MEET OUR TEAM
Mandy Wright is the Executive Director at CASA for Kids of South Central Texas. She joined the CASA team in August 2018 as the Director of Advocacy and was promoted to Executive Director December 2019. She graduated from Baylor University in 2000, with bachelor’s degree in Education. She has earned the Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership with the Bush School Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy from Texas A&M, is a graduate of 2020 Washington County Chamber Leadership Class and is currently working toward her Masters in Jurisprudence at Loyal school of Law. Mandy has been married to her husband Shane for 16 years and has four amazing children. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family and making memories that last.
Nicole graduated from LSU (Geaux Tigers!) with a BS in Family and Child Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Human Services Management. She has a heart for helping, advocating, and making a difference in the lives of others. Nicole joined the CASA for Kids team in January 2020 as the part time Grant and Compliance Officer. She was promoted to Operations Director in July 2021. Nicole is responsible for funding request, grant compliance, and providing support to Advocate Supervisors and volunteers. Nicole is active with St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and is Past President of the Brenham Dolphins. She is married and has three very active boys. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling.
Jo Reaves began her CASA career in 2003 where she served as Executive Assistant with Child Advocates of Fort Bend and also served as the Guardian Ad Litem/CASA Advocate on a case for a period of four years for two young girls. In 2008, she resigned from Child Advocates of Fort Bend when she moved to Washington county. Several months later, she learned there was an opening with the new CASA program in Washington County and has served as an Advocate Supervisor with CASA for Kids of South Central Texas for the past 14 years. Jo is married to a Texas State Trooper and they have two adult sons and a daughter they adopted in 2017. Jo has a passion for advocating for children and their families as she has had to advocate for her own. Jo has seen first hand the growth of the program and the families and children’s lives changed and impacted by the CASA Advocates she supports.
Sharon Wehmeyer was born and raised in Houston Texas and moved to Brenham when she married. She has three grown boys who are married. She has three precious grandchildren, two girls and a boy, which are the joy of her life. She attends and is involved in several ministries at Cowboy Church of Brenham and has a variety of hobbies. Before she retired in 2016, she went back to complete her Associates degree from Blinn College. She went on to complete a BS in Sociology/Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University in 2019.
Danielle Decoste, recently graduated with honors from Lone Star College. She has a degree in applied science, specializing in social work. Danielle started her journey with CASA as an advocate volunteer and intern in 2021. She is now the advocate supervisor of Austin County and Colorado County. Danielle grew up in Nova Scotia, Canada moving to Texas in 2017. She has a passion for advocating for the child and families that she works with. Her other passions include horseback riding, hunting, and enjoying the outdoors.
Community Outreach Specialist
Tawanna Mikkola is a Trainer and Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) Lead. A veteran of the United States Army and a Lubbock Christian University graduate with a Masters degree in Human Services, Tawanna has over 10 years of experience working within the child welfare system. As a former foster parent and CPS caseworker, Tawanna brings a unique skill set and perspective to this organization. Tawanna joined the CASA family in 2015 and worked as an Advocate Supervisor and Program Director. Currently, she is responsible for training new advocates as they go through thorough and rigorous training classes. She also leads the CFE team, which is responsible for research to find connections and support for children while they are in care and after. Tawanna has been married for 22 years and has four sons, one of which who is serving in the United States Army. Tawanna’s desire is for all children to have a loving, safe and supportive place they can call home.
Lynda Thackerson joined the CASA for Kids of South Central Texas team in December 2021, after serving in various positions at Boys Ranch Town, a non-profit, basic residential child care facility in Edmond, OK. Lynda received her BS from Texas Tech University in Human Development and Family Studies and her MS from Oklahoma State University in Individual and Family Community services. Lynda learned about CASA for Kids through her mother, who served as Executive Director of CASA in Eddy Co, NM, for over 20 years. She and her husband have three adult children, four dogs, and one cat. Lynda is passionate in assisting her co-workers as they advocate for abused and neglected children in the foster care system.