Who We Are

The Washoe CASA Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization. We work closely with our local CASA Program to promote CASA volunteerism and provide funding and support for the needs of CASA children.

The Washoe CASA Foundation, which is governed by a dedicated Board of Directors, works to secure resources for CASA by creating partnerships and relationships within the community.

What We Do

Washoe CASA Foundation provides funding for volunteer training, recruitment, and community awareness.  The Foundation’s financial support has enabled CASA volunteers to secure needed services for their child such as after school tutoring, paying for a recreational program, or purchasing clothes or school supplies. These “extras” give a child a sense of value and importance.

We rely on our community for a large portion of our funding, as well as our dedicated volunteers and active board members who work with children.  Current goals of the Foundation include increasing our outreach potential, connecting with local businesses to create partnerships that support Program and advocate needs, and increasing the number of CASA volunteers.

Why Our Work Matters

The CASA Program is a relatively small investment that leverages the time, energy, and compassion of volunteers to bring about real results for abused and neglected children. CASA volunteers help to ensure that children find safe and permanent homes and have access to the services they need in order to succeed.

The Washoe CASA Foundation exists to create opportunities for the community to become more involved and supportive of CASA and in turn, to help children in foster care.

Board of Directors

Interested in becoming a Washoe CASA Foundation Board Member?

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Jenna Dewar, Chair

CASA Volunteer
Specialist in Advisement and Internships
University of Nevada, Reno

Jill Greiner, Esq., Vice Chair

Mediator-Hearing Officer-Attorney

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Nathan Kanute, Secretary

Financial Services Attorney, Snell & Wilmer

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Susan Nissenbaum, Treasurer

CASA Volunteer
Executive Director, CDLC

Kendra G. Bertschy, Esq., Member-at-Large

Deputy Public Defender, Washoe County Public Defender’s Office

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Helm Lehmann, Member-at-Large

Strategic Planning Consultant

Business School Faculty, Truckee Meadows Community College

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Fay Miccile, C.P., Member-at-Large

Certified Paralegal
Independent Contractor/Legal Support

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Ron Luschar, Member-at-Large

Business Development Representative, Care Flight

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Elisa Ross, Member-at-Large

CPA – Sole Proprietor

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Mary Herzik, Ex-Officio

Family Services Program Manager
Second Judicial District Court

Past Board Members

Franz J. Braun