CASA Announces New Board Chair

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LANCASTER, PA (01/17/2018)–Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lancaster announced a new Board of Directors Chair for 2018, William Stratton. Stratton is the President and CEO of Inclinator. He has been involved with CASA since May of 2013 and is looking forward to this new leadership position as he continues to work with his fellow Board Members and CASA’s Executive Director, Jessica Laspino.

Stratton hopes to grow the organization by providing a CASA for every child in need in Lancaster’s foster care system: “We are supporting and making a positive difference for the most vulnerable members of our Lancaster County community, children in our foster care system who are there due to no fault of their own. With the collective talent and commitment from everyone-Board, staff, CASA volunteers, and the Lancaster community-we have the ability to drive our mission and strengthen our organization to advocate for more abused and neglected children.”

Hundreds of children enter Lancaster County’s foster care system each year, and on average, spend about two years in this state of flux. “We currently have 144 active CASA volunteers who are serving 240 children,” stated Laspino, “which means we’re advocating for a little less than half of the children in care.” However, both Stratton and Laspino are confident that in the near future, there will be a CASA for every child in need. “CASA of Lancaster’s mission and goal is to provide a CASA for every foster child in our community who needs one,” stated Stratton. Additional Board officers elected or continued terms are, Rebecca Caplan, who was elected to serve as Vice President of the Board, having served on the Board since 2015. Caplan is the Principal and Founder at Upcast Strategies. In addition, continuing their terms as officers on the Board are Dawn Umstead, Account Manager at EZMarketing, as Secretary and Laura Rineer, Senior Accountant at RKL, as Treasurer.

CASA of Lancaster a local chapter of National CASA for Children, and is central in fighting for and protecting a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to flourish in a loving and permanent home. CASA volunteers believe that growing up in a safe home is a fundamental human right. To learn more about CASA of Lancaster, or to become a volunteer, please contact their office at (717) 208-3280, email, or visit

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