CASA Staff

Donna Brunet, Executive Director

My name is Donna Monnier Brunet and I am the Executive Director of CASA of Terrebonne, Inc. as of October 16, 2017. I first became involved with CASA of Terrebonne when I was sworn in as a volunteer almost 7 years ago. Prior to accepting the position as Executive Director here at CASA I worked for the law firm of Kopfler & Hermann for the past 27 years as a paralegal/bookkeeper/office manager.

I graduated from H.L. Bourgeois High School and then attended Nicholls State University where I obtained my Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and an Associate of Science Degree in Legal Assistant Studies.

I am married to Allen Brunet and have two children: Morgan, who will be graduating from Nicholls State University in December; and Brooke, who is a freshman at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

Being a part of the CASA team on a full-time basis has been amazing. The CASA of Terrebonne staff are truly inspirational. They are all committed to the children they serve and to building and maintaining a quality program that will continue to grow for years to come.

I believe that being a part of CASA has been one of the most significant things in my life. CASA of Terrebonne is an excellent organization and I’m so proud to be a part of it.

Jenny Sapia, Lead Advocate Supervisor

My name is Jenny Lynn Sapia.  I received my B.S. in FACS-Child, Family and Social Services at Nicholls State University.  Since graduating in December 2006, I have worked in many fields including support coordination, teaching, and sales.  I am very excited to learn and experience new things with my new friends here at CASA of Terrebonne.  My faith is very strong and I believe with all my heart that I was put in this position for a reason.  It was not by chance that I am here.  

My love has always been helping people but especially children.  The look on a child's face when you do something for them that no one has taken the time to do or hasn't been able to accomplish is priceless.  The true appreciation in their eyes, even if they cannot verbally express it, is what makes me keep pushing, even in tough situations.  I know that there will be days filled with tears and anger but it will be worth it knowing that a child is out of harm's way because of what we do.  

  Nicole Oncale, Community Relations Coordinator

My name is Nicole Oncale; I was born and raised in Thibodaux, LA. I am the mother of two really awesome kids. I have a diverse background in recruiting, personnel management and human relations. I feel my strongest strength is building long lasting relationships. My desire is to work diligently to meet and exceed all of CASA's goals with the help of our staff and the community at large. I must admit that working for CASA has always been a dream of mine; I am grateful for the opportunity.  

Currently, my role is Community Relations Coordinator. I will be educating the community on CASA and helping gain more volunteers so that every child has a volunteer. With this new position I hope to create and implement new ideas. I look forward to serving the community!

Sulma Reyes, Advocate Supervisor

My name is Sulma Reyes. I became a CASA of Terrebonne family member since October 2011 as an Advocate Supervisor; I maintained my position for over a year. I then ventured on to other projects but maintain contact and became a Volunteer in 2013/2014. I am happy to report my then case ended in a very happy adoption. After having a break from working and being a full time mom of 3 funny, energetic, handsome boys (well 4 boys if you count my husband), the opportunity to once again come back to a job that I loved was a no brainer. I graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in addictive disorders. My background consists of working with the Justice system assuring that individuals have the services needed to maintain a safe and healthy life. Prior to moving to LA, we lived in CA where for over 9 years I advocated for victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Violent crime. I have seen, experience, and have heard many things. I have seen thousands of victims come across my desk, feeling defeated, helpless, and unsure of their future. With a little encouraging and directing them in the right direction some of them become survivors, independent, self-sufficient, and hopeful for the future. When I think of CASA, that is what CASA volunteers do for our CASA children, they plant that seed, they show they care, and help kids know that regardless of what their circumstances are someone has stepped up to be their voice, eyes, and ears. That is why I am proud to be part of the CASA team. Thank you from the bottom of my heart if you are involved in CASA and if you are not, what are you waiting for?? A child needs you more than ever!!

Valentine Verdin, Advocate Supervisor

My name is Valentine Verdin. I am a single working mom of 2 amazing children, so my life is really busy. Although I have my hands full I felt there was something missing, something more I could be doing with my life.

A friend told me about CASA, and the Summer Training was starting and I signed up. I went to orientation and fell in love with the program. I was sworn in on August 25, 2016 and accepted my first case one August 31, 2016. I gave it my all and was prepared for any challenges I may face. The time came for my first recommendation and it was indeed a difficult one. One of my CASA kids was placed with her father and moved to another state. I was there for the transition and reassured her that her best interest was always on my mind. From this child, I received one of the most amazing, rewarding, and fulfilling hugs in my life. It makes me happy knowing she is thriving in her new placement. I knew this is what was missing; this is what I needed to in my life. Not only to care for the needs of myself and my family, but to have a part in the lives of children in need of care.

A supervisor position opened up and I was asked to apply. It was like a dream come true to get the call that I got the position! Although as supervisor I would not be working as much directly with the children, we are still working towards the same goal and the same cause. Making a difference in a child's life is the greatest reward I could imagine.

    Christine Aucoin, Office Manager

My name is Christine Aucoin and my journey with CASA began in 2016. After completing the training in April, I was sworn in along with the rest of my class. I have since been assigned to two cases with one resulting in reunification and the other temporary custody to a family member.

Through my advocacy, I have come to understand how vital a service the volunteers and staff provide for the children in State’s custody.

Beginning in February 2017, I have started a new role with CASA as the Office Manager. My background includes a degree from U.L. in Business Administration where I majored in accounting. I also completed the alternative teacher education program. I have worked in the business sector and taught elementary and middle school. I also homeschooled my two sons, Joshua and Mitchell, for four years.

I have been married since 1985 to Nathan Aucoin. My faith and my family have been the guiding forces in my life.

I am honored to be a part of the CASA team and I encourage anyone who wants a positive life changing experience to become a CASA volunteer.