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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 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
Director of Development

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Luz Diaz
Volunteer Coordinator/Advocate Supervisor

Luz was born and raised on the island of Puerto Rico.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business & Marketing from the University of Puerto Rico in 1991.  She moved to the United States in 1995 to work for the US Army as a Project & Logistics Manager. Luz has volunteered as a mentor for children and adolescents since 2007 and earned her Masters of Education in Mental Health Counseling from Cambridge College in 2011.  Luz became a CASA Volunteer in April 2017.  After 23 1/2 years, she retired from Federal Service on December 2018.  Luz joined the staff as a Volunteer Coordinator/Advocate Supervisor on April 1, 2019!

Steven McIntosh
Advocate Supervisor

Steven graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 2011 with a Bachelor’s in Mathematics. He has experience at various child-focused social work agencies in Worcester, including You Inc, WCAC, and SMOC. Steven joined the staff as an Advocate Supervisor in February of 2020.

Julie Bowditch

Advancement Officer, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Theodette Gasasira
Case Assistant

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.