Staff and Board

Our Staff

Keely McCave

Keely McCave

Executive Director

Keely McCave is a Billings native returning to Montana after a decade of working to solve issues with homeless services in California. Keely isn’t new to the CASA program. While working to solve housing issues for homeless families, she volunteered as a CASA for the San Francisco CASA program and found a passion for improving outcomes for youth in the foster care system. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of San Francisco and a Master’s degree of Public Administration from San Francisco State University.

Maria Gnecco

Program Director

Maria Gnecco oversees day to day program activities and supervises current volunteers advocating for abused children in the Yellowstone County court system. Maria has been involved in several community programs serving culturally diverse families and vulnerable children. Maria was born in Colombia where she received a Law degree. She has lived in Billings with her family for 8 years.

Ben McKee

Ben McKee

Development Director

Ben McKee oversees the fundraising and volunteer recruitment of the organization. Ben is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and worked in research while pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. After relocating from the Philadelphia area he worked at Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, first as a Mental Health Worker and subsequently Program Manager.

Tricia Hergett

Tricia Hergett

Program Administrator

Tricia Hergett provides program coordination to all staff and CASA volunteers advocates. Additionally, she acts as the staff liaison with the Department of Child and Family Services. Tricia previously worked at RiverStone Health as an Assistant to the Vice President, Medicaid Health Improvement Program Administration and the Yellowstone County Registrar. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at ASU.

Sophia Jackson

Sophia Jackson

Indian Child Welfare Program Coordinator

Sophia Jackson works with current advocates and Peer Coordinators, specializing in cases involving the Indian Child Welfare Act. She also represents the CASA organization in matters related to Yellowstone County ICWA Court. Sophia previously worked in affordable housing and property management as a Compliance Specialist, Customer Service at Wells Fargo Bank and Quality Assurance at a bone and tissue transplant bank. Sophia held her Real Estate license in Colorado.

Ashley Milsop

Ashley Milsop

Program Coordinator

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.

Jasmine

Jasmine Dalrymple

Program Coordinator

Jasmine Dalrymple supports Peer Coordinators and Advocates in her role as a Program Coordinator. Her focus is on youth preparing to age out of the foster care system. She has implemented a program specific to the unique needs of older youth and a system of advocacy centered around preparation for life after foster care. Jasmine began her CASA career as a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate soon after her arrival in Montana. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology through Arizona State University and is continuing with a Master’s in Sociology.

Josh Berst

Program Coordinator

Josh Berst works with current advocates and Peer Coordinators as a Program Coordinator. He was born and raised in Billings and earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Rocky Mountain College. While working in the Billings community, Josh has developed a passion for empowering individuals to succeed and grow. He plans to pursue a career in clinical social work upon completion of a graduate program.

Sherri Carlson

Training Coordinator

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.

Emily Gaudreau

Administrative Assistant

Emily Gaudreau supports the fundraising, recruitment, and administrative functions within 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.

Our Board of Directors

Ben Tyrrell, President
Ela Mata, Vice President
Deborah Knudtzon, Treasurer
Karen Jarussi, Secretary
Rhonda Bodvig
Andrea Horrell
Diane Jung
Mike Leo
Jenn Weber
Jennifer Smith

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