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GeneralBOD.JPG Temple & LBC Alums Appointed to CASA BOD

Temple & LBC Alums Appointed to CASA BOD

LANCASTER, PA (June 6, 2017)– Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lancaster County warmly welcomes two new board members: Dannel Wissler, MA, LPC, CAADC and Steven E. Russell, Esquire. Both of the newly elected board members will serve a three-year term.

Wissler is a Licensed Professional Counselor at Providence Behavioral Health in Lancaster. She is also a certified addictions counselor. Beyond counseling at Providence Behavioral, Wissler has found great satisfaction training with the local CISM team (Critical Incident Stress Management), as well as working with other leaders supporting a local Celebrate Recovery group. She is also proud to be a member of Martic M.O.S.T (Military Outreach Support Team) which supports local veterans and their families.

“Community, in my opinion, is very valuable and I feel strongly that we each have a role to play in the support and strengthening of neighborhoods and families. I am looking forward to being a part of CASA and am excited to work hard with the goal of obtaining an advocate for every boy and girl in our foster care system," Wissler stated.

Wissler earned an M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling at Lancaster Bible College Graduate School.

Russell is a co-Manager of the Emerald Banking & Finance Fund, a co-Manager of the Emerald Small Cap Value and SMID Cap Value portfolios and a Senior Research Analyst for Emerald Advisers, Inc. He first joined Emerald’s research analyst team in 1998 and has over twenty years of industry and investment experience. Prior to joining Emerald in 2005, Russell founded Greenwood Advisers, LLC, and is a registered investment adviser.

Having served previously on several other BOD’s, including CASA, he plans on partnering with the leadership team and the other board members to make high-impact contributions to this important organization that shares his passion for advocacy. “I am excited to serve and ready to advance our advocacy and strategic goals,” said Russell.

Russell received both his JD and MBA degrees from Temple University and a BA degree in Banking and Finance from Morehouse College.

Executive Director, Jessica Laspino stated, “I never cease to be amazed by the dedication of this community to helping our most vulnerable children - our newest Board members are certainly no exception. They will undoubtedly use their expertise to expand the program."

CASA of Lancaster County provides qualified and compassionate court appointed volunteer advocacy for children of abuse and neglect in the belief that every child deserves a safe, nurturing, and permanent home. CASA volunteers believe that growing up in a safe home is a fundamental human right.

For information about becoming involved with CASA, call 717-208-3280 or send an email to: or visit

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