Our Team

Family Law CASA is guided by an involved, dedicated and passionate Board of Directors, all of whom support the organization with generous contributions. This group of community and business leaders is responsible for financial oversight, goal setting, policy development, and fundraising. We are most grateful to our volunteer directors for their work in leading, strengthening and supporting CASA services for vulnerable children.

2020 Board of Directors

Sherri Anderson, President
Blake Hilty, Vice President
Kellie McKenna, Treasurer
Jamie Polito Johnston, Secretary

Board Members

Lauren Aldinger, Debbie Bertlin, Dr. Melanie English, Judge Helen Halpert Ret., J. Blake Hilty, Patricia Hudson, Susan McIntosh, Jamie Polito Johnston, Daphne D. Kelley, Gary Sampson, David Stanley, Christine Wickland, Cindy Zu

Board Member Bios

Family Law CASA Staff

Deidre McCormack Martin, Executive Director

Deidre joined the Family Law CASA staff as Executive Director in January of 2020. She joins the organization with 20+ years of non-profit experience with 15 in leadership roles advocating and providing services to youth.  Previously Deidre was the Executive Director of Summer Search’s Seattle office, a national youth development organization, and was the Interim ED for the WA Association for Infant Mental Health.  In 2013, she was named to Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 under 40. Ms. McCormack Martin values and fights for social justice, educational equity and a vibrant community that cares for all of its members.  She holds a BA in history from Santa Clara University and spends spare time with her three daughters and husband in their community in West Seattle or camping and hiking in the beautiful mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

Ann-Marie Croy, Program Attorney

Ann-Marie first joined Family Law CASA as an advocate in February 2013 and immediately fell in love with the work. She served the organization as a contract attorney and as an advocate supervisor before becoming the Program Attorney. She went to law school at Gonzaga University, and has been practicing law since 1999. Apart from family law, she has practiced in the areas of bankruptcy law, criminal defense, and also as an estate planning attorney. She loves to spend time with her husband and three children, run marathons, and volunteer for Special Olympics.

Lisa Wood Johnston, Director of Development

Lisa joined Family Law CASA in the fall of 2013, and currently focuses on fundraising, marketing, and community outreach efforts for the organization. A graduate of the University of Washington with a BA in Communications, Lisa has spent many years in the marketing, public relations and development fields for nonprofit organizations.  Out of the office she enjoys hiking, skiing, gardening and spending time with her two college children and husband.

Esther Ranjbar, Development Associate

Esther joined Family LAW CASA in August 2020. She comes from a background in nonprofit fundraising and is excited to use her skills to support the incredible work of CASA’s volunteers and staff supporting vulnerable children in the community. She holds a BA in International Studies and Human Rights from the University of Washington as well as a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the same institution. In her spare time she enjoys knitting, gaming, and cuddling with her two cats.

Valerie Stacey, Program Manager

Valerie comes to Family Law CASA having dedicated 16 years to advocacy for children as a volunteer, advocate supervisor, and program attorney with CASA for Children in Portland, followed by 12 years as a teacher and supervisor with Basic Skills Education at Boise State University and the College of Western Idaho.  Now living in King County, she is excited to reconnect with the special work of volunteer CASAs that has been such a meaningful part of her career.  Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her husband and son in Seattle and family and friends in Idaho and Oregon.

Tyreese Johnson, Advocate Supervisor

Tyreese joined Family Law CASA in November 2017 as an Advocate Supervisor. He previously worked as an Advocate Supervisor for Dependency CASA in Texas and has prior experience as a Child Protective Services Investigator. Tyreese’s excellent assessment skills and his deep commitment to volunteer advocacy for vulnerable children are evident in his daily interactions with volunteers and families. In his spare time, Tyreese enjoys gaming, movies and spending time with his family.

Jeffrey Vasquez, Advocate Supervisor

Jeffrey joined Family Law CASA in May 2019 as an Advocate Supervisor. He brings with him more than a decade of higher education administration experience. Jeffrey says he is excited to contribute his leadership and mentoring skills to help further our mission in giving a voice to children through advocacy. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Humboldt State University. Today he enjoys hosting dinner parties for friends, and cooking plant-based meals with produce harvested from his garden, along with long urban and walks in nature with his husband Kyle and small dog Molly.

Dominique Shannon, Legal Program Administrator & Domestic Violence Coordinator

Dominique joined Family Law CASA in October of 2018. She has been working with and volunteering for programs that advocate for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors since 2010. She still volunteers with DAWN and the ACLU. She attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR studying Sociology & Anthropology. In her spare time, Dominique enjoys dancing, movies, and spending time with her partner and siblings.

Alex Pessemier, Office Manager & Volunteer Recruiter

Alex joined Family Law CASA in March 2020. She is a Seattle area local and has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Washington in Anthropology of Globalization with a minor in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. She has a background in customer service and retail management and is excited to use that experience to support Family Law CASA’s mission to help vulnerable children. In her spare time she enjoys making art, watching cartoons, and socializing with friends.


Family Law CASA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender identity or expression, sex assigned at birth, ancestry, citizenship status, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, or military status.