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CASA of the River Region names new leader

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) of the River Region has named Jamie Noon the next CEO of the organization.


Noon relocated to the Louisville area from Columbus, Ohio, where she has served as chief operating officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio since 2019. “As CASA of the River Region celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, I’m excited to lead the team to usher in the next 40 years,” said Noon. “With my extensive background in and passion for youth service, I can think of no greater responsibility than advocating for youth to have a safe, permanent and loving home in which they can thrive.”


Noon takes the reins from Dr. Leon Mooneyhan, a retired public educator who stepped in as interim leader after William Myers departed in late 2023 after 11 years as president and CEO. The national search for Myers’ replacement began in January, and Noon was selected from nearly 50 applicants.


“I know that I speak for the board when I say we are very excited to have Jamie joining as the new CEO for CASA of the River Region,” said Heather Metts, chair of CASA’s board of directors. “Will [Myers] did an outstanding job getting CASA to the exemplary position it is in today, and we feel that Jamie’s enthusiasm and dedication will take us to an even higher level of performance, allowing us to attract more volunteers and ultimately providing more children with assistance.”


With a bachelor’s degree and M.B.A. from the University of Mississippi and Ashland University, respectively, Noon’s career in human services spans nearly 25 years. She began as a case manager and resource coordinator for at-risk children in Tennessee and collaborated with families to develop short- and long-term plans to help them work toward self-sufficiency. At the Center of Vocational Alternatives (COVA) in Columbus, Noon assisted people with mental health concerns in successfully finding and maintaining employment through the Central Ohio Supported Employment Collaborative (COSEC). She later transitioned to operations, overseeing key programs for COVA and serving as vice president and director of careers for people with disabilities for the Columbus Speech and Hearing Center. Noon has also served on the boards for Big Brothers Big Sisters East Central Ohio and the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation.


The search for CASA’s new CEO was led by Ashley|Rountree and Associates, a Louisville-based consulting firm that supports nonprofits’ initiatives in fund development, campaigns, strategic planning, grants, marketing and communications, executive recruitment and coaching, and more.

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