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Our Staff

Robb Zarges
Robb Zarges
Executive Director

Executive Director of CASA Project, Inc. and President at Kainos Coaching and Consulting, LLC. He has 25 years of nonprofit management experience most recently as Executive Director of Straight Ahead Ministries and Bridge Over Troubled Waters in Boston, MA. Robb has earned a PhD in Organizational Leadership and Masters of Arts degree in Counseling. He is an adjunct professor of nonprofit management at Clark University’s graduate school.

The facilitation of strategic planning, coaching nonprofit managers, board development, organizational development, program evaluation, and fund development are numbered among his work. Robb is considered an expert in executive transitions (especially founder to executive transitions), outcome measurement and program design.

Robb has served on the Board of the YMCA, Worcester Youth Center, Common Ground Worcester, The Hope Center, and The National Network of Youth.

Robb lives in Worcester with his wife Suzanne and has four children.

Lynn Tesconi Barrieau
Assistant Director

Lynn Tesconi 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
Development Associate

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 Whilhelmy
Administrative Assistant

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.

Doug Stark
Director of Community Resources

Doug graduated from Gordon College with a B.A. in Business/Economics. He earned his M.B.A. from Boston College with a Finance/Marketing concentration. Doug has run his own small business consulting firm for over 30 years. He has extensive experience as a foster Dad and is licensed as an intensive care foster home provider. He has a passion for helping children in foster care and knows first hand the important role CASA volunteers can play in the lives of foster children.

Jim Steele
Case Manager

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.

Dianne Starkey
Case Supervisor

Dianne joined CASA as a volunteer in 2010. She is a graduate of Anna Maria College with a degree in Early Childhood Education and has done graduate work at Wheelock College. She was one of the co-founders of Bay State Child Care Food Program, which was responsible for 7,000 Massachusetts children receiving healthy meals while in childcare. Dianne was also the director and educator of her own program, Holland Family Child Care for 15 years. Dianne is a volunteer with Horizons for Homeless Children and is a trainer for the Mass. Office of Early Care and Education. She is a president of the Worcester Area Association for the Education of Young Children. Added to the CASA staff in March 2012, she is a case supervisor for the Worcester Juvenile Court.

Kerriann Fagerquist
Case Supervisor

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

Sue Maly
Case Supervisor

Sue earned her Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Curry College.  Her 31-year, federal law enforcement career began with serving five years of active duty in the US Air Force. She then worked 26 years as a Deputy US Marshal with the US Marshals Service, and an Assistant Special Agent in Charge with NOAA Office of Law Enforcement.  She began as a CASA volunteer January 2016, and joined the staff as an Advocate Supervisor January 2017.

Fernanda Suggs
Case Supervisor

Fernanda is a graduate of Worcester State University with a B.A. in Sociology/Spanish and received her Associates degree from QCC in 2015 with AA in Human Services. She was born and raised in Guatemala; she came to the United States in 2004 and on July 27, 2016 she became a United States citizen.

Ray Austin
Case Supervisor
Jordyn Becker
Case Supervisor

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 and then worked for the Department of Children and Families from August of 2017 until November of 2018 as an Ongoing Social Worker. She recently joined the staff as an Advocate Supervisor in November of 2018. Jordyn can be reached at jbecker@thecasaproject.org and by phone at (508) 757-9877 x 104.