Elizabeth Howell has been a CASA since 2015 and a Peer Coordinator since 2017. She is also a liaison to the court on behalf of CASA. Elizabeth chose to become a CASA after careful consideration of how she could help others by utilizing her professional skills and her personal experiences of growing up in a physically and emotionally abusive family.
Elizabeth has a background in finance, systems consulting, business management, and marketing. Much of her business career she focused on helping others see the way to improve their way of looking at problems and consider alternatives to arrive at the best solutions. She focuses on coaching others to solve problems through interactive exchange.
While Elizabeth was working, she was also the stepmother for two young children. From ages 3 and 5 through adulthood, she provided a nurturing environment and served as a positive role model that allowed the girls to explore and expand their surroundings and grow to mature women with families of their own. This was done while balancing the challenging environment of a domineering and emotionally abusive birth mother who often manipulated the children to foster her own goals.
Giving back is important to Elizabeth. In addition to her CASA work, she is an active volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) since 2008. She and her husband are raising their 6th dog for Canine Companions for Independence. Elizabeth is President of the local CCI chapter. She also certified as a therapy team with their pet golden retriever and visited facilities for troubled youth.