Liz joined CASA in 1999 as a volunteer and became heavily involved in cases. At the time, Family Court was developing a drug treatment court for cases where a major contributing factor was chemical addiction. CASA was included in the start-up grant and Liz became staff to the Family Treatment Court. CASA was assigned to every case. This court was unfunded in 2011 and Liz has continued as Advocate Supervisor, and was named Director of Advocacy and has now been appointed as the new Executive Director.
Liz’s background includes an A.B. in Chemistry and a Masters of Education in Administration and Planning. After careers as a stage manager, IBM Chemist, MIS Manager developing mental health systems, Liz became an administrator in Psychiatry. She started in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, then added both Addiction Psychiatry and the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Programs. Her knowledge of regulations, programs, and general background has served her well in her current CASA position.
Liz was given the Private sector, Human Services Worker of the Year award by the Monroe County Federation of Social Workers in 2006. Liz has found working with CASA children, their families, and our wonderful volunteers have enlivened her passion for children’s issues.
Mary Ann Wolfe
Mary Ann has served as CASA Case Supervisor for 8 years. Mary Ann has a B.S in Social Work / Community Organizing and has worked in the social work field for over 20 years. Past positions include, Wilson Commencement Park, Threshold Center for Youth/Rochester City School District, Rochester Jobs etc.Mary Ann and her husband Herb live in Brighton. They have 6 children and 12 grandchildren.
Currently Mary Ann is Chair Elect, RAAVS Rochester Area Administrators of Volunteer Service. Member, RACAN, Rochester Area Child Abuse Network. She was awarded the John L. Seebach Volunteer Award by the Monroe County Federation of Social Workers in 2013.
Cristy is the adopted mom of two sons, whom she and her husband have raised since they were born. She earned a degree in Elementary Education at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina and an Associates of Applied Science as a Paralegal from Hilbert College in Hamburg, New York. One of her sons has been receiving services from Hillside Family of Agencies for over 10 years and she has been actively involved as a volunteer there. She served on many committees and boards with the aim to make services better for her son and for other families. She also is a trainer for new employees at Hillside on how to most effectively work with families. She was hired as a Parent Advocate at Hillside in their Waiver Program for over 4 years, where she worked with parents to assure that they were receiving the services they need, to help them through the systems, to teach them how to advocate for their children and was an active participant on the Child Family Team meetings.
Cristy received the NYS Coalition for Children’s Mental Health Services 2009 Employee of the Year Award. Through her children, she learned her way through the systems (CSE meetings, Early Intervention, Hillside Family of Agencies, BOCES, Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, Office of Mental Health, Domestic Court, and Criminal Court). She has always had a love for children and a desire to help those who are struggling. Her background in education, the severe issues her children have had, her experiences in the court systems and her ability to empathize will benefit her in this position as a Volunteer Supervisor.