Denise A. Swink, Knox County Director dswink@knoxcounty.in.gov

Denise was born in Southern Knox County, Indiana and grew up on a farm with her parents and two sisters.  She recently moved back from the Chicago area to her home in Knox County, Indiana.  Denise is passionate about children and helping those less fortunate.  She is the mother of two teenage daughters who help her maintain focus on family when the rapid pace of life seems overwhelming. Denise was director of a Preschool for a local church and was a substitute school teacher at her alma mater, South Knox High School.  She is also passionate about interior design and studied design in Joliet, Illinois and ran her own design business. She was also a tutor at the local community college, Vincennes University, where she obtained her Associates of Science degree in Education.  She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Indiana in Elementary Education. Denise enjoys home decorating, caning chairs, and working out in her spare time including walking, running, and bowling.

Emily Haskins, Volunteer & Case Coordinator, ehaskins@knoxcounty.in.gov

Emily is a long time Vincennes resident.  She graduated from Vincennes Lincoln and attended Vincennes University.  She lived in Michigan for several years before returning to Vincennes to start a family.  Emily is married and has 3 children 2 dogs and 1 cat.  Emily has been with the Knox County CASA Program for 3 years.  She likes scary movies, puzzle games, reading and watching tv.  She is active in both PTO at Tecumseh Harrison Elementary and CAB Boosters at Clark Middle School.  Holding office in both groups.  She is active in her church community as well.  Helping others learn how to advocate for children is a wonderful opportunity to give back to our community.  People working to give children a voice makes a strong community for the future.

 

Case Coordinator Leah Harrison lharrison@knoxcounty.in.gov

Leah Harrison is a Case Coordinator at the Knox County CASA Office, where she advocates for children involved in the criminal justice system and supports volunteers in their advocate role. Leah was born and raised in Lake County, Indiana. She first joined CASA as a volunteer in her hometown, and she transitioned to the Knox County CASA Program as a staff member in December 2018. Leah holds a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from Purdue University. Leah enjoys reading, watching movies, and playing video games in her spare time.

 

Cheryl Hugunin, Case Advocacy Specialist, chugunin@knoxcounty.in.gov

Cheryl is a life time resident of Bicknell.  She graduated from North Knox and Indiana Business College with an Associate’s Degree.  She worked in long term care for 28 years, retiring in 2015 from administration.  Cheryl has two daughters and three grandchildren.  She enjoys working in the yard and attending her grandchildren’s sporting events.  Cheryl has been a CASA for nine years and joined the staff in 2016 as an advocacy specialist.

 

 

Marty Edgington, Advocacy Specialist, medgington@knoxcounty.in.gov

Marty Edgington grew up across the Wabash River in Crawford County Illinois. She attended Indiana State University and has a B.S. degree from there in Special Education. Marty spent most of her adult life in the Champaign, Illinois area, where she taught special education in both Champaign and Urbana public schools. She has also spent time working with Hospice, Faith in Action, and a private educational consultant company. After retiring from teaching in 2015, Marty and her husband moved back to the Edgington family farm in Crawford County, Illinois. She and her husband have four grown children, four dogs, and five horses. Marty has a passion for helping others, especially children whom others may over-look. This passion led her to become a CASA volunteer. She recently joined the Knox County CASA staff as a part-time advocacy specialist.