Amy Horne earned her B.A. in political science from Bates College in Lewiston, ME. She earned her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Salisbury State University. Ms. Horne has been with CASA of Caroline since 2019, first serving as its Outreach Coordinator and then Director of Outreach and Partnerships, before moving into the Executive Director position on July 1, 2022. While earning her MSW, Ms. Horne interned at Mid Shore Behavioral Health, the region’s core service agency, at which she was part of the Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Services (CAYAS) team, participating in local care team meetings, completing 1915i referrals, and developing a more comprehensive understanding of child welfare and local resources targeted at supporting children and families with multiple traumas, or Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s).
In September, 2022, Ms. Horne successfully completed National CASA’s New Executive Director On-Boarding Class, which met weekly for 11 weeks to review each of the standards for local programs. In August, 2023, Ms. Horne successfully completed National CASA’s Fostering Futures, a 9-hour training to support older youth as they transition to adulthood.
In November, 2023, she will take the Fostering Futures Training of the Facilitators course to begin delivering the training locally. So far in 2023, in addition to performing her duties as Executive Director, she has participated in an additional 30+ hours of training on topics such as The State of our Children’s Health by the National Institute for Health, The Intersection of Transracial Adoption and Racial (in)Justice, the CINA Task Force for Maryland, and Trauma-Informed Youth Development, to name a few. She is experienced in all aspects of nonprofit management, having worked in the nonprofit field for more than 15 years.
Her responsibilities include overall program management, compliance with all national, state and local standards as set forth by the CASA network, fortifying relationships with key stakeholders, grant writing and general program administration.
Outreach and Communications
Mr. Reynolds has worked in social media services for the last 12 years. With a history as a brand ambassador and social media marketing. He carries with him extensive live broadcasting and content creation experience.
He has received multiple certificates over the year such as, Social Media Certification by HubSpot, successfully completed Discord’s general training course as well as their Global Moderator Training, Google’s Fundamentals of Digital Marketing, and Twitter Flight School. Mr. Reynolds completed the National CASA Pre-Service Training Program in November, 2022.
He attends Maryland CASA Marketing Roundtable meetings and also attends relevant webinars and trainings, including Maryland CASA’s Annual Conference.
His responsibilities include managing the website, managing all digital platforms including content, advertising, etc., creating outreach opportunities through community involvement and participation in large gatherings such as Caroline County Summer Fest and other local events and maintaining the CASA of Caroline database.
Peter Buesgens achieved his B.A. in human development from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, his Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University, and his Master of Social Work (MSW) from University of Maryland. He has extensive case management experience, having worked as a private therapist for Eastern Shore Psychological Services as well as his own private practice.
Mr. Buesgens also has considerable child welfare experience, having worked in Child Protective Services for Anne Arundel, Howard, Baltimore and Caroline County Departments of Social Services. He was the Child Welfare Supervisor for Talbot County Department of Social Services from 1991-1996, the Unit Supervisor for Queen Anne’s County Department of Social Services from 1997-1999 and he was with the Worcester County Department of Social Services from 1999-2016 where he served first as Assistant Director of Services and then the Director of Services until his retirement.
He has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) and has also served as a Residential Director of a group home and has provided group therapy for persons referred from the courts for commission of sexual offenses.
Mr. Buesgens resides in Goldsboro with his wife, Cathy. In his spare time he enjoys fishing and all the Eastern Shore has to offer!
As a dedicated and detail oriented professional, Christine Collison has been meeting the accounting needs of several companies and individuals on the Eastern Shore of Maryland for over 30 years. Ms. Collison served as the CFO/Deputy Director for a nonprofit housing developer. She is currently managing financial duties for several nonprofits on the Eastern Shore and has been functioning in this role with CASA of Caroline since April, 2020. Ms. Collison resides in Ridgely with her husband Pat. In her spare time she enjoys camping with her grandchildren all over Delmarva!