Staff Members

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

Hunter Nelson

Volunteer and Data Specialist

Hunter joined Child Advocates – Denver CASA in July 2021. She has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with a minor in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from Arizona State University, and her Masters of Social Work with a concentration in Organizational Leadership and Policy Practice from the University of Denver. She... 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

Erika Parkinson

MSW Intern

Erika Parkinson, born in Colorado and raised in Texas, is a graduate student at the University of Denver seeking a Master of Social Work degree. Erika received her BFA in Modern Dance from Texas Christian University and would go on to perform as a professional dancer in Denver before going... Read more

Rachel Levy-Culler

Older Youth Program Supervisor

Rachel joined Child Advocates – Denver CASA in March 2020. She has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Appalachian State University and a Masters of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rachel served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru and has worked in nonprofit... Read more

Viviana Bracamontes

Bilingual Advocate Supervisor

Viviana joined Child Advocates – Denver CASA team in September of 2020 as an advocate supervisor. She graduated from Regis University in 2015, double majoring in Peace and Justice Studies and Sociology. Viviana has continued to fulfill her passion for serving others in her community in the capacity of a... Read more

Tiffany Edwards

Advocate Supervisor

Tiffany Edwards joined Denver-CASA February 16th, 2021. Tiffany graduated with a Bachelors in Feminist Studies with a Minor in Applied Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Most recently Tiffany graduated with her Masters in Legal Studies from the University of Denver with a focus was on Juvenile Law.... Read more

Brianna Holmes

Advocate Supervisor

Brianna joined Child Advocates – Denver CASA in August 2019 as an Advocate Supervisor. In 2014, she graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Following graduation, she spent three years working directly with at-risk youth in a residential and alternative school setting. Upon relocation to Denver,... 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

Dick Hulseman

Director of Operations

Dick has been involved with CASA for over ten years, first as a volunteer, then supervising CASA volunteers for programs in Denver and in Illinois. In a prior life, he had a varied career in the foodservice packaging industry. He has an MBA from Kellogg and a master’s in Organization... Read more

Sally Vizas

Director of Programs

Sally comes to Denver CASA with over 15 years of experience in Colorado’s nonprofit sector. Having spent 7 years in development, she has been working with youth or supervising staff and volunteers working with youth in Northeast Denver since 2010. Sally is passionate about social justice, youth development and working with... Read more

Shayla Covington

Lead Advocate Supervisor

Shayla joined Child Advocates – Denver CASA in 2014. Shayla graduated from Creighton University with her Bachelor’s degree in Theology, and she recently completed her Master’s degree in Social Change from Iliff School of Theology. Prior to her work with Child Advocates, Shayla worked with the Colorado Department of Human... Read more

Jackie Heins

Advocate Supervisor

Jackie joined Child Advocates-Denver CASA in March 2018 as an Advocate Supervisor. She graduated from New Mexico State University with a bachelor’s degree in Food and Nutrition. She began her career working in the restaurant industry with her husband, owning and managing a few different restaurant concepts. Jackie discovered her... 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