Frances Allsup, CASA Director
Frances comes from Hokes Bluff, Alabama! Go Eagles!! Married to Jimmy with children, Adam and & Katie (aka – “Teach”). Being raised on a cotton farm with wonderful parents and a loving home, my passion has always been to reach out to others and share with them the possibilities that the world has to offer them. No mountain is too high!
Learning about CASA, the incredible volunteers and the difference it makes, I began my journey to the unknown world of advocating for abused children.
My vision for CASA’s future would simply be that child abuse be a thing of the past. However, until that mission is complete, I will continue to recruit and train volunteers to make an everlasting impact upon those whom are harmed at the hands of abuse.
Brenda Lancaster, Permanency Coordinator
Brenda is a graduate of Delta State University, with a degree in Home Economics Education. She was born in the Hills of Mississippi and spent her childhood in the Delta. After graduating from college she moved to the Gulf Coast where she taught for twenty-four years in the Pascagoula School District.
In 1983 she married Conal Lancaster and they started a business, JC Lancaster and Associates, a marine surveying company. In 2004 she retired from teaching and worked as the office manager for the family business. After Hurricane Katrina destroyed their homes in 2005, she, her husband and mother, Virginia Minyard, moved to Pensacola, Florida. Although Florida was wonderful, it was not home. Two years later they returned to Pascagoula.
While looking for a new challenge, Brenda found CASA. Her educational background in Family and Consumer Science and classroom experience provides a solid foundation for advocating for abused and neglected children. Her goal is to help these children find a safe and permanent home.
Amy Guidry, Volunteer Assistant
Amy has always had a love for children. That is what led her to study Elementary Education at MGCCC and USM. While working for a school district here on the Coast, Amy felt very strongly that God had a different path in mind for her. She enrolled in a CASA training class to become a volunteer, and fell in love. There is now a peace in her heart that she is obeying The Lord! Now, her volunteer activities and her employment activities go hand in hand!
Amy resides in Ocean Springs with her three beautiful children; Shelby, Beck, and Gabriel. Any and all free time is spent with them! Amy loves animals and leads a vegan lifestyle. Her hobbies include: rescuing animals, fantasy football, watching/attending pro sporting events, and relaxing at home with a good book!
Adrian McCullum, Program Assistant
Adrian is a life-long resident of Jackson County and now resides in Gautier, MS. Adrian has been with Singing River Services for 13 years as a Direct Care Worker for a local group home. For the past 16 years, he worked in the funeral industry. For five of those years, he was founder/co-owner of Unity Funeral Home in Moss Point. Recently he decided that he needed a new challenge. He found that challenge with Jackson County CASA, Inc.
Adrian is not new to CASA. He came aboard in 2010 as a member of the Board of Directors. Since that time he has served as treasurer, vice-president, and president. Through these positions, he learned to love CASA and wanted to become even more involved. In 2015 he attended National CASA conference. The conference ignited this desire and inspired him to participate in the next volunteer training class. After completing the training he was even more determined to pursue the CASA mission. In November 2015 he resigned his position as president of the board and joined the staff as the program assistant.