Maryland CASA Association is a group dedicated to ensuring the rights of all victims of child abuse and neglect to grow up in safe, permanent homes. And today, the non-profit Maryland CASA Association has elected the following individuals to serve as officers on its board of directors for the upcoming year:
- President: Lisa A. Lunghofer, Ph.D.
- Vice President: Angela Lunczynski-Hamilton
- Treasurer: Josh A. Sutherland, CPA
- Secretary: Jennifer Fuss
“I am excited to welcome new leadership to the board,” said Ed Kilcullen, Maryland CASA state director.
“The new officers bring a mix of historical perspective and new energy to their roles, both of which will be especially important as Maryland CASA reevaluates its priorities in light of significant funding cuts.”
Lunghofer has been a board member since 2008, previously serving as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) in Montgomery County and Durham, N.C.
“When I joined the MD CASA board, I hoped to expand support for CASA programs statewide, providing more children with advocates,” the Gaithersburg resident added. “Now, as president, I hope to develop a strong board committee structure that works to support the organization’s mission and evaluate outcomes.”
Lunczynski-Hamilton, director of procurement for JJ Haines Incorporated, has 22 years of experience as a supply chain professional. She also has served as a Maryland CASA board member at large, as well as the chair of the association’s public awareness committee.
The Catonsville mother got involved to “reach a subset of the community that we as a society are letting down.”
“Children requiring CASAs aren’t people who made bad or poor choices. They aren’t empowered to make positive changes in their own lives without help,” she said. “Children in these situations are victims in the truest sense of the word.”
Sutherland, a principal with Katz, Abosch, Windesheim, Gershman & Friedman, P.A., has helped children’s organizations for many years, in both his personal and professional life. When he was younger, the Perry Hall father volunteered with the Big Brothers program. Additionally, as a CPA, he has aided numerous clients that were non-profits working with children.
“I was listening to the radio when I heard a public service announcement for CASA and became interested in the program,” Sutherland said. “I researched the group and then spoke with an advocate who was very vocal about her positive experience as an advocate.”
Fuss has 13 years of child welfare experience, including 10 years as a CASA program coordinator. He sees directly how Maryland CASA’s efforts benefit the local CASA programs.
“By serving on the board and helping to strengthen the state organization, I am helping the local programs to grow and flourish as well,” said Fuss, program director for Frederick County CASA and Voices for Children of Carroll County (Carroll County’s CASA program.)
Congratulations and best of luck to the new officers!
For more information on Maryland CASA, see the video accompanying this article and visit their website.
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