Meet the Staff
The professional staff of Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma works diligently to ensure there are CASA Volunteers to help abused or neglected children have a caring, consistent adult to advocate for his/her well-being while in foster care. Because of their efforts, CANO Volunteers worked with 236 children involved in 106 court cases in the agency’s five counties during the July 2015 through June 2016 period.
The agency’s focus is that each of the children CASA Volunteers serve will be safe, have a permanent home, and be given the opportunity to thrive.
Angela has served as the Executive Director of Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma since March 2004. Under her leadership, the agency expanded services in 2015 from three to five counties (Rogers, Mayes, Craig, Ottawa, and Delaware). In addition, in September of 2017, the agency began providing CASA services to the courts of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma as well. Angela oversees the administration of the agency’s program and professional staff and devotes a major portion of her time to fundraising.
In October, Angela’s service to CASA and our community was recognized when she received the Leading Ladies Award for a Non-Profit. The award was sponsored by the Claremore Area Chamber of Commerce and Claremore Main Street. Additional recognition in 2016 included being appointed by the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association as a member of its newly formed Suburban Leadership Council.
Angela graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with Honors and has an Associate of Arts Degree in Radio/TV/Film from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College.
Angela resides in Claremore with her husband and two children.
Emily has served as Assistant Director of Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma since February 2012. Previously, she worked for DHS Child Welfare as both a permanency worker assisting with reuniting families and as an investigator on referrals received involving abuse and neglect.
Emily graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Science with a focus on Family and Children Services plus a minor in Business Management. While in college, Emily worked for DHS in Child Welfare and completed an internship in Child Welfare.
Emily’s duties include supervising and assisting the Advocate Coordinators, ensuring that the Claremore and Miami offices are running smoothly, and assisting the Director with overall operations of the agency’s program and professional staff.
Sandra has been with CASA for 11 years. She served as a CASA Volunteer in Mayes County before coming on staff in March of 2016.
Sandra’s responsibilities include the direct supervision and case management of the CASA volunteers in Rogers and Craig Counties. She is required to have knowledge of the cases in which her volunteers are involved and assist the volunteers with court preparation. She also attends hearings with the volunteers and provides post-dispositional supervision, referrals, and direction.
Sandra studied early childhood development and psychology. She began volunteering with CASA while she was employed as a pre-school teacher. She later retired from that position to devote her time to advocating for children full-time. In addition to teaching preschool, Sandra was employed for over 15 years as an administrative assistant and mortgage loan agent.
Sandra and her husband reside in Pryor. They have five children and one granddaughter.
Sally was hired in November 2016 as an Advocate Coordinator. Sally’s responsibilities include the direct supervision and case management of the CASA volunteers in Ottawa and Delaware Counties. This includes having knowledge of the cases in which her volunteers are involved and assisting the volunteers with court preparation. She also attends hearings with the volunteers and provides post-dispositional supervision, referrals, and overall direction. In addition to these duties, Sally maintains the new agency office in Miami.
In 2012, Sally and her husband moved to Grove from San Diego where she had lived for 34 years. Her husband had grown up fishing on Grand Lake as a kid so they decided to live on the lake after he retired.
Sally’s professional career in San Diego included working in human resources and for a biotech company. After moving to Grove, she went to work for a bank in Customer Service and New Accounts.
Jay Rector started February 2018 as our newest Advocate Coordinator. Jay’s responsibilities include the direct supervision and case management of the CASA volunteers in Craig and Mayes Counties as well as the Quapaw Tribal Court. This includes having knowledge of the cases in which his volunteers are involved and assisting the volunteers with court preparation. He also attends hearings with the volunteers and provides post-dispositional supervision, referrals, and overall direction.
Rector, who lives in Grove with his wife of 25 years and granddaughter, was working as a special education teacher for Claremore Public Schools. He is an active member of First Christian Church in Grove and enjoys boating and creating stained glass artwork in his spare time.
Gayle started as the Training Coordinator in July 2016 after joining the organization as a CASA volunteer earlier in the year. In her new position, she serves as the first point of contact with all individuals interested in volunteering with CASA.
As the CASA Trainer, Gayle is responsible for organizing and presenting pre-service classes to new volunteers as well as developing ongoing curriculum of continuing education for all CASA volunteers.
Gayle obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology which opened the door for her to becoming an officer in the National Guard and Army Reserve. She has a background as a licensed social worker, Medicaid program liaison, and vocational rehabilitation contractor in northwest Kansas.
After retiring, she and her husband moved to the Columbus, Kansas area to be closer to their grandchildren.
Marketing and Resource Development Coordinator
Brandon joined the organization in May of 2018 as the Marketing and Resource Development Coordinator. Brandon is responsible for fundraising and assisting in coordinating events for recruiting volunteers. He also oversees the agency’s marketing, public relations, and media activities.
Brandon graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He also graduated with honors from Ozark Christian College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Bible and Ministry. Brandon serves as youth minister at First Christian Church in Afton, OK.
Brandon lives in Afton with his lovely wife Katie and their two sons.