Citizens Advisory Board

The Citizens Advisory Board is a group of community volunteers who assist the court and CASA Program in developing and revising policies and procedures to ensure the highest quality of advocacy for abused and neglected children in Allen County. Current members include:

  • Suzan Rutz - Attorney, Board Chair
  • Chris Dunn- Director – Director, Youth Services Center (Emergency Youth Shelter)
  • Amy Dahm Just - Director, Youth Services Bureau
  • Melissa Hayden - Allen County Local Office Director, Department of Child Services
  • Jo'Netta Neeley - Victim's Assistance Program
  • Gayle Newton - CASA Volunteer
  • Keston Smith - CASA Volunteer
  • Stacey Speith - Prosecutor's Office
  • Kyra Nolan Thompson - Student Placement Manager, Fort Wayne Community Schools

Please contact Nancy Springer at (260) 449-7190 or Email if you are interested in serving on this board.