Our Team


Kesha Shipe – Executive Director  Kesha has been with CASA of the TN heartland for more than 6 years. First as a Board member and currently as Executive Director. She has a heart for service and a passion for helping and empowering the helpless, especially our children we serve. Kesha is active in our community by mentoring young women also by serving on several boards as well as volunteering with community organizations with bake sales, clothing drives, or fundraisers. Kesha has Associates Degree in Business and is currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Business.

Maura Vespie– Operations Director Maura was born and raised in Florida for the first 13 years of her life but has called Oak Ridge, TN home ever since. As a young mother she jumped right into the workforce. At the age of 22 she took over as the Director of Programs within the Anderson County Probation Department. She went on to become the Project Coordinator to the Buildings and Grants Department at Anderson County Government. Her previous job up until taking the Director of Operations with CASA of the Tennessee Heartland Maura was the Vice President of Sales Support at A.I.W., Inc. Maura is excited about this opportunity with CASA of the Tennessee Heartland and hopes to help make a lasting impact on the kids of CASA.

Christy Harness – Scott County Advocate and Development Coordinator
Christy has been with CASA of the Tennessee Heartland since March 2001!! She has dedicated years to helping make CASA a household name in Scott County. She loves her CASA kids and volunteers!

Beth Sharp – Anderson County Advocate Coordinatorstaff1-300x234
Beth recently graduated Suma Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in legal studies from South College, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law.  Beth was President of the Women of the Law Society, Secretary/treasurer of Black law Student Association.  Beth has given back to the community by offering pro bono legal services including Community Mediation Center with special training in domestic violence mediation in Knoxville as well as a previous volunteer for CASA of East Tennessee.

Tiffany White – Blount County Advocate and Development Coordinator
Tiffany is an East Tennessee native, and has extensive experience working with children, adults, and families through the CASA network. She holds a BS in History from Tennessee Wesleyan and is dedicated to helping our children and families thrive, leading healthy and happy lives.

Board of Directors

John Willis- President

Jeremy Shipp- President Elect
Kent Strunk-Treasurer
Stephanie Zuleger-Secretary
Sue Byrne
Cheryl Cribbet
Alayne Bowman
Ron Shelton

If you are interested in serving on the CASA board, please feel free to contact any of the current board members or the administrative office.

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