- Who We Are
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.
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 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 provides program coordination to staff and advocates and acts as the staff liaison with the Department of Child and Family Services. Her focus is on Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking education within our community. Tricia previously worked at RiverStone Health as an Assistant to the Vice President, Medicaid Health Improvement Program Administration and the Yellowstone County Registrar. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Minor in Criminal Justice through Arizona State University.
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 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 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 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 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 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.