Last week, CASA officially welcomed Everett McElveen as CASA’s newest CEO. Mary Jean Seyda, CASA’s previous CEO, will transition into a part-time role with the Fundraising department as a Senior Advisor, specifically focused on our new developments: King’s Ridge in Raleigh, Perry Place and Homestead Rd in Orange County, and Bryan Place in Durham. This new role is her first step into retirement—a transition we’ve planned and prepared for months.

Until the end of the calendar year, Mary Jean will work to introduce Everett to our organization, our community, and ease him into his new role before joining the fundraising department.

Everett comes to us with more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience in housing, homelessness, employment, healthcare, and food security. For the last 17 years, he has worked in Pittsburgh where he most recently served as CEO of Community Human Services (CHS) which has a budget of more than $13 million and a staff of 130. Everett also served as President and CEO of Life’s Work of Western Pennsylvania, a nonprofit providing opportunities to people living with disabilities and/or mental illness and those with barriers to employment.

Everett has a clear understanding of CASA’s mission and core values, and his experience includes being a passionate advocate for the Housing First approach and trauma-informed care model. He is excited by CASA’s growth and goals to double our footprint over the next few years, and we are excited to bring his knowledge and expertise to CASA and our community.

Keep an eye out on our social media and e-newsletter channels for a welcome direct from Everett in the coming weeks. Thanks for standing by and supporting CASA as we enter this new chapter!