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Leadership

National Board of Trustees

Executive Committee

CHAIR

Dr. William Bell

President & CEO, Casey Family Programs
Seattle, WA
IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR

William (Bill) Collins

Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
New York, NY
VICE-CHAIR

Patricia (Pat) Bresee

Retired, Juvenile Court Judge
Atherton, CA
TREASURER

Adam Liff

Child Advocate
Santa Barbara, CA
SECRETARY

Britt Banks

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

James (Jim) Rishwain

Chair Emeritus, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Los Angeles, CA
MEMBER-AT-LARGE

Danielle Maurer

Child Advocate
Washington, DC

Trustees

Joseph (Joe) Bankoff

Academic, Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA

Charles (Charlie) Brumback

Retired, Akerman LLP
Orlando, FL

Patrice Comey

CASA Volunteer/Child Advocate
Fairfax, VA

Louis (Lou) Lucido

Retired, DoubleLine Capital L.P.
Los Angeles, CA

Tara Perry

Chief Executive Officer, National CASA Association
Seattle, WA

The Honorable John Romero, Jr.

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

Lisa Stuart

Child Advocate
Greenwich, CT

Mark Walker

Chairman and CEO, Transland
Springfield, MO

National Council of Advisors

The Honorable Anthony Capizzi

Juvenile Court Judge
Dayton, OH

Senator Mary Landrieu

Van Ness Feldman LLP
Washington, D.C.

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.
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.
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.
General Counsel and Chief Legal Affairs Officer

Russell Jacobs

In addition to overseeing legal matters for the National CASA Association, Mr. Jacobs has responsibility for the delivery of legal resources to the members of the network and engagement with the legal community on behalf of National CASA. After earning his law degree from Columbia University, Mr. Jacobs worked in private practice before shifting to an in-house leadership role in the legal department of a major global retailer.

Senior Leadership

August Aldebot-Green

National Communications Officer

Paige Beard

Sr. State Development Officer

David Forrester

Information Technology Officer

Leah Hausman

National Resource Development Officer

Denice Hairston

Network Development, Quality and Accountability Officer

Blondean Jones

State Development Officer

Allison McFaul

Human Resources & Administration Officer

Charlie McNamara

Grants Financial Management Officer

Brad Ray

Sr. Program Development Officer

Colleen Vivori

Government Relations Officer

Leadership

Alyssa Beck

CEO Executive Assistant

Liz Damski

Sr. Director, Member Legal Resources

Tom Dunn

Project Manager

Coral Edward

Grants Administration Specialist

Salwa El Habib

Director, Performance Measurement & Evaluation

Candyce Frye

Quality Specialist

Shruti Ghosh

Curriculum Specialist

Bobby Hanna

Associate Director of Member Services & Administration

Julia Heath

Graphic Designer

Ryan Haskell

Stakeholder Engagement & Development Associate

Vicki Jackson

Human Trafficking Specialist

Kate Johnson

Finance Manager

John Joynt

Senior Director, Information Technology & Operations

Marsha Kabakov

Director of Pre-Service Training

Astra Kostic

Administrative & Member Services Associate

Erin Kozma

Director Strategic Partnerships & Events

Lauren Linscheid

Digital Communications Specialist

Kelly McDonald

Director State Development

Sarah McGregor

Executive Office Assistant

Claire McNellan

Associate Director of Data Analysis & Governance

Roxanne Mennes

Director of Program Development

Nadja Michel-Herf

Director, Data Governance & Management

Diane Nunn

Judicial Liaison

Erica Owens

Director, Accountability

Jennifer Phillips

Director Network Engagement & Communications

Melanie Prins

Program Services Associate

Antheia Rae

Sr. Executive Assistant & Executive Office Administrator

Elise Rowan

Director of Foundation Relations

Debbie Staub

Director, Knowledge Management & Research

Juhi Vaish

Accounts Payable and Operations Associate

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