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Our Staff

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
Assistant Director

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.

Kris Wilhelmy
Administrative Officer

Kris is a former paralegal who joined the CASA staff 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. The CASA Project 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
Operations Coordinator

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 multiple levels of Spanish in the public school system for two years before joining The CASA Project in August 2021 as a part-time Development Associate. In January 2022, Karlene transitioned to the full-time position of Operations Coordinator.

Jamie Ehrets
Volunteer Coordinator

Jamie is driven by her passion to help people and advocate for their needs. She is a registered nurse who specializes in hospice and palliative care. Jamie also 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. Jamie also 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 Project as the Volunteer Coordinator in June 2021 and she continues her part-time work as a Registered Nurse.

Jim Steele
Lead Advocate Supervisor

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 Supervisor.

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 The CASA Project in 2016. Kerriann began at CASA as an Advocate Supervisor and now works as a Lead Advocate Supervisor.

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 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
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.