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.
Rebecca MacFarlane, Program Director
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. 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 has been a foster parent since 2019, and currently serves as President of the Mid-Cumberland Council on Children and Youth.
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Kathy Williams, Director of Development
Kathy Williams is originally from Virginia, but has called Middle Tennessee her home for 30+ years. She began her journey with CASA in Robertson County in 2005 when she began volunteering as an advocate. She soon joined the staff as the Executive Director, where she served in that role for almost 10 years. She has since served as a Board member, while taking on a new role as Development Director for the Robertson County Family YMCA.
She is the owner of New Mother’s Helper, a service-based business in Nashville that assists new parents in sleep training, adjustment to a new baby, and all aspects of bonding, attachment and good parenting from day one. Kathy is a passionate, long-time supporter of CASA and has worked tirelessly to change children’s stories over the years. She believes in standing up for children, giving them a voice and getting them “home” as quickly as possible. Her role gives her the opportunity to tell the CASA story and ensure our community has an opportunity to support this important work.
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Shelley Smith, Assitant Program Director
Shelley joined CASA as an Advocate Supervisor in 2015 and was promoted to Volunteer Advocate and Training Manager in 2020. 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.
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Suzanne Harrison, Peer Coordinator Specialist Team Leader
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.
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Carla Hendricks, Family Preservation Specialist Team Leader
Carla Hendricks joined CASA Nashville in January 2021, bringing with her nearly two decades of advocacy for vulnerable children and families. After becoming an adoptive parent, she discovered a passion to support and advocate for children whose lives have been touched by trauma, foster care, and/or adoption. Having earned a bachelor’s in Communications from Howard University, this passion led her to pursue training in trauma-informed care by completing Trust-Based Relational Intervention® Practitioner Training in 2018. Her journey with CASA began when she was commissioned as a volunteer advocate for Williamson County CASA in 2016. She is thrilled that this journey has led her to CASA Nashville as a Volunteer Advocate Team Leader and hopes to serve CASA Nashville for many years to come.
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Chutney Young CPC, Safe Babies Court Advocate Team Leader
Chutney joined CASA in March of 2021. She is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas with a Bachelors in Community Health Education. Prior to CASA, as a Certified Professional Youth, Family, and Relationship Coach, she worked in community and school-based settings to implement intervention programs to at-risk youth and their families equipping them with knowledge and resources to improve their overall development, including their child to parent relationship dynamic.
Chutney’s passion for a thriving community and human welfare has given her the privilege to serve organizations like The Shelby County School District’s Community & Family Engagement Division, Birthright Inc., a pregnancy crisis center for underprivileged females, and JIFF Youth Intervention programs where she was awarded Mentor of the Year. Her motto is to never arrive; continue to discover, grow and be your best self.
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Anna McConaghie, Hispanic and Immigrant Advocacy Specialist Team Leader
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.
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Sara Glascock, Health and Education Specialist Team Leader
Sara joined the CASA team in June of 2020. Sara is originally from Nashville and graduated from UT with her Master’s in Social Work. Her most recent work experience includes managing school Social Workers, with the nonprofit Communities In Schools. During this time, Sara also worked at the Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park, where she provided community educational programming for youth. Sara also previously worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters, matching children and adolescents with volunteers in the community and in school-based settings. Sara loves reading, art, yoga, and laughing as much as possible.
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Sherry Taylor LMSW, Adolescent Advocacy Specialist Team Leader
Sherry joined the CASA team in October 2020. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Lipscomb University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Alabama; she is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of Tennessee. Sherry was a CASA volunteer prior to joining the staff, and her experience includes an internship with the juvenile division of the Public Defender’s office as well as working for Youth Villages, where she provided community-based counseling for at-risk youth and their families. These experiences fueled her passion for serving this vulnerable population, especially youth caught in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. She believes that every child deserves hope and a safe and permanent home in which to thrive.
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