CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates 

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Our Mission

Our mission is to train and support community volunteers to provide a voice in court and advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children experiencing the foster care system who need safe and permanent homes.

Values

Safe children, permanent homes, Educated volunteers, Effective Staff, Culturally responsive advocacy, Collaboration with partners, Informed community

Vision

Giving voice to children by advocating for every child’s birthright to a safe, nurturing, forever family; changing lives by believing it’s possible.

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Leadership

Heide Lambert

Heide Lambert

Executive Director

Since moving to Lincoln County with her family in 2011, Heide has worked to build resiliency in our community and especially in the youth and families we work with. She has a bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College, where she majored in Media Production. Equity, diversity, and inclusion are more than just values to her; they are her way of life. She advocates for the disfranchised and vulnerable and is always speaking out against injustice. Heide is a trained facilitator by Trauma Informed Oregon and provides workshops to learn how to “Manage Organizational Trauma.” She currently sits on the Waldport City Council. She loves spending time with her family and getting to visit new places.

Board

Jessica Hubbard
Jessica hubbard

President

Jessica began her journey with CASA in 2015. First volunteering as an advocate and now in 2021, serving as President of the Board. Originally from the Midwest, she and her family now call Oregon home. She has many years of critical care nursing experience. She has a Master’s in Public Health from The University of New England and a Bachelor’s in Nursing from Purdue University. Her passion for helping others, especially vulnerable populations, is at the core of her being.  Nature is important to her and her family. They enjoy hiking and adventuring whenever possible. She also loves the experience of traveling to foreign countries and seeing the world. Jessica is also a fervent baker, trivia lover, and always enjoys a challenge.
Sara Herd
Sara HErd

Secretary

Sara is a Health Education Specialist for Lincoln County HHS. Her work focuses on tobacco prevention and education, mental health promotion, suicide prevention, and health system and policy change. Since living at the central Oregon coast since 2013, she spent four years working for the State of Oregon at the local child welfare office as a permanency case worker and two years with the Child and Family unit at Lincoln County Behavioral Health coordinating care for the youth in Wraparound program and EASA program. Sara is a lifelong Oregon, born in Portland, raised in Oregon City and Canby. She joined the CASA Board in December 2020 and continues serving the youth in Lincoln and Tillamook Counties.
Lizzie Martinez
lizzie martinez

Member

Lizzie is the Human Trafficking Intervention Advocate and Task Force Coordinator for Lincoln County. She takes pride in providing the best advocacy to vulnerable populations in our County. She has worked within many professions as an executive assistant and found her passion is to help people. Lizzie takes pride in her experience living as high-risk youth in Lincoln County and her ability to thrive. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Oregon and her goals include going back to school for a Masters in Social Work. In addition to her primary job functions, Lizzie is a mom of three children, an active community member, and since January 2021, a CASA board member.
Theresa Rivenes
TERESA RIVENES

Member

There is no greater cause than advocating for children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned. I believe strongly in the CASA goal of ensuring each child has the very best outcome- a safe, loving and permanent home. I have two boys who are adopted, and both had CASA advocates that were instrumental in helping advocate for them. Having someone else be their voice in the process was such a gift! Being on the Board is a small way for me to repay this gift and I am happy to do it. I bring to the Board experience as a former social worker, a current educator, and an in depth knowledge of child development and child psychology.


hollie boggess

Member

Hollie works as a Deputy District Attorney for Lincoln county where she carries a primarily child abuse and domestic violence caseload. She loves being able to serve the community by prosecuting people who have committed crimes against children and their family or household members. Hollie received her J.D. from the University of San Diego with a concentration in criminal law. She received her bachelors degrees in Psychology and English from Texas A&M. In her free time she enjoys riding horses, hiking, and spending time with her two kids. She joined the CASA board in 2020 to serve the local youth in a capacity outside of the criminal justice system.--

Events

Our History

When was CASA Started?

In 1977, Judge Soukup conceived the idea of using trained community volunteers to speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court.  So successful was this program that soon judges across the country began utilizing citizen advocates.  In 1990, the US Congress encouraged the expansion of CASA programs with the passage of the Victims of Child Abuse Act.

When was CASA LCTC FOUNDED?

In 1988, CASA of Lincoln County was founded to serve local abused and neglected children age 0-17.  In 2006, we successfully completed the National CASA Certification process.

How many children have been helped in LCTC?

CASA of Lincoln and Tillamook Counties has helped to change the lives of more than 2,500 children by providing them with powerful advocacy.  Currently CASA of Lincoln and Tillamook Counties serves nearly 200 children annually with about 30 volunteers and 2 staff for both counties.

Notice of Nondiscrimination Rights and Protections to Beneficiaries

CASA of Lincoln and Tillamook Counties operates its program, services and activities in compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws. No person shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin (including limited English proficiency), disability, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any of our programs.To file a compliant of discrimination, write Office of Civil Rights, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice (OCR), 810 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20531 or call 202-307-0690 (Voice) or 202-307-2027 (TDD/TTY). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may also contract OCR through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 (TTY), 877-877-8982 (Speech) or 800-845-6136 (Spanish).