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MISSION & HISTORY

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the River Region supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes. CASA recruits and trains community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children. 

 

In 1977, Seattle Superior Court Judge David Soukup was concerned about making decisions on behalf of abused and neglected children without enough information. He conceived the idea of appointing community volunteers to speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court. Fifty people responded to his initial request for volunteers,  thus, beginning  the CASA Movement.

 

In 1984, Kentucky saw a dramatic increase in the incidence of child abuse and neglect. The National Council for Jewish Women undertook a community-wide assessment, whichuncovered a need for additional services for dependent children, as well as a need for volunteer advocates to act on their behalf.  CASA of Jefferson County was the first Kentucky program incorporated in 1984  and began through the joint efforts of the National Council of Jewish Women/Louisville Section, the Jefferson District Court, and the Jefferson County Child Abuse Authority.

 

In 2007, CASA of Jefferson County expanded to Henry, Oldham, and Trimble Counties becoming CASA of the River Region. The agency expanded again in 2008 serving Shelby and Spencer Counties. In 2010, CASA moved its main headquarters from Jefferson Street to a newly renovated home on the Kosair Charities' Campus. Named the "Lomicka House," the building provides ample space for CASA's work as well as meeting rooms, achildren’s activity center,  and a playground thanks to generous community donors.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OFFICERS

MEMBERS

RUTH REID, CHAIR

HEATHER METTS, CPA, TREASURER

ASHLYN ACKERMAN, SECRETARY

DREW BROWN

AMY CAUDILL

EMILY DIGENIS, ESQ.

PHILIP HAWKINS

CARL HEICK

BARBARA LAMASTER

CAROL LOMICKA

 

JESSICA MAZZONETTO

D. LEON MOONEYHAN, PH.D.

AMBROSE (ABE) O'BRYAN, ESQ.

SUSAN OCHS

KELLIE SHERYAK

JESSICA WISSING, ESQ.

HONORARY MEMBERS

TERRI BASS

MAUD FLIEGELMAN +

HON. RICHARD FITZGERALD +

Dr. JOAN THOMAS +

(+ Indicates deceased members)

EX OFFICIO

MICHAEL O'CONNELL, ESQ.

 

STAFF
Josette Gocella, MA, AMRS

ADVOCACY SUPERVISOR

Tara Truckor

ADVOCACY SUPERVISOR

Amabelle Camba, MSW

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Susi Murray-Schmidt

ADVOCACY SUPERVISOR

Amber Weiand

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

Shari Christoff

ADVOCACY DIRECTOR

Melissa Nelson,MSW

ADVOCACY SUPERVISOR

Brad Adams

PROGRAM DATA MANAGER

Emma Bamba

ADVOCACY SUPERVISOR

Lisa Polega, MA

ADVOCACY SUPERVISOR

Peg Peterson

TRAINING MANAGER

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Main Office:

982 Eastern Parkway Box 9

Louisville, KY 40217

 

Henry, Oldham & Trimble Office:

P.O. Box 225

La Grange, KY 40031

Ext. 213

Shelby & Spencer Office:

P.O. Box 1276

Shelbyville, KY 40066

Ext. 214

 

OPENING HOURS

MONDAY - FRIDAY

09:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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(502) 595-4911
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