About UsBoard of Directors
J. Stewart Witzeman, Chair
Stewart joined CASA’s board in 2017. Stewart and his wife Kerry moved to Raleigh in 2013 after having lived in Arizona, California, Illinois, Tennessee, and The Netherlands. Stewart retired in 2016 after spending more than 30 years in the chemical industry. Since retiring he has spent his time pursuing his personal interests, working with various non-profits, supporting STEM education initiatives and consulting. Stewart and Kerry have two adult children, three grandchildren and one large golden-doodle. His interests include yoga, travel, reading, fitness, and golf.
Why does Stewart serve on CASA’s board? We learned about CASA shortly after moving to Raleigh and recognized how their business model would directly benefit our community as well as those in need. CASA’s mission fit well with our personal experience and aligned with our strong desire to be connected to our community.
Rebecca Joyner, Vice Chair
Rebecca is a partner at Parker Poe, where she serves as counsel in financings for cities, towns, counties, authorities, private schools, colleges and universities, as well as other nonprofit institutions across North Carolina. She also has extensive experience in municipal bond financings. Rebecca was recently recognized as one of Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America in Public Finance Law.
Why does Rebecca serve on CASA’s Board?
I am energized by CASA’s mission and proven model that has been creating a sense of place for some of the Triangle’s most vulnerable citizens for years – unfortunately, there is much need but there is also much opportunity to make things better!
Sylvia Phillips Jurgensen, Treasurer
A member of CASA’s Board since 2012, Sylvia Phillips Jurgensen comes from the world of mortgage banking. She lives in Raleigh and currently works as a Private Mortgage Banker for Wells Fargo Private Banking. Sylvia’s other job is being a mom.
Why does Sylvia serve on CASA’s Board?
To visit and talk with just one person that now has a home will explain it all.
Carol Blue, Secretary
Carol Blue joined CASA’s Board in 2014. In her professional life, Carol has lots of experience in the construction industry, currently serving as the Chief Financial Officer at J.D. Beam, Inc. where she has worked for over 30 years. She has two sons, two grandchildren and an adorable pet named “Truffles”.
Why does Carol serve on CASA’s Board?
I am passionate about each person being able to live in a place they call home. CASA is actively making that happen and it is an honor to be a part of that process.
Casey is the Vice President of Policy & Engagement for the Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® and joined CASA’s Board of Directors in 2020. Before his time in the real estate industry, he served as Managing Partner for a prominent Washington D.C. based consulting firm where he worked with members of Congress to analyze and disseminate bill proposals and economic forecasts. An avid outdoorsman, Casey and his wife live in Apex with their son and black lab.
Why does Casey serve on CASA’s Board?
Homelessness and housing instability can affect quite literally anyone in our community. CASA understands this as an organization, it is rooted in their DNA. I truly believe that to whom much is given, much is required, and it is my honor to be part of this group helping our neighbors in need.
Marcia joined CASA’s Board in 2020. She is a retired 21-year veteran of the US Army, a property investor, a residential real estate broker, and an advocate for home ownership and financial independence.
Why does Marcia serve on CASA’s Board?
With all the country’s wealth and resources, I don’t believe homelessness should be even be a problem in the United States. I hope to be a part of the solution through my advocacy as a member of CASA’s board.
Rob Griffin joined CASA’s Board in 2009 and has served as CASA’s Board Chair. His background is in real estate development and management, and he currently works at TriProperties as the Associate Director of Development. Rob and his wife Veronica are proud parents to daughter Eleanor and Everett and two Jack Russell terriers, Brooke and Sammy. Rob also makes and sells his own brand of BBQ sauce, Souse vinegar-based BBQ sauce. He loves spending time with family, riding his motorcycle and playing basketball.
Why does Rob serve on CASA’s Board?
Too many people spend too many nights without shelter in our communities. Veterans who have already sacrificed so much for our country shouldn’t sacrifice having a place to call home.
Dr. Keith Hull, Jr.
Dr. Keith Hull, Jr. has deep roots in the Wake County medical community. He is the founder of Raleigh Neurology Associates. He has practiced neurology there since 1983. Since completing his residency at Duke over 33 years ago, Dr. Hull has served on many boards including the Wake County Human Services Board and the Parkinson’s Center of Raleigh. He first joined CASA’s Board in 2003, and served as our Chair from 2005-2007.
Why does Dr. Hull serve on CASA’s Board?
Several reasons: I consider Housing as Health Care; I enjoy sustaining worthwhile endeavors; I believe in beneficence, when it promotes autonomy. CASA is very efficient at translating local beneficence into autonomy for our tenants.
Jennifer (Jenn) lives in Raleigh and is an executive of a biopharmaceutical company where she leads a number of global teams focused on strategic partnerships, collaborations, funding and medical affairs operational teams. Jenn is also a CPA and a licensed real estate broker. In her spare time, Jenn enjoys spending time with her two children and Scout (her dog).
Why does Jenn serve on CASA’s Board?
As someone who has experienced homelessness, I recognize the impact that having a home has on so many aspects of your life and well being. I am passionate about supporting an organization who is making a difference in the lives of others and contributes to giving them a place they can call home.
Phil Landis Joined CASA’s Board in 2020. He is the former President/CEO of Veterans Village of San Diego, a non-profit organization that serves over three thousand challenged veterans and non-veterans a year, most of whom are homeless. Now retired from the workforce, he remains actively engaged in helping men, women and children pursue housing and resources to uplift their lives.
Why does Phil serve on CASA’s Board?
I retain a core belief in the mission of providing frameworks for all to succeed and thrive. CASA does just that and aligns directly with my personal philosophy.
Sharonda Ocean is a licensed Clinical Social Worker with a passion to eradicate homelessness. Sharonda and her husband are the founders of Ocean Behavioral Healthcare, LLC. Over the last 15 years, she has utilized her skills and expertise in the mental health field serving the Durham community. She has also worked with Stop Soldier Suicide in implementing a strategic plan to decrease the veteran suicide rate to a civilian parity by 2030. Sharonda and her husband reside in Durham, North Carolina with their two sons, Darius and Carter-Blue Ocean.
Why does Sharonda serve on CASA’s Board?
As a person that experienced sheltered homelessness and has worked closely with populations experiencing chronic homelessness, I understand the traumatic effects that homelessness has on individuals, families and communities. It is important that we all have access to affordable, stable and permanent housing to mitigate the trauma homelessness causes.
Steven Peden joined CASA’s Board in 2018. Steven is a principal with Avison Young’s Capital Markets team in Raleigh and has a vast knowledge of the local apartment market from a conventional as well as affordable housing perspective. Steven and his wife have two daughters, Lila (16) and Eva (12), and enjoys spending time at the beach with his family and playing golf.
Why does Steven serve on CASA’s Board?
Being in the multifamily business I have seen too many older, more affordable communities being replaced with newer properties, obviously putting a severe strain on the affordable market. CASA has a wonderful mission and I wanted to be involved in helping what is a real life problem in our market, a shortage of affordable housing.
CASA is excited to welcome Sam Speicher to our Board of Directors as part of Duke’s Sanford Board Leadership Institute. Sam will serve for the 2020 calendar year, while he pursues his master’s degree in Public Policy. After receiving his BA at Elon, Sam spent several years working in the Washington, D.C. area before relocating to Durham. Prior to beginning his master’s program, Sam spent two years at Habitat for Humanity of Durham as an AmeriCorps VISTA focused on volunteer and youth engagement. Sam lives in Durham with his wife and dog. After graduating, Sam plans to apply his skills and passion to finding creative and innovative policy solutions to housing issues in the US. He is very excited to join the CASA team and help provide people access to safe affordable housing triangle.
Johnathan was born and raised on the North Carolina Coast. He is a Medical Device Representative for Boston Scientific, specializing in Gastrointestinal and Endoscopy. In his free time, Johnathan loves spending time with family and friends, traveling, cooking, golfing, and anything fitness related.
Why does Johnathan serve on CASA’s Board?
I believe that everyone should have access to affordable housing, especially our veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country.