BOARD & STAFF

WV CASA BOARD & STAFF

State Director: Shanna Gray

WV CASA Association State Director, Shanna Gray

Shanna joined WV CASA as State Director in July 2020. Before that, she worked for an environmental stewardship non-profit organization where she served as Partnerships Manager for the Eastern Region.  She carries with her experience of Partnership Development, Operational Leadership, and Grant Management.

Shanna grew up in Southern Illinois where she earned her undergraduate degrees: B.A. in International Trade, B.A. in Spanish, B.S. in Business Administration. After graduation, she moved to Europe where she earned a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification in Florence, Italy and held a job in the governmental sector of Valencia, Spain.

Previously, Shanna held an active role on the board of WV Foster, Adoptive, Kinship Parents’ Network and maintains supportive and meaningful connections. As foster parents in Fayette County, Shanna is passion-driven to lead positive movements that serve the youth in WV’s foster care system.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President: Dave Lang
President-Elect: Kenny Miller
Treasurer: Susan Harrison
Secretary: Vesna Meinert

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Board Member/Local Program Liason: Kayla Benson
Board Member/Local Program Liason: Susan Harrison

Dave Lang – Board President

David B. Lang graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon WV in 1974, with a BS in Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting. While in school he was a member of the WVWC Theatre Department and played Rugby for 4 years. He practiced Corporate Accounting for 45 years, eventually forming a business partnership which purchased the assets of a local contractor in order to start a new utility contracting business that employed over 100 people. Dave sold the business in 2014.

While working full time throughout his career, Mr. Lang followed the guidance of his father by involving himself in the unselfish caring for others through a lifetime of volunteerism with various agencies wherever he lived including Harrison County Rotary, Criss Cross, Special Olympics, 4H, and JCs.

In 2013 David became involved with Harrison County CASA and served on its Board of Directors. During that time, to better understand the needs of the organization, David completed the volunteer training and was sworn in as a CASA Volunteer in 2017.

Turning his lifetime passion of woodworking into a force for good, in 2018, David started the first West Virginia chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP) Beds. Since starting the chapter, SHP Beds Harrison County volunteers have built and placed beds in homes for over 300 children. David assisted in the growth and expansion of SHP into two other West Virginia counties.

Kenny Miller – Vice Chair

Police Detective, Retired

Kenny Miller is a retired Detective in child abuse and sex crimes from the Parkersburg WV Police Department. He served as the former Wood County Magistrate and was with the Wood County Sheriff office for 9 years. He currently is an adjunct instructor at Zane State and Washington State Community College in Ohio.

Mr. Miller has served on the Wood County CASA Board of Directors and started serving the WV CASA Association in 2016.

Vesna Meinert – Secretary

Kayla Benson – Board Member/Local Board Liaison

CASA for Kids of Monongalia & Preston Counties

Susan Harrison – Board Member/Local Board Liaison

CASA for Children – Susan Harrison graduated from Edinboro University with a BA in criminal justice in 2000, where she was a scholar athlete and member of the women’s swim team. From there she moved to Pittsburgh, PA and worked in a residential facility, the Bradley Center, followed by 3 years as a Therapeutic Staff Support at Allegheny Children’s Initiative, providing behavior interventions in schools, at home, and in the community. In 2003, she moved to Morgantown, WV to pursue MSW and MPA degrees. While in school, she worked for a year at the Child Care Resource Center and then as a graduate teaching assistant for the social work department for two years. She completed her internship in Pittsburgh, providing individual, group and family therapy in an outpatient setting as part of a program that puts therapists in school settings. She graduated in 2005 and chose to utilize components of both of her degrees by working as a therapist for the Monongalia County Youth Services Center and the Monongalia Child Advocacy Center as the Coordinator of Interview and Community Services. Over the past 12 years, Susan has led and grown the CASA for Children Inc. organization to include 4 counties, two Court Jurisdiction, and serving more that 400 children. In 2010, Susan and her husband founded Helping Heroes Inc. a program providing a ‘hand up’ to veterans needing housing stability assistance in the Northern Panhandle of WV. Susan serves as the chief financial officer of Helping Heroes.

Our Board of Directors is a vital part of achieving our mission of helping the children of West Virginia. If you are interested in serving on our Board, please fill out a Board Member Application and email it to us at wvcasaa@frontier.com.

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