The CASA Team


Happi Grillon, MSW, LSW - Executive Director 

Happi has 25 years of social work experience in both the public and private sectors. She earned a Masters of Social Work degree from Temple University and is a graduate of the Bryn Mawr College Non-Profit Executive Leadership Institute. Over her 20-year tenure of serving the greater Philadelphia community, Happi has worked in a variety of settings with programs serving youth from early childhood to adolescence. Happi began her postgraduate career at Youth Service, Inc. (YSI) working with young women in group home placements. She moved on to be a supervisor and then program director at YSI, overseeing the foster care and mother baby group home programs. She later oversaw the crisis nursery, Teen Success, and truancy prevention programs. From 2014-2016, Happi worked at Northeast Treatment Centers as Intervention Director with the Community Umbrella Agency (CUA 1). Happi joined CASA of Philadelphia in September 2016.

Trish Reed Kinkle, MSW, LSW -  Program Manager

Trish began her work with CASA as a volunteer and then joined our staff in February 2011. Prior to coming to CASA, Trish spent several years working with at-risk youth in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. She holds an undergraduate degree in business, but found social work to be her real passion. She completed her MSW in May 2014. In addition to working with CASA, Trish is also a foster parent and the mother of boy/girl twins

Carole Cornelius, MSW - Senior CASA Supervisor

Carole Ann Cornelius is a social work administrator recently retired after 35 years with the Philadelphia Department of Human Services' Children & Youth Division. Having worked in protective services, courts, behavioural health, compliance and quality assurance, Carole's focus and expertise for the recent 15 years has been health care in the child welfare system. In addition to her many years in child welfare, Carole has worked in juvenile justice and geriatric home health care. Very interested in education and  the rights of women and families, Carole serves on the School Advisory Committee for her alma mater, Simon Gratz High School (now a Mastery school) and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Women's Medical Fund.

Carletta Chandler, BSW - CASA Supervisor

Carletta has worked as a child welfare professional for nine years, with a specialty in behavioral health and foster care. Prior to joining CASA of Philadelphia County in 2010, Carletta worked as a foster care and adoption social worker in Delaware County. Also, Carletta has a background in Marriage and Family Counseling and is working toward obtaining her MS degree.

Grace Ciak-Linton, MSW - Volnteer Coordinator

Grace earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern University and Master of Social Work from Binghamton University. She worked with Youth Service, Inc. for four years, beginning as a volunteer in the SAFE program in fall 2012, then was hired as a Case Manager in the Truancy Prevention program. In the summer of 2014 Grace transferred to YSI’s Family Empowerment Services program as a Referral and Intake Worker. Grace joined CASA in January of 2017.

Cherie Bloomfield, MSW – CASA Supervisor

Cherie joined the CASA of Philadelphia staff in January 2018 and brings her work experience as the Lead Facilitator/Site Coordinator for the after-school program at Building 21 High School in Philadelphia with her. There she facilitated programming that discussed and promoted cultural sensitivity and advocacy and also collaborated with teachers and staff to support a positive learning environment for students. She worked as a MSW intern at Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia and as a BSW intern at the Geisinger Medical Center Division of Psychiatry and at the Women’s Center both in Bloomsburg, PA. Cherie has a BSW degree from Bloomsburg University and an MSW degree from Temple University. Cherie has a passion for social work, advocacy and life! She can be found making interesting conversation with anyone about anything! .

Ashley Bryant, MS ED. – EDM Supervisor

Before moving to Philadelphia and getting involved with CASA in 2016, Ashley was a teacher. She has taught students in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Bronx, New York and Exton, Pennsylvania. She is passionate about education, volunteering and advocacy. She is a problem solver and researcher by nature and she loves coaching and seeing others be successful. Ashley also volunteers with Mighty Writers and works with the "Change Course," a literacy engagement program for youth and the “Stories Alive” program that facilitates video reading sessions for incarcerated parents and their children, both are programs at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Ashley has fun and playful style and sense of humor to go with it! She is passionate about ensuring youth are getting their needs met in order to make the most out of their educational opportunities. .

Annie Anglade, BSW – CASA Supervisor 

.Annie joined the CASA of Philadelphia staff in September 2018. She brings her prior experience as a case manager at NET, a behavioral health technician/ substance abuse counselor at Kirkbride and as a foster care permanency planning social worker at JJC with her to her new role at CASA. Annie has a passion for advocacy for the children involved in the child welfare system and believes that “laughter is the best medicine” and can be observed making someone laugh at any time of the day. Annie earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Millersville University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work at West Chester University.

Alex Hiatt, BA – EDM Supervisor 

Alex joined the CASA of Philadelphia staff in October 2018. He brings his recent experience as a case manager at Catholic Community Services and 8 years of experience at Children’s Crisis Treatment Center with him to CASA. Alex earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Kenyon College in Ohio and is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work at Widener University.








Maura McInerney, Esq.President: Legal Director, Education Law Center

Caroline B. RoschVice President: Managing Director, Portfolio Management, The Reinvestment Fund

Shamyune Jones, Esq.: Secretary: Vice President and General Counsel, Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority 

Joseph Nuccio, CPATreasurer: Senior Treasury Analyst, TD Bank

Christina Bales, MD: Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Tom Bonner: Manager, State Government Affairs, PECO

Kendra Dautel: Director of Business Development, Valuation & Advisory, Newmark Knight Frank

Jamiliyah Foster M.S.: Executive Director, One House At A Time

Philip Hawkins: Senior Vice President, Kurchner - Hawkins Associates

Robert S. Hawkins, Esq.: Attorney, Cozen O’Conner

Eileen Horgan, Esq.: Attorney, Women Against Abuse

Greg Ippolito: President and owner, Ippolito Media Arts, Inc.

Joshua Kiver: Vice President Finance, ECFMG

Maureen S. Lawrence, Esq.: Shareholder, Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller

Sarah Mainprize, M.B.A.: Executive Director, Busineess Process, Comast Corporation

Brenda Myrick, RN, MSN, CMCN: Regional Clinical Director, Region II, AmeriHealth Caritas

Camille Rodriguez, Esq.: Associate, Berger & Montague, P.C.

Roopa Seshadri, PhD: Research Sceintist

Judith Silver, PhD: Associate Director, Leadership Education in Neurodevelop-mental Disabilities (LEND) Program, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


Mark A. Aronchick: Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller
Dan Barcus: Chubb 
Mary O'Neill Griesser
Michael Hanlon: Cozen O'Conner
Nancy Lanham
Denis J. Lawler: Archer & Greiner
Julie P. Meyers: Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
Matt Smith: 101.1 More FM Philly WBEB-FM 
Anne O. Umbrecht
Debra Schilling Wolfe: Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice & Research