CASA Project in Worcester, MA Hires New Executive Director
The Board of Directors of the CASA Project of Worcester County is very excited to announce the appointment of Robb Zarges, PhD as their new Executive Director.
Dr. Zarges joins CASA having had 24 years of previous nonprofit management experience, 10 of which were as an Executive Director. He was Executive Director of Straight Ahead Ministries, Inc. for Worcester and New England Director. Dr. Zarges was Executive Director for Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc., Boston. Additionally, he is an adjunct Professor at Clark University. Dr. Zarges has a PhD in Organizational Leadership.
CASA is a financially stable, well-respected, non-profit human service corporation committed to abused and neglected children in the care of Worcester County Juvenile Court.
And since 1981, we have provided court advocacy for abused and neglected children by recruiting, training and supervising volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates/Guardians ad Litem (CASA/GALs) who are appointed by a judge to serve one child or sibling group at a time.
In 2015, less than half of the above children in the court system in Worcester County received a CASA advocate. There are not enough trained volunteers. The board and staff have committed to double the number of children served by 2020 by ensuring a sufficient core of trained and supervised CASA advocates are available for all children in need of a court-appointed advocate.
Child abuse and neglect exists in many forms throughout all the communities of Worcester County; it is not limited by geography, race or socio-economic conditions. CASA Advocates serve in all five Worcester County courthouses where these cases are heard: Fitchburg, Leominster, Worcester, Dudley and Milford.
The CASA Project is in the midst of a transformation, growing from an organization powered by a network of dedicated volunteers to a mature, mission-driven and outward-facing organization that will be a partner and leader across Worcester County’s human service sector. Dr. Zarges, as our new Executive Director, joins at a very important time for the organization.
Dr. Zarges started as Executive Director effective August 29, 2016.