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). 


 

 

Cynthia Mason, Esq. - Program Director

Cynthia began her legal career at Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA) where she represented low-income victims of domestic violence in their family law cases. In 2008, Cynthia worked at the Center City Philadelphia office of the Barack Obama Presidential Campaign, where she supervised volunteers in their voter registration and community education work. Cynthia joined CASA of Philadelphia County in 2009 and is currently the Program Director.

 

 

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 - CASA Supervisor

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.

 

Andrea Jelin, M.S. - EDM Program Coordinator

Andrea has worked in the field of child welfare for over 35 years. On the state level, she was the Administrator of the Office of Children and Families in the Courts. In this position she developed and implemented a statewide infrastructure known as the “Pennsylvania Roundtables for Children.”  This initiative serves to improve how abuse and neglect cases are handled throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.   On the local level, Andrea was the Director of Children and Youth Services for Philadelphia Family Court.  She supervised Adoptions Project START  (Stop Truancy and Recommend Treatment), and the Family Court Supervised Visitation Initiative.  She worked collaboratively with the School District of Philadelphia, the Department of Human Services and many other agencies to effectuate meaningful partnerships and effective programming.  Andrea was instrumental in bringing CASA to Philadelphia, served on its Board of Directors and is currently volunteering as an Educational Decision Maker (EDM). She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Temple University and her Master of Science Degree from Shippensburg University. 

Cindy Blum, Ed.M. - Volunteer Coordinator

Cindy joined CASA as a part-time Volunteer Coordinator in April 2014 after being a CASA volunteer for five years. Upon retiring from a career in special education, Cindy chose to volunteer for CASA. With a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Temple University, Cindy taught in classrooms for children with varied ranges of special needs in the public schools of Marple-Newtown, PA and Brookline-Newton, MA. From the public sector, she moved to the non-profit world with employment as an early intervention specialist at Federation Early Learning Services and with Elwyn, Inc.

 

 


 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Maura McInerney, Esq President: Staff Attorney, Education Law Center

Maureen Lawrence, Esq - Vice President: Attorney, Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller

Danielle Petaja, Esq- Secretary: Attorney, Saul Ewing, LLP   

Caroline B. Rosch - Treasurer: Director, Asset Management, Reinvestment Fund

Tom BonnerManager, Issues Management and Public Policy, PECO

Christina Copeland: Conservest Capital Advisors, Inc.

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

Philip Hawkins: Senior Vice President, Kurchner-Hawkins Associates  

Robert S. Hawkins, EsqAttorney, Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C.

Eileen Horgan, Esq: Attorney, Women Against Abuse

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

Denis J. Lawler, Esq: Partner, Archer & Greiner, P.C.

Joseph Nuccio, CPA: TD Bank

Lynanne M. Schaeffer: Community Affairs Manager, Gaudenzia, Inc.

Alan Sharavsky: President, Sharavsky Communications

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