Houston, TX (January 14, 2021) – Whitley Penn is pleased to announce that Celina Cereceres, Audit Partner and lead for the firm’s Public Sector industry group, has been named to the Board of Directors for the Court Appointed Special Advocates® (CASA) of Galveston County. Cereceres’ board position was official on January 1, 2021.
Cereceres has been passionate about serving the children of CASA for years and is excited to serve on the Board for this great organization.
“My interest with the organization started early in my career. I believe that every child should have an advocate in their life and I think that the work CASA does to protect those who cannot protect themselves is valiant. Eventually I would love the opportunity to become a child advocate myself, but I am honored to serve in a Board position until that is a possibility for me,” stated Cereceres.
We are proud of Celina for being named to the CASA of Galveston County Board of Directors. Celina continues to be a strong leader in every organization that she is involved with. I know that she will be a great representative and advocate for CASA,” stated Nathen McEown, Audit Partner and Partner in Charge of the Houston office.
CASA of Galveston County is part of a national volunteer movement that began in 1977 in Seattle. Judge David Soukoup decided he needed to know more about the children whose lives were in his hands. He asked community volunteers to act as a “voice in court” for abused and neglected children. These Court Appointed Special Advocates® (CASAs) were able to provide the detailed information he needed to safeguard the children’s best interests and ensure placement in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. Since 1977, the CASA program has spread across the nation. There are now more than 950 CASA programs nationwide and 72 CASA programs in the state of Texas. CASA has served abused and neglected children in Texas for 25 years, providing trained community volunteers for children assigned to the program through the court.
The mission of CASA of Galveston County is to provide trained community volunteers who advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children in the foster care system in an effort to secure safety and permanency while increasing child abuse awareness. Visit casagalveston.org for more information.
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