Julieanna Huddle, Executive Director
Julieanna graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Psychology with a concentration in Deaf Studies and Interpreting. She has fifteen years’ experience in social work and the non-profit sector and has shared her knowledge and expertise at the local, state and national levels. In 2016, Julieanna was recognized by Center for Nonprofit Management’s “Top 30 in their 30’s” given to individuals who have made a lasting impact in the Nashville community. Julieanna joined the CASA team in February 2013 and was promoted to Executive Director in April of 2016.
Maria Delgado, Development Manager
Maria joined the CASA team in 2017. Maria got her B.A. in International Studies, Non-Profit Management, and Leadership in December 2015 from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her last semester of school, she interned for 3 months in Costa Rica at a non-profit organization that focused on helping victims of Domestic Violence and Human trafficking. This experience bolstered her passion for the non-profit sector and has volunteered with different organizations in the metro area since moving to Nashville, TN shortly after graduating in 2015. She hopes to bring more families together and help create a better community through CASA. Reach out to Maria here.
Susan Herod, Program Director
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. Reach out to Susan by contacting her here.
Shelley Smith, Adolescent Advocacy Supervisor
Shelley joined CASA as an Advocate Supervisor in 2015 and was promoted to Adolescent Advocacy Supervisor in 2018. 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.
Suzanne Harrison, Advocate 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 and served on the founding board of Dickson County CASA.
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.
Tacarra Wilson, Advocate Supervisor
Tacarra joined CASA in Fall 2017. Tacarra received her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University and Bachelor’s in Psychology from Austin Peay State University. Tacarra has previous experience with youth working to overcome both mental health and alcohol & drug barriers. Tacarra was drawn to CASA by her desire to support children in growth and development.
Brittney Easley, Advocate Supervisor
Brittney Easley, a native of Union City, TN moved to Nashville, TN in 2007 to begin her studies at Tennessee State University. Brittney majored in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology and Sociology. Brittney loves interacting with people and being a resource whenever the opportunity presents itself. Prior to becoming a part of the CASA family, Brittney worked for the Department of Children’s services where she worked endless hours to help children move towards permanency. Brittney enjoys being outdoors and if given the power she would eliminate all the other seasons and would make everyday summer.
Kershee Hurt , Advocate Supervisor
Kershee joined CASA in 2018. A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana and a graduate of Indiana University, Kershee entered the social work field in 2016 and began working for the State of Indiana’s Department of Child Services’ specialized Mental Health Unit, which focused primarily working with separated families and children who also had mental health diagnoses. After moving to Tennessee in 2017, Kershee began working for the Department of Children’s Services, servicing children in foster care and young adults in the Extension of Foster Care Program. Kershee is deeply passionate about both mental health and child advocacy and is honored to be a part of the CASA program. When not working, Kershee enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with her energetic and active daughter.
Anna Byrne, Volunteer Services Coordinator
Anna joined the CASA team in 2018. Anna received her B.A in Religious Studies, with a minor in Youth Education in August 2016 from Trevecca Nazarene University. Prior to working with CASA Anna has worked for various non-profits in the Nashville area. Anna began her career in Volunteer Management in August 2016 serving as the Community Partner Program AmeriCorps Member, at Hands On Nashville. Anna received her certification in Volunteer Management through CNM in October 2017. When working with volunteers, her goal is to empower them to create a lasting impact in both their lives and in the communities.