Staff Members

Katie Scherr

Katie joined Child Advocates-Denver CASA in January 2023 as an Advocate Supervisor. Katie is passionate about supporting children and families, and first found her call to child welfare while volunteering as a CASA from 2017-2019. Prior to joining the Denver CASA team, Katie served as a caseworker with Jefferson County... Read more

Jubitza Figueroa

Jubitza joined Child-Advocates Denver CASA in July 2022. She is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, and received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Women’s Genders and Sexualities Studies from Elon University in 2021. Jubitza was previously a 6th grade teacher and has a background working with BIPOC and LGBTQIA... Read more

Nicole Brown

Nicole joined Child Advocates – Denver CASA in June 2022 as the Volunteer Retention and Data Specialist. She graduated from Front Range Community College with an Associate’s degree in American Sign Language Interpreting in 2014. She has a passion for child advocacy and her career in the child welfare system... Read more

Savanna Phelan-Jones

Older Youth Program Supervisor

Savanna joined Child-Advocates- Denver CASA in March 2022. She is originally from Fort Collins, Colorado, and she received her bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2018. Savanna has a background working in suicide prevention, and currently serves as a Commission Member of the Colorado... Read more

Austin Coyne

Development Associate

Austin Coyne joined Child Advocates – Denver CASA as a Development Associate in March 2022. He grew up in Golden and graduated from Boston University in 2019 with a BA in History. Since then Austin has worked in government, nonprofit and museum research roles, most recently as the Food Delivery... Read more

Theresa Cole

Director of Operations

Theresa joined the CASA team in March 2022. Driven by a passion for service to others and social justice, she has more than 20 years’ experience in the non-profit sector, previously working for Children’s Hospital Colorado, The Denver Preschool Program, and Catholic Charities of Denver. She earned a B.A. in... Read more

Drea Dowlin

Advocate Supervisor

Drea Dowlin joined Child Advocates-Denver CASA as an intern in 2018. Upon graduating from the University of Denver with a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Psychology with a minor in Spanish, Drea worked with Denver CASA as a Volunteer & Administrative Coordinator. Drea spent the last two years on the... Read more

Rachael Friedman

Community Engagement Manager

Rachael joined Child-Advocates- Denver CASA in August 2021. She is originally from Scranton, Pennsylvania (home of The Office!), and she received her bachelor’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from Syracuse University. Rachael then served as a Community and Youth Development Peace Corps volunteer in Armenia where she worked at... Read more

Vonia Adams

Director of Programs

Vonia Adams serves as the Program Director for Child Advocates-Denver CASA. Vonia has a background with the foster care system and CASA through her previous position as the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program Manager with Lutheran Family Services, including serving as a CASA volunteer. Vonia graduated from Clark University in Worcester,... Read more

Kara Angelini

Director of Development

Kara joined Child Advocates-Denver CASA in June of 2021 as the Director of Development. Her background is in nonprofit development for child welfare organizations, most recently working with development data and strategy at Tennyson Center for Children in Denver. Prior to working in nonprofit development, she got her start working... Read more

Karen Silverman

Executive Director

Karen Silverman has over 20 years of experience working in non-profit organizations with a background in children’s issue including child welfare, early childhood education, teen prevention and mentoring programs. From 2009 to 2014 she was the Executive Director of Smart Girl. Most recently, she was the Director of External Affairs... Read more

Suzy Martin

Senior Advocate Supervisor

Suzy Martin joined Child Advocates – Denver CASA in 2015. She graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA in Psychology. Suzy has worked with adolescents for most of her career. Prior to her work with Child Advocates, she worked for several years with Adams County Department of Human Services... Read more