CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Collin County is proud to announce Randy Roland, a past board member and two-term past president of CASA of Collin County, was recognized as the 2013 National CASA Association Board Member of the Year. Roland received the award at CASA’s national convention an April 6 in Anaheim, Calif. National CASA is a nonprofit network supporting and promoting court appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent and loving home.

Roland has dedicated his life to the safety of the community’s citizens. As Assistant Chief of Police in McKinney, he demonstrates commitment, leadership, ethics and perseverance. Roland joined the CASA Board after serving with United Way. He recognized that as a police officer he was forced to be concerned for the offender’s rights. As he puts it, “We put the bad guys away, but never see what happens to the victims.” Roland realized that serving with CASA allows him to focus on the needs of the victims of crime, especially the innocent children.

Since 2006 Roland has served as a board member, president of the board for two terms, treasurer and advisory board member with CASA of Collin County. During his tenure he oversaw the purchase and renovation of CASA’s new building, increasing the budget and staff by 30% and saw the program honored by Texas CASA by being one of only six programs in Texas to serve 100% of the children with 100% volunteers.

When asked about his experience at the conference, Roland stated, “I am excited to be a part of the nationwide recognition for the great work that CASA of Collin County does in our communities. It has been a privilege for me to serve with outstanding board members, staff member and the hundreds of volunteers that work so hard to protect the lives of abused and neglected children in Collin County. This award is a product of the outstanding services that CASA of Collin County strives to provide every day in every corner of our county.”

Susan Etheridge, Executive Director of CASA, said, “Randy is passionate about our cause, always thinking about how to engage community volunteers as advocates and how to ensure the public realizes the vital role we play for the health and vitality of children and families in the community. It is hard to think of another individual who has done more for our program as a board leader for CASA.”

Roland sells CASA wherever he goes and never misses an opportunity to serve – whether it involves introducing CASA to a gold medal gymnast and a finalist for American Idol or putting together the Executive Director’s desk and changing light bulbs. Roland’s leadership and vision has been instrumental in the stability and growth of CASA of Collin County as well as our ongoing ability to serve 100% of the children in the child welfare system in Collin County.

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