CASA Lancaster Staff
Jessica has been with CASA of Lancaster since the fall of 2009. Jessica lives in Lancaster with her husband and young daughter. An English major at the University of Mary Washington, she was active in community service throughout college. Recognizing her passion, Jessica opted to apply to the AmeriCorps NCCC program and returned for a second year after her first year of service. She writes . . ."I worked for a CASA program in New Jersey before moving out to Lancaster to become the director here. I have seen the difference, the impact, a CASA volunteer can make and I am so honored to be a part of supporting volunteers here. I continue to be overwhelmed by the support CASA has seen in this community and look forward to continuing to build this program in the years to come."
D'Arcy joined the staff of CASA in October, 2013 as a Volunteer Manager. A graduate of Bowdoin College, with a B.A. in American History, she spent ten years in media sales, and the next twenty-five years caring for her children and parents. As a CASA volunteer, D'Arcy recognized the power of focused advocacy: "It's about working to achieve fairness for the children. The rights and securities most of us take for granted are compromised and/or tenuous for the children CASAs support. I am inspired by the dedication and efforts of fellow CASAs and staff - and I like a challenge." In November 2015, D'Arcy was promoted to Program Director.
Director of Community Outreach
Melissa joined CASA of Lancaster in the winter of 2017, after having served on the Board of Directors for several years. "I fell in love with the organization many years ago, and I'm proud to now serve the children of Lancaster County as a staff member of CASA. I hope to make a bigger impact on the organization, and bring more awareness from the community." Melissa comes to CASA with a background in higher education, where she restored and cultivated many professional relationships. Melissa is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Jeanette joined CASA of Lancaster in January of 2015. Jeanette was born and raised here in Lancaster County. She graduated from Hempfield High School in 2006. Jeanette then decided to go back to college after a four year break from high school. She graduated from Millersville University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Minor in Business Management. She writes, "Every child deserves a chance at making the most out of life. The volunteers at CASA are so devoted and passionate about advocating for what is best for the children. It is an honor to be a part of a program that actually makes a difference.”
Laura joined CASA as an intern from Millersville University in August 2014. After her internship, Laura joined the staff in June 2015. She graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work at Millersville University. Laura has worked in children's mental health for four years. She says, "I am excited to be part of CASA because I think every kid deserves the best possible chance at a bright future. CASA provides that chance to the most vulnerable children in Lancaster County."
Brian started with CASA as a volunteer advocate in 2013 and became a Peer Coordinator in 2014. He is a McCaskey High School graduate and earned his BS degree in Public Policy from Penn State University. His professional background includes a career in firefighting, working in stress/crisis management, mentoring and volunteering. Brian says, “I welcome the opportunity to continue helping people at a grass roots level.”
Becca came on staff at CASA in August 2016 as a full time Volunteer Manager. Her association with CASA began as a social work intern earlier that same year. Originally from Vineland, New Jersey, Becca moved to Lancaster County to attend Lancaster Bible College, graduating with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree in May 2016. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work through an online program at Western New Mexico University. She says, "I am excited about the work our advocates do. It is so important that each child in foster care be given a voice. I look forward to continually learning as I work closely with the CASA advocates.”
Lisa joined CASA in October 2016, after having served as a CASA Advocate for a couple of years. "As a volunteer, I interacted with the friendly and fun staff often, and began to help with special events. When a position became available, I eagerly applied!" Lisa has a professional background in teaching, and enjoys serving the children and students of Lancaster County in this new way. In addition to her Registered Nurse license, Lisa holds a Master of Science in Education from Millersville University.
Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
Bonnie joined the CASA staff in 2015 through the AmeriCorps VISTA Program, and stayed with CASA after completing her VISTA assignment. “I’m glad to work for a nonprofit that advocates for abused and neglected children – it’s a noble cause.” Bonnie has earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Millersville University.