GOVERNOR SELECTS JACQUELINE AARON TO SERVE AS THE COMMISSIONER
REPRESENTING A STATEWIDE COURT-APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATE ASSOCIATION
Oklahoma City, OK (October 19, 2020) – Effective immediately, Governor Kevin Stitt has selected Jacqueline Aaron from Weatherford, Oklahoma to serve as the Commissioner who represents a statewide court-appointed special advocate association at the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth (OCCY).
“Commissioner Aaron will offer an exciting new perspective to the commission,” said Annette Wisk Jacobi, executive director of OCCY. “She is a professional who has valuable experience that will undoubtedly mesh well with the goals and mission of the commission.”
Aaron has nearly 17 years of experience with CASA (which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate) – an organization comprised of volunteers who represent the interests of abused and neglected children while they are wards of the juvenile court. She began her journey with CASA serving as the organization’s Child Protection Team Coordinator for Custer/Washita counties and held the position for more than 13 years.
In 2017, Aaron was selected to serve as the executive director of CASA of Western Oklahoma. In this position, she oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization as well as the recruiting and training of community volunteers. As executive director, she has taken the program from being underneath an umbrella agency to being classified as a standalone non-profit. This has allowed historic growth within the organization that serves Custer, Washita, Beckham, Roger Mills, and Dewey counties.
“I have always had a passion for serving my community and helping kids in need,” said Aaron. “Being appointed by the governor to serve as a commissioner for OCCY is not only an honor, but it allows me to continue to help kids have healthier and happier lives.”
In 1994 Commissioner Aaron obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. In 2000, she became a founding member of the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma.
About OCCY and the Roles of the Commissioners:
Since 1982, the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth has helped create a transparent system for children,
youth, and families by bringing accountability and independent oversight into Oklahoma’s child and youth service system. Its mission is to improve services to Oklahoma’s children by planning, coordinating, and communicating with communities as well as between public and private agencies. Programs within OCCY include the Oklahoma Child Death Review Boards, the Post Adjudication Review Boards, Freestanding Multidisciplinary Teams, the Office of Planning and
Coordination, and the Office of Juvenile System Oversight.
OCCY Commissioners meet to approve strategic plans, coordinate efforts between agencies, and make recommendations to the governor, legislature, and child-focused agencies. They serve without compensation for up to
four terms of two years each. Ms. Aaron was appointed by the governor to the seat dedicated to an individual who represents a statewide court-appointed special advocate association.
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