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CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties Welcomes New President and CEO

Monday, Jan 11, 2021

Natalie Julien has joined Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties as its new President and CEO. A California native, Natalie is an experienced and successful nonprofit leader. She has dedicated 20 years of her career to serving children and families with a keen focus on child welfare and youth in crisis. She has a bachelor’s degree in social science, and master’s degrees in both social work and public administration.

Natalie will be responsible for leading the CASA organization beginning January 11, 2021. She will work closely with CASA’s Board of Directors and staff to develop and implement strategic initiatives crucial for CASA’s future and the children it serves. Priorities include a new five-year growth plan with goals and meaningful metrics to show program impact as well as developing innovative and sustaining funding programs. Another key focus will be recruiting a new generation of volunteers that reflects the diversity of our community. 

“Natalie is a natural relationship builder and is very strategic in her approach. She has deep experience with fundraising and development, especially creating long-term relationships with donors and corporate partnerships,” said CASA Board President Angie Bryant Leondedis. “Additionally, she has firsthand, working knowledge of the child welfare system. She is mission-driven and has the business acumen we were seeking.”

Natalie has previously served in executive leadership roles in both the nonprofit and public sectors, including most recently as Executive Director for Thomas House Family Shelter in Garden Grove, California. Prior to this, she served in senior fund development roles with St. Barnabas Senior Services and the American Red Cross, as well as the position of Regional Program Director with the American Lung Association of California. Her extensive experience with child welfare agencies around Los Angeles includes the Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Children’s Way Foster Family Agency, Olive Crest Group Homes, and the Department of Family and Child Services. Natalie will relocate to the Kansas City Metro area from California, where she earned master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Administration from the University of Southern California. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Natalie joins 15 Board of Directors’ members and 12 staff members who are committed to making a difference for abused and neglected children.

“I am delighted by the opportunity to join CASA of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties as their new President and CEO. CASA’s support for children in foster care is invaluable, and I look forward to working with our partners and volunteers in the greater Kansas City area to increase our impact.”