The CASA Mission
Nearly 700,000 children experience abuse or neglect each year. Instead of playing with neighbors and making happy family memories, they’re attending court hearings, adjusting to new foster homes and transitioning to new schools. That’s a heavy burden for a child to carry. With a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) or guardian ad litem (GAL) volunteer dedicated to their case, America’s most vulnerable children have someone by their side, speaking up for their best interests. Susquehanna Valley CASA - Voices for Children serves abused and neglected children in Lycoming, Union, Snyder and Northumberland Counties.
Susquehanna Valley CASA – Voices for Children is excited to have two new employees starting with us!
Tammy Sempko is joining as our Executive Director
Tammy has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Bloomsburg University, and a Master’s of Education in Management and Innovation from Western Governors University. Tammy has over 27 years of experience working in the Social Services, Human Services and Education Fields. Her work experience includes; Director of Behavioral Health Services (BHRS), High Fidelity Wraparound (HFW) and Summer Therapeutic Activities Program (STAP) at Keystone Human Services, Coordinator of Pinnacle Place, a transition home for homeless young mothers and their children at Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) and Caseworker at Northumberland County Children and Youth.
In her free time, Tammy enjoys walking, watching sporting events and spending time with her husband and their three children; Coryn, Cirstyn and Coltyn.
Sarah Stigerwalt is joining as our Union/Snyder/Northumberland County Case Manager
In 2013, Sarah graduated from Mansfield University with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. In 2015, Sarah graduated from Penn State Harrisburg with a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice. Her primary focus and thesis pertained to Veteran Treatment Courts in Pennsylvania. During that time, she worked at the Dauphin County Day Reporting Center as a Case Manager, with a focus on Job Development. In 2018, Sarah graduated from Widener Commonwealth School of Law with a Juris Doctorate. Upon graduating, she accepted a position as a Law Clerk for the Honorable President Judge Charles H. Saylor in Northumberland County.
On a personal level, Sarah is getting married in October 2019! Her fiancé and her own two dogs, a Husky and a Dachshund/Labrador mix. She enjoys hiking and working on the landscaping at their new home. Sarah’s passion for making a difference extends beyond her employment with CASA; she is also a trained CASA volunteer, Sunday school teacher and Habitat for Humanity board member.