About Us

Board of Directors

Tim Morgan, Chair

Tim Morgan joined CASA’s Board in 2014.  He is the Vice President of Evergreen Construction Co. which specializes in developing, building and managing affordable housing communities across the state.  In his free time, Tim likes to read, run and travel with his wife, Denise.

Why does Tim serve on CASA’s Board?

I too believe that the solution to homelessness starts with housing and CASA has a proven track record of doing just that.  I want to be a part of helping CASA break the cyclical nature of poverty by decreasing homelessness and providing opportunities some would otherwise not have. 

J. Stewart Witzeman, Vice 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, two grandchildren (three in April!) 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.

Eugene (Gene) Nicholas, Jr., Secretary

Eugene (Gene) Nicholas, Jr. has been serving on CASA’s Board since 2013. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and a licensed real estate broker.

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

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.

Nancye Bryan

A native Tarheel, Nancye Bryan currently lives in Chapel Hill but is strongly connected to Durham where she lived for 32 years. She is an active member of Durham NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), a community volunteer, and a CASA Board Member since 2012. She enjoys travel and spending time with friends and family.

Why does Nancye serve on CASA’s Board? I have a very strong interest in increasing the supply of decent, safe and affordable housing for disabled citizens.

Rob Griffin

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 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.

Rebecca Joyner

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!

Steven Peden

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.

Vernessa Roberts

Vernessa Roberts has served on CASA’s Board since 2013. Vernessa is the Vice President of Communications for the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. Prior to that, Vernessa was the Marketing Director of Hendon Golden East Management in Rocky Mount. An expert on all things Raleigh, she brings her vast knowledge of the area for CASA’s benefit.

Sam Speicher

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.