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.



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.



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



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


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


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

LaTasha Christian
Grant Accounting Manager

Kati Farina
Data & Evaluation Specialist

Jermika (Mika) Ford
Board Liaison
323-859-2888 ext. 6433

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

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

Ramona Khan
Accounting Manager
323-859-2888 ext. 6403

Glenn Lezon
Chief Financial Officer
323-859-2888 ext. 6329

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

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

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

Joshua Saxelby-Valle
Director of IT
323-859-2888 ext. 6354

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

Hiba Zakkour
IT Coordinator


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

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

Kedrea Battle
Advocate Supervisor
323-859-2888  ext. 6432

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

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

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

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

Caroline Christ
Advocate Supervisor
323-859-2888 ext. 6434

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

Danielle Espinoza
Prevention & Early Intervention Resource Navigator

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

Jessica Gonzalez
Youth Justice Project Manager

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)

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

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

Joseph Luciani-Cervantes
Advocate Supervisor

RitaRenne Najla Muhammad
Advocate Supervisor

Sylvia Martin
Expectant and Parenting Youth Specialist
323-859-2888 ext. 6405

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

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

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

Chelsea O’Neill
Advocate Supervisor

Suzen Pando
Prevention & Early Intervention Resource Navigator

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

Lauren Rodriguez
Advocacy Operations Manager

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

Development and Communications

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

Rese Clifton
Special Events Manager
323-859-2888 ext. 6331
rclifton@casala [dot] org

Yara Gharib
Grants and Foundations Manager

Kimberly Goldman
Director of Development


Leah Gould
Grants Writer
323-859-2888 ext. 6430

Zoe Moctezuma
Development Associate
323-859-2888 ext. 6370

Kimberly Stauffer
Individual Giving Manager

Volunteer Services

Isabel Bloom
Manager of Volunteer Relations
ibloom@casala [dot] org

Angela Daughtry
Manager of Volunteer Recruitment and Outreach

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

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

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

OT (Otesha) Mosely-Bremond
Director of Recruitment & Outreach
323-859-2888 ext. 6408

Denise Preciado
Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator
323-859-2888 ext. 6371

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

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

Michael Santell
Interim Volunteer Coordinator

Emily Scrimshaw
Director of Training and Volunteer Relations
323-859-2888 ext. 6315

Board of Directors

Lori Kozak — Chair
Fox Rothschild

Alayné Sampson — Vice Chair & Treasurer
Chandler Asset Management

Audrey Handelman Secretary
Court Appointed Special Advocate

Alicia Anderson
University of Southern California

Doug Anderson, JD

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

Ed Nahmias 
Capital Group Companies (retired)

Debra Ravden 
Klopert & Ravden, LLP

Johna Rivers

Dayna Rodriguez
Court Appointed Special Advocate

Daniel Sarkis

Neil Selman
Selman Brietman LLP

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