MICHAEL “MIKE” COBB
Mike feels fortunate to be able to serve on the CASA board and support the important work of advocating for children to ensure they have a safe and healthy environment in permanent homes.
A native of Owenton, Kentucky, Mike attended the University of Kentucky where he earned Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration degrees. He also completed the Management Internship Program at the University of Wisconsin. Mike recently retired from Owen Electric Cooperative as Sr. Vice President of Member & Corporate Services. Mike’s career at Owen Electric Cooperative spanned 30 plus years. He currently provides consulting services to the utility industry.
Outside of work, Mike is active in the community, volunteering and serving on many local boards and committees.
Mike and his wife Sarah have two sons, Corey and Alex. In his leisure time, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and raising Angus cattle.
Courtney Bourne, is an attorney and resident of Owen County. In 2017 she joined Bourne Law Office, PSC. Through her experience in the courtroom she saw firsthand the effects of dependent, neglected and abused children who were parties in the overburdened juvenile court process. Courtney is committed to serving the needs and issues facing the most vulnerable children in our judicial district. Courtney is an advocate for fair and expeditious treatment while providing normalcy, permanency, and an opportunity to thrive in all aspects of the child’s life. She is enthusiastic for programming and the pursuit of CASA volunteers that will enhance the representation, protect the rights and be the voice of these children in court.
Courtney and her husband and law partner, Ed, enjoy spending time with their son, Austin fishing, gardening and playing on the farm.
Jamie Baker is the executive director for the Grant County Industrial Development Authority/Grant County Chamber of Commerce and Grant County Tourist & Convention Commission. Previously, she served as publisher of the Grant County News.
“I was honored to be asked to serve on the Grant, Owen & Carroll CASA Board of Directors because I believe every child deserves an advocate and friend, especially children who are going through a difficult time. I believe in the value of education and giving every child an opportunity to become the best person that they can. Children truly are the future of our country and it’s important that we equip them with all the tools and support they need to be successful.”
Baker, a resident of Dry Ridge, serves on various community boards and participates in a variety of community events and organizations. She enjoys spending time with family, gardening, reading, exploring Kentucky and playing with her dogs.
Vanessa Rose, is a purchaser for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and resident of Grant County. From 2002 to 2013, Vanessa worked with Grant County’s Youth between the ages of 13 & 18 as Community Service Coordinator. In this position Vanessa worked closely with Department for Juvenile Justice, CDW the local court systems. Vanessa has seen firsthand the effects of dependent, neglected and abused children in Grant County. Vanessa worked to find ways for the youth to see hope, view others differently and to give back to their community. Vanessa was a true advocate for the youth she served and was always looking for ways to improve the system. Vanessa then moved to a non-profit agency working with family units for the next 4 years. Vanessa is truly excited and proud of the services that CASA will provide to the Youth of Carroll, Owen and Grant Counties and is proud to be part of this new venture.
Vanessa enjoys traveling, biking, gardening and spending time with her sons, granddaughter Scout and friends.
Joyce Doyle lives in Williamstown, Kentucky. She graduated from Grant County High School in 1962. Joyce has earned various degrees from Morehead, Georgetown and University of Kentucky over her career. He majored in secondary education with a health and physical education degree. Joyce was a dedicated professional with the Grant County School system for 38 years in many different roles. After retiring in 2003 she began the journey with the University of Kentucky by being a 4-H agent in Grant County and in 2012 transferred to Carroll County 4-H agent. Joyce is married and has one daughter, 4 granddaughters and 1 great grandson.
Joyce dedicates many of her after work hours making herself available to organizations, friends and family. Joyce’s dedication to the youth has been time tested and proved by her willingness to not stop long after she could.
Amy Jacobs is the office manager working with The Bowlin Group. She has over 30 years of experience in financial management and accounting that will be shared with CASA as the elected Treasurer. Amy has lived in Grant County her entire life and worked in Owen County for 33 years. As a mother of three she is passionate about using her practical skills to support in CASA, a cause that will improve the lives and futures of children.
Jill Dunavent is the librarian for Owen County Elementary schools. Through her 25 years in education, she has seen the effects that neglect and abuse have on children. She has also witnessed how those students tend to fall through the cracks from lack of support and resources. She sees the importance and need for CASA volunteers to advocate for those children who need someone to stand up for them and their best interest in court, and is excited to help get this program started in Owen, Carroll, and Grant counties.
Jill is also a member of Owenton City Council, Alpha Delta Kappa (an honorary educator sorority), and Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.
Christopher White is pastor of First Baptist Church of Carrollton and a Big Brother for the past decade to two boys through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Through community involvement and crisis intervention over the past 30 years as a pastor, he has grown accustomed to not only the striking needs of children in and through the legal system but also the striking possibilities for children when a consistent adult enters the scene. His service to kids extends through his church, twelve years of Boy Scouts, scholarship boards, the steering committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters Carroll County, and as an adjunct professor at Jefferson Community and Technical College. He is married to Jennifer Beck White, a Big Sister herself, and has two grown sons. He loves to read, bake pies, and eat the pies he bakes.
D’anne Smith, CPCU, MBA, has worked in the insurance industry for over 30 years. She currently works with her husband as an insurance agent at MH Smith Insurance and Financial Services.
D’anne has a passion for improving the lives of our youth. She currently serves on the Carroll County School Board where she works with a great team to build and support a strong educational system. D’anne served six years on the Carroll County Board of Big Brother Big Sister of America and has been a Big Sister to two young ladies. She has also been an adjunct at JCTC and a substitute teacher. In addition, D’anne served six years as a board member for the Northern Kentucky Workforce Development Board and is continues to serve as Rotarian. D’anne is a proud military veteran.
In her spare time, D’anne enjoys spending time with her husband and their four children and four grandchildren, traveling, reading, and kayaking.
Brooke is a Real Estate entrepreneur and lifelong resident of Grant County! Brooke has a strong belief in community and feels we all have the responsibility to give every child and adult alike, an opportunity to succeed. Brooke feels that with the CASA program and CASA volunteers, we will all start to see this much needed change.
Brooke and her husband Mark, enjoy spending time with family and friends, boating and travel.
I am Sally Skinner, retired superintendent of the Williamstown Independent School District. My interest in serving on the CASA Board stems from a 40 year special education and administrative career in serving at-risk and special needs students. Most recently, following my retirement, I served as a local regional specialist for the Northern Kentucky Education Council providing teacher training to four Northern Kentucky school districts through a Gates grant entitled “Resilient and Ready by Design.” This training included the identification of students at-risk via the ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) assessment, classroom resiliency strategies, teacher self-care strategies and a variety of other related subjects. Based on my experience as an educational leader, I believe I will be a positive contributor to the CASA Board and its mission.
Carolyn Thomas Thompson
My name is Carolyn Thomas Thompson and I am the State Farm Insurance agent in Williamstown, KY. I have been with State Farm for 29 years and in those 29 years I have had the opportunity to serve the community in many ways. Being a part of the community and helping to make Grant County a better place to live is important to me. The children of this community deserve to be heard and supported regardless of their family situation. As a member of the Williamstown Kiwanis Club for over twenty years, we have supported the foster children of this area at Christmas for more than forty years.
My husband, Steve, and I raised our two children in this community and we enjoy traveling, sports, and spending time with our family.
Rob Stafford is an educator and resident of Owen County. Over the past 27 years he has worked to serve the needs of students and families in a variety of roles. Currently he is leading Owen County Schools to be more responsive to students and families by focusing on their social and emotional needs. He looks forward to the opportunity to support children by serving on the CASA Board of Directors.
Rob Stafford is originally from Camargo, Kentucky. He attended Berea College (BA in Economics), the University of Kentucky (Master’s in Education and Rank I in Education Administration) and Northern Kentucky University (Ed.D.).
He began his teaching career at Maurice Bowling Middle School in 1993 and became Principal of Owen County Elementary in 2000. In 2005, he served as the district’s finance officer and later as the Director of Pupil Personnel. In 2008, he was Superintendent of Washington County Schools and the following year served five years in Scott County as the Director of Pupil Personnel and Human Resources. In 2013, he was named the Superintendent of Owen County Schools.
Rob is married to Jennifer Stafford and they have two children, Tylor and Briton, who both attend Owen County Schools. They attend the Owenton First Christian Church and are both active alumni of Berea College. Rob serves on several local and regional boards.
I am the Sheriff of Carroll County and I am very involved in my community. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Louisville in Police Administration. I began my career in law enforcement by dispatching for the Kentucky State Police prior to becoming a State Trooper. During my career with KSP, I was assigned to Post 5 and Special Operations. I retired from KSP in 2017, and then went to work as a Sergeant/K9 officer for the Carrollton Police Department. I am a member of the Carrollton First Baptist Church and Masonic Lodge. I enjoy spending time with my family and coaching 4H Shooting Sports. My primary goal as Sheriff is to make Carroll County a safer place for all our citizens, more importantly our children.
My name is Shanna Osborne; first and foremost, I’m Mason’s mommy. Raising my 10 year old son is the most important job I’ll ever have. I come from the mountains of East Kentucky where I learned about family, poverty, and hard work. I came from a broken home and was raised (along with 2 of my sisters) by a single mother on a teacher’s salary. My life’s experiences have taught me empathy and given me a heart for children. In Psalm 82:3 my Father commands me to care for the orphans, and I think CASA provides a great avenue to do just that.
I graduated from Midway College with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Organizational Leadership Management. I also studied at Alice Lloyd College and Kentucky State University’s School of Nursing. I’ve worked in the education field, corporate world, the private sector, and currently I manage Kentucky’s largest winery.
I don’t want to leave a legacy, I want my life to be an offering – CASA is one avenue for me to help the helpless and speak for the weak.