Meet The Team

Welcome!

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Arika Adams
Executive Director

CASA DC is led by Executive Director Arika Adams, LMSW, a Licensed Social Worker. She has worked with CASA for 13 years, serving as Chief of Staff for seven years prior to becoming Executive Director.

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Alexandra Fields-Evans
Senior Manager, Outreach and Initiatives

Alexandra Fields-Evans is a DC native with over nine years of serving court-involved & justice-impacted youth. 

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Allison Kahn-Pauli
Chief of Staff

Allison Kahn-Pauli has a JD and a lifelong commitment to transforming the world by bettering the lives of children. Allison has been part of the CASA DC team for over a decade. In her capacity as Chief of Staff, Allison handles strategic planning, development, communication, and assessment, including grants.

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Angela Nivens
Senior Manager, Juvenile Justice and Education

Angela Nivens is a native Washingtonian and long-time resident of D.C.'s ward 7. She began at CASA DC in January 2022 and serves as the Manager of Juvenile Justice and Education.

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Amanda Morgan
Trauma Response Division Manager, Clinical Division

Amanda has her Bachelor's and Master's in Social Work and her LICSW. She has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient therapy, medical practices, schools, and social service agencies. She is passionate about serving children & families with trauma, mental health services, and behavioral health program development. She is looking forward to expanding our clinical therapy department. 

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Ashley Strange 
Program Manager, Preparing Youth for Adulthood (PYA)

A DC native, Ashley Strange is currently working on her MSW at the Catholic University of America. Ashley works as our PYA Program Manager. This initiative focuses on youth transitioning from foster care into adulthood, empowering them to be self-sufficient by their 21st birthday.

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Ashlyn Olson
CASA Supervisor

Ashlyn started at CASA DC in February 2022. She has a Bachelor’s in Psychology from BYU and a Master's in Criminology from Middlesex University, London. Ashlyn is passionate about mental and emotional health, providing holistic treatment, therapy, and healthy environments for children and youth.

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Eprise Richardson
Youth Engagement Specialist

Eprise has a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Taylor University and a Master's in Social Work from Washington University. She is also finishing her dissertation,  evaluating two programs seeking to improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes for transition-aged foster youth in a Midwestern state. Eprise also grew up in Foster care in Indiana and Michigan. She loves data and is passionate about assisting organizations to understand the meaning behind numbers.

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Jeffery Walker
Youth Engagement Specialist

Jeffery is no stranger to CASA, as he has worked as a CASA Supervisor in Michigan! He has worked as a mediator with juvenile justice-involved youth and launched a support group for men recovering from life trauma. Jeffery provides support for our youth through implementing training, workshops, and activities while encouraging youth to be willing participants in programs.

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James Fleming Jr.
Manager, Family Treatment Court (FTC)

James Fleming, MS has an extensive background working with youth and substance-abusing caretakers. He has spent over 20 years advocating, mentoring, and educating a generation of children from marginalized communities as a general education teacher and youth mentor.

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Janelle Lau
Program Manager, EMPOWER Program

Janelle has experience working with survivors of trafficking and sexual violence. She has worked on trauma-informed care for survivors of violence in India, and with immigrant survivors of sex-trafficking in Thailand.

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Kazia Capener
Grants and Communications Coordinator

Ms. Capener assists in researching, and writing grants, and funding opportunities for CASA DC. She also manages the organization’s social media outlets. Ms. Capener has a Master’s in Global Affairs, and a Bachelor’s in International Studies, with a concentration in French and African Studies. Her career background is in nonprofit management and refugee resettlement.

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Lori Parker
Behavioral Health Specialist, Trauma Response Clinical Division

Lori has a bachelor's in Psychology, a Master's in Developmental Psychology, and a JD, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She was also the Director of CCAN and a Magistrate Judge, including the lead PYA judge.

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Maddlyn Sivilli
Division Manager of Programs

Maddlyn has a BA from Davidson College and Masters in Education from Johns Hopkins School of Education. She has worked as a teacher and education consultant and is a Teach for America Hawai'i and Fulbright Spain alumna. Maddlyn specializes in culturally responsive education with experience in the humanities, STEM, special education, and English language learning. She is looking forward to engaging and supporting the local community.

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Marisela Zubia
Program Assistant, Outreach & Initiatives, and LGBTQ+ Initiatives

Marisela has a Bachelor’s in Biology and Nonprofit Leadership Studies from the University of North Texas. She worked with AmeriCorps focusing on reading comprehension for elementary students in Title 1 schools serving the majority Latinx population. She attends outreach events and helps with partnerships. Marisela is also proud to be in the queer community, and leads our LGBTQ+ initiatives.

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Monique Burks
CASA/Mentoring Supervisor, BRIDGES Program

Her career includes working as a social worker for a foster family agency as well as working as a juvenile detention officer. Monique is passionate about making sure that juvenile justice youth and foster youth are not stigmatized.

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Paris Mercier
Program Coordinator, BRIDGES Program

Paris joined the team in November 2021. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology & Political Science with a minor in Justice Law and Society. One issue she is particularly passionate about is reducing the percentage of school to prison pipeline for Black youth in DC.

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Sandra Zuro
CASA Supervisor

Sandra's career background has been with youth involved in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. She is excited to bring her expertise here and advocate for DC youth!

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Siena Blackburn
Administrative Assistant

Siena has a Bachelor’s in Conflict Resolution from BYU-Hawaii and recently studied Arabic at Middlebury College in Vermont. She has also worked as a freelance production assistant and in tourism. Some issues that she is passionate about are human rights, refugees, women's rights, and education.