Our Team

Rappahannock CASA typically has 40-50 active volunteers trained and ready to step in when a judge appoints CASA to help a child. Our volunteers include retirees, stay-at-home parents, educators, people with social work, military and healthcare backgrounds, and others with a variety of life and work experiences.

We have a small staff that trains, supervises and supports our volunteer advocates. Our staff members have 40+ years of collective CASA experience, and we use it to promote the best possible outcomes for children. Our staff members are:

Executive Director Janet Watkins
Case Manager Jill Payne
Case Manager Edie Evans
Case Manager Melissa Beaty


Rappahannock CASA has a Board of Directors that provides fiscal and policy oversight, strategic planning and fundraising support. Our Board members are:


President, Barbara Miller-Richards, former Fredericksburg School Board member & St. George’s Episcopal Church secretary
Vice President, Teri Cortese-Fusaro, Attorney & former CASA volunteer
Secretary/Treasurer, Marie Fredrick, retired Vice President of Ambulatory Services, Mary Washington Healthcare & former CASA volunteer
Member, Bobby Anderson, former CASA volunteer & former Executive Director of Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault (RCASA)
Member Delise Dickard, Therapist and Founder of Mindset Matters, LLC
Member Shondella Murray, Human Resources Specialist, National Labor Relations Board & and former CASA volunteer
Member, Nancy Pcsolyar, RN/Office Manager, Mary Washington Neurology
Member Robert Rycroft, Economics Professor, University of Mary Washington
Member Jacinta Topps, Pediatrician at Fall Hill Pediatrics