Douglas County CASA names new executive director

On July 24, 2019, the board of directors of Douglas County Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, has named Erick Vaughn as the nonprofit’s new executive director.

According to a news release from the organization, Vaughn’s career began with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, which is now the Kansas Department for Children and Families. He has served as executive director of the Kansas Head Start Association and recently worked as director of strategic initiatives for DCCCA, according to the release.

CASA advocates for abused and neglected children in need of care and under the protection of the court system, according to the release.

Demand for trained CASA volunteers has outpaced the program’s capacity over the past five years, resulting in an average of 80 children waiting to be assigned a CASA at any given time, the release says.

Vaughn will replace longtime CASA director Diana Frederick, who retired in June. He will start his position Monday.

Mary Shultz