Staff

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Beverly Savage
Executive Director
Beverly has been the Executive Director of CASA since 2005 and has led the organization through a period of growth of its volunteer base, staff and the number of children served.

In 2009, Beverly secured a new home for CASA as part of a non-profit collaborative, the St. Paul’s Center for Caring, located in the heart of Jersey City. In 2008 she was recognized for her leadership by United Way of Hudson County when they named her the recipient of their Vivian Dupree Leadership Award.

Before joining CASA, Beverly was Director of Development & External Affairs at the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, North Jersey Affiliate. She is a trustee emeritus of the Kent Place School for Girls and a past president of the Board of Trustees of Stevens Cooperative School. A graduate of Barnard College in New York City, she has served as an advisory board member of the Barnard Business and Professional Women's Group.

Prior to her non-profit work, Beverly was a reporter for The Star Ledger and has written for the New Jersey section of the New York Times.

Kyung Lee,
Case Supervisor
Kyung joined CASA in August 2014. Prior to joining CASA, she worked as a volunteer attorney at the Family Law unit at Essex-Newark Legal Services. She is a graduate of Wellesley College where she majored in English and minored in Elementary Teaching Education. She was a student teacher for a second grade classroom during her senior year. Kyung received her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law and has been admitted to the Bar in New Jersey. While at St. John’s Law School, she was a legal intern in the Child Advocacy Clinic where she advocated for a teen in foster care to get her legal status under the Special Immigrant Juveniles program.

Georgia Lavey, 
Case Supervisor                                     Georgia joined CASA in July 2015. Prior to CASA, she worked in non-profit fundraising in the Denver Metro area. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder where she received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She is a member of the International Positive Psychology Association and a passionate advocate for mental health awareness. Georgia currently mentors a group of young women as part of the Sister to Sister program at Montclair High School, certified through United Way. 
 

Robyn Mate,                                          Case Supervisor,                                 Robyn Mate joined CASA in January 2016. Prior to joining CASA, Robyn worked in family law at Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich & Trigg, LLC. Robyn received her J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan and graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University with a bachelors in Women’s & Gender Studies. During law school, Robyn spent her free time volunteering for the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing advocating for children and families.  While at Rutgers, Robyn devoted her time as the volunteer coordinator of the Rutgers University Women’s Center and President of Take Back the Night, an organization dedicated to ending violence against women.  

 

Theresa Drennan,
Case Supervisor

Theresa joined CASA in November 2016, but she is not new to the CASA program. Prior to joining the Hudson CASA staff, she worked at the Bergen County CASA program for over 9 years.

A native of Hudson County, Theresa was born and raised in Jersey City and received her Bachelor's degree in Business /Accounting from St. Peter's College in 1981. After several years working as an accountant in New York City, Theresa took some time off to start a family. In 1994, she returned to work to become the Director of a cooperative nursery school in Ridgfield Park, NJ.

Once she trained to become a CASA volunteer in 2005, Theresa made another major career change by joining the Bergen County CASA staff in 2008 and she has been involved with CASA ever since.


Fanny Méndez-Rivero,
Office Manager

Fanny joined CASA in January 2012. She grew up in the Dominican Republic, where she received her degree in Business Management at Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo. Fanny brings to CASA her bilingual skills and more than 10 years of experience in business operations.

 

Clare Daley,
Volunteer Coordinator

Clare joined CASA in December 2017. She was a CASA volunteer for a year prior to joining the staff.

 

 

Gabriella Robles,
Development Intern
Gabby joined CASA in March 2017. She is currently in her last year at Saint Peter's University in Jersey City where she is pursuing a degree in English Literature with a minor in Journalism. She was a Knight 2017 summer fellow at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism where she reported for the Marshall Project, a non-profit publication covering the criminal justice system.