sandovalCourt Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County, a nonprofit organization that trains and supports volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the dependency court system, is pleased to announce the  appointment of Maggi Daane to its board of directors.

CASA plays a crucial role in fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation, Maggi’s appointment corresponds with a major push to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy for every abused or neglected child in Santa Barbara County. “Maggi has been a passionate supporter of CASA of Santa Barbara County for many years,” said Kim Colby Davis, Executive Director of CASA of Santa Barbara County. “I am thrilled to welcome her to the board.”

Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Maggi is a 38-year resident of the Santa Maria Valley. Following a 25-year career with Lockheed Martin at Vandenberg Air Force Base, she retired in January 2006 as its Community/Public Relations, Protocol Manager and Ethics Officer. As an advocate for more than 35 years, Maggi has served, and in some instances continues to serve, in numerous capacities on various committees and boards with organizations such as the Youth of the Month Selection Committee for the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce Santa Barbara County Education Office, the Industry Education Council, the Advisory Council for the Teacher’s Network, and the Allan Hancock College Foundation Board and President’s Council. Maggi actively participates in fundraising activities for various community organizations, including the Santa Maria Valley Boys and Girls Club, the Santa Maria Valley YMCA, and the North County Special Olympics. In her quieter moments, Maggi enjoys time with her two grandchildren, outings with her dog, gathering with friends, reading, travel, golf, and gardening. Maggi has one adult daughter who lives in the Santa Maria Valley with her family.

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.