Who we are.
Sarah Springfield, Executive Director
Sarah has been with the Siskiyou County CASA program since October 2015 and became Executive Director of Youth Empowerment Siskiyou in April 2018. Her background in journalism has been a breath of fresh air to what can often be challenging work. Her interest in social work began while studying at UC Berkeley and from her time as an after-school program leader for low-income and marginalized youth in Santa Ana.
Sarah is committed to maintaining high standards of service as well as building strong relationships with Donors, Board, Families and all of the Diverse Community Resources we work alongside. Her vision for Advocacy and Fiscal Responsibility are the cornerstones that bring tremendous opportunity for growth and leadership to our at risk youth community.
In 2013 she hiked the California portion of the Pacific Crest Trail, fell in love with the Klamath River area, and decided to stay. She appreciates the unique chance to work in a small program - that has a big impact in a rural county.
Lori Keyser-Boswell, CASA Program Director
Lori started with Siskiyou CASA in March of 2017. She comes to us from a rich background of social work and advocacy. Most recently employed by First 5 Siskiyou, she has also worked with Siskiyou County Behavioral Health, Children's System of Care and Abused Women's Aid in Crisis in Anchorage, Alaska. She's worked with children and women seeking safety and an improved life and has case management history with foster children in our dependency system. She is also currently the volunteer pastor at Mount Zion Lutheran Church in Yreka.
Robert Cowan, CASA Advocacy Supervisor
Robert joined our team in July 2019. He was born and raised in Northern California and has a passion for advocating for those in rural and undeserved areas. He spent 15 years in Nevada, 13 of which was working in the foster care and mental health fields. Robert’s social work education and many years of experience working with foster children and in the behavioral health field make him a welcome addition to the CASA team.
Elizabeth Romberger, Program Assistant
Liz joined our team here at Youth Empowerment in November 2019. She has a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. She comes from a background of administrative and program assistance. Her interest in helping at-risk youth comes from her experience as a teenager. She loves being outside hiking or mountain biking. She is so happy to be working with us here at Youth Empowerment!