Louisville, KY – February 21, 2021: CASA of the River Region announces the appointment of CEO William Myers to the Urban Leadership Council of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Association for Children.
Myers will serve a two-year term along with child welfare leaders from around the nation. In this role, he will play an integral role in voicing the unique needs of more than 950 local programs that make up the National CASA/GAL network. In 2019, the National CASA/GAL network, with its approximately 93,300 volunteers, served more than 271,000 children who have experienced abuse and neglect. The Urban Leadership Council is a working council whose purpose is to advise and partner with National CASA/GAL to address strategic issues impacting local programs and the future development and growth of the network.
“Over the past four years the local leadership councils and National CASA/GAL have formed a strong collaborative partnership in our efforts to strengthen and grow the CASA/GAL network,” said Tara Perry, Chief Executive Officer of National CASA/GAL Association for Children. Perry expressed gratitude to Myers for his “willingness to serve and bringing your positive enthusiasm and support to our work.”
William Myers, JD, MBA has served as CEO/President of CASA of the River Region for over eight years. Prior to serving with CASA, he was Executive Administrator of Louisville Metro Community Action and previously held positions in human services non-profits with a focus on hunger and poverty. His tenure at CASA of the River Region has been one of growth in children served and fiscal stability.
“This is my second stint on the Urban Leadership Council, and I am grateful to represent CASA’s service areas of Jefferson, Henry, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble counties,” said Myers. “Kentucky has the highest rate of child abuse in the nation, and I am looking forward to learning from my colleagues about strategies to prevent child abuse in their communities and sharing the good work we are doing to address the needs of children in our area.”
Since 1984, CASA of the River Region has supported and promoted court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes. CASA believes children need at least one caring, consistent adult to look out for their safety and nurture their self-worth. In 2020, 210 CASA volunteers served 504 children in our community despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The National CASA/GAL Association, together with state and local member programs, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every child who has experienced abuse or neglect can be safe, have a permanent home, and the opportunity to thrive. The National CASA/GAL Association for Children offers leadership and support to the network of programs and leads its continued growth.