Hearts of Yolo: Terry East

Wednesday, Jan 3, 2018

Although, Terry East was born in Picayune, MS, he spent the majority of his childhood in Woodland. He recently returned to Woodland after seeing the world. “I am a fourth generation Woodlander. My family has served in key organizational and volunteer roles for the city and many are in agriculture. It’s nice to be ‘home’ and contributing to the cause.”

Terry is a management consultant working with his wife, Anne, at Davis East Consulting. He works with small businesses, technology startups, and nonprofits to develop their strategic mission and vision. He is a member of several organizations and committees working on improving the process for young adults entering the workforce, whether they go to college or not.

He heard about Yolo County CASA when Executive Director Tracy Fauver was the speaker for a Woodland Kiwanis Club luncheon. Afterwards, “I was intrigued to learn more, applied for the training and was accepted shortly thereafter.”

Terry has enjoyed being a CASA volunteer for about six months now.  “I’ve found it very rewarding to work with a child who has been neglected or abused. In many cases, the children don’t really feel important or know who they can trust. As CASA volunteers, we can instill trust and the realization that a lot of people care deeply about them.”

The advocacy component of being a CASA volunteer also resonates with him. “With attorneys, social workers and foster parents so overbooked in the system, the CASA role on the team becomes very important to ensure things don’t fall through the gaps. I am grateful… I have had the opportunity to point out and recommend actions for problem areas and perhaps improved the team process.”

Terry is currently a CASA for a teenage boy. “Yolo County CASA has become a part of my life. I am grateful for my growing network of CASA team connections. I am looking forward to serving my CASA child and more children in the future.”

 

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