CASA of Los Angeles (CASA/LA) organizes the community to take action and advocate for children and families in LA County’s overburdened child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Through an intentional, restorative and culturally relevant lens, we train committed, consistent and caring adults who provide equitable access to resources and life-affirming connections.

Our Mission

CASA of Los Angeles organizes the community to take action and advocate for children and families in LA County’s overburdened child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

Our Vision

CASA/LA’s vision is a Los Angeles in which all children and families impacted by the child welfare and juvenile justice systems have equitable access to the resources and support they need to thrive.

Our Values

Deep Love

We have deep love for the children and families in the child welfare system and for our staff and volunteers. Deep love is the glue that holds CASA/LA together.

 

Justice

We work towards justice for children and families and for improved systems that increase access to justice.

 

Authenticity & Integrity

We are committed to our values and acknowledge power structures and bias.

 

Accountability

We strive for professionalism, collaboration, and the honest measurement and reporting of our outcomes.

 

Respect

We treat everyone with respect and work to deserve the respect of all our partners.

CASA volunteers help children feel like they have someone to listen to them. Being heard gives them a sense of control. In a system where their needs and wishes are often disregarded or ignored, having an adult actively paying attention to what they say means everything. Even if the results aren’t instant, it plants a seed in their mind that they are worthy of respect. That is something they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.”

— Attorney, Children’s Law Center

History

In 1977, a Seattle juvenile court judge concerned about making drastic decisions with insufficient information conceived the idea of citizen volunteers speaking up for the best interest of children, in the courtroom and the community, who have experienced abuse and neglect. From that first program has grown a network of nearly 1,000 CASA and guardian ad litem programs that are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in 49 states and the District of Columbia.Today, CASA of Los Angeles is one of the largest CASA programs in the country, affiliated with the California CASA Association and the National CASA Association of 949 community-based programs and over 76,000 volunteers serving 251,000 children nationwide.

Our Staff

Administration

Charity Chandler-Cole
Chief Executive Officer
323-859-2888 ext. 6325
cchandlercole@casala.org

Jennifer Gjurashaj
Director of Contracts
323-859-2888 ext. 6389

Ambika (Mika) Khan
Chief Program Officer
323-859-2888 ext. 6347
akhan@casala.org

Timon Lo
Accounting Specialist
323-859-2888 ext. 6345

 

Glenn Lezon
Chief Financial Officer
323-859-2888 ext. 6329
glezon@casala.org

 

Jacquelyn Mancia
Human Resources Generalist
323-859-2888 ext. 6377

Joshua Saxelby-Valle
Data and Evaluations Manager
323-859-2888 ext. 6354

Briana Spencer
Executive Assistant
323-859-2888 ext. 6300

Evangelina Vasquez
Human Resources Director
323-859-2888 ext. 6383

Hiba Zakkour
IT Coordinator
323-859-2888

 

Advocacy

Arlene Anguiano
Essential History Program Manager
323-859-2888 ext. 6349

Rosa Arevalo
Advocacy Team Manager
323-859-2888 ext. 6302

Tamara Bingham
Advocate Supervisor
323-859-2888

Lesley Bois
Advocate Supervisor
661-723-2272 ext. 5100

Kristienne Brooks
Director of Advocacy
323-859-2888 ext. 6343
kbrooks@casala.org

Chandler Bruyn
Essential History Program Coordinator
323-859-2888 ext. 6367

Alice Choi 
Advocate Supervisor
323-859-2888 ext. 6331

Regina Cox
Advocate Supervisor
323-859-2888 ext. 6380

Farah Dabbagh
Advocate Supervisor
323-859-2888, ext. 6344

Ekaterina Danton
Advocate Supervisor
323-859-2888, ext. 6379

Tammy Dietrich
Advocate Supervisor
661-723-2272 ext. 5103

Maggie Egan
Advocate Supervisor
323-859-2888 ext. 6314

Kati Farina
Advocate Supervisor
323-859-2888

Lauri Halderman
Early Childhood Program Manager
323-859-2888 ext. 6312

Jessica Gonzalez
Advocate Supervisor
323-859-2888

Shikeem Hayle
Advocate Supervisor
323-859-2888 ext. 6376

Stefanie Jadidi
Advocate Supervisor
323-859-2888 ext. 6337

Monica Kincade
Advocacy Team Manager
323-859-2888 ext. 6352

Robert Lee
Program Assistant (Antelope Valley)
661-723-2272

Aimee Lencsak
Advocacy Team Manager
323-859-2888 ext. 6356

Adriana Lopez
Advocacy Team Manager
323-859-2888 ext. 6317

Joseph Luciani-Cervantes
Advocacy Supervisor
323-859-2888

Carolyn McGee
Advocacy Team Manager
323-859-2888 ext. 6327

Ben Miller
Advocate Supervisor
323-859-2888 ext. 6365

Melisa Urbina
Advocate Supervisor
323-859-2888

Michelle Neumann
Prevention and Early Intervention Program Manager
323-859-2888 ext. 6334

Chelsea O’Neill
Advocate Supervisor
323-859-2888
 

Jessica Rivas Valle
Advocate Supervisor
323-859-2888 ext. 6305

Lauren Rodriguez
Advocate Supervisor
323-859-2888

Ludivina Vasquez
Youth Justice Program Manager 
323-859-2888 ext. 6351

Jontae Watkins
Advocate Supervisor
323-859-2888 ext. 6341

Alex Zambrano
Advocacy Operations Manager
323-859-2888 ext. 6330

Development and Communications

Marie Carpenter
Chief Development Officer
323-859-2888 ext. 6328
mcarpenter@casala.org

Yara Gharib
Grants and Foundations Manager
631-355-0793
ygharib@casala.org

Jovian Lin
Marketing Coordinator
323-859-2888 
jlin@casala.org

 

Zoe Moctezuma
Development Associate
323-859-2888 ext. 6370
zmoctezuma@casala.org

Kimberly Stauffer
Individual Giving Manager
323-859-2888
kstauffer@casala.org

Volunteer Services

Angela Daughtry
Manager of Volunteer Recruitment and Outreach
323-859-2888

Keila Escobedo
Training Specialist
323-859-2888

Lynne Gabriel
Chief Volunteer Officer
323-859-2888 ext. 6306
lgabriel@casala.org

Sheila Hernandez
Volunteer Coordinator
323-859-2888 ext. 6315

Taina Longin
Training Specialist
323-859-2888 ext. 6364

Taina Longin
Training Specialist
323-859-2888 ext. 6364

Denise Preciado
Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator
323-859-2888

Jeremy Remy
Manager of Volunteer Training
323-859-2888 ext. 6346

Felipe M Sanchez
Recruitment & Outreach Coordinators
323-859-2888 ext. 6306

Emily Scrimshaw
Training Specialist
323-859-2888 ext. 6315

Board of Directors

Lori Kozak — Chair
Fox Rothschild

Ed Nahmias — Vice Chair
Capital Group Companies (retired)

Audrey Handelman — Secretary
Gensler
Court Appointed Special Advocate

Alicia Anderson
University of Southern California

Doug Anderson, JD
PricewaterhouseCoopers

Doug Bond
Amity Foundation

Minji Cho
Inner Dimension Media

Andrew Goldberg
Leonard Green & Partners. L.P.

Ricardo Gonzalez
Southern California Gas Company

Christian Green
Los Angeles Community College District, Pasadena City College District, Compton College, UCLA and CSU Dominguez Hills

Dr. Tamara Hunter
Commission for Children and Families, Los Angeles County

Erika Johnson
The Center for Early Education

Veronica Keegan
Riot Games

Mark Lamia
Activision (retired)

Jason Levin
Law Office of Adam l. Gafni

Colin McIntosh
REVOLT

Debra Ravden 
Klopert &Ravden, LLP

Johna Rivers
Former Foster Youth and Filmmaker

Dayna Rodriguez
Court Appointed Special Advocate

Alayné Sampson 
Capital Group Companies

Daniel Sarkis
Mercer

Neil Selman
Selman Brietman LLP

Josh Tohl
Tohl Enterprises

Courtney Torres
Courtney Torres Consulting

Carolyn Toto, JD
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

 

Jacqueline Dolan

CASA of Los Angeles Founding President

Justice is what love looks
like in public