeless shelter, Atlanta Ballet Board, Georgia Catholic School board. Sharyn came to us through “Hands On Atlanta” which she completed an application and wanted to become a volunteer to help children that were being abused.

Mrs. Doanes has a MBA in the legal field and her past experience with the New York Times for 8 years gave her a vast of information regarding abused and neglected children. Mrs. Doanes arrives on time for court hearings, panel reviews, and child visits. She is very reliable, dependable, and maintains focus on the child or children in care. She has a special tenacity for obtaining information that will assist the courts in deriving at the best decision for her case load by going the extra mile to research statutes, legal amendments, and other community resources.

Sharyn’s heroism illustrates that persistence pays off – – one child at a time!

2015 Volunteer of the Year – Cory Jones

On behalf of the Clayton County CASA program, we are proud to nominate an outstanding advocate for children. This nomination provides a snapshot view of an advocate who consistently demonstrates high standards of effective service to child who have been abused or neglected.  Cory Jones has been selected as our 2015 Volunteer of the Year and has been nominated for the Georgia CASA Volunteer of the Year.

High Effective Standards

Cory Jones has been a Clayton County CASA Volunteer since April 2013. The children on his caseload connect with him because he honestly cares for their wellbeing and it shows. Mr. Jones organizational skills are impeccable. He has a notebook with tabs on everyone he has come into contact with and documents everything. Mr. Jones has had a total of three cases in which one was a high-profile case that was featured on the local news. Mr. Jones  has a goal to ensure that all of his cases are handled properly. Regardless of the obstacles presented  to him he continues to perform as a CASA and not let any of the backlash detour him from his case.

Personal Strengths and Skills

Mr. Jones completed the Fostering Future training to be better equipped to advocate for teenagers that will be aging out and have the opportunity to attend college. Once completed Mr. Jones requested a case with a teenager. Mr. Jones worked the case in addition to the case that he was already assigned. Mr. Jones is a CASA in every sense of the word. His commitment and dedication to children on his caseload is an inspiration to other CASA’s. Mr. Jones is often asked to come to trainings to speak to new Volunteer’s  in training. He answers questions and promotes CASA in a very positive manner which we appreciate.

“Cory shows all of us that we can make a difference in a child’s life by being persistent.”

May 2007 –  Michelle Peavy

A Mosaic is where you take something broken and turn it into something beautiful. We all have the potential to create mosaics with the children that we advocate for in helping them turn what appears to be broken into something that is positive in their lives. We are able to help them realize that they have this within them. To help children become this and advocate for their well-being is something that can only be experienced to understand how it truly makes one feel. I love being a CASA and look forward to continuing my case work!     Michelle Peavy  (Volunteer of Year 2007)

 

The Clayton County CASA staff salutes Sharyn Doanes and all of our other volunteers for their hard work and dedication!

Stay tuned for more CASA spotlights coming soon!!