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CASA CTA Welcomes New Board Members

CASA for the Cross Timbers Area welcomes two new members to its Board of Directors. Jordan Barkley, Ph.D. of Stephenville and Joanna Mills of Hico are the newest additions to the CASA CTA board and joined Executive Director Mindy Wooley in the Spring. Both members bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in the non-profit sector.

Dr. Barkley is a university administrator and faculty member at Tarleton State University who began his career as a 7th grade English teacher. Barkley has a doctorate in Reading Education and has over 20 years of experience educating middle school through college age students, focusing on teacher preparation in higher education. Barkley moved to Stephenville from Alabama in 2014, and lives here with his wife, Susan, two sons, Harrison and Jack, and their IrishDoodle, Murphy Jean.

On why he wanted to join the CASA board:
“As a former classroom teacher, CASA and the work our volunteers do is very important to me. I was thrilled to join the board and continue advocating for children and others who need our support.”

Joanna Mills graduated from Tarleton State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and has an extensive background in event planning and management. Mills has a deep commitment to volunteering. She has spent countless hours planning fundraising events for various charity organizations throughout the community. Mills also serves on the Board of Directors for Restoration Advocates – serving women, and their dependent children, who are leaving abusive situations. Mills enjoys traveling, reading, event planning and shopping for funky vintage finds. She resides in Hico with her husband, Kirk, and their little boy, Kace.

On why she wanted to join the CASA board:
“The children in our area going through vulnerable situations deserve a solid voice in the courtroom. As a board member for CASA, I hope I can play a small role in being a BIG voice for our kids.”