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Piedmont CASA Staff

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Alicia Lenahan
President
alenahan@pcasa.org
Alicia Lenahan joined Piedmont CASA in May 2013. Alicia holds a JD from the New England School of Law and a BA in Legal Studies from Anna Maria College. She brings 16 years of legal experience, coupled with 12 years in the nonprofit arena. Alicia served as Executive Director of the CASA Project in Worcester, Massachusetts for six years, followed by four years as Senior Vice President, Community Engagement, United Way of Central Massachusetts and two years as Chief Development Officer at the Massachusetts Children's Trust Fund. As an attorney in Juvenile Court - and throughout her professional career - Alicia has advocated for children and families. Alicia and her husband Ron look forward to making their home in Charlottesville along with their horses, dog and cats. In her spare time Alicia enjoys spending time with family, especially her grandson, running, reading and enjoying the outdoors.
Lexie Boris
Advancement Director
lboris@pcasa.org
Lexie Boris joined Piedmont CASA in August 2013. She brings 20 years of marketing experience to the organization. She has worked for numerous agencies from Roanoke to metropolitan Washington DC, and was a founding partner in the Wordsworth Agency, a firm specializing in theatrical clients including The Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, and the Shakespeare Theatre. Before coming to Piedmont CASA, Lexie served for four years as the communications director for VCCA (Virginia Center for the Creative Arts) in Amherst, Virginia. She also partnered in an antique shop and managed large, mixed-use real estate projects. Her hobbies 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.
Annie Izard
Cathy Eberly
CASA Supervisor
ceberly@pcasa.org
Cathy Eberly joined Piedmont CASA as a Supervisor in February 2017. She previously served as a CASA Volunteer for three years. Cathy holds a BA in English from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and an MEd from the University of Virginia. Before coming to CASA, Cathy worked in marketing communications, most recently at Woodberry Forest School and, before that, at the University of Virginia, first in the University Advancement office and later in the Law School Foundation. She and her husband live in Albemarle County and are the parents of one son. In her spare time, she enjoys running, live music, writing, reading, and travel, especially to the beach.
Annie Izard
Annie Izard
CASA Supervisor
aizard@pcasa.org
Annie Izard became a CASA Supervisor at Piedmont CASA in January 2009. Annie is married, with one child, and has lived in Charlottesville since 1999. She holds a BA from the University of Virginia and a JD from the George Mason University School of Law. Prior to working at Piedmont CASA, Annie practiced intellectual property law. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis and bridge.
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).
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.


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