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.
2019 Board of Directors
Simone van Rheenen, President
Sherri Anderson, Vice President
Kellie McKenna, Treasurer
Jamie Polito Johnston, Secretary
Natalie de Maar, Dr. Melanie English, Judge Helen Halpert Ret., J. Blake Hilty, Anna Johnson, William Kinzel, Susan McIntosh, Judge Kimberley Prochnau, Ret., Joni Reeves, Daphne D. Kelley, David Stanley, Jim Walker, Christine Wickland, Cindy Zu
Family Law CASA Staff
Lisa H. Chin, Interim Executive Director
Lisa is a senior executive leader with over twenty years’ expertise leading highly innovative and mission-focused organizations, including Amazon, Social Venture Partners, the Boys & Girls Club and Bellevue College. Dr. Chin holds a B.A. in Political Science & Art, Wellesley College and a PhD Education, University of California, Los Angeles. Experienced in vision and goal setting, Lisa is passionate about Family Law CASA’s mission and excited to help us achieve our fiscal year 2020 goals.
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.
Cailin Freeman, Volunteer Recruitment and Development Manager
Cailin Freeman joined Family Law CASA in July of 2016 as an Advocate Supervisor and moved into fundraising and recruitment in January of 2019. She grew up in Seattle and attended Western Washington University studying Political Science and then moved to San Diego to begin a year-long commitment as an AmeriCorps volunteer working with low-income families. Cailin spent 10 years at Voices for Children, the dependency CASA program in San Diego and Riverside County. She has had the privilege of working with dedicated volunteers committed to bettering the lives of children and families. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two young children and husband and enjoys cooking, running, playing soccer and reading.
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.
Valerie Stacey, Advocate Supervisor
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.
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
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.
Sofia Carroll, Administrative Assistant
A California to Seattle transplant, Sofia holds a degree in Anthropology and Sociology from University of California, Santa Cruz. She is currently a Masters of Social Work student at University of Washington, whose main interest is reducing the stigmas around mental health, substance use, and homelessness. In her free time, she likes walking, enjoying local music, and trying new recipes.