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Meet The Staff

Denise A. Swink, Knox County Director,

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 the 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 Associate 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


Angie Halter, Case Coordinator,

Angie was born and raised in Vincennes, Indiana and graduated from Vincennes University with an AS in Law Enforcement. From there she attended Indiana State University with a BS in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She is currently working toward her MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice and Social Work. Angie has 11 years’ experience working for IDOC in correctional counseling and case management and is excited to return to her hometown for employment and to be a part of the CASA team. Angie is married with 3 children two of which are serving our country and one who is currently working for Duke in the environmental field. Hobbies include refurbishing furniture, kickboxing, or any type of exercise, listening to live music, and spending time with her family and 3 dogs .



 Julia McGlone, VOCA Case Coordinator, 

Julie was born Indianapolis, Indiana.  She recently moved back to her home state of Indiana after living in Florida for 10 years.  Julie graduated from the University of Indianapolis with her Bachelors in both Social Work and Law Enforcement.  Julie has 16 years of experience working for the the State of Indiana for both IDOC and  DCS.  Julie is a Restorative Justice Trainer and is trained in Moral Reconation Therapy.  Julie is married and has 2 daughters, 2 stepdaughters, and 10 grandchildren.  Julie likes attending her grandchildren’s sporting events, St. Louis Cardinals baseball games, and NHRA Drag Racing Events.


Cheryl Hugunin, Case Coordinator,

Cheryl lives in Bicknell, Indiana. She has two adult daughters and three grandchildren. She has an associate’s degree in Business Administration and has worked as an administrator in long term care. Cheryl likes attending her grandchildren’s sporting events, and working in her yard.




Wendi Tamayo, Case Coordinator,

Wendi Provines was born in Knox County and spent most of her childhood growing up there. She has two young children that she now also raises in Knox County. She attended and graduated from North Knox High School and then began studying at Vincennes University. She originally studied interior design and went on to finish custom cabinetry. Wendi has worked alongside children through church and her employment as a daycare worker/ preschool assistant. Through her interaction with these children, she realized how much she cares for the well being for kids and believes their voices should always be heard. Wendi is now studying at Vincennes university and will obtain her Associates in Social Work, in May of 2023. She will then continue her studies to achieve her BSW. In her spare time, she enjoys playing board games, hiking, and spending time with her family. Wendi is now a Case Coordinator at CASA and is looking forward to working for a great company that positively impacts the lives of so many children. 


Haleigh Kixmiller, Staff Advocate,

Haleigh was born and raised in Vincennes, Indiana. Haleigh graduated from Lincoln High School in 2015. She then pursued her interest in social work by obtaining an associate degree from Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel, IL in May of 2023. She is currently furthering her education by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in social work online at Western New Mexico University, with an expected graduation date of May 2025. She previously worked at Colonial Assisted Living for 2.5 years. She is a proud mother to one child. Haleigh is excited to start this new chapter in her life and looks forward to positively impacting the lives of those she helps.






Cathy Beaman, Staff Advocate,

Cathy Beaman was born and raised in Knox County. She grew up the youngest of five children on her family’s small farm. She graduated from North Knox and has lived in Knox County her entire life. She is married and is the proud mother of nine children. Her five grandchildren (soon to be six…and hopefully many more to come in the future) are her pride and joy. Cathy is devoted to her family and has helped take care of several extended family members. After working as a Registered Nurse for 23 years, Cathy decided she was ready for a change. She worked as a classroom aide in an elementary school as well as a preschool. She discovered working with children was her true passion. She had become a CASA volunteer in 2018, and when her youngest son started school, Cathy became a CASA staff advocate beginning in November 2020. Getting to know the children, advocating for them, and being their voice is a role that Cathy proudly holds. She is delighted to make a difference in the lives of the children she serves.


Kaitlyn Gerber, Volunteer Coordinator,

Kaitlyn was born and raised in Princeton, Indiana.  She has an associate’s degree in Elementary Education and an associate’s degree in health information management.  She has two bonus kids, three nieces and one nephew. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and traveling.  She strives to help others in any way that she possibly can.