Board of Directors
Tracy Simmons, MA, JD – President
Tracy Simmons is the Assistant Dean for Admissions 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 19 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 been active with the Law School Admission Council on a variety of committees. She is currently serving on the Board of Trustees. Past committee work includes Services and Programs Committee twice, being a member of the Forum Review Work Group, Diversity Initiatives Committee, Finance and Legal Affairs Committee twice, served as a member of the Annual Planning Work Group and served as chair of the New Admission Personnel and Faculty Members Workshop Planning Group.
Previously, she served as the Law Chair for the Access Group Advisory Board and the Access Group Advisory Committee. Additionally, Tracy serves as a consultant for the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) Achieving Success in the Application Process program for over 9 years. She is a member of Association of American Law Schools (AALS), recently completed her second term as Chair of the Pre-Legal Education and Admissions to Law School Section and is Chair Elect for the Part Time Section. Tracy has also served on the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) Consumer Information and Law Student Information Task Force.
Tracy has serves on the Board of Directors for the Sacramento Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) since March 2014 and is currently the Board President.
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
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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 Immediate Past 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 entered the banking field when professional opportunities for women were few. From a secretarial position at Wells Fargo, she soon showed the desire and aptitude to succeed. She welcomed the challenge of learning new responsibilities and forming new relationships. In her tenure at Wells Fargo, Jeanne’s role advanced from secretary to Note Department Supervisor to Assistant Vice President/Loan Team Leader, to Assistant Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer and finally to Assistant Vice President/Assistant Manager.
The Bank of Alex Brown recruited Jeanne in 1983. There, she rose from Vice President/Loan Administrator, to Senior Vice President/Loan Administrator, to Executive Vice President/Loan Administrator. In 1989, The Bank of Alex Brown merged into First Interstate Bank, where Jeanne served as Vice President/Real Estate Manager, covering territory from Bakersfield to the Oregon and Nevada borders. She joined River City Bank in 1990 as Senior Vice President/Credit Administrator. River City Bank’s board of Directors appointed Jeanne President and CEO in 1998.
Jeanne was the CEO of River City Bank for a decade; under Jeanne’s leadership, the bank’s assets grew to one billion dollars, making River City the largest locally-owned bank in the Central Valley. Equally adept in the board room and the break room, Jeanne fosters a familial company culture. She personally demonstrated that every employee, regardless of position, was valued as a contributor. Following her example, the bank became a respected leader in sound business practices and in Sacramento’s philanthropic community.
Her accomplishments and prominence in corporate and nonprofit sectors have been widely recognized and honored. Named one of Sacramento Magazine’s “Fifty Most Powerful People” and honored by the Sacramento Metro Chamber as “Sacramentan of the Year” in 2009, Jeanne draws upon her vast business talents to help many organizations succeed.
Mitchell is a Practice Area Director with Public Consulting Group (PCG), a company that provides expert management consulting services to the public sector. PCG focuses on government clients and supports agencies and departments in delivering services that improve the outcomes for those they serve. An international company, Mitchell’s Practice Area is based and served out of the Sacramento office for the past 21 years.
A lifelong Californian and resident of the Sacramento area over the past 25 years, Mitchell understands the community value that CASA and similar programs provide to underserved youth. A firm believer that outcomes are positively impacted by active participation, Mr. Dobbins and PCG have been CASA sponsors for over seven (7) years and recently joined the CASA Board of Directors.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from California State University, Stanislaus and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degrees from Georgetown University (Washington D.C.) and ESADE Business School (Barcelona, Spain). Mitchell is married and has one daughter.
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.
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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.