Who we are

Cynthia Martin, Program Director – CASA of the Ouachita Region

Image: Steve Johnson, Rendezvous coordinator, presents Cynthia Martin with the 2011 Rendezvous donation.
Steve Johnson presents Cynthia Martin with the 2011 Rendezvous donation.

CASA is a program that trains volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children, ensuring they don’t fall through the cracks of the foster care system. What began with volunteer training in 2003 blossomed into Cynthia’s passion. She was offered the position of Assistant Director and, in 2008, she was promoted to Program Director. Covering Polk and Montgomery counties, this CASA chapter has expanded to serve children in Sevier county as well. Children can be placed in different counties or states. Their CASA volunteer will always be there for them!

In Memoriam: Steve “The Prof” Johnson, Coordinator – RMR

”It is about the kids. Children are our future. Rich Mountain Rendezvous participants are some of the most generous people I have encountered; I am pleased to be a part of this gathering of friends. Please join us.”

Steve Johnson, a retired teacher, lived in San Antonio, Texas. Aside from motorcycling, his interests included poetry, photography, and assisting the homeless community in San Antonio. His daughter and her family live in Montana, where he spent his summers, trying to be a “cool grandpa” to three grandchildren. We miss his energy, enthusiasm, slide shows, and crusted fajitas.