The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of New Jersey board of trustees announced the appointment of Angie Waters as the executive director of the CASA of NJ. During the past five months, Waters served as the Interim executive director of the organization.
Waters’ exceptional leadership and organizational skills, combined with her demonstrated commitment to the success of CASA programs throughout New Jersey, have allowed the organization to function effectively during a period of transition. During her tenure as the interim director, Waters has proven her ability to lead the organization and shown outstanding stewardship of the organization’s mission to provide a voice for abused and neglected children by empowering a statewide network of county-based CASA programs.
Waters first joined the CASA organization in 2001 as the executive director of CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties. Recognized by her effective leadership, she was named the Kappa Alpha Theta Program Director of the Year by the National CASA/GAL Association for Children. She received this honor for adopting innovative new practices that allowed the organization to provide advocacy to every foster child in the program’s area of service.
Her appointment as the Executive Director will ensure the continuation of services to the organization’s key stakeholders in the child welfare system and advancement of the exceptional best interest advocacy provided by CASA volunteers to the children and youth placed in foster care and other out-of-home placements in New Jersey.
“I am honored to fill this role and continue the collaborative work across the state that the CASA of New Jersey team has worked so hard to accomplish,” Waters said. “The network’s strength and partnerships are essential for delivering quality advocacy and supporting the thousands of children and youth living in foster care throughout the State of New Jersey. My goal is to continue to guide and support the CASA of NJ staff and board and the entire statewide network of CASA programs as we work together to represent our needs to legislative and statewide stakeholders, maintain awareness of our mission, and ensure that local programs have the tools and support they need to stay successful.”
Waters will move forward in her appointment as Executive Director with the confidence and unanimous support of the CASA of New Jersey board of trustees, as well as the trust of CASA of New Jersey staff, and the 14 county-based local CASA programs.
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