Our Staff 
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Katherine Carmichael, M.S.Ed., MSW, LMSW
Executive Director
Katherine joins CASA from the YWCA Bergen County where she was Senior Director of Operations and a member of the senior leadership team.  At the YWCA, she oversaw the Aquatics, Health & Wellness and Youth programs, including child care, at over 30 program sites.

"The board is delighted to have found an outstanding individual with strong leadership and operational experience in running programs serving youth and families in Mercer and Bergen counties and New York City,” said Andrea Stine, president of the board of trustees.  "With her commitment to helping children at risk and her in-depth professional experience, Katherine is the right person to further CASA’s mission to train volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children.”

Ms. Carmichael has served as Senior Director of Program Services and Outreach for the Princeton-Blairstown Center, where she developed and oversaw programs serving more than 4,000 participants a year at school-based programs in Trenton, New York City and a retreat campus in Blairstown, N.J.  

Previously, she was Program Director for Good Shepherd Services in New York City for nine years.  She served as the start-up Director for two large school-based mental health counseling programs for more than 300 at-risk youth with behavioral and emotional challenges.

Ms. Carmichael has a Master’s degree from Columbia University School of Social Work in Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice/School-based and School-linked Services and a Master’s degree from Bank Street Graduate School of Education in Middle School Special and General Education Dual Certification.  She also has a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional Certificate from the FMA Institute and the Advanced Certificate Program in Executive Leadership in the Not-For-Profit Sector from New York University Silver School of Social Work.
Renee Paci
Senior Case Supervisor (Burlington Office)
Renee joined CASA in 2015. She is a native of Burlington County.  She obtained a degree in Criminal Justice from Stockton University in 1998.  She has 16 years of experience in working with social services, to include working with emotionally disturbed children, foster home support, and family preservation services.    She spent several years investigating child abuse referrals, both in New Jersey and in Florida.  She also spent 4½ years working at a Children’s Advocacy Center in Florida where she worked closely with child protective services and law enforcement and prosecutors, advocating for sexually abused children and victims of severe physical abuse.  She is passionate about advocating for victims of child abuse.  She recently moved back to the area after being gone for 12 years, living in Germany and Florida.   She is extremely happy to be back with her family and long-time friends in NJ.  

Jillian Bonacci 
Jillian Bonacci
Case Supervisor (Mercer Office)
Jillian comes to us from western Pennsylvania. She is a 2005 graduate of Clarion University where she graduated with a degree in Rehabilitative Science with a concentration in Substance Abuse. She has been a Case Supervisor with CASA since January 2009. Prior to her work with CASA, she worked for 3 years as a Caseworker and Casework Supervisor at Clarion County Children and Youth Services. She also worked for a year as a Therapeutic Staff Support in Clarion County public schools, providing behavioral support to youth who have Mental Health diagnoses. 
Harry Cassidy
Volunteer Recruiter (Burlington Office)
During Harry T. Cassidy’s 38 years in the NJ Judiciary he served as a probation officer, program director, and Family Division Manager in Burlington County and in May 2002 he was appointed as the Assistant Director of the Family Practice Division within the Office of Trial Court Services at the Administrative Office of the Courts. He retired on December 31, 2013.
He is the author of 2 articles on the Family Court system published in the "Family Court Connection”, a publication of the Center for Families, Children and the Courts, University of Baltimore School of Law, and an article in "Future Trends in State Courts, 2008,” published by the National Center for State Courts. Harry is continues to serve on the NJ Council on Juvenile Justice Systems Improvement, and is a volunteer mediator in the Family Division in Burlington County. He continues to work on his golf swing.
Jill Duffy
Volunteer Recruiter (Mercer Office)
Prior to working as a recruiter for CASA, Jill practiced family law for twenty years where she worked for Carol Oswald, Esq.  During that time, Jill handled several termination of parental cases, as well as, other cases involving the well-being of children.  Jill also had the privilege of serving as a law clerk to the Honorable F. Lee Forrester and the Honorable Anthony J. Parrillo when they were both assigned to the Mercer County Family Court.   She first experienced working with abused and neglected children through a law school summer internship at the Mercer & Hunterdon Counties Law Guardian Program.  During that summer, she saw first-hand the need for child advocates.  Outside of work, Jill and her husband are the parents of three busy children.

 Laura Fitzgerald
Laura Fitzgerald, Ph.D.
Case Supervisor (Burlington Office)
Laura has extensive experience in the Social Service arena. Laura graduated from Rutgers University, Camden, with high honors and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Laura has completed her Master’s in Psychology with Walden University and is a dissertation away from her PhD. Before joining CASA, Laura was a family counselor in the Family Learning Center through Family Service of Burlington County, and also a Family Preservationist with the Center for Family Services. Outside of the office, Laura is mom to her two dogs, both of whom she rescued.
Krystal Gold, MSW, LSW
Case Supervisor (Mercer Office)
Krystal earned her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Policy and Practice. At Penn she served as a graduate student intern for the National Association of Social Workers, New Jersey Chapter (NASW-NJ). She currently acts as their Co-Chair for the Somerset/Hunterdon Unit and sits on NASW-NJ’s Legislative Action and Social Advocacy Committee (LASA), as well as their Membership Committee. Before her time at Penn she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW), from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. At Rutgers she worked for the Institute for Families as a Research Assistant, where she helped evaluate and develop trainings for DCP&P.  Moreover, she was an undergraduate intern for Hunterdon Prevention Resources, where she assisted in creating and hosting substance use prevention programs targeted toward youth and their families. Krystal spent many years as a residential domestic violence case worker for Safe+Sound of Somerset, Inc. where she advocated for and provided crisis support to victims of domestic abuse. As a social worker, Krystal has a passion for social justice and advocacy and truly believes in the work and mission of CASA of Mercer and Burlington Counties. 

 Lisa Oros
Lisa Oros
Case Supervisor (Mercer Office)
Lisa is a graduate of Douglass College, at Rutgers University and has a degree in History. She has been a case supervisor with CASA of Mercer County since the fall of 2005. Before joining CASA she worked as a trainer for Foster and Adoptive Family Services conducting information sessions for prospective foster parents and developing in-service trainings for active foster parents.
Ines Ramirez
Case Supervisor (Burlington Office)
Ines graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2005 from the University of Puerto Rico and earned a Law Degree in 2009 from the Catholic University of Puerto Rico. Before relocating to New Jersey, she worked for a government-funded program in her hometown of Ponce, Puerto Rico, which encouraged underprivileged teens to participate in positive extracurricular activities. While in Law School, she remained actively involved with organizations dedicated to child well-being and social welfare. In 2012, Ines joined CASA of Camden County and is thrilled to be joining CASA of Burlington as Case Supervisor.
Kristy McCadden 

Mary Penney

Brittany Bayo