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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –  February 15, 2018

Contact: Andrea Bruns, State Director                          
Kentucky CASA Network                                
Phone: (502) 238-2154


Melynda Jamison, Executive Director of CASA of Lexington, Chosen as National CASA’s Kappa Alpha Theta Program Director of the Year

The Kentucky CASA Network (KCN) is pleased to announce that Melynda Jamison has been selected as the 2018 National CASA Kappa Alpha Theta Program Director of the Year by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (NCASA).

This marks the first time in more than 20 years that a Local Program Director from Kentucky has received this most prestigious award. The award will be given out during National CASA’s Awards of Excellence Evening Gala in Boston on Sunday, March 11, 2018. 

Melynda became the Director of CASA of Lexington in 2013 when the program was serving 171 abused, neglected, and dependent children in Fayette County. In just 4 years, Melynda’s work increased the number of children served to 529 children. In 2017, the program expanded into Bourbon County, Kentucky, where in its first year has already served 30% of children in need of CASA services.

“Melynda is a valued and respected partner and colleague to the entire Kentucky CASA Network. Melynda possesses the characteristics of a true leader, demonstrates a keen intellect, and has a genuine heart and passion for the mission of CASA,” said Andrea Bruns, State Director of the Kentucky CASA Network. In 2015, Melynda was selected as the KCN’s Local Program Director of the Year for her work with CASA of Lexington.

“Melynda has been inexhaustible since she joined the staff. She is an energetic and selfless team player who has worked tirelessly to turn our program around and put it on an upward trajectory for success. Her leadership and bold thinking have helped transform each and every aspect of CASA of Lexington,” said Bryanna Carroll, Board Chair of CASA of Lexington.


About the Kentucky CASA Network

The Kentucky CASA Network, Inc. (KCN) is the State Court-Appointed Special Advocate Association as recognized in Kentucky Revised Statutes with a mission to support and strengthen Local CASA Programs who support trained community volunteers appointed by Judges to represent the best interests of dependent, abused and neglected children in Kentucky.