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Our Staff

Julie Bowditch
Julie Bowditch
Executive Director

Julie comes from a family created primarily through foster care and adoption which has impacted her passion for child welfare and healthy and happy long-term outcomes for vulnerable youth. Born and raised in Central Mass, she is a champion for local businesses and nonprofits and enjoys facilitating and fostering connections within her network. Julie is president of Women in Development of Central MA and supports several other local nonprofits in a volunteer capacity. In 2019, Julie was honored as one of Worcester Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty” and, in the summer of 2021, Julie received the inaugural Country Bank WooStar award for community leadership. After serving on our board for about three years, Julie joined our team as the Executive Director in early 2022.

Lynn Barrieau
Lynn Barrieau
Assistant Director

Lynn graduated from Providence College with a Bachelor of Science 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 CASA Project Worcester County in April 2001 and has transitioned through several roles during her tenure here. She began as an Advocate Supervisor and now works as our Assistant Director. Lynn also acted as the Interim Executive Director for several months and her knowledge of the ins and outs of CASA, the Worcester Juvenile Court, grant writing, human resources, and much more is unparalleled. CASA is lucky and grateful to have such a dedicated staff member!

Kris Wilhelmy
Kris Wilhelmy
Administrative Officer

Kris is a former paralegal who joined CASA Project Worcester County in 2006 as a part-time Case Assistant. Kris is now CASA’s Administrative Officer and she assists the case supervisors in maintaining the CASA database and case files, coordinates the donor database, and collaborates with all of her colleagues to complete miscellaneous tasks daily. Kris also has a hand in coordinating CASA’s annual fundraisers, campaigns, and special events. CASA Project Worcester County is grateful for all of her contributions over her 15 years with the nonprofit. Kris loves the work she does at CASA and she is inspired by her three sons and amazed by the CASA Volunteers to continue with her career path.

Karlene Cudak
Karlene Cudak
Development and Communications Manager

Karlene graduated from Providence College in May 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies and a double minor in Spanish and Latin American Studies. Her concentration was specific to international collaboration and community-based learning. Before joining CASA Project Worcester County, Karlene taught Spanish for two years in the MA public school system. She joined the CASA team in August 2021 as a part-time Development Associate, then transitioned to the full-time position of Operations Coordinator in January 2022, and now works as the Development and Communications Manager.

Gloriann Switzer
Gloriann Switzer
Program Associate

Gloriann’s journey at CASA began in 2017 as a Volunteer Advocate. Since then, she has become a licensed social worker and received a Bachelor of Science from Worcester State University in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Child Advocacy. She also minored in Sociology and Addictions Counseling. Prior to joining the CASA Staff in 2022 as a Program Associate, Gloriann worked in the public school system in various roles, including but not limited to an officer of the music department’s booster organization. She currently volunteers with the Free Mom Hugs of Massachusetts/New Hampshire organization and the Born This Way Foundation. There is no doubting Gloriann’s passion for advocacy and her dedication to youth in Worcester County and to CASA Project Worcester County as well! She also treasures spending time with her husband and three adult children, extended family, and friends.

Jim Steele
Jim Steele
Lead Advocate Supervisor

Jim joined CASA Project Worcester County 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 Supervisor.

Kerriann Fagerquist
Kerriann Fagerquist
Lead Advocate Supervisor

Kerriann received a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College. She worked as a police officer for 15 years – first in Holden, then in Sudbury. Her passion for advocating and supporting children in the community brought her to CASA Project Worcester County in 2016. Kerriann began at CASA as an Advocate Supervisor and now works as a Lead Advocate Supervisor.

Jordyn Becker
Jordyn Becker
Lead Advocate Supervisor

Jordyn graduated from Slippery Rock University in May of 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She completed an 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 to November of 2018 as an Ongoing Social Worker. Jordyn joined the staff at CASA Project Worcester County as an Advocate Supervisor in November of 2018 and is now a Lead Advocate Supervisor. Her dedication to lending a helping hand and advocating for children in her community inspire and motivate the staff and volunteers she works with at CASA.

Theodette Gasasira
Theodette Gasasira
Advocate Supervisor

Theodette is trained as a 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 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. At CASA Project Worcester County, Theodette is an Advocate Supervisor who works with individual CASA Volunteers who have been appointed to court cases in Worcester County.