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LouisianaChildren.org is a member-focused organization whose mission is to support evidence-based programs and services for vulnerable families.  LouisianaChildren.org is the statewide association for Child Advocacy Centers and CASA of Louisiana


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Staff Biographies

 


Carla Burgos

 

Carla Burgos is the Director of Program Services for Louisiana CASA a program of Louisiana Children org. She has more than 18 years of experience in serving children and families from diverse backgrounds, ages and socioeconomic levels. She believes her paramount responsibility is how LouisianaChildren.org can better serve local CASA programs and communities. For more than four years, Carla served as a CASA Advocate Supervisor. Carla also worked frontline as a Child Protection Investigator for Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services. She is a freelance writer and relationship expert for Rouge Magazine. Carla earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Louisiana State University Shreveport, a Certification of Non-Profit Administration from Louisiana State University Shreveport and a Master’s of Jurisprudence in Child Law and Policy from Loyola University Chicago/ Civitas ChildLaw Center. Carla has expertise in the field of child welfare policy, child law, training, strategic planning, volunteer management and retention, nonprofit administration, substance abuse and education. She enjoys spending time with her family, serving in her church and lots of shopping.

 


Wanda Joseph

 

Wanda Joseph graduated from Prairie View A & M University, in Prairie View Texas, with a degree in secretarial science. She worked at Southern University as a secretary in the College of Education and the College of Business before moving on to work as an Administrative Assistant at Casey Family Program. She came to LouisianaChildren.org (Louisiana CASA Association) about ten years ago as an Executive Assistant and furthered her work with the organization after retirement as an AmeriCorps Vista and as the Community Liaison Coordinator.

 


Lynette Martin

 

Lynette joined Louisiana CASA in 2011 after graduating from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology. Prior to joining the LouisianaChildren.org staff she served three years as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and VISTA Leader, continuing her commitment to community service after completing over 400 hours of service as an undergraduate member of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity. 

 

 


Kathleen Stewart Richey

 

Kathleen Stewart Richey is the CEO of LouisianaChildren.org. Kathleen retired in January 2015 after 24 years as Judge of the East Baton Rouge Juvenile Court. In addition to local task forces and committees, Kathleen was appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court to serve on the Louisiana Court Improvement CARE Advisory Committee and the Legislative Task Force on Legal Representation in CINC Cases. She was instrumental in establishing Capital Area CASA in 1992 and has remained a strong advocate for CASA and the Child Advocacy Centers of Louisiana. Among the many honors and awards she has received, Kathleen was named Louisiana CASA Judge of the Year in 1998 and received the LSBA Children’s Law Award in 2014.

 


Connie Thai

 

Connie Thai is currently the Program Coordinator at LouisianaChildren.org. She graduated with a Bachelor's in Sociology and a Certificate in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2013. She has volunteered with a number or organizations including: The Literacy Network, Madison-area Urban Ministries, Capital Area ReEntry Coalition, and Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response. She initially began as an AmeriCorps VISTA for LouisianaChildren.org, where she worked closely with the Program Coordinator of CACLA and the Director of Special Projects. In addition to her one-year term as an AmeriCorps VISTA, Connie served one year as an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader.