Board Member Spotlight: Melanie Morrissey Clark
How did you get involved with CASA?
I stopped into a coffee shop and ran into a couple of CASA board members I knew who were recruiting someone else I knew (that’s Omaha for you!). They saw me and said, “You’re next on our list, can you sit down for a minute?” and told me all about CASA. I’d never heard of the organization before but was immediately taken in by the mission and the success stories. By the time I left, I was sold, and had to say yes to joining the board.
The interest in CASA seems to be growing. Why do you think that is?
I’ve been on the board nearly six years, and feel like I have seen a bit of a transformation in the way it is perceived by donors and the public. CASA’s great reputation for doing work that really makes a difference in children’s lives has been steadily growing for the past several years. The program is solid, the leadership is stellar, and we are having a true impact. Donors and volunteers alike are attracted to programs like this. Everyone wants to feel like they are contributing to more than an idea—they want to see impact. We have that.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about donating or volunteering?
I tell people to donate and volunteer for CASA all of the time. I can talk about how CASAs change lives incessantly, and do so whenever I get the chance. I tell people that if they really want to make a difference in their volunteer work, and truly feel rewarded by it, this is the place to be. I had the pleasure of producing a video for CASA a few years ago, and was able to spend some time interview CASA volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. The one thing they had in common was a genuine love for their work with their CASA kids. I found that amazing, and it speaks volumes for the experience on all sides.
Melanie Morrissey Clark joined the CASA Board of Directors in 2012. She is President of Clark Creative Group, a local marketing firm, and a long-time Omaha volunteer. She is also currently serving as Board Chair of the Women’s Fund of Omaha board of directors.