Louise has been helping others achieve their goals and succeed since she was a child. It is in her DNA. She was born in Lexington, Kentucky to a loving family and is the oldest of four children. Louise was a helper as far back as she can remember and she never felt it was a burden. Taking care of her younger brothers and playing with her cousins was simply part of her life and enjoyment.
Family has always been central to who she is – she has a large extended family who are close and caring. She always felt loved, protected and appreciated by her family and has passed that along to her work in CASA. Louise’s mother worked for the telephone company and as a saleswoman for Stanley Home Products. Her father was in the Navy, served in World War II, returned to Lexington and opened a business called Odd Jobs Construction Company.
Louise excelled in school and graduated from Lexington Catholic High School and then studied elementary education at the University of Kentucky. After college she spent eight years working at Lexington Federal Savings until 1999 where her customers loved the special care she provided (unusual in the banking world). Louise believes work must be accomplished in an ethical manner: doing things half way is not acceptable.
Louise married Patrick Bieschke 45 years ago and, like her own parents, had four children (three boys and a girl). Tragically, her eldest son Joe, died at the age of 16. Her sons Mark and Erik left Lexington for Los Angeles and graduated from USC in 1993 and 1994. Her daughter, Christina, graduated from Vanderbilt in 2003. Louise glows with pride when she talks about her family – she and Patrick have eight grandchildren!
When her children were still at home, Louise was hired by the CASA Project of Lexington to be their volunteer coordinator and trainer. The Project served 600 to 700 children with a staff of four and 50 volunteers!
Louise and Patrick moved to Los Angeles in 2003 and it’s no surprise that she became a case assessor at CASA of Los Angeles 2004 and 2005. From 2005 to 2010 Louise worked with the National Marrow Donor Program in Santa Ana but she couldn’t stay away from CASA. Louise returned in 2010.
It is our good fortune to have Louise as one of our CASA senior program coordinators. She is always upbeat, eager to help, and a sympathetic listener. Her ideas help her CASAs solve some of those most difficult problems. Louise Bieschke can make you feel like there is hope if you are worried about your CASA child; she can make you feel appreciated and cared for if you are feeling overwhelmed; and she will validate your work and point out how you have made a difference in the life of a child if you are feeling discouraged. She is one of the many wonderful women who provide the needed insight and wisdom that make CASAs succeed!
–written by June Sale