We are thrilled to announce that we grew! One more time for good measure… We grew!
Yavapai CASA for Kids’ Board of Directors recently expanded. Earlier this year, we welcomed three new members to our team; Bridget Suess, Chris Gallo, and Kayla Stazenski.
Bridget is a wife and mother with multiple years experience in fundraising. She and her husband are host parents to an exchange student from Spain, and she is a part time coordinator for Moving Language Ahead. Before joining us a Yavapai CASA for Kids board member, Bridget was a volunteer where she helped to coordinate and fundraise for our annual gala. Most recently, Bridget coordinated Prescott’s Dancing for the Starts and the Yavapai Family Advocacy Center’s Hope Still Floats event. As we edge closer to a new year that is once again filled with our annual events, we are happy to have Bridget and her fundraising experience on our team.
Chris, always looking for an opportunity to give back, joins us in helping to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. Originally from New York, Chris and his wife relocated to the valley 20 years ago, and just this past January moved to Prescott. They have two children and will soon be welcoming a second grandchild. Chris was a corporate attorney for a number of years and acts as a business operations consultant. With a strong commitment to Yavapai CASA for Kids’ mission, he hopes to raise funds for our many programs and recruit more CASAs for children in the foster care system. We believe that, with his legal background and private sector experience, Chris will make a wonderful addition to our team.
Kayla is a 5th generation Prescottonian who loves to go paddle-boarding with her pup, Cowdog. She is a donor and advocate for the rescue from where she adopted Cowdog, Barb’s Dog Rescue, and volunteers with the Arizona Crisis Team. As vice president for the northern region of one of the top real estate brokerages in Arizona, Kayla goes into everything she does from a leadership perspective. She has headed multiple charity functions and fundraised within our community for nearly 20 years. Kayla firmly believes that, as humans, we have a responsibility to give back to those who need it most whenever possible. As a member of Yavapai CASA for Kids’ board, she hopes to utilize her leadership skills and experience in fundraising to raise money for our programs and expand our community outreach.
Our community of foster youth is ever changing. It grows larger, it grows smaller. Through it all, though, our commitment to helping them will never waiver. Each new member of our team underscores that commitment; and each, with their own unique experiences and views, helps us explore new avenues for our foster youth.