National Board of Trustees

Executive Committee


Dr. William Bell

President & CEO Casey Family Programs
Seattle, WA

William (Bill) Collins

Partner Covington & Burling LLP
New York, NY

Patricia (Pat) Bresee

Juvenile Court Judge (Retired)
Atherton, CA

Adam J. Liff

Child Advocate
Santa Barbara, CA

Britt Banks

Senior Fellow Getches-Wilkinson Center, University of Colorado Law School
Miami Beach, FL

James (Jim) Rishwain

Chair Emeritus Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Los Angeles, CA

Danielle Maurer

Child Advocate
Washington, DC

Board-Elected Trustees

Joseph (Joe) Bankoff

Academic, Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA

Charles Brumback

Retired, Akerman LLP
Orlando, FL

Patrice Comey

CASA Volunteer/Child Advocate
Fairfax, VA

Tara Perry

Chief Executive Officer, National CASA Association
Seattle, WA

The Honorable John Romero, Jr.

President, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Judge, Second Judicial District Court
Albuquerque, NM

Lisa Stuart

Child Advocate
Greenwich, CT

National Council of Advisors

Judge Anthony Capizzi

Juvenile Court Judge
Montgomery County, OH

Kris Perry

Deputy Secretary and Senior Advisor to the Governor, California Health and Human Services
Sacramento, CA

Pat Upshaw-Monteith

President and CEO, Leadership Atlanta
Atlanta, GA

Staff Directory

Executive Leadership

Chief Executive Officer

Tara Perry

In her 25-year career, Ms. Perry has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to social issues. Prior to joining National CASA in 2013, she led transformative work for the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, the American Red Cross, and the Atlanta Braves, among others. Ms. Perry holds an MBA from Mercer University. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum and served as an Elizabeth Dole Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Necole Merritt

Ms. Merritt is responsible for leading National CASA’s branding, marketing and communications strategies. A seasoned business leader, she has worked in the automotive, telecommunications, healthcare, energy and academic sectors as a senior leader in the areas of corporate marketing, branding, strategic communications and change management
Chief Finance and Operating Officer

Tom Mitchell

During his career, Mr. Mitchell has worked in a variety of finance, operations and management consulting roles for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. He has a master’s of business administration degree from the University of Washington, and is a certified public accountant with over 25 years of experience serving on the boards of nonprofit organizations.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Sally Erny

Ms. Erny has been with the National CASA Association for more than 20 years, in a variety of roles. Prior to that, she was the director of a local CASA program in Kentucky and a policy analyst for Kentucky Youth Advocates. Ms. Erny holds many community roles in her hometown of Louisville. In 2018, she was recognized by The Center for Women and Families in Louisville as a Woman of Distinction.

Senior Leadership

Allison McFaul

Human Resources & Administration Officer

August Aldebot-Green

National Communications Officer

Charlie McNamara

Grants Financial Management Officer

Mary Showell

Sr. Operations Officer

David Forrester

Information Technology Officer

Brad Ray

Sr. Program Development Officer

Paige Beard

Sr. State Development Officer

Blondean Jones

State Development Officer

Denice Hairston

Network Development, Quality and Accountability Officer

Colleen Vivori

Government Relations Officer

Leah Hausman

National Resource Development Officer


Antheia Rae

Sr. Executive Assistant & Executive Office Administrator

Sarah McGregor

Executive Office Assistant

Bobby Hanna

Associate Director of Member Services & Administration

Astra Kostic

Administrative & Member Services Associate

Jennifer Phillips

Director Network Engagement & Communications

Julia Heath

Graphic Designer

Lauren Linscheid

Digital Communications Specialist

Kate Johnson

Finance Manager

Tom Dunn

Project Manager

Juhi Vaish

Accounts Payable and Operations Associate

Coral Edward

Grants Administration Specialist

John Joynt

Senior Director, Information Technology & Operations

Melanie Prins

Program Services Associate

Roxanne Mennes

Director of Program Development

Marsha Kabakov

Director of Pre-Service Training

Kelly McDonald

Director State Development

Debbie Staub

Director, Knowledge Management & Research

Vicki Jackson

Human Trafficking Specialist

Shruti Ghosh

Curriculum Specialist

Nadja Michel-Herf

Director, Data Governance & Management

Claire McNellan

Associate Director of Data Analysis & Governance

Salwa El Habib

Director, Performance Measurement & Evaluation

Erica Owens

Director, Accountability

Liz Damski

Director, Network Development and Growth

Candyce Frye

Quality Specialist

Diane Nunn

Judicial Liaison

Elise Rowan

Director of Foundation Relations

Erin Kozma

Director Strategic Partnerships & Events

Ryan Haskell

Stakeholder Engagement & Development Associate

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