Brenda Dees of Beeville is the Executive Director of CASA of Bee, Live Oak and McMullen Counties. Dees is passionate about her current role in developing and implementing a CASA program and overseeing advocacy for abused and neglected children and the volunteers that are committed to supporting community members who serve as their court-appointed Guardian ad Litem.
Prior to joining CASA, Dees was the administrator and Executive Director for AVANCE, a non-profit agency that provided parent-child education to mothers and their children ages birth to three years of age, for eight and a half years in Corpus Christi. Previous to AVANCE, Dees spent ten and a half years working as a counselor for a residential treatment center, Coastal Bend Youth City, where she then was promoted to a newly created position as the Director of Child Placing Agency where she developed and implemented a foster care program and later, implemented one of the first Independent Living Programs in Texas for youth over the age of 16 who were in the child welfare system.
Just after graduating from college, Dees had the privilege and opportunity to teach 7th and 4th grade in both Laredo and Corpus Christi. Dees was born and raised in Freer, Texas. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics from Texas A&I University in Kingsville Texas in 1987 and a Master of Science in Counseling from Corpus Christi State University in 1993. Currently, Dees serves as a secretary for Beeville Health Ministry and is a board member for the Hall Rialto Preservation Association.