Athens CASA Staff
Since our founding in 2000, Athens CASA/GAL Program has developed and grown in a positive direction. We’re very proud of the diversity of our staff, and their abilities to contribute their own unique experience and skills to our success. Find out more about some of our team members below.
Tara Huffman is the Executive Director of the Athens County CASA/GAL Program. She served as a Volunteer Coordinator with the Athens CASA Program for 9 years. She holds a degree in Child & Family Studies. She worked previously in child protective services. Tara provides support and training to CASA Volunteers. She also works as an Adjunct Faculty Member at Ohio University's College of Health Sciences and Professions.
Jess Chadwell has served as a Volunteer Coordinator at Athens CASA since 2016. She provides support and supervision to CASA Volunteers and manages Athens CASA's internship program. She holds degrees in Social Work and Psychology.
Carly Ferguson is the newest member of the CASA team. She empowers and supervises CASA Volunteers as well as engages the community in recruitment efforts to bring more volunteers and support to the CASA/GAL program. Carly has obtained hands-on experience by previously working in child protective services. Carly holds a degree in Child and Family Studies.
Friends of Athens CASA Board
Board President/Ohio University's Chief of Staff to the President
"CASA serves a critical need in our community. I volunteer to help ensure a bright future for our county's most vulnerable children."
Court Appointed Special Advocates