Mary-Jean-Seyda In mid-October, Debra King (CASA’s CEO) began treatment at UNC Cancer Center for a form of blood cancer.  She is on medical leave, and CASA’s Board has appointed me as CASA’s Acting CEO in her absence.

Debra remains involved in providing strategic direction on housing development.  She is focused on her health and feels confident that she will return to work as soon as she is able.  I am inspired by her fighting spirit.

CASA continues to operate fully.  We are prepared, organized, and strong.  Our tenants are thriving in their homes, and our staff and Board are moving forward in our work.  We remain energized by our belief that the solution to homelessness is housing, and we are all a part of the solution.

Since hearing about Debra’s illness, I’ve received countless calls, emails, and cards from so many of CASA’s partners and friends with well wishes for Debra and encouragement for the staff.  We are positively buoyed by the outpouring of care and concern from our community.

“Sometimes I need only to stand wherever I am to be blessed.” – Mary Oliver

In gratitude and hope,


Mary Jean Seyda
Acting CEO