#CDL4HSD: Continuing A Lifetime of Personal & Professional Advocacy
Today, Voices for Children | CASA of St. Louis’ Director, County CASA, Volunteer and Community Engagement Cheryl T. Latham will be running for one of two director positions open on the Hazelwood School District Board of Education, each for a three-year term. A dedicated and passionate advocate for children in both her personal and professional life, Cheryl has worked as a social service professional for more than 25 years.
Cheryl became Voices’ CASA Program Director in 2008, taking responsibility for recruiting, training, and retention of more than 325 volunteers annually. Prior to joining the Voices team, she worked in other areas of the child welfare system to include hotline investigations and foster care case management. This is not Cheryl’s first connection to the CASA mission, from 1997 to 1999, Cheryl served as program director for the CASA Program, Roots and Wings, Inc. in Wichita, Kansas. Since joining the Voices team, Cheryl has expanded her impact and today serves as the Director, County CASA, Volunteer and Community Engagement, has been a member of a child welfare workgroup focused on disproportionality and disparity of African American children in foster care and spearheaded Voices’ community town hall on this subject, “Lift Every Voice.”
A skilled facilitator, Cheryl has trained staff from other CASA programs in the state of Missouri and co-facilitated trainings of facilitators with NCASA staff. Under Cheryl’s leadership, Voices was also selected to pilot National CASA’s volunteer training for older youth, Fostering Futures for Older Youth. In addition, Cheryl regularly serves as a guest lecturer in an introductory social work course at UMSL
Today, Cheryl is seeking re-election to the Hazelwood Board of Education because she believes the well-being of our children is our community’s most sacred trust.
Entering her 12th term with the Hazelwood School District Board of Education, Cheryl vows to continue to advocate for all children to have a quality academic experience that prepares them for the lives they want to lead as adults.
I’ve seen our dedicated teachers and staff do remarkable things for our children but know we can do better. We are called to do better! Our children now come to us with a more needs! Our parents expect more! An effective partnership between home, school and community is vital and will help us reach our goal!
A strong school district ensures we have a vibrant, safe community where we can all thrive.