Family Law CASA Staff
Roxanne Mennes is the Executive Director for the Family Law CASA program. Roxanne is an attorney who also has experience in child development, social services and education. Roxanne most recently served as the Director of Continuing Education for Seattle University School of Law and King County Bar Association. Roxanne served as an Assistant Attorney General in Arizona, representing CPS; was a Child Therapist for The Children’s Center of Salt Lake City; and was the Director of Public Legal Education for CASA de los Niños in Tucson, Arizona. Roxanne served as a CASA in Dependency and Family Law in 3 states for over 20 years before joining Family Law CASA. She has taken an active role in educating GALs in Washington State and has consulted with a variety of non-profit organizations focusing on children’s issues. In her spare time, Roxanne enjoys horseback riding and sailing with her family, and making public appearances on behalf of Family Law CASA.
Lisa McGuinness Carroll is the Director of Development for Family Law CASA. She leads fundraising, marketing, and community outreach efforts for the organization. Lisa graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in economics. She spent over 15 years in the tech industry before dedicating her time to non-profit fundraising. Lisa is a past member of Family Law CASA’s Board of Directors and a long-time supporter.
Camille Schaefer is the Program Attorney for Family Law CASA. She provides legal counsel to our program and represents our advocates in court. Camille was previously in private family law practice both as a solo practitioner and with a small firm. She was a founding Board member of the Washington Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) and volunteers with the King County Bar Association’s Neighborhood Legal Clinics.
Angela Battisti joined Family Law CASA in July 2012 as an Advocate Supervisor. Angela is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and has worked in both child and adult mental health. Angela has extensive experience working with individuals and families in crisis. Prior to joining CASA she worked in home based crisis intervention and at a mental health crisis line responding to suicidal and homicidal emergencies. Angela especially enjoys teaching and has taught college courses in ethics and sociology and has supervised students in field practicum.
Ann-Marie Croy 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 is now one of our three advocate supervisors. Before joining Family Law CASA, Ann-Marie was an attorney. She went to law school at Gonzaga University, and has been practicing law since 1999. She has practiced in the areas of bankruptcy law, criminal defense, and most recently as an estate planning attorney. She loves to spend time with her husband and three children, run marathons, and volunteer for Special Olympics.
Lauren Melvin joined Family Law CASA in February 2014 as an Advocate Supervisor. Lauren has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Seattle University. Lauren previously worked in case management for at-risk and homeless youth and brings with her extensive knowledge of the sensitivity and compassion needed for working with families in crisis. Away from work, Lauren enjoys spending time with her family, running, riding horses, and volunteering with local nonprofit agencies.
Pam Ruggles joined our team in the fall of 2012 as our Administrative Assistant. She became Family Law CASA’s first Paralegal in May 2013. Pam volunteered for CASA while she was completing her studies to become a certified paralegal; she also served as a dependency CASA for a number of years. In addition, Pam works as a private tutor, focusing on reading, writing, and college test preparation. She loves to spend time with her son, bike, hike, snowshoe, and explore Seattle’s music scene.
Hannah Farkas joined our team in the Summer of 2013 as our Office Administrator. Prior to Family Law CASA, Hannah managed a prominent website in the Southeast. In college, Hannah volunteered with at-risk youth in school. She studied criminal justice and social work in college and hopes that working with Family Law CASA will expose her more to her field of study. Outside of work, she loves to travel and explore new cultures with her husband and friends around the world.