Anissa Everett

As Interviewed by McKenna Everett, April 13, 2014
"I really appreciate being able to be that person, these kids might not have other people in their lives that they can trust, or just talk to or that they can just have fun with and just be kids with."
Anissa Everett

Introductory Profile: About Anissa Everett

My interviewee is Anissa Renee Everett. Anissa is very proud of her job as a volunteer child advocate at CASA, and is glad to be there. She hopes others will join and worries about those children who do not have a CASA. She does think that there is some gender inequity in CASA, as there are more women than men working in the field. She was surprised by how much CASA changed her as a person and is incredibly committed to the cause.

Anissa Everett is short with an oval shaped face and light brown hair with red and dark blonde highlights that rests at her shoulders, brown eyes and a mildly tan complexion. She has high cheekbones, a long nose ending in a point, and a constant smile that reaches toward her eyes. She is 39, but appears much younger. She is almost always happy, but is a thoroughly emotional person, and is selfless until the bitter end. She is kind, caring, and sensitive, as well as graceful and modest, and very smart, but can be sensitive and stubborn. She was born on November 7th, 1974, in Ames, Iowa. As a child, she moved around a lot and grew up in a poor family. Her parents got divorced when she was very young and she became a sort of protector and parental figure for her younger sister, Angie, and she helped to try and hold the family together. She risked everything, investing in loans just so that she could go to college, however, in the end all of her hard work paid off and she has become very successful.

My interview had a fairly light air to it, it was easy but because I was familiar with my interviewee, there were places when we would laugh because it seemed ridiculous and thankfully, this kept it light and fun. We were sure to make it as professional as we could though, but at the beginning, she was nervous and a little jumpy. Toward the end, however, she seemed relaxed and open to discussion.

My interview was very successful, and while the recording became a bit of a hassle, my interviewee gave me plenty of good information to work with and was, by the end of the interview, very open and calm, answering my questions with long, specific and descriptive answers that were specific to the point but were not shy on elaboration. Anissa’s perspective of CASA is a positive one, she is very dedicated to it and wants more volunteers to join, she enjoys working with the kids as well as the personal benefit of just feeling good about what you’re doing. She, however, feels that the gender roles are biased in favor of women, and worries about the fact that only about 81% of children in Travis County have a CASA to advocate for them.