Celeste T. PhotoCourt Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County, a non-profit organization which trains and supports volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the dependency court system, is pleased to announce the appointment of Celeste Turbeville to its board of directors.

“Celeste has been an incredible supporter of CASA of Santa Barbara County for many years.” said Kim Colby Davis, Executive Director of CASA of Santa Barbara County. “Prior to her last term on the CASA board, Celeste founded our annual Volunteer Appreciation dinner, and has continued to underwrite the event, because she so deeply appreciates the service of our volunteers. Additionally, she has worked with her friends for several years at Christmas to provide gifts for all of our teens. I’m thrilled to have someone with her passion return to board service.”

Celeste Turbeville returned to the CASA Board for a second term beginning June 2016.  She graduated from UCSB and is currently a real estate investor.  She previously worked at Kinko’s Corporate as a Financial Analyst. Celeste previously served on the boards for the Santa Barbara Orchestra and Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation.  She founded Community Angels Network in 2003 which continues to donate to local charities in Santa Barbara.

As a survivor of childhood abuse, Celeste considers it an honor to help CASA make a difference in children’s lives.  Celeste currently lives in Santa Barbara with her two teenagers, Conor and Maddy.

“After getting my new business on track, I am thrilled to be back on the board at CASA!” Celeste Turbeville said. “As Magic Johnson said, ‘All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them’ and that is the beauty of the CASA program.”

The Mission of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County is to assure a safe, permanent, nurturing home for every abused and/or neglected child by providing a highly trained volunteer to advocate for them in the court system.

CASA is central to fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect and to learn and grow in the safe embrace of a loving family.

If you would like more information about CASA of Santa Barbara County, contact Crystal Moreno at (805) 739-9102 ext. 2594 or email Crystal@sbcasa.org.