Carla Burgos

Director of Program Services

Carla Burgos is the Director of Program Services for Louisiana Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).  She believes in the CASA movement and works diligently to serve local CASA programs and communities statewide.  Carla has more than 20 years of experience in serving children and families from diverse backgrounds, ages and socioeconomic levels.  She has served in different capacities of the CASA program and also worked frontline as a Child Protection Investigator. Carla is the Master Facilitator of the Pre-Service Volunteer Training Curriculum and responsible for training the trainers statewide.  She is also an authorized facilitator of the Darkness to Light Stewards of Children Sexual Abuse Prevention Training.   Carla has experience in the field of child welfare policy, child law, training, strategic planning, volunteer management and retention, nonprofit administration, substance abuse and education.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Louisiana State University Shreveport, a Certification of Non-Profit Administration from Louisiana State University Shreveport and a Master’s of Jurisprudence in Children’s Law and Policy from Loyola University Chicago/ Civitas Child Law Center. In her spare time, Carla enjoys spending time with her family, serving in her church, traveling, cooking and lots of shopping.

Kathleen Stewart Richey

Executive Director

Kathleen Stewart Richey is the Executive Director of Louisiana CASA Association. Kathleen retired in January 2015 after 24 years as Judge of the East Baton Rouge Juvenile Court. In addition to local task forces and committees, Kathleen was appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court to serve on the Louisiana Court Improvement CARE Advisory Committee and the Legislative Task Force on Legal Representation in CINC Cases. She was instrumental in establishing Capital Area CASA in 1992. Among the many honors and awards she has received, Kathleen was named Louisiana CASA Judge of the Year in 1998, received the LSBA Children’s Law Award in 2014, and received the Catherine D Kimball Award for the Advancement of the Administration of Justice Award in 2017.

Lynette Martin

Advocacy Corps Program Coordinator

Lynette joined Louisiana CASA in 2011 after graduating from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology. Prior to joining the Louisiana CASA’s staff she served three years as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and VISTA Leader, continuing her commitment to community service after completing over 400 hours of service as an undergraduate member of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity.

Stacey Terrio

Program Coordinator

Stacey Terrio is the Program Coordinator for Louisiana CASA. Prior to joining Louisiana CASA, she has seven years of experience in working in federal and state grant programs. Stacey has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a master’s degree in Political Science. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Louisiana State University.

Wanda Joseph

Support Staff

Wanda Joseph graduated from Prairie View A&M University, in Prairie View Texas, with a degree in secretarial science. She worked at Southern University as a secretary in the College of Education and the College of Business before moving on to work as an Administrative Assistant at Casey Family Program. She came to Louisiana CASA Association about ten years ago as an Executive Assistant and furthered her work with the organization after retirement as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and as the Community Liaison Coordinator.

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