Our Team

Board of Directors

Victoria Strayer – President

Victoria Strayer is Board President and a founding member of Voices for CASA Children. As a CASA volunteer, she has advocated for four children and been a Peer Coordinator in the CASA of Maricopa County program. Victoria believes that every individual is empowered and accountable to enrich the lives of others and is committed to bringing the positive impact of a CASA volunteer to more children in Arizona.
Victoria serves with VOICES as a volunteer. In her corporate role, she is Group Executive of Risk and Compliance at TSYS, a leading global electronic payments company. Victoria has two daughters, four grandchildren and is an Arizona native.

 

Ted Zagrezbski – Vice President / Treasurer

Ted Zagrzebski is Board Vice President and Treasurer for Voices for CASA Children and has been on the board since 2013.  Prior to moving to Arizona, Ted was on the Board for CASA of Northeast Tennessee for four years.  His drive is giving children a Voice in the court system to ensure their best interests are taken into consideration during trying times for their families. Now retired, Ted previously worked in the corporate environment, most recently as Corporate Controller of Highway Technologies, part of United Rentals.  Ted enjoys golfing and traveling with his wife, Janice, in addition to doing wood carving of animals and caricatures.

 

Mary Ramirez – Secretary

Mary Ramirez is Board Secretary for Voices for CASA Children and has served as a board member and volunteer since 2013. Her passion for underserved and neglected children – and the need for more Court Appointed Special Advocates – led her to join the organization. Mary’s goal is to increase exposure for the CASA program and attain the goal of one CASA for every child in state care. Mary’s 8 to 5 career is in finance and housing at Trellis, a non-profit housing agency that assists residents of Maricopa County obtain sustainable homeownership. A native Arizonan, Mary is an avid reader who dotes on her two fur-babies, Luna and Misha, a German Shepherd and energetic Chipoo.

 

Bill Benz – Board Member

Bill Benz joined the board of Voices for CASA Children in 2015. He has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate for three years. Bill graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in engineering and spent the next five years as a project officer in the U.S. Air Force. For the next 28 years he worked as a defense contractor in the field of marketing and customer relations for the B-2 Bomber, the F-35 Fighter and the C-17 Transport, as well as several strategic missile and technology programs. Since retiring to Arizona, Bill has volunteered as a guide at the Heard Museum in downtown Phoenix for four years.

 

 

Chuck Martiny – Board Member

Chuck Martiny joined the board of Voices for CASA Children in 2014. He has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate for more than five years and has advocated for boys ranging in age from six to sixteen in four different cases.  Chuck chose to become a CASA volunteer because it gives him the opportunity to help the most vulnerable children in our state. Chuck is a 35-year resident of Arizona and is recently retired. He is the former owner of Handling Systems which he founded in 1981. Chuck has been happily married to his lovely wife Maryann for 45 years and has three daughters and seven grandchildren.

 

 

Christine Scarpati – Board Member

Christine Scarpati joined the board in 2016 after serving as the founding CEO of Child Crisis Center for 34 years.  At CCC, her team furthered the agency’s mission of preventing child abuse and neglect by creating such programs as emergency shelter care, foster care and adoption, in-home visitation, kinship support, and the Family Resource Center. Christine was instrumental in the creation of the Child Abuse Prevention License Plate, now the most popular specialty plate which is on thousands of Arizona cars and provides funding for prevention programs statewide. Christine serves on the DCS FIRST commission. She and her husband, Frank, love to travel and find adventures in far-off corners of the world.

 

Cathie Spain – Board Member

Cathie Spain joined the VOICES board in 2014 and serves as an advocate for a teenage girl. Becoming a CASA volunteer and working with VOICES has been one of her most rewarding experiences. Cathie has a great love of children and realized that working with both of these organizations is a great way to help kids. Cathie spent 35 years in Labor Relations and Human Resources and recently retired from PetSmart following early retirement from The Coca-Cola Company. She is helping VOICES develop its employee and volunteer handbooks. An avid runner, Cathie is co-director with Chris Trapp for VOICES’ annual Superhero Race.  Cathie is married to Milt and together they have five children and six grandchildren.

 

Christine Trapp – Board Member

Christine Trapp joined the VOICES board in 2014, shortly after volunteering to be on the first Superhero Walk & Run committee.  She has advocated for four children and is currently on another case.  Christine is also a Peer Coordinator for CASA of Maricopa County, guiding and supporting five CASA volunteers. She has worked for the Rockford Corporation for almost 30 years and has three grown children, two stepchildren and one granddaughter. After her children were raised, Chris decided she had time to be more involved in our community. Her journey as a CASA volunteer has exceeded all of her expectations. Making a difference in these children’s lives drives her resolve to do more for children in need.

Staff

Robin Pearson – Executive Director

Robin Pearson is the Executive Director, a founding member and the prior Board Vice President of Voices for CASA Children.  She began as a volunteer child advocate in 2010 for the CASA of Maricopa County program and believes every child deserves a chance to thrive. Robin’s background as a corporate executive for EDS and America West Airlines prepared her to bring the business and collaboration skills needed to grow the community of support for children in foster care. Robin is an Arizona native, has two children, and loves spending time with her two young grandchildren.

 

 

Adrian Jamieson – Program Manager 

Adrian Jamieson is the Program Manager for Voices for CASA Children, orchestrating the organization’s many programs surrounding CASA recruitment, retention and child enrichment. Adrian’s passion for serving Arizona’s young people and community building brought her to VOICES in June 2016. Adrian has a strong background in program and volunteer management and received her Master’s in Public Administration with a focus in Nonprofit Management from Arizona State University in 2015. Originally from Kentucky, Adrian moved to Arizona in 2013 with her husband and enjoys exploring its many parks and museums.

 

Rachel Scheinkopf – Recruitment Coordinator 
Rachel is the Recruitment Coordinator at Voices for CASA Children, managing the recruitment of CASA Volunteers and engaging in community outreach. She graduated with a BA in Sociology and has always had a passion for working with children and young adults. She was previously the  Mentor Match Specialist with the Thrive Mentor Program, and assisted in creating lifelong and meaningful relationships for youth in care as well as the Program Coordinator for New Pathways for Youth, a transformative mentor program for underserved high school students. Rachel is dedicated to providing support for Arizona’s foster children.

 

Karyn McAlphin – Sr. Manager, Marketing

Karyn McAlphin is the Sr. Manager of Marketing for Voices for CASA Children and oversees all marketing and public relations initiatives for the organization.  Karyn began volunteering for VOICES in October 2015 as the marketing lead for the 3rd Annual Superhero Walk & Run and was invited to join the staff in January 2016.  Karyn is passionate about branding and dedicated to generating greater awareness of VOICES and the need for more advocates in Maricopa County. Karyn’s zeal for promoting VOICES stems from 25 years as a leader in the marketing organization at US Airways where she oversaw branding, product development, customer insight, brand management, corporate identity, and promotions.

 

Christine Slomski – Marketing Manager

Christine Slomski is the Marketing Manager for Voices for CASA Children, bringing with her a decade of marketing communications experience across a variety of industries between Arizona, Colorado, and Washington State. Before joining  the VOICES staff in January 2017, Christine volunteered for the annual Jingle and Mingle event in December 2016. Christine is an Arizona native committed to helping the Greater Phoenix community thrive in health and well-being initiatives, artistic collaborations, and programs supporting youth empowerment. Outside of VOICES, Christine is most commonly found attending lectures, writing for her blog at a local coffee shop, or hiking the Valley’s nearby trails.

 

Corinne Tumbarello – Event Manager and In-Kind Donations

Corinne Tumbarello was matched with Voices for CASA Children in October of 2016 as an Intel Encore Fellow from Experience Matters. She currently oversees event planning and in-kind donations for VOICES. Corinne has a BS in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics as well as a MBA in Marketing. Intel Corporation was her only employer for the past 34 years. Corinne spent her first 10 years with Intel as a Field Sales Engineer in New York. She then transferred to Arizona in 1992 where she held various positions in Customer Marketing Management, Operations, and the last seven years as an Event Manager. Her passions include traveling with her husband, reading and enjoying her two four-legged children.

 

Mireya Aguilera – Graphics Coordinator  

Mireya Aguilera is the Graphics Coordinator for Voices for CASA Children, creating our social media graphics, flyers and other visual needs for the organization. Mireya is a recent graduate from Northern Arizona University and received her degree in Strategic Communication with a minor in Visual Communication. Before joining the VOICES team, Mireya interned and volunteered with various non-profits around the Valley. When she isn’t creating visual graphics for VOICES, Mireya is creating other works of art through different mediums. As an Arizona native, Mireya also enjoys hiking the Valley’s trails and exploring various music venues in downtown Phoenix.

 

Barb Edwards – Accounting Associate 

Barb Edwards joined Voices for CASA Children in 2015, first as a volunteer and then as Accounting Associate.  She brings more than 18 years of accounting experience to the organization having worked at A New Leaf, Foundation for Blind Children and CBRE. As a supporter of the CASA program and past board member and treasurer of Hope Village, Barb was drawn to VOICES and the work the organization does on behalf of children in foster care. Having grown up in the chilly midwest, Barb moved to Arizona in 1980 and has enjoyed hiking, camping and canyoneering in its warmth ever since. Barb and her husband have been married for nearly 40 years and enjoy traveling throughout the world.

Interns

Tharina Malan – Videographer Intern

Tharina Malan graduated from Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa’s oldest film school, majoring in scriptwriting, editing and directing. Since 2012, Tharina has been an intern at Press Play Films, producing corporate videos. Tharina’s interest in children’s programming was born in her years of teaching, and she combined these two passions by working for Blue Wizard Productions, where she specialized in educational youth programming. In 2016 she was selected for the State Department Scholarship, Community College Initiative, which allows her to further her studies at Scottsdale Community College. It is through this scholarship that Tharina became involved with VOICES as a volunteer.

 

Isha Parikh – Marketing Intern

Isha Parikh is our Marketing Intern and is assisting with updating the website, creating Snapchat Geofilters for our events and researching Google Advertisements. Isha is a senior at Arizona State University studying Marketing, Supply Chain Management and International Business. She is involved with Delta Sigma Pi, the professional business fraternity, and Kappa Alpha Theta, her sorority, whose philanthropy just happens to be Voices for CASA Children! Originally from Texas, Isha moved here for college, and hopes to move to the Northeast following graduation to pursue a full-time position in Marketing.

 

Advisory Council

Christine Arians, Arians Family Foundation
Dave Brown, Supporter
Renee Espinoza, Supporter
Todd Francis, CFO – Neighborhood Housing Services of Phoenix
Walter Menges, CASA
Paige Parker, Philanthropy Director – Kappa Alpha Theta, ASU

Founding Committee
Victoria Strayer
Robin Pearson
Fran Bardino
Walter Menges
Ian McLeod
Lila Semrau
Sarah Turner
Jeannie Metzler
Melissa Smallwood
Mara Zemical