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Jane AndrewsExecutive Director


Jane Andrews, Nashville business executive and community leader has served as Executive Director of CASA, Inc. in Nashville, TN since November 2005. Prior to this position, Ms. Andrews was CEO of Nashville Rehabilitation Hospital for eight years and has held numerous community leadership positions, including founding President of Rediscover East – an important and ongoing community development program created in the aftermath of the East Nashville Tornadoes.

Ms. Andrews, an alumnus of Leadership Nashville, has been particularly active in community issues of importance to the Edgefield area in which she lives and in which the CASA offices are located. Additionally, she serves on the Tourism and Visitors Commission for Metropolitan Nashville and completed two terms on the executive committee of the Tennessee Community Services Board. In 2011, she was honored by Nashville Business Journal with a Women of Influence award in the nonprofit leadership category.

Ms. Andrews received a Bachelor’s degree from Scarritt College in Behavioral Science and Master’s degree from Lipscomb University in Civic Leadership.

Carolyn EvansProgram Director

Carolyn Evans joined CASA in October of 2012 as the Program Director. Carolyn came to CASA from a private school system where she worked as a Director of Personal Counseling and eventually as Dean of Students for ten years. Prior to her school administrative experience, she worked as a Program Manager for adolescent residential services at Youth Villages, Inc. She brings extensive clinical and managerial experience to the role of Program Director and a passion for working with children. She holds a Master’s degree in Community Agency Counseling from the University of Memphis.

Patience LongDevelopment Director

Patience Long is a native of Nashville, TN. After graduating from MTSU in 2001, she began her career in fundraising at Volunteers of America of Western, NY. Since then, she has successfully raised money and awareness for organizations including: Middle Tennessee State University; Gilda’s Club of Rochester, NY; and Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Il. Patience joined the CASA team in August 2012 as the Development Director and uses her extensive fundraising knowledge in special events, annual fund, major gifts, planned giving and corporate giving to raise money and awareness so that every abused and neglected child going through the juvenile court system will benefit from having a CASA volunteer.

Julieanna HuddleVolunteer and Training Manager

Julieanna joined the CASA team in February 2013 as Volunteer Coordinator.  Prior to CASA, she worked in the 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 extensive background in creating and developing volunteer/mentor programs along with trainings and curriculums 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.

Stephanie MullinsChild Advocacy Manager

Stephanie joined CASA in May 2010 after working with Prospect, Inc. as a Residential Manpower Planning Coordinator. Prior to that position, she spent five years with the Department of Children’s Services in Wilson County, TN, where she served as a Case Manager in the social services, juvenile justice, resource placement, and foster parent support unit. Stephanie graduated from Cumberland University in 2000 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

Brenda ThompsonAdvocate Supervisor

Brenda earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare from East Tennessee State University and was employed as a case worker at the Department of Human Services from 1975 to 1982. She worked in the private sector for approximately 14 years and returned to the work she loves at the Davidson County CASA in January of 1996.

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.

Vernel MitchellAdvocate Supervisor

Vernel previously worked as the Volunteer Coordinator/Advocate Supervisor at the CASA/CAJA agency in Huntsville, Alabama.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama.  Vernel joined the Nashville CASA team in August of 2010.

Susan ShandAdvocate Supervisor

Susan joined CASA as a volunteer in 2012 and became an Advocate Supervisor in April 2014. She received a Master’s degree from the University Of Tennessee College Of Social Work and is a Licensed Master Social Worker. Prior to joining CASA, Susan worked as a prevention specialist for Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee. Through this position, Susan served as a facilitator for the Stewards of Children training on child sexual abuse and taught parenting classes throughout the state.

Tammy Hammond-LothAdministrative Assistant

Tammy joined CASA in September 2011.  Prior to CASA she spent over 20 years in the retail industry with concentrations in Human Resources and Data Management. She enjoys painting, gardening, cooking, and hanging out with her family. She is currently pursuing a degree in Para-Legal Studies.