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Henrico CASA Staff Members

Learn More About Our Staff Members Below:

Jeannine Panzera

Jeannine Panzera

Executive Director

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Kristin Blalock

Kristin Blalock

Community Engagement Coordinator

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Trish Stewart

Trish Stewart

Program Manager

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Lorrie Moore

Lorrie Moore

Volunteer & Training Coordinator

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Patricia Greene

Patricia Greene

Volunteer Coordinator

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Stacy Willer

Stacy Willer

Volunteer Coordinator

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Rebecca Kalman-Winston

Rebecca Kalman-Winston

Case Manager

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Marie Gordon

Marie Gordon

Program & Financial Assistant

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Meet Jeannine

Executive Director

Jeannine's diverse academic background from the University of Richmond School of Law and Syracuse University has been instrumental in her advocacy career. Jeannine's expertise extends to speaking at conferences and training on children's unique needs and volunteer management. She plays an active role in the Virginia CASA network and contributing to various committees in Virginia, including the Childrenโ€™s Justice Act Advisory Board and the Legal Representation Workgroup.

At the core of Jeannine's work is an unwavering dedication to advocacy, ensuring fair representation and due process in legal proceedings. Her love for children and her belief in celebrating life's small wins drive her efforts, recognizing the transformative potential of these victories. Jeannine's love for travel fuels her passion for understanding different cultures and the universal connections that bind humanity.

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Meet Kristin

Community Engagement Coordinator

Kristinโ€™s career transitioned from HR consulting to small business ownership before she discovered her true passion in the non-profit sector. Kristin's professional journey shined through roles at St. Joseph's Villa and Circles RVA, earning her recognition for outreach and engagement, including social media management, at local and national levels.

Kristin's passion for CASA stems from her deep understanding of how a child's early experiences profoundly impact their life journey. With her adopted children at home, she witnesses the transformative power of stability, safety, and love on development, mental health, and academic success. Beyond her career, she enjoys weekends outdoors, reading on the patio with her husband, and indulging in arts and crafts.

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Meet Marie

Program & Financial Assistance

Marie is equipped with an MBA from The College of William and Mary and a BS in Education from the University of Virginia. Her career spanned IT consulting before her "retirement" in 2000, where she embraced family and community involvement.

Marie finds inspiration in those who confront adversity with unwavering determination and a positive outlook, guiding her approach to life. CASA's mission resonates deeply with her, providing a meaningful path to make a lasting impact on the lives of those in need. Marie is a fitness enthusiast, a die-hard UVA fan (Wahoowa!), and an avid traveler who supports her daughter's frisbee tournaments and cheers for her son's architecture career.

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Meet Laura

2023 Bridge to Practice Law Fellow

Laura's journey began at North Carolina State, earning a Social Work degree. Her mission: Child Welfare and Foster Care. Next stop, UNC Charlotte, for a Master's in Social Work which led her to Philadelphia, where she became a Child Advocate Social Worker at the Defenders Association. Law school then beckoned and in May 2023, she graduated from the University of Richmond School of Law, ready for a career in public interest law.

For Laura, it is about letting children be children. She believes CASA's role is crucial; providing a bird's eye view to the court, highlighting strengths, and most importantly, showing children they are not alone โ€” a simple act with profound impact. Weekends bring simple pleasures with her husbands and dogs that include river walks, games, and culinary delights.

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Meet Rebecca

Case Manager

Rebecca came to CASA with extensive Child Protective Services (CPS) experience and an unwavering commitment to children and families. Her CPS journey included roles in hotlines, investigations, and volunteer coordination. Rebecca's career extended beyond CPS, with roles in a police department, hospice care, and a shelter for homeless adolescents.

Rebeccaโ€™s passion for CASA stems from the belief that breaking the cycle of child abuse and domestic violence only takes one generation. Witnessing her colleagues' dedication to this mission inspires her, making CASA a beacon of hope for children and families. In her free time, she enjoys travel with her husband, intricate beadwork, preserving family history, reading, and outdoor activities.

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Meet Patricia

Advocacy Coordinator

Patricia brings her passion for advocacy from her social work background, showcasing her dedication to empowering individuals and families. Prior to CASA, Patricia supported adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the Jubilee Association in Maryland.

Patricia's passion for CASA is fueled by the profound impact the organization has on children's lives. CASA's unique role in cases, coupled with the dedication of the advocates, ensures the best possible outcomes for the children and families they serve. In her personal time, Patricia finds joy in cooking and baking, cherishes moments with her dog, Winnie, and twin nephews, and traveling the world (she's also known as "Pool Shark Patricia" in South Beach Miami).

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Meet Stacy

Advocacy Coordinator

Stacy brings a wealth of experience and a heart dedicated to service. With a background in psychology, elementary education, and counseling, Stacy's career began as an elementary school teacher. Her passion to make a difference led her to a master's degree and a role as the Program Manager at a recovery program for women and children in Oregon.

Stacy's passion for CASA stems from an ability to bring peace and stability to children's lives amidst chaos. Advocatesโ€™ unique perspective and compassionate support make a profound difference in the lives of those they serve. Outside of work, Stacy explores her new surroundings in Virginia by visiting historical sites, and discovering local gems, and trying new restaurants (she's a culinary enthusiast who enjoys experimenting with recipes and adding her own twist to family favorites).

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Meet Lorrie

Volunteer & Advocacy Coordinator

Lorrie began her career as a CASA volunteer in Illinois, later becoming an advocate facilitator, amplifying the voices of countless children. In Naples, Florida, Lorrie served as the supervising case coordinator for the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program, leading a team of advocates for over 500 children in need.

Lorrie's passion for Henrico CASA stems from her belief that every child deserves to be heard. Having seen the transformative power of advocacy, she's inspired by positive outcomes for children in difficult circumstances. These moments fuel her dedication to this crucial work. Lorrie's greatest joy lies in time spent with her grandchildren, fostering strong intergenerational bonds through play and reading. She finds solace in gardening and music.

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Meet Trish

Program Manager

Trishโ€™s journey in service began long ago. Richmond native, she studied at Randolph-Macon College and the University of Richmond, and began her career as a Group Home Parent with United Methodist Family Services in Raleigh. Trish's career spanned education, Girl Scouts leadership, and thirteen years with Bon Secours Health System, where she served as Director of Volunteers. She continues to be a dedicated volunteer, contributing to various causes.

Trish treasures time with her family and grandchildren, showering them with love and experiences. Her diverse experiences taught her the value of patience, dedication, and resilience when working with children and families in the court system. These qualities drive her commitment to Henrico CASA.