Judge James Shriver swore in six community members on the evening of June 5, 2017 who will take on the commitment and responsibility of advocating for abused and neglected children of Clermont County. We welcome the following six member and congratulate them on becoming CASA Guardians Ad Litem. We thank you in advance for your service to the children and to your community.
CASA welcomes and congratulates Jennifer Wilcox, Kathleen Clark, Mary Compton, Debbie Leimgruber, Meagan Martin-Ioannou, Elaina Maloney and Stephanie Novak (not present).
Shannon F. Eckner received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from the University of Cincinnati in 2000, graduating magna cum laude. She earned her J.D. in 2003 from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif. While in law school, she served as a Student Articles Editor and Member of the University of Cincinnati Law Review.
Shannon is admitted to practice law in the State of Ohio and in the U.S. Southern District of Ohio. She has exclusively practiced family and matrimonial law since she was admitted to practice law in 2003.
Shannon attended the American Bar Association’s Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute in 2006 and was named an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star in the area of family law by Cincinnati Magazine in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011–2016.
Collaboratively trained, Shannon is a member of the Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She is also a member of the American Bar Association, Family Law Section, the Ohio State Bar Association Family Law Committee and the Cincinnati Bar Association Domestic Relations Committee.
Sam DeBonis is Assistant Vice President, Commercial Lender with Park National Bank. He is very active in building our Clermont County community. In addition to serving on the Board for CASA for Clermont Kids, he also serves on Clermont Senior Services’ Board of Trustees and Finance Committee, on the St. Thomas More Parish Pastoral Council, in the Clermont County Township Association and Clermont Chamber of Commerce & Small Business Development Center , and in the Blue Ash Business Association.
Dr. Keith Kline has served as the Superintendent of the West Clermont School District since February 2013. Prior to coming to West Clermont, he served as a building administrator in both Lakota and Kettering Schools. During his time in West Clermont, the district has engaged in multiple construction projects which include the consolidation of Amelia and Glen Este High and Middle Schools as well as the replacement/renovation of several elementary school facilities. Assisting all students to achieve to their fullest potential is Dr. Kline’s passion.
Cathy Sahlfeld retired from American Airline after nearly 30 years of service in their Cincinnati, Ohio office. Her roles with American included Corporate Instructor, Human Resources Generalist, Probationary Supervisor, and International Sales. Most recently Cathy was employed by Clermont County Department of Job and Family Services at Ohio Means Jobs of Clermont County as a Business Services Manager. She assisted local companies with their human resources needs to promote hiring and business development in the region. Cathy has now fully embraced retirement and spends her time serving on the Clermont Chamber Foundation’s Work Readiness Initiative, assisting local schools secure professionals to speak to students about careers, acting as a mentor to a student in New Richmond, and leading field trips for pre-school and elementary students at Sunrock Farm.
Cathy is married with two adult sons who live in Seattle, WA and Pataskala, OH and two granddaughters who share her love of the great outdoors. She enjoys using her retiree travel benefits to visit family and friends and to travel abroad.
On February 15, 2017, CASA Executive Director, Nate
Bell, accepted a check for $2,375.00 from the Coldwell Banker West Shell Foundation. CASA was one of just 12 local charities who were supported by the foundation. We thank Coldwell Banker West Shell Foundation and the Anderson office for all their support over the past three years!!!!
After a successful Fall Gala event, Cincinnati Eastside Rotary proudly presented CASA for Clermont Kids with a check for nearly $2,800! CASA has been a beneficiary of the Cincinnati Eastside Rotary Club’s generosity on several occasions.
The Cincinnati Eastside Gala focused its efforts specifically toward raising funds for organizations in the community that support and nurture the children in Clermont County. CASA for Clermont Kids, will use the funds to recruit, train, and support advocates for abused and neglected children who come under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court through no fault of their own. CASA is extremely grateful to be a recipient of the Cincinnati Eastside Rotary’s hard efforts toward helping children.
Other recipients of much needed funding included Boys and Girls Club, Inter Parish Ministries, and Stopping the Abuse Before it starts.
CASA For Clermont Kids held breakfast at Panera in Eastgate with our volunteers who have served as GALs for 3, 5 and 8 years. The staff here at CASA cannot thank them enough for their dedication to advocating for children in our county. You are VERY appreciated!!
Lykins Energy Solutions presented CASA today with a check from the annual Golf Outing held at Legendary Run Golf Course. Special thanks to Copper Blue for all they do, Digimax for all their contributions and ALL the Lykins employees for tirelessly working each year to make this golf outing bigger and better. Im SO excited to announce this year Lykins raised $75,000. CASA simply would not be able to serve as many children as we do without the support Lykins provides each and every year. Sincere thanks from all of us here at CASA.