Heather Ames joins the CASA Board of Directors
CASA of Santa Barbara County is happy to have Heather Ames join the Board of Directors. Heather’s extensive background in human resources, knowledge of the community, and passion for giving back make her a valuable addition to the CASA team. “Heather is a great addition to our board,” said Kim Colby Davis, Executive Director for CASA of Santa Barbara County, “Montecito Bank and Trust has been a supportive partner to CASA and Heather’s experience will greatly benefit our organization.”
For the past 10 years, Heather has worked at Montecito Bank and Trust and currently serves on the senior leadership team as the Senior Vice President and Director of Human Resources leading the Human Resources and the Organizational Learning Departments. She has a comprehensive background in Human Resources including experience in succession planning, career and leadership development, employee relations, workplace investigations, talent acquisition, compensation programs as well as leading workplace engagement programs. With her breadth of experience, CASA of Santa Barbara County can continue to find and retain qualified staff and volunteers.
Born in Santa Barbara, she enjoys giving back to her community by volunteering for many local organizations. She has served on the Board of Santa Barbara Girls and Boys Club, local school site councils and has supported many non-profit organizations including United Way, NatureTrak, Old Yeller Rescue Ranch and Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society. “My passion for children and animals has been the driver for many organizations that I support,” says Heather.
Heather with her husband Rich and their four children currently reside in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley where they both grew up and graduated from Santa Ynez Valley Union High School. She enjoys spending time outdoors, family time and volunteering in her community.
“One of my goals is to help recruit a more diverse pool of volunteers as advocates in the north county area,” commented Heather. CASA of Santa Barbara County needs to recruit and train at least 50 more volunteers in the Santa Maria area. “CASA plays a key role in fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation, to keep our communities most vulnerable children safe,” said Kim Colby Davis, Executive Director for CASA of Santa Barbara County. The staff and board continuously work toward the goal of ensuring every child in need has a CASA volunteer by their side. Heather’s appointment to the board corresponds with a major push to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy for every abused or neglected child in Santa Barbara County.