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.
Rebecca MacFarlane, Volunteer Advocate & Training Manager
Rebecca Macfarlane a trained leadership coach and consultant specializing in non-profit organizations delivering social services. Her education began at Western Kentucky University with undergraduate studies in Early Childhood Education and continued with Business Studies at the Open University in the United Kingdom, where she lived for ten years. She has worked in child protection since 2006, both in the U.K. and the United States. Since returning to the USA in 2011, she has been working as an independent consultant delivering strategic planning services, leadership development sessions, training’s, speaking events, and delivering grant-funded projects for non-profits in the Middle Tennessee area. Rebecca became a CASA volunteer in Robertson County in 2011, and served there as the Volunteer Coordinator from 2013-2015. Since then, she has served CASA organizations across TN as a consultant in a variety of roles, has delivered leadership training and workshops for TN CASA, and has delivered workshops at the National CASA Conference. She has been a foster parent since 2019, and currently serves as President of the Mid-Cumberland Council on Children and Youth. Reach out to Rebecca 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. Reach out to Shelley by contacting her here.
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. Reach out to Suzanne by contacting her here.
Derricka Davis, Advocate Supervisor
Derricka Davis grew up on the south side of Nashville. She began her studies at Western Kentucky University, and will soon be pursuing a degree in psychology in Nashville. She joins the CASA family with experience in the medical field as well as substance abuse. Before the role of advocate supervisor, she proudly served at The Next Door, a drug and alcohol treatment center for three years helping women in recovery restore their lives. Derricka also works part-time at the oasis center, which has been a goal of hers since her teenage years. Her passion is becoming and counselor for at-risk youth and adolescents. Derricka is also a writer and painter, hopefully incorporating these creative things she loves so much into her counseling one day. Reach out to Derricka by contacting her here.
Donna Anderson, Advocate Supervisor
Donna earned her BA Degree from Trevecca University in Management and Human Relations. Her plans are to return there in the Fall to pursue Graduate Studies for her Masters in Organizational Leadership. As a Native Nashvillian, she brings over 15 years of Non-Profit experience to her Advocate Supervisor role. Prior to working for CASA, she was a Program Director for the Martha O’Bryan Center, where she worked diligently to assist families with socio-economic challenges. Her wealth of experience working alongside these families and their children, is what brought her to CASA. An avid collaborator, Donna is passionate to work with state and local officials, to ensure that every child has a safe and nurturing place to call home! here.
Anna McConaghie, Hispanic and Immigrant Advocacy Specialist
Anna graduated from the University of Georgia with a Master’s degree in Social Work. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and has been learning Spanish since age 11 through school, study abroad, and living in Spain for two years. Before her role at CASA, she was a clinician at a mental health clinic for Spanish-speakers in Athens, Georgia. She also interned at Georgia Child Protective Services in the Investigations unit during graduate school. Anna has a passion for working with Hispanic/Latinx and immigrant populations and utilizes a strengths-based, whole-person approach to empower others. here.