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Michael Allosso
Michael Allosso is a master communications expert and self-awareness specialist who coaches CEOs, teams, and individuals in day-to-day communications, dynamic presentations, as well as leadership excellence. He has led award-winning workshops for leaders and sales teams all over the world and is a much sought-after personal coach. His client base ranges from insurance producers to construction managers, doctors to bankers, actors to politicians. As a professional theater and film director, Michael's keen sense of observation enables him to immediately provide his clients with practical tools to fortify their strengths and refine their weaknesses. Michael has traveled the world bringing his You On Your Best Day® program to a wide variety of organizations and businesses and has transitioned his program seamlessly to You On Your Best Zoom Day. He is a speaker and entertainer who brings life to any in-person or virtual event.

Andrea Bruns
Andrea Bruns is the State Director of the Kentucky CASA Network where she oversees and manages all aspects of the KCN’s funding, operations, and programs, with a mission to strengthen, support, and develop local CASA programs in Kentucky. Ms. Bruns is the past Chair of National CASA/GAL’s National Leadership Council and past Co-Chair of National CASA/GAL’s State Leadership Council. In 2018, she was recognized with the Inaugural State Director of the Year Award by National CASA. She currently serves as the Board Chair of the Kentucky Children’s Justice Act Task Force, National CASA/GAL’s State Leadership Council, and on various statewide committees and task forces involving child welfare policy.  Ms. Bruns has over 25 years of experience working in association management, government relations, and public policy. She holds dual B.A. degrees in political science and telecommunications from Indiana University, Bloomington, and an executive certificate in Child Welfare Law and Policy from Loyola University of Chicago Law School. Andrea served as a CASA volunteer for 5 years. She resides in Louisville, Kentucky with her spouse Richard and has two college-aged children.

Adrianne M. Crawford Fletcher, PhD., MSSA, LCSW, LISW
Adrianne M. Crawford Fletcher is the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, and Assistant Professor at The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). Dr. Fletcher is responsible for teaching both core foundation social work courses, and advanced practice social work courses. As Assistant Dean, Dr. Fletcher is responsible for shaping the culture regarding issues of inclusion, diversity, and equal opportunity. Dr. Fletcher participates in Faculty Senate for Minority Affairs, Faculty Development Council, Diversity Leadership Council, and is a mentor for the Provost Scholar Program, which serves students within the East Cleveland School District. Dr. Fletcher has received two teaching awards: the Student Nominated Teaching Award in 2016 while teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and in the spring of 2019, Dr. Fletcher was named the 2019 John A. Yankey Outstanding Teacher at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. 

Dr. Fletcher holds a Ph.D., from Loyola University Chicago, and a Master’s degree from the Mandel School at CWRU. Since returning to Cleveland in 2017 Dr. Fletcher has had the opportunity to engage with non-profit organizations, health care institutions, and faith-based organizations regarding an awareness of implicit attitude, cultural humility/flexibility, and racial equity. Dr. Fletcher believes that service providers should be equipped to serve with equity, and without bias, implicit or explicit. Dr. Fletcher is a member of the National Association of Social Work. 

Steven Flowers
Steven Flowers is the Deputy Director of the Kentucky CASA Network. Prior to coming to the KCN, Steven served as the Deputy Director of Tippecanoe County CASA in Indiana with oversight of community outreach, VOCA grants, pre-service training, professional development, and volunteer engagement and recruitment. During his tenure at Tippecanoe County CASA, the program achieved its lowest waitlist of children in program history and garnished national distinction from the Human Rights Campaign for its work with LGBTQ inclusion. In past roles, Steven served as the Director of Youth and Family Services at Vigo County YMCA, Executive Director of Planning and Administration for Student Affairs at Elizabeth City State University, public affairs officer for the Mayor of Terre Haute, and directed a program at the Villages of Indiana that provides independent living services across 23 counties to youth transitioning out of foster care. Steven has a BS, MS, and MPA from Indiana State University, is a Certified Nonprofit Professional from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, and a Certified Youth and Child Care Worker at the professional level. Steven is also an executive fellow of Indiana's Youth Services Association's The Journey. He looks forward to being part of a growing, supportive network that advocates for Kentucky's most vulnerable youth so that one day all life and cultures can flourish together and every child thrives free of abuse or neglect.

Eef Fontanez
Eef Fontanez is in his 27th year of education. He spent the first three years teaching in Baltimore County school systems after graduating from Berea College in 1993. He returned to Berea to begin his middle school teaching experience at Berea Independent Schools where he taught mostly 8th grade English and Social Studies. After obtaining his MA in Secondary School Counseling from EKU in 2002, he was given the opportunity in 2004 to become the high school counselor at Berea Community High School where he held that position till this past fall. Currently, Eef is on sabbatical from the Berea school's system working at the Central KY Educational Cooperative as a Social Emotional Learning Specialist. He lives in Berea where he is a single father of three dogs, Lucky, Tucker, and Sherlock.

Lauren Rader
Lauren Rader is a native of Estill County who graduated from ECHS in 2004 and received an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Louisville in 2008. Lauren has a Masters of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education and a Masters of Arts in School Counseling, both from Eastern Kentucky University.  Lauren has enjoyed working with students, staff, and parents at ECHS for the past 3 years as one of the counselors in the building. Lauren loves animals (and even has a mini-farm in Irvine!), enjoys hiking, gardening, kayaking, reading, spending time with family and friends, and listening to live music.

Norma Thomas
Norma Thomas is the Grants Specialist for the Kentucky CASA Network. She most recently worked as Interim Executive Director for CASA of Knox and Laurel Counties where she successfully started up the local CASA program. Prior to that, Norma was Secretary to the CASA board and served on the board of directors and finance committee. Norma retired as District Technology Coordinator for Jackson County Public Schools and then worked as Business and Technology Manager for Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative in McKee, Kentucky. She has served as President of the Jackson County Retired Teachers Association and President of the South Central Kentucky Association of Technology Coordinators. Norma holds a B.S. degree from the University of the Cumberlands and an M.A. degree from Eastern Kentucky University. She is active in children’s ministry at her local church and enjoys traveling abroad and hiking with her husband. Norma resides in Annville, Kentucky on the family farm with her husband, James.

Kelly Wray
Kelly Wray is both a CASA volunteer with CASA of West Kentucky and the Family Resource Center Director at Ballard Elementary. Prior to Kelly's 15 years with Ballard County Schools, Kelly worked at Southern Seven Head Start as a Health Coordinator and Murray Head Start as a Family Service Worker. Kelly utilizes these years of experience in the social service industry to help children and families as a CASA volunteer.


 

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