CASA CIS Officers

Jason Hickman

Chair

Jason was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of CASA CIS in November of 2017.  He presides over the Board of Trustees Officers, Board and Executive Director. 

Jason has been practicing law since 1995. He focuses on the areas of business and real estate law. From real estate and business transactions, to business formations and governance, to real estate development, to business and real estate litigation, he has focused his practice in these areas in order to offer guidance to his clients as they maneuver through the process of running a business and owning and developing real estate.

In his real estate practice, Jason assists both developers and individuals as they deal with the numerous issues surrounding ownership, development, purchase and sale of real estate. From assisting with the transactional documents, to advising clients about the development process, to assisting clients faced with complex planning and zoning issues, he utilizes his knowledge and experience, as well as that of the firm’s real estate team, in order to resolve the issues and concerns of the clients.

In the business practice, Jason works with clients as they establish their business, as they grow their business, as they encounter day-to-day issues and long-term planning, and as they plan their succession and sale of the business. He draws upon his history of dealing with businesses, from small to large, from corporation to limited liability company, from professional service industries to service industries, in order to advise clients about formation, from single member entities to large corporations, about structure and operations, from contractual issues (leases, employment contracts, non-competition agreements) to employment issues (protection against disclosure of trade secrets, non-disparagement, advising on hiring and termination), and about financial considerations, from asset purchase agreements to leases.

Josie Geiger

Chair Emeritus

Josie Geiger has been serving on the CASA Board of Trustees since 2012. She is the immediate past Chair and continues to be involved with CASA by serving on several committees to include the Resource, Marketing and Construction Committees. 

Josie is a founding partner of BION, inc., a mechanical contractor located in Manassas specializing in  commercial HVAC, plumbing and medical gas systems for the healthcare industry.  She is very involved in the day to day operations and along with her partners has developed BION into a leader in the  healthcare construction industry.  In 2014 she earned the designation of Certified Healthcare Constructor, CHC, an American Hospital Association sponsored certificate that distinguishes and recognizes contractors that are experienced in the intricacies and risks associated with healthcare construction. 

She is an alumni of the 2015 Leadership Prince William program.  She proudly raised her children in Prince William County and continues to reside in the county with her husband. Her favorite thing to do outside of BION and CASA, is to spend time with her husband, children and grandchildren.  

Anita Duecaster

Anita Duecaster

Treasurer

Pamela N. Moody, Ed.D.

Secretary

Pamela N. Moody, Ed. D., joined CASA Children’s Intervention Services in May 2019.  She served as a principal, school social worker, and special educator in Prince William County Public Schools for 38 years.  Currently Pam is board chair for Didlake, Inc., where she has volunteered for over 25 years.  Raised in Prince William County, Pam is committed to advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children and committed to training volunteers to serve these children.   

CASA CIS Boardmembers

Sheyna Burt

Board Member

Sheyna Burt began serving on the CASA CIS Board of Trustees in 2017 and serves as the Chair to the Governance Committee. 

Sheyna is the owner of The Law Office of Sheyna Nicole Burt, PLC, a law firm focusing on the representation of community associations, charitable nonprofits, and families in Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Sheyna’s legal career began behind the scenes in Judges’ Chambers – she served as a law clerk to the Judges of the Circuit Court for the City of Alexandria, Virginia.  From there, she practiced insurance coverage defense at a multinational law firm and community associations law at a boutique firm before opening her own shop.  Sheyna frequently is invited to speak on matters of legal concern for organizations such as Community Associations Institute, Washington Metropolitan Chapter of the Community Associations Institute, Neighborhood Leaders Group, the Riverside Rehabilitation Center, Prince William County Bar, and Prince William Committee of 100.

Sheyna graduated with honors from The College of William and Mary, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts with a Double Concentration in Music and History in 1998 before receiving her Juris Doctor from the College’s Marshall-Wythe School of Law in 2001.  Sheyna currently serves on the Boards of the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, Court Appointed Special Advocates – Children’s Intervention Services, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Friday Morning Music Club, Hylton Performing Arts Center, Keep Prince William Beautiful, Manassas Business Council, Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra, and World Doctors Orchestra.  When she is not in a Board room, you usually can find her behind a violin.

 

Patrick King

Board Member

Since founding Imagine in 2004, Patrick’s expertise in brand strategy and digital marketing has helped brands from local companies to Fortune 500 brands like CenturyLink, Nestle, and Xfinity. His business and marketing advice has been published in Inc. Magazine, SmartCEO, Washington Business Journal, The Washington Post, Comcast Business, and Chief Marketer, among other publications.

Eager to ramble on all things marketing, his speaking engagements include those for DC Advertising Week, DECA, Comcast’s Enterprise Connect conference, SMPS, the American Marketing Association, Bowie State University, Construction Leadership Network, and chambers of commerce.

Patrick serves on several boards of directors including those of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and the American Marketing Association – Washington, DC chapter. He sits on the judging panels for the International Association of Visual Arts American Business Awards and does pro-bono work for a number of charities.

Patrick lives in Gainesville, Virginia where he writes music and brews beer when he’s not out on his motorcycle.

Bradley Marshall

Board Member

Bradley Marshall has served on the CASA Board of Trustees since 2017 and is the Chair of the Nomination Committee. 

Bradley has served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Prince William County since 2009, where he specializes in prosecuting criminal street gang cases, violent crimes, firearms offenses,
and mental health related cases.  Brad is the President of the Prince William County Bar Association, having served on its Board of Directors for two years prior.  He is also in his second term on the Board of the PWC Bar Foundation, and is the Chairman of the Community Criminal Justice Board.

Brad is heavily involved in criminal justice reform at the local and state level, serving on the local Evidence-Based Decision Making Policy Committee, the local DIVERT Committee on the mentally ill in
the criminal justice system, helped establish and implement PWC's Mental Health Docket, and serves on the Virginia Pretrial Advisory Committee.

Brad received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, and his juris doctorate degree from Michigan State University.  He serves on the boards of the Greater Prince William Food Council, Friends of SERVE, the Northern Virginia Family Service Advancement Committee, is a former member of the Board of the Prince William Committee of 100, and is the former Treasurer and former President of the Manassas-Battlefield Kiwanis Club.  He also volunteers to teach a weekly citizenship class for recent immigrants.

Brad is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Prince William, received the Potomac Local Forty Under 40 Award in 2014, received the County Executive Award for 2015, was named to the inaugural class of Virginia
Lawyers Weekly’s “Up and Coming Lawyers” in 2016, and was named the 2017 Pro Bono/Volunteer Attorney of the Year by the PWC Bar Association.

Brad has taught CLEs for the Virginia State Bar Criminal Law Section, the Prince William County Bar Association, the Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Services Council, and Virginia CLE, and has lectured at the PWC Criminal Justice Academy, George Mason University, and Northern Virginia Community College.  Past legal education topics have included criminal street gang law, tactical and ethical issues with cooperating codefendants, drug courts, mental health dockets, ethics in representing the mentally ill, search and seizure, and immigration consequences in criminal cases.

Sean Porter, RA

Board Member

Sean Porter

Loveless Porter Architects, LLC

Sean Porter is the owner of Loveless Porter, LLC, a full-service architecture and engineering firm in Manassas, Virginia. A graduate of Catholic University of America in 1993 and 1995, Sean worked at INTEC Group and J3 Design Collective prior to his time at Loveless Porter.
In 2007, after Sean joined Robert Loveless Architects in 2005, became a partner creating Loveless Porter Architects or LPA. He had always wanted to grow within a firm, becoming a bigger part of that firm rather than starting a new firm from the ground up. In 2014, Sean became the sole owner of the firm with Robert’s retirement.
Loveless Porter’s work can be seen throughout Northern Virginia, including the iconic designs of the Loy E. Harris Pavilion in Manassas and the Sweeney Barn in Prince William County.
Sean gives to his community through his philanthropic work. He has worked with Boys and Girls Club, ACTS, Serve, Semper K9, Habitat for Humanity, Fraternal Order of Police, Northern Virginia Family Service, Seton School and All Saints Catholic Church. He has served as a board member for Court Appointed Special Advocate Children’s Intervention Services, or CASA-CIS since 2017. This non-profit organization helps abused and neglected children in the community by providing court appointed special advocates to represent the children’s best interests in court cases.
He has been involved with professional organizations like Prince William Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Prince William, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
He continues to grow professionally and personally as he navigates the world of being a business owner, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He feels he is blessed to have much to give to those who have less.

Judy Wine

Judy Wine

Board Member

Kathy Fitzsimmons, Ph.D.

Board of Trustees

Dr. Kathy Fitzsimmons was elected to CASA CIS Board of Trustees in 2019.  Kathy and her family members are long time CASA CIS donors, and a dedicated fundraiser in support of CASA CIS.  Kathy is the Director of Clinical Services at Restorative Youth Services, serving the Washington D.C. metro area.  Her programs serve At Risk youth with mental health diagnoses.  

Kathy and her husband, Richard, grew up in the area, and when not working, they enjoy time with their children and grandchildren. The Fitzsimmons love to travel and give back to their communities. 

William Karlson

William Karlson

Board of Trustees

Bill Karlson is the CEO of Manassas-based KO Distilling.  He’s the “K”, while his former U.S. Merchant Marine Academy classmate, John O’Mara, is the “O”.  Bill and John started KO Distilling in May of 2013 and opened to the public in September 2015.  KO Distilling is a craft distillery that makes and sells distilled spirits, in particular Bare Knuckle whiskeys (bourbon, rye, and wheat) and Battle Standard 142 gins.  KO employs 16 local residents and supports various non-profits in the community.  As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, KO pivoted to mass-produce and sell Bare Knuckle Hand Sanitizer, made with ethanol produced at the distillery.

Prior to KO Distilling, Bill was an executive at Stanley, Inc., where he worked for 26 years.  Stanley was a Virginia-based government contracting firm.  Bill served on the Board of that publicly traded company.  While at Stanley, Bill served as a Selected Reservist in the U.S. Navy Reserves and was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant Commander.  Before Stanley, Bill worked on a deep-sea tugboat as a licensed U.S. Coast Guard merchant mariner.

Bill received his Bachelor’s degree in Marine Engineering and Marine Transportation at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY.  He received his Master’s in Software Systems Engineering from George Mason University.

Bill and his wife Theresa (Mills), originally from Bowie and Laurel, MD, respectively, live in the Piedmont community of Haymarket.  Bill has one son, Adam, who attends Towson University.  Theresa has a son Jake who is married and lives in Glen Burnie, MD.  Theresa’s eldest son, Gene, was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2012.  Gene and Jake were both in the Marine Corps.  Bill and Theresa look forward to becoming first-time grandparents this fall.

Bill is currently a Board member with the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce and with the Virginia Distillers Association (VDA).  He looks forward to serving on the CASA-CIS Board.

 

 

Victoria King

Victoria King

Board of Trustees

Ms. Victoria King was elected to the CASA CIS Board of Trustees in August 2019. Vicky hopes of use her networking creativity and social media presence to support CASA CIS’ fundraising goals. Vicky has over 20 years of experience as a  mortgage loan officer and  loves helping people with their forever home, second home, or investment properties.  

Vicky is the cohost of Going Gainesville, a social media and digital content platform on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.    Going Gainesville showcases small business owners and highlights the passion each put into their products.  She is also a founding member of Growing with Going Gainesville where small business owners come together to support each other and build personal connections.  Growing with Going Gainesville is one of the fastest growing local networking groups in the area.   Vicky’s passion to build relationships and patiently provide people with the knowledge and understanding needed to achieve homeownership goals also helps her connect Gainesville’s small businesses to thrive together and support each other. 

CASA’s impact on children can help them become healthier adults, Vickie is honored to serve CASA CIS’ Board of Trustees.

David Dodero

David Dodero

Board Member

David Dodero grew up in Manassas, VA.  He graduated form Unity Reed High School. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from George Mason University. He has been in insurance most of his career. He owns Cascade Insurance Group, a provider of Property & Casualty and Life Insurance plans. He has offices in Manassas and Arlington, VA. David is passionate about helping children, particularly disadvantaged children. David is also a Board Member of Access Youth, as Washington DC based organization which mission is to provide at risk youth with access to the skills, resources and support they need to stay in school and out of the criminal justice system. David resides in Haymarket, VA. 

Patty Baisden

Patty Baisden

Board Member

Patty Baisden, Vice President and Co-Owner, Wind River

Patty Baisden is Vice President and co-owner of Wind River, a windchime manufacturing company in Manassas Park, Virginia. Wind River’s products are 100% manufactured in the USA. They are sold in every state and exported to several countries. Patty’s career started in social services as Emergency Assistance Coordinator at SERVE, Inc. (now Northern Virginia Family Services). While her children were young, she volunteered in the community in various tasks while being a full-time mother at home. She returned to the workforce in 2003 in various part time capacities before coming to Wind River as Human Resources Director in 2004. In 2006, she and her husband purchased the company. Mrs. Baisden serves on the Board of Directors for Prosperity House (transitional housing), BELL Foundation (Manassas Park Education Foundation), and she formerly served on boards for the Novant Health/UVA Health Systems Prince William Foundation, Prince William Chamber of Commerce, American Red Cross in the National Capital Region, and BEACON. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Benedictine Sisters of Virginia in Bristow, VA. She is a Rotarian and member of the Arch Klumph Society. Patty is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Prince William. 

Patty earned a B.S. in Family and Child Development from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1990. She lives with her husband Jamie and her puppy “Dern Lucky” in Star Tannery, VA and Manassas, VA.  She is the mother of two adult children and has two granddaughters.

CASA CIS Executive Director

Lori Battistoni

Lori Battistoni

Executive Director

Lori V. Battistoni became Executive Director of the Court-Appointed Special Advocates, Children’s Intervention Services (CASA CIS) organization in March of 2021. As Executive Director, she draws upon a lifetime of experience in advocating for the needs of children who are involved in the legal system. 

As an undergraduate at the State University of New York at Buffalo and later as a law student, Lori researched concerns with child victims as witnesses in court proceedings. Her research closely examined the effects of the legal process on victims of child sexual abuse.  During her first two years of law school, she worked on a national research project directed by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, titled “The Child Victim as Witness.” 

 

Upon graduating law school, Lori began her legal career at Crowell & Moring in D.C., where she practiced health care law. She continued to focus on the welfare of vulnerable children by providing Guardian ad Litem services pro bono. 

As her own children became young adults, Lori recommitted to her long-time passion, child advocacy. From 2009 until 2021, she devoted her legal practice to advocating for children in abuse, custody, adoption, and guardianship cases as their Guardian ad Litem. In 2010, the Prince William County Bar Association recognized Battistoni as Guardian ad Litem of the Year. 

Working with vulnerable children in her community during the past 12 years, Lori witnessed the tremendous difference a strong, devoted advocate can make in the life of a child. As Executive Director of CASA CIS, she is able to amplify her passion and experience to lift the voices of more children within legal system.

Lori is licensed to practice law in New York, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Highly regarded within the court system and the broader community, Lori relies on her vast network of positive working relationships to strengthen and grow the CASA CIS organization. She has served as President of the Prince William County Bar Foundation, Co-Chair of the Beat the Odds Committee. Currently, Co-Chair of the Guardian ad litem Committee and as a member of the Judicial Screening Committee for the Prince William County Bar Association. 

When she is not advocating for children, Lori enjoys yoga, running, swimming, and taking her new puppy for long walks at the Manassas Battlefields. 

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Serving Fauquier, Prince William, Rappahannock, and Warren counties, and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.

When you donate to CASA CIS, you are helping train and support volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children experiencing abuse or neglect.  Any donation is greatly appreciated.