Board of Directors

Tracy Simmons, MA JD – President

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.

Benush Venugopal, MBA, ME – Vice President

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.

Fauzia Ghori, Esq. – Secretary

Bio coming soon.

Eric Jones, CPA – 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.

Randee Rolfe, Esq. – Immediate Past 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.

Jeanne Reaves

Bio coming soon.

Mitchell Dobbins

Bio coming soon.

Lauren Barton

Lauren Barton is an independent solutions architect specializing in large scale public sector automation projects, primarily in Health and Human Services. She has worked in the Information Technology field for over 40 years. Previously Ms. Barton was the director of Child Welfare Services/ Case Management System, an automated solution used by California county case workers to manage child welfare cases. In that role, she was able to ride along with several Case Workers and experience firsthand the challenges foster children face. Ms. Barton strongly believes it is the community’s responsibility to give every child the opportunity to succeed.

Ms. Barton holds an MBA. She lives in Sacramento and is the proud grandmother of two beautiful and talented grandchildren.

Michael Alcalay

Bio coming soon.

Alan Wolf

Bio coming soon.

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 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.