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.

Drew MacLeod

Drew MacLeod

Program Director

Drew MacLeod oversees day to day program activities and supervises current volunteers advocating for abused children in the Yellowstone County court system.  Drew previously worked at Alternative Youth Adventures with adjudicated teens. He worked in Montana, South Carolina and Colorado as a Field Director, Program Director and Logistics Director. Previously, Drew worked for the Sioux YMCAs in South Dakota as a Program Director and for the St. Labre Home in Ashland, Montana as an Assistant Family Teacher. Drew holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota-Mankato.

Lisa McDaniel

Lisa McDaniel

Development Director

Lisa McDaniel cultivates relationships with donors and secures grant monies for CASA of Yellowstone County. Previously, Lisa worked at a local non-profit foundation and was a special education teacher in Billings and the surrounding communities for 3 years focusing on students with ASD and social/emotional disorders. She is passionate about social change, the Billings community and creating a better future for our youth.

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.

Ben McKee

Ben McKee

Recruitment Coordinator

Ben McKee 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.

Maria Gnecco

Maria Gnecco

Program Coordinator

Maria Gnecco works with current Advocates and Peer Coordinators. Maria was born in Colombia where she received a Law degree. Maria has been involved in several community programs serving culturally diverse families and vulnerable children.  She has lived in Billings with her family for 8 years.

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.  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 and has worked in administration for multiple local medical organizations.

Jasmine

Jasmine Dalrymple

Program Coordinator

Jasmine Dalrymple has recently relocated to Billings and got involved with CASA as an Advocate. She grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and spent some time in Oregon. She is finishing her Bachelors of Science in Sociology at Montana State University – Billings, with plans to pursue a Graduate degree as well.

Sherri Carlson

Sherri Carlson

Advocate Trainer

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.

Our Board of Directors

Ben Tyrrell, President
Tom Mackay, Vice President
Deborah Knudtzon, Treasurer
Karen Jarussi, Secretary
Rhonda Bodvig, Program Committee Chair
Kay Bollinger, Advocate Liaison
Andrea Horrell
Ela Mata
Mike Leo
Gina McIntyre Colton
Dr. Thomas Scarborough
Jennifer Smith

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