As the chief operating and financial officer of Select Milk Producers, Inc., based in Artesia, New Mexico, Rance Miles oversees the company’s annual milk sales of more than $900 million. With more than three decades of experience in the agricultural field, he also serves as general manager of several other dairy companies, including Continental Dairy Products, Inc., and Southwest Cheese. Rance Miles spends his downtime supporting several charitable endeavors, one of which includes the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children.
Established in 1977 in Seattle, Washington, CASA is a group that advocates for children awaiting placement into foster homes. Since its inception, the group has grown to include more than 950 CASA and guardian ad litem programs in 49 states and the District of Columbia. In 2012, the organization provided more than 75,000 CASA and guardian ad litem (GAL) volunteers who helped 238,000 abused and neglected children secure permanent, safe homes.
Held annually, the National CASA Conference brings together CASA and GAL staff, volunteers, and board members to connect with others and become inspired to continue making a difference. Those who attend the 2015 event, scheduled for May 30 through June 2 in New Orleans, Louisiana, can partake in workshops and listen to renowned speakers. At the conference, CASA presents its Awards of Excellence to honor outstanding child advocates, board members, volunteers, and program directors.