About Us

Who We Are. What We Do.

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

  • WE provide basic material needs and enrichment opportunities 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 fundraising events. We receive NO State or Federal assistance or funding.
  • WE work closely with the 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.
  • We recently expanded our sphere of influence through a partnership agreement with Apache County to serve their foster youth with some of the same programs and actions that have been successfully used in Navajo County.

Friends of CASA Leadership

Annual Programs

George W. Turner

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 seven 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 (five of those as President).

He and his wife Liz have two grown daughters.

Secretary | 432-853-4018

Linda Croteau

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 as serving 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.

Treasurer

Michelle Lowe

Bio coming soon.

Member

Irene Klim

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.

Member

Georgann Mason

Georgann has worked in several roles supporting children most of her life. Beginning with working in day care, she later transitioned into operating as a school bus driver where she could really make a difference. Fifteen years later, a job with the Department of Child Safety became available, and she's been with the department since.

During Georgann's employment with the department, she became acquainted with Friends of CASA. Later on, she was able to associate with some of the board members and was very impressed with what the organization can do for the children in Foster/Kinship care. After 2-3 years, she was voted in and able to participate as a member of the board.

She's now the liaison for DCS in those counties and Friends of CASA and looks forward to working for and serving the kids of Navajo and Apache Counties.

Member

Lyndee Tyra

Lyndee is a native to the White Mountains and joined the Friends of CASA Governing Board in April, 2018. She has a Bachelor Degree inIndustrial/Organizational Psychology.

Lyndee was a foster parent for three 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 two children.

Member

Len Croteau

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 a number of years but finds Friends of CASA to be the most rewarding. Len’s woodworking skills often come in handy when preparing for various fundraising or recognition events.

Member

Dr. Michael Wright

Mike Wright Ed.D. has been a post-secondary and K-12 education leader for over 25 years. After graduation from Arizona State University, Wright began his career as a teacher and coach, first at Gilbert, then moving to the Florence school district.

Throughout his leadership tenure, Wright held various executive and senior executive positions, including the President and Chief Operating Officer of York Technical Institute in York, Pennsylvania, before becoming Superintendent of Blue Ridge, eight years ago. Wright was awarded his master's and a doctorate in education from Northern Arizona University (NAU).

Wright has also served as a member of the State of Arizona Board of Education Professional Practices Advisory Committee and a commissioner for Arizona's Commission on Post-Secondary Education. He currently serves as vice-president of the Board of Directors for Kairos, a not-for-profit healthcare administration firm. He is Married to Shamaine Hatch Wright. The Wrights have four children and 10 grandkids.