Meet Our Staff & Board

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CHARLES LERNER

Executive Director

Charles has been with Boston CASA since January of 2012. Prior to becoming Boston CASA’s first Executive Director, he was the Program Director at CASA of Santa Cruz in California. Charles has over a decade of experience in management positions for organizations serving children and youth in foster care. He is also a trained marriage and family therapist with a background in mental health. As a previous foster youth, adoptee and professional in the child welfare field, he has been part of the foster care system his entire life. It is his belief that the role CASA volunteers play in the lives of these young people is like no other. “Few strategies for addressing the challenges of children in care are as effective or have more influence in my opinion. I have met countless CASA volunteers, supporters and staff across the country and every single one of them has exuded unparalleled passion for their advocacy on behalf of children”. Charles can be reached at [email protected]or 617-780-4055 ex. 102.

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LISA CAISSIE

Assistant Director

Lisa is an accomplished non-profit management professional with over 17 years of experience in program management and has spent much of her career designing and implementing Volunteer Programs. Before joining Boston CASA, Lisa worked for The Trustees of Reservations, where she led the organization in developing best practices for working with volunteers to care for the organization’s 109 reservations. She is recognized within the non-profit sector for increasing volunteer/donor retention and strengthening paid and volunteer staff relationships. She is passionate about volunteerism and has helped the following organizations strengthen their programs by connecting more effectively with their community volunteers: Women’s Lunch Place, American Red Cross, YWCA and the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. Lisa joined CASA in July 2013 and is honored to be part of a committed group of people working tirelessly on behalf of children. Lisa can be reached at [email protected] or 617-780-4055, ex. 101.

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MANDY MULLIEZ

Advocate Supervisor

Mandy is passionate about advocating for children and helping to find solutions for families in crisis. She lived in France for three years and worked at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development before moving back to her home state of Texas, where she worked for several years in public relations. She volunteered at a foster group home in Dallas for four years, working closely with children immediately after they had been taken into state care. She moved to Boston with her husband and two children in 2010 and worked at the Head Start program in Roxbury, as well as doing freelance photography and writing. Mandy trained to be a CASA in 2014 and subsequently joined the staff in the spring of 2015. She is thrilled to work with such a dynamic group of people and interact with individuals who work on the front lines of advocating for the best interest of children in foster care. Mandy can be reached at [email protected]bostoncasa.org or 617-780-4055 ex. 105.

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ANNE SILVER

Program Manager

Anne began her connection with Boston CASA in 2013 as a volunteer advocate. Anne graduated from Boston College with a BA in English and immediately continued her education at New York University School of Law, earning a JD in 1992. Despite spending much of her more than 20-year career in a variety of legal and corporate compliance roles in the financial services arena, Anne always had an interest in social services and related public policy, which she nurtured through several volunteer opportunities – including with Boston CASA. Anne joined the Board of Directors for the Parent/Professional Advocacy League, Inc., an organization which supports and advocates for improved access to and availability of resources for families with children experiencing emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges, which subsequently led to her joining the organization as Director of Operations in 2014. Anne joined the Boston CASA staff in February 2017. She hopes to bring her knowledge of the challenges that families experience accessing services for their children and the children’s mental health delivery system, including the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI), to supporting children in the child welfare system and their caregivers. Anne can be reached at [email protected] or 617-780-4055.

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EVELYNNE SWAGERTY

Advocate Supervisor

Evelynne is a recent retiree from Bank of America.  At Bank of America, Evelynne served as an Assistant General Counsel and Senior Vice President in the Bank’s Litigation Practice Group, with responsibility for the management of the Bank’s post-foreclosure litigation defense throughout the United States.  Prior to her position with Bank of America, Evelynne served as Senior Counsel with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and then as a litigator and senior counsel with BankBoston Financial and FleetBoston Financial.  Evelynne began her legal career as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth in the office of then Attorney General Shannon.  In addition to her law degree, Evelynne also has a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, Massachusetts.  Prior to practicing law, Evelynne worked for ten years as a psychiatric social worker (LICSW) at Massachusetts General Hospital where she provided direct psychiatric clinical services to individuals, couples and families at MGH through several of its inpatient and outpatient departments.  Evelynne joins the Boston CASA staff as a Lawyers Clearinghouse Fellow for 2017-2018 and can be reached at [email protected].

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RUSSELL POULIN

Senior Advocate Supervisor

Russ has been professionally involved in the community and human service fields for the past 17 years.  Russ worked as a Senior Program Director at several large for-profit and nonprofit health and fitness facilities, and as an Instructor Trainer for the American Red Cross before transitioning into the Emergency Services field where he worked as an Emergency Medical Technician, initially as a Firefighter/EMT and later with multiple pediatric critical care teams in the Boston area, for 6 years. Russ began his career in social services working in group homes and residential programs before attending Salem State University where he graduated with a Bachelor in Social Work (BSW) degree in 2009. After graduating Russ accepted a position with a community provider where he provided therapeutic mentoring, community support program services, and was a member of In-Home Therapy and Family Support & Stabilization teams. Russ later accepted a position as Residential Director for a 35-bed residential treatment program for children ages 5 to 13 years old in Boston, MA before being employed by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families as a Social Worker where he worked for the next 5 years. Russ then worked as a Program Director for an adolescent boys residential program before joining Boston CASA in 2018. Russ is very invested in the belief that children and youth who are involved in the court and foster care systems deserve an advocate to support what is in their best interest and ensure they have access to the best care and opportunities possible as they navigate this extremely difficult time in their lives. Russ can be reached at [email protected] or 617-780-4055 x110.

JULIE GUEST

Advocate Supervisor

Julie Guest graduated from Roger Williams University with a B.A. in Anthropology, Sociology, and Spanish and received her Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Boston College in 2014. During her time at Boston College, she held a position as a policy intern at the Donaldson Adoption Institute. At this organization, she helped promote the advancement of policy positions and advocacy strategies related to adoption. Prior to joining Boston CASA in April 2018, Julie was a Program Coordinator at Silver Lining Mentoring, where she matched young people impacted by foster care with dedicated mentors in the community and helped to support these long term relationships. She began her career in social work as an in home therapist, primarily working with adoptive families around issues of mental health, trauma, attachment, loss, and joint problem solving. In 2011, Julie received a Fulbright Grant to conduct anthropological research for ten months in El Salvador. Her research focused on the social, political, and historical components that have influenced the cultural construction of adoption in El Salvador and contributed to its shifting intercountry adoption statistics. The conclusions gained from this research project have been helpful to adoption professionals and international policymakers as a guide to identify how current international child welfare service models could be redesigned to better serve Latin American countries. Julie is excited to work with Boston CASA and looks forward to contributing her diverse skills related to macro-policy research, clinical social work, and her personal commitment to serving young people with out of home experience. Julie can be reached at [email protected] or 617-780-4055 ex. 111.

BOARD MEMBERS

JOE HANLON

Esq., Board President

Chief Compliance Officer, Crescent Capital Group, LP.

Mr. Hanlon serves as the Chief Compliance Officer for Crescent Capital Group LP and is member of Crescent’s Executive Management team.  Prior to joining the team, Mr. Hanlon was the CCO for the Fidelity Investments Equity and High Income Mutual Funds and Exchanged Traded Funds.  Mr. Hanlon was at Fidelity Investments for 13 years in various Compliance capacities.  Mr. Hanlon practiced law as a counselor and litigator for Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi from 1992 to 2001 where he focused on advising and representing insurers on regulatory matters and complex litigation. Mr. Hanlon received a JD from Boston College Law School and BS in Finance from Boston College.

JAKE HIXON

Board Treasurer

Vice President, Crescent Capital Group, LP

Mr. Hixon is a Vice President of Crescent Capital Group LP focusing on direct lending. Prior to joining the team in 2014, Mr. Hixon was an Analyst in the Leveraged Finance group of NewStar Financial where he focused on executing debt investments in support of middle market private equity buyouts across a variety of industries. Mr. Hixon holds a BS in Economics and Finance from Bentley University.

HERBERT LEWIS

MBA, CPA, Assistant Board Treasurer

Director of Financial Accounting and Operations, Boston University

Herb served on the Board of Directors of Friends of CASA for approximately 15 years and currently is the Assistant Board Treasurer. He was inspired to join the organization by an acquaintance, a pediatrician who provided medical care for inner city youth. Herb joined the board and has remained actively involved with the organization since that time. He attended and worked at the National CASA Conference when it was held in Boston. He also assists children by active participation in the Masonic Youth Child Identification Program. Herb received a B.S. in Management from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from Boston University and is an administrator at Boston University. He is a board member of several other organizations and also serves as the Treasurer of a homeowner’s association.

BRYAN SCOTT GANZ

Esq.

Founding Principal of Paramount Capital Group; manager, Scudder Bay Capital LLC (SBC)

Bryan joined the CASA Board in 2013. He has significant experience managing a wide array of businesses including his family’s tire business, Galaxy Tire & Wheel, Inc. From 1991 through 2006 Bryan grew Galaxy Tire & Wheel, Inc. from $19 million in annual sales to $550 million in annual sales before selling control of the company. He graduated with honors from Georgetown University’s Business School with a BSBA in accounting in 1980. In 1983 Bryan received his JD from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He was ultimately admitted to the New York Bar. After graduating from Columbia Law School in 1983, Bryan was a founding principal of Paramount Capital Group, an investment advisory firm that managed more than $500 million for a broad array of blue chip clients. In 2013, he took over the day-to-day management of Scudder Bay Capital LLC (SBC), a residential real estate portfolio company that was started by his late wife Susan Ganz who passed away in 2012 (Susan was a CASA volunteer advocate and Board Member). Bryan also formed Northeast Remediation LLC (NER) in 2013, a lead-paint, mold and asbestos remediation company. Since its inception in July of 2013, NER has become the number one residential lead paint remediation firm in Massachusetts. Bryan has served on the Board of Governors of “Citizens Against Government Waste”, a watchdog organization dedicated to promoting fiscal responsibility within Congress and also served on the board of U.S. Shipping, a publicly traded MLP and was head of the company’s audit committee.

ANNE HARVEY KILBURN

Retired from business and publishing; current CASA volunteer

Anne has been an active CASA volunteer for 3 years. Her wide-ranging background has prepared her well for the role. About a decade ago, she retired from a successful business career in publishing where she held several executive roles to focus on raising her now teenage children and pursuing her social activist goals. She has a unique ability and passion for connecting people to bring about positive change. Aside from parenting, her work as a CASA is the most meaningful work she’s ever done. Anne especially enjoys her role as ambassador for Boston CASA, in spreading the word about how important and effective the program can be as a voice for vulnerable, disenfranchised children and their families. In her “free time” she writes social justice fiction and nonfiction. She graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Journalism.

JOHN J. MORIARTY III

VP of Acquisitions & Development, JW Capital Partners, LLC

John J. Moriarty III is a Vice President at JW Capital Partners, a real estate development and investment firm founded in 2010 that focuses on the acquisition, development and repositioning of urban multi-family and hospitality assets on the East Coast. John has been intimately involved in the investments in approximately $100 million of assets and is in the planning and permitting stages of a further $500 million. In addition to his fundraising involvement with his alma maters, he has served as a mentor to an underprivileged youth through the Big Brother Big Sister Program. John graduated from Colby College with a B.A. in Sociology. He has been a supporter of Boston CASA since 2012 and relishes in his role as a CASA ambassador.

CLARE REILLY

Nonprofit consultant

Clare became a Boston CASA volunteer in 2014 and joined the board in 2016. She has worked in the public health and non-profit sector in Boston for over 20 years, serving in many leadership capacities, including Executive Director of Women’s Lunch Place, a shelter for poor and homeless women, Division Director of Family Support Services at the Boston Public Health Commission and Director of the Maternal and Child Health Access Unit at Massachusetts Department of Public Health. She has spent her career serving vulnerable populations, in particular, women and children. Clare has a strong interest in the education of girls in the developing world, and is on the board of Nurturing Minds, an organization which runs a secondary school for girls in Morogoro, Tanzania. Clare is also Vice Chair of the board of the Shattuck Childcare Center in Jamaica Plain. She holds both a BA in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Massachusetts. Her spare time is spent in her jewelry studio.

BRIAN FERGUSON

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STEVE DAVIS

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