Meet Winnebago County CASA’s Dedicated Staff
Taryn Marko - Program Director
Taryn Marko has served youths in the Winnebago County community since 2004. A lifelong resident, Taryn graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and returned to Rockford to work with the delinquent population through Juvenile Probation, many of whom were victims themselves of abuse and neglect. After 8 years in this area, Taryn joined the CASA program as the Advocate Facilitator to help young children and families connect to area resources so that they have the appropriate care and attention as they navigate the Juvenile Court System. In 2013, Taryn became the Program Director, working to increase the number of trained, compassionate volunteers to serve our children. Taryn has learned that it takes a team effort to advocate for the best interests for each child and is continually awed by the generous support of our community that not only keep this program moving forward but keep the focus on every child CASA represents.
Jillisa Bondurant – Advocate Facilitator
Jillisa Bondurant is a Rockford native that has a passion for helping others. After she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Western Illinois University, she returned home with hopes of making a difference in her community. To achieve her goal, she is pursuing her Masters in Public Policy and Public Administration and has joined the Winnebago County CASA team. With this new endeavor Jillisa plans to assist the dedicated advocates; positively impact the lives of the children and their families; as well as take an instrumental role in community awareness and education.
Jessica Lane- Case Manager
Jessica joined our CASA program in February 2016 after becoming an advocate herself in 2014. Jessica will obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Individual Development in the Spring of 2016. Her ultimate goal is to attain her Master’s Degree in Family and Marriage Therapy and to continue working with abused and neglected children. She hopes to bring awareness and education to the community about child abuse and neglect. She has always had a love working with children and hopes to keep continuing to impact those around her. Jessica believes CASA is a great program that gives children a voice in court and provides the consistency some of these children may need.
Hope Phillips- Case Manager & Training Coordinator
Hope has worked with CASA in a child welfare capacity the past four years and brings her passion for helping families move forward. Hope has her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Judson University and is currently completing her Masters in Human Service Administration. She is active in the community and wants to continue to in a capacity to educate and support Rockford families. Hope is excited for the opportunity to work with CASA advocates who are out ensuring our community’s children are seen and heard.
Karen Schiller – Administrative Assistant to the CASA Board
Karen first became aware of CASA from a neighbor. She served on the board for several years before taking the Advocate training in 2008. Karen became Administrative Assistant in 2014. Karen’s job responsibilities are primarily in the areas of fundraising & PR for our CASA program. Karen loves being able to indirectly be of assistance in helping make a positive change for the many children who’ve been abused & neglected within Winnebago County. These children, who would otherwise have no voice in court, now have a CASA, a volunteer they can trust who will advocate for them & who will help them grow to be children living in a safe, loving home. That’s so important.