Judge Bill Staley founded the Sarpy County CASA Program in 1986. Our county was the first in the State of Nebraska to establish this volunteer advocacy program. All counties in Nebraska are represented by a CASA program and the Nebraska CASA Association. Over the years we have been able to continuously grow and advocate for the children in our communities. In 2016, the CASA Program has grown to include 117 volunteers serving and advocating for 236 children. In the State of Nebraska, more than 2,000 children are in the system without a CASA. Our goal across the state is to provide a CASA to every abused and neglected child by 2020. 

Paula Creps                                                                                                                       Program Director                                                                                                       pcreps@sarpy.com                                                                                                                       402-593-2259

Paula received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from University of  Lincoln and Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Paula has twenty years’ of experience in Human Services. In her role as Program Director, she supervises volunteers, secures funding for the program by managing grants, participates in public speaking events, serves on various committees and boards, and oversees management of the program.

Paula was raised in Papillion and lives here now with her husband and their two sons.

Candi Marcantel                                                                                                           Volunteer Coordinator                                                                                       cmarcantel@sarpy.com                                                                                                                 402-593-2224

Candi received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Bellevue University and Master’s Degree in Organizational  Management with a specialization in  Public Administration.

Candi is currently working toward her PhD in Philosophy of Human Services.

Candi has been working in the child welfare arena both in Nebraska and North Dakota for nearly 20 years. In her role as Volunteer Coordinator, she supervises volunteers, coordinates family drug court, participates in public speaking events, serves on various  committees and boards, screens and trains new volunteers, and is a qualified expert witness for matters involving the Indian Child Welfare Act. Candi is a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation

Candi has 4 children and two grandchildren.

Tara DeBartolo                                                                                                         Volunteer Specialist                                                                                                   tdebartolo@sarpy.com                                                                                                               402-933-6616

Tara received her Associate’s Degree in Human Services and her Certificate in Chemical Dependency from Metropolitan Community College.

Tara is currently working toward her  Bachelor’s Degree in Child Protection and Juvenile Justice from Bellevue University.

In her role as Volunteer Specialist, she supervises the Family Visitation Center where supervised visitations are held. She also supervises volunteers, coordinates on-going training opportunities for active volunteers, and oversees program marketing.

Tara was raised in Papillion and resides here now with her son.

Kay Nikodym                                                                                                                       Administrative Assistant                                                                           knikodym@sarpy.com                                                                                                                     402-593-4409

Kay is your first point of contact in the CASA office located in the Juvenile Court.She keeps the CASA office organized and on track with day to day operations, while making sure families are taken care of when they check in for their court hearings.

Kay originates from South Dakota and is a mom and grandma.