Maryland CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Association has elected the following Gaithersburg residents to one-year terms as officers on its board of directors:
▪ President: Lisa A. Lunghofer, Ph.D. - The executive director of Making Good Work, Lunghofer has 21 years experience conducting research and evaluation in the area of children’s exposure to violence, including studies of children involved with the child welfare system. This will mark her second term as Maryland CASA president.
“I am extremely pleased with the progress the Maryland CASA board has made over the past year,” Lunghofer said. “In the coming year, I hope to build on our momentum with a focus on increasing awareness of CASA statewide, providing more children with advocates.”
A Maryland CASA board member since 2008, Lunghofer previously served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in Montgomery County and Durham, N.C. She resides in Gaithersburg’s Kentlands community.
▪ Board Secretary: Francha Davis - Davis has worked for CASA of Montgomery County for 22 years and been its executive director for the past 12 years. A Maryland CASA board member since July 2012, she also serves on the program committee.
A member of Montgomery County's children's action and disproportionate minority contact reduction committees, Davis has chaired the Montgomery County Juvenile Justice Commission and its community and legislative relations committee.
The Gaithersburg resident previously chaired the Alfred D. Noyes Children’s Center advisory board and served on the Montgomery Community Television board of directors.
Maryland CASA Association is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to ensuring the rights of all victims of child abuse and neglect to grow up in safe, permanent homes. This mission is carried out in partnership with the state’s15 Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) programs, which provide trained volunteer advocates to speak up for the best interests of children. For more information, visit www.marylandcasa.org.