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CASA Berks Board of Directors Adds Five Powerful Voices

by CASA of Berks County

Pictured above from left to right: Caitlin Long, Alneasa Jordan, Benjamin Watts, Bridget Miller, and Minerva Ocasio-Ruiz.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Berks County recently announced the appointment of five additional board members. This brings the total board membership to 13. CASA Berks County is the only agency in Berks County solely focused on the rights of child victims of abuse and/or neglect. With an average of 400 child victims each year in Berks County, CASA Berks needs a strong Board of Directors supporting its 55+ volunteer child advocates.

Alneasa Jordan, a community activist, with over 16 years in Human Resources, currently works at Sunsweet. Alneasa is the founder of the Girls Empowerment Movement and, subsequently, the Fairy Godmother Project, which collects and gives away over 2000 prom dresses each year to Reading teens. Additionally, Alneasa is a member of several local organizations dedicated to empowering and serving women and children. “CASA Berks County is an organization I’ve wanted to be a part of as it shares my life goal of empowering women. I am glad I am joining its Board of Directors.”

Benjamin Delp Watts, Ph.D., M.M, Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership, is an adjunct faculty member at Alvernia University. When asked about his desire to join the CASA Board, he said, “The most successful organizations are those that are mission-driven and stay true to their mission. Not only does CASA have mission and vision, but their service to the community, focus, and drive is what leads to action. This is no small feat! That action and impact is what drew me to want to become a member of the board of directors.”

Bridget Miller, Executive Assistant at Unique Snacks, learned about foster children when her parents took in foster children during her teen years. “The CASA program is near and dear to my heart. I have a servant heart, and I find the greatest joy in giving back and being a helper. CASA gives me the opportunity to make a direct, lasting, and meaningful connection and impact on children.”

Caitlin Long, with a J.D. from Villanova University, is an Associate at Barley, Snyder. With her legal training and previous volunteer experience, she explains why she wants to be on the CASA Berks Board of Directors: “I know firsthand that it is extremely difficult to navigate and understand the legal system as an educated adult, let alone as a child. Many of the children that CASA serves are in their situation because they are treated as if they are less than. As someone with the time, talent, resources, training, and connections, I am called to use my skills and resources to make a positive difference for these children.”

Minerva Ocasio-Ruiz, a Bilingual Psychotherapist at Betterview Counseling and Trauma Recovery, first learned of CASA in her 12 years as a Supervisor at Berks County Children and Youth. Minnie is known in the community as a fitness instructor and the founder of the Zumba-Combat-Kick-a-Thon and Warrior Scholarship. Minnie’s reputation in the therapeutic world is rapidly growing as her unconventional therapeutic approach combines fitness with mental health. She said, “I have a passion for advocating for vulnerable populations and look forward to bringing my passion and skills to the Berks County Board of Directors.”

“I am thrilled to welcome our five newly installed members to the CASA board,” said Tim Greusel, Owner of the Quality Enhancement Support Team (QEST) and CASA Board President. “Their collective depth of experience and their dedication to the mission of the organization is an invaluable asset. I look forward to working with each new board member as each brings their unique talents and commitment to serve and support the lives of abused and neglected children in the Berks County community.”

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