Angela has been part of the CASA team since 2009 and has spent the past four years as Director of Programs, a position in which she provided oversight for the nonprofit’s five programs, annual budget, and volunteer training among other responsibilities. Throughout her tenure, she has played an instrumental role in nearly doubling the reach of CASA’s core program which recruits, trains, and supports volunteer advocates that speak up for children who are in the court system due to abuse or domestic violence.
She officially takes the helm on Feb. 12 and succeeds Mittie Pedraza who has served as CASA’s Interim Executive Director since July of 2017.
“Every day, I am inspired and motivated not just by CASA’s mission but by our volunteers, financial supporters, and staff who show an unwavering dedication to bettering the lives of our community’s most vulnerable children,” Angela said. “I have always believed in the quote ‘It should not hurt to be a child,’ and I am both humbled and honored to lead CASA as we grow our volunteer base, expand our programs, and ultimately ensure more children will grow up in safe and loving environments.”
As CASA enters its 29th year in the Pikes Peak Region, Angela is tasked with leading the organization toward Vision 2020, a goal to provide a Court Appointed Special Advocate to every child in need by the year 2020. Currently, CASA serves about 70% of the children in need meaning approximately 300 kids in El Paso and Teller counties are waiting for advocates. She also takes the reins two months out from the public launch of a community campaign which will raise funds to better position CASA to meet Vision 2020, and to keep up with the growing needs in our community.
“Angela’s wealth of experience with CASA, coupled with her community relationships and proven ability to lead make her the ideal candidate to continue the growth we’ve experienced over the last few years. She is more than ready to take this leadership position,” explained Board Chair DeeAnn Rothstein. “We’re grateful to Mittie Pedraza, who, over the past eight months, effectively and graciously led our organization. We are absolutely thrilled that she plans to stick around to train volunteers. We’re very fortunate to be in such a strong position.”
Before she entered the nonprofit sector, Angela enjoyed a 21-year career at Ford Motor Credit Company where she led corporate training and development. Though her formal employment with CASA began nine years ago, her passion for helping kids can be traced to 1997 when she first volunteered for CASA. Her experience in child welfare also stems from involvement with several local groups including the El Paso and Teller Counties Best Practices Court Committees, Youth Suicide Prevention Work Group, and the Colorado Springs Urban Peak Board of Directors. Angela holds a Master of Science in Finance from the University of Colorado at Denver and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Colorado State University.
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