The Maine CASA Advisory Panel’s purpose is to set the policy for and monitor the Maine CASA program in recruiting, training, screening, and overseeing volunteer guardians ad litem appointed in child protection actions. Maine CASA receives guidance from the Advisory Panel whose members are appointed by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.  The members of the Advisory Panel include a Judge of the District Court, Maine child welfare stakeholders, such as, assistant attorneys general representing the Department of Health and Human Services, current CASA guardians ad litem, attorneys who represent parents in child protection matters, representatives from DHHS and from the law firms that provide pro bono legal representation for CASA guardians ad litem. Members represent different regions of the state. The panel provides recommendations to the Guardian ad Litem Services Coordinator, also known as the CASA Program Specialist, on recruitment strategies, training needs, marketing ideas, policies and procedures, grant applications and compliance, relying on their unique regional and professional perspectives.

MAINE CASA ADVISORY PANEL*                     Town          Term

Mary Anne Wasileski, CASA Waterboro until January 1, 2018
Margaret Coughlin LePage, Esq. Portland until January 1, 2018
Michael Kearney, AAG Portland until January 1, 2018
Donna Carter Portland until January 1, 2019
Mark Moran, LCSW Bangor until January 1, 2019
Delia Saintcross Portland until January 1, 2019
F. Mark Terison, Esq., CASA, Peer Coordinator Falmouth until January 1, 2019
Toby Jandreau, Esq. Fort Kent until January 1, 2019
Danylle Carson, Esq., CASA Leeds until January 1, 2020
Julie Footer, Esq. Portland until January 1, 2020
Rebecca Cayford, Esq. Skowhegan until January 1, 2020
Joseph Belisle, Esq. Bangor until January 1, 2020

Chair: Hon. Christine Foster

Ex Officio Consultant: Tracy Leigh, Esq., Guardian ad Litem Services Coordinator

Liaison to the State Court Administrator: Elaine Clark, Esq., Family Division and Civil Process Manager