CASA of the South Plains Announces the Hiring of a New Executive Director

LUBBOCK, TX (NEWS RELEASE) - Jaclyn Howard will join CASA of the South Plains as our new Executive Director on March 6, 2017.

Howard is the former Director of Business Development and Marketing for Communities In Schools (CIS). Her responsibilities included fundraising, marketing, raising public awareness for CIS, and event planning. She combined her exceptional creativity, drive, and leadership skills to help foster community and media relationships that would ensure the success of fundraising events such as the CIS Annual Gala and the Peace Love Mud Volleyball Tournaments.

Prior to joining CIS, she served as a community leader and excelled in business development and management for 18 years in the banking industry. Her passion lies in community outreach and strengthening teams. She has participated in many leadership programs and has served the Lubbock Area United Way for over 15 years.

She thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand an organization’s reach. She has a passion for teamwork, the professional development of others, and a deep desire to improve the lives of community members, especially children. She continues to be a strong advocate for young people in the South Plains and is devoted to helping them achieve their goals and overcome unforeseen situations.

She is a mother of three children, two of whom are adopted. During her journey through the adoption process Howard and her family were able to experience the astounding impact CASA volunteers have in the lives of the foster children they serve. This experience cemented her dedication to CASA’s mission to provide a volunteer Advocate to every child in foster care.

Howard is from Snyder, Texas and moved to Lubbock to attend Texas Tech. In her free time, she enjoys making jewelry, thrift shopping, and learning about antique cars. She loves spending time with her family and three crazy dogs.

“I am thrilled to start my new journey with such a dedicated team. I could immediately feel their passion when I met them. With adopted children of my own and a recipient of the services that CASA and its volunteers provide, my dedication runs deep. CASA of the South Plains is a dynamic organization and I am blessed to be joining this team. I can’t wait to get started,” said Howard.

"I know I speak for all of our Board members that we are thrilled Jaclyn accepted the position, and will bring her energy, visionary leadership, and enthusiasm to our number one priority; providing our children of the South Plains a voice in the court system. We look forward to Jaclyn joining CASA on March 6, 2017," said Melissa Raney, President of the CASA Board of Directors.

From the Board of Directors and staff at CASA, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to you for your continued support and encouragement as we worked to fill this essential position for our agency. Lauren Westerberg will continue to serve as Interim Executive Director until Jaclyn begins in March.

We are excited to welcome Jaclyn to the CASA family and hope you will join us in welcoming her too!

(News release from CASA of the South Plains)


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