It is with great excitement that we announce our successful search for a permanent executive director of CASA of McLennan & Hill Counties. Anna Futral was unanimously voted by the CASA board of directors to assume leadership as executive director and will join our program on May 8th.
“Anna stood out among a very competitive group of candidates,” said Mandi DuPuy, chair of the executive director search committee, a group that included four board members and Felicia Goodman, executive director of Cooper Foundation. “She brings to CASA a diverse skill-set that make her uniquely qualified for this position. The search committee and the board of directors are more than confident that Anna will expand and multiply the impact CASA has in our community.”
Though born and raised in Fredericksburg, Anna has called Waco home for nearly thirteen years. She is a 2008 graduate of Baylor University, where she received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Taxation. To date, she has built her career as a Certified Public Accountant at one of Central Texas’ most respected accounting firms, Jaynes, Reitmeier, Boyd & Therrell, where she has worked for ten years, specializing in service to nonprofit clients.
In addition to her business acumen and administrative leadership skills, Anna brings to CASA a deep-seated passion for children in foster care. She and her husband, Trent, a bi-vocational pastor who splits his time between Ecclesia Community Church and Mission Waco, adopted their three children in 2016 after over two years of caring for them and loving them as a foster care placement. She and Trent intend to become licensed foster parents again in the near future and hope to open their home to older children.
“I am humbled and honored to be chosen as the executive director of this fantastic organization,” said Futral. “It is with energy and passion that I step into this new role, hopeful that I can act as a compassionate liaison between our agency and our community partners in order to serve the vulnerable children in foster care in McLennan and Hill Counties.”
When she’s not chasing three toddlers, Anna enjoys reading, blogging, spending time with good people and working with her husband on their 117 year-old house in the heart of Waco.
Even though she won’t formally start working with CASA until May 8th, we’d love the opportunity to introduce her to you at Crawfish for CASA on Friday, April 28th. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased online.
If you can’t make it to Crawfish for CASA, we’ll also host a welcome reception on Thursday, May 18th from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Cooper House (1801 Austin Ave., Waco, TX). This will be a great time to get better acquainted with Anna, as well as to visit with staff, volunteers, board members and other supporters. We hope you can join us and would encourage you to go ahead and add it to your calendar.
And lastly, on behalf of the CASA board of directors and staff, I’d like to thank you for your patience and continued support of our organization during this time of growth and change. We are confident that Anna’s leadership, coupled with your passion and commitment for CASA, will help us one day ensure that each child in the foster care system has a CASA by their side.
Warmly and with abundant hope for our future,
President, Board of Directors
CASA of McLennan & Hill Counties