April 23, 2020

Melissa Simas

“Becoming an Advocate has given me a whole new purpose” in life not only personally but professionally. It is pushing me to seek ways to increase my advocacy and making a difference in the life of a child.

Melissa was sworn in on October 29, 2019 and was appointed to a case with siblings. In just five months we have seen the positive results of adding an advocate to a case can have on the lives of children.

Melissa was born and raised in Hanford, California. She is one of two children, and h...

April 23, 2020

Anita Lizotte, RN

In a CASA presentation given at a Soroptimist International of Hanford meeting, Anita a member for 24 years found a way to answer a call to action! Anita was one of eight siblings, raised in the western states as a military child. When she was in the seventh grade her family moved to the Hanford area. She is married and has two children, five stepchildren, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Anita achieved her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing as well as her Master’s D...

January 16, 2020

As a CASA for Kings County, Linda has been an advocate for almost seven years, served on three cases and in the words of her youth, is paid by God.

Linda was sworn in on June 13, 2013. As a retiree, Linda has a natural gift of caring for others. She has a unique ability to connect with individuals of diverse backgrounds, people of all ages, disabilities and/or circumstances.

Linda was born in San Francisco, California and is the youngest of four children. She moved to Hanford in 1980, where she was married w...

November 15, 2019

 Aviation Structural Mechanic, Aviation Warfare First Class Petty Officer, Colin R. Nicome

As a Navy, E6 Enlisted Petty Officer, 1st class, Colin has served our Country for over 13 years. After hearing a local radio commercial and observing his wife advocate for two youth, Colin could no longer stand on the sidelines. 

Colin is a recent graduate and was sworn in on October 29, 2019. Colin is a natural leader. During advocate training, he voiced his interest in recruiting more men and was actively thinking of...

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