My name is James Thurman and I am from Las Vegas. I have been in Stephenville for 15 years. I am married to the love of my life, Tracy Thurman. I own Thurman roofing, Stephenville performance center, Texan Tattoo, Thurman ATM’s, The Limo Co., and I also have some commercial and residential properties.
I am involved in CASA because I truly care about the well-being of children. I love that our CASA is non-political and drama free. Everyone’s main focus is the children.
I was born in Killeen, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Sociology. After marrying Ken, we moved to his hometown in Lawrenceburg, TN where we lived for 16 years before I could convince him to move me home to Texas. We have been married for 33 years and have 4 grown children that are spread out among TX, TN and OK so I enjoy traveling to spend time with them and play with my 4 precious grandchildren.
When we came back to Texas in 2002, we were Caregivers at Foster’s Home for Children for 4 years. I left Foster’s Home for 10 years and came back in 2016 as the Vice President of Children’s Services. Working with kids with traumatic backgrounds has been my passion since I graduated and has been fulfilling and rewarding even when chaotic, which is fairly frequent.
I joined the Board of Directors at CASA to enhance my knowledge of what CASA offers to youth in care and because we are all working together for the good of the children. In my position at Foster’s Home, I get to see the impact that CASAs make on kids in care and I am pleased to be able to further that mission by serving on the board.
I live with my family in Hamilton, where I’ve worked as a school counselor for over 30 years. I got involved with CASA because I’ve seen how important advocates are for children and teens in tough situations. I wanted to help support the CASA volunteers as they stay in touch with students who are in foster care situations, making sure that their needs are met.
Vanessa is a graduate of Tarleton State University with a bachelor’s in Education and a master’s in Education/Counseling and Psychology. Vanessa has spent her life in the education field, 35 years in public education in Granbury and Stephenville serving as a teacher and as a counselor. During her tenure in public education, she worked extensively with families, parenting issues and CPS. Vanessa retired in the fall of 2015. Shortly thereafter, she believed her purpose in life was to create a small private school that afforded children a Christian-based education in grades K-12. She founded White Horse Christian Academy in the fall of 2016. A small school building was created for the academy and currently provides a Christian-based education for over 130 students across the state. Vanessa’s experience with working in public education, CPS and court related issues is what drives her to serve on the CASA board. She is an advocate for children and a strong supporter of parenting education and accountability. Vanessa resides in Stephenville with her husband David and she has two grown children, Denton (23) and Neely (20).
Betty Chew is the owner of Texas Vision Municipal Planning LLC, a private consulting firm. She retired from the City of Stephenville as Director of Community Development after 35 years of service.
Betty holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting and Finance from Tarleton State University, where she was a member of Alpha Chi. She also did graduate work in public administration at Tarleton.
Betty is a member of the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association, City Planners Association of Texas having served on their Board of Directors, Code Enforcement Officers Association of Texas, and North Central Texas Council of Governments Resource Conservation Council.
She is a past board member of the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce and past president and board member of Stephenville Zonta International. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Tarleton State University Alumni Association as treasurer.She is a member of St. Brendan’s Catholic Church, serving on their building committee.
Betty is married to Jimmy Chew, Stephenville Fire Chief, and they have a son Chris.
My name is Tabatha Ferguson. I have served on the CASA Cross Timbers Board of Directors for two years. With 35 years of working with the Courts and seven years as Bosque County Clerk, I have observed how much CASA is such a valuable resource to children and families. My husband Scott and I live in Meridian. We have three children and one granddaughter. I enjoying spending time with family, camping and photography.
I was born and raised in Hamilton County and graduated from Pottsville High School. I am married and have one son. I am currently employed by McMullen & Henkes, Lawyers.
I am active in community activities and am a member of St. John Lutheran Church.