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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 her family remains deeply rooted in this community. She has a beautiful daughter and fiancé with two children of his own. Melissa is an educator in Kings County, and she has been teaching

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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 Degree. Anita retired as an Emergency Room Registered Nurse after 30 years of serving in Kings and Placer County. During her tenure, she would often treat children for wounds or injuries su

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