ZampelliCourt Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County, a non-profit organization which trains and supports volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the dependency court system, is pleased to announce the appointment of Deann Zampelli to its board of directors.

“I am so honored to be a part of such an impactful, dynamic and efficiently run program.” Deann Zampelli said. “From the first CASA fundraiser that my husband and I attended we were hooked. I look forward to experiencing firsthand what is next in store for this stellar organization.”

Deann Zampelli joins the CASA board of directors with over 20 years of non-profit experience.  Her positions have included; Director of Expansion for the Starlight Children’s Foundation, multiple Board and Volunteer posts as well as Chairing local fundraisers including those for the Santa Barbara Breast Cancer Resource Center and All Saints by the Sea Preschool.  Her purview at Starlight included the formation of steering committees, board development, media relations, marketing and program development.  For ten years she owned her own handbag business and sold it when she and her husband started a family. She recently finished her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and has a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Southern California.  Deann lives in Montecito with her husband and two children, who are 6 and 8 years old.

“The day I met Deann I knew she was perfect to join our dynamic group that makes up CASA’s board of directors”, said Kim Colby Davis, Executive Director of CASA. “Deann brings such an energy of excitement to the hard work of being a director of a nonprofit, and I know we will benefit from her experience!”

The Mission of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County is to assure a safe, permanent, nurturing home for every abused and/or neglected child by providing a highly trained volunteer to advocate for them in the court system. CASA is central to fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect and to learn and grow in the safe embrace of a loving family.

If you would like more information, contact Lydia Thomas at (805) 739-9102 ext. 2595 or email Lydia@sbcasa.org.