Who We Are

Volunteer Local Advocates

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are trained, local volunteers who advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in deprivation proceedings through Youth Courts. CASA of Mississippi strengthens and expands the statewide network of CASA programs that empower volunteers who advocate for the best interests of children in Mississippi.


Our vision is that every child in Mississippi’s judicial system has an advocate focused solely on the child’s best interests.

Our Story

CASA Mississippi, Inc. was established in 2002 after the Mississippi Court Advocacy and Justice Institute applied for and administered a state organization development grant from the National CASA Association (NCASAA).

CASA Mississippi was developed by several local program directors and others involved in child advocacy services who realized that a state organization could support the existing CASA programs and develop new programs in counties where children were under served. The state organization was created to provide technical support, training, education, and other invaluable assistance to the local program staff and volunteers.

Our Leadership

Our board of directors meets quarterly and is committed to the development of quality advocacy programs that meet state and local regulations and comply with National CASA standards. CASA Mississippi is required by National CASA to submit a quality assurance assessment for review by the standards committee for state organizations.

Board of Directors

Shannon Adams, CPA, Board Treasurer
Matthews, Cutrer & Lindsey, P.A.
Senior Manager – Audit
Ridgeland, Mississippi

Alison O’Neal McMinn
Forman, Watkins & Krutz, LLP
Jackson, Mississippi

Robert Arledge
Teller, Hopson & Schrader, LLP
1201 Cherry Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183

Mary Largent Purvis, Board Chair
Director of Legal Analysis and Communication
Mississippi College School of Law
Jackson, Mississippi

Shirley Kennedy
Director of Child Advocacy Programs
Mississippi College School of Law
Jackson, Mississippi

Natalie Guess
Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program Manager
Office of Technology Development
The University of Southern Mississippi
116 N 31st Ave.
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

John Dillon Harris
Health Policy Analyst
Center for Mississippi Health Policy
578 Highland Colony Parkway
Paragon Centre, Building Two, Suite 105
Ridgeland, MS 39157

Col. Sheldon Morris, Ret.
Executive Vice President of Programs
Delta Health Alliance
435 Stoneville Rd.
Leland, MS 38756

Dr. Susie Calbert
Executive Director
Vicksburg-Warren County Youth Development
Mission 66
Vicksburg, MS 39180

Adrian Austin
Chief of Staff
Volunteer Mississippi
3825 Ridgewood Rd.
Jackson, MS 39211

Yudenia Tiza
Promotora Manager
Immigrant Alliance for Justice and Equity
556 Boardwalk Boulevard
Ridgeland, MS