As the Program Director of CASA of Cuyahoga County, Michele is responsible for the daily operations of that program. Michele joined the CASA program in March of 2015 as the first Volunteer Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Social Work from Cleveland State University and is a Licensed Social Worker. Michele has been working with children and families for over 15 years, including as a School Based Therapist in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, a Family Supervisor-supervising visitations of non-custodial parents, assisting families in applying for benefits through the Ohio Benefit Bank, assisting the GAL Project and as an Administrator of an early childhood program on Cleveland's West Side. She served as a member on the CASA Steering Committee actively working to bring CASA to Cuyahoga County. Additionally, Michele has volunteered her time in numerous ways in the Greater Cleveland area specifically with local churches serving the homeless population, The Greater Cleveland Foodbank, T.O.R.C.H. (Teen Outreach through Christian Help) as an Adult Supervisor and as a CASA Volunteer in Lorain County. She is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Michele has a strong passion for advocating for children and families within our community and provides support to CASAs, GALs, and the Juvenile Court to help achieve the highest quality advocacy.
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