Board of Directors
Randee Rolfe, Esq. – President
Ms. Rolfe is a litigation attorney with the Law Offices of Tiza Serrano Thompson & Associates. Ms. Rolfe obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree, Ms. Rolfe returned to Sacramento to complete her law degree at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. During her time at McGeorge, Ms. Rolfe was committed to academic excellence, graduating with high honors, and a member of the Roger J. Traynor Society. She studied abroad with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, and spent a term as a staff writer for “The Transnational Lawyer.” Professionally, Ms. Rolfe has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers of Northern California for the last five consecutive years.
Ms. Rolfe has always had a passion for servicing the children of our local community. Prior to her law career, she also spent time providing volunteer support in the classroom, as well as working with the abused and neglected population of children in residential placement. That prior work has inspired her continued commitment to the youth in our local foster care system with the hope of making a positive difference in the life of a child. Ms. Rolfe is currently President of the Board of Directors for CASA Sacramento, and remains active on the board with the goal of providing safe and permanent placement for children in our foster care system.
Eric Jones, CPA – Vice President & Treasurer
Eric Jones is the Office Managing Partner of the Sacramento Office at CohnReznick, LLP—a national accounting, tax and advisory firm. He has more than 16 years of public accounting experience. Eric specializes in providing domestic tax, financial accounting, and tax consulting services in several industries including: multi-family affordable housing, commercial real estate, business real estate, not-for-profit, and hospitality. He manages Federal and state compliance with partnership tax allocation requirements; tax planning; and tax compliance reviews for partnerships and corporations. Eric also has significant experience in planning and supervising tax engagements for multi-tiered partnerships, limited liability companies, and syndicated real estate funds.
Eric is passionate about volunteering and helping in the community and he supports organizations such as WEAVE, The Child Abuse Prevention Center and Habitat for Humanity to name a few. He feels it is critical to give the children of CASA a voice that they may not have otherwise.
Tracy Simmons, MA, JD – Secretary
Tracy Simmons is the Assistant Dean for Admissions, Diversity Initiatives and
Financial Aid at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She received
her J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law and her M.A. in Education from San Diego State University.
Tracy has worked in law school admissions, financial aid and diversity initiatives
for over 13 years. Prior to attending law school and prior to working in law school
administration, Tracy worked as a social worker for FamiliesFirst, Inc. in Northern
California. Tracy has served on several committees with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) including the Diversity Initiatives Committee, Services and Program Committee, Admit-M Advisory Committee, and the Annual Planning and Educational Conference Workgroup. She was Chair of the LSAC Newcomers Workshop and the Law Chair for the Access Group Advisory Board. Currently, Tracy serves as a consultant for the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) Achieving Success in the Application Process program, and is a member of LSAC’s Finance and Legal Committee and the Access Group Financial Education Advisory Committee. She is a member of Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and is Chair-Elect of the Pre-Legal Education and Admissions to Law School Section.
Donna Sauter, CPA – Immediate Past President
Donna Sauter is a Tax Litigation and Income Tax Consultant with Sauter Consulting, in the Central Valley. She has over 20 years of income tax specialty experience serving many privately held and high net worth clients in the Greater Sacramento and Bay Areas. She also serves as expert witness and litigation support in the forensic accounting arena. She is currently serves as Immediate Past President and Chairs the Executive Committee for CASA Sacramento. In addition to formerly serving as President, Vice President and Treasurer for CASA Sacramento, Donna has volunteered with other not-for-profit organizations including currently serving on the AICPA Tax Practice and Procedures Committee. Prior volunteer services include WEAVE, Lilliput Children’s Services, American Society of Women Accountants.
She received her BS in Accounting from California State University, Sacramento and her MS in Taxation from Golden Gate University. She has also earned her CPA and CFE credentials. She is a member of both the AICPA and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. Her experiences in the community while raising her two boys as a single mother inspired her passion for helping abused and neglected children.
Benush Venugopal, MBA, ME
Benush is a partner with Deloitte and serves as lead partner State of Washington strategic government account. He specializes in large scale technology enabled government transformation initiatives and is instrumental in delivering a number of award winning and successful projects. He is passionate about programs that support vulnerable children and has led a number of events to raise money to support at-risk kids.
Benush holds an MBA and a Masters in Economics. He lives in Sacramento with his wife and two daughters.
Carol Noreen, JD – Executive Director
Carol has served as executive director of CASA Sacramento since June 2006. She is a graduate of UC Davis and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She has practiced law in both the public and private sectors, with emphases in insurance and employment litigation. Carol is a former fellow of Sierra Health Foundation’s Health Leadership Program, Class X. She currently serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children and young adults in the foster care system.
Carol’s concern for children brought her to CASA and she is committed to focusing the agency’s efforts in the areas of permanency, educational advocacy and preparing our young people for a safe and supported transition to adulthood.