age: 40 | Executive Director | CASA for Children and Texarkana Children’s Advocacy Center
For Brandy Eldridge, pushing back darkness and bringing hope, healing, and justice to children is more than just a career or a job. It is her mission!
“I have the privilege to work with a team of people who advocate for abused and neglected children in our community,” she explained. “My greatest professional accomplishment thus far is seeing justice served and hearing the resilient stories of children that become survivors and not victims of child abuse. To know that I was a tiny piece of that is always a great accomplishment.”
Brandy and her husband, Billy, have two daughters, Hava and Poppy Kate, and one son, Liam. “My husband is still the coolest person that I know. If I get to spend time with him, our kids, and my very special group of friends, then everything is a great adventure,” she said.
Best advice you’ve ever received:
“JUST LOVE PEOPLE. IF ALL ELSE FAILS, JUST LOVE PEOPLE.” – PATRICK LOOSBROCK, BRANDY’S FATHER
Both Brandy and Billy feel that service is what they were meant to do in life. She is honored to work with other nonprofits in this community that service people, including the Randy Sams Outreach Shelter, United Way of Greater Texarkana, Haven Homes, Hands On Texarkana, the Boys and Girls Club, and For the Sake of One. “Nonprofits helping nonprofits is important to CASA and to my family,” she acknowledged.
Brandy’s greatest personal accomplishment is to continue raising her kids to be kind and to leave the world a better place than they found it. However, realistically, she admits that seeing Dave Matthews in concert three nights in a row while in Mexico was also a highlight for her. “I am not sure how that is an accomplishment, butIam40,anditfeltlikeIwonthe lottery,” she laughed.
As a 10-year goal, Brandy hopes that CASA has more volunteers than children that are being served in Texarkana that have suffered from child abuse or neglect. Personally, she strives to always keep her family healthy and happy.
Name something about you that very few people know:
“I was an extra in a movie that went straight to DVD.”