Meet the CASA Staff

Keith Loper is the Executive Director of CASA of Trinity Valley and a former rodeo announcer. Keith has advocated for children throughout his career and found his calling through CASA. He came to CASA in June 2012 and has since dedicated himself to serving the children of Henderson county and the volunteers that directly serve them.  For Keith, the most rewarding part of being a CASA advocate is seeing the real difference we make in the lives of the children we serve.  Keith can be contacted at


 Penny LaPlant is the Program Director of CASA of Trinity Valley. Penny has a background in estimating, sales order coordinating and internal auditing. She has completed training in Trauma Through the Lens of Development, Trauma Informed Care and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder as well as PRIDE parenting classes.  After a 6 ½ year respite to care for her three granddaughters, Penny decided to restart her career and joined the CASA team aspiring to give back to the community in which she lives. She can be contacted at



 Kim Johnson – Kim Johnson is a full-time Casework Supervisor in Henderson county, where she married and raised her family.   Kim has been with CASA for 22 years, alternating between volunteer status and staff.  Her commitment to supporting our stellar volunteers, and fierce advocacy for abused and neglected children runs deep.  Kim lives with her husband of 35 years, Steve, plus one dog, one cat, and three horses.  They have two children and four grandchildren. Contact Kim at



 Angela Hinojosa
 is the Resource Development Officer for CASA of Trinity Valley.  Angela and her husband Hector moved from Houston to Athens in 2011 and put down roots with their 2 dogs and 4 cats.  In 2020, Angela and Hector pursued their dream of becoming foster parents and were fortunate to become a permanent part of a child’s life.  Angela is interested in all things crafty, is an avid list maker and is responsible for the grant development and the organization and planning of fundraisers and events for CASA of Trinity Valley.  Angela can be contacted at



 Brittany Irby is a Casework Supervisor who was born and raised in Henderson county and still lives there today with her husband and 3 kiddos that keep them busy all the time. She likes crafts, photography, listening to music, and is also a beauty consultant and  volunteer for her local fire department.  Brittany can be reached at

Kathy Moreland is a part-time Casework Supervisor in Henderson County. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science in 2010. She previously worked for Child Protective Services as an Investigator. Kathy has two grown children and two grandsons. She enjoys attending her grandson’s sporting events. Kathy has a great love for children and animals. She wanted to join CASA because of her desire to help children get a fair chance at a productive, successful, stable life and to experience compassion and love. Kathy can be reached at

Bobbie Hearron lives in Henderson County with her husband, youngest son and two dogs. She is a mother of five and enjoys decorating, singing, fishing, watching movies, playing with animals, and being in nature. Bobbie spent 15 years in property management before becoming a foster parent, where she first learned about CASA. Bobbie’s passion for helping others and making a positive impact in their lives is what drove her to become a CASA volunteer. She was eager to take on more challenges and jumped at the chance to join the CASA of Trinity Valley staff as a Casework Supervisor in 2021. Bobbie can be reached at

 Lee McCain Brown is a part-time Casework Supervisor in Anderson county. She was raised in Palestine and married her high school sweetheart. They have one child and the most precious granddaughter ever! Lee retired from teaching and counseling after 32 years in Texas public schools.  Lee is a beloved member of her community and has touched the lives of many through her work.  She was a member of the CASA board of directors before becoming a Casework Supervisor several years ago. Lee can be contacted at



 Donna Ezell is a part-time Casework Supervisor in Anderson county.  She is the mother of two amazing teenage boys who keep her on her toes, along with their 2 dogs and a cat. Donna and her husband have lived on a cattle ranch near Maydelle for the past 3 years.  When she isn’t working cows or going to the sale barn, her hobbies include reading, fishing and just being outdoors. Donna has been a volunteer for CASA of Trinity Valley in Cherokee county and is excited to join the staff in Anderson county. She is looking forward to working with all of the volunteers who give of themselves so freely to the children we serve.  Donna can be reached at



Cindy Eppes is a part-time Casework Supervisor in Anderson County. She lives with her husband of thirty-seven years, along with dogs, cats, and chickens, on a small lake in Freestone County. She enjoys flyfishing, sailing,and knitting, as well as spending time with children and grandchildren. She has worked as a city manager, a teacher, and has owned a solid waste company. Her desire to work with foster children led her to become a CASA volunteer prior to becoming a Casework Supervisor. Cindy joined our staff in December, 2020, and can be reached at

 Donna Parks is a full-time Casework Supervisor in Cherokee county. After working in the criminal justice system for about 16 years and working as a drug and alcohol counselor for 23 years, she decided she needed a change. Donna moved back to Jacksonville in 2016 and applied to work with CASA. She is excited to be working in the community where she was born and raised and to be able to help the children and volunteers in Cherokee county. Donna can be contacted at



 Angela Raiborn is a part time Casework Supervisor  in Cherokee county. She lives in Rusk with her husband, three children, cats, dogs, goats, chickens, ducks and a bird.  Together, she and her husband have owned and operated a nine-hole golf course for more than 25 years.   Angela has also served as Rusk Mayor since 2007 and on numerous boards including the East Texas Council of Governments, Tree of Promise Board, Chamber of Commerce and Rusk Main Street Board.  Angela has served as a CASA volunteer and loves being able to work at a job that she is very passionate about.  She considers her work with CASA to be one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs that one could have.  She can be contacted at


 Becky Derrington began as a CASA volunteer in February 2019 and joined our Cherokee county staff as a part-time Casework Supervisor in July. Becky has lived in Cherokee county most of her life and worked as a Licensed Vocational Nurse for 16 years.  In addition to her role at CASA Trinity Valley, she continues to work in pediatric home health caring for special needs children.  Becky has two adult sons and two grandchildren she adores.  Becky was drawn to become a CASA volunteer due to her own brief childhood experience in foster care.  During her time as an advocate, Becky discovered her passion for the work and her love of children deepened her resolve to do even more.  She feels so blessed for the opportunity to serve and support the volunteers and children of Cherokee county and can be reached at