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Executive Leadership

Chief Executive Officer

Tara Lisa Perry

Ms. Perry’s 30-year career spans the public and private sectors, encompassing the arts, emergency management and assistance, health care, transportation, retail and professional sports. Since becoming CEO in 2016, Ms. Perry has guided National CASA/GAL in its execution of a strategic framework focused on organizational efficacy and stability, and reaching the goal of having a CASA/GAL volunteer for every child that needs one. She was a Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and currently serves as a Leap Ambassador. Ms. Perry has been recognized for her business and community leadership as one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2019 Women of Influence.
Deputy CEO and Chief Network Operations 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.
General Counsel, Chief Public Policy 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.


Phyllis Allen

Executive Assistant

Christine Baines

Director, Professional Development

Paige Beard

Sr. State Development Officer

Shaun Boles

Director, Network Training and Development

Liz Damski

Sr. Director, Member Legal Resources

Tom Dunn

Project Manager

Coral Edward

Grants Administration Specialist

Cassidy Follins

Associate Director, Operations & Procurement

David Forrester

Information Technology Officer

Candyce Frye

Director, Administration & Special Projects

Michelle Geiger

Director, Executive Communications & Advancement

Kimberly Willis Green

Communications Officer

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 Quality & Accountability

Allison McFaul

Human Resources Officer

Sarah McGregor

Senior Leadership Associate

Charlie McNamara

Interim Chief Financial Officer

Roxanne Mennes

Director, Local Program Quality & Accountability

Todd Myrick

Director of Operations

Noriko Osada

Director, Data Information, Analytics & Quality

Diane Nunn

Judicial Liaison

Melanie Prins

Director, Training & Development Operations

Brad Ray

Sr. Performance Measurement, Research & Evaluation Officer

Elise Rowan

Director of Foundation Relations

Dannette R. Walker

Director, Grants Management

Aaron Wells

Network Financial Management/Accountability Officer

Jetaun Woodly

Director, Network Marketing Communications

Jessie Wright

Executive Office Administrator

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