Family Law CASA Staff
Roxanne Mennes is the Executive Director for the Family Law CASA program. Roxanne is an attorney who has worked in both the legal field and the mental health field. Roxanne most recently served as the Director of Continuing Education and Program for the Seattle University School of Law, and worked for the King County Bar as the Director of Continuing Education. Prior to becoming CASA's Executive Director, Roxanne served as a CASA advocate. Roxanne served as an Assistant Attorney General in Arizona, representing the state in dependency (foster care) actions.
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 is 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.
Karen Keys brings 25 years of experience as a mental health and social services professional to her role as an Advocate Supervisor at Family Law CASA. Her background includes a Master of Science degree in Training and Leadership, as well as fluency in Spanish. She is a doctoral candidate working toward her Ph.D. in organizational behavior. Karen devotes some of her free time to volunteering as Editor of Naptural Roots community magazine.
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. Lauren was a dependency CASA volunteer in Snohomish County, and truly respects the work and mission of a CASA.
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 Administrative Assistant. Prior to Family Law CASA, Hannah maintained 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.