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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/GAL 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/GAL 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 & Communications Officer

Necole Merritt

Ms. Merritt is responsible for leading National CASA/GAL’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
General Counsel & Chief Legal Affairs Officer

Russell Jacobs

In addition to overseeing legal matters for the National CASA/GAL 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/GAL. 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.


August Aldebot-Green

National Communications Officer

Paige Beard

Sr. State Development Officer

Liz Damski

Sr. Director, Member Legal Resources

Tom Dunn

Project Manager

Coral Edward

Grants Administration Specialist

Salwa El Habib

Director, Performance Measurement & Evaluation

David Forrester

Information Technology Officer

Candyce Frye

Director, Administration & Special Projects

Shruti Ghosh

Curriculum Specialist

Denice Hairston

Network Development, Quality & Accountability Officer

Ryan Haskell

Stakeholder Engagement & Development Associate

Leah Hausman

National Resource Development Officer

Julia Heath

Graphic Designer

Kate Johnson

Finance Manager

Blondean Jones

Local Program Development Officer

John Joynt

Senior Director, Information Technology & Operations

Kimberly Koch

Training & Development Officer

Astra Kostic

Administrative & Member Services Associate

Lauren Linscheid

Digital Communications Specialist

Kelly McDonald

Director State Development

Allison McFaul

Human Resources Officer

Sarah McGregor

Senior Leadership Associate

Charlie McNamara

Interim Chief Financial Officer

Roxanne Mennes

Director of Program Development

Nadja Michel-Herf

Director, Data Governance & Management

Diane Nunn

Judicial Liaison

Erica Owens

Director, Accountability

Melanie Prins

Program Services Associate

Brad Ray

Sr. Performance Measurement, Research & Evaluation Officer

Elise Rowan

Director of Foundation Relations

Sheryl Sellaway

Executive Communications Officer

Jamie Soukhamthath

Sr. Executive Assistant to the CEO

Trenny Stovall

Chief of Staff

Colleen Vivori

Government Relations Officer

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