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.
Pam King CFRE, Director of Development
Pam grew up in Texas and southern California. She completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology and graduate studies in Secondary Education at Occidental College in Los Angeles, and a law degree at Pepperdine University. She worked in family and contracts law for several years before focusing her career on nonprofits, with an emphasis on organizations serving youth and strengthening families. Pam’s nonprofit work in fund development, marketing and public relations has spanned a variety of missions, including education, human services, arts, culture and domestic violence. She’s also been an active volunteer, served on boards and committees, and helped launch campaigns. She’s had the joy of seeing philanthropy result in lives being enhanced and dreams fulfilled. Pam is excited to join CASA’s highly capable team. She is touched by the call to “Change a Child’s Story” and looks forward to witnessing that vision unfold. Reach out to Pam by contacting her here.
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. Reach out to Rebecca by contacting her here.
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.
Shelley Smith, Volunteer Advocate and Training Manager
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. Reach out to Shelley by contacting her here.
Suzanne Harrison, Volunteer Advocate 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. Reach out to Suzanne by contacting her here.
Carla Hendricks, Volunteer Advocate 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. Reach out to Carla by contacting her here.
Donna Anderson, Safe Babies Court Coordinator Team Leader
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 Master’s 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 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. Reach out to Anna here.
Sara Glascock, Volunteer Advocate 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. Reach out to Sara here.
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. Reach out to Sherry here.