CASA MN Board of Directors

The CASA MN Board of Directors meet monthly to discuss and vote on the affairs of the organization. We always have numerous initiatives underway— from strategic planning, fundraising, marketing and legislative activities to public speaking in the community. If you are interested in joining the board or learning more about its activities, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us to learn more.

Kelley Leaf, President

Board President and Fourth District GAL Program Coordinator

Megan Johnson, Treasurer

Megan Johnson is a Senior Finance Manager at Ecolab. She holds a BS in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University, an MS In Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin.

Steve Betchwars

Steve Betchwars’ background is in sales and customer service.  His primary focus is on the CASA Cares grants program, promoting the program every opportunity that he gets.  He, along with his wife Judy, have hosted a CASA Cares charity golf event for the past 10 years, raising over $35,000 dollars for the CASA Cares grants program.

Laurie Kusek

Laurie is the Guardian ad Litem Program Manager in the 4th Judicial District, Hennepin County.

Joe Winebrenner

Joe Winebrenner is a partner at the law firm of Faegre Baker Daniels where he represents clients in litigation around the country. On a probono basis, Joe has represented Hennepin County guardians ad litem, including in a six-day contested adoption trial that resulted In a placement consistent with the guardian’s recommendation.

Mike Tikkanen

Mike Tikkanen is the author of INVISIBLE CHILDREN, a national speaker, CASA volunteer  Hennepin County guardian ad-Litem, founding board member of Friends of Children Foundation, CASAMN and founder of the nonprofit KARA, Kids At Risk Action. Mike’s mission is to speak for abused and neglected children and bring attention to their profound Impact on our schools and communities.

Sara Pearson

Sara Pearson is an account director at Introworks, a branding and marketing communications agency, and serves on the CASA MN communications committee.  She supports volunteer  acquisition, retention and other marketing initiatives. Sara holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.

Maurice Harris

Maurice Harris is a recent transplant to Minneapolis-St.  Paul area  moving up in October 2015 to work  at Greater MSP as a research analyst. Before moving to the Twin Cities he was a Board Member for the CASA in Columbia, Missouri.

Monica Staley

Monica Staley is a health & wellness coach, and yoga  Instructor.  She has been a volunteer Guardian ad Litem with Hennepin County since 2010 and joined the Court Appointed  Special Advocates Board in the fall of 2016.   Monica makes it a priority to educate as many people as possible about the out-of-home, abused and neglected children in our communities by holding CASA educational and recruitment meetings.  She also manages the CASA Facebook page, event and educational postings, and calls for action.

Christopher Leckrone

Christopher Leckrone is the Fair Lending Officer at MidCountry  Financial Corp. Additionally,  he volunteers with Children’s Law Center of MN representing abused and neglected children. Chris holds a JD from New England School of Law.

Kevin Marquardt

Kevin Marquardt is the Manager of Data Privacy at CenterPoint Energy. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs with a Masters of Science in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy and holds two bachelors degrees from Iowa State University in Psychology and Environmental  Studies.

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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Minnesota is a member of the National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association (National CASA). A grant from National CASA supports this website and our efforts to encourage communication, development, and effective advocacy for CASA volunteers and Guardians ad Litem statewide.

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