Our Team

Family Law CASA is guided by an involved, dedicated and passionate Board of Directors, all of whom support the organization with generous contributions. This group of community and business leaders is responsible for financial oversight, goal setting, policy development, and fundraising. We are most grateful to our volunteer directors for their work in leading, strengthening and supporting CASA services for vulnerable children.

2019 Board of Directors

Simone van Rheenen, President
Sherri Anderson, Vice President
Kellie McKenna, Treasurer
Jamie Polito Johnston, Secretary

Board Members

Natalie de Maar, Dr. Melanie English, Judge Helen Halpert Ret., J. Blake Hilty, Anna Johnson, William Kinzel, Susan McIntosh, Judge Kimberley Prochnau, Ret., Joni  Reeves, Mark Sahs, David Stanley, Jim Walker

Family Law CASA Staff

Natalie Reber, Executive Director

Natalie Reber joined the Family Law CASA staff as Executive Director in June of 2018.  She has spent her career working to improve the lives of women and children.  Natalie’s background includes twenty years of social justice activism and advocacy and fifteen years as an Executive Director. She completed her law degree at Seattle University School of Law during which time she served as a legal intern with the Human Rights Clinic. Throughout her work, Natalie has served on several boards and commissions and was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to serve as a member of the Washington State Advisory Council on Homelessness from 2013 to 2017. Natalie enjoys living in Belltown and can be found in the garden or on the soccer field in her spare time.

Ann-Marie Croy, Program Attorney

Ann-Marie first joined Family Law CASA as an advocate in February 2013 and immediately fell in love with the work. She served the organization as a contract attorney and as an advocate supervisor before becoming the Program Attorney. She went to law school at Gonzaga University, and has been practicing law since 1999. Apart from family law, she has practiced in the areas of bankruptcy law, criminal defense, and also as an estate planning attorney. She loves to spend time with her husband and three children, run marathons, and volunteer for Special Olympics.

Lisa Wood Johnston, Director of Development

Lisa joined Family Law CASA in the fall of 2013, and currently focuses on fundraising, marketing, and community outreach efforts for the organization. A graduate of the University of Washington with a BA in Communications, Lisa has spent many years in the marketing, public relations and development fields for nonprofit organizations.  Out of the office she enjoys hiking, skiing, gardening and spending time with her two college children and husband.

Cailin Freeman, Volunteer Recruitment and Development Manager

Cailin Freeman joined Family Law CASA in July of 2016 as an Advocate Supervisor. Cailin grew up in Seattle and attended Western Washington University studying Political Science. She moved to San Diego to begin a year-long commitment as an AmeriCorps volunteer working with low-income families. Cailin then spent the last 10 years at Voices for Children, the dependency CASA program in San Diego and Riverside County. She has had the privilege of working with dedicated volunteers committed to bettering the lives of children and families, and is thrilled to have the same opportunity at Family Law CASA. Cailin has enjoyed showing her husband and young daughter all that Seattle has to offer. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, running, playing soccer and reading.

Tyreese Johnson, Advocate Supervisor

Tyreese joined Family Law CASA in November 2017 as an Advocate Supervisor. He previously worked as an Advocate Supervisor for Dependency CASA in Texas and has prior experience as a Child Protective Services Investigator. Tyreese’s excellent assessment skills and his deep commitment to volunteer advocacy for vulnerable children are evident in his daily interactions with volunteers and families. In his spare time, Tyreese enjoys gaming, movies and spending time with his family.

Camille Saunders, Advocate Supervisor

Camille joined Family Law CASA in September of 2017 as our Administrative Assistant and has now transitioned into the role of Advocate Supervisor. She has been a dependency CASA volunteer in Pierce County for four years. Camille grew up in Eastern Washington and attended Pacific Lutheran University studying Anthropology. While there she studied other cultures and spent time living abroad in Greece and Vienna, Austria. Camille loves road trips, listening to podcasts, hiking and exploring National Parks with her boyfriend.

Valerie Stacey, Advocate Supervisor

Valerie comes to Family Law CASA having dedicated 16 years to advocacy for children as a volunteer, advocate supervisor, and program attorney with CASA for Children in Portland, followed by 12 years as a teacher and supervisor with Basic Skills Education at Boise State University and the College of Western Idaho.  Now living in King County, she is excited to reconnect with the special work of volunteer CASAs that has been such a meaningful part of her career.  Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her husband and son in Seattle and family and friends in Idaho and Oregon.

Dominique Shannon, Legal Program Administrator

Dominique joined Family Law CASA in October of 2018. She has been working with and volunteering for programs that advocate for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors since 2010. She still volunteers with DAWN and the ACLU. She attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR studying Sociology & Anthropology. In her spare time, Dominique enjoys dancing, movies, and spending time with her partner and siblings.

Sofia Carroll, Administrative Assistant

A California to Seattle transplant, Sofia holds a degree in Anthropology and Sociology from University of California, Santa Cruz. She is currently a Masters of Social Work student at University of Washington, whose main interest is reducing the stigmas around mental health, substance use, and homelessness. In her free time, she likes walking, enjoying local music, and trying new recipes.

Joan Anderson, Volunteer Case Archivist

Retired from legal practice, Joan managed King County Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Program for many years. Wanting to contribute to the work of Family Law CASA, she organized and implemented a process for administratively closing and archiving cases.  Joan has volunteered weekly for Family Law CASA since the organization was founded. She enjoys traveling with her husband and exploring archeological discoveries.