Julieanna HuddleExecutive Director
Julieanna joined the CASA team in February 2013 as the Volunteer and Training Manager and was promoted to Executive Director in April of 2016. Prior to CASA, she worked in school and community settings with at-risk youth and their families providing drug and alcohol prevention, character education, as well as individual mental health and group counseling. Julieanna has an extensive background in creating and developing volunteer/mentor programs along with training and curriculum for school-based and community programs. Julieanna graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is a Certified Prevention Specialist II through IC&RC and the Tennessee Certification Board.
Richard GabelDevelopment Director
Richard joined the CASA team in 2017 with twenty plus years of nonprofit development and management expertise. With a degree in Business Finance from Middle Tennessee State University, Richard has a strong foundation of relationship building. Richard was Executive Director of Quantum House in West Palm Beach, FL, worked for First Steps here in Nashville, and Doors of Hope in Murfreesboro. He has a heart for families and children in need and is excited to tell the Casa story to our giving community.
Adam BuzardVolunteer Training & Advocate Manager
Adam joined the CASA team as the Training and Advocate Manager in 2016. Prior to joining CASA, he worked in the nonprofit sector providing school-based counseling, offering international aid, and leading ministries. Volunteer development has been a central responsibility in each of Adam’s work roles. Adam is passionate about supporting, encouraging, and building the capacity of volunteers as they advocate for families and children. Adam received his B.A. in Psychology from Asbury University, is currently in the process of completing his M.A. in Intercultural Studies, and can be bribed with chips & salsa or Sour Patch Kids, preferably not at the same time.
Susan ShandProgram Supervisor
Susan is a Licensed Master Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. She has been involved with CASA of Davidson Co. since 2012, as both a volunteer and Advocate Supervisor. Prior to working for CASA, Susan worked as a Prevention Specialist, teaching parenting classes and facilitating training on child sexual abuse prevention. Most recently she worked in a health care setting, helping patients cope with adjustments to chronic illness and assessing the psycho-social needs of individuals. Susan has a heart for strengthening families and helping them overcome trauma.
Suzanne HarrisonAdvocate Supervisor
Suzanne is a native of Nashville who entered CASA Advocate training in the fall of 1996. From 1996 through 2006 she had 14 cases serving 28 children as a CASA Volunteer. In the Spring of 2005 Suzanne attended National CASA’s “Train the Trainer” instruction and has assisted with advocate training each session since then. She was an active member of Davidson County’s Foster Care Review Board for twelve years.
Since joining CASA Staff as an Advocate Supervisor in the Fall of 2006 Suzanne has continually trained and supervised volunteers, as well as making public speaking appearances to inform the community about CASA and recruit volunteers.
Shelley SmithAdvocate Supervisor
Shelley joined CASA as an Advocate Supervisor in 2015. She received a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Western Kentucky University in 2009. Prior to joining CASA, Shelley worked as a school-based therapist/case manager for Centerstone and as a behavioral health specialist at a residential treatment facility assisting adolescents with sexual behavioral health challenges.
Kimberly WagnerAdvocate Supervisor
Kimberly joined CASA as an Advocate Supervisor in 2016 and is originally from Ohio where she studied Social Work at The Ohio State University. Prior to joining CASA, Kimberly was a program director for RHD in collaboration with the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She has an extensive history of working with juveniles with sexually reactive behaviors and intellectual disabilities. Previously, Kimberly worked for over six years as a supervisor overseeing both the clinical and behavioral needs within a residential facility.