About Us

CASA Staff




Mary Jean has been with CASA since 2001, and has an extensive background in homeless service program design, development and management. Prior to joining CASA, Mary Jean was the Homeless Services Coordinator for Wake County, served as co-chair of the Wake County Continuum of Care, and helped to craft the Wake 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness. Mary Jean served for six years on Orange County’s Partnership to End Homelessness and chaired the task force for three years. In 2014, the Chapel Hill Town Council appointed Mary Jean to the Town’s Housing Advisory Board to assist the Council in promoting and developing a full spectrum of housing opportunities that meet the needs of the community.


Dee joined CASA’s senior leadership team in February 2020. Dee has over 20 years of experience in finance, accounting, financial reporting & modeling, real-estate housing (including retirement, assisted living, skilled nursing, and affordable housing), federal & state taxation. She has substantial industry experiences in government, supply chain management, real-estate and senior housing. She holds a Six Sigma Black Belt Certification. Dee has a passion for academics with interests in accounting, leadership, and financial research serving as a higher education instructor and course designer for top-rated Universities. Dee’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Business Administration specializing in Accounting from the University of Georgia, Master of Business Administration from Webster University, and PhD in Leadership & Education specializing in Leadership from Barry University. The academic journey ends with a second Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) specializing in Accounting.

Brian Anderson

Maintenance Supervisor

Brian joined CASA is 2019. As Maintenance Supervisor, he oversees the maintenance department, keeps things running smoothly, and responds to emergencies. Brian is a veteran and cares deeply for our residents.

Senior Director of Real Estate Development

Jess oversees and coordinates development activity from project conception and funding through the completion of construction. She previously worked at a respite care facility for persons who are homeless in D.C., and came to North Carolina to pursue her Masters in City and Regional Planning. In 2017, Jess was recognized as a community leader when she was named one of the Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Leadership Award winners.  Jess has worked at CASA since 2008.

Landscape Manager

Utilizing his past work experience owning his own landscaping company, Phil works to keep our landscaping and communal areas looking good inside and out. He has been with CASA since 2004.


Kathleen DeRubio

Business Manager and Volunteer Coordinator

Kathleen joined CASA in February of 2001. She establishes and maintains a spectrum of mission-critical supports that assist in advancing the agency mission. She is an organizer and coordinator on projects throughout the expanse of the organization, from Human Resources and Information Systems to technology infrastructure and executive and board support.  She leads the volunteer services within the agency and manages office systems and logistics. 

Kathleen DeRubio

Real Estate Developer
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Rachel initiates and evaluates new development opportunities, including analyzing potential project sites and negotiating acquisitions for CASA. She previously served as the founder and managing principal of Apiary Community Consulting and worked in the acquisitions group for a national low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) syndication firm. Originally from Michigan, Rachel moved to North Carolina in 2014 to pursue her Master’s degree in City & Regional Planning at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She joined CASA’s Real Estate Development team in 2021.

Kathleen DeRubio

Property Compliance Manager

Shanika joined CASA in 2021 with 14 years of property management experience, including working in the Affordable housing sector, tax credit, and supportive housing. Prior to joining CASA, Shanika was the Properties Manager at a nonprofit organization that provided housing for the homeless population, low-income, and work force families. She is passionate about serving the community. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and exercising.

Jourdan Gayden

Staff Accountant

As Staff Accountant, Jourdan assists with CASA’s day-to-day accounting duties. Before joining CASA in June 2020, Jourdan was the Accounting Supervisor at a freight forwarding company. She completed her Masters in Accounting in 2015 and is working on her DBA in Accounting with high hopes of completion by Spring 2021. In her spare time, Jourdan has been learning the piano and studying Korean.

Donor and Communications Specialist

Emma joined the CASA team in April 2019 after working for several years on food insecurity throughout the US. As CASA’s Donor and Communications Specialist, Emma is a key player in acknowledging the generosity of our supporters, planning events, working with volunteers, telling tenant stories, and keeping the fundraising department running smoothly. She is passionate about equity and social justice issues and is beyond proud to contribute to CASA’s affordable housing mission.

Property Management Supervisor

Larayshea (Ray) rejoined CASA’s property management team in August 2021 as Property Management Supervisor. She had previously worked for CASA as a Senior Leasing Specialist. Ray’s experience includes several HUD affordable housing programs, including Wilson Housing Authority, Charlotte Housing Authority, Durham Housing Authority and Raleigh Housing Authority. She then transitioned to the non-profit world at Passage Home, Family Promise and VOA. Ray’s purpose in life is to serve those in need and show love to all!

Senior Director of Resource Development

Missy joined CASA in January 2014 to create our philanthropic program and to advance our affordable housing mission. She started her fundraising career more than 15 years ago, as a staff member at One80 Place, a homeless shelter, soup kitchen and health clinic in Charleston, SC. For five years prior to joining CASA, Missy worked at Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. She holds a Masters in English from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and a Bachelors degree from North Carolina State University. Missy is a passionate advocate for the role that donors can play in creating opportunities and lasting change for their neighbors.

Director of Community Partnerships & Resident Relations

Prior to joining CASA in 2004, Joyce was a Mental Health Substance Abuse Counselor. Currently she works in partnership with service agencies across the Triangle, and she serves as a bridge between CASA’s tenants and the many agencies who provide services for them.  Joyce does extensive grant reporting, and she is active in leadership roles both within Wake County’s Partnership to End Homelessness and the Coalition to End Homelessness in Durham. She has a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling.

Housing Specialist

Latrise brings over 20 years of customer service experience to her position as a leasing specialist for Raleigh tenants at CASA.  She has also spent 15 years serving her community as a volunteer and event coordinator.  Latrise has worked in Supportive Housing for more than five years.  She is dedicated to providing excellent service to CASA’s tenants and lots of laughter to the office!

Ramy Ibrahim

Maintenance Technician

Ramy joined CASA’s maintenance team in February 2020. He was born and raised in Queens, New York, but most recently lived in Richmond, VA where he worked as a chef and owned his own food truck. He got into maintenance and home rehabilitation 8 years ago, but he says CASA has given his life new meaning. He loves using his skills to help make our community a better place.

Housing Specialist

Divida joined CASA in September 2018.  She brings 14 years of HOA property management experience and 10 years of social work and affordable housing experience to the team.  She is a certified Housing Counselor and Occupancy Specialist with the Section 8 program, and she has managed transitional housing and provided case management to people experiencing homelessness.  She is dedicated to providing excellent customer service and works with CASA tenants in Wake County.  Divida grew up in Raleigh and is passionate about her commitment to helping others.


Housing & Communications Specialist

Ashley was born and raised in North Carolina.  She’s a graduate of ECU with a degree in Women’s Studies.  Ashley’s commitment to volunteer work led her to look for a career with a nonprofit organization after 10 years at Old Navy.  Ashley brings a dedication to excellent customer service to serve tenants and prospective tenants at CASA.  Ashley joined the CASA team in November 2016.

Leasing Specialist

Sharon assists prospective tenants, processes applications, and maintains our applicant pool. Sharon also assists tenants with rent payments and fields their maintenance requests. Sharon has been with CASA since 2001 after working in telecommunications for 28 years.

Human Resources Manager

Janay joined CASA’s team in the summer of 2021 as our very first HR Manager. She’s been in Human Resources for over ten years and brings a wealth of knowledge to our team. Janay’s experience includes talent development, reporting, recruitment, policies, performance management, employee relations, process management, and more. She is excited about partnering and supporting the staff as we work together to fulfill CASA’s mission and vision in the community.


Annie joined the CASA team in March 2019.  Before she arrived at CASA’s front desk, Annie worked in health care for nearly thirty years.  She brings a deep commitment to providing excellent customer service and care for every visitor to CASA’s Raleigh office.  Outside of work, Annie enjoys spending time with family and friends, singing in her church choir, and going to the movies.  She celebrated her 50th birthday with CASA this summer!

Senior Maintenance Supervisor

Kelly works directly with our tenants to keep their homes safe and in good condition. She addresses maintenance requests, conducts safety inspections, undertakes preventative maintenance, and helps tenants understand how the appliances and systems in their homes function. Prior to joining CASA in 2000, Kelly worked with youth and adults with special needs at Dorothea Dix Hospital. Kelly is a licensed General Contractor and a licensed Home Inspector.

Maintenance Tech

Jeremy joined CASA’s Team in December 2017 after doing maintenance work for a conventional real estate company.  Jeremy works out of the Durham office, taking care of work orders and getting apartments ready for new tenants.  Jeremy had only a year’s experience when he came to CASA, but he has a passion for learning and he’s a quick study.  His favorite part of the job is making a tenant smile.

Project Manager, Real Estate Development

Neil joined the CASA team in 2010, bringing with him 13 years of facilities maintenance and Project Management experience from the conventional rental housing industry. He served as CASA’s Facilities Director for nine years, coordinating the day to day maintenance operations for CASA including work orders, make readies and preventative maintenance. In June 2019, Neil became CASA’s Project Manager, focusing on new construction and rehabilitation development projects.

Alexis Trell

Housing Solution Fund Manager

Alexis joined CASA in April of 2021 to develop and manage CASA’s annual giving program, the Housing Solution Fund. She began her fundraising career at Meredith College in the Office of Institutional Advancement and most recently worked at the YMCA of the Triangle in financial development. She holds a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Meredith College. Alexis is passionate about philanthropy and helping all donors create the change they wish to see in their communities.

Senior Accountant

Janice oversees CASA’s day to day accounting operations including the integration of the property management and fundraising functions into the corporate financial records.  She records incoming receipts, reviews all bills, and processes outgoing payments.  She prepares the monthly grant requisitions and monitors the activity on our tenants’ registers.  Prior to joining CASA in 2010, Janice spent most of her career in public accounting.  She had been a Certified Public Accountant for over 20 years and is a US Air Force veteran.