Our Staff

OUR STAFF

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From left to right: Jill Rebeor, Jessica Mickley, Davetta Ford,
Sarah Cane-During, Laura Warne, Ed Marable,
Erica Fischer-Kaslander, Pam Saunders, Keisha Maldonado,
Gina Cetta, and Michelle Schaefer
Not Pictured: Courtney Como, Dana Livelli, Laura Nanda

Erica Fischer-Kaslander, M.A. Executive Director

Erica has served as Executive Director since the organization's founding in 2007. Prior to joining CASA, Erica had built both professional and personal experience in child welfare, adoption, program management, and child advocacy. She holds a B.A. from Drew University and an M.A. in Child Advocacy from Montclair State University. Erica currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Paterson Rotary Club, the National CASA Association Suburban Leadership Council and the National CASA Association National Leadership Council. As a lifelong resident of Passaic County, Erica has been dedicated to the growth and success of CASA and is pleased to be able to work for her own community. Erica's background and passion is in the areas of open adoption, international children's rights, and medical advocacy for at risk foster and adopted youth. You can reach Erica at Erica@passaiccountycasa.org.


Gina Cetta, J.D., Program Director

Gina joined the CASA staff in February 2009 with a background in child sexual abuse prosecution.  Prior to her work with CASA, Gina was a Child Abuse Prosecutor with the Dauphin County District Attorney's Office in Pennsylvania. She received a B.A. in Communications from John Carroll University and a J.D. from Widener University School of Law. Gina is eager to engage the community in CASA's mission in all areas, from volunteering as an advocate to attending the annual Tricky Tray where she can be seen as our annual "caller." You can reach Gina at Gina@passaiccountycasa.org.


Jessica Mickley, Director Of Training and Outreach 

Jessica joined the Passaic County CASA team in August 2017 after being interested in CASA’s work for years. In the role of Director of Training and Outreach, she combines her advocacy experience and professional writing skills. Jessica received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Writing from The College of New Jersey. After a few years as a professional writer and editor, Jessica began working as an advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. She is glad to be a part of CASA, where she can continue to advocate for those who need it most. Jessica can be reached at Jessica@passaiccountycasa.org.


Michelle Schaefer,M.S., Strategy and Reporting Manager

Michelle joined the CASA staff in September 2017 as a Case Supervisor and has now expanded her role as Passaic County CASA's Strategy and Reporting Manager.  Prior to her work with CASA, Michelle was a Director in the Corporate Finance Consulting practice at Duff & Phelps, LLC, focused on valuation of intellectual property and on strategic finance for companies in the Pharmaceutical and Life Science industry for over twelve years.  She graduated from New Jersey Institute of Technology with a dual B.S./M.S. in Applied Mathematics.  Michelle has balanced her professional career with many volunteering opportunities through the years, and she was intrigued by CASA when she first learned of it in 2014.  Michelle became a CASA volunteer in September 2014, and while on staff, she continues to volunteer as an advocate for children in foster care in Passaic County. Michelle currently represents Passaic County CASA as a member of the National CASA Performance Measurement and Data Governance Committee. Michelle can be reached at Michelle@passaiccountycasa.org. 

Pamela Saunders, Office and Financial Coordinator

Pamela  joined the CASA staff after twenty years as a paralegal and law firm administrator.  A lifelong Passaic County resident, Pamela has been involved in several community non profit organizations supporting the special needs community and volunteered at a therapeutic riding stable in Mahwah.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ramapo College of New Jersey and an Associates degree from Berkeley College in Woodland Park.  Pam can be reached at Pam@passaiccountycasa.org.


Courtney Como, M.S.Ed., Director Of Development

Courtney joined the CASA team in September 2019 as the Director of Development. Before joining CASA, Courtney worked for ten years as Executive Director of Employer and Alumni Relations within the Center for Career Education at Columbia University. In this role, Courtney was responsible for cultivating relationships with corporate and non-profit organizations and the Columbia alumni community in an effort to create and promote job opportunities for students. She has supported various volunteer organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Alzheimer's Association and is proud to promote and participate in the amazing work of Passaic County CASA. Courtney holds a BS Degree in Economics and a M.S.Ed. in Counseling and Personnel Services from Fordham University. Courtney can be reached at Courtney@Passaiccountycasa.org.



Sarah Cane-During, J.D., Case Supervisor

Sarah joined the CASA staff as a Case Supervisor in May of 2014.  Prior to starting work with CASA, she had a diverse background, which includes experience as an attorney for a large law firm, child welfare policy research, pro bono work in domestic violence and guardianship law, and work with women struggling with substance abuse. She has a B.S. in Psychology and Social Sciences from Michigan State University and a J.D. from William and Mary Law School. In addition to serving as a CASA, she also volunteered in a peer-to-peer support program for women experiencing medical crises during pregnancy.  Sarah can be reached at Sarah@passaiccountycasa.org.


Edward Marable, Jr., J.D., Case Supervisor

 Ed joined the CASA staff in March 2018.  Most recently, he was the Assistant Dean for Student Services at Seton Hall Law School and a trainer with the New Jersey Child Welfare Training Partnership.  In a career spanning four decades, Ed worked as an Investigator, Staff Attorney, and Managing Attorney with the Office of the Public Defender, Office of Law Guardian.  He began his career in child welfare as a Family Service Specialist with the Division of Youth and Family Services.  Ed holds a B.A. in Political Science from Gettysburg College and a J.D. from Seton Hall Law School. You can reach Ed at Ed@passaiccountycasa.org. 


Davetta Ford, Case Supervisor

Davetta Ford joined the CASA staff in January of 2018 as a Case Supervisor. From the age of seven, she was raised in the foster care system, eventually aging out at 21. Her childhood background sparked a passion of wanting to help children who were victims of child abuse and neglect. During that time, she received her B.A. in Human Services with a minor in both Cultural Studies and Child Advocacy from Ramapo College of New Jersey. She has also volunteered at many foster care events for troubled youth in various urban areas. You can reach Davetta at Davetta@passaiccountycasa.org.


Jill Rebeor, Case Supervisor

Jill joined the staff as a Case Supervisor in May 2018. She holds a B.A. in Public Justice from SUNY Oswego and has more than 10 years experience in the child welfare system.  Prior to her work at CASA, Jill was a Social Services Case Manager in the State of Georgia, a Family Team Conference Facilitator in New York and a Child Protective Specialist for the City of New York.  Jill can be reached at jill@passaiccountycasa.org.


Keisha Maldonado, Case Supervisor

Keisha Maldonado joined the Passaic County CASA team in September 2017 as an intern. After graduating from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Psychology, she transitioned to Assistant Case Supervisor in May 2018 and was promoted to Bilingual (Spanish/English) Case Supervisor in October 2019. She has a passion for child development and race relations. Keisha can be reached at keisha@passaiccountycasa.org.


Laura Nanda, Child Visitation Specialist/Distance Placement Liaison

Laura Nanda joined CASA in September of 2019. Laura recently moved back to New Jersey after many years living in Louisiana. While living in Louisiana, Laura worked as a Law Guardian, representing children removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. She also worked in the area of Bankruptcy Law having clerked for a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge and worked for a large firm. Laura enjoyed being involved in the community, volunteering and/or serving on the board of directors for an array of organizations. Laura graduated from Rutgers University and Temple University School of Law. Once moving back to New Jersey, she wanted to continue working with children and became a CASA volunteer. Laura can be reached at laurananda@passaiccountycasa.org.


Dana Livelli, Assistant Case Supervisor 

Dana joined the CASA staff in September 2019 as Assistant Case Supervisor. She received her B.A. in Psychology, with a minor in Child Advocacy, from Montclair State University. Having been in the foster care system, along with having five adopted siblings, her personal experience inspired her to better the lives’ of children that have been in her shoes. She is driven by the belief that every child deserves to thrive regardless of socio-economic status, race, religion, and/or disabilities. Dana can be reached at dana@passaiccountycasa.org.


Laura Warne, Communications Coordinator

Laura joined CASA in April 2018 with a background in both non-profit administration and graphic design. When she isn't designing materials for CASA, she enjoys all things creative and crafty, including sewing, and drawing, preferably with her two dogs by her side. Laura can be reached at Laura@passaiccountycasa.org.