Elisa Mendel, California CASA Board of Directors

Kaiser Permanente has not only provided California CASA with generous funding throughout the years, but now they’ve provided us with a board member, Elisa Mendel, a Vice President for HealthWorks & Product Innovation. Though she’s only served on the California CASA Board for less than a year, Elisa’s clear about why she serves. “The data about how advocates help so significantly is so overwhelming. You want every child in the system to have that support,” explained Elisa, who works with Kaiser’s largest customers, helping them to improve their employees’ health. “It’s related to my work at Kaiser, to have everyone’s health & social needs cared for.”

Elisa appreciates California CASA’s role in enabling the local programs to work together and learn from each other to improve the children’s lives. But our new board member does more than just work. In her off time, she spends as much time as possible outdoors, running, hiking, walking, and traveling around the world.

California CASA CEO, Cory Pohley, shared, “It’s always exciting to welcome new members to the board. We appreciate the fresh perspective and deep experience that Elisa brings. Her presence is already having an impact!”

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