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Lexie Boris
Advancement Director
lboris@pcasa.org
Lexie Boris joined Piedmont CASA in August 2013. Her decades of marketing experience include serving as the communications director for VCCA (Virginia Center for the Creative Arts) in Amherst, Virginia, and working with agencies from Roanoke to metropolitan Washington DC. She was a founding partner in the Wordsworth Agency, a firm specializing in theatrical clients including The Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, and the Shakespeare Theatre. She also partnered in an antique shop and managed large, mixed-use real estate projects. Her outside interests include reading history, writing science fiction, and rehabilitating wildlife.
Randy Nolt
Randy Nolt
Program Director
rnolt@pcasa.org
Randy Nolt joined Piedmont CASA in February 2014. He graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a B.A. in Economics. Prior to working with CASA, Randy spent over ten years working for a residential therapeutic wilderness program - The Discovery School of Virginia for Boys and Girls. He served as the Program Director for the girls' program. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son, hiking, camping, and running.
Stephen Dufort
Stephen Dufort
CASA Supervisor
sdufort@pcasa.org
Stephen Dufort graduated from Humboldt State University in 1993 with a B.S. in Natural Resources. His love of the outdoors led him to the field of Wilderness and Adventure Therapy programs for disadvantaged teens and families. He has worked in both long-term and short-term residential programs in California, Colorado, and for the past 21 years here in Central Virginia. He enjoys camping, hiking and kayaking in the mountains and rivers of the Blue Ridge. As we move towards a post-pandemic world, he’s looking forward to resuming traveling abroad and attending outdoor music and arts festivals.
Kati Naess
Kati Naess
CASA Supervisor
knaess@pcasa.org
Kati Naess became a CASA Supervisor at Piedmont CASA in January 2011. Kati was born and raised in Germany. She has a degree in Medical Technology from the University of Munich. She came to the United States as an exchange student to the University of Vermont, where she met her husband. Kati was a Supervisor with Child Advocates in Houston, TX for five years, and after that a Supervisor with CASA for Children in DC for two years. She also served as a Volunteer for Piedmont CASA for two years. Kati lives in Ivy with her dog and cat. Kati has three grown children and six grandchildren. In her spare time she takes care of three of her grandsons. She loves the outdoors, gardening, cooking, skiing and sailing.
Sherri Rosser
Sherri Rosser
CASA Supervisor
srosser@pcasa.org
Sherri Rosser joined Piedmont CASA as a Supervisor in July 2015, having already served as a CASA Volunteer for 2.5 years. Sherri lives in Louisa with her two children. She recently earned her Associates of Science degree in General Studies from Piedmont Virginia Community College and is continuing her studies in Human Resources at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College before transferring to Mary Baldwin College to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Social Work. Prior to working at Piedmont CASA, Sherri worked as an educator for Louisa County Public Schools and continues to serve as Executive Director and tutor at Reading Window School, a nonprofit youth literacy organization in Louisa County. She enjoys taking day trips, relaxing at the Outer Banks, backyard birding, and reading.
Alison Taravella
CASA Supervisor
ataravella@pcasa.org
Alison Taravella joined Piedmont CASA as a Supervisor in February 2017. She previously served as a CASA Volunteer during her undergraduate studies at UVA. Alison holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia. Prior to coming to Piedmont CASA, Alison served as a Therapeutic Day Treatment provider through Region Ten and, before that, as a Family Worker at the Discovery School of Virginia, a residential treatment program for adolescent boys. In between positions, Alison was a stay-at-home mom. She and her husband live in Albemarle County and are the parents of a 4-year old. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, playing with her family, watching “Call the Midwife”, and taking care of her pets (a dog, two cats, a horse, and a donkey).



Bridges to Success for Older Youth in Foster Care
Adam Crist
Adam Crist
Bridges Coach
acrist.bridges@pcasa.org
Adam Crist joined Piedmont CASA in January 2017. He graduated The University of Virginia with a BA in History. Prior to working with CASA, Adam spent seven years working in therapeutic wilderness programs at The Discovery School of Virginia, where he served as Program Director at the girls’ campus. Adam is an Eagle Scout and is an avid outdoorsman. He currently lives in Nelson county with his wife and two dogs. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, tinkering in his shop, and spending time with his family.
Leah Cole
Bridges Coach
lcole.bridges@pcasa.org
Leah Cole joined Piedmont CASA as a Bridges Coach in June of 2017. She earned her dual B.S. in Elementary and Special Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2006, with a minor in English. For the past 15 years she has worked with youth in various roles: middle school English and high school special education teacher, tutor, and summer community program director/counselor. In addition to English, she has taught remedial math and science, economics, government, and job coach. Prior work also included time spent as a sponsor/coach for youth service clubs, track teams, and ski clubs. Miss Cole recently earned her M.Ed. in Educational Psychology at the University of Virginia, which focused on developmental stages, motivation, and diversity, and also included a program evaluation of a local city schoolyard garden program. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, participating in community service opportunities, writing, creating music, drawing, and outdoor activities.
Gwen Jones
Gwen Jones
Bridges Coach
gjones.bridges@pcasa.org
Gwen Jones joined Piedmont CASA in May of 2017 to work with the Bridges to Success Program. As a foster parent herself, she recognized the need for youth in foster care to have a Life Coach to guide them in their transition to adulthood. Gwen has been in the teaching/coaching field her entire life. After graduating from Bowdoin College, she obtained a Ph.D. at Purdue University and then taught at the University of Virginia for seven years. Along the way, she has also coached and officiated youth and high school sports. In her spare time, she loves to cook and read, officiate high school soccer and football games, garden, and start the Women’s 4-miler program over from scratch every year.
Sue Hoover
Sue Hoover
Office Director
shoover@pcasa.org
Sue Hoover Susan Hoover joined Piedmont CASA in April 2019. Previously, she worked for CFA Institute as the editor of Connexions, and as the digital editor of the Enterprising Investor blog. Prior to CFA Institute, Sue practiced real estate and labor law. She holds a BA degree from Lehigh University and a JD degree from the Washington College of Law, American University. She also earned the CFA Institute Investment Foundations™ Certificate and a Certificate in Journalism from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Sue and her husband live in Albemarle County and have two children. In her free time, Sue enjoys reading, yoga, running, and spending time at Smith Mountain Lake with her family.


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