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.
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.
Elizabeth Young-Ortiz joined Family Law CASA in June 2013 as an Advocate Supervisor. Elizabeth has a Master’s in Social Work (MSSW) and experience working to reform the juvenile justice system. Prior to joining CASA, Elizabeth worked as an advocate mobilizing the community in support of civil rights litigation, especially around closing the connection between schools and the criminal justice system. She also worked on juvenile justice reform to reduce the number of non-violent youth in juvenile detention facilities and as a case manager for children charged with crimes. Elizabeth enjoys working with children and youth and is passionate about teaching others how to advocate for youth.
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.