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Our Staff

Lynn Barrieau
Chief Operations and Program Officer

Lynn graduated from Providence College with a B.S. in Special Education and Health Administration. She earned a Masters Degree in Counseling from Fitchburg State College and teaches Psychology part-time at Mt. Wachusett Community College. Lynn joined the CASA staff in April 2001 and she currently manages the case supervisors.

Carolyn Hoey
Chief Development and Finance Officer

Carolyn has a Master of Science degree from Boston University with a concentration in Multinational Finance & Trade. While living abroad for 10+ years, she worked in several international non-profits which addressed global concerns such as homelessness, education, infrastructure, and children services. Carolyn enthusiastically joined CASA in 2017!

Kris Wilhelmy
Administrative Officer

Kris is a former paralegal who joined the CASA staff in 2006 as a part-time Case Assistant. Kris assists the case supervisors in maintaining the CASA database and case files, coordinating the donor database, and one thousand other things that keep the office running smoothly.

Karlene Cudak
Development Associate

Karlene graduated from Providence College in May 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies, double minors in Spanish and Latin American Studies, and a concentration in International Collaboration & Community-Based Learning Experience. She taught Spanish for two years before joining The CASA Project in August 2021 as a Development Associate.

Jamie Ehrets
Volunteer Coordinator

Jamie is a registered nurse who specializes in hospice and palliative care.  She became a SANE nurse in 2020 and has experience in adolescent psychology. These experiences have strengthened her desire to advocate for adolescents who have experienced trauma. She has a passion for helping others and enjoys teaching.  She has been an instructor for CPR/First Aid, Nurse Aide/Home Health Aide and Dementia/Alzheimer’s training. Jamie joined the CASA staff as a Volunteer Coordinator in June of 2021.

Jim Steele
Lead Advocate

Jim joined CASA as a volunteer in 2010 after a 32-year career at UPS. Jim brings a wide range of experience in union relations, management development, and business processes to CASA. Jim was added to the CASA staff in the fall of 2011 and supervises cases in the Worcester Juvenile Court as a Lead Advocate.

Kerriann Fagerquist
Lead Advocate

Kerriann has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College. She was a police officer for 15 years – first in Holden, then Sudbury. She has been home caring for her two children for the past 3 years.  Kerriann supervises cases in Leominster and Fitchburg as a Lead Advocate at CASA.

Jordyn Becker
Lead Advocate

Jordyn graduated from Slippery Rock University in May of 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Social Work. She completed her internship through the Department of Children and Families in a Response Unit. She then worked for the Department of Children and Families from August of 2017 until November of 2018 as an Ongoing Social Worker. Jordyn joined the staff as an Advocate Supervisor in November of 2018 and is now a Lead Advocate.

Theodette Gasasira
Advocate Supervisor

Theodette is trained as school teacher for multiple class levels. In this role she provided counseling, guidance, and clinical support to foster children and families. She worked with World Vision to monitor and report on children’s victims of neglect, abuse, domestic violence, mental health, and parental substance abuse. She provided crisis intervention and advised rural women on their local rights and responsibilities.

Andromeda Beharry
Advocate Supervisor

Andromeda attends Purdue University studying Human Services. She is originally from New York City and has worked as the Director of Programs for the LGBTQ+ Center in Albany, NY. Andromeda is trained in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and brings her valued experience in working with diverse populations to The CASA Project where she works as an Advocate Supervisor. Andromeda is also the Director of Programs for Sistas Healing Old Wounds (SHOW). As a member of the LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities, Andromeda is passionate about bringing resources to underserved communities. She also enjoys gardening, reading, and spending time with her dachshund, Bagheera.