By Darla Shelden, City Sentinel Reporter –
This story first appeared online on Nov. 25, 2020.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Recently in a special meeting, the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Oklahoma County Board of Directors voted unanimously to promote Kim Vanbebber to the position of Executive Director.
Vanbebber has been serving as Interim Executive Director for the past four months.
The mission of the Oklahoma CASA Association is to present a statewide voice for abused and neglected children by enhancing the growth of CASA programs throughout Oklahoma
During her 9 years at CASA of Oklahoma County, Vanbebber has served in multiple positions throughout the organization. These positions include her roles as an Advocacy Supervisor and Team Leader, supervising volunteers and staff, as well as Program Director, overseeing the social work wing of the program.
“Kim’s experience supervising recruitment, training, and case management, in addition to her relationship with the judiciary and other court partners will serve her well in the role,” said Jack Morgan, President of CASA’s Board of Directors.
“Kim has excelled throughout every step of her career, exuding passion for the mission and a dedication for achieving the best possible outcomes for every person served by the CASA program,” he said.
A commitment to the safety and welfare of abused and neglected children is core to Vanbebber’s personal mission, according to Morgan.
Vanbebber earned a Bachelor’s in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma, and prior to joining CASA of Oklahoma County, she served as a Permanency Planner with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
Vanbebber said she is excited about the opportunity ahead for CASA of Oklahoma County:
“We have such a brilliant, energetic, and dedicated staff – and the best volunteers we could ask for. I am thrilled to be able to work with such an incredible team, nearly 300 people strong, to continue making positive change for Oklahoma County’s most vulnerable population,” Vanbebber said. “Foster youth deserve a voice.
“CASA is here to help ensure their voices are heard,” Vanbebber added. “Taking on this role is a true honor and I’m excited to watch our team continue working together toward positive outcomes for these truly special children.”
Morgan says Vanbebber will transition into the role immediately.
Those interested in volunteering with CASA can reach out by calling 405-594-3384 to speak to Director of Recruitment Kathy North.
To support CASA’s many programs, call Charlie Ludden, Development Manager, at 405-900-5663.
As a United Way Partner Agency, CASA of Oklahoma County is located at 1608 NW Expressway, #101, Oklahoma City, OK 73118. To learn more about CASA of Oklahoma County, go to OKCountyCASA.org.
For information on other Oklahoma CASA Association programs around the state, visit oklahomacasa.org.