Our Board of Directors governs the California Court Appointed Special Advocate Association.
Each board member is a voting member, with the authority and responsibility to establish vision and direction, develop policies and procedures, ensure adequate funding, and monitor and sanction California CASA’s activities.
Please read their biographies below:
CHAIR, JIM HATTER, is the Managing Director for Opus Bank in San Francisco. Previously he served as City President for BBVA Compass leading commercial banking offices in San Francisco and San Jose. Jim has more than 30 years of increasing senior level experience in commercial banking, corporate finance, private equity finance and investment banking activities. Jim holds a B.S. in Investment Finance from California State University Northridge, and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University, Malibu. He is active in the CFO Networking Group, Consultants and Advisors Network and the Hill House Group. Jim has served as a long-time volunteer and supporter of community affairs activities, including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Primo’s Run for Education. Additionally, he was active in youth sports as a coach and a manager.
VICE CHAIR, SHELLEY BROWN, a retired human resources executive, has more than 25 years experience influencing organizational effectiveness in major high technology companies. During the past 12 years, she has been an active community leader and volunteers with several nonprofit organizations, including Child Advocates of Silicon Valley. Since 2001, she has advocated for six children, helping one youth emancipate successfully from the foster care system, facilitating one child’s successful adoption and helping four children re-unite with their families. Currently, Shelley is a board member emeritus with the American Red Cross – Silicon Valley Chapter and serves on the American Red Cross National Philanthropy Board. She also serves on the boards for the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits (CEN), the Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT), the Reddere Foundation and as a member of the Stanford University Graduate School of Education Advisory Board and the Krause Center of Innovation (KCI) Advisory Board. She received an undergraduate degree at Stanford University and her M.B.A. from UCLA. Shelley has been fortunate to travel all over the world and to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Mt. Whitney (CA), Yosemite’s Half Dome (three times), and to hike the Tahoe Rim Trail and many other trails in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
SECRETARY, JAN-YU WENG, a managing director and general manager at Applied Materials. In his >15 years at Applied, he has worked in several functions in operations, technical product support, marketing, and program management. In addition, he has been a lifelong martial artist with a rank of 7th Degree Black Belt. As the head coach for the Cupertino Kung fu Club, he has enjoyed sharing his experience, knowledge and passion. He also serves as a board member of the United States Shuai-chiao Association. For more than 20 years, Jan-Yu has influenced the lives of many young children by mentoring and serving as a role model, while adopting the principles of Kung-fu as it pertains to discipline, focus, commitment and aspiring to being a good citizen in the community.
TREASURER, ADAM WALLACE, CPA, is a tax senior manager at RKE LLP with more than 14 years of experience. Adam currently serves some of LA and Orange County’s leading consumer business, manufacturing and financial services companies. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of CPAs. Adam completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Irvine, and graduated with a B.S. in Biology. He earned a master’s degree in accounting at the University of Southern California and was awarded top student honors in his graduating class. In addition to his professional and family activities, Adam spends time playing drums in a popular, Orange County-based cover band, exercising, and cheering on the USC football team.
ELISA MENDEL, national vice president for HealthWorks & Product Innovation, at Kaiser Permanente, oversees their portfolio of products and services, designed to help employers improve the health and productivity of their employees through worksite programs and interventions. She joined Kaiser Permanente in 1986 and has held a variety of leadership roles. Elisa received her bachelor’s degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan. In her off hours, Elisa spends as much time outdoors as possible, running, walking, hiking and traveling around the world.
KATY CARLSEN, MD, FAAP, had spent the better part of a decade in her fulltime pediatric practice when she realized that she wanted to do more to help children on a broader scale – particularly foster children. Her quest prompted her to leave Kaiser Permanente and led her to accept a position as the medical consultant for California Children’s Services within Placer County. She also became a volunteer assistant clinical professor with UC Davis Health System, training medical residents. She additionally went on to serve as a board member and past President of Ticket to Dream Foundation, a registered nonprofit organization that raises donations to benefit foster children.
Since 2000, Katy has taught and supervised residents in the UC Davis pediatric continuity clinic. In 2009 she became part of the UC Davis medical team supervising residents at Effort Inc. Oak Park Community Center, since renamed WellSpace Health. In addition to her medical work, Katy has served on several volunteer boards including Sierra Forever Families in the Sacramento region and as a Friends of CASA for Child Advocates of Placer County. Katy’s passion for improving the health care coordination of children and youth in foster care has guided her to work with her colleague Rachel Weinreb, MD, FAAP as co-chair of the Foster Care Committee for the California Chapter 1 of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which serves 48 out of the 58 counties in California. She is excited to serve as a board member of California CASA in order to help improve the lives of foster children and youth as only having a CASA can do.
KEATING RHOADS serves as President of Learning Strategies International, an educational consulting and assessment services provider. During his 40-year business career, he has held senior leadership positions in the newspaper industry, including at the Los Angeles Times, and various private equity backed companies and as Chairman and CEO of Tartan Textile Services, a nationwide service provider to the healthcare and hospitality industries. In addition to volunteering as an advocate, Keating served on the Board of Directors of CASA of Orange County and on the boards of the Los Angeles Urban League, the Times Mirror Foundation, the Blind Children’s Learning Center and the Laguna College of Art and Design, among other nonprofits. He received an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. Keating describes himself as an “avid reader, terminal intermediate skier and doing whatever his granddaughter is up for.”
KEVIN GARDNER, a marketing consultant in Silicon Valley, has worked for 25 years in product marketing and marketing communications for semiconductors, networking and decision support software. A past president of the California CASA board of directors, Kevin currently serves on the board of Child Advocates, Santa Clara County’s CASA program. He also chairs the advisory board of the Outlet Program in Mountain View, which provides support for LGBTQ youth. He started his affiliation with CASA in 1996 when he became a CASA volunteer for two teenagers aged 15 and 17. Kevin worked with these young men until they emancipated from the foster care system. He continues the relationship by spending an afternoon each week at the park with his former CASA child’s 3-year old son. Kevin also enjoys hiking, biking and sometimes kayaking.
KIM MOORE is the Operating Partner at Glynn Capital Management. She is dedicated to supporting and adding value to the Firm’s private portfolio companies through business development and corporate development initiatives. Additionally, Kim is responsible for managing and growing the Firm’s relationships with Fortune 1000 C-level executives. From 2013-2017, Kim was at Innovation Endeavors, an early-stage venture capital firm solely backed by Eric Schmidt. At Innovation Endeavors, Kim focused on business development and corporate initiatives in the U.S. and Israel. She supported over 100 private companies with an emphasis product/market fit, customer growth and talent. Previously, Kim worked at Asana and Olive Grove Consulting. Kim is the founder of REACH and on the Board for foster care focused organizations including: California CASA, Together We Rise, HEAR and Advanced Studies Scholarship Fund. Kim received her undergraduate degree with honors in Social Science from University of California, Irvine and her Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education with a focus Prevention Science and Practice.
J. MICHAEL HUGHES, Esq, a juvenile law attorney, specializing in dependency, delinquency and adoption in Orange County, California, has represented and advocated for children and parents’ rights in more than 2,000 cases. He’s represented pro bono more than 100 Guardian Ad Litum cases and represented pro bono the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma in litigation involving Native American children. As a founding member of CASA in Orange County, he worked with the Junior League of Orange County to establish the program. For more than 25 years, he has served on the Orange County CASA Board of Directors as president, secretary and legal advisor. He has received the CASA Judicial Honoree Award and the CASA Children’s Champion Award. He is also a member of National CASA, ISPCAN (International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect) and the National Association of Council for Children. When Michael’s not working, he’s enjoying time with his family and spending time outdoors swimming, hiking and snorkeling.
NATHAN LEE, is the Executive Director of CASA of Fresno and Madera Counties. Nathan has served this CASA program and its 400+ children for 10 years. With 33 years of non-profit experience, Nathan has a background in Personnel/Human Resources, Fundraising, Strategic Planning and Systems Development. Currently his main focus is implementing the Courageous Hope Campaign which will gather enough resources to provide advocacy to 450 children on a daily basis in Fresno and Madera Counties
PATRICIA MILJANICH, J.D. is the Executive Director and co-founder of CASA of San Mateo County and has been with CASA since 1999. Under her leadership the agency has steadily increased the number of children served and created numerous programs serving the special needs of children, most notably the first Spanish-language training for CASA volunteers in the nation. Patricia is an attorney and former elementary school teacher who served as the Executive Director of Legal Services for Children. She was an elected member of the San Mateo County; Community College Board of Trustees for 20 years and an appointed member of the First 5 Commission in San Mateo County. Patricia wants to contribute to the tremendous legal and technical assistance that California CASA offers the network, while enhancing the fundraising support and highlighting the life-changing role that CASA relationships play in the life of a child in crisis.
ROBERT SMITH, is a writer and court appointed special advocate. He is a former partner and consultant with AON Hewitt, an international consulting firm, and an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Francisco; the USC Graduate School of Communication; and the California State University Graduate School, Fullerton. Robert is a past board president of CASA of San Mateo County and a former board member of Child Advocates, Santa Clara County’s CASA program. Robert has served as a CASA for 15 years, working with older CASA male youth to help them into jobs and independence. For fun, Robert hikes and bikes in the Santa Monica Mountains.
SARAH DELANEY ROSENDAHL, is a consulting public policy specialist. Her work currently focuses on solutions for the challenges of housing affordability in San Mateo County. Previously she was a senior staff member for State Senator S. Joseph Simitian and for San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Member Don Horsley. Among her foci were affordable housing including agricultural workforce housing, homelessness, nonprofit collaboration, and foster youth systems change. Sarah also has almost thirty years of leadership experience with nonprofits. She is a long-time member of the Junior League of Palo Alto Mid-Peninsula, having served as President of the organization. She chaired the State Public Affairs Council for the Junior Leagues of California. As a co-founder of Rebuilding Together Peninsula, she understands the complexities of building and maintaining nonprofits’ capacity to fulfill their missions. She had served on the boards of both Rebuilding Together, the national organization’s board and Rebuilding Together Peninsula. Sarah’s volunteer work has also focused on supporting youth. She served on the CASA of San Mateo board and chaired the San Mateo County Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission. After completing her CASA board term, Sarah served as an advocate for a young girl returning to her family after a childhood in foster care. Sarah holds a Bachelors Degree from UC Davis and a Masters in Public Policy from Mills College. When not working or volunteering, Sarah loves to spend time with her husband and adult sons, traveling, reading, working on her family’s history, and getting out in nature in our county, state and national parks.
TONY PAPA, CEO of Ciralta, Inc., is a corporate advisor. He is also a partner in Tiro Partners LLC, a private holding company and the chairman of Impulse Communications, a provider of cloud-based business telephone services he co-founded in 1995. Tony works with impact investors and serves as a director for a variety of organizations. He is the immediate past board president of CASA of Santa Barbara County and continues to serve as a director and member of various committees. He has served as a director of companies in banking, telecommunications, publishing, on-line education, healthcare software, travel, environmental remediation, electronic game development, and real estate development. Born and raised in New York, Tony and his wife Sabrina moved to Santa Barbara in 1994. They have two adult children, Michael and Lindsay. Tony is an avid sailor, staff commodore of the Santa Barbara Yacht Club and past chairman of the club’s Long Range Planning and Advisory Committee.
TRACY FAUVER is the Executive Director of Yolo County CASA. As a licensed clinical social worker, Tracy has worked with and advocated for vulnerable populations since her start as an undergraduate student in Washington, DC. Tracy served as a CASA volunteer for four years while coordinating a transitional housing program for homeless families. Ms. Fauver took over the Yolo program at a difficult time and has created a well-respected, highly collaborative, financially stable program. In her past six years as the CASA program director, Yolo County CASA has doubled its revenues and more than doubled the number of active advocates and children served. In her role on the California CASA board, Tracy envisions California CASA programs developing individual and collective strength in advocacy so that each community recognizes and supports the value of CASA which builds nurturing relationships to support children and build resilience for them and their families.