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** Navajo County Friends of CASA is a local, all volunteer group of concerned citizens committed to helping improve the lives of dis-advantaged kids. NCFC has been in existence since 1999 and has served hundreds of foster kids.

** WE provide basic material needs to help displaced foster care kids and their caregiver families. Most children enter foster care with little more than the clothes on their back or what they can carry in a trash bag. We believe they deserve better!

** WE raise funds to achieve our mission solely through donations, grants and fund-raising events. We receive NO State or Federal assistance or funding.

** WE work closely with Navajo County CASA ( Court Appointed Special Advocate) Agency which recruits and trains CASA volunteers who act as the advocate for the child in the Juvenile Court system. These volunteers establish a caring one-to-one relationship with the foster child to determine what is the best living situation for him or her. You can learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer by going to www.casa.org , or by contacting the CASA Coordinator for Navajo County @ 928-524-4135.

** WE also work closely with both the Show Low and Winslow DCS (Department of Child Services) offices and caseworkers to identify critical needs and to serve the entire population of foster children with programs such as back-to-school supplies, new winter coats and various social and family bonding events.

Annual Report for 2019


George W. Turner, President

George Turner (President of Governing Board): George and his family have been associated with the White Mountains for over 35 years and full-time residents since 2003. He has served on the Friends of CASA Board for over 7 years. Prior to moving to Pinetop full-time, George retired from Motorola, Corp. after a 33 year career in Arizona, South Korea, and Illinois. George also recently retired from the Blue Ridge Unified School District Board after serving for eight years (5 of those as President). He and his wife Liz have two grown daughters.


Linda Croteau, Secretary

Linda moved to the White Mountains in 2014 after retiring as a Paralegal and legal secretary. She joined the Friends of CASA Board in 2011 and has been involved in many of our organization’s activities. Linda was also deeply involved with the SAFE House. She oversaw their daily operations, as well asserving as the President of the Board of Directors for the SAFE House. She enjoys visiting her grown children (mostly out-of-State), and she and her husband Len (also a Board member) are now enjoying the retired lifestyle while residing in Pinetop Country Club.

Ildi Ervin, Treasurer

Ildi is the newest member of the Board and, due to her almost 20 years in the accounting profession, accepted the position of Board Treasurer. As such, she has brought her financial knowledge, accuracy, honesty and enthusiasm to this position. She is actively involved in all organization fund-raising activities and is proud to be involved in the lives of the kids we support. She and her husband Mike (also a Board member) have lived in the area for three years.

Irene Klim, Member

Irene Klim has been a member of Navajo County Friends of CASA since the beginning, when in 1997 some CASA volunteers began working on just what the organization would be. In 2003, she retired as Coordinator for the Navajo County CASA Program. Irene started the CASA Program here in Navajo County in 1988, along with the State CASA Office, the Arizona Supreme Court, the Navajo County Juvenile Court and Juvenile Probation Office. She is no longer running the CASA Program, but has continued to volunteer with Friends of CASA. Irene has three children, loves to visit other countries and experience different cultures, but makes her home in the White Mountains.

Michael Ervin, Member

Mike has been a Board member for three years and takes an active role in all of the Board’s activities. He and his wife Ildi (also a Board member) moved to Pinetop four years ago and have been actively involved in the community ever since. Mike works as a supervisor for a large communications company and has been in the telecom business for 18 years. He enjoys golf and hiking in the beautiful White Mountains. Mike has two daughters, two sons, and a grandson.

He also serves on the Pinetop/Lakeside Chamber of Commerce Board.

Lyndee Tyra, Member

Lyndee is a native to the White Mountains and joined the Friends of CASA Governing Board in April, 2018. She has a Bachelor Degree in
Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Lyndee was a foster parent for 3 years and thoroughly enjoyed the time that she and her husband were able to spend serving the children. She currently is employed by HRT (Human Resource Training) which assists in the State licensing of foster parents and homes. She resides in Show Low with her husband and 2 children.

Len Croteau, Member

Len retired from the Sacramento Area to Pinetop in 2005. Len, a former Air Traffic Controller, enjoys the resort style living in the White Mountains, including golf, fishing, and hunting. Len and his wife also enjoy extensive traveling. He has been a community volunteer for anumber of years, but finds Friends of CASA to be the most rewarding. Len’s woodworking skills often come in handy when preparing for various fund-raising or recognition events.


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