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CASA of Eastern Oregon

Meet our Team

Mary Collard

Executive Director

Mary is the executive director of CASA of Eastern Oregon, and she has served in that role for almost 19 years. She has also served on several nonprofit boards for child welfare and other service organizations, including two terms on the National CASA Association board. She is a longtime foster parent, adoptive parent, and exchange parent and she brings that firsthand knowledge to her leadership. She is the proud wife to Bryan and mother to five children and grandmother to three. In her spare time she enjoys crafting, traveling to South Carolina, shopping and especially playing with the grandchildren!

Wendy Simer

Operations and Training Coordinator

Wendy Simer has been in the Grande Ronde Valley of Union County most her life.  She graduated from a local high school where she met her spouse of 34 years.  They raised a son and now enjoy spending time with his family, including their 4-year-old grandson.  Wendy believes she was born to ride horses and hold babies and enjoys spending time doing both.  She also enjoys spending time in the outdoors picking huckleberries and kayaking with her husband or baking and crafting jewelry on cooler days. 

Wendy has strong faith and a great empathy for vulnerable children.  She feels serving CASA of Eastern Oregon as both a volunteer advocate, and staff member has been a blessing.

Baker County

Kimberly Wirth, Baker County CASA

Kimberly Wirth


Kimberly moved to Baker City in 2012 after spending many years living in both Grant and Yamhill counties. Kimberly was hired in a new position granted by EOCCO as Foster Parent Liaison for Baker, Union and Wallowa counties. She has also taken on the role of Baker County Program Manager for CASA as well. She loves being able to reach out to foster families to help provide needs they may have, especially when it comes to helping navigate new foster families through the assessment process with their foster children placements. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, walking, hiking, singing, gardening as well as cooking and baking. Kimberly also runs a local Airbnb.

Edna Garman CASA of Eastern Oregon Service Coordinator

Edna Garman

CASA of Eastern Oregon Service Coordinator

Edna grew up and raised her son in Northern California. She moved to Baker City in 2016 and loves it and loves the small-town feel. Edna loves working with CASA to help local kids and really enjoys helping with events. She feels she has a fantastic boss and lucky to be a part of CASA. In her free time Edna likes to kayak, play shuffle board, visit her granddaughter in Nampa, and loves being outdoors. 

Lake County

Tina Aguilar

Program Manager

Tina is the Program Manager for our newest county, Lake County. She lives in Paisley and has deep roots in Lake County. Tina has raised two daughters and a son. She has been a foster mom and an exchange mom! In addition to her CASA duties, Tina works in the local Mental Health system.  She is excited to help train and support Lake County community member’s advocate

Malheur County

Bettye Ramirez

Program Manager

Bettye joined CASA in 2009 as a volunteer and then as training staff under the Title V program with the state.  Bettye continued on as Malheur staff as the program shifted and she loves every day she represents our program. Bettye will share with you one of the best compliments she ever received was when Judge Sullivan nominated her for volunteer of the year.  Bettye was recognized by the governor at a reception in Salem as a Latina helping the Latino community in Oregon.  She has also represented CASA several times for CASA Day at the capital and loves being a voice in Salem for our eastern Oregon children.  Bettye has served as a representative for people with disabilities from Malheur County and is active in starting a community coalition for LGBTQ youth.   When Bettye is not advocating for children, she enjoys crafting, sewing, making memory quilts, and crocheting.

Cassandra McElravy

Data Manager

Cassandra is a full-time Real Estate Broker who started as a CASA volunteer in 2014. Being a previous foster parent she had an inside look of the foster care system and the need for these vulnerable children to have a voice. In 2015 our Malheur County Supervisor retired and asked Cassandra to step in. Since then she has streamlined our system and made information readily available for all of our volunteers so they can better serve the children in care. In her personal time, she enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors as much as possible.

Kimberly Leos

Outreach CoordinatoR

Kimberly loves her position with CASA because she gets to be a part of gaining exposure to CASA in Malheur County and being a voice for the kids in care! Kimberly is also a foster parent who has one biological son and welcomed a baby girl in AugustKimberly enjoys vacations with her family and being outdoors! 

Union County

Jill Finney

Program Manager

One of Jill’s favorite things about her position is getting work with some of the biggest hearts in Eastern Oregon. CASA volunteers are some of the most caring and dedicated people around. She has been given the opportunity to watch children bond with their advocates and see their voices and best interests being heard where it is needed most. It is an honor to work with CASA‘s amazing volunteers. 

In her free time she loves going on adventures with her husband and two wonderful children. Trips, walks, or time spent with close family is the most precious moments to herShe likes baking and cooking with her kids and for her family, she also enjoys family movie nights.

Liz Tarrant

Liz Tarrant

Administrative assistant

Liz and her husband moved from Texas and lived in Coos County, Oregon for 23 years before moving to a 20 acres farm in Elgin Oregon a year ago.  She is the proud Mom of five, Grandma Liz to ten and Great Grandma to almost four. She had been an Advocate for 22 years. In Coos County Liz worked at the Women’s Safety and Resource Center, working with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, taught at Shutter Creek Correctional Institution’s Summit Program, a CASA and the Recruiter, Trainer and Awareness Maker at CASA of Coos County.  Liz is so excited to be a CASA and a part of the staff in Union County.  She is also starting her own natural personal care products business, Nature’s Essentials.