Kathryn Carlsen, California CASA Board of Directors

As a pediatrician, Kathryn “Katy” Carlsen has served foster youth and marginalized children for many years. By joining the California CASA Board of Directors, Katy’s expertise will help us improve the medical outcomes and success rates for California’s foster children.

Dr. Carlsen spent the better part of a decade in her full-time pediatric practice before 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 accept a position as the medical consultant for California Children’s Services in Placer County. She also became a volunteer assistant clinical professor with UC Davis Health System, training medical residents. Additionally, she has served as a board member and past president of the Ticket to Dream Foundation, a registered nonprofit organization that raises donations to benefit foster children. Carlsen shared, “I’m 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.” Katy Carlsen lives in Granite Bay with her husband Dale. The couple has two children, a freshman and senior in college.

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