Andrea became a member of the Board of Trustees of CASA of Mercer County in 2008 after having served on the CASA Kids 5K Committee. She is a financial advisor and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor SM with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Lawrenceville. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, she was director of investor relations for Celanese Corporation. Andrea also serves on the boards of the Alliance Française of Princeton and the TWIN (Tribute to Women in Industry) Management Forum, a service and networking organization for women executives. A graduate of Boston College, Andrea and her husband Rick reside in Princeton.
Christine Baker, Esq.
Christine Baker is an attorney who has practiced law in New Jersey for over 20 years. She is employed by the Attorney General's Office and assigned to the Governor's Office. She has a Master's Degree in Child Advocacy. Christine was licensed as a resource (foster) parent for 7 years and has 5 children.
Roseann Vanella has spent a lifetime witnessing many families in transition on both a professional and personal level. She is a Professional Family Mediator who clearly understands the impact on families going through life changes. Roseann is a recognized expert on divorce and family matters and her words of wisdom have appeared in the Huffington Post. She also channels her vast experience and understanding of family issues into a weekly radio show. She hosts "Family Affaires," which reaches a worldwide audience through WTER Radio. She is also co-founder of www.FamilyAffaires.com, an online community providing resources, tools and education for families going through life changes in the areas of Special Needs Parenting, Divorce, Health Crisis and Aging Family Members. Roseann is truly passionate about helping families and is honored to be a board member of CASA.
Martha, who works with her husband in their educational consulting firm, Wickenden Associates, was the first person to volunteer to be an advocate when CASA of Mercer opened its doors in 2000. After six rewarding years as an advocate, she reluctantly did not take on more cases because of an increasingly busy travel schedule, but she continued her strong interest in CASA’s mission and in 2009 became a member of CASA of Mercer's Board. Martha has a BA in Sociology from Smith College and an MA in Psychology from Rowan University. She and her husband live in Montgomery Township and have three daughters and seven grandchildren.
Charles joined the CASA of Mercer and Burlington Counties Board in 2013. Charles is currently Vice President of Finance and Treasurer at Church & Dwight in Ewing, NJ. Prior to joining Church & Swight, Charles held various finance and accounting leadership positions with Johnson & Johnson and FMC Corporation. Charles holds a BS degree in Accounting and General Management from Rutgers University and a MBA in Corporate Finance from LaSalle University. Charles is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Treasury Professional (CTP). Charles has been active in youth tutoring ministries at his church. Charles lives in Delran, New Jersey.
Philip has lived in Lawrenceville, NJ since 1990 with his wife and three children. Originally from England, he emigrated to the US in 1983 and attended the University of Southern NH where he received a Bachelors in Accounting. Philip is the Managing Director of Talon Search, specializing in the placement of information technology professionals. Philip has been a member of the CASA Board of Trustees since 2008.
Damon Missouri is a husband and father of seven children, four of which are adopted through the NJ foster care system. Damon has experience working in non-profits, while serving as a youth program manager for three years at a large Mercer county organization. He has spent the last ten years in the banking and finance profession, most recently as Vice President and Sr. Relationship Manager for TD Bank’s Private Client Wealth management division for south and coastal NJ. He also currently serves in the NJ Army National Guard as a battalion staff officer and Chaplain for over 250 soldiers.
Debbi has been a CASA donor since 1995. Once her children were grown, she was able to get more involved in CASA's mission. She has been a CASA Board member since 2008, and in 2011 she became a part of the CASA NJ Board. In addition to her volunteer work with CASA, Debbi volunteered with Angles Wings from 2005-2007. She has a BA in Liberal Arts from Thomas Edison State University, and was a financial consultant for Merrill Lynch.
Karen serves as an in-house corporate lawyer at Church & Dwight Co., Inc., in Ewing, New Jersey. Before that, she served in various legal roles with the publishing company Practical Law Company, Inc., the pharmaceutical company Alpharma Inc. and the law firm Lowenstein Sandler PC. Karen received her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, and her bachelor’s degree with high honors and Phi Beta Kappa distinction from Rutgers College, Rutgers University. She became a volunteer Big Sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County in 2013, and has served on the Board of CASA of Mercer and Burlington Counties since May 2014.
Marge is committed to enabling non-profits and communities to succeed. She founded Community Works so individuals would have the opportunity to get skills that would enable them to be even more successful in tackling challenging issues. For over 30 years she has been active in multiple capacities with a variety of organizations. She has been recognized for her leadership by the following awards and honors: Cherish the Children Foundation, Trailblazer- UIH-Family Partnerships, Toastmaster District 6 Leadership Award, Susie Waxwood Award, and Rotary-Princeton Citizen of the Year, and is a recipient of the NBJAWBO-Community Leadership award. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a master’s from Columbia University.
Stacey Udell lives in Cherry Hill and is a partner in the public accounting firm of Gold Gerstein Group LLC. She and her husband have two daughters (ages 13 and 10) and are also guardians for their young nieces (ages 10 and 6). While working within the foster care system on behalf of her nieces, Stacey developed an appreciation of the importance of CASA Volunteers and the positive impact they have on children in out of home placement.
Patrizia "Trish” Zita co-founded Kaufman Zita Group, a lobbying and public affairs firm in 2007 and serves today as the firm’s managing business partner. Trish has been featured in Forbes magazine, and was also ranked among the 100 most powerful political players in New Jersey in PolitickerNJ’s "2013 Power List,” which annually ranks the most powerful and politically influential non-elected officials in New Jersey. As a wife and mother of two, Trish believes deeply in CASA's mission and is proud to serve on the board.