Drew MacLeod has a deep background working with at risk youth and adventure programming. Originally from Minnesota he came to Montana after working with Native American youth in South Dakota. Drew worked for many years in outdoor experiential programs in Montana, South Carolina and Colorado. Drew and his wife, Kat, a Montana native, moved back to Billings in 2011. He joined CASA of Yellowstone County in 2013 as Program Coordinator, eventually becoming the Program Director. Along the way he served two youth as a volunteer CASA. Drew & Kat have been married for over 22 years and enjoy all Montana has to offer. Drew earned his degree at Minnesota State University -Mankato not far from his hometown, Grand Meadow.
Shayla Fox Brown oversees the CASA Program team, volunteer Peer Coordinators, and volunteer Advocates in her role as Program Director. She was born and raised in Billings, Montana. She graduated from California State University San Marcos with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and is currently working on her Master of Science in Management and Leadership from Western Governors University. She was previously employed at Rocky Mountain College as the Experiential Education Coordinator, where she managed the Office of Community Engagement and provided opportunities for volunteer engagement. She wanted to join CASA to bring her experience in volunteer management and passion for serving vulnerable populations.
Emily Gaudreau oversees the fundraising and volunteer recruitment of the organization. Emily is a graduate of the University of Mary in North Dakota with a Bachelor of Science in History. She became involved in CASA through her desire to build a strong community and serve vulnerable populations. Prior to her work with CASA, Emily worked in the Billings community as an AmeriCorps VISTA, and with the Moss Mansion Museum.
Laura Wemple supports the volunteer recruitment of new Court Appointed Special Advocates to serve children in the Yellowstone County foster care system. In her role as Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator, Laura also engages with the local community and oversees the event planning for the organization. Originally from Missoula, Laura moved to Billings to attend Rocky Mountain College where she earned a BA in Fine Art and a Minor in Writing. After working in Yellowstone National Park for three summers Laura returned to Billings and worked in a variety of things including events, art galleries, and the Yellowstone Art Museum. Wanting to do more for the community and children Laura joined CASA to help those children in need.
Sherri Carlson coordinates the training for our new volunteer advocates and ongoing training opportunities for our current volunteer advocates. Sherri received a Bachelor of Science in Education (double major in Special Education and Elementary Education) from Eastern Montana College, and a Master of Education with a focus on School Counseling and Elementary Curriculum from Montana State University –Billings. Sherri has recently concluded a thirty plus year career as a special education teacher.
Ashley Milsop works with current Advocates and Peer Coordinators, with a focus on substance use and Advocates who work with families in Yellowstone Family Recovery Court. She was born in Massachusetts but has considered Montana home since she moved to Billings at the age of 12. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in archaeology and Near Eastern studies from Wheaton College in Illinois. Ashley was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine, teaching children and youth, and has worked in administration for multiple local medical organizations.
Tyra Klein works with volunteer advocates and peer coordinators as a program coordinator with an ICWA (Indian Child Welfare Act) focus. She was born and raised in Billings, Montana. She graduated from Rocky Mountain College with a Bachelor of Science double major in Sociology and English Literature. During her time at Rocky Mountain College, she was a peer mentor, student ambassador, and an English teacher’s assistant. She is thrilled to be able to support the Montana community through CASA.
Carrie Porter works with Peer Coordinators and Advocates in her role as a Program Coordinator, as well as acts as staff liaison with the Department of Children and Family Services. Born and raised in Colorado, Carrie and her family moved to Montana in 2020 to pursue new opportunities and everything that beautiful Montana has to offer.
She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology/Criminology with a minor in Psychology from the University of Southern Colorado. She has spent the past 16 years working for the Department of Human Services in Colorado. Wanting to utilize her passion and knowledge for strengthening families and improving outcomes for children, Carrie joined CASA.
Alyssa Guerrero joined CASA staff as a Program Coordinator to support Peer Coordinators and Advocates. Alyssa recently moved back to Billings to finish her undergrad in Human Services at MSUB and was previously interning with a local nonprofit. Over the last decade, Alyssa has traveled and lived in several countries and states, gaining a better understanding of the world’s cultures. Alyssa is eager to find new ways to advocate for Billing’s young people and be a positive influence in their lives.
Denise DeMars joined the CASA office as a part-time Donor Relations/Administrative Assistant. She began doing administrative office duties after high school and took time off for 21 years as a stay-at-home mom to raise her two sons. She returned to office work in 2015. Denise wanted to be part of the important work that the team at CASA represents. Besides being a dog lover and taking care of her new puppy, Denise enjoys family, spending time with friends, reading and cooking. She has lived in Billings most of her life.