Cowlitz County CASA was founded in 1994. Since that time we have served almost 6,000 abused and/or neglected children right here in our own community. Without the support of a volunteer staff of approximately 45 case carrying CASAs and our Board of Directors, CASA would be unable to advocate effectively for these children.

Thank you to our Board members:

President: Jo Ann Crayne

Jo Ann is a Real Estate Managing Broker for Windermere Longview-Kelso. She has 26 years in the real estate industry, including business ownership for 9 years. Jo Ann is a lifelong resident of Longview-Kelso. She and her husband raised two children in Kelso and have 3 grandchildren. Jo Ann has passion for our community and for giving back. Besides CASA, she is active in other local non-profits including CAP, Salvation Army, Community House. Jo Ann’s emphasis is on CASA, where she has served as board member since March 2009 and Board President beginning in 2016. Her mission is to work diligently as a volunteer and board member to see successful outcomes for the children that CASA serves.

Vice President: Dave Andrews

Dave retired as the Director of Customer Services for Cowlitz PUD in 2014. He is a volunteer assistant softball coach at Lower Columbia College, hosts the Red Devils “huddle” for Fellowship of Christian Athletes in his home and also assists the LCC Foundation and Athletic Department in fund raising and game management. He is a lifelong Longview resident. He and his wife Linda have three grown children and four granddaughters.

Dave joined the CASA board in 2013. He also serves on the boards of Exodus Church in Longview and the Mark Morris High School Foundation – and is a past board member for Lower Columbia Community Action (CAP). He is grateful for the upbringing and education he received in Longview and takes great joy in giving back to his community – especially to children and students.

Secretary: Kelly Clary

Four years after moving to Longview, Kelly joined the CASA board in 2008 and has served as secretary for the past five years. She has earned a BA in Communications from Arizona State University and has 15-plus years’ experience in event planning and advertising.
She and husband Kelly have two children and enjoy attending the kids’ sporting events and traveling.

Kelly has a passion for helping children in our community. She has chaired the CASA Dinner and Auction for many years and enjoys raising funds and community awareness to the program. She also serves on the Cowlitz County Rodeo Board, the St. Rose School PTO Board, SW WA 100 Women Who Care Foundation and is one of the founding members of the Baby Reesa Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Treasurer: David Schatzel

David was a CPA specializing in audits of non-profit organizations, before retiring in 2015. He served as a volunteer CASA and advocated for two cases prior to joining the board as its treasurer in 2002. His knowledge of non-profit finances has been extremely valuable to the board and staff of CASA. 

David and his wife Kathleen are parents and grandparents, raising their children in the local community. David coached many of his children’s youth basketball and soccer teams. The Schatzels attend St. Rose Catholic Church where they volunteer in many capacities, including David serving the church finance council. David was on the original board of directors for Stageworks and was its treasurer for several years. He is currently on the Board of Directors of St. Vincent de Paul. David is an Eagle Scout and is the scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 385, which is sponsored by St. Rose Church.

Jodi Snedden

Jodi is our newest member, joining the CASA board in May 2016. She is District Manager for Starbucks and has been with the company for 18 years. She was born and raised in Longview, graduated from Mark Morris High School and later joined her mother in the family business, leading her to her management position with Starbucks. Jodi was recently married to Cory and the couple has four children ranging ages 13 to 26.

Jodi has a broad and varied community service background, serving many organizations with a focus on the children of our community.  She has been on a PTA board, volunteer swimming coach, soccer coach, cooked at the Community House and an active CASA volunteer. Jodi recognizes that our community’s children are the future leaders and she loves the opportunity to serve them and help make positive change.

Danny Jacobs

Danny retired from the City of Longview in 2010, following 30-plus years of service in law enforcement.  He was born and raised in the area, graduating from Kelso High School, LCC and earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management from George Fox College. Danny and Janet have been married for 47 years and have one grown daughter.  

Danny has volunteered in multiple community efforts including the St. Vincent DePaul food bank three times a week, youth soccer (coach and referee) and at several local schools. He served the Community House board for eight years, before joining the CASA board in 2010. It’s Danny’s belief that it’s important to give back to the community and our youth are the future, making it of utmost importance to take care of them.

Jon Trussell

Jon is the Branch Manager for Guild Mortgage Company in Longview. He was born and raised in Cowlitz County and lives in Longview with his wife Addy and their two daughters. He is a 2000 graduate of the University of Washington, worked for a non-profit in Seattle from 1998-2003, spent 3 years in San Francisco while his wife attended graduate school and then moved back to Longview in 2006.

Jon cares about the children and families in our community and has been a CASA board member since 2007, and a past board president. Jon is on the Bigfoot Community Events Board of Directors, a Rotarian, and volunteers for other local nonprofits and cares about the people in our community. He feels strongly that by volunteering and working together, we can make a huge difference in the lives of children and families that need help in our community.

Matt Everett

Matt is a Maintenance Supervisor at Georgia Pacific-Wauna Mill. He has lived in Cowlitz County since 1993. Matt and his wife Susan have a daughter attending Central Washington University, and two sons serving our country: one in the Navy and one in the Marines. In his free time, Matt enjoys spending time on the family boats, visits to Maui, and working on his property and home in Castle Rock.

Matt and Susan’s love and care for children in the court system was illustrated nearly four years ago when they stepped up and became trained CASA volunteers. Matt joined the board in 2015. He also volunteers with other non-profits in our community.

“I was consumed by the fact that I didn’t have enough information about each child, and I just didn’t know if I had done the very best job I could.”

Judge David Soukup,
CASA Founder

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