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Washington State Nonprofit Supporting Children and Families Expands Board

Organization positioned to grow volunteer advocacy for children who have experienced abuse or neglect

SEATTLE — Sept. 24, 2020 — The board of directors of the Washington Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association elected six new members: Armikka Bryant, Taliesha Garrett, Jacob B. Gonzalez, Susan Israel, Athlan Lathan, and Nathan Terrill.

“As a statewide organization, Washington CASA supports children and families of all backgrounds from across Washington.  These board members come from communities across the state – from Spokane to Tri-Cities to Puget Sound – and have rich and varied lived experiences that will enhance the organization’s ability to serve children and families across the state,” said Executive Director Angela Murray. “The exceptional professional qualifications of these six individuals add new expertise and perspectives to an already strong board.”

The Washington CASA Association supports volunteer best-interest advocacy for children who have experienced abuse or neglect by partnering with local CASA and guardian ad litem (GAL) programs across the state as they recruit, screen, train, and supervise volunteers to advocate for the best interests of these children in court. Washington CASA Association also raises awareness of the CASA/GAL movement, helps to attract and retain volunteers, supporters, and champions, and collaborates with stakeholders to advocate for children and families facing dependency proceedings. 

Families across the state have experienced extraordinary challenges during 2020 with the pandemic, wildfires, an economic downturn, and unrest following police shootings. As Washington CASA works to support these families, it welcomes financial contributions and encourages people across the state to register for training with their local program to become a volunteer. 


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