Dr. William C. Bell re-elected board chair for National CASA association

The National Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem (CASA/GAL) Association for Children recently announced the re-election of Dr. William C. Bell as chair of its board of trustees. Dr. Bell is the president and CEO of Casey Family Programs and a 35-year veteran of the human services field. He was recently elected to serve another full two-year term after he completes his current two-year term at the end of 2020.

“Dr. Bell is nationally recognized for his tremendous impact on communities across the country because of his laudable work in the area of child welfare,” said National CASA/GAL Association CEO Tara Perry. “His outstanding service, depth and breadth of reach and expertise has helped to advance National CASA/GAL’s mission. Dr. Bell is doing tremendous work leading our board. We are delighted he is serving another term.”

Dr. Bell became president and CEO of Casey Family Programs in 2006, after serving as executive vice president for the child and family services division. Casey Family Programs is the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care in the United States. Founded in 1966, Casey Family Programs works in all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and with tribal nations across North America to influence long-lasting improvements to the well-being of children, families and the communities where they live. Prior to joining Casey Family Programs, Dr. Bell was commissioner of the New York City Administration for Children’s Services.

“I embrace the opportunity to serve another term with National CASA/GAL,” said Dr. Bell. “I look forward to continuing to collaborate with those dedicated to building hope for our children’s future and improving the safety and well-being of children and their families.”

In addition to Dr. Bell’s re-election, the National CASA board named other officers to key roles:

  • Britt Banks was re-elected as Secretary for a two-year term. Banks is Senior Fellow, Getches-Wilkinson Center at the University of Colorado Law School in Miami Beach, Florida.
  • Joe Bankoff was elected as Vice Chair. He will serve a two-year term. Bankoff is an Academic at Georgia Institute of Technology.
  • Danielle Maurer was re-elected to a second three-year term. She is a Child Advocate in the Washington, D.C., area.

About the National Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem Association For Children

The National CASA/GAL Association for Children, together with its 950 state and local member programs, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every abused or neglected child in the United States can be safe, have a permanent home and have the opportunity to thrive. The National CASA/GAL Association offers leadership and support to the network of programs and leads its continued growth.