Melissa is a native to South Jersey and has recently come back to the area after living in Los Angeles, Calif. She has extensive experience with nonprofit development and has started or been a founding member of several nonprofit organizations, including the Youth Investment Project and Champions of Hope. Melissa received her undergraduate degree at American University and graduated from the University of Denver College of Law in 2001. There she studied at the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center serving as an attorney for abused and neglected children in court. Melissa is passionate about empowering young people and is excited to bring her experience and vision to CASA of Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties
Jennifer was raised in South Jersey and remains there today with her children and husband. She is a graduate of Cumberland County College with an Associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She is currently in the process of earning a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Justice from Rowan University. Jennifer is an advocate for positive child well-being in the community. She enjoys empowering individuals to not only advocate for children, but, to learn to advocate for themselves as well. Working for CASA has allowed her to work hands-on with community members to build a brighter future for children and their families. She loves to be with her family, bake, go fishing, and spend summers at the lake.
Community Outreach & Victim Services Coordinator
Hillary attends Cumberland County College, where she studies Business Management and Fine Arts. She began her career focusing on photography, and has since done celebrity portraits (Jon Bon Jovi, Whoopi Goldberg) and event photography. The pictures she shot of a tent city for homeless veterans appeared on billboards throughout South Jersey as a part of a campaign to raise awareness of the plight of our veterans. After finishing her CASA training, she jumped on board with CASA of CGS to advocate for their abused and neglected children. She has also started a community project, Operation South Jersey, to help foster kids, the homeless and families in need. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her 9 year old son, traveling and oil painting.
Recruitment and Training Coordinator
Julia grew up in Cumberland County, later moving to North Jersey to attend Kean University. There, she received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, was President of her sorority and was awarded several awards for completing a significant amount of service hours in the surrounding communities. She was also awarded Kean University’s Sorority Sister of the Year for her student leadership, community service projects, philanthropy work, and her recruitment successes. Julia has always had a passion to help others which is what led her to CASA of CGS. She is looking forward to recruiting more volunteers to be a voice for neglected children. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her dog, traveling, and going to concerts.
CASA Advocate Coordinator for Gloucester County
Michele currently resides in Wenonah, New Jersey with her husband and two children. Michele is a freelance court reporter in Delaware, Philadelphia and New Jersey for over 25 years. Prior to coming to CASA, Michele had extensive history spanning 10 years volunteering for multiple organizations and currently is volunteering at her church. In 2013 Michele took her first case as a CASA advocate, two years later she became a peer coordinator which ultimately lead her to become a peer coordinator supervisor. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, walking her dog, cooking and scrapbooking. Her favorite quote is “Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.