Darryl is a Certified Volunteer Manager (CVM) and has been with Pulaski County CASA for 14 years. He served as a CASA Supervisor for eight years before moving to the position of Executive Director in 2013. Darryl is a native Texan and moved to Arkansas in 2005. He has worked with children and youth for over 30 years in various positions in both the faith-based and public arenas. He serves on several court improvement projects and committees and is active in his community and church. He and his wife, Sandra, have been married for 38 years and have five children and 5 grandchildren.
Angie has been with CASA for 6 years. She first served as a Volunteer Advocate before transitioning to the role of Advocate Supervisor with Grand Prairie CASA. She joins Pulaski and Perry County CASA as the Program Coordinator. “I am thrilled with the opportunity to continue to work with CASA for the best interests of the children we serve. I am inspired daily by those children and by the Volunteer Advocates that work diligently for them.” Her love of children has also led her to co-lead a 7th grade girls’ discipleship group through her church where she hopes to encourage not just a love of Christ but a servant’s heart. She credits her parents for teaching her the importance of service. Her mother has been a nurse for almost 40 years. Her father served in the military and then on the Cabot City Council. She followed in his footsteps and also served 2 terms on the Cabot City Council. She devotes her free time to God and family. Together she and her husband have 3 children and one precious, red-headed granddaughter.
Braxton became involved with CASA in 2015 as a volunteer in White County. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and is currently pursing a Master of Public Administration. Originally from Texas, Braxton moved to Arkansas in 2013. He loves working with and advocating for children.
Daniel has been working as the Volunteer Coordinator for CASA since early 2018. He lives in Little Rock with his wife and young son. Prior to joining the CASA team, Daniel worked for several years with the Mexican Consulate in Little Rock. Working with the community and assisting an under-served population led him to seek a greater opportunity to give back. The opportunity to bring his passion for children coupled with skills as a bilingual Spanish speaker made CASA a great fit. When not working, Daniel enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and dogs, traveling, and getting in quality riding time on his motorcycle.
Celeste Davis, C.P., is a certified paralegal and has worked in the legal community since 1997. Celeste’s love of the legal world and wanting to help families led her to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate in 2017. Celeste decided to continue her journey with CASA when a position for advocate supervisor became available in 2018. Celeste is a Parenting Facilitator for Circle of Security Parenting and MYTE (Managing Youth Trauma Effectively). She founded For Goodness Cakes in 2010 where she and volunteers provide birthday cakes for children in homeless shelters throughout central Arkansas. Celeste’s passion is helping children reunite with their families in safe and permanent homes. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Akissi has been with Pulaski County CASA for 7 years. She started as a Volunteer Advocate November 2010 and is very happy about her new journey as a CASA Supervisor. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration. She is also the founder of Ambitous Girls, Inc. and a Certified Life Coach who loves helping others. In 2009, while conversing with other contestants in a pageant she was competing in, one of the contestants learned of Akissi’s passion and love for youth and children. She was also a CASA volunteer in Faulkner County and informed Akissi of CASA, as well as recommended that she consider being a volunteer advocate in Pulaski County. Akissi researched National CASA, fell in love with the mission and decided to pursue an opportunity with the organization when she had time to be an effective volunteer advocate. She has served with other organizations and boards throughout the past 10 years but when asked why she continues to serve with CASA long-term, she answers “CASA is not only service for me, it is also my purpose to advocate and be a voice for abused and neglected children”. When she is not working, Akissi enjoys writing and listening to music. She is most known for her ambitious attitude in serving God and loving her family.
Jackson has worked in the nonprofit field for 6 years and has served as an Americorps VISTA for over 2 years. In the spring of 2018 he graduated from UALR with a BA in political science with CNP and a certificate in group facilitation. Originally from Ottawa Illinois, Jackson moved to Arkansas in 2012 to serve as an Americorps VISTA. It was then that he fell in love with Arkansas and serving the community and chose to stay in Little Rock to make service into his career.
Tosha Jeffries is an Arkansas native born in the city of Little Rock. Tosha was a P.A.R.K (Positive Atmosphere Reaches Kids) graduate that began her passion with serving at-risk youth when she graduated from the University of Central Arkansas. Tosha was once classified as an at-risk youth but decided to bridge the gap and began working with youth of all ages and in the mental health field for 10 years in various places. She is a trained CPR instructor, Teaching Family Model certified, and certified to instruct Non-violent Crisis Intervention (CPI). She has previously worked at residential/acute health facilities, Pulaski County Special School District (PCSSD), and programs for women and children. She was a part of a small group that implemented and facilitated the Alternative Learning Environment (ALE) at the Pulaski County School District at Maumelle Middle School where she gained a lot of experience impacting youth and their families that she still keeps in contact with on a regular basis. She holds a bachelor’s degree in health education and is currently pursuing a master’s in social work at the University of Arkansas of Little Rock. Tosha was raised by her biological mother whose passion was to open her home to foster children for over 20 years and eventually decided to bless their home with 3 amazing adoptive children. In her spare time, Tosha enjoys serving God, spending time with her son, family, and friends. She is excited about her new journey with CASA and serving the community. “I love a challenge and an opportunity to grow. I never want to limit myself to just what I think I can do; I want to do the unthinkable when it comes to helping others succeed beyond what they thought was possible.”