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Colonial CASA Staff

Chantelle Richardson

Chantelle Richardson

Program Director, Child Advocacy

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757-229-3306

Chantelle Richardson joined Colonial CASA in May of 2023 as the Program Director for Child Advocacy. She has spent the last 20 years in the field of Sleep Medicine; which includes 9 years of civil service with the Army, and 4 years working with pediatrics at CHKD. Chantelle recently married her husband Chadd. They have a blended family of four children, ages 2 – 12, and currently reside in Yorktown.

Chantelle is passionate about making a positive impact in the lives of others, empowering women to pursue and achieve their goals, supporting mental health acceptance, and generally leaving the world a better place than when she found it.

She intrepidly approaches this new chapter in her life and looks forward to learning and growing alongside the staff and volunteers of Colonial CASA.

Melissa Degaraff

Melissa Degaraff

Program Director, Youth Mentoring

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757-229-3306

Melissa joined the staff in November 2021 to develop and implement the youth mentoring program at colonial CASA. Before joining CASA, Melissa served over twenty years in higher education with focus in admissions, academic advising, educational and career planning, training, and assessment. Melissa looks forward to recruiting and training volunteer mentors as well as supporting youth to make progress toward their academic, career, and life goals.

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Education. Melissa’s special interests include equitable access to education and training and the positive impact of a meaningful career on life satisfaction.

Victoria L. Canady, Ph.D

Victoria L. Canady, Ph.D

Executive Director

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757-229-3306

Victoria Canady, Executive Director, began her journey with CASA as a volunteer in 2006. In 2007 she joined the program as a part-time staff member but soon became full-time with CASA’s expansion into York County Courts. Over the 14 years of dedicated service, Victoria has served in every CASA capacity, including Program Director, Volunteer Services Coordinator, and trainer.

Victoria holds a Master’s in Professional Counseling and a Ph.D. in Mental Health Policy and Practice. In addition to her commitment to mental and emotional health, Victoria is a passionate advocate for children’s educational rights, emphasizing children with special needs.

Victoria met her husband of 34 years in the Marine Corps (Semper Fi). Together, they have two sons, Kenaan, and Kyle and a grandson Max.

Colonial CASA Board of Directors 2023-2024

Aaron Williams, President

Aaron Williams, President

President, Williams Landscape & Design, Inc.

 Pat Dent, Vice President

Pat Dent, Vice President

Williamsburg City Council/Vice Mayor, Williamsburg City Council

Mitchell Farkas, Treasurer

Mitchell Farkas, Treasurer

Retired, Princeton Financial Insights

Lauren Moore, Secretary

Lauren Moore, Secretary

Vice President, Communications and Programming Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce

Shanee' Bryant-Cooke, Director

Shanee' Bryant-Cooke, Director

Special Education Teacher

Mary Lou Crosbie, J.D. Director

Mary Lou Crosbie, J.D. Director

Retired, Colonial CASA Program Director

Steven Landry

Steven Landry

Senior Sales and Service Consultant

Dr. Susan Miller

Dr. Susan Miller

Associate Professor, Clinical Psychologist, Univ. NM School of Med.

Tess Robertson, Student Director

Tess Robertson, Student Director

Business Admin. (Aviation Mgmt.) Student, Longwood University

Loretta Roman, Director

Loretta Roman, Director

President, Council of City of Williamsburg

Dr. Alexis Swanson, Director

Dr. Alexis Swanson, Director

King and Queen Co. Public Schools

CASA Advocates

Jeanne Garrison

Advocate since 2011

Linda Palmer

Advocate since 2012

Darcy Morrison

Advocate since 2012

Sylvester Smith

Advocate since 2017

Beverly Stewart

Advocate since 2017

Niki Thrash

Advocate since 2017

Chuck Simmons

Advocate since 2019

Ruth Plagenhoef

Advocate since 2019

Barbara Barham

Advocate since 2019

Sarah Ortego

Advocate since 2020

Karen Guglielmo

Advocate since 2020

Rowena Seaman

Advocate since 2020

Grace Rutledge

Advocate since 2023

Kelley Clark

Advocate since 2023

Betty 'BJ' Guberman

Advocate since 2023

Ashley Willis

Advocate since 2023

Katie Stratton

Advocate since 2023

Kristin Downey

Advocate since 2023

Jade Morris

Returning Advocate 2024

Laura Freed

Advocate since 2024

Linda Whitley

Advocate since 2024

CASA Mentors

Contact Us

Tel: (757) 229-3306
Fax: (757) 229-3972
3917 Midlands Road, Ste 2A
Williamsburg, VA 23188

Office Hours

Monday -Thursday 8:00 – 4:30
Friday: 8:00 – noon – working remotely