Making a Difference in Our Community

Our Team

Kelley Swift

Kelley Swift

Executive Director

Kelley Swift joined the CASA for Kids, Washington staff as Executive Director on October 15th. Kelley served on the Board of Directors, as Board President since 2008. Prior to her role as Board President, Kelley worked at Allegheny County CASA for six years, as an Intake Coordinator, Law Clerk supervisor, Volunteer supervisor and law clerk. She has her JD from Duquesne Law and BA in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Messiah University.

Cindy Hestad

Cindy Hestad

Program Director

Cindy started with CASA for Kids, Washington in fall of 2016 as a CASA Advocate.  After finding out how fulfilling it was to research the case and advocate for the children’s needs in and out of the courtroom, she took the leap to become an Advocate Supervisor to help more children in Washington County, in January 2018.  Brainstorming and investigating ways to assist children to heal and grow in an ever changing world continues to challenge and motivate her to continue.

Carol Schuck

Carol Schuck

Advocate Supervisor

Carol has been with CASA for 3 years. Starting as a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer for the first 1 ½ years, and now in the role of Advocate Supervisor. Carol earned a BA in Child Advocacy at the University of Tennessee and a MA from Penn State University. Upon graduation, Carol was employed as citizen inspector for juvenile delinquent homes. Carol volunteers at her church and through the years, has taught  children and has coordinated programming for parents and youth ministry.

Amy Metz

Amy Metz

Advocate Supervisor

Amy joined the CASA staff on Oct. 4th. Prior to her role at CASA, Amy was a caseworker for 6 years and a supervisor for 10 years at Children & Youth Services. In addition to casework experience, Amy was a forensic interviewer for 2 years and was trained in the NICHD (National Institute of Child Health & Development) protocol. She was also a family advocate for over a year.

Sue Caffrey

Sue Caffrey

Advocate Supervisor
Sue joins the CASA staff following a career in business with expertise in negotiations, training, and contracts.   She has been a CASA volunteer advocate for 16 years (Allegheny and Washington County), served on the CASA Board of Directors, and volunteered with UPMC Family Hospice.  Sue has a BA in Communications from the University of Maryland has completed a 160-hour certification course through the Administrative Office of PA Courts Minor Judiciary Education Board covering rules of court, criminal and civil procedure, torts, contracts, and landlord/tenant law.
Gina C. Lynn

Gina C. Lynn

Fundraising & Marketing Manager

Gina started employment with CASA for Kids, Washington in March of 2020, in the newly created fundraising and marketing role. Gina brings more than a decade of marketing, fundraising and nonprofit management experience to CASA for Kids, Washington. In addition to her responsibilities at CASA, Gina serves as a Board Member for the Monessen Salvation Army, as the Marketing Chair/Board Member for Mon Valley Alliance.

Peyton Celani

Peyton Celani

Administrative Assistant

Peyton is the newest member of CASA for Kids, Washington team having started employment in July 2021. Previous to her role at CASA, she worked at KidBiz in Washington and has been employed at the Brownson House Inc./Vernon C. Neal Sportsplex for four years.

 

Our Board of Directors

Karen Hassinger, Esq.

Karen Hassinger, Esq.

President

General Counsel Karen Hassinger, Attorney at Law

Kelley Swift

Kelley Swift

Executive Director
Dave Sphar

Dave Sphar

Treasurer

Owner, IGS Industries

Nancy Moore

Nancy Moore

Secretary

Office Manager, Steptoe and Johnson, LLP

John Hopper

John Hopper

Harmony Life Center

Tony Lombardi

Tony Lombardi

Retired

Bob Garrity

Bob Garrity

Retired

Dean Helfer

Dean Helfer

Owner, Channel Craft Toys

Dennis Stitch

Dennis Stitch