Trudy Strewler HodgesCourt Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Pikes Peak Region announced today, Monday, Jan. 5, that Executive Director Trudy Strewler Hodges will leave her position March 31 to begin as CEO of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation.

Since 1989, Hodges has overseen core functions of CASA, the nonprofit agency that trains and supports volunteers to represent the best interests of victims of child abuse and neglect in the courtroom and the community.

“During her 25-year tenure at CASA, Trudy provided brilliant leadership and unwavering commitment to the safety and well-being of local children,” said Heather Kelly, board chair. “Although we have long benefited from Trudy’s excellent directorship we knew this day would come,” Kelly said. The board and staff have been preparing for the transition for the past year, and a detailed succession plan has been implemented.

Mittie Pedraza, former director of programs at CASA, has been named as the interim director and will help guide the transition. Exceptional leadership is built into the organization at all levels and staff, board and volunteers will continue to execute the CASA mission at the highest level without disruption, according to a news release sent Monday morning. The agency is positioned for continued growth and success and the board has begun an executive search for a strategic leader to take the helm. CASA remains fueled by the vision and strategic goal to grow programs and services so that every child in need in El Paso and Teller counties has a volunteer advocate by the year 2020.

“The CASA board and staff send Hodges into her new adventure with gratitude and look forward to new perspectives and opportunities for CASA and children of the Pikes Peak region in 2015 and beyond,” the release said.

“I am so exceedingly proud and blessed to have been part of this organization,” said Hodges. For the past 25 years, it has been my great privilege to witness this community as it has embraced children in need.”

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CASA of the Pikes Peak Region is a volunteer-based nonprofit serving El Paso and Teller counties that trains and support volunteers to represent the best interests of victims of child abuse, neglect and severe domestic conflict. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to be a voice for these children in court and in the community. The desired result is that children are placed into safe, loving homes where they can thrive.

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