SBcasaCourt Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County, a non-profit 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 Nancy Iarossi to its board of directors.

Nancy Iarossi moved to Santa Maria in 1990 when her husband was transferred to the Central Coast from Washington, D.C., by the federal government. Nancy received her Bachelor Degree in Sociology and Social Science from Montclair State University and Master in Education from George Mason University. In 2013, Nancy retired from the Santa Maria-Bonita School District (SMBSD) and spent three years as a teacher on special assignment, working as a mentor with new SMBSD teachers in the Santa Barbara County beginning teacher program (BTSA). She continued working for the county as a BTSSA instructor from 2000 until 2013, after which she returned to the classroom.

Nancy has served as president of the Santa Maria Elementary Education Association (SMEEA), a CTA-affiliated teachers’ union local chapter, and negotiator for SMEEA from 1995 to 2013. She continues to work as a substitute teacher for SMBSD and is currently on the board of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Eta Lambda chapter, an international organization dedicated to impacting education around the world.

“I admire Nancy’s commitment to children. Her background and passion in education make her a great candidate for our dynamic group of CASA board of directors. I know we will benefit from her experience!” said CASA Executive Director Kim Colby Davis.