Kesha Waters has been with CASA of the TN heartland for nearly ten 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 the children we serve in Anderson, Blount and Scott Counties. Kesha is active in our community by mentoring young women and men through programs designed for at-risk youth. She is a member of Altrusa International of Oak Ridge and serves as President-Elect and previously served as Programs Committee Chair. She is currently the Programs Committee Chair with The Oak Ridge Breakfast Rotary Club. Kesha has served on the United Way of Blount County Allocations Panel for 3 years and is currently in Leadership Blount and Leadership Oak Ridge class of 2020. She is also a member of the Suburban Leadership Council for National CASA. Kesha attended Roane State Community College where she received an Associates Degree in Business Administration a graduate of the Haslam College of Business Consortium for Social Enterprise Effectiveness and is currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Business. Kesha is married to Sebastian and has two sons, Bryson and Bash.
Katherine is the Admin-Assistant for CASA in the Oak Ridge Main Office. She has a Bachelor’s in Business Admin from King University. She is new to the Non-Profit world but is excited to learn and experience new things! She resides in Oak Ridge with her husband Xavier and their newest addition, Xavier Jr.
Michelle White – Anderson County Program Coordinator
Michelle joined CASA as Anderson Co Program coordinator in 2021 after serving as a volunteer in Blount Co. Having a BS in Nursing and spending nearly 20 years as a Neonatal ICU RN traveling the country, she most enjoyed patient education and championed activities which empower at-risk families. Over the years, her volunteerism has extended from MOPS to Boy Scouts, disaster relief to construction rehab, and she is proud to now partner with volunteers in Anderson County to advocate for dependent children who find themselves before the court. She and her family have called east TN home for over 15 years.
Jackie Brown – Anderson County Program Coordinator
Jackie has lived in the Knoxville area for over 20 years. She earned her Pharmacy degree from University of Colorado and Masters in Pharmacy degree from University of Iowa. As a pharmacist, Jackie enjoyed teaching nurses and physicians and working as an analyst in health information systems. As a volunteer, her efforts have been focused on working with children in various settings. After several years as a CASA, Jackie joined CASA of the Tennessee Heartland in 2016 as the Anderson County Coordinator. She believes that caring for children is critical to the success of our communities and feels privileged to be supporting the advocates who provide a voice for children in juvenile court.
Russ Nellis - Blount County Interim Program Coordinator
Russ Nellis is our current a Blount County Interim Program Coordinator.
Russ has lived an admirable life being married for 36 years and raising two successful daughters whom he and his wife, as well as the community are very proud of. During his professional years he spent most of his career in the marine industry; 25 years with Brunswick/Sea Ray Boats, 6 years with Carrier Corp, and 7 years with Master Craft Boats. Russ has served in professional leadership roles over the years that have given him the knowledge and integrity he possess today. He serves those in his community on a regular basis and continues to be a beacon of light and hope for the abused and neglected children in the Blount County foster care system and to all who know him. We are grateful for Russ stepping in to help our program while we search for a permanent Blount County Coordinator.
Board of Directors
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 at 865.425.0888.
Mark Watson- Immediate Past President
Hannah Fatheree – Secretary
Janet Jentilet – Treasurer
Board Member Information
Click on the links below to review resources. If you would like to apply to be on the board, you can fill out an online application or download the PDF version to fill out.