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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

Executive Director

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

Volunteer Coordinator

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

Volunteer Coordinator

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.

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Friends of Athens CASA Board

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Carly Leatherwood

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

Alysia Brooks

Scott Carson

Julie Cohenour

Kate Colombo

Nancy Cooper

Kay-Anne Darlington

Virginia Ferrell

Cathey Glenn-Weinfurtner

Sarah Grace

Jessie Hartman

Wendy Kaaz

Liz Kelley

Anne Kemmerle

Suzanne Knauerhase

Jim Korpi

Kelly Morman

Deb Murray

Kara Osborne

Anna Shoup

Ally Turner

Taylor Weigle

Traci Winchell

David Young

Lisa Roback

Jordan Pepper

Michael Argeroplos

Mary Mitchell

Elizabeth Chamberlain

Holly Himes

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