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. 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 her role as Community Outreach Coordinator, she will be combining 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.
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 volunteers in a peer to peer support program for women experiencing medical crises during pregnancy. Sarah can be reached at Sarah@passaiccountycas.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.
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.
Michelle Schaefer, 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 can be reached at Mschaefer@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 currently volunteers 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.