The CASA Team

CASA STAFF
 

Happi Grillon, MSW - Executive Director

Happi has 25 years of social work experience in both the public and private sectors. She earned a Masters of Social Work degree from Temple University and is a graduate of the Bryn Mawr College Non-Profit Executive Leadership Institute.  Over her 20-year tenure of serving the greater Philadelphia community, Happi has worked in a variety of settings with programs serving youth from early childhood to adolescence. Happi began her postgraduate career at Youth Service, Inc. (YSI) working with young women in group home placements. She moved on to be a supervisor and then program director at YSI, overseeing the foster care and mother baby group home programs. She later oversaw the crisis nursery, Teen Success, and truancy prevention programs.  For the past two years, Happi has worked at Northeast Treatment Centers as Intervention Director with the Community Umbrella Agency (CUA 1). 

Trish Reed Kinkle, MSW, LSW -  Program Manager

Trish began her work with CASA as a volunteer and then joined our staff in February 2011. Prior to coming to CASA, Trish spent several years working with at-risk youth in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. She holds an undergraduate degree in business, but found social work to be her real passion. She completed her MSW in May 2014. In addition to working with CASA, Trish is also a foster parent and the mother of boy/girl twins

Carole Cornelius, MSW - Senior CASA Supervisor

Carole Ann Cornelius is a social work administrator recently retired after 35 years with the Philadelphia Department of Human Services' Children & Youth Division. Having worked in protective services, courts, behavioural health, compliance and quality assurance, Carole's focus and expertise for the recent 15 years has been health care in the child welfare system. In addition to her many years in child welfare, Carole has worked in juvenile justice and geriatric home health care. Very interested in education and  the rights of women and families, Carole serves on the School Advisory Committee for her alma mater, Simon Gratz High School (now a Mastery school) and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Women's Medical Fund.

Carletta Chandler, BSW - CASA Supervisor

Carletta has worked as a child welfare professional for nine years, with a specialty in behavioral health and foster care. Prior to joining CASA of Philadelphia County in 2010, Carletta worked as a foster care and adoption social worker in Delaware County. Also, Carletta has a background in Marriage and Family Counseling and is working toward obtaining her MS degree.

Grace Ciak-Linton, MSW - Volnteer Coordinator

Grace earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern University and Master of Social Work from Binghamton University. She worked with Youth Service, Inc. for four years, beginning as a volunteer in the SAFE program in fall 2012, then was hired as a Case Manager in the Truancy Prevention program. In the summer of 2014 Grace transferred to YSI’s Family Empowerment Services program as a Referral and Intake Worker. Grace joined CASA in January of 2017.

Terrill Carney, M.A. - EDM Supervisor

Terrill has been working in child welfare since 2006 after receiving his B.A. in sociology from West Chester University. He started his career as a foster care social worker for Children's Services Inc. For five years Terrill worked as a child advocate social worker at the Public Defender Association of Philadelphia, where he advocated for numerous children in the foster care system, specializing in working with older youth. Terrill earned his Master's in Pubic Policy from New England College in 2012. Outside of CASA, Terrill is a recreational counselor and works with at-risk youth.

Nick Pallotta, BA - CASA Supervisor

Nick joined the CASA of Philadelphia staff in January 2018 and brings with him experience, first as a case manger and then as a program director at the Center for Family Services in Glassboro NJ where he worked at Together Youth Shelter Care and Kaleidoscope outreach programs. He has additional experience working with youth and families as a case manager at Elmcrest, a residential treatment center in Syracuse NY. He has also worked with school age programming as a School Age Coordinator for the Baldwin YMCA in Baldwinsville NY. He is a huge Disney fan and worked at Main Street Operations at Walt Disney Corporation in Orlando FL after graduating from college. Nick has a Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Oswego. He can be found most days wearing a colorful bowtie and helping out where ever he can! .

Cherie Bloomfield, MSW – CASA Supervisor

Cherie joined the CASA of Philadelphia staff in January 2018 and brings her work experience as the Lead Facilitator/Site Coordinator for the after-school program at Building 21 High School in Philadelphia with her. There she facilitated programming that discussed and promoted cultural sensitivity and advocacy and also collaborated with teachers and staff to support a positive learning environment for students. She worked as a MSW intern at Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia and as a BSW intern at the Geisinger Medical Center Division of Psychiatry and at the Women’s Center both in Bloomsburg, PA. Cherie has a BSW degree from Bloomsburg University and an MSW degree from Temple University. Cherie has a passion for social work, advocacy and life! She can be found making interesting conversation with anyone about anything! .

Ashley Bryant, MS ED. – EDM Supervisor

Before moving to Philadelphia and getting involved with CASA in 2016, Ashley was a teacher. She has taught students in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Bronx, New York and Exton, Pennsylvania. She is passionate about education, volunteering and advocacy. She is a problem solver and researcher by nature and she loves coaching and seeing others be successful. Ashley also volunteers with Mighty Writers and works with the "Change Course," a literacy engagement program for youth and the “Stories Alive” program that facilitates video reading sessions for incarcerated parents and their children, both are programs at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Ashley has fun and playful style and sense of humor to go with it! She is passionate about ensuring youth are getting their needs met in order to make the most out of their educational opportunities. .

 

 

 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Maura McInerney, Esq.President: Legal Director, Education Law Center

Maureen Lawrence, Esq.: Vice President: Shareholder, Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller

Shamyune Jones, Esq.: Secretary: Vice President and General Counsel, Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority 

Joseph Nuccio, CPATreasurer: Senior Treasury Analyst, TD Bank

Christina Bales, MD: Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Tom Bonner: Manager, State Government Affairs, PECO

Kendra Dautel: Director of Business Development, Valuation & Advisory, Newmark Knight Frank

Jamiliyah Foster M.S.: Program Director, St. Christopher's Foundation for Children

Camille Fundora, Esq.: Associate, Berger & Montague, P.C.

Philip Hawkins: Senior Vice President, Kurchner - Hawkins Associates

Robert S. Hawkins, Esq.: Attorney, Cozen O’Conner

Eileen Horgan, Esq.: Attorney, Women Against Abuse

Greg Ippolito: President and owner, Ippolito Media Arts, Inc.

Sarah Mainprize, M.B.A.: Executive Director, Busineess Process, Comast Corporation

Caroline B. Rosch: Director of Asset Management, Lending & Investments,The Reinvestment Fund

Roopa Seshadri, PhD: Senior Research Sceintist, Policy Lab, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Alan Sharavsky: President, Sharavsky Communications

Judith Silver, PhD: Associate Director, Leadership Education in Neurodevelop-mental Disabilities (LEND) Program; Director of Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice Initiatives, Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia