Monica Martinez is honored to serve as the Program Director for CASA of Mariposa County. She began her work 5 years ago and has continued to be actively involved in the development and growth of CASA’s programs. Monica started on the team that created the RECESS program from the ground up. Her passion to support children and their families helped RECESS to grow into a dynamic, successful resource for the Mariposa community. Her persistence and work ethic lead to a promotion as CASA’s Program Coordinator. In this role, Monica combined her knowledge of the needs of families with advocating for children in Mariposa’s foster and delinquency systems. Working with Volunteer Advocates, community partners, and children in foster care strengthened her sense of commitment to provide quality, direct services to the youth CASA supports. Now as CASA’s Program Director, Monica is using her wisdom and experiences to instill these values in all of CASA’s programs. Monica resides in Mariposa with her husband and four children. She counts her children among her greatest accomplishments. Monica enjoys spending quality time with her family, whether it be at sporting events with her kids or enjoying a nice day out and about in beautiful Mariposa. She is excited about the work that CASA is doing and is looking forward to innovations and progress yet to come.
Amber Wanner, CASA Program Specialist, started her journey with CASA as a Volunteer Advocate. Prior to this, she worked for the Mariposa School District Special Education services for 13 years. It was clear to her that she had a desire to make a positive impact on children’s lives. When she had the opportunity to join the CASA team as a Program Specialist, she quickly accepted. Amber is committed to finding the best Advocates for the children of Mariposa County. She provides top-quality training and ongoing support for CASA’s Volunteer Advocates. Amber helps volunteers in their efforts to be a voice for the children in Mariposa’s foster and delinquency systems. Her drive to provide the best support for those she works with doesn’t stop there. As a mother of two children, Amber is dedicated to her role as Mom above all. Growing up in Mariposa, the importance of community involvement was instilled in her at a young age. Hoping to pass these values on to her children, you will find Amber behind the scenes at many events throughout the community. Never afraid to talk to a friendly face, she will definitely share all of this and more with you if you happen to find yourself in her company.
Elena Contreras joined CASA of Mariposa County in March 2021 as a CASA Program Specialist. She comes from a background of customer service, local digital/print marketing, and a strong desire for volunteering. Volunteering is something that is near and dear to her heart. In her free time she has volunteered at various non-profit organizations for a several years. While volunteering for Merced County Food Bank and coaching children in youth soccer for multiple years, she found how much she loves helping others and the community.
Elena is excited to meet and find caring volunteer advocates for children in the foster care system in Mariposa County. She is looking forward to growing awareness about CASA in the community. Outside of work, Elena enjoys being active outdoors with her two dogs, traveling, meditating and spending time with friends and family.